Sex News: MyRedbook FBI bust, sci-fi bi guys, the history of heterosexuality, bouncy house of boobs

by Violet Blue on June 26, 2014

  • “There is but one positive, heroic bisexual male in all of mainstream sci-fi, and that would be Captain Jack Harkness from Doctor Who and its spinoff Torchwood. Played by a gay actor, Capt. Harkness is a forthrightly sexual fellow that often sleeps with both men and women, and kisses men on screen. But beyond him, can you name me one bisexual male hero from any sci-fi movies?”
    Editorial: Where my sci-fi bi guys at? (Nerdist)
  • “None of this excuses the predatory nature of men who are out looking for targets. I share this story because I want to better understand Violet Blue’s perspective. I want to better understand what’s safe for me and what is safe for women. I want to better understand how I can achieve my goal of meeting somebody while balancing that with not making women uncomfortable or intimidated when I first meet or engage with them.”
    I Target Women (Medium)


  • A well-known conservative pundit and secrecy expert who once worked as an NSA officer has deleted all of his social media accounts after screenshots leaked this weekend that appeared to show him sending a shot of his soft penis to a Twitter follower who was not his wife. John Schindler is a professor at the Naval War College who has written conservative analyses on global security for Politico and Foreign Policy while scrapping with leftists and libertarians online. A former naval officer who worked as a counterterrorism operative at the NSA for more than a decade, Schindler has long defended that agency’s secret surveillance efforts while attacking information activists like Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden, and Glenn Greenwald.
    NSA Spook-Turned-Twitter-Pundit Goes Dark After Dick Pic Surfaces (Gawker)
  • A top aide to an Ohio congressman is facing a hard reality after his porn star ex-girlfriend posted a picture of his penis online. Adam Kuhn, the chief of staff to Ohio Republican Rep. Steve Stivers, resigned Tuesday after an X-rated ex, whose performing name is “Ruby,” uploaded the questionable photo, purportedly sent to her by the former staffer, to her Twitter account.
    Staffer to Ohio congressman resigns after porn star ex tweets picture of his penis (NY Daily News)

  • With her eye-opening book, Hanne Blank tactfully deconstructs a facet of modern sexuality that most of us take for granted: Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Hetrosexuality is a provocative history of heterosexuality. Blank, a writer and historian who has written extensively about sexuality and culture, looks at the ways in which social trends and the rise of psychiatry conspired to create this new category in the late 19th and early 20th century.
    The invention of the heterosexual (Salon)
  • “Online dating profiles have brought new visibility to racist dating criteria. When it comes to sexual preferences, people who don’t think of themselves as racist, and who in other situations would feel compelled to cloak their implicit racism in socially acceptable forms, evidently feel no qualms about proclaiming their desire for “only white guys,” “no blacks, no Asians,” etc.”
    Choose Your Own Adventure (The New Inquiry)

  • The kGoal is the first ever smart Kegel trainer from Minna Life, which is part device and part app. The kGoal works to guide you through exercise routines, measure your performance, and track your progress on your way to a toned pelvis. Is this Fitbit for your vagina? Basically, yes. The kGoal just launched a Kickstarter campaign (it made it through the notoriously puritanical hoops) this week.
    Introducing the First App-Based Gym for Your Vagina (Nerve)

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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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1 cer999 June 27, 2014 at 5:21 pm

About this:

“Blank, a writer and historian who has written extensively about sexuality and culture, looks at the ways in which social trends and the rise of psychiatry conspired to create this new category in the late 19th and early 20th century.”

There were other important changes that happened earlier. In the 1600s the medieval “polymorphicaly perverse” sexuality was still assumed. In 1671 Milton published his poem Paradise Regained, and in this poem Satan comes to tempt Jesus on the cross, and Satan offers Jesus beautiful women, but also handsome young men. Milton was not trying to make some radical statement about sexuality, it was simply assumed that all men were potentially bisexual, including Jesus. It was thought to be highly sinful for a man to sleep with a handsome young man, but the assumption of modern heterosexuality is different: not that a man thinks it is sinful to sleep with a handsome young man, but that a man has no interest in sleeping with a handsome young man. If you define modern heterosexuality in this way (that there are some men who have no interest in sleeping with handsome young men), then modern heterosexuality emerges in the mid-1700s. Up till that point assumptions such as Milton’s (that men can be tempted with men) were common in literature, but after the mid-1700s the assumption emerges that most men are not interested in men, and that those men who are interested in men represent a distinct group (the sodomites).

However, Hanne Blank’s point is a good one. Even though we might argue about the exact date, it is certainly clear that the assumptions of modern sexuality did not exist 300 years ago, and they are an invention of the modern era.

2 Darkstar June 27, 2014 at 12:44 pm

Re: Adam Kuhn pic. More revenge porn?

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