Sex News: Kink talks Google Glass, anti-incest app, China targets Apple for porn

by Violet Blue on April 20, 2013

  • Peter Acworth of Kink.com is already thinking about how his business could make the most of Google Glass a la Kink.com style. According to SVBD, “The heads up display will offer filmmakers discreet recording capabilities and point-of-view perspective, something that could be particularly useful for the adult entertainment industry, where “up close and personal” takes on new meaning.”
    How Google Glass will change porn forever (Silicon Valley Business Journal)
  • A new smartphone app is on hand to help Icelanders avoid accidental incest. The app lets users “bump” phones, and emits a warning alarm if they are closely related. “Bump the app before you bump in bed,” says the catchy slogan. Some are hailing it as a welcome solution to a very Icelandic form of social embarrassment.
    New App Helps Icelanders Avoid Kissing Cousins (The Epoch Times)
  • A third-party internet security firm in Beijing called Anquan recently posted an opening for the position “chief porn identification officer“. The company was started in 2010 to “combat bad information on the internet” and promote greater control of pornographic content on the web. Its partners and members include internet giants, like Baidu and Tencent, as well as government agencies that regulate the internet in China.
    Ad For ‘Chief Porn Identification Officer’ (Business Insider)
  • Apple is in an article listing a number of websites and app stores investigated for providing pornographic content in China. Following a March call for a new campaign against porn a government regulator named Apple’s app store as a source of “obscene pornographic” content and ordered it to remove the content, submit a report about the violation, and take measures to prevent future violations. The Wednesday article has drawn Chinese Internet users’ speculation that the Chinese government is determined to push Apple out of China, its second largest market.
    Apple Named in China Porn App Investigation (WSJ)
  • A new study shows that prostitution laws enable pimps and pimp-related violence. Researchers from the University of Ottawa have released the findings of a three-year study on “third parties” in the adult and sex industries, including their role in sex worker safety. Findings confirm that the current prostitution laws, often presented as protecting sex workers, work against their interests and increase sex workers’ vulnerability to violence, by targeting these third parties.
    U Ottawa researchers highlight sex industry “third parties” and sex worker safety (Health News)

  • ATVOD, the authority that regulates video-on-demand in the U.K., has disclosed that three U.K. online adult companies were determined to have violated Rule 11, which requires that website operators make sure those under 18 can’t access hardcore porn.
    11 U.K. Porn Sites Found to Have Violated Age-Verification Rules (XBIZ)
  • This one is just fun. Erotica writer extraordinaire Alison Tyler noticed that a diet splog is… promoting my fellatio book! Splogs may be unhealthy for the internet’s constitution, but I do believe it is highly recommended to combine diet *and* exercise… So maybe it evens out?
    A Healthy Diet of… (Alison Tyler: Trollop with a Laptop)

  • According to Durax, “Fundawear is an innovation from Durex that allows touch to be transferred over the internet (above video). Unfortunately, their website for the promotion (durexperiment.com.au) currently redirects to Facebook, but check it out if you want…
    Durex Fundawear — Touch over the Internet (YouTube, thanks to everyone who sent/linked this in!)
  • A California high school teacher has been fired for setting up porn sites, including one called mysluttyteacher.com, on her work-issued laptop. Heidi Kaeslin, 37, was fired last year from Stockton’s Lincoln High School over the incident.
    Calif. teacher fired for setting up porn sites on work laptop (NY Daily News)
  • Holy shit, this is crazy. Pam Stenzel is a pro-abstinence speaker who gave her usual talk about how abortion causes cancer (and other insanities for the “Crisis Pregnancy Center” chain) at a high school in Charleston, WV last week. At George Washington High School, student body president Katelyn Campbell refused to go to the mandatory assembly where Stenzel gave her anti-sex, anti-contraception lecture, and the school retaliated against Campbell – so she brought in the ACLU.
    Sex, Lies and ‘Education’ (The Nation)
  • As part of the growing movement to implement abuse prevention in schools and other youth-serving organizations, educators believe that teaching “standard” dialect for body parts — rather than euphemisms and colloquialisms — is important. Teaching children anatomically correct terms, age-appropriately, says Laura Palumbo, a prevention specialist with the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), promotes positive body image, self confidence, and parent-child communication; discourages perpetrators; and, in the event of abuse, helps children and adults navigate the disclosure and forensic interview process. However, not everyone is okay with this approach…
    The Case for Teaching Kids ‘Vagina,’ ‘Penis,’ and ‘Vulva’ (The Atlantic)
  • The Ohio House Finance Committee on Tuesday approved a budget that prohibits teachers from condoning “gateway sexual activity”. It prohibits teachers from discussing getting to “second base” in sexual education classes. The budget allows parents to sue teachers who promote or condone “gateway sexual activity,” which is defined as any sort of sensual touching.
    Ohio budget bill bans ‘second base’ from sex-ed class (The Raw Story)
  • This is great news, and America should pay attention. The incidence of genital warts declined by more than 90% in adolescent and teenage girls in the first 4 to 5 years after introduction of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in Australia, investigators reported.
    Genital Wart Decline Tracked to HPV Vaccine (medpagetoday.com)

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{ 3 comments }

1 Falbert April 22, 2013 at 7:33 am

Growing up in a large family household, letting everyone in the house know that you had just cum was contra-indicated. So I learned to be quiet during orgasm. It is surprising and sometimes worrying to my lovers, though, so I often find myself explaining, or trying to make more noise – but being noisy during orgasm doesn’t come naturally to me. Good to see the link to the article about that.

2 Justin April 20, 2013 at 7:42 am

As to how they got permission, someone’s husband giving them a list of files to search for (unless she was really careful, he was probably able to keep the laptop from going to sleep at some point when she just walked away, and he dug around) probably resulted in the Education Department’s IT security team going through her files. The code of conduct probably explicitely details that storing pornographic content on a work machine is prohibited, so any serious accusation would probably be investigated. He was probably able to provide evidence of the website registration (letters with her name on them from the companies sent to their home?) and things just went from there, even without a list of files to search for. Our code of conduct even states you’re not allowed to run a business using your work computers.

3 Paul April 20, 2013 at 4:40 am

Respectfully, wouldn’t it have been a happier world if you had not listed the name of the person fired for administering adult websites using work-issued hardware? She’s going to have hard enough a time finding new employment as it is (more out of stigma than for fair reasons; indeed, reading the article I can’t even imagine how anyone got permission to go through her files). I can’t imagine it helping her if every news aggregate blog repeats her name (imagine the Google search result!). My recommendation: report the news, link to the article, but don’t repeat the names of those involved.

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