Sex News: Airbnb’s dirty logo, TSA groper, Google and Russia censorship fallout

by Violet Blue on July 19, 2014

  • In a dramatic reversal from hardline policy created three years ago, Google — the most powerful controller of information and identity in human history — will now allow users to use any name they want across Google services. It only came after years of putting at-risk citizens of the world through hell. A better version of history’s conclusion would go like this.
    Google reverses ‘real names’ policy, apologizes (ZDNet)

  • A Reddit thread asked married people how often they have sex. HuffPo separated the answers into three categories, based on how long the couples have been married. Some of the answers may surprise you.
    This Is How Often Married People Are Having Sex (Huffington Post)

  • A Japanese artist who made figures of a kayak modeled on her vulva vowed a court fight against her obscenity charges. Speaking from jail on Wednesday, Megumi Igarashi said she was challenging a culture of “discrimination” against discussion of the vagina in Japanese society.
    Japanese vagina selfie artist vows legal battle against obscenity charges (Guardian UK)

  • Russia’s new obscenity law has created a problem in the movie industry. The law forbidding four swear words stipulates that films using these words will not receive a distribution certificate. This means every single public screening in Russia can only show films with a distribution certificate certifying they do not contain the four banned words.
    Russia’s Obscenity Law Will Crush Independent Film (Moscow Times)
  • Anyone concerned with freedom of information and expression should consider this: “(…) The company recently made waves for prohibiting adult material on its advertising network, AdWords. Now, it seems, Google has expanded its censorial policies and many are wondering just where the company will stop.”
    Censored by google: what’s next? (lawofsex.wordpress.com)

  • Tina Horn‘s great new sex podcast Why Are People Into That!? talks about all manner of sexual fetishes and practices, honestly interviewing actual practitioners.
    Why Are People Into That? (whyarepeopleintothat.com)
  • A federal bankruptcy judge on Thursday found former Girls Gone Wild mogul Joe Francis in civil contempt, imposing reimbursement of more than $40,000 in attorneys fees to a trustee and ordering $5,000-per-day sanctions for not returning two company vehicles.
    U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Finds Joe Francis in Contempt (XBIZ)


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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