Sex News: Penthouse does BBW, MD cops livetweet prostitution raids, Samuel L. Jackson and RedTube

by Violet Blue on May 5, 2014

  • Six women discuss pornography, its place in our lives, and what a perfect porn future would look like. Here is an online conversation between six women about what porn means to them, how it’s affected their lives, and what could make it better.
    Porn: A Conversation Between Women (Buzzfeed)

  • Female data sets are worth more money.” When you enter the online world, your gender doesn’t get left behind. When information or photos that are regularly posted online get into the hands of someone “who doesn’t care about us or our safety, or worse – someone who gets off on hurting women – [it] is disastrous, no matter how proud we are of our bodies, how sex-positive we are, or how comfortable we are with being sexy and strong at the same time.”
    Smart Girl’s Guide to Privacy offers practical solutions for privacy blues (Abine)
  • This week the Prince George’s County, Maryland police department will live tweet prostitution stings in some weird attempt to create a social media version of “To Catch a Predator.” This is a horrible idea, for so many reasons, not least of which is the county’s horrible record on not screwing up things of this nature.
    Live-Tweeting Prostitution Raids Is a Terrible Idea, But It’s Happening Anyway (VICE)
  • Some adult film actors have voiced complaints after Samuel L. Jackson, during a press conference panel for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, replied to a question about what pop culture innovation he’d recommend to Steve Rogers by saying, “RedTube.” So much facepalm here I don’t even know where to start… Let’s hope someone tells these porn performers how tube sites do content partnerships. (Partnership affiliate programs between porn studios and the tube sites are where the studios GIVE FREE CONTENT to the tube sites for affiliate links — and it has been a big business for several years.)
    Porn actors call for boycott of Samuel L. Jackson movies after he recommends free porn (AV Club)

  • South Dakota Republican Rep. Steve Hickey sent a lengthy letter to the editor to the Argus Leader, South Dakota’s biggest newspaper, in response to a federal lawsuit against the state’s gay marriage ban. The letter, titled “A One Way Alley for the Garbage Truck,” is as fantastically vulgar and obsessive as you would hope it to be.
    Republican Legislator Pens Fantastically Crude, Obsessive Op-Ed About Anal Sex (Slate)
  • “Wen Zhou, a psychologist and olfaction researcher at the Chinese Academy of sciences, and her colleagues looked at two compounds found in bodily fluids that, according to earlier studies, are good candidates for human pheromones: androstadienone, associated with men, and estratetraenol, from women. The two steroids were found to elicit markedly different responses in male and female test subjects.”
    Human Sexual Responses Boosted by Bodily Scents (Scientific American)

  • It doesn’t matter if you think sex doesn’t belong in games, because sex is one of those basic human drives that manifests itself in our lives and in our art, whether by our own volition or in the minds of our players. Barbie dolls were not necessarily meant to be used as objects of sexual experimentation — but that didn’t stop me when I was 10 years old.”
    Childhood, Barbie dolls and make-believe: designing thoughtful games about sex (Polygon)

  • “Right away, we might be reminded of Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow, in which Tyrone Slothrop may or may not have been secretly conditioned to get an erection every time a V-2 rocket is about to strike London. Yet to find more patients for Tausk, we don’t need to look to fiction. “At first I believed they could only terminate my erection, but recently I also started believing that they could create my erection,” writes the author of a recent blog about electromagnetic persecution by the government.”
    Ruins of people’s lives (New Statesman)
  • Online retail for sex toys in India is apparently starting to take off. “This may be the best kept secret of India’s $2 billion e-commerce story. The country’s middle class has found in it a platform that satiates their sexual desires and fantasies in ways that weren’t possible before.”
    E-tail gives sex goods a big push (Times of India)

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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