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  • Massive trigger warning for sexual abuse and trauma survivors. Federal Cybersecurity Director Timothy DeFoggi is now the sixth suspect convicted on three child porn charges in Operation Torpedo, an FBI operation that targeted three Tor-based child porn sites and that used controversial methods to unmask anonymized users.
    Federal Cybersecurity Director Found Guilty on Child Porn Charges (WIRED)
  • Eric Anderson, a professor at England’s University of Winchester and “chief science officer” at Ashley Madison, revealed that the website had been monitoring the conversations of its users without their prior knowledge or consent.
    Cheaters, beware: Ashley Madison is spying on your emails (Daily Dot)
  • VICE examines Family4love.com, calling it “the Facebook of incest.” In the website’s lingo, an “active family” is one that embraces having sex with one another. “Enjoy meeting others the same” means “come join us.”
    FAMILY4LOVE is the Facebook of incest (VICE)

  • Foria was founded by Matthew Gerson, who actually also founded another popular, alternative sex company: Sir Richard’s Condoms. Foria takes THC oil from marijuana and combines it with body-friendly coconut oil. The spray aims to get your vagina high, although the company is quick to point out that this is a very different high than smoking a joint.
    THC Lube Hits The Market (Condom Depot)
  • A group of Japanese porn actresses are preparing to have their breasts squeezed by fans for 24 hours this weekend for a charity event loosely translated as “Boob Aid”. The nine adult movie stars told local media on Monday about the “Stop! AIDS” campaign event — which will be televised live — but asked, perhaps somewhat optimistically: please be gentle.
    Boob Aid: Japan porn queens in 24-hour ‘squeeze-a-thon’ (Inquirer)
  • It’s the twentieth anniversary of meterosexual’s coining and the tenth(ish) anniversary of Queer Eye. In reconsidering the metrosexual, we must first distinguish between the metrosexual’s imagined and actual properties. Like hipsterism, metrosexuality is an insult more readily slung than substantiated.
    A Decade Later, Whither the Metrosexual (The Awl)

  • The Taser Photoshoot by photographer Patrick Hall is a series of portraits showing half-naked people being tased by their friends. The taser victims and their taser-happy friends aren’t visible in the photographs so they come across as a series of O faces.
    Watch Naked Friends Taser Each Other For Photoshoot (Oyster Mag)
  • Nicki Minaj‘s video for “Anaconda,” was followed by just one day Taylor Swift‘s new single and video “Shake It Off,” which among its cavalcade of cartoonish dance styles features rows of generous rear bumpers heaving and twerking in an obvious parody of Swift’s pop rival Miley Cyrus (unfortunately also imitating Cyrus in using black women’s bodies as props).
    The Winners and Losers of the Summer of Ass (SPIN)

  • “Being a straight man in a gay bar always felt like some form of treason; as if I had wandered into someone’s home, sat down, and turned on the TV. Everyone knew I wasn’t supposed to be there, but there I was – petting their dog, flipping through channels.”
    The Tourist: A Straight Man’s Trip to a Gay Bar (Nerve)
  • The startup Undercover Colors, which is marketing itself as “the first fashion company to prevent sexual assault,” is currently developing a brand of nail polish that can detect the presence of date-rape drugs, which are generally colorless and odorless, in someone’s beverage.
    Could this nail polish help prevent date rape? (Daily Dot)
  • In the 46 years since the Hitachi Magic Wand was introduced, which bears some resemblance to a bass drum mallet, it has come to represent an awkward duality for many Americans. It’s marketed and sold as a personal massager in department stores and pharmacies, while also serving as a trusted masturbation aid.
    The 46-year-old sex toy Hitachi won’t talk about (Engadget)
  • Here we go again with the PornHub search stats (and unfunny omg-sex wordplay)… “Chances are, if you’re visiting Pornhub, you’re on Windows. 85.5% of all Pornhub visitors are running Windows, while 6.64% of desktops run OS X.”
    How You Watch Porn (FastCo Design)

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  • It has taken New York State almost 20 years in the Legislature, and the last year in the Assembly to finally change New York police officers’ practices of detaining women carrying multiple condoms (4+, usually) on charges of prostitution.
    Carrying Condoms Is No Longer A Crime In NYC (Kinsey Confidential)

  • the 9th episode of True Blood’s final season titled Love is to Die, fans finally got to see the highly anticipated sex scene between Eric and his slave, Ginger. Actress Tara Buck said, “Before I actually saw the script, Alex [Skarsgard] said to me, “Have you read the script? They finally wrote it! We finally do it.” I was like, “We do?” And he was just laughing,” she added.
    True Blood’s Tara Buck on Ginger and Eric Sex Scene: ‘This is a Victory for Team Ginger’ (International Business Times UK, sound alert)
  • Gavin McInnes, the co-founder of Vice magazine and current CCO of Rooster, an ad agency he founded in 2010, has been asked to take an “indefinite leave of absence” from Rooster after publishing an article titled “Transphobia Is Perfectly Natural” on Thought Catalog.
    Gavin McInnes Asked to Take Leave of Absence After Transphobic Article (Gawker)

  • Kenneth Douglas admitted to having sex with the corpses between 1976 and 1992 when he worked as a morgue attendant. The extent of his crimes came to light after families of Douglas’s victims were told they could sue by a federal appeals court on Friday.
    Ohio man admits to having sex with up to 100 dead women (NY Daily News)
  • McAfee, the cyber security firm, released a study earlier this year of “more than 1,500 consumers” and found that more than half (54%) “send or receive intimate content including video, photos, emails and messages.” It found that one in three American adults have filmed sexual content on their mobile devices. Digging deeper, McAfee reported that 70 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds receive sexually suggestive content and that (among those using mobile devices) more males than females do so (61% vs. 48%). It also found that 45 percent of adults stored the sexts they received while 40 percent stored the ones they sent. Among those who sent “intimate or racy content,” three-fourths (77%) sent it to their significant other, while only 1 in 10 sent such content to a total stranger.
    We are all sexters now: America’s favorite amateur porn (Salon)

Photo by Robert Coppa via Fashionising.

  • “The latest panic is that kinky people will lure vanilla children into our sexual hellscape through trendy pop cultural depictions of BDSM, such as Fifty Shades of Grey. This nonsense is annoying, but it’s also nothing new. It does, however, raise a question that is often discussed in sexual subcultures but rarely mentioned in the mainstream: Is kink a sexual orientation?
    Is Kink a Sexual Orientation? (Slate)
  • According to BitTorrent monitoring site Scan Eye (in a report showing only downloads from 178 computers that were all located in Pyngonyang), people in North Korea download Angry Birds, Tiny Troopers, British shows like Top Gear and downloads of “Japanese and American pornography.” One download was even for HBO doc Manhunt: The Search for Bin Laden.
    North Koreans Love Downloading Angry Birds, Porn (Betabeat)

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Fashion model Moon Lee looks delicious in a new shoot for Bambi Magazine by Jean Francois Gschwindt — but Bambi’s website is so insanely annoying to use in any way, go look at the whole sexy set on Myjestik or Fashionising.

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VB note: My sweetie is running the SF Marathon this Sunday to raise money for The Trevor Project, an LGBT youth suicide prevention organization. Help us meet (or beat!) our goal!

  • While American generals have been criticized for their handling of an epidemic of sexual assaults, Australia’s army chief, David Morrison, is getting rave reviews for a blistering video he released this week demanding, through clenched teeth, that sexists in his country’s military mend their ways or find another place to work.
    WATCH: Australia’s army chief demonstrates how you address sex abuse (The Week, thank you, Eric!)
  • At a luxury sex camp in the English countryside for women, hedonism and hard work go hand in hand. The brainchild of London-based best friends Lucy Arrowsmith and Vikki Van Someren, the four- to seven-day retreat aims to combat stress, exhaustion, trauma, and the loss of female identity and sexual energy.
    More Sex, Please (W Magazine)

Above: A teaser from the August 1 release of a new Penelope Cruz and Agent Provocateur collaboration.

  • Men write most of the commentary about the disastrous effects of romance novels on women and the public despite the fact that women from all regions and educational backgrounds compose the vast majority of the genre’s writers and readers.
    Why Do Men Dislike Erotica for Women So Much? (Pacific Standard)
  • Ye Haiyan, who goes by the online alias Hooligan Sparrow, is known for her outspoken, pioneering outreach work on sex work and HIV/AIDS. She was denied permission to attend the AIDS Conference in Melbourne when the Chinese government blacklisted her from traveling abroad, continuing a growing pattern of suppressing dissidents.
    China Bars Sex Worker Rights Activist From Traveling to International AIDS Conference (The Nation)

Above: Fun banned ad for fitness tracker TomTom Runner Cardio (via AdRants).

  • A prestigious group of HIV researchers made a loud and scientifically supported plea for the decriminalization of sex work at the 20th Annual International AIDS Conference yesterday, during a presentation of a series of seven studies published in The Lancet.
    Scientists call for the decriminalization of sex work (Verge)
  • Pleasure products giant Lovehoney takes center stage in the new reality series, “Frisky Business,” now available to U.S. viewers on Netflix. The six-part series offers insight into all aspects of the company – from the customer care team fielding intimate questions from shoppers to the returns department dealing with unwanted sex dolls.
    Lovehoney Documentary Streaming on Netflix (XBIZ)

  • A new study looks at the evolutionary psychology behind our ideas of sexual morality, that is, why we slut-shame and moralize about things like promiscuity. The connection between sexual behavior and morality, the researches say, may have come about as a way of keeping a gender-based social order intact.
    Why We Care About Other People’s Sex Lives (The Atlantic)

Above: Great new ad campaign by “underwear subscription” startup, MeUndies.

  • Terri Conley, a professor of psychology and women’s studies at the University of Michigan who studies polyamory, has analyzed a sample of 1,700 monogamous individuals, 150 swingers, 170 people in open relationships, and 300 polyamorous individuals for a forthcoming study. The Atlantic says, “polyamorous people don’t seem to be plagued by monogamous-style romantic envy.”
    Multiple Lovers, Without Jealousy (The Atlantic)
  • This year’s Comic Con is holding the first ever trans specific panel, Breaking Barriers: Transgender Trends in Popular Culture, marks a positive step forward in comics, film, TV, and pop culture.
    Comic Con to Hold First-Ever Trans Panel This Year (SheWired)

  • Dita Von Teese launched her signature lingerie collection this week, and to the surprise of many, and in contrast to Agent Provocateur, Dita’s lingerie is available in “full figure” sizes.
    Dita Von Teese Lingerie Collection (Bare Necessities, above image via)

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  • Since the decline of Prenda Law, the most litigious copyright holder in the US is Malibu Media, a porn company that runs the website X-Art (featuring James Deen and Belle Knox). Last year, a judge sanctioned Malibu for including exhibits that listed “expanded surveillance”—that is, copyrighted material supposedly downloaded by the defendant but not owned by Malibu. In a Michigan case the company asked the defendant to supply information about every adult website visited in the last two years, by any member of the household.
    Copyright holder’s question: How much porn do you watch? (Ars Technica)
  • What AVAST researchers found after purchasing 20 “wiped” phones on eBay and digging up, altogether, more than 40,000 individual bits of data: More than 1,500 pictures were family photos of children, more than 750 were nude photos of women, and more than 250 were “selfies” of male genitals presumably taken by the previous owner.
    Nude pics, other data, recovered from ‘wiped’ Android phones purchased on eBay (SC Magazine)

  • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation spent $1.1 million dollars in grants last month in the effort for better safer sex. The 11 projects evenly splitting the cash are tasked to produce the “next generation of condom:” a prophylactic that “significantly preserves or enhances pleasure” in a bid to boost their regular use. This is the second time the foundation has given such a hefty sum to condom research.
    11 Next Generation Condoms Funded by the Gates Foundation (Future of Sex)
  • The hunt for a perfect contraceptive has gone on for millennia. A new candidate is now on the horizon: a wireless microchip implant that can be turned on and off with a remote control and that is designed to last up to 16 years.
    A Contraceptive Implant with Remote Control (MIT Technology Review)
  • Worried about how you’ll come across should you stumble upon a genital piercing? With a little help from our (pierced) friends, you can avoid embarrassing yourself, wasting time worrying, or straight up annoying your new paramour with the questions they’ve likely heard a whole lot of times.
    The Dumbest Questions Pierced People Get In Bed (Nerve)


  • The media frenzy surrounding Belle Knox, the “Duke University Freshman Porn Star,” as the press has described her, has drawn pointed attention to the intersection of pornography and college life. Academic journal Porn Studies is now looking for papers on the subject.
    PORN STUDIES Call for Papers: Porn Goes To College (PinkLabel TV)


  • Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Ontario asked 84 committed heterosexual couples to come into their lab and answer written questionnaires about both their own levels of sexual satisfaction and that of their partners.
    Can you fake sexual satisfaction? New study thinks not (Chicago Tribune)
  • "You are invited to participate in a research study about college student’s sexual behaviors and exposure to sexually explicit media."
    Study: College Students and Sexually Explicit Media (Dr. Debby Herbenick, Department of Applied Health Science, Indiana University)


  • "A key component of the study is the experience of 'coming out', which is an important part of identity for many people. It is not necessary for you to have come out in order to take part in this study -- in fact, we are keen to obtain data from as many different types of people as possible."
    Study: Identity, Personality and 'Coming out' (Jamie F. Lawson, Department of Anthropology, University of Durham)
  • Luxury Swedish sex toy brand LELO is hosting the LELO UNdesign award 2014, inviting designers to develop ideas and objects that encourage real interaction and human harmony. LELO is seeking submissions that respond to three proposed categories: fashion and accessories; technology, products & spaces; and graphic illustration and planning.
    UNdo, UNcomplicate, UNdesign: 2014 LELO UNdesign award
    (DesignBoom)

VB note: I'll bet the definition of "hypersexuality" in the content of headlines such as these currently making the rounds is a different definition for women than it would be for men.

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Above: Amber Heard by Steven Klein | W Magazine

  • Look up the code F66.0 in the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), the world’s most widely used diagnostic reference, and you’ll find sexual maturation disorder. That seemingly official psychological condition occurs when uncertainty about sexual orientation makes a person depressed or anxious, according to the ICD.
    No scientific basis for gay-specific mental disorders, WHO panel concludes (Science)
  • This article is intense, and the Tinder guys are really fucked up — oh, and like Snapchat, their startup myth is all lies. Wolfe says in her suit: “Although it is tempting to describe the conduct of Tinder’s senior executives as ‘frat-like,’ it was in fact much worse — representing the worst of the misogynist, alpha-male stereotype too often associated with technology startups.”
    The Truth About Tinder and Women Is Even Worse Than You Think (Bloomberg)
  • At least 3,000 porn websites around the world feature the revenge porn genre, and the number is rising, says John Di Giacomo of Revision Legal, a Michigan-based law firm. Women’s charities in Britain and America say more victims are contacting them for help all the time. (Men are occasionally targeted, too.) In Japan the number of cases reported to police more than tripled, to 27,334, between 2008 and 2012.
    Misery merchants (The Economist)
  • CNBC reports that Google is now banning porn businesses from utilizing their ad network. The truth is, the policy of not allowing adult ads in the Google ad network was announced in March.
    Google AdWords Begins Enforcing Porn Ads Rules (Search Engine Land)
  • “Join sex, relationship and business geek, Reid Mihalko of ReidAboutSex.com for an informative and humorous evening where he’ll show you three crushing mistakes most sex educators are making that leave them frustrated, burnout and broke, and the successful business models and practices that will help you turn your calling into a life-long, successful career.”
    SFSI Seminars: The Business Side of Sex Ed: How To Make a Living As a Sex-Positive Professional (Brown Paper Tickets)


  • I, along with 200-plus others, have decided to spend my weekend learning about consensual non-monogamy or love with multiple partners. In other words, polyamory. This is one of a handful of conferences and retreats organized each year by Loving More, a nonprofit that’s been promoting “openly and deeply loving more than one person at a time” for over 27 years.
    A Surprising Weekend Inside the Touchy-Feely World of Polyamory (Nerve)


  • When my boyfriend and I were looking at our first apartment together last year, the number-one thing we decided we needed in order to get along was… separate bedrooms. We’re not the only ones. Arianne Cohen recently proclaimed that sleeping in her “woman cave” (a.k.a. guest room) helped save her marriage…
    The Beauty Of Not Sleeping Together (Refinery 29)
  • Kink CEO Peter Acworth has released a video statement giving his side of the events surrounding the protest of a prison theme of a gay circuit party, and expressing regrets that anyone had to be arrested. He makes clear that Kink is not looking to press any charges against anyone. But in the video, it is clear that some protesters were more in search of a fight than others.
    Video Released From Saturday Armory Protest; Kink.com’s Peter Acworth Responds (SFist)
  • This letter is fantastic. “It’s my understanding that the FBI considers all speech activities on the domain MyRedBook.com ‘unprotected speech’. I hereby state for the record, that I was a MyRedBook VIP member, and enjoyed the use of those “private and public forums” for the purposes of speech which had heightened expectations of privacy as characterized by anonymous, password protected speech on the Internet.”
    MyRedBookVIP: The Letter (MyRedBookVIP)
  • The FBI seizures of MyRedbook.com and SFRedbook.com could put more than 10,000 sex workers who relied on the sites in financial turbulence, says a leading authority on erotic service providers. Maxine Doogan, who leads the nonprofit ESPLER — known formally as the Erotic Service Provider Legal, Educational and Research Project — said that MyRedBook, in particular, had more than 40,000 listings for erotic services when it was seized by the FBI and IRS.
    MyRedBook Closure Said to Affect More Than 10,000 Sex Workers (XBIZ)

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Sex News: Cosplay porn costumes, The Porn Flâneur, EFF on FBI’s sex work raids, Tinder’s rotten core

2 July 2014
Adult movie company ZIZ Entertainment recently auctioned off several costumes featured in its cosplay-themed porn videos Taimanin Asagi and Taimanin Yukikaze, which is based on the adult computer games by the same name. And people are willing to pay top dollar, er, yen, for the used outfits. Cosplay Porn Outfits Fetching […]
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Sex News: The amazing Spider Man boner, pool raft humper

16 June 2014
Image: From LIFE Magazine's 'Hays Code' issue (1940). I'm pretty sure this is where Instagram got their nudity guidelines. Go home X-Art, you're too drink to fuck. The nation’s largest source of “pay us or we’ll sue and tell everyone about the porn we say you downloaded” legal threats -- Malibu […]
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Sex News: Google AdWords sex crackdown, Agender, sex crimes and dolphin sex

12 June 2014
A recent e-mail from the Google AdWords Team to advertisers employing its popular service for getting visitors to websites, warns of upcoming changes to the company’s advertising policies that will eliminate its use by adult -- and potentially NSFW -- companies. Google Gores Adult: An Industry Perspective (XBIZ) GQ gave a reporter […]
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Sex News: The Elliot Rodger PUA murders and #YesAllWomen, Oculus Rift porn app

24 May 2014
Because Facebook won't take down the "Elliot Rodger is a Hero" page. Get your shit together, @facebook. #YesAllWomen pic.twitter.com/Ap89DAqJeD— tellì (@telliproclaims) May 25, 2014 On Friday night, 22-year-old student Elliot Rodger killed six people and wounded seven more in Santa Barbara: Rodger shot himself before police caught him. According to his […]
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Sex News: Pornbots, big penis problems, Giger, OkCupid ghostwriter

22 May 2014
Photo of Madonna by Tom Munro for L'Uomo Vogue (Italia) May/June 2014. What could possibly be offensive about an adorable anthropomorphic vulva who wants to teach women how to masturbate? According to the Apple app overlords, quite a bit. In disappointing news for those awaiting the educational female-masturbation app HappyPlayTime, designer […]
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Sex News: Porn by Wes Anderson, the fake orgasm scale, lust for fat men

16 May 2014
Above: "A Porno by Wes Anderson" The data showed that 21% of women and 32% of men watch live sex shows online. Skype sex is also increasingly common, with 26% of respondents saying they had "had sexual relations via a webcam," while 48% said they would do so if given the […]
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Sex News: Penthouse does BBW, MD cops livetweet prostitution raids, Samuel L. Jackson and RedTube

5 May 2014
More than 4,000 Chinese citizens have applied to be porn watchdogs, or "sexual content appraisers," as Internet companies create new jobs to comply with the newest government crackdown on Internet pornography. The job description requires porn watchdogs to be between the ages of 20 and 35; they can be male […]
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Sex News: Rihanna’s porny Lui shoot, male rape stats, Doctor Who porn parody, Lego for BJ’s

30 April 2014
Don't get hacked. Make safe online profiles. Fight back against harassment. Learn how in The Smart Girl's Guide to Privacy (also on iTunes). Encore une EXCLU @lui : @Rihanna nue en couverture du n°7 ! Dispo en kiosque dès demain. http://t.co/iEvO1d24MF pic.twitter.com/MqDVFZbzif— Lui Magazine (@lui) April 29, 2014 Lui Magazine May 2014 […]
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Sex News: Terry Richardson, more UK online porn laws, robot sex workers, John Turturro

23 April 2014
People in the UK who want to watch pornography will have to prove they are 18 under new Government proposals to stem children's exposure to online sex. New laws are being drawn up that will force adults to prove their age with credit card details or other documents before they […]
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Sex News: Beards and sexual selection, Atari porn, crush fetish arrests

18 April 2014
Don't get hacked. Make safe online profiles. Fight back against harassment. Learn how in my new book The Smart Girl's Guide to Privacy (also on iTunes). One of the strangest of the early trial-and-error home game phases came in the 1980s when a number of pornographic titles hit the market for […]
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Davide Ambroggio’s Dominant Femme in Bambi Magazine XVI

17 April 2014
Fashion porn alert: Davide Ambroggio’s Dominant Femme in Bambi Magazine XVI begins here at image 83, and the whole set is pretty fucking sexy.
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Sex News: Tits for Bitcoin, Wu-Tang penisectomy, lab-grown vaginas

16 April 2014
Don't get hacked. Make safe dating profiles. Fight back against online harassment. Learn how in my new book The Smart Girl's Guide to Privacy (also on iTunes). Find out more at Smart Privacy. Hooray for Naughty Nerdy! "Ms Walker knew another porn star called Maisie Dee, having interacted with her online. […]
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Sex News: Botox for painful sex, mainstream porn disses Belle Knox, ‘Do It For Denmark’

4 April 2014
Announcement: Hi everyone! I have a new book out! It's The Smart Girl's Guide to Privacy: the culmination of my journalism on hackers and cybercrime, plus my work on sex and privacy. Find out more on the book's Smart Privacy Tumblr, get it on Amazon for Kindle, or order it […]
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Ellen von Unwerth: “Sexy Boudoir / Glam Cabaret” for Madame Figaro

13 March 2014
How did I miss this gem? Ellen von Unwerth's sexy short “Sexy Boudoir / Glam Cabaret” for Madame Figaro (magazine) is sweetly silly, and wholly enjoyable. The Citizens of Fashion have a gallery from the session in an easily viewable, nice large hi-res post.
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