Sex News: Louis Theroux, PETA dot XXX, Peyronie’s Disease, Groupon, Fabulous Feminist Porn

by Violet Blue on June 6, 2012

  • 15 years ago Louis Theroux took his TV cameras to the extremes of America’s mainstream porn industry. Now he’s revisiting it. So with his incorrect claims and narrow examination of only one avenue in the US porn market [in this editorial he wrote for Guardian UK] it’s readily apparent that he’s set to get everything wrong. I’m taken aback that a man who made an exciting career out of questioning assumptions has ceased to question his own. (This article is eye-opening: I am now a former Louis Theroux fan.)
    How the internet killed porn (Guardian UK)
  • Ever since the late 1970s, when Andrea Dworkin, Catherine McKinnon and Gloria Steinhem declared pornography to be harmful to women, feminists have lined up to decry sexually explicit material, claiming it causes rape, human trafficking, exploitation and dehumanization. Modern anti-porn activists like Gail Dines maintain the rage, saying porn helps to maintain the patriarchal oppression of women by encouraging men to objectify and hate. Flying in the face of all this is the feminist porn movement.
    Fabulous Feminist Porn (Feminist Porn Guide)
  • Groupon has bowed to pressure from Morality In Media: Groupon confirmed to Business Insider this afternoon, “we aren’t currently accepting new adult merchants,” although those types of businesses are being constantly evaluated at a local level.
    CONFIRMED: Groupon No Longer Does Business With Porn Merchants (Business Insider)
  • Capitalizing on the huge and expanding market for self-published porn, media-focused adult-performer social network My Porn Profile has updated its Android app – plus, I thought it was a good way to tell you about the multimedia-capable social network.
    MyPornProfile Releases Upgrade of Android App (XBIZ)
  • It can be painful and embarrassing for men: a disease that causes a curvature of the penis that makes intercourse difficult or impossible. Now a drug company says it may have an effective treatment.
    Treatment for Peyronie’s Disease Shows Promise (NYTimes)
  • Last month, Louisiana lawmakers approved legislation that places an explicit ban against adult entertainment films receiving state tax credits. Rather than define what sexually explicit filmmaking is, the bill simply prohibits tax credits for any film whose production company has to maintain 2257 records for it.
    Louisiana Plans to Use 2257 to Block Film Tax Credits (XBIZ)
  • The woman was looking for a husband on eHarmony. Instead, she ended up with genital herpes. After enduring repeated painful outbreaks of the disease and spiraling into clinical depression, she filed a lawsuit. Last week after a four-day trial, a Multnomah County jury awarded her nearly every dollar she was asking for: $900,000 for her pain and suffering.
    Herpes verdict in Portland: Woman wins $900,000 after getting disease from date (Oregon Live)
  • PETA’s new website using the “.xxx” domain may have tongues wagging — and maybe tails, too. Yes, you can see porn star Ron Jeremy in a video, but it’s a campy but heartfelt welcome to the site, not some skin flick. And there are lots of scantily dressed PETA babes protesting animal cruelty and the use of fur. But the site is not what most folks looking for “.xxx” sites will expect, to be sure.
    PETA goes porno with its new .xxx site + Ron Jeremy Turns People On to PETA.xxx (MSNBC + PETA.org)
  • Drug-resistant strains of gonorrhoea have spread to countries across the world, the United Nations health agency said on Wednesday, and millions of patients may run out of treatment options unless doctors catch and treat cases earlier.
    Untreatable gonorrhoea spreading around world: WHO (Reuters)
  • Once a week, Daily Intel takes a peek behind doors left slightly ajar. This week, the Stay-at-Home Mom With Schoolgirl Spanking Fantasies: Female, 33, Manchester, U.K., stay-at-home mother/erotica writer, heterosexual, married.
    The Stay-at-Home Mom With Schoolgirl Spanking Fantasies (Daily Intel: NY Mag)

{ 6 comments }

1 Camille Crimson June 12, 2012 at 7:03 am

Wow! Thank you so much, Violet. Getting that kind of accolade on my AMA means the world coming from you. It was a really great experience, and I’m so glad that it worked out.

I hope all is well with you! I still love your site. :)

2 redpesto June 9, 2012 at 9:06 am

…and then the Guardian just made things worse by granting Gail Dines some kind of ‘reply’ article (as if she’s not got a big enough platform for the paper/website already), rather than asking people who actually know something about the porn industry/the internet.

3 tejanojim June 7, 2012 at 9:17 pm

The comments on the “Art of Blowjob” thread had me laughing so much my eyes got teary. Thanks for that!

4 Farfetch June 7, 2012 at 10:52 am

I think Louis would actually have done better, especially given his article on the Guardian pages, to do a PRO porn film knocking all the myths about porn, interviewing women who run studios, the makers of couple friendly porn, porn stars who show they don’t have this backstory of pain and suffering and going into porn for acceptance etc.

The first comment on that Guardian article was one saying men (not some, a few or any qualifier but rather just implying “all”) men wanted to see porn with men degrading women, the same rubbish I had to give up debating someone via a youtube comments section because they simply repeat the lies over and over thinking that it might make them true or at least seem like they had an argument.

The anti-porn argument will always fall over when you mention the studios run by women or the feminist porn, even sites like this with a pro-porn woman running it (even before you question how 2 men having sex in a gay film could somehow be degrading women) – they either go back to the original line or (in the case of the woman on youtube) suggest these women were effectively complicit in the attacks on women.

I don’t read the Guardian, it’s rather ironic as it likes to present itself as freethinking and liberal but it’s no better than the Mail.

As you mentioned in the CNET article, the Mail paper copy is full on anti-porn and to be fair, the paper itself is actually fairly conservative, but the website is full of celeb “oops” photos, long lens paparazzi stuff etc etc it’s a glaring hypocrisy.

5 aga June 7, 2012 at 4:59 am

A very big shame about Louis Theroux. I’m generally very fond of his recent documentaries as he comes across as very non-judgmental, or at least reserved in his comments and doesn’t interfere in the events he films (the ‘Extreme Love’ two episodes were exactly that). I heard him talk about the upcoming documentary on BBC Radio 4 and I was quite looking forward to it but now I’m a bit apprehensive, particularly after reading the Guardian article.

“And as goes the industry, so go the performers. It’s well known that many of them come into porn looking for validation, fleeing lives of damage and abuse. They then sign up to a lifestyle that inflicts stress and illness, not to mention embarrassment, on its young foot soldiers, while offering nothing in the way of pensions and health insurance. Now they find themselves out of work, looking for a Plan B, when the only experience on their resumé is having sex for cash.”

That is a VERY generalised statement to say the least and the article as a whole dissapoints. As Violet says, very narrow-minded and focuses on just one aspect of a huge industry, and I’m certainly not an expert, but even I can see that there are many more aspects to the porn industry than he mentions.

I’ll still watch it before I discredit him completely, but so far it doesn’t look too good!

6 Lea June 7, 2012 at 12:48 am

Coincidentally, I recently saw this great poster/photoset through Tumblr, and thought it well worth sharing via Tinynibbles – http://themightyren.tumblr.com/post/24588659865/naughtynerdy-always-reblog-3-so-many-people – and its home/organisation situated in Ireland – http://www.turnoffthebluelight.ie

Thank you _^^_

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