Sex News: Revenge Porn case ends terribly, Jimmyjane acquired, quantified sex

by Violet Blue on February 21, 2014


  • Transgender people exist in the US and across the world, and in some states – Ohio, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Tennessee, and Idaho – trans people don’t have the right to complete their transition and change their legal sex. Petition to allow everyone, regardless of birth sex and location, the right to change their legal sex.
    Allow all people identifying as transgender to change their legal gender (whitehouse.gov, via CSC)
  • Gay porn company Falcon Studios is using CGI to re-create the bareback experience while its actors are fully strapped on. It already has one new digitally enhanced film, California Dreamin’ 1, an ode of sorts to the old-school porn movies.
    How CGI Is Circumventing Porn’s Condom Law (Slate)
  • In 2003, as Richard Bandy prepared for cancer surgery; what they didn’t expect was that the surgery would go wrong and internal bleeding would cause a brain injury. In a Feb. 12 article for Salon, How My Husband Forgot Sex, Lea writes about Bandy’s loss of short- and long-term memory and his ability to initiate and recall decades of marital intimacy.
    Husband Forgets How to Have Sex After Botched Cancer Surgery (ABC News)

  • Whether you’re clipping on a FitBit before a jog or turning on your Sleep Cycle app to log your eight hours, we’re becoming increasingly obsessed with tracking our most human behaviors. It should be no shock to learn that now there’s a way to quantify your sex life too.
    This Map Shows Which States Have the Longest (and Shortest) Sex (Nerve)
  • Longreads lifted their paywall skirts to share this cool essay by Noga Arikha, first published in Lapham’s Quarterly, about the early days of personal ads. Arikha is a historian and the author of 2007′s Passions and Tempers.
    Swiping Right in the 1700s: The Evolution of Personal Ads (Longreads)
  • Joaquin Mendez-Hernandez, a Mexican national who operated out of Savannah, was convicted of acting as a pimp for women forced into prostitution was sentenced to life in federal prison Wednesday for his role in what prosecutors called a sex trafficking ring that traded women like slaves between Georgia, Florida and the Carolinas. Prosecutors said Mendez-Hernandez and his partners would bring women into the U.S. from Mexico and other countries and force them to have sex with 30 or more men each day for $25 apiece. They built a network that largely catered to Latino immigrants, meaning prostitutes were rotated not just between larger cities such as Atlanta and Charlotte, N.C., but also in small farm communities such as Bonaire, Ga.
    Accused Pimp Gets Life in Sex Trafficking Case (AP/ABC News)

  • Jimmyjane, a pioneer and innovator in high-end and high-tech vibrators, has been acquired. Jimmyjane will continue to operate separately, maintaining its product development, creative, online, and sales team at its corporate headquarters in San Francisco.
    Pipedream’s Parent Company Acquires Jimmyjane (XBIZ)
  • Diamond Products, a portfolio company of New York’s Brookstone Partners, acquired high-end sex toy manufacturer Jimmyjane. In September, the firm invested in Pipedream, with a product catalog of more than 3,000 items. The interest of an equity firm such as Brookstone highlights the sex toy market’s growing strength.
    Private equity’s new target industry: Sex toys (CNBC)
  • Times, they change: The Feminist Porn Conference is now a corporate-sponsored affair. Good Vibrations – purchased in 2007 by mainstream adult distributor GVA-TWN and overseen since by old-school Sturman associate Joel Kaminsky – announced that it is sponsoring the 2014 Feminist Porn Conference, set for April 5-6 at the University of Toronto.
    Good Vibrations Sponsoring 2014 Feminist Porn Conference (NAME)

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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