Sex News: Daily Show’s recycled penis pumps, @PornHub contest, more anti-porn fapping in the UK

by Violet Blue on March 13, 2014

  • It’s really hard to find an article about this protest that is objective and not some weird first-person “me and porn” post. Basically, anti-porn feminist Gail Dines and all-around maker-upper of porn hysteria is teaming up with Guardian UK’s prize anti-porn mouthpiece to get as much attention as possible and hop on the coattails of David Cameron’s epic embarrassment-cum-distraction of an thinly-veiled internet censorship campaign. Some porn stars are protesting. No one will report this accurately, but there will be copious stock photography. And the band played on.
    Porn Stars Square Up To Feminists Ahead Of Stop Porn Culture Conference In London (HuffPo UK)
  • A woman in Texas likely infected her female partner with HIV through sexual contact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday. The case offers the strongest evidence to date that HIV transmission between women, although rare, is possible. (Overstated headline alert.)
    HIV Can Spread Through Sexual Contact Between Women (NPR)

  • Feminist- and queer-owned sex shop Babeland regularly hosts themed workshops in its Seattle and New York stores. I decided to stop by the SoHo location to see what I could learn.
    9 Discoveries I Made At My First Sex Workshop (Buzzfeed)
  • Stoya writes, “The strangers who call me Jessica at publicity appearances lean in far too close. They hiss it as if they have top-secret information. All they’re doing is letting me know that they had 30 seconds to spend on Google and no sense of propriety — which may sound funny coming from a woman who flagrantly disregards it herself. They’re often the same people who refer to my orifices as “that” instead of “your” (…)”
    Can We Learn About Privacy From Porn Stars? (NYT)
  • The robots of the future will be smart and highly adaptable, with the miraculous ability to imitate how the human mind learns new information. So what, pray tell, does humankind do with such wondrous, advanced technology? We build robotic strippers.
    This 40000 Stripper Robot is Totally SFW (Fast Company)

  • This op-ed in Telegraph UK intends to incite anger that sex ed including porn isn’t an anti-porn PSA, but he actually – unintentionally – makes a great case for sane sex ed that includes normalized discussion of porn, namely that of the incredibly awesome Bish Training.
    Sex education: is ‘Planet Porn’ really appropriate? (Telegraph UK)
  • A street prostitute in Dallas may make as little as $5 per sex act. But pimps can take in $33,000 a week in Atlanta, where the sex business brings in an estimated $290 million per year. Those are some of the findings of a landmark government-sponsored report on the size and structure of the sex economy, including massage parlors, brothels and expensive escort services.
    In-Depth Report Details Economics of Sex Trade (NYT)

  • Molly Ren’s article is a great read, and covers five great sex blogs I miss as well. She didn’t ask me about the weird accusation of “blacklisting” Erotic Cover watch, which was something the blog made up after saying the cover of the book I put her in perpetuated sexism. I have no idea what blacklist could have possibly existed. There actually is no dark and secret, punitive cabal of [sexist] erotica editors.
    The 5 Best Sex Blogs That No Longer Exist (The Frisky)
  • Porn site Pornhub has launched its Creative Director Challenge, a competition soliciting high-quality, “safe-for-work” designs for an upcoming multimedia advertising campaign. The winner of the challenge will be rewarded with a one-year paid employment contract as the official Creative Director of Pornhub. Interested parties should check out the challenge site. I put my favorites (so far) throughout this post.
    Pornhub Launches Competition to Seek Creative Director (AdRants)

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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