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The Best and Worst Sex and Dating Trends of the 2010s Decade

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The 2010s revolutionized how we date and have sex. Grindr came out in 2009 and three years later, Tinder followed suit. You’d think with the ease of casual hookups, millennials would be having more sex than ever before, but a 2016 study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior found that more than twice as many millennials born in the 1990s (15 percent) have no sexual partners compared to Gen Xers born in the 1960s (6 percent).

With dating apps, we’re struck with the paradox of choice. We have more options than ever before to meet, date, and have sex with people—yet having so many options might actually hinder our ability to find “the one.” We can’t help but think there’s someone better out there, so we ghost (or breadcrumb or fizz) and move on to the next victim.

Still, the 2010s were also great for sex and dating. The sex-positive movement exploded over the past decade, and there are more products and toys to help you have more satisfying sex than ever before. With that, here are the best and worst sex and dating trends of the decade.

The best:

1. THC/CBD-infused sex products

Stoners rejoice! But actually, these products aren’t just for recreational cannabis users. CBD and THC-infused lubricants can actually enhance pleasure immensely for female partners by decreasing the amount of pain and discomfort that can sometimes be accompanied with sex. Same too, can CBD vaginal suppositories, and they have the added benefit of being able to alleviate some of the pain that comes with period cramps.

      2. Women reclaimed the word “horny”

      The word “horny” doesn’t just belong to gross pubescent boys anymore. Women, too, are embracing the word, and with it, their sexual desires. In 2019, The New York Times published an article called “The Year Women Got ‘Horny’,” in which the author writes that previously the word horny “was mischievous,” and “decidedly masculine.” Well, not any more.

      3. Prostate stimulation is for all men

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      Technically, prostate play has always been for all men, regardless of sexual orientation. But with the rise of pegging in mainstream culture (thanks Broad City) we’ve seen a critical shift in how straight men, too, are embracing that walnut-sized gland in the anus. After all, pleasure is pleasure. It isn’t gay, straight, or bisexual. And with proper prostate stimulation, you can take your pleasure to new heights.

      4. The invention of the “sex and cuddle/nap” first date

      This one pertains more to men who date men. A new type of first date was invented with the help of hookup apps—sort of variant of the infamous Netflix and Chill. I’m going to go ahead and call it the “sex and cuddle/nap.” Here’s how it works: After talking on the apps for a few minutes, you invite someone over. You talk about your day for five minutes. You make out for five minutes, and then you have sex for 15. Then you spend the next few hours cuddling and napping together. Honestly, it’s a great first date. Then on the second date, you can get to know them, if you so choose.

      5. There’s a sex toy for everything

      The past decade has seen a huge proliferation in the number of sex toys. In 2016, it was a $15 billion industry, according to Forbes. In 2017, it was estimated at $23.7 billion, according to Business Wire, and it’s estimated to reach $35.5 billion by 2023.

      There are new sex toys and accessories for every body and actitivity imaginable. There are automatic blowjob simulators, gender-neutral sex toys, and even premature ejaculation sprays for guys who blow their loads a little too quickly. If there’s something new you want to try out, odds are there’s a perfect sex toys to accompany you on the job.

      7. Cuffing season is a thing

      Somehow as a society, we’ve cumulatively agreed that it sucks to be single in the winter. No one likes heading to holiday office and family functions alone. And lord knows we have no desire to get dressed to head 3 miles in freezing temperatures to meet some person at a dive bar who looks nothing like their Tinder photos. That’s why cuffing season—which Urban Dictionary defines as a time period wherein we stop having rampant sex after a summer of lovin’ and settle down with one companion to wait out the cold fall and winter months—is an awesome 2010s trend.

      8. The invention of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)

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      Approved by the FDA in 2012, Truvada became the first antiretroviral medication approved to prevent the spread of HIV. Commonly referred to as Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), Truvada is a pill one can take daily that decreases the likelihood of acquiring HIV through sex by 99%, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This pill has empowered people who engage in higher-risk sexual activity; they no longer have to fear about contracting the virus while having sex.

      9. The rise of ass eating

      “He toss my salad like his name Romaine,” Nicki Minaj rapped in “Anaconda” back in 2014. A year later, Young Thug rapped “Eat the booty like groceries.” In 2018, the same year Tom Brady commented on an ass-eating meme on Instagram, MEL Magazine published an article called “Anal Sex Is Passé, Ass-Eating Has Peaked: What’s The Next Big Sex Trend?

      Now, I’m not going to say ass eating has peaked. I think the stupendous art of analingus is on the rise, and we’re only going to see more of it. With that, here’s our beginner’s guide to rimming.

      Now…onto the worst:

      1. Ghosting

      In the 2010s, it somehow became acceptable to go on multiple dates with someone, have great sex, seem like you enjoyed it, and then never reply or speak to that person every again. This cowardly act is extremely frustrating, and makes us want to give up on sex and dating altogether. Sure, people have been doing this since the dawn of dating, but in the 2010s, the phenomenon not only got a name, but also seemed to become an epidemic.

      2. Dating is no longer fun

      According to my parents, dating, apparently, used to be a fun activity. They fondly recall being asked out (or asking someone out) IRL, going on group dates with other couples, and doing fun things, like seeing drive-in movies. Perhaps because of behaviors like ghosting, dating has started to feel like a chore. In fact, there’s now a common phrase, “dating fatigue,” to describe the burnout you can face when you’re trying to settle down.

      3. It’s grown harder to meet folks in real life

      A 2019 study published by Stanford researcher Michael Rosenfeld found that the majority of couples in the United States now meet online instead of through friends. This isn’t necessarily a good or bad dating trend. However, it seems that many of us are losing our confidence and ability to meet folks in real life because we’ve grown too accustomed to swiping on the apps.

      4. The rise of unsolicited dick pics

      According to a 2017 YouGov survey, over 40% of women ages 18 to 36 report having received an unwanted penis picture. Now dick pics are some of the best things you can receive via text… when formally requested. Sending an unsolicited dick pic isn’t just gross, it can actually be considered a form of sexual harassment.

      5. Benefits without friends

      Friends with benefits? Amazing, as long as the two of you are on the same page, treat each other with respect, and are honest about your intentions. But the 2010s saw the rise of benefits without friends, cleverly disguised as friends with benefits. In other words, people are putting up with casual partners treating them terribly because they believe that’s what’s a friends with benefits situation means. They’re seemingly fine with their casual partner flaking and not responding to texts. Friends with benefits means just that: You are friends with benefits. They should still treat you with respect and like an actual friend. Would it be fine for you friend to constantly flake and not text you back? No, just like it’s not acceptable for friends with benefits to behave in this manner.

      6. Breadcrumbing

      Breadcrumbing, according to Urban Dictionary, is “When the crush has no intentions of taking things further, but they like the attention. So they flirt here or there, send dm/texts just to keep the person interested, knowing damn well they’re staying single.” Essentially, your crush is leaving you a trail of romantic breadcrumbs that leads to nowhere.

      Often times, they don’t even meet up with you. They won’t reply when you ask to make plans, and will just hit you up with an out-of-the-blue “hey” days later. The best thing you can do to breadcrumbers is stop texting back. Period.

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    11 Best Sports Podcasts For Fans of Baseball, Football, More 2020

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    Sports talk still exists in a big way—turn on ESPN at any hour of the day, and you’ll most likely see someone yelling something about some big play, or big controversy within the wide world of sports. If you hop in the car and turn on the radio, chances are you’ll find a sports talk show before too much time passes. But in 2020, more than ever, the sports talk landscape has expanded beyond these two traditional medias and into podcasting, a format that allows significantly more freedom and a significantly more flexible structure.

    Below, we’ve done the work of gathering 11 of the very best podcasts of the moment, focusing on different aspects of the sports you can’t get enough of. Whether it’s gripping stories, useful advice, or just listening to some fans talking shop, each of these podcasts has a specific purpose, and fills it admirably.

    ESPN Daily

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    In the world of news, The Daily (from The New York Times) has been a bonafide smash, a podcast that comes out Monday through Friday morning and dives in-depth into the biggest story of the day. It’s been such a success, in fact, that ESPN decided to give the same idea a shot in the sports world. Hosted by one of the network’s best personalities in Mina Kimes (she both writes and appears on-air for ESPN, in addition to hosting her own podcast and being a top-tier Tweeter), The ESPN Daily Podcast has access to the network’s best talent when covering the sports world’s biggest stories.

    A recent edition of ESPN Daily, for example, features Kimes talking about Alex Cora, the now-former Red Sox manager who lost his job due to his role in the uncovered Houston Astros cheating scandal. Where many sports podcasts might just talk about this story, ESPN Daily has access to ESPN’s Buster Olney, a super plugged-in MLB insider. The perspective here is unparalleled, making it a quick hit and a must for the sports fan

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    The Bill Simmons Podcast

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    The Ringer

    I’m going to tell you all about The Bill Simmons Podcast, but first…our friends…. from Pearl Jam.

    Sorry, I had to. As anyone who’s ever listened to the podcast hosted by the former ESPN personality-turned-founder of The Ringer could tell you, the inside contents of an episode of The Bill Simmons Podcast can vary greatly, but the show is always going to begin and end with a pair of very familiar Pearl Jam riffs. Whether it’s sitting down with top-tier athletes like Kevin Durant, or talking shop with sports-loving superstars like Ethan Hawke or Matt Damon, Simmons usually tends to land amazing guests. But the best episodes of the show are often when people drop everything else and just talk sports, like you do with your buddy down at the bar. Simmons (who at one point wrote for Jimmy Kimmel Live!) often talks sports and gambling with Kimmel’s Cousin Sal, a combo that’s not only informative, but super funny. Most importantly, though, Simmons and his guests just love sports, and you feel that in every episode. As a Knicks fan, I don’t think I’ll ever forget the emergency Simmons podcast last winter after Kristaps Porzingis was traded. Dark times!

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    Gladiator: Aaron Hernandez and Football Inc

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    The Boston Globe/Wondery

    Did you listen to Serial? Or maybe S-town? Are you watching Netflix’s new documentary Killer Inside? Well, the Spotlight team from The Boston Globe (yes, the real-life version of the team that you saw expose the atrocities of the catholic church in Best Picture winner Spotlight)joined forces with podcast production company Wondery to produce Gladiator, which, in a way, combines all of those things.

    The addictive, true-crime storytelling style of Serial combines with the tragic story of former NFL star Aaron Hernandez, who went from signing a 40-million dollar contract to convicted murdered to dead by suicide over the course of just a few years. This eight-part story tells it all, complete with more details than you could’ve possibly imagined. Even if you thought you knew the whole story, you probably don’t.

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    Fantasy Focus Football

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    ESPN

    For those of you (all of you) who play Fantasy Football, ESPN’s Fantasy Focus is your best bet for the most entertaining show in the business. Airing five days a week during peak football season, this show features a more even split than the hosts would admit between football analysis (led by ESPN Insider Field Yates and Matthew Berry, a fantasy football pioneer who also made a cameo in Avengers: Endgame (!)) and good old fashioned podcast nonsense. For lack of a better term, these guys like to have fun. The show has fans new and old, but it doesn’t take long to get in on some inside jokes, and also learn a little bit about who your best bet at the Flex spot might be for Week 9. (A Fantasy Focus Baseball podcast, hosted by a pair of veteran ESPN analysts, also airs twice a week in the spring)

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    R2C2 is UNINTERRUPTED

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    Uninterrupted

    He may have just finished up his final season as a member of the New York Yankees, but CC Sabathia has already become a veteran in something else he’s a natural at: podcasting. This show from the 251-game winner and his co-host, ESPN and YES Network broadcaster Ryan Ruocco, originated as a podcast from The Players Tribune, and now is hosted on Uninterrupted, a player-empowerment platform owned by LeBron James and Maverick Carter.

    Sabathia and Ruocco have a natural chemistry, and their conversations in each episode feel like one that you could join in on at a moment’s notice. Topics range from pop culture and anectodes to the happenings of the day in baseball, but the most interesting moments come when CC shared unfiltered feelings, perspective, and true stories from inside the Yankees dugout and around the major leagues. In a recent episode, the 6’7” pitcher addressed the aforementioned Houston Astros cheating scandal that’s rocked Major League Baseball, and held nothing back: “Fuck that!” he said, adding a ton of insight from a player who lived something we’re all reading about in real-time.

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    30 for 30 Podcasts

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    ESPN

    One of the coolest entries on this list, 30 for 30 Podcasts (named for ESPN’s ultra-successful sports documentary series) is basically a sports version of NPR’s This American Life, with each episode telling a different story in the format of an audio-only documentary. Last summer, the podcast ran a three-part feature, titled The Sterling Affairs. The Sterling Affairs gave new insight and original reporting on the scandal that led to Donald Sterling, former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, to sell the team after an unearthed recording revealed him making racist remarks. For anyone interested in sports stories that dig deeper and might have slipped through the cracks, this one is for you.

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    Only a Game

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    NPR

    The equation for this one is really quite simple: it’s NPR’s sports show. If you’re into Fresh Air, or Planet Money, or Morning Edition, chances are you’ll enjoy this show, which also gets into individual story segments with each episode. About a year ago, the show ran an incredibly touching segment featuring former NBA star and TNT Inside the NBA analyst Charles Barkley, of all people. By the end, make sure you look around wherever you’re listening, because someone will probably be cutting onions.

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    No Dunks

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    The Athletic

    If you’re an NBA fan just looking for a weekday recap of what went down in this crazy league we all love so much, No Dunks, from The Athletic, might just be your best bet. The hosts, Skeets, Tas, Trey, Leigh, and JD, are informative about what’s happening around the league, but without feeling like you’re watching special reports from ESPN every day; they feel like some of your friends and you’re having a couple beers.

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    The Fantasy Footballers

    Another option for pristine Fantasy advice. Based independently out west in Arizona, if ESPN isn’t your flavor, you should check out The Fantasy Footballers. Hosted by Andy Holloway, Jason Moore, and Mike Wright, these three guys clearly have been friends for a long time, and also do their homework. When the show isn’t making you laugh with their incredibly fun, sometimes nonsensical bits (usually linked to specific players), it’s rewarding your time with really great advice that can help you win in Fantasy Football—and maybe even make a little money.

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    Men in Blazers

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    Men in Blazers

    If you’re a soccer fan—particularly an American soccer fan—this one is for you. Michael Davies and Roger Bennett preview each weekend’s premier league games, and when that magical time every four years comes to talk about a World Cup, these guys don’t only know their sh*t, but they’ll make you laugh while talking about it. They’ve been on ESPN before, and now their show airs on NBC Sports Network, but their podcast is available for whenever you might need it.

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    The JJ Redick Podcast

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    The Ringer

    While we’re naming JJ’s as the recommendation here, this is also a shout out to any NBA player still in the league who simultaneously has a podcast. Redick and Vince Carter (Winging it With Vince) both have podcasts on The Ringer, and Blazers star CJ McCollum also has his own.

    When he’s not draining threes for the New Orleans Pelicans, Redick is a natural behind the mic; with the help of his co-host Tommy Alter, he has guests on his show like his rookie teammate (and fellow Duke Blue Devil) Zion Williamson, as well as comedians like Hasan Minhaj.

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    Mike’s On With Francesa

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    Radio.com

    Come on, y’all. We had to include The Sports Pope here. Ever since Mike and The Mad Dog launched in 1989, Francesa has been a fixture of the sports talk world, despite his show being rooted only in New York City. He’s got a 30 for 30!

    Not only is the born and bred New Yorker an absolute legend and the king of the hot take, but after a stunning turn in Uncut Gems, he’s now an acclaimed actor, too. Did you hear him drop that F bomb?

    You could also check out @BackAftaThis for all the worthy highlights, too. Either way works!

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    George Lucas Cradles Baby Yoda in Image Shared by Jon Favreau

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    • Jon Favreau shared a photo of Star Wars creator George Lucas cradling the still-unnamed Baby Yoda to his Instagram and Twitter feeds.
    • Fans and even Star Wars actors saw the image and felt their heart melt.
    • The second season of The Mandalorian is currently in production.

      The first season of Disney+‘s The Mandalorian might be in the books, but the mania and lovefest for Baby Yoda is continuing on, full speed ahead. The latest figure to be seen in public admiration of Baby Yoda is none other than Star Wars creator George Lucas himself. Lucas was spotted in both a captionless Tweet and Instagram from Mandalorian showrunner Jon Favreau fully cradling Baby Yoda, looking at him with what could only be described as a loving gaze.

      Before The Mandalorian debuted in November of last year, Favreau had talked about his past meetings with Lucas, and the advice he was given by the man who originally brought Luke, Leia, Han Solo, Darth Vader, and the original Yoda to the big screen.

      “The one thing he said to me was, ‘Remember, Jon, the real audience for all stories and all myths is the kids that are coming of age,’ because he’s really a Joseph Campbell adherent,” Favreau told GQ Middle East in an interview last year while promoting The Lion King. “We enjoy the stories as adults, but, really, storytelling is about imparting the wisdom of the previous generations on to the children who are becoming adults, and giving them a context for how to behave and how to learn the lessons of the past without making the mistakes on their own.”

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      What’s not clear to anyone—due to Favreau’s lack of a caption—is whether this photo of Lucas and Baby Yoda was a new photo or an old one. Is this a brainstorm for Season 2? Is this on-set of Season 2? It’s not clear, but seeing the faces of Star Wars past and present looking longingly into each others’ eyes is certainly one that fans of the franchise have to be happy to see.

      While Baby Yoda just might be the smallest major character in the Star Wars canon, the actor who just might play the biggest, Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca), saw Favreau’s post and chimed in on both. “The Maker and The Child,” he wrote.

      Others speculated what Lucas could be doing if he was indeed, on set with Favreau.

      On a related note, it won’t be long until fans of Star Wars and The Mandalorian can start to cradle their own Baby Yoda, just like George Lucas. Disney agreed, initially, to hold off on selling Baby Yoda plush toys, action figures, and other merchandise so to keep the character’s initial appearance under wraps, but all of that is now on the way. For anyone wanting to take things a step even further, Build-a-Bear workshop announced this week that they’ll allow customers to make their own Baby Yoda.

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    Watch Dr. Pimple Popper Wiggle a ‘Chicken Tender’ Lipoma Free

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    • In a new Instagram video, Dr. Pimple Popper removes a “chicken tender” lipoma from a patient’s arm.
    • Dr. Lee wiggles the slender, jiggly lipoma out of a small incision using a tweezer-like surgical tool.
    • Lipomas are benign tumors made up of fat tissue that are painless, though they can grow to be quite large.

      You won’t want to chow down on this “chicken tender.” In a new Instagram video, Dr. Pimple Popper — aka, dermatologist and TLC host Dr. Sandra Lee, MD — removes a slender, jiggly lipoma resembling a raw chicken strip from a patient’s arm.

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      In the short clip, Dr. Lee uses a pair of surgical tweezers and some blunt surgical scissors to loosen the lipoma from the women’s arm. She then pulls the fatty tissue through a small incision to remove it in one piece. The growth emerges looking like a raw chicken tender, with a thin and jiggling appearance.

      A lipoma is a benign tumor made up of fat tissue, and are actually most commonly found in men. The growths are usually painless and commonly grow on the arms, back, and legs. The distinct yellowish color of lipomas is the same color of most fatty tissue on the body, and gives this growth an especially chicken-like appearance.

      In the video, the patient and her family say they’ve been waiting to say goodbye to the growth. Dr. Lee suggests the family say, “Hasta la lipoma” to bid it farewell. Hopefully the family will be OK saying goodbye to any chicken strip cravings they’ve been harboring, too.

      Watch the raw chicken removal below:

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