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    We're bringing you this Q&A from the Sex Files in our May/June 2019 print issue, featuring advice from sexologist Dr. Carol Queen.

    How do I get over my apprehension about squirting? I can feel the pressure, and I want to, but I find myself waiting to finish with my partner, then releasing into the toilet.Juicy Lucy

    This is a common enough problem that some people who wind up being happy squirters confess that apprehension about bringing all this wetness to the party used to shut them down, even to the point of being unable to come at all. You’re hardly alone, and there are definitely ways to get past this fear. For starters, can you identify the core concern? 

    Does your partner know anything about the g-spot and ejaculation? Have you talked to them? If not, perhaps it’s time. If your sexual response includes squirting, you have to distance yourself from your sexuality to prevent yourself from doing so. “Waiting to finish” doesn’t sound like exuberant, mutual responsiveness, and if your partner is into you and your pleasure, they likely want you to feel all the feels. (If they aren’t invested in that? That’s another letter and another answer entirely.) Perhaps begin by telling them, “I think this is part of how I respond, and I feel like I have to hold it back with you because I’m nervous about how you’ll feel about it,” and go from there. There are great g-spot resources out there if your partner isn’t clued in. 

    Prevent the wet bed easily with a moisture-resistant blanket like the Liberator Throe, or, if you don’t have access to a washing machine, you can use disposable underpads like Chux. Just put them underneath your butt and squirt away; you can toss them afterwards, and your mattress stays dry. 

    Orgasm, including squirting, is an out-of-control few seconds. But it’s also a completely natural process. It’s a build-up and release of tension, and for a significant subset of us, that includes emitting at least a little bit of fluid. Gosh, if we were porcupines, we’d start off by pissing on each other! There’s seriously no shame in this, especially if nobody has to sleep in the wet spot. Let the pleasure flow.


    Carol Queen’s latest book (written with Shar Rednour) is The Sex & Pleasure Book: Good Vibrations Guide to Great Sex for Everyone.

    Top photo via Flickr Creative Commons / Alejandro López 

    This article originally appeared in the May/June 2019 print edition of BUST Magazine. Subscribe today!  

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    THESE DAYS, THERE are vibrating cock rings for sale at your local drugstore and vibes abound on Amazon, but if you prefer a more intimate and guided experience, small boutique shops should be your first stop. Unfortunately, not everyone can just pop into 
Babeland or Good Vibrations on their lunch break. What should you do if you want to support independent, female-owned, brick-and-mortar shops, but you live in a small town? Well, you’d be surprised what you can find—and we’re here to help. Here are seven feminist-forward, sex-positive shops in places you might not expect. 

    The O!zone: Boise, Idaho
    1615 S Broadway Ave, Boise, ID 83706
    In addition to offering a wide variety of high-quality condoms at her store, founder Caryn Thompson works with cancer treatment clinics in Boise to provide special products, resources, and information for women being treated for cancer, especially those who are no longer producing estrogen or vaginal lubricant after breast cancer treatment. “We’re a conservative state,” Thompson explains. “There are a lot of people who never bought anything for their own intimacy until they were in pain. Pain finally got their attention.”

    Thornes of Concord: Concord, New Hampshire
    140 N Main St, Concord, NH 03301
    Thornes is too small to host workshops, but the staff works hard to educate customers as they browse. “When we hire here, we are looking for people who are nonjudgmental and open-minded,” store manager Cristie Williams says. Thornes also carries many organic, phthalate-free, and medical-grade products.

    Blue Boutique: Ogden, Utah
    3365 Washington Blvd, Ogden, UT 84401
    Founded by a husband-and-wife team, Blue Boutique has four locations and offers body piercing at the Ogden store. They have a robust Instagram presence that will give you a sense of what the store is like IRL, including the luxury toys they currently have in stock.

    Intimates Boutique: 
Naples, Florida
    2083 Pine Ridge Rd, Naples, FL 34109
    Intimates Boutique, founded by Lorene Sizemore in 1983, is a family affair; she left the store to her son and daughter-in-law Tim and Ally Sizemore, who now share ownership with employee Sonia Williams. Over time, Intimates ditched magazines and DVDs in favor of a more welcoming experience that focuses on female pleasure and health.

    Groove: Gilbert, Arizona
    1044 North Gilbert Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85234
    Phoenix-area residents have their pick of not one but two local Groove shops at their fingertips. The husband-and-wife-owned stores sell a wide range of books on everything from rope play to female ejaculation, an eye-opening variety of toys that go beyond basic vibrators (e-stim, anyone?), fetish gear, and more.

    Suit Your Fancy: 
Kalispell, Montana
    280 Second Ave, Kalispell, MT 59901
    Amy Jaeger, who opened Suit Your Fancy in 1997, says Montana “is conservative, so we have been very careful in the way we present ourselves. We focus on women and couples.” Staff members teach customers about new products when they come in, and they carry unique jewelry made by Jaeger’s silversmith husband.

    Sultry Adult Boutique: 
Huntsville, Alabama
    11531 Memorial Pkwy SW, Huntsville, AL 35803
    Tiara Trudeau-Gullotta opened Sultry Adult Boutique to bring sexual health education and products to Huntsville. The shop’s standout offering is Sultry Sunday, a private, guided experience that can be tailored to a customer’s needs. Shoppers can get one-on-one advice about which supplies to buy and how to use them, lingerie fittings, consultations on BDSM, post-menopausal intimacy guidance, and other tutorials with wellness coaches.

    Story by Cecilia Nowell
    Illustrated by Sofie Birkin


    This article originally appeared in the March/April 2019 print edition of BUST Magazine. Subscribe today!

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