Sex News: Pornbots, big penis problems, Giger, OkCupid ghostwriter

by Violet Blue on May 22, 2014

Photo of Madonna by Tom Munro for L’Uomo Vogue (Italia) May/June 2014.

  • What could possibly be offensive about an adorable anthropomorphic vulva who wants to teach women how to masturbate? According to the Apple app overlords, quite a bit. In disappointing news for those awaiting the educational female-masturbation app HappyPlayTime, designer Tina Gong reports that the app has been rejected from the Apple iTunes store.
    Apple Won’t Sell a Female-Masturbation App (NY Mag)
  • Since two-thirds of the 17+ rated app’s users are in the U.S. and almost all of them are teenagers, porn bots have been having a field day on Kik.
    How Kik Is Tackling Its Porn Bot Problem (Forbes)

  • For artist and designer Peiqi Su’s thesis project at NYU’s ITP graduate program, she 3D printed 81 penises and fitted them with motors and an ultrasonic motion sensor and hacked them to respond to viewers’ movements or, brilliantly, to realtime changes in the stock market.
    This Wall of Wiggling Penises Is Absolutely Mesmerizing (Nerve)
  • “My nose, thumbs, and feet don’t raise any suspicion, but despite avoiding linen pants and going commando, (more power to ya, Jon Hamm, but I stick to the tightiest whities I can find), the good news always seems to travel fast.”
    Having a Huge Penis Is a Lot Harder than It Looks (Nerve)
  • I have committed dating fraud, but I did it to find love – not for myself, but for other people. And I did it for the money. I was an online dater for-hire…”
    I Got Paid To Be An OkCupid Ghostwriter (The Bold Italic)

I’m Covered condom bags, via.

  • “This morning, I found this bag in my bin. (…) Do you recognise this stuff? Is this your well-chewed paddle? Is it? Is this your cum-stained police uniform? Are you aware that impersonating an officer of the law is illegal?”
    Is This Your Sex Bag? (VICE)
  • “Sarah Gidick is on a mission to make some porn. But this porn will be porn “for women.” So, not porn. Gidick’s website is the latest in a long line of attempts to erase women’s interest in sex and claim that we really get our thrills from just about anything else—food, novels, clean homes, Shonda Rhimes dramas.”
    28 Non-Pornographic Things That Have Been Described as “Porn for Women” (Slate)
  • “Knowing what was expected of us, we learned sex as technique, as mechanics. I had a working knowledge derived entirely from trashy magazines and hearsay of how to perform that ancient oblation, the blowjob, by the age of 12. When I finally met a hard dick in person, I was astonished to discover that it was possible to work out what you wanted to do with it from your desire rather than from technical expertise.”
    My Gay Shame, or, How Patriarchy Stole Sex (The New Inquiry, thanks J!)
  • “Imagine if every thing you learned about sex and gender you learned from pornography. It wouldn’t be great. So instead of asking whether or not you should talk [to your kids] about pornography, I want to ask questions about when should you do it, and what should you say.”
    I Found Out My Kid is Searching for Porn (About: Sexuality)

  • Newsweek’s cover claims “High-Profile Sex-Trafficking Activist is Serial Fabricator” — which I’m inclined to believe because sex-trafficking activisties are usually debunked as freaked-out suburbanites. But it’s difficult not to mention that the ‘new’ Newsweek is tainted by its failed reintroduction with its weird (also failed) debut with the lame and fake “we found the Bitcoin guy” story.
    Newsweek Says High-Profile Sex-Trafficking Activist is Serial Fabricator (Slate)
  • When H.R. Giger died last week at 74, after a fall, he left behind a trail of images that linger in the mind much like the nightmares that troubled his sleep. His artwork became the center of a legal case around the Dead Kennedys’ third album, “Frankenchrist,” after Biafra inserted a poster of Giger’s “Landscape XX” (also known as “Penis Landscape”) in the album sleeve.
    The obscenity trial that made H. R. Giger an icon for punk rock and free speech (Quartz)
  • It’s an unusual question that isn’t often asked: What happens to sex workers once they retire? Photographer Bénédicte Desrus spent six years answering that question while documenting Casa Xochiquetzal, a home in Mexico City for (mostly) retired sex workers.
    The Lives of Retired Sex Workers in Mexico City (Slate)


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  • Adult performer Eden Alexander had a bad drug reaction, which triggered a rare skin infection, building into a swarm of secondary illnesses. She needed to raise money for treatment. Instead of a quick fundraiser, she ended up tangling with a payments company over porn, rallying a following, and led a large discussion about the way money moves on the internet.
    Sex, power, and money: how a porn star took on web payments and won (Verge)
  • A Georgia woman has sued her town over an ordinance requiring a doctor’s prescription to buy a sex toy. Melissa Davenport filed the lawsuit against the city of Sandy Springs because she doesn’t think the government should regulate the private lives of its citizens. The ordinance prohibits the sale of sexual devices without a legitimate medical, scientific, educational, legislative, judicial, or law enforcement purpose.
    Georgia woman sues town for banning sale of sex toys without a doctor’s prescription (Raw Story)

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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