Finally, unbiased data on HIV and porn: How big a problem is H.I.V. among porn actors? Competitive Enterprise Institute policy analyst Michelle Minton crunches some numbers over at the OpenMarket blog. “The rate of HIV infection among the LA porn population is somewhere around 0.0007% of the population versus the general population’s 0.0016%.” Mandating Condoms? (Reason Magazine)
Just announced: male circumcision rates have dropped in the US. The CDC used three different measurements to estimate the number of newborn male circumcisions. Researchers found that the procedure is somewhat less common today than it was 10 years ago. Circumcision Rates Are Dropping in the U.S. (Web MD)
It’s Gender English Month on the Macmillan Dictionary blog! Look for “manbroidery.” Gender English (Macmillan)
(Um, best efforts to make $3 million?) Despite her best efforts to keep the 39-minute clip private, Kim Kardashian‘s video has now been viewed millions of times worldwide. And it has made her a pretty penny in the process. She’s grossed £3million from it after striking a deal with the current rights holders. 10 Most Shocking: Celebrity sex tape scandals (The Sun)
What are the boundaries of acceptable behaviour between a man and a woman? When does flirting become uncomfortable, unwanted attention? This is the story of how what could have been an intelligent debate about sexism in the sceptic and atheist communities descended into a free for all, name-calling brawl. Dawkins, Watson and the elevator ride (Mail & Guardian Online)
This weekend’s movie A Good Old Fashioned Orgy: “I seriously cannot remember a single line of dialogue I laughed at, though I do remember cringing at what was supposed to be a hilarious comedic riff on cervical cancer. It’s not giving anything away to say that the orgy does, indeed, happen.” A Whimper, Not A Bang: A Good Old Fashioned Orgy (SFAppeal)
Attorney General Rob McKenna on Wednesday said he and 45 of his colleagues nationwide have sent a letter to Backpage.com, telling the Village Voice Media website that police have said is a an accelerant of underage prostitution to “put up or shut up” and prove that it’s taking active efforts to fight sex trafficking. “Let’s be clear about this, prostitution is a form of human trafficking, a form of human slavery,” McKenna said at a news conference. McKenna, 45 AGs, tell Backpage.com to end online sex ads (Seattle PI)
A diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks reveals that United Nations peacekeepers in Ivory Coast enticed underage girls in a poor part of the West African nation to exchange sex for food. Cable: UN peacekeepers traded food for sex (Forbes)
Boardwalk Empire‘s Paz de la Huerta ia Agent Provocateur‘s new face for Fall. “It’s a little known fact that the kitchen grease orchid Spaz de la Huerta is a master at crotch acting and teaches a class at Juilliard to aspiring crotch thespians who want to learn how to deliver a raw emotion performance from the top of their pussy bones to the tip of their taints.” Spaz de la Huerta’s Crotch Gives The Performance Of Its Life! (Dlisted)
Over on the Huffington Post, a ladyreporter for the house of Ariana has caused a stir with this trend piece on gay college students using wealthy older men, (“Sugar Daddies” in the parlance of our times), to pay for their college tuition. HuffPo’s response does not fill us with good feelings. GLAAD Tells Huffington Post to Stop Promoting Anti-Gay Stereotypes (SFist)
Dan Savage explains why cheating is not conditional monogamy. “That said, LAH, it is perfectly obnoxious to go ahead and fuck other people in violation of a monogamous commitment unless you have grounds. And while it doesn’t sound like your husband has grounds, it certainly sounds like he’s fucking other people. I suspect that your husband is fucking someone you know—a coworker, a neighbor, a friend, a relative (shudder)—and, realizing that it’s only a matter of time before you find out, he’s bullying you into retroactively giving him permission to fuck other people and unfairly dragging me into it.” Cheating Pieces (Dan Savage, Savage Love, The Stranger)
The Russian metropolis Moscow has a new attraction to delight the eye in the shape of a museum of erotic art. Totschka-G – or G-Spot – as the new attraction is known, shows what has long been freely on view in the west, from huge penises and erotic drawings of the sex act through to sculptures of copulating people and animals. It nevertheless breaches a range of taboos, including homosexuality, in a society still seen as prudish.Moscow’s G-Spot – Russia’s first museum of the erotic arts (Monsters and Critics)
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.
Ms. Violet Blue (@violetblue) is an investigative tech reporter at CNET, Zero Day, ZDNet, and CBS News, as well as an award-winning sex author and columnist, making her the foremost expert in the field of sex and technology. She travels to hacker conferences and hacker gatherings around the world to cover hacking, cybercrime and personal privacy violations in countries such as Malaysia, Germany, Morocco, China, the Dominican Republic, the United States, and Serbia. In 2012, Blue presented “Hackers as a High-Risk Population” bringing harm reduction to the featured stage for CCC’s 29c3 hacker conference in Hamburg. She is an Advisor to Without My Consent, a Member of the Internet Press Guild, a Member of the Center for Investigative Reporting, and is an Editor on the Board for Routledge's Porn Studies Journal.
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