Sex News: Beards and sexual selection, Atari porn, crush fetish arrests

by Violet Blue on April 18, 2014

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  • Right now, beards are in, but a team of scientists suggest we may be nearing “peak beard.” This is more than just a bit of a fashion advice—the fact that we’re so fickle about facial hair says something interesting about human sexual selection.
    What “Peak Beard” Says About Human Sexual Selection (Smithsonian Magazine)
  • Warning: extreme animal cruelty warning in this story. A second adult fetish model was arrested Wednesday for her role in a series of porn videos that Miami-Dade police say depicted the decapitation of chickens and deaths of other animals. Her arrest comes less than two weeks after authorities charged another model, Sara Zamora, 28, with eight felony counts of animal cruelty.
    Model in Miami-Dade animal torture porn case granted bond (Miami Herald)
  • Since 1983, Larry Flynt has sent the monthly magazine he founded, Hustler, to each and every member of Congress. Following the complaints from 264 congressional offices in 1984, the U.S. Postal Service asked the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to block the mailings. But that request failed when the court ruled two years later that the delivery of the magazine could not be stopped.
    Why Every Member of Congress Gets a Monthly Porn Delivery (NAME)
  • “I think this woman is wrong about something on the Internet. Clearly my best course of action is to threaten her with rape.” That’s crazy talk, right? So why does it happen all the time? Honest question, dudes.
    Fake Geek Guys: A Message to Men About Sexual Harassment (Comics Alliance)

  • “For reasons too complex and bizarre to explain in full, I found myself needing to learn the craft of ballooning such that I could create sculptures of genitalia to support a lecture series at a museum. Such a ludicrous skill should not be kept secret, so I shall share it here. What follows is a not at all safe for work guide to balloon making.”
    NSFW Balloon Animals (Mad Art Lab, thanks JWZ!)
  • “Earlier today, scientists announced they’d discovered an insect with a new kind of female sex organ. It looks a bit like a penis, and is called a gynosome. But almost every news outlet covered the story by describing the insects as “females with penises.” This isn’t just painfully wrong — it’s bad for science.”
    Your Penis Is Getting in the Way of My Science (i09)
  • All due respect to this writer, but she got the headline wrong. Mr. Harvey does not need to have a seat, Mr. Harvey needs to shut the fuck up.
    Why Steve Harvey Needs to Have a Seat (HuffPo)

  • Sex Criminals is a great comic, and one that was hit with unfair bullshit by Apple censors, but this is another wrong headline. The first two things stated about sex in this article are astonishingly incorrect. There is a G-spot (so much science on this!) and the mechanics of female pleasure are not elusive.
    The Man Behind the Comic Book That Finally Got Sex Right (WIRED)
  • In an area where the sexually active are ashamed to buy condoms, it’s no surprise an estimated 1.6M Kenyans struggle with HIV/AIDS. Nairobi-based Center for African Family Studies (CAFS) teamed up with Kenyan artist Michael Soi to create a funky condom line with pop art-inspired packaging. The NGO came up with the idea after posting pictures of glow-in-the-dark, printed, and flavored condoms obtained from a Capetown HIV conference on Facebook. Youth started to call and ask where they could purchase them…
    Kenyan NGO Promotes Safe Sex Thru Colorful Condom Wrappers (ClutchMag)

  • Spreadsheets (the sex activity app that analyzes data from movement and audio levels using your phone’s accelerometer and microphone) previously gave us a state-by-state breakdown of sex and now they’ve gone global with the data. As a country, the U.S. has the most sex with an average of 3 minutes and 45 seconds. China is #2 in amount of sex but is a full minute behind us.
    Map shows which country has the most sex and which has the longest sex (Sploid/Gizmodo)

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1 Farfetch April 20, 2014 at 2:31 am

Funny the timing of the PC Mag review of Atari porn games. It’s a minimalist take on a video review James Rolfe (aka the Angry Videogame Nerd) did 22nd August 2007:

http://cinemassacre.com/2007/08/22/atari-porn/

Cracked also did most of them in an article March 28th 2009:

http://www.cracked.com/article_17206_the-10-most-perverted-old-school-video-games_p2.html

I think Porkys and X-Man were the only ones I hadn’t seen before from the PC Mag article, I bet there are older articles on this that are older too!

2 Josh Cheek April 19, 2014 at 2:04 am

The National Geographic piece “In This Insect, Females Have Penises And Males Have Vaginas” responded to the io9 piece “Your Penis Is Getting in the Way of My Science”.

“the only reason we think of penises as sending sex cells in that direction is that we never knew any other set-up could occur. Now we do, which either forces us to introduce a new term and demand that it be used, or to expand the bounds of our old term. I prefer the latter. I’m generally a lumper, rather than a splitter. [...] I’m pointing out that you can either look at this discovery through the lens of difference or similarity. And similarities are actually critical here because evolution crafts organs that are convergently similar—though different in the details—thanks to similar selection pressures.”

http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2014/04/17/in-this-insect-females-have-penises-and-males-have-vaginas/#critique

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