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Naked Light

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 10:48:20 AM America/Los_Angeles

The other day, while working on an upcoming project involving patterns and textures, we stumbled across the work of Fernand Fonssagrives. Generally our inspiration comes from further afield (fashion, nature, Higgs bosons), but this case, the subject matter was quite closely related to our work. Fonssagrives was a popular fashion photographer whose work was featured throughout the 40’s and 50’s in the likes of Town and Country, Harper's Bazaar and Vogue. He found his inspiration close to home – his muse was none other than his wife, noted model Lisa Fonssagrives, who later remarried (and served as muse) to a different highly accomplished photographer, Irving Penn. Let’s just say, she has a type. As we’re always playing with the intersection of geometric and organic forms in our own work, we appreciate how Fonssagrives basic projection of a flat pattern comes to life when mapped onto the body. In the case of this particular image, it’s the acceleration and then attenuation of the simple circle that brings the contours to life and tells us when we’ve reached the extremity of the body. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for a series of related photographs by Fonssagrives. While you’re at it, let us know if you’ve come across any particularly arresting images of late – you never know, you might be able to spot your contribution to our next product.
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MAK visitors meet the FORM line

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 5:00:21 AM America/Los_Angeles

MAK visitors meet the FORM line

Austrian audiences enjoyed samples of Jimmyjane’s best-selling FORM line on display at MAK, Vienna’s museum of applied and contemporary art.

Click on the image to the left to see a slideshow of the exhibit.

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Fifty Shades of Discerning Customers

Thursday, July 12, 2012 4:48:08 PM America/Los_Angeles

Despite the best efforts of sex educators like Betty Dodson, stores like Babeland and Good Vibrations, and brands like, well, us, the taboo around female sexual pleasure still lurks in American culture. Sure, there was the feminist revolution, Our Bodies, Ourselves, these definitely helped to bring the female orgasm out of the closet. The nineties brought Sex and the City, which helped to open up the conversation even further. But still, how often do women talk casually with their friends about the last time they masturbated? Our opinion - not as frequently as they should. Of course, everyone’s sexuality is their own private business. However, the more that women discuss what’s out there – techniques, vibrator options, new ideas – the more they can be inspired (rather than embarrassed) to explore their own range of sexual pleasure. Recently, there's been a step in the right direction in the form of a popular (and poorly-written) best-seller.  E.L. James’s steamy novel, Fifty Shades of Grey, seems to have parted the curtain of embarrassment to reveal a growing audience eager to read about a young woman’s sexual awakening. Women can be seen openly reading this heat-inducing trilogy in bookstores, cafes, and even on the New York subway. Despite the lack of literary value, we like where this trend is going. Here’s why – take Anastasia Steele, the central character in Fifty Shades. She’s a woman in her early twenties who recently graduated from college and, until meeting her charming grey-eyed lover, she’d never had an orgasm. This is not uncommon. Today, up to 50% of women experience orgasm infrequently and are dissatisfied with how often they reach it. At Jimmyjane, we’re on a mission to change that. The more each woman feels comfortable discussing her sexuality, with her friends and with her partner, the more she’ll learn what’s available to her. If she’s interested in experimenting with vibrators, she should have the knowledge (and the confidence) to ask about power levels and modes, power sources, price range, and materials used. This puts the control in her hands, rather than the hands of manufacturers. Only educated consumers have the power to increase demand for safer materials, eco-friendly policies and, most importantly, satisfaction and efficacy from the products they buy. So we say, fifty cheers for Fifty Shades. It may not be great literature, but it’s furthering an important conversation.
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Dan Savage on Vibrators

Thursday, June 28, 2012 3:00:11 AM America/Los_Angeles

We’ve always been big fans of sex columnist Dan Savage and his no-nonsense style when it comes to doling out the advice on everything from relationships to masturbation to bestiality. His open and honest approach is both refreshing and, at times, hilarious. We were especially pleased with the advice he gave out last week in his Savage Love column in The Stranger. A 20-year-old woman wrote to him explaining that she’d been with the same guy for five years and she’d never had an orgasm until she finally tried using a vibrator. However, she is scared to tell her boyfriend about the purchase (and its success). Dan’s advice – Tell your boyfriend you bought a vibrator. If the boyfriend is sad about your purchase—and your ability to climax (congrats!)—tell him that some women require the kind of intense, focused stimulation that only a vibrator can provide in order to get off, and, as it turns out, you're one of those women. And he can still be the first person to give you an orgasm: He can give you one with a vibrator in his hand. And if he acts like an insecure bitch about it, CWF, if he blows up or melts down, well... New vibrator, newly orgasmic—maybe it's time for a new boyfriend, too?   Photo credit: Interview Magazine
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Jimmyjane on Bravo

Monday, June 25, 2012 5:02:19 PM America/Los_Angeles

We’re excited to report that last week’s premiere of “Miss Advised” on Bravo did not disappoint. The reality show features friend of Jimmyjane, Emily Morse (of Sex With Emily), along with two other relationship experts, and proves that being a sex expert, does not make you a pro at your own love life. It's easier to give the advice than to follow it. The entertaining first episode included scenes from the launch party that Jimmyjane threw for Emily’s new book, “Hot Sex.” It also included some heart-to-hearts between Emily and her brother, covering topics from monogamy, to codependency, to cock rings. It's always an adventure in the Morse family, it would seem. Download the first episode for free on iTunes and catch the second episode tonight on Bravo. Also, check out Emily’s Picks on Jimmyjane
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Jimmyjane is Fab's best-selling brand

Thursday, June 21, 2012 4:47:34 PM America/Los_Angeles

It’s Fab.com’s first birthday. What has this design-centric flash sale site done in the last year? According to Business Insider, they've gained 5 Million Users, sold 1.8 million items, acquired their third startup (Llustre), and launched in the UK. Those are quite a few accomplishments for a one-year-old. So out of all 1.8 million items, what has been flying off Fab.com’s virtual shelves the fastest? "A vibrator," announced cofounders Jason Goldberg and Bradford Shellhammer earlier this week at Le Web London. But not just any vibrator, a FORM from Jimmyjane. Jimmyjane and Fab. It’s a match made in heaven. Watch the Le Web London interview (vibrators mentioned at 16:43).
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Maggie Gyllenhaal discusses "Hysteria" on The Daily Show

Monday, June 18, 2012 4:27:30 PM America/Los_Angeles

It’s both endearing and disturbing. Jon Stewart, the eloquent host of The Daily Show, can’t bring himself to say “orgasm” during his recent interview with Maggie Gyllenhaal about her new movie, Hysteria.

This popular Comedy Central host—who interviews everyone from movie stars, to foreign diplomats, to presidents, without an errant word—can’t even form a full sentence when it comes to discussing female sexuality and vibrators. Like a nervous adolescent, Jon giggles his way through awkward references, from the Incredible Hulk to Tinker Bell.

However, we can’t help but appreciate his initial joke about the setting of the film – Victorian England, an era in which “Men made the decisions about women’s health without the knowledge or the emotional ability.Watch the clip and see what you think.
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Jimmyjane in the MAK

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 3:33:16 PM America/Los_Angeles

Jimmyjane has made an impression on Austria in more ways than one. Of course, the Austrians love FORM Vibrators for their power to please. But now, the Viennese are appreciating our powerful line of pleasure products in a new way – as art.

These practical objets d’arts are currently on exhibit in the MAK, Vienna’s museum of applied and contemporary art. Jimmyjane is featured alongside other design-centric brands from around the world, including Apple, Jawbone, and more.

From the MAK websiteFounded in 1863 as the Austrian Museum for Art and Industry, the MAK works toward the sustainable improvement of the interaction between art and commerce."

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We give you... Zimoun

Thursday, June 7, 2012 10:48:39 AM America/Los_Angeles

Sound and power go hand in hand.

When we design our vibrators, our challenge is to get the most power with the least sound. Obviously, most people prefer their vibrators quiet, so as not to ruin the mood (or alert your neighbors of your activities), which is why we have a line of vibrators that are nearly silent.

However, Swiss artist Zimoun, uses motors, similar to the ones found inside Jimmyjane vibrators, to play with sound. It is not the motors themselves that make sound, but the objects to which they are attached. Have a look at some of his Sculpting Sound work. Try closing your eyes while listening – what do you envision?
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Hysteria comes to San Francisco

Thursday, May 31, 2012 2:44:51 PM America/Los_Angeles

Jimmyjane hosted a screening of Hysteria on May 22nd at San Francisco’s Opera Plaza Landmark Cinema. The exclusive screening was followed be a Q&A with director Tanya Wexler. Afterward, the crowd headed to Jardiniere in Hayes Valley.= for celebratory drinks and general merriment.

The San Francisco Chronicle points out that the film “brings up an aspect of 19th century social history that few people know about, one that is more than just interesting or absurd or titillating, but rather illuminating of an entire era's self-delusion.” We’d like to add that it’s also laugh-outloud funny. Read more of what what the press has to say about Hysteria. Then, do yourself a favor and go see it in the theater. It just might be the climax of your weekend.
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