Sex News: Google Glass strip club ban, Apple gay comic censorship, revenge porn

by Violet Blue on April 9, 2013

Update, April 11: Clarification and correction on the “Apple gay image censorship” story (below) from @ImageComics from @comiXology – apparently we didn’t have the whole story, and SAGA’s ‘response’ to Apple was… not completely clear.

  • Despite what users may believe, it’s not some sophisticated Google algorithm that decides if questionable YouTube videos are porn and get shut down. According to Gizmodo, it’s simply human intervention that decides if a video containing sex and nudity is NSFW and gets yanked.
    Porn or Art Video? How YouTube Decides (XBIZ)
  • Vivid Entertainment attorneys have filed a motion for judgment to invalidate Measure B, Los Angeles County’s voter-approved law that mandates condoms on porn shoots. Concurrently, Vivid’s legal team also has asked a federal judge to grant a preliminary injunction over the enforcement of the countywide law.
    Vivid Asks Federal Judge to Invalidate Measure B (XBIZ)

  • Clarification and correction on the “Apple gay image censorship” story from @ImageComics from @comiXology – apparently we didn’t have the whole story, and SAGA’s ‘response’ to Apple was… let’s just say not completely clear.
    Original post: SAGA (comic) co-creator Brian K. Vaughan wrote, “As has hopefully been clear from the first page of our first issue, SAGA is a series for the proverbial “mature reader.” Unfortunately, because of two postage stamp-sized images of gay sex, Apple is banning tomorrow’s SAGA #12 from being sold through any iOS apps.” (Preview it here.)
    A Statement on Apple’s Banning of SAGA #12 from Brian K. Vaughan (IMAGE COMICS)
  • Amazing how a currently popular kind of feminist thinking essentially removes a woman’s right to consent… (And right now, tech/hacker communities are sadly worse for it.) In the Indian context – on which this article focuses – analysis by both scholars and activists has addressed the question of feminism’s ambivalent approach to sex work and sex workers, and the implicit lack of understanding of how choice and consent operate in this realm.
    The feminist and the sex worker: Lessons from the Indian experience (himalmag.com)


  • So. Fucking… Bo-ooring. And we’re not surprised this “sex tape” bullshit is, and always has been, fake… James Deen tells TMZ he was approached by an unidentified porn company to shoot a porn film with “Teen Mom” Farrah Abraham over the weekend … and they did. He says the plan was to pass the porn off as a “sex tape,” but the plan fell apart.
    James Deen — Farrah Abraham Concocted Sex Tape Plot (TMZ)

  • Bacchus came across a beautiful 1933 album of erotic illustrations of the Russian alphabet, as painted by Soviet sculptor Sergei Dmitrievich Merkurov.
    Soviet Erotic Alphabet (ErosBlog: The Sex Blog)

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{ 3 comments }

1 Josiah Carberry April 10, 2013 at 3:04 pm

Does this add more information to the story?

http://blog.comixology.com/2013/04/10/ceo-on-saga-12-controversy/

2 Sophie Delancey April 10, 2013 at 7:51 am

I came here to say exactly what Ms. Naughty said. Nica Noelle, Ms. Naughty, Liesbet Zikkenheimer of Dusk TV (along with an awesome consultant named Marje – I wasn’t able to grab her full name from the site) and I actually had a panel discussion about the conflation/overlap between porn for women, feminist porn and, ultimately, porn made by women. Although we weren’t able to perfectly delineate the three in a 1.5 hour talk, we were all respectful and open to working out the ways in which our work is similar, dissimilar and how we can work together to strengthen our individual messages to reach our audiences.

3 Ms Naughty April 10, 2013 at 6:45 am

Re the article from The Week: “even female adult-film directors aren’t sure if that term is an oxymoron.”

That should actually be “one adult film director isn’t sure”. That article spun a single example of dissent (plus a bonus anti-porn rant) into the idea that feminist porn is somehow not a viable idea or is rife with confusion. Shits me when the media do that. The desire for “balance” creates articles that aren’t really all that balanced at all.

I have a long blog post to write regarding this, talking about definitions, labels, assumptions about what it all means… but I’m still in Canada. Next week. What I do want to say is that everyone I met at the awards and conference have their own definitions and we were happy to discuss ideas and debate differences of opinion and that’s kind of the point.

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