Q: What is ‘bandwidth’ as it relates to watching videos?

‘Bandwidth’ refers to the speed of your Internet connection. The higher the speed, the more video data that can be delivered to you per second. The amount of video data determines the size and/or quality of the video picture, so it is desirable to have as much bandwidth available as possible.

Premium service from an ISP (Internet Service Provider) can offer 5 or more Mbps (Megabits per second). Less robust services may only give you 1 – 1.5 Mbps (what I consider ‘medium’ bandwidth). Note that due to local service conditions, your effective speed may be substantially less than the quoted speed.

Naomi Wolf on Porn

This interview with Naomi Wolf in The Sydney Morning Herald is very enlightening. It’s hard for me to deny her main points. For example,

“The onslaught of porn,” she wrote, “is responsible for deadening male libido in relation to real women … Far from having to fend off porn-crazed young men, young women are worrying that as mere flesh and blood, they can scarcely get, let alone hold, their attention.”


In the past few years I’ve spent a lot of time talking to women in their teens and early 20s about porn, sex and body image. There is a profound difference in the context in which these women have come of sexual age compared to that of my adolescence only a decade earlier. The difference is that most young people now have witnessed countless sex acts long before they even get naked with another human being.

It could be argued that such exposure is educational, but only if you’ve never seen any mainstream porn, which is, most industry insiders and observers agree, getting more and more extreme. This may be, at least in part, a reaction to the adoption of soft-porn aesthetics by mainstream popular culture. Porn needs to be nastier and more hard-core to differentiate itself from beer ads and music videos.

(This opinion belongs solely to the author and does not necessarily reflect the views of The Good Sex Network.)

The Secret Powers of Time

In this marvellous video, Professor Philip Zimbardo (of the famed Stanford Prison Experiment) “conveys how our individual perspectives of time affect our work, health and well-being. Time influences who we are as a person, how we view relationships and how we act in the world.”

(This opinion belongs solely to the author and does not necessarily reflect the views of The Good Sex Network.)

The Atrocities of Female Circumcision

Female genital mutilation: the facts

■ Female genital mutilation, also known as cutting, is practised in 28 African countries. The prevalence rate ranges from 98% of girls in Somalia to 5% in Zaire. It also takes place among ethnic groups in the Middle East, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, Canada, the US and New Zealand.

■ Until the 1950s FGM was used in England and the US as a “treatment” for lesbianism, masturbation, hysteria, epilepsy and other “female deviances”.

■ A survey in Kenya found a fourfold drop in FGM rates among girls who had secondary education.

■ Reasons for the practice include conforming to social norms, enhancing sexual pleasure for men and reducing it for women, cleanliness and chastity.

■ No European country accepts the threat of FGM as a reason for asylum.

■ In Sudan, 20%-25% of female infertility has been linked to FGM complications.

■ In Chad, girls have begun to seek FGM without pressure from their immediate family, believing that to be “sewn up” proves they are virginal and clean. The fashion has led to uncircumcised girls being labelled “dirty”.

From “British girls undergo horror of genital mutilation despite tough laws” in The Guardian. Watch the disturbing video.

(This opinion belongs solely to the author and does not necessarily reflect the views of The Good Sex Network.)

Women OK with Porn

This article says it all:

CNN on women watching porn

I’m amazed that so many women indulge in porn…one in three visitors to porn sites are female…about half the business of porn videos comes from women.

It’s refreshing to know the truth. More and more women are okay with porn. They enjoy it. And with their endorsement, porn becomes more respectable.

(This opinion belongs solely to the author and does not necessarily reflect the views of The Good Sex Network.)

Oral Sex is the New Goodnight Kiss

On The View today, the author of a new book called “Oral Sex is the New Goodnight Kiss” was interviewed. What an eye-opener!

The author, Sharene Azam, interviewed a large number of young women across the country (and their parents) and gathered substantial data about current social mores. Today’s young women (and young men) have a very lax attitude toward sex. For example, they think holding hands is *more* intimate than oral sex!

Young women also “prostitute” themselves at a very early age. They’ll sleep with older boys for money or designer goods or special favours. To them, it’s no big deal.

These revelations got me thinking: Is it such a big step from this situation to young women growing up to become prostitutes or working in the porn industry?
Continue reading “Oral Sex is the New Goodnight Kiss”

What makes a great lover?

O.K. So you think you’re a great lover.

Take this test:

1. Where exactly is your lover’s clitoris?

2. What is its purpose or function?

3. How far behind a man’s arousal is the average woman?

4. What usually indicates a woman is aroused and ready for penetrations?

5. How do you tell if a woman is having a real orgasm?

Answers: Continue reading “What makes a great lover?”

Katie Morgan

In my opinion, porn star Katie Morgan is the most outstanding proponent of Good Sex in the world. She has starred in several HBO specials that promote a very sex-positive message: Sex is nothing to be ashamed of. It is healthy. It is wonderful. Adult entertainment (otherwise known by the more derogatory term “pornography”) is a celebration of sexuality. Masturbation is healthy and good.

With her perky and effervescent personality, she charms you into feeling comfortable with the subject material. There is a palpable authenticity about her. She’s very comfortable in her own skin. (This is more than speaking figuratively — as host, Katie appears totally nude in these HBO specials.)

The HBO specials are:

1. Katie Morgan on Sex Toys
2. Katie Morgan’s Porn 101
3. Katie Morgan’s Sex Tips: Questions, Anyone?
4. Katie Morgan’s Sex Tips 2: Any More Questions?

    I highly recommend them. Look for these shows on cable television. Request that HBO re-air them.

    (This opinion belongs solely to the author and does not necessarily reflect the views of The Good Sex Network.)

    Exotic dancing is good healthy entertainment

    This excellent video shows how the strip club business is trying to become legitimate and respectable. Strip clubs are denigrated in our society because of sexual taboos. But the film dispels all the myths.


    (This opinion belongs solely to the author and does not necessarily reflect the views of The Good Sex Network.)

    An Invitation to Illumination

    John, a handsome, muscular fellow of 28, was sitting across from me pouring his heart out. His story was so familiar, because I have been helping men like him (and women) for the past 25 years in my medical practice focusing on sexual problems.

    He has been having difficulty getting and keeping erections for the past year or two, with the problem getting gradually worse. He and his girlfriend of 3 years called it quits recently. He felt sad, angry, and hurt, especially when she said in frustration, “you can’t even get it up.” Continue reading “An Invitation to Illumination”

    People Laughed in 2007

    This video highlights the fact the most economic experts know squat. Peter Schiff was brilliantly prescient.

    – RKE

    (This opinion belongs solely to the author and does not necessarily reflect the views of The Good Sex Network.)

    Sex and Money

    Some of you may be wondering why I blogged about money for two straight weeks in January. There are two reasons. First, in view of the current global financial crisis, it behooves everyone to fully understand the root cause of this crippling disaster (namely too much debt, and the problems of fractional reserve banking). Second, what are the two most important drivers of our society? Why, sex and money, of course! Continue reading “Sex and Money”

    A Parable

    A bunch of people were stranded on an island (like in “Lost”). Seven of them were Asians, and one was an American. Once they landed, they had to divvy up jobs for everybody. One Asian was given the job of fishing. Another was given the job of hunting, Yet another was told to gather firewood, and so on. The American was assigned the job of eating. Continue reading “A Parable”

    The Solution to Our Financial Crisis?

    I found a video called “The Money Masters,” which presents a thorough historical account of money through the ages, including the modern fractional reserve system. Like all the other videos in our “Money as Debt” series of posts, it explains the dangers of our monetary system, but it goes one step further and proposes an intriguing solution. Unfortunately, the video is very long (3.5 hours!!!) and rather dry. So I’ve provided an excerpted conclusion from the video which follows: Continue reading “The Solution to Our Financial Crisis?”

    A Primer on Money

    The following video is an interesting primer on money. Note, however, that it’s biased in favour of the gold standard. If you ignore their bias, the film contains an excellent historical account of the U.S. Federal Reserve banking system, including the practice of fractional reserves.

    (This opinion belongs solely to the author and does not necessarily reflect the views of The Good Sex Network.)

    Money as Debt IV

    “By now, you may have heard about our acclaimed documentary I.O.U.S.A., a film that boldly examines the rapidly growing national debt and its consequences for the United States and its citizens. The film has been a huge hit, getting rave reviews from Roger Ebert and others.

    Now, we proudly release a 30-minute condensed version of I.O.U.S.A. designed specifically for watching and sharing on the web – for free.

    So if you haven’t had a chance to see the movie yet, watch the condensed I.O.U.S.A. today. If you’ve already seen it in a theater, check out the abbreviated version for a refresher. Then, tell your friends, your family, your Facebook friends and your Twitter followers about the staggering amount of money – $53 trillion – in financial obligations owed by the federal government to foreign investors and to every single American in the form of pensions, health benefits, Social Security and Medicare.”

    This film illustrates how debt is driving the United States into the ground and threatening to collapse the world’s economy, as forecast in “Money as Debt” and “Zeitgeist: Addendum.”


    (This opinion belongs solely to the author and does not necessarily reflect the views of The Good Sex Network.)