Sex News: Dick pics on wiped eBay phones, X-Art scummery, all the Bill Gates birth control, Brazil

by Violet Blue on July 9, 2014


  • Since the decline of Prenda Law, the most litigious copyright holder in the US is Malibu Media, a porn company that runs the website X-Art (featuring James Deen and Belle Knox). Last year, a judge sanctioned Malibu for including exhibits that listed “expanded surveillance”—that is, copyrighted material supposedly downloaded by the defendant but not owned by Malibu. In a Michigan case the company asked the defendant to supply information about every adult website visited in the last two years, by any member of the household.
    Copyright holder’s question: How much porn do you watch? (Ars Technica)
  • What AVAST researchers found after purchasing 20 “wiped” phones on eBay and digging up, altogether, more than 40,000 individual bits of data: More than 1,500 pictures were family photos of children, more than 750 were nude photos of women, and more than 250 were “selfies” of male genitals presumably taken by the previous owner.
    Nude pics, other data, recovered from ‘wiped’ Android phones purchased on eBay (SC Magazine)

  • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation spent $1.1 million dollars in grants last month in the effort for better safer sex. The 11 projects evenly splitting the cash are tasked to produce the “next generation of condom:” a prophylactic that “significantly preserves or enhances pleasure” in a bid to boost their regular use. This is the second time the foundation has given such a hefty sum to condom research.
    11 Next Generation Condoms Funded by the Gates Foundation (Future of Sex)
  • The hunt for a perfect contraceptive has gone on for millennia. A new candidate is now on the horizon: a wireless microchip implant that can be turned on and off with a remote control and that is designed to last up to 16 years.
    A Contraceptive Implant with Remote Control (MIT Technology Review)
  • Worried about how you’ll come across should you stumble upon a genital piercing? With a little help from our (pierced) friends, you can avoid embarrassing yourself, wasting time worrying, or straight up annoying your new paramour with the questions they’ve likely heard a whole lot of times.
    The Dumbest Questions Pierced People Get In Bed (Nerve)


  • The media frenzy surrounding Belle Knox, the “Duke University Freshman Porn Star,” as the press has described her, has drawn pointed attention to the intersection of pornography and college life. Academic journal Porn Studies is now looking for papers on the subject.
    PORN STUDIES Call for Papers: Porn Goes To College (PinkLabel TV)


  • Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Ontario asked 84 committed heterosexual couples to come into their lab and answer written questionnaires about both their own levels of sexual satisfaction and that of their partners.
    Can you fake sexual satisfaction? New study thinks not (Chicago Tribune)
  • "You are invited to participate in a research study about college student’s sexual behaviors and exposure to sexually explicit media."
    Study: College Students and Sexually Explicit Media (Dr. Debby Herbenick, Department of Applied Health Science, Indiana University)


  • "A key component of the study is the experience of 'coming out', which is an important part of identity for many people. It is not necessary for you to have come out in order to take part in this study -- in fact, we are keen to obtain data from as many different types of people as possible."
    Study: Identity, Personality and 'Coming out' (Jamie F. Lawson, Department of Anthropology, University of Durham)
  • Luxury Swedish sex toy brand LELO is hosting the LELO UNdesign award 2014, inviting designers to develop ideas and objects that encourage real interaction and human harmony. LELO is seeking submissions that respond to three proposed categories: fashion and accessories; technology, products & spaces; and graphic illustration and planning.
    UNdo, UNcomplicate, UNdesign: 2014 LELO UNdesign award
    (DesignBoom)

VB note: I'll bet the definition of "hypersexuality" in the content of headlines such as these currently making the rounds is a different definition for women than it would be for men.

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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