Sex News: NYT: spanking and porn, biplayful Bond, facial recognition in porn, is monogamy dead?

by Violet Blue on November 13, 2012

Image: Cover of Playboy South Africa, November 2012, via Copyranter

  • Great sex-positive piece on NYT’s website by Jillian Keenan: “At 17, I met my first boyfriend while living abroad. He was 24 and so comfortable with his sexual identity that on our second date he asked whether I had “ever received a severe spanking.” His question took my breath away, and our next 18 months were essentially an extension of that first electrified moment. By the time we broke up, I had come to accept that a shared fetish was a necessary part of any future relationship.” (I wrote a book just for people like Keenan! It’s Fetish Sex.)
    Finding the Courage to Reveal a Fetish (NYT)

  • The NYT does a porn-focused ‘Room for Debate’ with a selection of voices that range from extreme anti-porn (Gail Dines) to pro-porn feminist pornographers (like Candice Royalle) – though no young, queer, or current/contemporary porn pundits. I harassed them on Twitter saying I’d like to offer an essay, but they did not respond. Go see for yourself what they decided to depict as ‘the discussion’ – and what’s missing from the discussion.
    Does Pornography Deserve Its Bad Rap? – Room for Debate (NYTimes)
  • Prostitutes in Afghanistan’s capital, working in a society where adulterers can be stoned to death and the sexes are strictly segregated, have organized into a clandestine self-help network to halt the spread of disease, avoid detection by the state and flag abusive customers.
    Kabul’s Sex Workers Get Organized (Wall Street Journal)
  • Holy cats, the BBC is a mess. The British Broadcasting Corporation’s director and deputy director of news have “stepped aside” pending an internal review over a report that falsely implicated a former senior political official in a child sex scandal, the media organization said Monday.
    BBC boss Entwistle resigns over broadcast of false sex abuse claims (CNN)

  • What an unfortunate title for Ms. Broadwell’s book. The scandal that brought down CIA Director David Petraeus started with harassing emails sent by his biographer and paramour, Paula Broadwell, to another woman, and eventually led the FBI to discover the affair, U.S. officials told The Associated Press on Saturday. Petraeus quit Friday after acknowledging an extramarital relationship.
    Sex, CIA, FBI, emails – national security? (Daily Local News)

  • Two former Playboy Playmate triplets were arrested following a brawl at a strip club in Ohio. Sisters Vicki and Sarah Satterfield were charged with assault for the fight at the Brass Pole strip club in Lorain County, Ohio, where they worked.They were taken to a county jail and released on bond. The incident raises an important question: Where was the third Playboy Playmate triplet at the time of the fight?
    2 Ex-Playboy Playmates Busted in Strip Club Brawl (Findlaw: Legally Weird)

  • Between clients, a drug-addicted Ukrainian prostitute reclined with a cigarette. She looked calmly into a camera — her bruised and bandaged legs visible, evidence of a rough life etched harshly across her body — and became a symbol for thousands of women just like her. South African photographer Brent Stirton captured the moment on Aug. 31, 2011, in the city of Kryvyi Rih and the image was given a second life in 2012 when it was awarded a top prize by the prestigious World Press Photo contest.
    Photographer’s portrait of despair, in the form of an addicted Ukrainian prostitute, wins World Press Photo contest (NY Daily News)
  • According to Movieline, there’s a scene in “Skyfall,” where Bond (Daniel Craig) and film villain Silva (Javier Bardem) do a little flirting. Bond is tied up, and Silva gives Craig’s sexy secret agent chest a caress.
    Is James Bond Bi?! Erotic Scene Sparks Question (CW39 NewsFix)
  • YES! With “Contract Proposal 60604: Condoms,” San Francisco embarks on a resupply of condoms and lubricants for high schools, office buildings and the candy bowls of bars and nightclubs through the end of 2015. Tracey Packer, acting director of HIV Prevention at the Department of Public Health, lays it out: “We’re trying to blanket the city with condoms.”
    A Condom in Every Wallet: S.F. DPH Seeks Mass Sex Appeal (SF Weekly)
  • Australia has abandoned its anti-porn campaign to force internet filtering on the ISP level, in the guise an of anti-porn crusade Egypt has decided to censor its citizens’ internet access to extremes, and a consent-violating porn site abuses the DMCA over porn content.
    Australia dumps Cleanfeed, Egypt porn ban Twitter backlash #EgyPornBan (ZDNet: Pulp Tech)

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{ 8 comments }

1 SexyLittleIdeas November 14, 2012 at 4:55 pm

I see what Playboy did there..

2 aviv November 14, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Fantastic set of links this week, just surprised that you chose to link to the New American for the article about San Francisco funding sex reassignment surgeries for transsexuals without health care. I was so surprised when the tone of the article was clearly against this amazing state of affairs.

…”Beyond the cost and politics, however, are the moral and ethical issues raised by Christians and proponents of traditional values. While an individual may subject himself to surgical mutilation under the notion that he is changing his sex, he is — and will remain — the sex assigned to him by God, Christian ethicists insist. Perhaps no one knows this better than individuals who have gone through “sex reassignment” surgery only to find that they are left with the same unresolved issues they had beforehand.”

Bah! They don’t deserve our clicks!

3 Farfetch November 14, 2012 at 11:57 am

@Goldfinch, I often think the same, I remember a chat in a game I played years ago with some US based players, talking about my then girlfriend who was 16/17 and I was 19 and to them, I was committing statutory rape, but of course it was perfectly legal in the UK.

The odd thing though is that there are other EU counties with even lower age of consent, e.g. Spain at 13 (crime is only committed if someone “tricks” someone under 16 into sex). In the UK you’d get a criminal record and go on the sex offenders register unless you were of a similar age. There are a few with the age of consent of too 14 e.g. Albania and Austria.

4 Abraham November 14, 2012 at 2:42 am

The “Elmo affair” is old news. The accuser already recanted the accusation. Maybe he just wanted money: http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/13/accuser-recants-allegation-against-elmo-puppeteer/?smid=tw-share

5 aga November 13, 2012 at 2:55 pm

James Bond has always had homo-erotic themes. You must protect the Bond Phallus though!
Great post altogether, thanks.

6 Marina November 13, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Quick note about Kevin Clash; his accuser has recanted. More info here
http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2012/11/13/elmo-puppeteer-sex-charges/1703133/

7 Goldfinch November 13, 2012 at 8:46 am

From the UK, it’s a bit weird to read about someone being suspended for allegedly having a relationship with a 16-year-old, when here that’s entirely legal.

8 Viviane November 13, 2012 at 6:09 am

You have outdone yourself with this set of sex news…incredible.

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