Sex News: Google’s bias-sexuality, rapists outed on Twitter, Russia, sextortion

by Violet Blue on July 21, 2012

  • Purity myth, indeed: In her 2010 book “The Purity Myth,” Feministing.com founder Jessica Valenti reported that “more than 1,400 purity balls” were held in 2006. Her citation: a 2007 article by Jocelyne Zablit, who gives as the source of that figure Leslee J. Unruh, the president of the National Abstinence Clearinghouse, in South Dakota. Reached by telephone this week, Ms. Unruh was rather more vague with her figures.
    Purity Balls (NYTimes)
  • How does a prostitute make an officer reveal military secrets? Rather easily, according to evidence assembled against a group of Turkish officers who allegedly ran a sex-for-secrets ring.
    Turkey’s army scandal: Sex for secrets (Economist)

  • A 17-year-old Kentucky girl is now facing a contempt charge for tweeting the names of the two boys who raped her when she was passed out and then shared/distributed photos of her rape for months – the boys got a soft plea deal for their crimes, and she’s rightfully angry.
    Kentucky Teen Faces Charge for Naming Attackers (ABC News)
  • Survivor and sexual assault advocacy activist Brooke Axtell writes a superlative post with seven crucial ways to help and meet the unique needs of young people who are survivors of rape and other sexual traumas.
    7 Ways to Help a Teen Survivor of Sexual Assault (Psychology Today)
  • As someone whose name is banned from Google Instant and Autocomplete (me! unfair!) this article about the troubling wider effects Google Instant and Autocomplete’s issues with bisexuality searches hits upsettingly close to home. I now wonder how their censorship and blacklisting of my name might be affecting my career.
    Faith Cheltenham: Google’s Bisexual Problem (HuffPo, linked only because this article is not published anywhere else)

  • Google appears to be applying negative bias toward sex in its products. The Australian Sex Party has now threatened Google with legal action after the search engine refused to run its ads on the eve of the Melbourne by-election. It comes after Sex Party ads were blocked by Google at the last federal election because the company – which is typically opposed to censorship – perceived the text as too racy (the ads were reinstated by Google the day before the election).
    Sex Party threatens Google after ad spat (Sydney Morning Herald)
  • An STI (not STD as is being misreported) is at the core of a huge scientific breakthrough: Scientists at Stanford University and the J. Craig Venter Institute have developed the first software simulation of an entire organism – the bacterium that makes Bacterial Vaginosis, which when it’s in the lungs is ‘walking pneumonia’.
    Stanford and Venter Institute Simulate an Entire Organism With Software (NYTimes)

  • Yay! For those who’ve always longed for sexual exploration between Sherlock Holmes and Watson, or for a bondage re-telling of “Jane Eyre,” get your Kindles and Nooks ready.
    Clandestine Classics Porns Up Classic Literature (NewsBusters)

  • Former Justice Department official Patrick Trueman (and current Morality in Media President), who proudly participated in federal pornography prosecutions during their “heyday” in the late 1980s and early 1990s, told The Daily Caller that Mitt Romney’s campaign assured him that Romney would “vigorously” prosecute pornographers if elected president.
    Reagan prosecutor: Romney promised ‘vigorous’ porn crackdown (The Daily Caller)
  • In this six-and-a-half-minute-long video Q&A for the site WeHappyTrans, Warren Beatty and Annette Bening‘s 20-year-old Stephen Ira Beatty, formerly Kathlyn Elizabeth Beatty, openly talks about how he made the transition from girl to boy at the age of 14.
    Warren Beatty & Annette Bening’s Trans Son Speaks (Dlisted)

  • Former international call girl and Brazilian author of five books Vanessa de Oliveiras stripped in front of the Governmental Palace in Lima, Peru. Her reason: she’s tired of eBook pirates.
    Woman strips in public to protest e-book pirates (NSFW video) (ZDNet)
  • Bacchus writes, “I’ve always been a free speech absolutist who is nonetheless (1) opposed to people being hurtful dicks when they flap their gums and (2) quite capable of being an oblivious, hurtful dick when I flap my gums. West does a very nice job of explaining how (and how not) to exercise the freest of speech while remaining decent and humane.”
    On Rape Jokes (ErosBlog: The Sex Blog)
  • The Indonesian government has blocked access to 1 million pornographic websites in advance of Ramadan, the country’s holy month. Internet censorship is nothing new in Indonesia, but the scale of this particular restriction is unprecedented.
    Indonesia blocks 1 million porn sites, is just getting started (ZDNet)

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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 Ashley July 26, 2012 at 6:20 am

Thanks for supporting Valenti’s Purity Myth! :) Er, at least posting about it :P

2 James July 23, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Typical Google, they used to be such a good company

3 Jason Riedy July 21, 2012 at 9:46 pm

Yikes. The first “autocomplete” expansion I receive for “lesbian” is “lesbianswholooklikejustinbieber.” WTF?

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