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  • Boston University is teaching students about safe sex and sexual health with a little bit of help from none other than wizard extraordinaire Harry Potter. “At this event, half-bloods, house-elves, and muggles alike will learn the proper way to get consent to enter one’s chamber of secrets and how to snog without getting hogwarts,” said the event’s Facebook page. “We’ll be casting some sensual spells in CAS room 313. Hope you can apparate there.”
    University Offers ‘Harry Potter’-Themed Sex-Ed Class (HuffPo)
  • Apparently Russell Brand has gone off (like old milk) saying that porn is bad. I’d like to debate him, live – but only if he did his homework. Anna Arrowsmith writes, “So now Russell Brand wants us to stop watching porn as part of his campaign against all things Capitalist. And like his previous forays into politics, he is quite proud of his lack of experience and knowledge about the subject…”
    Why Russell Brand is so Wrong About Pornography (Anna Arrowsmith)

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  • My Titties are Sisters Not Twins is a zine created by curator Antonia Marsh and artist Kelsey Bennett. Presented like a children’s workbook the zine celebrates imperfection and reminds us that no two titties are the same.
    My Titties Are Sisters Not Twins (Nerve)
  • Eric Chanson and Kevin Bollaert, two of the most infamous website operators in the field of “revenge porn,” must each pay $450,000 in damages to a woman whose nude photos of her taken when she was a minor were published on
    ‘Revenge Porn’ Operators Must Pay $900,000 in Damages (XBIZ)
  • The owner of a revenge porn website has been labelled a hypocrite after asking Google to remove links to stories about his unsavoury business, over their use of “unauthorised photos”. Craig Brittain, whose website posted nude photos of women without their knowledge or permission, is seeking the removal of the articles on the grounds that they feature pictures of him that were used without his consent.
    Owner of revenge porn site asks Google to remove links to his own photos (Telegraph)

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  • Men have been circumcised for thousands of years, yet our thinking about the foreskin seems as muddled as ever. And a close examination of this muddle raises disturbing questions. Is this American exceptionalism justified? Should we really be funding mass circumcision in Africa? Or by removing the foreskins of men, boys and newborns, are we actually committing a violation of human rights?
    The Troubled History Of The Foreskin (io9)
  • ICM Registry continues its use of ICANN to scare people (by fear of x-rated domain squatters) out of their money. ICM Registry, the operator of the .xxx top-level domain, Monday opened up new .porn and .adult registrations to trademark holders who are registered in the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH).
    Trademark Holders Now Can Register .porn, .adult Names (XBIZ)

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  • Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn aren’t the only queer ladies prowling the streets of Gotham anymore, folks. After decades of flirtation and fervent fan speculation, Catwoman is now a canon bisexual according to current Catwoman head writer Genevieve Valentine.
    Selina Kyle, DC’s Original Catwoman, Comes Out As Bisexual (Towleroad)
  • In 2012, teledildonics darling RealTouch was on the rise, getting featured in HBO’s Sex/Now documentary series and Amazon’s original comedy series Betas. But despite the positive press, the company’s fortunes took a nosedive. RealTouch found itself unable to sell its hardware and, what’s more, it is now catering to a dwindling group of existing customers. It wasn’t the moral majority, however, that pushed the sex-tech outfit to the brink of collapse. It was patent licensing.
    Adult Themes: The rise and fall of America’s first digital brothel (Engadget)
  • “Plenty of people theorize about why games often feature bad breast physics, but there is little hard information about the actual breast-creation process. After looking into it a bit, I found that many amateur developers seemed to genuinely have a problem figuring out how to tackle breast physics in their games.”
    How Video Game Breasts Are Made (And Why They Can Go Wrong) (Kotaku)

  • The gaming-themed strip club flyer images above and below are via @52stations, who was sharing them to express their displeasure at the flyers being handed out near GDC 2015 (a big gaming developers convention in San Francisco this week) and the message they believe it sends to female attendees. It’s okay to have that boundary, but I happen to feel very differently about it; I’m also a female developer, and I like the flyers. Making them cause for a moral panic is just silly. I find them cheeky, sex-positive, and I’m guessing my pals who are performers at two of those clubs had a hand in putting these handouts together. As for the assumptions people are making about what they represent, the women in them, who they’re meant to attract, and how they might scare women away from being developers… I’m inclined to think that sex work negative attitudes and all these accompanying assumptions about a local strip club’s flyers would make female sex performers (who are also developers) consider that GDC isn’t really a welcoming place for them. When you consider we’re talking about female workers, condemning their advertising just ends up reading as outsider hostility. (Here’s my opinion on sexism in dev culture.) Not to mention the fact that if there’s anywhere your assumptions about women and sex will be turned upside down in the most surprising and sex positive of ways, it’s going to be San Francisco. Ask a sex worker: exploitation is in the eye of the beholder.

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Eye Candy: Hot New Hardcore

by Violet Blue on February 28, 2015

Before you enjoy something beautiful, sexy, and healthy (below), but notably, something that still isn’t allowed on Blogger or any Google property… Other posts have been updated, but if you missed it: On February 27 (2am PST) Google reverses porn ban on Blogger after backlash (VentureBeat)

Congrats to CrashPad porn performer, artist and Oakland resident, Lyric Seal – check out their bi-weekly advice column, now in the East Bay Express! The debut column is How Do I Rebuild My Sexuality as a Disabled Transgender Person?

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The new issue of Treats! Magazine is out, and their cover star is Lydia Hearst (daughter of John Waters icon, former SLA machine gun-toting, IED-making, San Francisco bank robber Patricia Hearst-Shaw, aka Patty Hearst). This is cool, especially because the circus-themed art nudes shoot they did for the issue is really fun (by photographer Tony Duran), as well as the fascinating editorial feature on the lovely Ms. Hearst written by journalist Aubrey Day. When talking about growing up, Hearst told Day,

I remember at university, I believe it was my psychology course where, when I compared notes with my roommate – who was studying the same course but in a different class – I realized they’d removed the whole analysis of Stockholm Syndrome from the classes I attended which was… well, I do appreciate the sensitivity of that but I’m also a big believer that when it comes to life, either everything’s okay or nothing’s okay and it’s really important to not shelter people. Discussion is important. Nothing gets accomplished without that.

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Image via longtime online friend, Unscathed Corpse.

  • The American Sexual Health Association investigates the question of porn addiction. The short answer – to “Is porn addictive?” – is no. Do some people have problems regulating their use and interest, as with impulsive/compulsive sexual behavior? Absolutely.
    Is Pornography Addictive? (American Sexual Health Association)
  • Porn Studies is an international, peer-reviewed journal, which publishes original research examining specifically sexual and explicit media forms, their connections to wider media landscapes and their links to the broader spheres of (sex) work across historical periods and national contexts. This special issue of Porn Studies invites scholars, critics, artists and producers, activists, and educators to explore the contours of Pornography and Labour. (Disclosure: I’m on the Editorial board.)
    PORN STUDIES: Porn and Labour (Call for Papers) (Pink Label TV)

February 27 (2am PST) update to all news about Google’s Blogger listed below: Google reverses porn ban on Blogger after backlash (VentureBeat)

Thank you to our sponsor, Nubile Films.

  • If you’re (rightfully) worried about how Google’s Blogger sex purge will most likely screw you without recourse the minute someone who doesn’t like women, or gays, or trans people, or BDSM, or sex for pleasure, or sexual expression in Western countries decides to report you… Here are a few solutions where writers, artists, LGBT people, and yes, the porny people can move to slightly safer free platforms or not-free but self-hosted solutions, with somewhat minimized headaches.
    Google wants you to stop using Blogger: Here’s how to leave (Violet Blue / TinyNibbles)
  • Pornography isn’t just censored in China. It’s illegal. And the Chinese Communist Party sees it as an important enough issue to hire officers whose sole purpose is to watch hundreds of adult films every week and record their contents, scene by scene.
    China Is Hooked on Japanese Porn—and That’s a Good Thing (Daily Beast)
  • There have been no rigorous studies of male sex workers in the U.S. Without data that gets into the granular differences between those working in different parts of the industry, crafting initiatives that are responsive to the needs of these men and boys is nearly impossible.
    Why It’s So Hard to Understand Male Sex Workers (TakePart)

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  • Smartphone maker Geeksphone, perhaps best know for its partnership with Silent Circle over the pro-privacy Android fork Blackphone, is expanding from handsets into fitness wearables. GeeksMe will also include two less commonly found features in what is a very crowded space: namely “ecological footprint” tracking, for the environmentally conscious, and a sex tracker. (FYI, this article perpetuates the dated perception which presumes all readers think this is a weird/bad thing.)
    Geeksphone Is Getting Into Wearables — With A Sex Tracker (TechCrunch)

Thank you to our sponsor in the UK, Joybear.

  • Elle Magazine writer Cheryl Wischhover took it upon herself to find out, and asked five porn stars if they “fake it” in real life and/or on camera. This summary is better than the original article.
    Elle Magazine Asks Porn Stars If They Fake Orgasms (XBIZ)

  • Adult payment processor Epoch has announced that clients can now accept PayPal from consumers throughout the world. The announcement was made by the Internet payment service provider on its website.
    Epoch Adds PayPal for Transactions Worldwide (XBIZ)
  • Warning for survivors of sexual abuse, trauma or assault. VICE decides to talk to porn workers about portrayal of incest fantasy in porn. Inter-familial relations have become topical recently following a certain NY Mag article about Genetic Sexual Attraction (GSA) and a detailed Q&A about consensual incest between a woman and her biological father.
    Why Is Incest Porn So Popular? (VICE UK)

Gratitude to our sponsor in Spain, women-run Lust Cinema.

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February 27 (2am PST) Update to all news about Google’s Blogger listed below: Google reverses porn ban on Blogger after backlash (VentureBeat) /end update

Until Monday, Google’s Blogger platform previously allowed “images or videos that contain nudity or sexual activity,” and stated that “Censoring this content is contrary to a service that bases itself on freedom of expression.”

That changed on a whim yesterday when Google ripped the rug out from under its previously-compliant grownup Blogger users, who were told they’d be disappeared if Google decided their blogs contain “sexually explicit or graphic nude images or video.”

Google says, “We’ll still allow nudity presented in artistic, educational, documentary, or scientific contexts, or presented where there are other substantial benefits to the public from not taking action on the content.”

Google’s new terms make sex for reproduction okay, but sex for pleasure totally not okay. Sound familiar, sex educators?

I wrote about it for ZDNet yesterday, and put all my Google sex censorship research into this article and timeline; it’s all over the news now. Google hasn’t commented, and this is a strategy which expects it all to just go away by saying nothing, and not acknowledging the problem. (Hey, it works for great companies like Snapchat.) I mean, we can all say things about Google and censorship, but now we have a very concrete, public and well-documented example of the company saying one thing and then doing exactly the opposite regarding content censorship and its platforms.

You know what’s really stupid here? I’d bet that if given the option, tens of thousands of people would pay Blogger for a premium account to avoid the hassle of packing everything up and moving out by March.

In the meantime, I know a lot of people who have been using Blogger – since 1999! – to post their lives, and everything that encompasses. If you’re (rightfully) worried about how Google’s automated system will most likely screw you without recourse the minute someone who doesn’t like women, or gays, or trans people, or BDSM, or sex for pleasure, or sexual expression in Western countries decides to report you… Here are a few solutions where writers, artists, LGBT people, and yes, the porny people can move to slightly safer free platforms or not-free but self-hosted solutions, with somewhat minimized headaches.

  • You don’t need to hire movers or buy me beer (but I’ll drink it!) — pack it up for moving by following these easy steps.
  • I don’t recommend moving to itself: It has a lot of stupid restrictions on “mature” content (including no affiliate links – so erotic writers, this is not an option if you plan to link to your books on Amazon). WordPress’s own rules feel like an afterthought from a system that doesn’t want to deal with communities it doesn’t really understand. Seriously, what idiot lumps child abuse with erotica in a terms sheet? Gross.

PS – hi to new TinyNibbles visitors thanks to AFP wire news!

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Explicit excerpt: “A Not-So-Subtle Spice” from Best Women’s Erotica 2015

20 February 2015
To celebrate the release of Best Women's Erotica 2015 (and the great reviews it's already getting -- thank you!) I asked Alison Tyler for permission to reprint her story from the book here. And she said yes! The book has a range of compelling stories with a refreshing variety of […]
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Sex News: Dyke Hard, Sasha Grey Ukrainian propaganda, regrowing foreskin, Helena Bonham Carter naked with a fish

19 February 2015
With my new indie book Filthy Housewives (Amazon), all sales go to the authors! It seems safe to say that Bitte Andersson's Dyke Hard is not what we've come to expect from the normally rather staid Swedish film scene. Not unless you're expecting a queer, John Waters inspired, rock and roll […]
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Eye Candy: Many flavors of hot new porn

17 February 2015
Simona A., gentleman friend - Tough Intent (above image via) Cabaret Desire, Chapter 1 - Lust Films Fish, Julien - Fuck Winter Alexa, Lutro - Spanish Beauty Paula and Daniel - Blindfold Me (more...)
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Tilt this: Sex Culture Revolutionary T-Shirts

17 February 2015
Kinky Salon's very own deliciously wonderful Polly Superstar is almost halfway to selling the 50 Sex Culture Revolutionary t-shirts she needs to make the project happen -- and you can help by buying one, or sharing the Crowdtilt link around in places you think it might be appreciated. My fingers […]
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To all the authors: Thank you

16 February 2015
This post contains the email I sent to the authors I worked with for my new book, Best Women's Erotica 2015. Today, I read Alison Tyler's post about her tribulations with Cleis contracts, and it, combined with the comments, and the responses I got from my email (below) made me […]
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Sex News: Male chastity belt record, sex crimes, 50 Shades PTSD, HPV vaccine distortions

16 February 2015
With my new indie book Filthy Housewives (Amazon), all sales go to the authors! Wicked Pictures on Friday announced that Axel Braun, winner of the 2015 XBIZ Parody of the Year award for "Cinderella XXX: An Axel Braun Parody," has released the first trailer for "Barbarella XXX: An Axel Braun Parody." Video: […]
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Eye Candy: What if 50 Shades was sexy?

14 February 2015
There were so many ways the mainstream-breakthrough BDSM romance novel could've gone. But instead of, say, one of the stunning contemporary novels being crafted by indies (Dark Secret Love by Alison Tyler, Slow Surrender by Cecilia Tan, Carrie's Story by Molly Weatherfield), we got 50 Shades. It's not a BDSM novel. […]
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Eye Candy: Pretty Girl Friday

13 February 2015
Support us indies! Read erotica! Prioritize your privacy! Check out Filthy Housewives (Amazon) and The Smart Girl’s Guide to Privacy (Amazon, iTunes). Gana - Lateran (image above via) Nici Dee - Variad Loreen A. - Dezia Audrey - Presenting Audrey (image below via) Sicilia - A Lover's Call Alexa, Joel - Just Watch Micca - Mickraki (image […]
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Sex News: Porn musical, seniors watch VR porn, Madonna, Stephen Colbert’s nipples

9 February 2015
With my new indie book Filthy Housewives (Amazon), all sales go to the authors! Above: Nude Jennifer Lawrence for Vanity Fair March 2015 (about). Kevin Bollaert (the fucktard behind revenge porn site and, 28, was found guilty Monday of 27 counts, including identity theft and extortion, and faces up to […]
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Eye Candy: Hot New Pretty Porn

6 February 2015
Lindsey Woods, Xander Corvus - World Class Blowjob (image above via) Sabrina Banks, Bruce Venture - Early Arousal (image below via) Alexei Jackson, Amarna Miller - Run Isabella Chrystin, Naomi Nevena - Muse (image above via) Eileen Sue, Isabella Chrystin - Liason (image below via) Rio Lee, Jasmine Jae, gentleman friend - An Unforgettable Threesome Valentina […]
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Sex News: Sex shop attacks, nuru massage, male burlesque, NSA stalking coverup

4 February 2015
With my new indie book Filthy Housewives (Amazon), all sales go to the authors! Among the many developers looking to get in on VR porn, porn star Ela Darling has teamed up with college student developers to create virtual-reality porn with Oculus Rift development kits. Porn Industry Looks To Virtual Reality Technology […]
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Paintings by Eric Fortune

3 February 2015
A new favorite painter, Eric Fortune is an artist who works largely in acrylic, and lucky for us, we can watch his sexy and mezmerizing work emerge on his blog. I love the two above pieces ("The Demon Haunted World" and "The Secret of Oz), and they remind me of the […]
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Weekend Sex Reads: Pentesting IoT sex toys, #opDeathEaters, demystifying sex criminals, sex-positive podcasts

1 February 2015
Use Privacy Stickers to cover your laptop, PC, and tablet webcam -- get more online self-defense techniques in my book, The Smart Girl's Guide to Privacy. Image above: Permaid by Nate Walton. It was a Thursday afternoon, and we were all attending the XBIZ 360 sex industry conference. Onstage was the Shockspot, […]
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Eye Candy: Beautiful, Sexy Girls

31 January 2015
Mila T. - Latex Nia - Bush (image above via) Kaylee A. - Welcome Back Davina A., Jane F. - Twice The Pleasure Melissa K. - Natural Baby Dream, Isabella Chrystin - Impression (image above via) Caprice - Sexophile Exclusive image above courtesy of FrolicMe (thank you!). Kari and Johny - Huge Load Taylor and Lutro - In Your […]
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