Sex News: Sin City 2 poster, Somaly Mam ousted, slut discourse, sex crimes

by Violet Blue on June 2, 2014

Image via Sin City sequel poster with Eva Green deemed too risqué by US censor

  • Daily Beast — several years late to the conversation, and only noticing the *newest* wave of tech sex idiocy and conveniently ignoring tech’s avoidance of disrupting the advertising industry — writes, “Today’s tech scene is startup-fueled and app-driven, actively encouraging disruption in every sector imaginable. Except sex.”
    Silicon Valley’s Soft Sex Ban (Daily Beast)
  • No comparisons or critical analysis done, yet headlines about a paper on 64 men, porn viewing and brain matter have pulled puerile pageviews for any outlet that’ll run it. Slashdot says, “Don’t assume it means anything—the striatum’s primary function is coordinating motor control. If there is a meaningful causal link and this study is not just a p-value fishing expedition, it is so convoluted as to be incomprehensible.”
    Study Finds Porn Exposure Associated With Smaller Brain Region (Slashdot)
  • A good question that deserves several hot gifs. “There are few myths about lesbian sex that bother me more than the misconception that all we do is go down on each other like diving for pearls is the only activity in the lesbian sea.”
    Why Does TV Only Show Lesbians Engaging in Oral Sex? (Nerve)

Image: Irina Shayk, Sports Illustrated Shoot in Hawaii May 2014 Candids

  • The Obama administration on Friday ended a 33-year ban on Medicare coverage for gender reassignment surgery — a major victory for transgender rights and a decision that is likely to put pressure on more insurers to provide coverage for such services.
    Ban lifted on Medicare coverage for sex change surgery (Washington Post)
  • “As I’m sure many of you guys have already discovered, that means the majority of the contents of your refrigerator, cabinets and most of your personal belongings can be masturbatory tools. Depending on whether you like to “give” or “receive,” the list below is for the penetrators of the residence.”
    7 Household Objects That Guys Can Jerk Off With. Safely. (LA Weekly)
  • So much trigger warning here. “In the past four decades, the number of reported rape cases in India surged nearly 900 percent to 24,923 in 2012, according to the statistics from National Crime Records Bureau. Since many rapes go unreported, the problem may be worse.”
    India’s gang rapes — and the failure to stop them (Washington Post)

  • A month after being one of the top vote-getters in Time Magazine’s online poll for their annual “Person of the Year” issue and then being subsequently left completely out of that issue, actress and transgender rights activist Laverne Cox has leapt completely past the idea of being one person in a giant list of the year’s most important people and has secured the entire cover for herself.
    Laverne Cox is Amazing on the Cover of Time, Time’s Story Inside Not So Much (Autostraddle)
  • Someone please tell Gannett to stop making their websites look like shit. Also, what the fuck, North Carolina? A state senator blocked a bill that would have required schools to teach medically accurate information in sex education…
    Greenville Sen. Mike Fair blocks sex education bill (Greenville Online)
  • A new study suggests that high-status female college students employ “slut discourse” — defining their styles of femininity and approaches to sexuality as classy rather than trashy or slutty — to assert class advantage and put themselves in a position where they can enjoy sexual exploration with few social consequences.
    High-status co-eds use ‘slut discourse’ to assert class advantage (PhysOrg)

  • The world of classic pin up photography said goodbye to one of the greats this weekend as photographer Bunny Yeager died while in a care facility in Florida. In the 1950s, Yeager was a young beauty queen turned model who took a risk to pursue a career behind the camera as a photographer and famously shot Bettie Page.
    A Look Back at Bunny Yeager’s Iconic Pinup Photo Shoots (NSFW) (Nerve)
  • Elliot Rodger’s murderous Santa Barbara rampage is, without question, tragic. It is also terrifying, disturbing, confounding, and abhorrent. However, as deeply upsetting as the stabbings and shootings are, and as many issues as they raise, there’s one thing that the massacre is not: a teachable moment.
    Elliot Rodger’s Massacre Isn’t About You (Daily Banter)
  • A federal appeals court today has for the first time has put the kibosh on a shakedown scheme aimed at pornography downloaders and practiced by AF Holdings, an arm of notorious copyright troll Prenda Law. Hopefully the next stop for this train is X-Art.
    Federal court pulls plug on porn copyright shakedown scam (Network World)

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1 Alphax June 4, 2014 at 7:20 am

The link to Networkworld for the Prenda Law article isn’t working.

How about this: http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-mh-prenda-20140527-column.html

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