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Carlo Mollino (1905-1973) was an architect, designer, photographer and writer, not to mention a race-car driver and a pilot. His buildings include the Royal Theatre in Turin, and his furniture, like his photography, is ever more valuable. In 2005, a Mollino table sold for $3.8 million, setting a world record for twentieth-century decorative art.

Upon his death, it was discovered that he had a vast, stunning body of work in Polaroids spanning 1962-1973.

DesignBoom tells us that these were, “the private photographic work he kept which included over 1,000 polaroids portraying beauties of Turin’s nightlife in the nude in mise-en-scène settings. These photographs were part of the preparation of his “house for the warrior’s rest,” known as Casa Mollino, a villa in Turin, situated along the River Po.”

Mollino, said to be one of Italy’s most influential mid-20th century designers, wanted to model his death on those of the ancient Egyptian pharaohs, whose souls were taken by boat to a sumptuous city, where they enjoyed opulent afterlives. Casa Mollino was a house he created for his afterlife, “inspired by the project of the construction of the Egyptian pyramid which is the house for the perpetuity of the pharaohs.”

Flashbak has this nice collection. See also, more here and here.

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  • Last month the A&E Channel aired a few episodes of its reprehensible show 8 Minutes, a reality program about a pastor who “saves” sex workers from “the life.” Now several women have come forward after being on the show saying that they were never connected to the resources promised, were pressured into signing contracts, and were misled about their level of anonymity on the show. The show, unfortunately, is not an anomaly.
    Combating Trafficking Takes Much Longer Than Eight Minutes (RH Reality Check)

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  • I don’t know about you, but this raises some questions about just how cozy Facebook is with law enforcement in sharing (and spying on) its users’ private communications. Also, warning for survivors of sexual abuse and trauma on this one. No one seems to know — or wants to say — just how often Facebook gets involved in tipping off law enforcement about suspicious online behavior. Facebook won’t say, ICE claims it doesn’t know, and FBI just said “No” when asked if they had any data on the number of Facebook tips they investigate.
    Facebook helps police bust sex predators (Fusion)

  • Today, the U.S. government released a sizeable tranche of documents and other material recovered during the Osama Bin Laden raid on the Abbottabod, Pakistan, compound used to hide Bin Ladin. An official at the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence today said that the sexually explicit content would remain classified even as other parts of Bin Laden’s personal files were released.
    Bin Laden’s Porn Stash Is Kept Secret (XBIZ)
  • Faced with a Department of Justice investigation into air marshals, the men and women charged with protecting U.S. commercial flights from terrorism, former and current air marshals are coming forward to describe a “wheels-up, rings-off” culture rife with adultery, sex work, and other misconduct.
    Air marshals say a party-hearty attitude prevails at the agency (Reveal)
  • The prostitutes at AP need to brush up on their sex work terminology… A California sex worker charged with killing a Google executive with an overdose of heroin aboard his yacht pleaded guilty Tuesday to involuntary manslaughter and administering drugs. A Santa Cruz County Superior Court judge sentenced defendant Alix Tichelman to six years in prison, bringing a sudden and unexpected conclusion to a case that garnered national attention.
    Sex worker pleads guilty in overdose death of Google exec (AP)
  • I would like to test this, please: Lovense and VirtualRealPorn are creating a way to enjoy synced-up virtual reality sex. The trick involves using a Bluetooth dongle, specially coded VR videos, and Lovense’s Max and Nora sex toys to make the toys’ vibrations and rotations sync with the VR action seen in your headset.
    New Sex Toys Sync Up to Virtual Reality Porn (Wired)

Thank you to our woman-run sponsor in Spain, Lust Films.

  • Join San Francisco Sex Education for a night of education on and exploration of Sex and Video Games, led by a specialist in the field. Morgan “Red” McCormick has been a regularly invited speaker at Penny Arcade Expo on the topic of transgender representation in video games, and much more. Join us as we learn about the history and progression of sexuality in video games.
    SFSI Seminars: Sex and Video Games (Brown Paper Tickets)

Thank you to our Bay Area sponsor, HardTied.

  • Religious leaders aren’t usually the best advisers on how to spice things up in the bedroom, but Orthodox Jewish couples struggling to sustain passionate marriages are finding a savior in Rabbi Natan Alexander. Men and women dissatisfied with their love lives are making pilgrimages to the Judaean Mountains near Jerusalem, where Alexander may prescribe them a Sqweel.
    Toy Vey: The Rabbi Selling Kosher Vibrators (Bloomberg)

  • Twenty years ago, while people were shoveling processed foods down their gullets, they were also erotically consuming the sex toy equivalent of toxic processed foods. Yes, in the not so distant past folks were heading to their local smut emporium to purchase dildos, butt plugs and other goodies made from toxic, porous materials chock full of phthalates and other unpronounceable scourges.
    The frisky new world of non-toxic, cruelty-free, eco-friendly sex toys (Hopes and Fears)

Thank you to our woman-run sponsor in Australia, Bright Desire.

  • The group of eight women sing, dance and enact poetry as getting-to-know-you exercises, but the themes written on the whiteboard reveal the deeper nature of the work: “Misconception, whore, mother, domestic violence, abandoned-thrown out, rebirth.” These are big motifs to tackle, but that’s what the San Francisco Bay Area Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival (now in its ninth year) is about — asking difficult questions.
    Sex workers act out in S.F. theater workshop (SF Gate)
  • An Egyptian court has ordered Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb to impose a ban on pornographic websites. A similar decision taken two years ago denounced pornographic content as “venomous and vile,” but failed to come into force. The Wednesday ruling is to be immediately enforced.
    Egypt Court Bans Online Adult Content (XBIZ)
  • Warning for survivors of sexual assault and trauma. Author Cathy Young writes: “To me, this crusade against “rape culture” over-simplifies the vast complexity of human sexual interaction, conflating criminal sexual acts like coercion by physical force, threat or incapacitation—which should obviously be prosecuted and punished whenever possible – with bad behavior.”
    Feminists want us to define these ugly sexual encounters as rape. Don’t let them. (Washington Post)

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Shine Louise Houston, the Director and Producer at Pink and White Productions, is definitely one of my personal heroes (and a friend, though we haven’t seen each other in like a million years). One of my all-time favorite quotes in our contemporary sex revolution came when Houston said, “There is power in creating images, and for a woman of color and a queer to take that power. I don’t find it exploitative; I think it’s necessary.”

I’ve had the privilege over the years to be able to support Houston’s projects, sometimes with really hot exclusives, and I’m ridiculously excited to find out that Houston is working on a new film: SNAPSHOT. Announced Monday, the crowdfunding just began here on Indiegogo, and I strongly recommend throwing even just $5 in the kitty.

I’m Shine Louise Houston, and I’ve been creating erotic queer cinema through my company Pink & White Productions for almost a decade. My films have screened across the globe, have received numerous awards, and appear frequently in academic work and sexuality textbooks. In my films, I work to create an alternate vision of what’s sexy, one that is more reflective of the queer communities and communities of color that I identify with.

This summer I’m taking a big directorial leap by making my first independently produced feature film, SNAPSHOT. It will be my 5th feature film, but the first that Pink & White will have full control over.

(…) Growing up queer, I was always frustrated with the coming out stories I was hearing and seeing: there were so few queers of color, the representations’ idea of ‘sexy’ wasn’t mine, narratives were formulaic and stereotypical, and the production quality left a lot to be desired. SNAPSHOT is an attempt to provide a different coming out narrative in a tone that reflects some of my most profound filmic influences. It involves two women of color as its main characters. The character whose “coming out” is in focus is in her late 30s — and her coming out has to do more with the intricacies of new desires than with gender.

There’s much more to read on SNAPSHOT’S crowdfunding page, including its timeline and goals. But it’s the personal text from Shine that’s a must-read; it’ll give you goosebumps, make you smile, and if you’re like me, a bit of both while shouting “viva la revolucion!” Also, in San Francisco style, SNAPSHOT is about a murder.

SNAPSHOT is an erotic suspense thriller that draws inspiration from film classics such as Hitchcock’s Rear Window and Antonioni’s Blow Up.

As a queer love story, SNAPSHOT doesn’t shy away from portraying explicit sexuality, which gives context to the characters’ intimacy and exists as a key element of my storytelling. Popular examples of movies that include realistic sex are Shortbus and the lesbian film, Blue is the Warmest Color. My pornographic aesthetics draw heavily from Radley Metzger. Pink & White Productions films show the mechanics of intimate sexuality, and uncensored portrayals of genuine pleasure, which is what our company is best known for.

Donate to SNAPSHOT! Help make it happen! I really want to see this film!

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Sunday Sex Reads

by Violet Blue on May 17, 2015

  • “Something happened in Hollywood in the 1960s: A few entrepreneurs gave Tinseltown a handful of strip clubs that were unrivaled for their respectability and their caliber of beautiful women. Far from the raunchy present-day “gentlemen’s clubs” where dollar bills are stuffed into g-strings, these places were clean, well-lit tourist destinations: the Pink Pussycat, the Largo, the Classic Cat and the Body Shop.”
    What’s New, Pussycat? (Treats Magazine)
  • This week, Alison Tyler’s post Got Indies? really inspired me.
  • “So, some idiots who own an electronic billboard in a rich neighborhood in Atlanta couldn’t be bothered to password protect its internet connection, even though they’d been warned about the security issue by a researcher (they told him they were “not interested” in the information). You know where this is going…”
    Goatse Lulz (Eros Blog)

  • “Every revolution needs its revolutionaries: people who question the cultural norms and instigate change. A sex culture revolutionary could be an artist, educator, activist or business owner who is motivating a change in culture’s relationship to sexuality.”
    How To Be a Sex Culture Revolutionary With Polly Superstar (Badoink)
  • “A Florida woman who fled to avoid the circumcision of her son was arrested Thursday for contempt of court, her attorney said. Heather Hironimus went missing with her 4-year-old child nearly three months ago, going into hiding as her long court battle against the surgery reached its climax.”
    Fla. Woman Who Fled to Avoid Son’s Circumcision Is Arrested (NYT)

  • “Erica has photographed herself fully naked on the subway, riding a bike over Brooklyn Bridge, having her hair cut by a barber, snow shovelling, getting “tattooed” by Ami James, stepping out of a taxi, playing pig pong with Susan Sarandon, and so on…”
    Nude in New York: The Power of Naked. {Whole Buncha Nudity} (Elephant Journal)
  • “Conservative organizations are losing it over ABC’s new sitcom that lists Dan Savage as an executive producer. Last Tuesday, the trailer for the upcoming ABC sitcom The Real O’Neals dropped online. The new comedy follows a “typical Irish-Catholic family” in modern America—typical in the sense that they have a gay son, an anorexic son, a scam-pushing daughter, and a crumbling marriage.”
    Dan Savage’s New Sitcom Will Destroy Us All (Daily Beast)

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  • On the 27th of April, The Singing Sailor Underwater Defense System was installed into the sea in the archipelago due east of Stockholm. The Singing Sailor is a subsurface sonar system sending out the Morse code: “This way if you are gay”. For any submarines passing close by, The Singing Sailor also features the message “Welcome to Sweden. Gay since 1944.” (the year Sweden legalized homosexuality) as an animated neon sign.
    The Singing Sailor (

  • While the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling left intact most of 18 U.S.C. § 2257, the recordkeeping regulation for producers of sexually explicit content, the decision is a victory in many respects. Diane Duke, the CEO of trade industry group Free Speech Coalition, remarked that today’s decision prohibits “the routine, warrantless inspections, which were the hallmark of the original regulation. The 3rd Circuit’s decision struck down the recordkeeping inspection as unconstitutional under the Fourth Amendment.”
    FSC Responds to Today’s 3rd Circuit Ruling Over 2257 Regs (XBIZ)
  • Marlon Wayans (Scary Movie and A Haunted House) has announced that a parody of Fifty Shades Of Grey is in the works. The Hollywood star confirmed that he has taken on the challenge of reworking the film adaption of EL James’s S&M trilogy for a new audience. The project, entitled Fifty Shades Of Black, will be a comedy co-written by and starring the White Chicks actor. Wayans is teaming up with filmmaker Rick Alvarez once again for the forthcoming movie.
    Fifty Shades Of Grey to be given Scary Movie treatment by Marlon Wayans (IB Times)
  • The HBO documentary Thought Crimes aired last weekend, about the so-called “Cannibal Cop,” a Queens-born NYPD officer convicted of conspiring to kidnap, cook and consume young female targets). I’m in it commenting about extreme fetishes, though you don’t get to hear me talk about vore/cannibalism fetish, and the importance of context with extreme/disturbing fetishes. It’s a great, but frustrating (and disturbing: warning for survivors) documentary.
    The 60-second interview: Erin Lee Carr, director of ‘Thought Crimes’ (Capital New York)

Thank you to our sponsor, Nubile Films.

  • A federal jury is hearing opening arguments next week in a civil case where Continental Airlines’ baggage handlers are accused of humiliating a gay couple by causing a sex toy to be exposed when released on a baggage claim carousel.
    Sex Toy Gets Exposed at the Airport; Couple Sues (XBIZ)
  • Mic spoke to Lust Films director Erika Lust, porn creator Ms. Naughty and content curator Sarah Beall about what it’s like to create porn for women. For Lust, Beall and Ms. Naughty, feminist porn wasn’t a business venture so much as it was about creating a social change and providing material women might actually find sexy.
    6 Empowering Things Feminist Pornographers Can Teach Us About Sex (Mic)

Thank you to our Dutch sponsor, Abby Winters.

  • From Norway comes a frank sex ed series for preteens, to teach kids the science of the birds and the bees. Line Jansrud, a medical doctor and host of Newton—Norway’s science show for 8 to 12 years olds—is French kissing a tomato. “This tomato does not have a tongue, but it feels roughly the same,” she says. The program is a new part of the sex education that third graders get in Norway, via NRK, the Norwegian public broadcast channel and NRK Super, the largest Norwegian website for children.
    Are These the World’s Most Graphic Sex-Ed Videos? (Daily Beast)
  • It’s not just penises that are taking Instagram’s backchannels by storm, it’s all manners of sexy bits: 15-second jerkoff videos, exposed anuses, a bevy of braless breasts. Though nudity is banned by Instagram’s community guidelines, a cottage industry of illicit hashtags has sprung up to find and share these photos.
    Inside Instagram’s Long Guerrilla War on Porn—and the Users Who Keep Coming Back (Talking Points Memo)
  • With the launch of its new blogging platform nearing, adult search engine BoodiGo is calling for adult performers, bloggers and webmasters to start reserving subdomains now. “BoodiBlog will offer adult bloggers a stable, adult-dedicated platform on which they can write about and promote whatever they wish.”
    BoodiGo Taking Name Reservations for New BoodiBlog Platform (BoodiGo)

Thank you to our French sponsor, Explicite Art.

  • It’s hard to look at this and believe that AdWeek isn’t trying to create controversy by reminding brands they now live in a world where not everything is under their control, and that user platforms are for users.
    Here’s Why Twitter’s Porn Problem Freaked Out Brands (AdWeek)

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  • Though it requires STD testing for every straight-sex scene it films,’s precautions for gay actors contributed to the spread of HIV, an actor claims in court. Plaintiff John Doe says he notified immediately when he tested HIV-positive in May 2013, but that studio bosses kept his status quiet until shooting wrapped, leaving regulators in the dark and causing a delay that potentially resulted in HIV exposures for two performers.
    Porn Actor With HIV Pins Blame on (Courthouse News)
  • “Sadly, the decline in free speech at American universities, and the proliferation of ludicrous “trigger warning” mandates for books and courses, are topics covered largely by the right-wing media, so often I must hold my nose as I examine their sources.”
    Life Is “Triggering.” The Best Literature Should Be, Too. (New Republic)

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Lovehoney’s ‘Design A Sex Toy’ competition is back

14 May 2015
My pals over at Lovehoney are at it again: Their fun and always-delightful Design A Sex Toy competition is back. The winner of each category can win $1,500, with the bonus Judges' Pick award receiving an extra $3,000 (submit here). Then, Lovehoney makes and distributes your toy, and shares all the […]
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Eye Candy: Best of Babes

13 May 2015
Kala - Fendia Afrodita - Depali Francesca - Untamed Dee - Sweet Release Carolina - Webcam Girl Mila - My Little Genie Dakota - Tropicali Milla - Sayma Suzanna A. - Queza Genie - Presenting Genie Amelie B. - Confira Lauren Crist - Aniry Sindy - Varea Ana Rose, Ava Courcelles - Charm Whitni - The Lazy Chair Yuki Kawamoto - Shaving Time (gallery 1, […]
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Sex News: Bollywood’s porn star, tiger bone wine, [North] Las Vegas mayor scandal, semen cartel

11 May 2015
Meet indie erotica's perfect couple: Filthy Housewives and Bisexual Husbands. "Ek Paheli Leela" has sparked all kinds of conversations, jokes and a small skirmish involving at least two prominent Indian politicians on Twitter. That’s because it stars Sunny Leone, a.k.a. Karenjit Kaur Vohra, the Indian heroine and reality-show personality who is […]
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Eye Candy: Hot New Porn, Feline Photobomb

6 May 2015
Paige Fox, Cathy Heaven, scandalized cat - Madame Marchant Puts Her Assistant Through Her Paces Christian X, Rebecca More, Megan Coxxx - The Anniversary Amarna Miller, Alexei Jackson - Run Tiffany Doll, Tiffany Naylor - The Stimulation Study Samantha Bentley, Ian Tate - The Positional Study Clarke Kent, Pau Pappel - Boat Buddies With Benefits Carol […]
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Sex News: Sperm friendly lube, HIV-positive ink, Tinder dickonomics, porn cliponomics

4 May 2015
Meet indie erotica's perfect couple: Filthy Housewives and Bisexual Husbands. Using a script that crawled 4,814,732 clips on Clips4Sale, Guardian writer Martin Robbins crunched numbers and did some data visualization on categories and costs, with interesting results. It turns out that porn prices have almost exactly tracked inflation. Porn data: visualising fetish […]
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Kink Your Kindle: A sci-fi space opera, paranormal horror, hot crime noir, erotic ninjas

2 May 2015
This edition of Kink Your Kindle features some absolute showstoppers in the world of new erotic fiction -- and the fiction genre, period. I'm not sure what changed in the past few months, but something certainly has in the world of erotica. The newest crop of hot, lit smut is […]
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Eye Candy: Best of Babes

1 May 2015
Frances Yean - The Parlor Maya Virdi - Maya's Second Video Vanea H. - Wet Climax Angel - Sweet Angel Nataly and Alessandra - Lickable Gana - Lizida Lupita - Fysko Mia Sollis - Navee Davon Kim - Erotic Zafira - Sexy Shower Karina L. - Prima Ballerina Maggie P. - Premiere Renata L. - Spring Sun April E., Sonya D. - Picknick […]
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Sex News: Silicone allergy, iWatch porn for super mature people, no more funeral strippers, sex offender city

29 April 2015
Meet indie erotica's perfect couple: Filthy Housewives and Bisexual Husbands. Dutch artist and designer Mark Sturkenboom’s 21 Grams (a reference to Dr. Duncan MacDougall's belief circa 1907 that the human soul weighs 21 grams) is a "memory box" containing a dildo with a compartment for storing the ashes of a deceased […]
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Eye Candy: Sexy, Dirty, Fun

24 April 2015
Veronica Rodriguez, Bruce Venture - Tasty Creampie Jillian Janson, Kassondra Raine - Foreplay Lutro, Taylor Sands - Dutch Delight Mila Jade, Nina Elle, Tyler Nixon - Stepmom Seduced My Tutor Diamantina, Liv - Spicetwice Brooke Wylde, gentleman friend - Hardcore POV, Passion HD (video) Megan Rain, gentleman friend - Hardcore POV, Passion HD (video) Chloe Amour, gentleman […]
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Sex News: CDC Ebola sex warning, Halal sex shop, Laverne Cox, 3D sex toy market

22 April 2015
Meet indie erotica's perfect couple: Filthy Housewives and Bisexual Husbands. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revised its guidelines on Ebola transmission on Sunday night, urging survivors to abstain from all forms of sex or use condoms every time “until more information becomes available,” rather than three months as […]
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Erotic photo pinup superstar kitty Mia

17 April 2015
Meet indie erotica's perfect couple: Filthy Housewives and Bisexual Husbands. After discovering the incredible body of work belonging to Australian photographer Justin Fox late Friday night, and all the stunning, dreamy nude editorials, I was hooked. Then I found the gallery dedicated to his photography cohort and cat companion Mia, and […]
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Sex News: Sansa Stark sex ed, Orphan Black erotica, abstinence class livetweets, revenge porn law foes

17 April 2015
Meet indie erotica's perfect couple: Filthy Housewives and Bisexual Husbands. It started when Alice Dreger’s 9th-grade son came home from school and told her that his sex education class was going to be focusing on abstinence. Dreger took a seat in the corner and brought out her laptop. And then […]
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Eye Candy: Hot New Porn

15 April 2015
Masuimi Max - Budoir Olivia Devine, Denis Reed - Afternoon Delight Maryjane Johnson, Ava Taylor, Van Wylde - Dig In Deep Megan Rain, Ryan D. - Lustful (gorgeous!) Mila Jade, gentleman friend - Persuasive Passenger Krissie, gentleman friend - Sexier Than Fiction Kate England (and gentleman friend) Casts Josie Jagger Samantha Bentley, Ian Tate - The Positional […]
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Sex News: Easy erotic engineering, porn copyright trolls fined, Christy Mack, Grindr the Opera

14 April 2015
Meet indie erotica's perfect couple: Filthy Housewives and Bisexual Husbands. "Always dreamed of a dildo-operated, flame-thrower? With the MBK, you can make one!" Future of Sex writes, "Today Orgasmatronics launched the Master Beta Kit, which includes everything a newbie needs in order to learn how to program almost any vibrator. Along […]
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