Sex News: Terry Richardson, more UK online porn laws, robot sex workers, John Turturro

by Violet Blue on April 23, 2014

  • People in the UK who want to watch pornography will have to prove they are 18 under new Government proposals to stem children’s exposure to online sex. New laws are being drawn up that will force adults to prove their age with credit card details or other documents before they can access porn sites. The UK’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport is also looking at ways to force overseas providers, such as the popular Luxembourg-based site Pornhub, to adopt similar controls.
    Children will be blocked from watching online porn under new laws forcing websites to get proof users are aged 18 (DailyMail)
  • Rachel Kramer Bussel writes, “I’ve rarely read a book that chilled and scared me the way writer Violet Blue’s The Smart Girl’s Guide to Privacy did. In this must-read for anyone who uses their laptop or phone to go online, Blue details the numerous ways women and LGBT people especially face security risks every time we go online, including identity theft, revenge porn, stalking, and all manner of scams.”
    We Know What You Did On the Internet (DAME Magazine)
  • New York-based comics Adam Lash and Kevin Gilligan have written 12 episodes of their yet to be produced mockumentary “Gighahoes.” To get the project off the ground and into production, they’ve started a Kickstarter campaign to raise $5,000. Set in the 2030s, the web series will follow the escapades of robots from an escort agency called Artificial Intercourse. In this fictional future, the business is the first to switch from using humans to androids for providing sexual services to clients.
    ‘Gigahoes’ Web Series Wants to Create Laughs with Sexbots (Future of Sex)

  • Sex and real estate: Both are plenty complicated on their own; combine them, and you’re in for a messy situation. Still, city living drives some people to textbook-bad plans. Enduring vague sexual harassment to hold onto a rent-stabilized dream apartment? A tenant-with-benefits arrangement that satisfies both you and your super? In a rental market like New York’s, we understand that things can get kind of crazy. Here are 15 stories from the intersection of sex and rent.
    15 People on Sex and Rent (NY Mag)
  • “After each dating failure, I felt a mixture of sadness and relief. A failed date meant I didn’t have to worry about physical intimacy. It meant I didn’t have to worry about taking my clothes off in front of another person. It meant I didn’t have to face the chance of, at best, another Teachable Moment regarding transphobia, or at worst, mortal danger.”
    Fumbling Towards Humanity: How Trans Grrrls Helped Me Open Up to My Partner (PinkLabel)
  • Cognac faces pressure from China’s latest “anti-vice” campaign, targeting prostitution. In February, Chinese authorities launched a sweep of brothels across Dongguan, a southern metropolis known for its thriving erotic entertainment sector. In addition to boasting the “sex capital” of China, southern China is also the region with the country’s highest cognac consumption, according to the research consultancy Bernstein. Since February, over 2,400 hostess bars and the private-room karaoke clubs notorious for prostitution and known as “KTV houses” have been closed.
    Global cognac sales depend on the health of China’s “erotic sector” (Quartz)
  • When you read this post, you’ll start to understand why some porn performers are pissed that working-my-way-through-college stereotype Belle Knox is the media’s newly-anointed voice of porn stars.
    Porn Stars R Stupid (Huffington Post)
  • “The attendees were far from what “porn awards” may call to mind. The event was packed wall-to-wall, with every race, body type, minority and majority accounted for. “I get people calling me asking if they can come to the FPAs if they’re a guy, or if they could come with their wives,” FPAs creator Jansen told me. “Or I get people stopping me at the awards who say, ‘We’re just a nice couple that lives in North Toronto and we have kids and we heard about the event and we thought we’d come, and you know what? We had a really good time! This was really fun!’ and they come back year after year.”
    Partying At The 9th Annual Feminist Porn Awards (Playboy.com)

Terry Richardson is such a special snowflake, and his enablers such pictures of unbridled fuckery, that this topic gets its own section today.

  • It began as we’d expect. Yet another model came forward with yet another story about Creepy Uncle Terry, and his spokesdouche was on it like a mustache ride. “[Emma] Appleton’s tweet — the contents of which a spokeswoman for Richardson immediately dismissed to BuzzFeed as fake — again raises questions about whether leading fashion magazines and brands will continue to work with a photographer who has been accused repeatedly of demanding sex from models. “We have no plans to work with him in the future,” said the communications director for U.S. Vogue, Hildy Kuryk. The model who posted the Sunday’s allegation, Emma Appleton, told BuzzFeed that the message came from Terry Richardson’s Facebook account.” Appleton has since deleted her entire Twitter account.
    Terry Richardson Spokeswoman Denies New Allegation (Buzzfeed)
  • Next, Creepy Uncle Terry vaguely denied he pulled out the Pedobear clownsuit on models Emma Appleton, Jamie Peck, Liskula Cohen, Charlotte Waters and Rie Rasmussen – who have each come forward with separate allegations. He defended his artwork and omitted discussion of his behavior saying, “I collaborated with consenting adult women who were fully aware of the nature of the work, and as is typical with any project, everyone signed releases. I have never used an offer of work or a threat of rebuke to coerce someone into something that they did not want to do. I give everyone that I work with enough respect to view them as having ownership of their free will and making their decisions accordingly, and as such, it has been difficult to see myself as a target of revisionist history.”
    Correcting the Rumors (Huffington Post)
  • And then… Creepy Uncle Terry got a fixer. A whole lot of outlets started regurgitating this press release as news, saying that Emma Appleton is now kinda recanting, but also kinda not. Weirder, the PR says: “”Terry Richardson did not reach out to this woman. It was sent from a Facebook page that is fake. Terry has no knowledge of who sent this,” a spokesperson said. “Mr. Richardson has retained online forensic expert Theo Yedinsky to determine the actual origin of the faked posting.”" Right. Add the bizarre “fake Facebook page” claim to the addition of a “foresnics expert” and it’s *almost* the I Got Hacked claim, but not as obvious. But who is this magical forensics expert? If it’s this Mr. Yedinsky, Uncle Terry’s got a slick social media crisis campaign advisor on his team. (But sadly, not a forensics expert.)
    Model regrets sharing sexual message she believed came from Terry Richardson (FOX 411)

  • In new film Fading Gigolo, John Turturro plays Fioravante, a gentle bookstore employee who loses his part-time job when his boss Murray (Woody Allen) is forced to close down. Serendipitously, Murray learns that his dermatologist Dr Parker (Sharon Stone) is looking to arrange a ménage à trois with her friend (Sofia Vergara). Murray suggests that Fioravante is the perfect man for the job. After a little coaxing, Fioravante agrees to let Murray pimp him out.
    John Turturro: ‘There are positive things about what sex workers do’ (Guardian UK)
  • “Chase Bank has apparently decided to close quite a few bank accounts…and they all belong to people in the adult film industry! If you’ll recall, around this time last year, a lawsuit was filed against JPMorgan Chase claiming the bank violated fair lending laws and its policy for refusing to underwrite a loan for ‘moral reasons.’
    And now, the bank is apparently hitting the porn industry again as we’ve been EXCLUSIVELY told hundreds of letters went out to those in the adult film industry saying their accounts would be closed on May 11, 2014.”
    Porn Stars Are Getting The Shaft From Chase Bank! AGAIN!! Accounts Closed For 100s In The Biz?! (Perez Hilton)

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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