Athena Bradford

Athena Bradford
Atlanta, Georgia, US
November 07
Athena Bradford is a writer, explorer, researcher, and the author of “The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to Vibrators.” She suffers from delusions of candor and longs for days when there is no embargo on pleasure.


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SEPTEMBER 14, 2009 9:36AM

British Vibrators: What's in a Name?

rollingpinstockxpertcom_id262045_jpg_16c9f92f9713664449565c848f69eb8cI consider myself a vibrator connoisseur and, as such, I’m always interested in new products. When I read that Good Housekeeping U.K. would be publishing it’s first-ever review of vibes, my heart skipped a beat. They invited 100 women to test a variety of products and rate the…

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SEPTEMBER 4, 2009 6:43PM

Words Become You


Your words set in motion

six months of savory days and

liquid nights that poured over me like icing

On a gingerbread house.


Stories rolled off your tongue

like Maypole ribbons, and I tethered

myself to your… Read full post »

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AUGUST 30, 2009 11:41AM

Diving for Sex

divingstockxpertcom_id492837_jpg_3b1d5667f6207837f8479028f0546673First of all, I hate novelty gifts.  They seem pointless to me.  I mean, really, how many times can a pooping pig induce true belly laughs.  I look at Whoopee cushions, toilet seat outhouse decals, and racing grannies with disbelief—who are these people who shell out $15 fRead full post »

AUGUST 21, 2009 5:47PM



The steel gray drape of my depression parts and

I catch a brief glimpse of

clouds holding fuchsia among the azure hills.

On the horizon, my hopes are piled like coats on a feather down bed

It is my mind that damns… Read full post »

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AUGUST 13, 2009 9:07AM

Who's Teaching My Daughter about Sex?

Jennystockxpertcom_id122328_jpg_56b216b69d11dc6c9eafb6a33ec72c28If you posed that question six months ago, the bells would have rung, and I’d go home with all the prizes because the answer would have been me.  We have every age-appropriate book ever written on the subjects of sex and the human body, and I’ve always answered my 12-year-old…

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intteststockxpertcom_id31976711_jpg_58c6cd0e25761150cea3c55fb937ceccSeveral weeks ago, I posted  a piece on the nightmare experiences that transpired after I placed a personal ad in the New York Review of Books.  I wrote of one man who sent me his "Intimacy Test;" since then, I've received numerous questions about the exact specifics of thi… Read full post »
JULY 21, 2009 9:32AM

A Victim's Plea


Rescue me

from victim’s guilt, memories spilt

that reside in a cocoon of shame demanding to be fed.

They thunder like giants in my mind-field,

each step carrying the grim vibrations of shadowy moments.

And I am in a holding pattern… Read full post »

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JULY 17, 2009 9:15PM

My (Mis)Adventures with Dating a Clown

BeAClownTheCompleteGuideHere’s my dirty secret.  I once dated a clown.  Now in my defense, I didn’t know he was gaga about greasepaint when I accepted his dinner invitation.  He told me that he worked at a Children’s Hospital—it was only later that I found out he was the Residen…

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31cy2MsBYCL  As promised, here is my review of my favorite vibe.  I'm not a paid spokesperson for it, but I love it so much it just seems wrong not to share.

 After I used the Eroscillator for the first time, I actually called the owners of my favorite sex shop to thank them/Read full post »

10thingsstockxpertcom_id583048_jpg_989bd4a393dc568edc9d3a0280e714d5I'm working on a new book and I'm hoping my OS friends will help out.  Specifically I'm looking for your list of  10 things that turn you on and off sexually.  I'm also looking for people (all genders) to interview, so PM me if you are interested.  To get the conversation… Read full post »

JULY 11, 2009 12:02PM

A Siren's Call to Arms



Be forewarned, I’m in a snarky snit over an author and I hate, hate, hate to stuff-her in silence.  I’m not going to name names, but I am going to seethe a bit. 

 I love writing about sex and sensuality, and so I’m naturally… Read full post »



You’re breathing heavily, buttons are coming undone, and the temperature is definitely rising when he asks, “So, how many other guys have you “been” with?”  What is about men wanting to quantify everything from the number of tools in their g… Read full post »

JULY 6, 2009 11:02PM

When You Don't Listen


I leave you clues and speak in candid whispers

But you mistake them for girlish pillow talk.

And I am sidelined again,

shoulders sagging under the weight of my cargo.

Do you not hear the tension exploding like a pistol?

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Apparently nobody told vibrator manufacturers that a rose is a rose is rose because they keep coming up with disguises and multi-tasking models. In some areas of my life, I love dual-purpose products.  I’m thrilled to learn from the good folks at Real Simple that rubbing alcohol removes ba… Read full post »

JULY 2, 2009 8:28AM



A garden of petals trail behind you

as you move to sweep me off my feet.


But I’m not made of air tonight.

I’m armed and dangerous

looking for a worthy gladiator

to mount the swells of passion.

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JUNE 29, 2009 6:44AM

How to Give Great Phone Sex

phonestockxpertcom_id15571311_jpg_2d96b13b61c0673680e6eb56ff15107fWhile phone sex comes naturally to some women, others find it to be worst kind of aural exam. “Will I sound silly? Am I doing it right? What if he starts laughing instead of panting?  Only you can determine if this is the spice your rel…

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JUNE 26, 2009 5:16PM

The Curse of Cursive



Put me in a stationery store and I’m ecstatic.  I finger thick vellum cards and imagine brown ink flowing like caramel toffee; I long to decorate the pages with wandering strokes, fine-tuned flourishes, and well-mannered spacing.  My mouth waters at the cursive… Read full post »

JUNE 24, 2009 6:13AM

Anger's Aftermath



We sprayed the room with our anger

realizing  it is one of the few possessions

that we share.

I bring a spoonful of secrets to your lips

but they blistered your tongue.


Slouching like the damp feather pillow… Read full post »


Let’s be honest--women are complicated.  It’s as true for our eroticism as it is for our emotions.  Sometimes no matter what men do, the thrill flickers and then it’s gone. They take the familiar route, but inexplicably, this time the clitoris is the Read full post »

JUNE 15, 2009 11:17AM

Frozen Dinners



We sit across a table,

a gloved hand arranges objects

forged out of heat—crystal, china, silver.

A perfect setting for mind quests, loving jests, secrets confessed.

But the bantering cantor of past conversation

is gone, replaced by the slow… Read full post »

As an occasional reviewer of sex-related products, I sometimes find “surprise” packages at my front door. Two weeks ago I received a nondescript cardboard box, but the content was anything but ordinary. What did I discover when I rummaged through the tissue paper? The cone vibrator. Read full post »

JUNE 7, 2009 12:35PM

Eavesdropping on Your Heart


It was a head-on collision without a proper introduction

the way we met.

Certain that it was destiny

pioneered by past lives,

we were children on a tilt-a-wheel

dizzy and in constant revolution.


Adrift in our primal… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
JUNE 5, 2009 8:18PM

Dungeons and Dragons: My Visit to a BDSM Club

Dungeons and Dragons

Certain words I dread (“We need to schedule two more dental appointments”) while others I would kill to hear (“Ann Coulter’s physician confirms sex-change operation”).

And then there are statements that defy imagination, such as; “My husband gave me theRead full post »

JUNE 3, 2009 7:23AM

Time in Therapy

Time in Therapy


I’ve come masked to this carnival of confidences.

“That’s the problem,” she says.

The Harlequin and  Hellequin

have no place at this operating table.”


I think about leaving, but then remembering

that I have a lifetime membership,… Read full post »

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MAY 31, 2009 1:14AM

Looking for Love in the New York Review of Books

Looking for Love in the New York Review of BooksTen years ago I moved to a new city and was experiencing a dearth of “gentleman callers.” Internet dating wasn’t quite the rage it is now—Personal Ads, carefully placed, were the drudge of choice. I was hesitant but horny and the latter wore down my resistance.&nbs… Read full post »