Sex News: Kinect porn, Showtime’s Masters of Sex, Dan Savage

by Violet Blue on June 14, 2013

  • The Senate Armed Services Committee this week adopted “a bipartisan package which we believe is the strongest and most effective approach to sexual assaults,” said Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., chairman of the committee, in remarks to reporters this week.
    House passes defense bill with tough sexual assault provisions (CBS News)
  • According to the new Pew Research Center world survey on gay tolerance, the least tolerant nations surveyed was Pakistan, where only 2 percent of those surveyed said society should accept homosexuality. Yet at the same time, Pakistan was by volume the world leader for Google searches of the terms “shemale sex,” “teen anal sex,” and “man fucking man,” according to Google Trends.
    Why Is Gay Porn So Popular in Pakistan? (Mother Jones)

  • “Love is All” (viewable here) is not only a highly sensual porn short, it happens to be the first porn video made with a Kinect. The dots that make up the actors’ bodies are derived from an infrared camera, the Kinect, which was originally designed for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 system to allow players to interact with their games by jumping around their living rooms, no controller needed.
    The World’s First Kinect Porn (Animal New York)

  • Beautiful art installation (“Rain Interactive“) with a fun backstory: the Luz crew were partly into setting up their screen of pendulous condoms, which were mood-lit in blue from internal LEDs, when they found themselves surrounded with children curious about what was going down in their neighborhood. The artists swiftly enlisted the wee ones in injecting and tying the swollen condoms while attempting, unsuccessfully, to prevent them from lobbing the things at each other like water balloons.
    Yes, This Public Sculpture Is Really Made From Condoms (The Atlantic Cities)
  • Broach the most difficult topics in the world with sex columnist and author Dan Savage – including the kinds that involve animals, children and feces (seriously, this exists) – and he has no problem talking about any of it. But ask if any of the tens of thousands of questions he has received over the years have ever given him an idea in bed and suddenly he’s… shy?
    Dan Savage In the Flesh Is…Shy? (FishbowlDC)
  • More on the feminist tech organization (Ada Initiative) that got my most recent sex talk censored by lying, threatening the convention organizers – only for everyone to later discover it was all for a publicity stunt to get their org into Marie Claire. It worked, to the great anger of several hacking communities. “A non-profit organisation that aims to increase the participation of women in free and open source software and culture is using coverage of a rather dubious sort to solicit donations from the public…”
    Money makes the mare – and the Ada Initiative – go (IT Wire)
  • Feminism needs an anti-censorship wake-up call. “Feminists are more likely than other liberal pro-censorship groups to find themselves on the same side as conservatives. While bemoaning the war on women, they inadvertently support it, by advancing regressive, stereotypic notions of male and female sexuality.”
    When Conservative Senators Sound Like Anti-Porn Feminists (The Atlantic)
  • This is exactly the kind of story I’ve always hoped someone would write. Ph.D. student Zhana Vrangalova documents how a scientific study on sex makes it from the academic journal in which it was published to the mainstream media, and what happens to it along the way? See who distorted her findings and how misreporting affects accurate sex information.
    Sex Science News: From Academic Journals to the Media (Zhana Vrangalova, via Ariel Waldman)

  • Hilary Clinton’s team is in an uncomfortable spotlight: The U.S. State Department’s ability to investigate wrongdoing by employees is being reviewed after a report of cover-ups of alleged criminal activity, including sexual assaults, the use of prostitutes by security staff and an ambassador suspected of trolling a park for sex.
    State Department Handling of Sex-Assault Claims Reviewed (Bloomberg)
  • At least 23 Canadian women who were taking two of the most commonly prescribed birth control pills in the world have died, CBC News has learned. According to documents obtained from Health Canada, doctors and pharmacists say Yaz and Yasmin are suspected in the deaths of the women, who mostly died suddenly from blood clots.
    Yaz, Yasmin birth control pills suspected in 23 deaths (CBC News)
  • The latest news in legislating involuntary porn, prosecuting involuntary porn and cyber vigilantism and a stalled justice system (“right or wrong, Anonymous delivers”).
    Without My Consent’s Weekly Roundup (newsletter, WMC)

  • Men’s options for birth control are severely limited. Doctors and scientists have for decades searched for more effective and desirable male contraception options. Researchers in China now propose a nonsurgical, reversible, and low-cost method; they show that infrared laser light heats up gold nanorods injected into mice testes, leading to reduced fertility in the animals.
    Experimental Male Birth Control Puts Gold In Your Testes (Popular Science)
  • Great post by friend and colleague Paul Joannides clearing up questions raised by the recent Michael Douglas oral sex/throat cancer headlines. “…the media has had a field day claiming that oral sex is the cause of oral cancer. There are also physicians and celebrities who are making statements about oral sex and oral cancer which are not based in science. Here are the facts versus the hype.”
    Oral Cancer and Oral Sex (Psychology Today)
  • The Food and Drug Administration posted six more advisories warning consumers about sexual enhancement products last Monday. The blacklisting of six brands of penis pills is the largest number announced at one time by the federal regulatory agency. So far, the FDA has blacklisted 20 penis pills, including Monday’s six, since January.
    6 More Penis Pills Placed on FDA Blacklist (XBIZ)
  • Great essay by gay male porn star Frankie Valenti. “They don’t prepare you in some “Porn Star 101″ course about what is going to happen to you personally when you are crowned a “porn star.” Things change that are permanent and not always for the best. (…) Men think that I will sleep with anybody, including them, that I have no tastes of my own and fuck as much as I breathe. ”
    Frankie Valenti: Gay Porn: Why Did I Survive? (HuffPo)

Violet Blue

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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1 Maria June 18, 2013 at 3:15 am

http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2013/06/11/birth-control-pills-yaz-yasmin.html I’ve read this article about Yaz and Yasmin, and yes, I had PE (blood clots in my lungs) after 11 months of taking Yaz. I was 28 at the time.

Women should be aware of the risks of combined OC

2 Justin June 15, 2013 at 5:35 am

Same reason conservative states have a higher porn consumption, when you try to suppress a desire it usually gets acted out in a stronger, but surreptitious fashion

3 Ms. Naughty June 14, 2013 at 7:12 pm

OK, this is going to seem spammy but I wanted to share this blog post that I wrote yesterday that relates to two of your news items – and also ask your opinion.
http://www.msnaughty.com/blog/2013/06/14/non-consent-nude-photos-and-the-law/

The chief of the Australian Army has released a video damning misogynist harassment in the forces following the discovery of an email ring where nude and sexual pics and videos of servicewomen were shared and derogatory comments made. This comes close on the heels of the sexual assault bill in the US mentioned in this sex news post. The video is impressive. Lieutenant-General David Morrison tells the bastards what’s what and it’s gone viral here. Here’s the direct link: http://youtu.be/QaqpoeVgr8U

In that post I talk about how it seems logical to have some kind of law requiring overt consent when it comes to nude pics and videos. We in porn have to do it, so should everyone else. This appears to be what the Without Our Consent link in your post is discussing.

I guess I wanted to ask: as an adviser at Without Our Consent, am I being simplistic in thinking a consent law is the solution?

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