Wednesday Nibbles: The Daily Show on Safewords, Porn X Factor, Sex Trafficking Sham, Dilbert Really Sucks

by Violet Blue on March 30, 2011

Mistress Nyomi Banxxx

  • Read my take-apart of an all-female tech PR firm that belligerently proffered “keep your skirt short enough to be interesting” speakers’ tips at SxSW – then their totally awful response: Tech PR, and short skirts at SxSW 2011 (ZDNet)
  • Joumana Haddad is “the Oprah of Lebanon” and risking a hell of a lot with her sex-positive activism and unflinching will to publish erotica: Sex and the Souk (NYTimes.com, use NYTClean if needed)
  • Announcement from us sex educators: we’re very pleased to say that SFSI.org has partnered with the awesome birth control info site Bedsider! Click over and say hi! (bedsider.org)

Violet Blue

The London Times named Violet Blue "One of the 40 bloggers who really count" and Self Magazine named TinyNibbles one of the “Best Sex Resources for Women.” Blue is an autodidact and pundit on sex and technology, hacking and security, porn for women, privacy and bleeding-edge tech culture. She is a journalist for ZDNet, CBS News, CNET; she's an educator, speaker, crisis counselor, volunteer NGO trainer, and the author and editor of over 40 award-winning books.

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{ 3 comments }

1 BBallQT March 31, 2011 at 1:18 am

Tumblr promply deleted Audacia Ray. That site is notorious for unilateral censorship, well not even censoring, they just delete you completely.

2 Mike March 30, 2011 at 8:55 am

I’ll ask you the same question I asked Tom Tomorrow – how do you keep up with all this shit without wanting to drop someone off a cliff? Some of this is just so outright stupid, petty and evil that I can’t believe people think it’s defensible. As if being straight (and I AM a straight male) means you can take offense that others aren’t and that some people dare to treat that as ok. Or as if publishing a pretty funny strip (I do like Dilbert) means that your babbling is intelligent just because it’s from you.
I’m thankful you give us all the good links, but I fear for your sanity.

3 Digital Succubus March 30, 2011 at 4:15 am

That’s a great piece from the Bioware guy. It’s interesting the different response that’s occurred by them having proactive, rather than purely reactive, relationship events in their game. They’ve addressed homosexual relationships in other games before, but all the relationships were instigated under the control of the player. Now they have characters in their game who make the first move, and suddenly it’s a big deal (there’s more than one thread on the subject on the Bioware forums).

Interesting to see how a relatively male dominated pastime such as video gaming can have a useful impact here. Much of Bioware’s success with their roleplaying games has come *because* they’ve had deep and involving personal relationship aspects to their plotlines. It means that people who might not necessarily have thought about such issues might address them in (for most) a non-threatening ‘game’ environment, which might help them react in a more mature manner in real life; exceptions such as this ‘straight male gamer’ notwithstanding!

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