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Use It or Lose It – Aging Today

Gabrielle Vaughn | Blogger Du Jour

According to Ann Brenoff, there are 6 Facts we all need to pay attention to when it comes to aging. In her Huffington Post Fifty article, she writes:

The “use it or lose it” mantra applies to many body parts, including your brain.
“Use it or lose it” has long been our beacon of guidance for all things aging. Keep exercising to keep your bones and muscles strong; don’t exercise and you will become frail faster. And now researchers have linked what we do with our brains with the long-term risk for dementia. Those who are more mentally active or maintain an active cognitive lifestyle throughout their lives are at lower risk, writes Science Daily.

Here’s a crazy thought before you reach for the book of crossword puzzles: Could increased reliance on things like GPS systems and mobile phone address books mean less exercise for the part of your brain that helps you recall things or determine spacial orientation? Instead of turning over your brain functions to a computer, try dialing phone numbers from memory or do your marketing without a list. For extra credit points, figure out how to get somewhere using a map. So retro, right?

And we thought that only applied to sex, right? To read more about aging and what we need to do to slow down the process – 6 Facts About Aging Everyone Should Know — But Doesn’t

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Female Lust, 50+

Adrian Lamb | Blogger Extraordinaire

I‘m not exactly a super sexual person. I’m still interested but I just have very specific preferences when it comes to sex. I’m in my fifties now, so I no longer have the frisky energy of a younger woman. When I was young and hungry for sex, the world was my playground. I was out to conquer and be conquered. Age puts perspective on things.

It’s that very lack of desperation that’s freed me, sexually speaking. Having come to terms with the mature woman that I’ve become, I’m finally in touch with what I want. And what I want is younger men.

Fortunately, younger men seem to gravitate toward me. When I first noticed this phenomenon, I thought NO WAY! What could these young dudes see in me? Recently, a lovely man of about 23 approached me. He could hardly catch his breath while telling me how beautiful he thought I was. I laughed in his face. In my mind I looked more like an exhumed corpse than an object of lust on that bright (very bright) afternoon.

As he reached out to touch my bare arm and caressed it. Uh oh, this guy was serious. I must admit, it was an incredible turn on. He asked for my number and I gave it to him, still laughing. Did I really want to pursue this, or was this just a perfect moment unto itself? Either way, his attention thrilled me. Read more

Vaginal History 101: The Sexual Origin of Lipstick

Gabrielle Vaughn | Blogger Du Jour

Some say that lipstick was first created to make the facial lips resemble the vaginal lips, and that if a woman reddened and moistened her own, she might be able to present herself as an attractive and sexually enticing creature.

The concept of reddening the facial lips started with Cleopatra, who used the bright red powder of crushed carmine beetles to spice up the look of her own lips.

However, the idea of moistening the lips came from a different source. As it was back in the days of court jesters, fire-eaters, harem girls and entertainers — female sword swallowers needed to moisten their lips and throats in order to successfully glide an entire sword down their gullet. Dry lips just wouldn’t do, and before anyone knew it, the thought of a wet-lipped female sword swallower became the double entendre for an alluring practitioner of fellatio.

We won’t even go into gloss…

It’s Egg-Freezing Time

Evan Chen | Contributor

Egg freezing. As they say these days, “It’s a thing now.”

If you’ve been awake over the last few days and you’ve managed to hear above the words, ebola and Isis, then you may have heard the news that Facebook and Apple are now willing to pay for the freezing of their female employees ovum. According to The Guardian, the new trend is apparently very exciting news for women younger than age 40. Read more

Menopause and Body Image

Gabrielle Vaughn | Blogger du Jour

I remember watching my 80-year old grandmother making a face of disgust as she looked into her make-up mirror one day. She’d say, “Look at me, I’m an old lady. Yugh!” She’d smile at me like it was funny, but I knew she was sharing a real life disappointment.

I also remember agreeing with her in my head, thinking, “Yes gramma, you are an old lady,” but I didn’t think that being old made one an object of disgust. I also thought that it must have been sad for her to have lived all those years and not have come into some sort of self acceptance. You would think that the wisdom of age would compensate for the corruption of the body, wouldn’t you? You would think that wisdom itself would somehow prepare us for an old age where we look at our faces and bodies and just know that this is the way it is, and that what we’ve got is both natural and inevitable.

So much for the wisdom of age, huh?

Self acceptance — especially for women and their bodies — has always been a tall order. And such a simple equation too: Love yourself + wrinkles, bags and sags = happy life. Another one of those things that’s good in theory, but rarely makes it into our real lives.

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Is It Pinktober Yet?

Gabrielle Vaughn | Blogger du Jour

Well, we’ve hit October – time to do things in pink. Wait, what are we celebrating again?

Oh yeah. Breast cancer awareness month. Not a celebration, though you sure would think so with all the happy pink bubbles. You know what pink made me aware of? That pink exists but a cure does not. Pink let me know that money exists – but still, the cure eludes us.

It’s Pinktober again — and you know what that means? It means that we the people get to celebrate the sisterhood of the traveling cancer, with pretty pink parades and pinky-pink ribbons. Let’s march through the streets, hand in hand O My Sisters, ’cause fighting cancer is a pretty pink bonding experience. Yippy, skippy! Read more

Marriage – Divorce – Friends

Evan Chen | Contributor

About 25 years ago, I sat with a friend in the front seat of his cruddy gray Toyota, geeked out of our minds on hope, dreams and ambition. We were parked outside of some music-oriented establishment, maybe a recording studio — possibly a place where one or both of us had either just done a gig, or were planning on doing one. We were high on adrenaline and I’m quite sure that if there had been anyone else in the car with us that night, they would be zapped by our energy. We were — without a doubt — electric. Read more

Kill the Bitch (It’s a Tired Word)

Adrian Lamb | Blogger Extraordinaire

The other day, I overheard a 9-year old girl describe her own mood as “bitchy.” She had said that she believed she might be getting her period because she confessed that she’d been “acting like such a bitch these days.”

Hormones aside, I thought that was quite an inappropriate word for such a young girl to use, especially as a descriptive for her own self. I’m no prude, nor do I think the word, “Bitch” is all that horrid – I simply wondered how a child her age came to feel comfortable with a word that was generally used in the context of slang.

Of course, children have access to a wide vocabulary of inappropriate words — think how many they must overhear on TV alone. But rarely does a child actually know how to apply these words, unless specifically instructed. Where was she getting her information? And what made this young girl equate menstruation with the word, “bitchy?” Read more

Crotch Waffles, Anyone?

Crotch Waffles, Anyone? Hmm, what could that be?

You know, it’s not all brilliance here at Venus Blogs – contrary to popular belief. We do like to have a good giggle, even a good stupid giggle if you will.

As many of the blogs here start out as inspired writings that revolved around conversations I have with friends, this one is no different; however, the subject matter is not really of grand import, in fact, today’s entry is pure silliness on the basest level.

A girlfriend and I had been talking about some of the truly terribly written sex scenes available in erotica today – mostly due to the fact that it’s hard to come (yes, I did just say that) up with descriptives for both genitals and sexual situations. Describing foreplay all the way through orgasm is no easy feat; most of the expressions have been worn out from overuse. Honestly, how many times can a tumescent member throb? Are nipples ever anything other than perky? And what about a woman’s… part? Read more

Cold Turkey is For Everyone

Cold turkey is for everyone.

The other day my daughter’s 18-yr-old boyfriend asked me if I’d ever been a smoker, to which I answered, “Yes.” I explained that I had been a smoker from ages 18 through 21, and that I started only for one reason: because it sure did look cool. When he asked me how I quit, my first reaction was, “What kind of question is that? You just quit. You make a decision to stop and you stop.”

He then said, “Ah, cold turkey.”

“Yes,” I said. “Cold turkey. Is there any other way?”

And then he, as a young man, rattled off the many new ways one can quit cigarettes. Seems quitting has found itself in a place where good old self effort has been made to take a backseat. We are now ready, willing and able – to be enabled. The idea of just deciding to quit is no longer an option, even if we innately know how satisfying it might be to do so on our own. Now, taking responsibility for our positive actions is discouraged; now we are being trained to underestimate just how good we really can be at tackling solutions because enabling doesn’t work without self-doubt. Read more