Category Archives: Curtains

Reps. Joaquin Castro, Jackie Speier and Eliot Engel unveiled the State Harassment and Assault Prevention and Eradication (SHAPE) Act of 2020 to “facilitate stronger anti-harassment and discrimination policies, survivor care, and accountability at the State Department.” The legislation comes nearly three years after more than 200 women who work on national security issues raised the alarm about sexual harassment and assault in their field and months after an April US Commission on Civil Rights report recommended the State Department institute a number of changes to its sexual harassment protocols. The SHAPE Act would require the department “to develop a comprehensive policy on the prevention of and response to harassment, discrimination, sexual assault, and related retaliation,” establish an “Office of Employee Advocacy” to assist victims and provide a 24/7 hotline, and require both semiannual surveys of the department’s workplace culture and an annual report to Congress “on claims and disciplinary action…

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Maria Valentine says she was just months into her training at Fort Hood, a U.S. Army base in Texas, in 2006 when a sergeant with a history of alleged harassment toward other soldiers wrote her up after she complained that she didn’t want him touching her during body mass measurements. She said authorities promised the disciplinary report would be wiped from her record if she didn’t make a formal complaint. Valentine’s decision not to file one would haunt her years later when she learned another woman had accused the same sergeant of rape. Valentine is one of five women — two active duty soldiers, two veterans and one civilian — who spoke to The Associated Press about experiencing harassment, assault or rape by soldiers at Fort Hood, the other four since 2014. Current and former soldiers have taken to social media with their own accounts of…

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If during this time in quarantine, you’ve done some sexual exploring about what gets you going—great. Maybe you’ve dedicated some self-care sessions to self-pleasure, had some mind-blowing staycation sex, or taken the BDSM test to explore your NSFW interests. And just maybe, all the sexploration has you wanting to learn how to introduce kink into your relationship as well. If what’s stopping you is a sense of feeling overwhelmed or even embarrassed, stop right there: Sex educators agree that kink is a perfectly healthy and safe form of sexual expression and pleasure, and talking about it with a partner is the first step for removing any level of stigma that may surround it so everyone involved can get to the important part of enjoying it. Of course, the first step is understanding what kink is. Kink can be construed as a wide variety of consensual sex acts that aren’t vanilla,…

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Like doing laundry and loading the dishwasher correctly, cleaning sex toys is a necessary skill to learn, and one that most could stand to exercise more often. After all, the devices get extra-intimate with the genital region (an area definitely worth keeping clean), and many mistakes can be made in the process of sanitizing them. Since these mistakes can lead to a decidedly yeasty ordeal, it’s important to make sure you’re clear on the best methods to go about it. And that begins with truly committing to cleaning your sex toys. “You should clean your sex toy after each use to prevent bacteria from collecting,” says Rebecca Alvarez Story, sexologist and founder of Bloomi. “Sex toys made with 100 percent medical grade silicone, stainless steel, or glass can be washed with hot water and mild, unscented soap. It’s best to let them air dry on a clean surface and then store…

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Storms, pandemics, quakes and fires…all upon us (Courtesy: Unsplash and NASA) At first glance, you’d think that staying at home (by law) during the COVID-19 pandemic would mean more babies being born. After all, conception rates are seasonal, with the highest rates occurring during the winter months when we’re all huddled inside. Romance and sex are all about contact time, right? Turns out, it’s a bit more complicated than that. A pandemic is more than just a long season. It’s a “winter” with a higher death rate, worse unemployment and an economic recession all mixed in. And that has a very different effect on birth rates. Pandemic Blues There’s a history surrounding birth rates during pandemics. Large-scale disruptions generally drop fertility rates. During the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918-20, the birth rate fell 12.5 percent. That’s one fewer birth for every eight achieved. This was thought to be due to…

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Mindfulness is the state of being conscious or aware of something. It’s the ability to actively live in the present moment, being able to accept and acknowledge one’s own feelings, thoughts, and body in such a way that it induces relaxation and creates awareness without being overwhelmed.  And while this therapeutic technique is self-focused, it can be used to navigate, enhance, and better one’s relationships with others—be it romantic, platonic, sexual, or other.  Truthfully, we could all benefit from using mindfulness on a daily basis, as it brings about a sense of peace, calm, and rationality to our lives and relationships.  Are You Currently in a Romantic Relationship? Do You Aspire to Be in One? Today, we’re going to dive into how mindfulness can strengthen romantic relationships, as well as different ways that you can practice mindfulness in order to improve and enjoy the very best connection with your partner. …

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Pleasure and luxury go hand in hand at LELO. It’s difficult, then, trying to convince people that pleasure is itself not a luxury. It’s essential. It’s painful, then, to see the results of the Today show in July which said that 46% of American women consider themselves sexually unsatisfied. It should be no real surprise. Other recent surveys indicate that people are having less sex than ever, in a kind of sexual recession. It’s not just the US, it’s happening across many countries and the trend has been happening for a number of years. Since you need to be having sex to be sexually satisfied, it makes sense that more of us are indicating that we’re not satisfied. The dwindling of our sex lives is a signpost for a crisis. It indicates that people are less happy in general. Sex is always a good barometer for the health of a…

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Japanese proverbs and idioms are filled with ancient wisdom. And some of them you may have already heard and didn’t know they originated from Japan! These Japanese proverbs are called ことわざ (kotowaza). They can come in straight-forward sayings or be as philosophical as one of Uncle Iroh’s from Avatar: The Last Airbender. It makes sense that everyone’s favorite Pai Sho player likes to speak wisdom through old Japanese proverbs and Chinese sayings. In fact, Iroh and the Fire Nation are based on Chinese/Japanese traditions and history. (Plus, he was voiced by Mako Iwamatsu, a brilliant Japanese-American actor.) If you’d like to level up your wisdom with Japanese sayings, you’ve come to the right place. Here you’ll find tons of Japanese proverbs with English translations, to help bring out your inner philosopher. We’ll cover: Japanese Wisdom in Proverbs (The 3 Forms of Japanese Wisdom Sayings) Japanese Proverbs About Life Japanese Proverbs…

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Si te has enamorado de París viendo 'Emily in Paris' aquí tienes (casi) todos los lugares que salen en la serie

Nos gusta viajar viendo series y películas. A veces recordamos esas calles por las que ya hemos caminado y que ahora sirven de lugar de paso a los protagonistas y otras ponemos el lugar en nuestra lista de deseos después de ver algo. Pues os traemos algo así, porque si te has enamorado de París viendo ‘Emily in Paris’ aquí tienes (casi) todos los lugares que salen en la serie de Netflix.

Esa chica jovencita, con una carrera meteórica en publicidad que, por unas vueltas de la vida, termina en París, sin parler un peu de français, pero cuya vida, a pesar de los compañeros de trabajo es un ir y venir de lugares de postal, bistrots, boulangeries, fiestas y paseos instagrameables… y nos crea la necesidad de ser ella.

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¿Quién no ha dicho que una vez en la vida quiere hacer el camino de Santiago? Esta peregrinación mundialmente conocida, recoge cada año a miles de viajeros que, independientemente de sus razones, tienen el objetivo de llegar a la majestuosa Catedral de Santiago. Al ser una ciudad de paso, muchos de los viajeros no se toman el tiempo de ver realmente la ciudad y te aseguro que es una verdadera joya. Además de tener una de las catedrales más bonitas del mundo, esta ciudad de Galicia cuenta con una fascinante historia, la cual se puede revivir al pasear por sus calles repletas de iglesias, monumentos, palacios y monasterios. Ponte zapato cómodo que vamos a descubrirte 10 lugares imprescinsibles que ver en Santiago de Compostela. Qué hacer en Santiago de Compostela en un día En este post, te vamos a recomendar el recorrido que puedes hacer durante un día para ver…

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