Let’s Talk About ‘The Idol’ and Ice Cube Sex
The kink education Sam Levinson should’ve tapped.
HBO‘s The Idol has caused quite the controversy with only two episodes released. But despite the show’s poor reviews, one thing viewers are clearly interested in, is how these characters are having sex — but the safe way. Pippa Murphy, in-house sex expert for Condoms.uk shares sex ed advice for those wanting to explore sexually.
After Episode 1’s introduction to ice cubes during sex, also known as a form of temperature play, Google searches for “Ice cube sex” increased by 493%, Condoms.uk stated.
If you’re amongst the many not tuning into The Idol here’s a mini recap: During the episode, cast members Jocelyn (played by Lily-Rose Depp) and Tedros (played by Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye) have the most cringe worthy sexual encounter and Tedros rubs the ice cube on Jocelyn’s body — then places it inside her. The show, known for missing the mark on sex forgot to include a huge detail that you absolutely should not forget.
Ice cubes during sex are a form of temperature play that can create an enjoyable sensory experience. However, Murphy states there’s one tip you absolutely must not forget, or else it has chaotic consequences. “When inserting ice cubes into the vagina (or anus), you must cover them with a condom as they can stick to the vagina or anal walls and create painful ice burns,” she says. If you’re simply rubbing ice cubes on your partner’s body, “feel free to wrap the ice cube in a thin cloth instead.”
For first timers, “when using an ice cube for the first time, I’d recommend starting slowly and rubbing the ice cube on less sensitive areas of the body. If your partner feels comfortable with this chilling sensation, you can then move onto their erogenous zones whilst paying attention to their response. If they feel comfortable enough, you can insert it into them.
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