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Fire up your sex life by taking cues from around the world



SEX AROUND THE WORLD
How to fire up your sex life by taking cues from around the world
 

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Multicultural People

MAPLE SYRUP AND MOUNTIES may characterize Canada’s DNA, but a global survey of sexual attitudes suggests skills be-tween the sheets are just as intrinsic to our national identity. In areas of the world where genders are equal, a University of Chi-cago sociologist found that Canuck women get a bigger bang out of the bedroom, so to speak, than our sexy sisters across the globe. But, just like Pamela Anderson’s approach to marriage, we know there’s always room for improvement. And what better—or more pleasurable—way to bring a touch of the exotic to lovemaking than to draw inspiration from sexual practices beyond our own boudoirs? So grab your sexual passport and get ready for one hot trip.

SEX AROUND THE WORLD
How to fire up your sex life by taking cues from around the world
 

Multicultural People


 
Multicultural People

TANZANIA In the Sukuma culture, young men looking for the Angelina to their Brad turn to a game called chagulaga—translated as “choose the one you love.” It begins with community dances and similar social gatherings, all of which are veritable meat markets for those of marriageable age. t the end of the evening, eager males surround a desired female in hopes of catching her eye. The girl signals her choice by touching the boy she fancies most, then she initiates the “game” by running full tilt away from him. If she gets away from her suitor, the boy becomes a local laughingstock, but if he sprints fast enough to catch her, the boy is invited to have sex with the girl right there in the bushes. BRINGING TANZANIA HOME While chasing after a woman and de-manding sex is never a good idea in this part of the world, the Sukumas do have the running part right. Because exercise increases feel-good hormones and helps boost physical function, experts contend that couples who run or jog together can ultimately enhance their sexual performance. Looks like those annoying marathoner bumper stickers were right all along: runners do do it better in the bedroom.

SEX AROUND THE WORLD
How to fire up your sex life by taking cues from around the world
 

Multicultural People


 
Multicultural People

AUSTRALIA In Aboriginal Australia, “love magic” has been used by the indigenous peoples to rekindle passion in a relationship or attract new lovers. According to Robert Tonkinson, a professor of anthropology who wrote a book on the Mardu Aborigines, the Mardu sometimes perform a large-scale ritual dance in which pairs of dancers simulate intercourse in an attempt to consume their prospective partners with erotic desire. You might think of it as a grassroots version of renting porn, only without the judgmental looks from the video clerk. BRINGING AUSTRALIA HOME Sex columnist Josey Vogels, author of Bedside Manners, suggests Canadian couples let the Aussie ritual inspire them to put on kinky performances of their own. “I always say a picture is worth 1,000 words. So a wonderful way to show your partner what you like is to masturbate in front of him or her,” she says. “Not only is it instructive but it can also be a real turn-on.” Although the common sexual script has women bringing themselves to orgasm with a vibrator, a dildo or their own hand, Vogels emphasizes that sexually explosive results can come from reversing the roles. “One thing we don’t encourage enough is men touching themselves in front of their partners,” she says. “I know a lot of women who are very turned on by that.”

SEX AROUND THE WORLD
How to fire up your sex life by taking cues from around the world
 

Multicultural People


 
Multicultural People

ARGENTINA While other countries stoke the sexual fire in the bedroom, Argentina generates its heat on the dance floor with the tango. Whether it’s being performed in private salons or as part of theatrical shows, the close-embrace dance—appropriately de-scribed as a blend of sex and chess—radiates eroticism with every slide and hook of the leg. Argentina’s national dance is meant to be a musical representation of the romantic tension between a man and woman during the seduction process, provoking and teas-ing the participants in ways that can improve their sex life and help them anticipate one another’s physical needs in and out of the bedroom. Show us a waltz that can do all that. BRINGING ARGENTINA HOME Geraldine Goyer, director of Dance Addicts in Burnaby, B.C., knows firsthand the perks this powerful dance can have between the sheets. “My partner and I dance tango to-gether, and I think it has improved our sex life,” says Goyer. “It’s one of the dances that really brings you into yourself and makes you attentive to your partner’s body language. You really learn to read your partner in different ways, feeling their vibrations and sexual tension.”

SEX AROUND THE WORLD
How to fire up your sex life by taking cues from around the world
 

Multicultural People


 
Multicultural People

SRI LANKA Although sexuality is recognized as a natural part of Sri Lankan life, foreplay notably doesn’t involve kissing. According to the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University in Bloomington, this is because the native people consider the intimate practice to be at once “unhygienic and disgusting.” Those hoping MTV will bring their spring break smooch-fest to the South Asian island shouldn’t hold their breath. BRINGING SRI LANKA HOME Vogels proposes two ways in which Canadians can enhance their sex play Sri Lankan–style—the first being to turn the socialist republic’s lip-locking taboo on its head. “I would reverse what they do in Sri Lanka and have foreplay that only involves kissing on the mouth,” says Vogels. “It’s reminiscent of when you were in your early teens and just necked for hours, with nothing more expected to happen.” The other interpretation, she says, is to indulge in sex-ual foreplay that puts genital touching of all kinds off limits, allowing you to focus on the parts of each other’s bodies that are often ignored: the back of the knee, the small of the back and other such erogenous hot zones.

SEX AROUND THE WORLD
How to fire up your sex life by taking cues from around the world
 

Multicultural People


 
Multicultural People

JAPAN If ever there was a get-it-on getaway for fans of the quickie, it’s Japan. The island country is home to roughly 37,000 “love hotels” that offer temporary lodging for couples who want to have intercourse but lack the private venue in which to do it. Accord-ing to Wikipedia, rooms at the short-stay sex hotels are booked discreetly, “often selected from a panel of buttons and the bill is settled by pneumatic tube, automatic cash machines or a pair of hands behind a pane of frosted glass.” Forbes.com last year re-ported that the love hotels cater to an average of 1.4 million desirous couples in a single day. BRINGING JAPAN HOME When booking your next short stay, ask not what the hotel can do for you but how cheaply you can do it at the hotel. An inexpensive room will not only be easier on your bank account but it’ll help set the mood for a steamy night of nooky somewhere other than your regular love nest. Vogels likens the experience to having vacation sex without the actual vacation.

SEX AROUND THE WORLD
How to fire up your sex life by taking cues from around the world
 

Multicultural People


 
Multicultural People

OUTER SPACE NASA and “the nasty” may seem like strange bedfellows, but that hasn’t stopped the Kinsey Institute from speculating on the ways in which astronauts might get it on in outer space. It is, after all, the final frontier. According to the insti-tute’s sexual encyclopedia, a device allowing intercourse in microgravity—reportedly called the Belt to Paradise—has already been patented, although experts warn: “It is not possible…to prove that sexual behavior has occurred [in space] because of the potential harm to the astronauts involved, as well as to the space program as a whole.” But disclaimers aside, we all know Capt. Kirk wasn’t taking those Star Trek babes back to his room to play Scrabble. BRINGING OUTER SPACE HOME Carlyle Jansen, foun-der of Toronto’s woman-positive sex-toy and -education store Good for Her, says the best way to get gravity-defying orgasms at home is with a swing. “It definitely gives you that weightless kind of experience,” says Jansen of the Jolly Jumper–like contraptions. “You can spend the whole night experimenting with different things and different positions, whether for intercourse or for oral or having one partner in, one partner out.” Another way to embrace your inner space cadet is with a sling, which enables a back-and-forth motion as opposed to up and down. “You can really last a long time because you’re not exerting much energy,” explains Jansen, who favours the sling over the swing in her own boudoir. “You also get great angles with it.” Hey, you might as well mean it when you say sex is out of this world.

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