Sex News: Polanski, necrophilia, New Scientist personals, Sundance, cheerleader sleepovers

by Violet Blue on January 22, 2013

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  • Mainstream porn is dead. To wit, at the recent porn awards and expo: “… what I can say, and what surprised me, was the extent to which there seemed to be a palpable nostalgia for a bygone era. Take for example the “State of the Industry” panel. There was not a single woman on a panel devoted to discussing where the industry is headed. Not one. Instead, the panel consisted of five men, all of whom were white and appeared to be at least in their fifties. Ironically, on a panel about the future of the industry, the “big boys”—as they were described in the program—really wanted to discuss DVDs, a market, which, by all accounts, has been dying a slow death for years.”
    Porno time warp? Final thoughts on the 2013 Adult Entertainment Expo (Las Vegas Weekly)
  • RealTouch wants to bring teledildonics to Afghanistan. Company manager Scott Rinaldo, appearing at a CES party sponsored by porn firm Pink Visual, said he’s working on distributing “a thousand dildos for the military wives”—in this case, Internet-connected sex toys.
    Infotech Arena: A Thousand Dildos For The Military Wives (Information Technology News)
  • 500px, the popular photo-sharing app, has been pulled from the iOS App Store. The app, along with its partner ISO500, were pulled because of disagreement over an updated version, which would have allowed users to see nude images in search results.
    500px photo apps pulled from iOS App Store over nude photos (updated: Apple responds) (The Verge)
  • Director Roman Polanski has begun shooting an erotic comedy adapted from award-wining American play Venus in Fur.
    Polanski shoots erotic comedy (Thenews.pl :: News from Poland)
  • A forthcoming erotic novel being described as “fan fiction” will feature first couple Barack and Michelle Obama as protagonists-in-chief. GuestHouse Games, in which the Obamas, “alone in their isolated beachfront guesthouse in the tropical paradise of Kailua, Hawaii,” are “drawn into the ancient Hawaiian spiritual world and into the exploration of their own deepest and most forbidden desires.”
    Forthcoming ‘Erotic’ Novel Features Barack and Michelle Obama (National Review Online)
  • Last week a new lawsuit was filed against a different “involuntary porn” site (which the plaintiffs call “revenge porn“). The suit [PDF] against Texxxan.com takes a more direct approach than Randazza: it alleges that creating “revenge porn” violates Texas state privacy laws.
    New lawsuit against “revenge porn” site also targets GoDaddy (Ars Technica)
  • Pink Visual announced Tuesday that its longtime Sales Director Kristin Wynters has been elevated to vice president of the tech-focused adult studio, making official a role that Wynters has played for some time now, according to Pink Visual President Allison Vivas.
    Kristin Wynters Named Vice President of Pink Visual (XBIZ)
  • A quarter of a century ago, Cornell University Library began to gather books, letters, photographs and all sorts of ephemera related to sexuality — much of which was ignored or shunned by academia and society at large. That bold idea grew into the rich Human Sexuality Collection, which will honor the 25th anniversary of its founding with a host of events. Best-selling author Susie Bright, the country’s preeminent feminist sex writer, kicks off the celebration with a major donation of her archival materials and a talk on Cornell’s campus in Ithaca, N.Y. (next Wednesday, January 23).
    Susie Bright to Donate Archives (Cornell University Library News)

{ 8 comments }

1 pernicketypony January 27, 2013 at 2:09 pm

…annnd now I’ve actually read he article and see that the tagline is straight from there article…and a further Google search shows that there was an American play about somone making a stage production of Venus in Furs (confusing!)

Pardon my ignorance.

2 pernicketypony January 27, 2013 at 2:05 pm

I think your wording of the Venus in Furs film item ay be a little misleading fr some readers, as it makes it sound a little like the film itself is going to be an adaptation of Venus in Furs and that Venus in Furs was originally a play, whereas my understanding is that the film is about someone launching a stage play of Venus in Furs and the original text is a novella.

3 JulianDelphiki January 25, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Fine. Let’s go there. I don’t need to ask your personal opinion on this matter, because by omission you’ve already told me. I was not “fucking trying to troll” you. I was honestly surprised that you are talking about his new work, given his history. You say they’re news post, not endorsements. That’s crap. By sharing them, even without- especially without- commentary, you’re giving them attention and promoting them.

You stopped promoting X-Art last July because they were suing and attempting to shame people who allegedly torrented their work. If they were to make a documentary hosted by and starring James Deen, would you mention it and still pretend it’s not an endoresment?

4 violet blue January 25, 2013 at 3:57 am

@JulianDelphiki – links in the news posts are not endorsements. they are simply news items. if you are asking my personal opinion about the item, please do so and I will be happy to provide it. otherwise, don’t fucking try to troll me on my own blog.

5 JulianDelphiki January 25, 2013 at 2:32 am

I’m curious. Are you mentioning Polanski’s new work because you’re interested in the film’s topic, or because it’s being made by a convicted rapist? Or have you moved on, because like Chris Brown and Ben Roethlisberger, he’s very good at what he does?

6 Sadey Quinn January 24, 2013 at 11:18 am

Can’t wait to see the James Franco documentary! :)

thanks for another great list…

7 Office Mike January 23, 2013 at 4:14 pm

Let the industry wax nostalgic. More market share for the smart ones to grab up that are actually responsive to what users want, which is that one-of-a-kind content you can’t find on the tubes.

8 Viviane Tang January 22, 2013 at 10:22 pm

Gah…Venus in Fur is not an erotic “comedy.” I can see a lot of potential if Roman Polanski is shooting, it, but not if he turns it into a comedy. I’ll have to Google and see if he’s working with David Ives, the playwright.

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