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  • Slate asks, “So I have a question: If it’s “somewhat pedophilic” when my adult husband consensually spanks me in a simulated “punishment,” what should we call it when parents do the same physical thing to actual children in an actual punishment?”
    Spanking Is Great for Sex (Slate)
  • “Just over two years ago I announced I was retiring the name “Louise Lush”. I decided to just be “Ms. Naughty” since that was the older name and one I was better known by. Except it’s proved harder to kill off Louise than I expected, mostly thanks to Google and Facebook. Last year I made five different attempts to have Google Plus recognize “Ms. Naughty” as a legitimate working pseudonym, to no avail. It’s only since their recent policy reversal that I’ve been able to change the name on my now totally neglected Google+ profile. On Facebook, I set up an account as “Louise Lush” because it sounded nice and realistic. Then I made it “Louise MsNaughty Lush” until some jerk in administration told me that name wasn’t real enough and forcefully changed it to just “Louise Lush”.”
    “Louise Lush” May Be Here To Stay: Pseudonyms and Facebook (Ms. Naughty)

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  • One day in 1779, a London couple, seeking treatment for their seven-year-old daughter, showed up at the Soho Square Dispensary for the Relief of the Infant Poor. The first doctor thought she might have a hernia. The second had a different idea.
    The Strange Case of An 18th-Century Sex Change Surgery (New Republic)

  • Last week, details about a possible Iggy Azalea sex video came to light, which she instantly denied, but then half un-denied. A day later, the man at the center of the sex video scandal, Jefe Wine unearthed a contract that Iggy had apparently signed giving him the rights to all recordings, including video, she’d made while he managed her career in 2007.
    Iggy Azalea Sues Her Alleged Sex-Tape Partner for Forgery and Other Weirdness (SPIN)
  • Into periods” is most definitely “a thing,” for men and women both. Some reasons are physical and hormonal; others practical; and many more are tied to erotic associations and pride in reveling in the uncensored female body.
    Blood Hounds: They’re Obsessed With Period Sex (NY Magazine)

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  • Aptly titled “Sex Monsters”, 10 different artists (including my fave Jonathan Leder, above) explore the topics of gender bending, prostitution, fetishism and vice. A combination of photography, illustration, collage and assemblage, we get the chance to view some light erotica while questioning our accepted norms of sexuality.
    Sex Monsters: A Group Exhibition That Will Make You Blush (Beautiful Decay)

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  • “My new app Cuddlr is all about the power of touch, though some folks are confusing “touch” with “fucking”. Oddly enough, the hubbub shows exactly why the app and the discussion it is creating are necessary in the first place.”
    It’s a Touch, Not Sex (Medium)
  • SFBG has an in-depth on the current state of virtual reality sex (including Oculus Rift).
    Sex in the Matrix (SFBG)
  • Warning for survivors of sexual abuse and trauma. The jihadists’ rape campaign in Iraq and Syria is not a women’s issue. It is a terror tactic and a crime against humanity. So why won’t anyone in Washington talk about it?
    The Islamic State of Sexual Violence (Foreign Policy)

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  • The new Oculus Rift program includes a pair of realistic feeling breasts supposed to interact with the virtual world of the headset. Upon squeezing the breasts – which are actually foam from a novelty mouse pad, the girl squeals with shock, covers her chest with her arms, and turns her eyes to the ground.
    Sex Pest Simulator Developed For Japanese Gropers (Austrian Times)
  • In light of the many ISIS propaganda videos that have circulated this summer, Burleigh’s point deserves further analysis and refinement. One of the most striking aspects of the more violent among these videos is their pornographic quality.
    The Pornography of Jihadism (The Atlantic)
  • As the CDC reports more than 20 million new cases of STDs each year, the condom has begun a frightening disappearing act.
    The Condom’s Disappearing Act (Nerve)
  • In a piece weighing the new, broadened U.S. strategy against the Islamic State, US News & World Report used this this quote from retired Airforce Gen. Michael Hayden: “The reliance on air power has all of the attraction of casual sex: It seems to offer gratification but with very little commitment.”
    Retired Gen. Hayden Compares U.S. ISIS Strategy To ‘Casual Sex’ (NPR)
  • We’re used to hearing the kind of “guy talk” that evaluates women according to their bra size or even … interior dimensions — but not so much women about the valuation of a guy’s cock.
    The real story of how women evaluate men’s junk (Salon)
  • Massive trigger warning. In its short history as a state, Alaska has earned an unnerving epithet: It is the rape capital of the U.S. At nearly 80 rapes per 100,000, according to the FBI Uniform Crime Report, Alaska’s rape rate is almost three times the national average; for child sexual assault, it’s nearly six times.
    Rape Culture in the Alaskan Wilderness (The Atlantic)
  • Shimiken has been dubbed Japan’s “King of Adult Video Actors.” To date, he’s appeared in over 7,000 adult movies during his sixteen-year career. Sounds like he’s overworked! Know why? There aren’t enough male performers in Japan, he says.
    Japanese Porn Needs More Male Porn Stars. Apparently. (Kotaku)
  • Although sex makes serious demands on the spine, no one has taken the time to study how different sexual positions can accommodate different back problems. But Stuart McGill and Natalie Sidorkewicz of the University of Waterloo in Canada rose to the challenge.
    Assume the position (The Economist)
  • A campy low-budget sexploitation Troma film (“Breeding Farm”) is enjoying newfound popularity after one of its actors was spotted appearing in a campaign commercial for the Democrat running for governor of Pennsylvania, the film’s director said on Wednesday.
    Porn flick a winner in Pennsylvania governor’s race (Reuters)
  • If you can ignore the childish reminders that the writer thinks porn [sex] is gross and OMGdirty, the photo story about taking the Armory tour is a bit interesting.
    55 Things I Saw At A Real Live Porn Studio (Buzzfeed)

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  • Two of the world’s biggest porn sites have promised “in-your-face” support for today’s “battle for the net” protest against proposals by US regulators to create online fast lanes for some companies. Pornhub and Redtube, two of the world’s largest pornography sites, on Friday announced they would join the “go-slow” day of action.
    Pornhub and Redtube to join go-slow protest over US threat to net neutrality (Guardian)

  • Last week, the Shenzhen Market Supervision Bureau raided the factories of Chinese counterfeiter “Lemei,” which was producing fake Fleshlight products. Interactive Life Forms, makers of the Fleshlight brand of male masturbators, said it worked with the Chinese government agency for two years.
    Fleshlight Counterfeiter ‘Lemei’ Gets Raided in China (XBIZ)

  • Only about 5 percent of the companies in the Fortune 500 are run by women. The highest paid female CEO in America, topping that list, is a transgender woman.
    The Trans-Everything CEO (NY Mag)
  • If you’ve followed public debate over sex work and trafficking in recent decades, you’ve probably seen some variation on this sentence: “The average age of entry into prostitution is 13.” Except for one thing: There is little basis for the claim, or even where it originated.
    Is One of the Most-Cited Statistics About Sex Work Wrong? (The Atlantic)

  • The war over Zoe Quinn’s Wikipedia page is revealing a very ugly world of male editors who impersonate women and trans people to smear women’s Wikipedia pages, and propagate a strong culture of virulent misogyny. This, I know personally.
    Wikipedia and the war on women’s dignity (Wikipediocracy)
  • A week after the images first appeared on Reddit — and a day after site administrators vowed not to take them down — the Internet’s front page has deleted the forum that propagated stolen celebrity nudes and popularized them across the Web.
    How copyright became the best defense against revenge porn (Washington Post)

  • The Washington-based evangelical megachurch Mars Hill is shutting (some of) its doors following controversy over founder Mark Driscoll’s well-documented homophobic and sexist remarks; the church is citing financial difficulties caused by “negative media attention.” In a blog post Driscoll asserts women’s role in the world, essentially calling them “penis homes”.
    Evangelical megachurch begins closing branches after pastor calls women “penis homes” (Salon)

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  • “So: this week, some sexual predators on the internet released private photos of various female celebrities, including fan-favourite Jennifer Lawrence. They did this, I imagine, because the actions of various terrorists in the gamer community last week weren’t quite enough of a nail in the coffin of any notion of masculine respectability left on the planet earth. Thanks, predators and terrorists! It’s awesome having a penis this week.”
    Destroy All Monsters: Celebrity Boobs! Boobs! Boobs! (TwitchFilm)
  • The celebrity nudes hacking scandal is a good reminder that a “just say no” approach isn’t going to stop anyone from sexting anytime soon. This issue isn’t a story about “right” or “wrong” ways of thinking about privacy — it’s a wake-up call about security and sexuality.
    Wake up: The celebrity nudes hack is everyone’s problem (ZDNet)
  • A number of people woke up today to discover that Tumblr search no longer returned any adult content at all — but it appears that Tumblr has quietly activated safe search settings for *some* users. I’m not sure what happened yet, but if you look for a tiny padlock icon on the right-hand side and find it locked, you can have normal (uncensored) search restored by clicking to unlock the lock icon.
    Tumblr is now for toddlers (UPDATED) (Japan Subculture Research Center Annex)

  • The U.S. porn industry lifted its ban on filming, just a day after production halted when a performer tested positive for HIV. As it turns out, that test result was a false positive, industry group Free Speech Coalition said in a statement. “Production on adult film can resume safely,” the group said Friday.
    Porn filming moratorium lifted after HIV case turned out to be a false positive (Washington Post)

  • This little game is so cute and fun! Fap Ninja is MiKandi’s first adult game. The game features Fap Ninja, a sexy badass female ninja who’s always searching for the ultimate orgasm. T.E.N.T.A. (Tiny Erotic Ninja Tentacle Assistant), Fap Ninja’s fiercely loyal octo pet monster (because hentai), and Hot Horny Honzo, the legendary samurai and sex toy maker.
    Fap Ninja – Adult Android App (MiKandi)
  • Village Roadshow is the Australian movie studio that the US State Department admitted was used as the token “Australian” movie studio in the MPAA’s big lawsuit against iiNet. It has said that without reforms the entire industry will die, and that infringement is on par with terrorism and pedophilia.
    Australian Movie Studio Says Piracy Is Equivalent Of Pedophilia & Terrorism (Techdirt)

  • San Francisco has created the first health system sex and gender social-identity guidelines and policies in the U.S. The Health Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved The City’s first systematic sexual orientation guidelines. The policy will help doctors better understand what risk factors exist for San Francisco residents of all sexual orientations (and genders), according to health officials.
    Health Commission approves SF’s first systemwide sexual orientation policy (SF Examiner)
  • The celebrity stolen nudes scandal has shined an uncomfortable light on everything from cloud security to sexual privacy. Now there’s finally a very public conversation happening about how hard it is for women to fight online attacks such as this. I think it’s time to talk about fighting back.
    Despite security flaws, legal failures: How to fight revenge porn (ZDNet)

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  • Massive trigger warning for sexual abuse and trauma survivors. Federal Cybersecurity Director Timothy DeFoggi is now the sixth suspect convicted on three child porn charges in Operation Torpedo, an FBI operation that targeted three Tor-based child porn sites and that used controversial methods to unmask anonymized users.
    Federal Cybersecurity Director Found Guilty on Child Porn Charges (WIRED)
  • Eric Anderson, a professor at England’s University of Winchester and “chief science officer” at Ashley Madison, revealed that the website had been monitoring the conversations of its users without their prior knowledge or consent.
    Cheaters, beware: Ashley Madison is spying on your emails (Daily Dot)
  • VICE examines, calling it “the Facebook of incest.” In the website’s lingo, an “active family” is one that embraces having sex with one another. “Enjoy meeting others the same” means “come join us.”
    FAMILY4LOVE is the Facebook of incest (VICE)

  • Foria was founded by Matthew Gerson, who actually also founded another popular, alternative sex company: Sir Richard’s Condoms. Foria takes THC oil from marijuana and combines it with body-friendly coconut oil. The spray aims to get your vagina high, although the company is quick to point out that this is a very different high than smoking a joint.
    THC Lube Hits The Market (Condom Depot)
  • A group of Japanese porn actresses are preparing to have their breasts squeezed by fans for 24 hours this weekend for a charity event loosely translated as “Boob Aid”. The nine adult movie stars told local media on Monday about the “Stop! AIDS” campaign event — which will be televised live — but asked, perhaps somewhat optimistically: please be gentle.
    Boob Aid: Japan porn queens in 24-hour ‘squeeze-a-thon’ (Inquirer)
  • It’s the twentieth anniversary of meterosexual’s coining and the tenth(ish) anniversary of Queer Eye. In reconsidering the metrosexual, we must first distinguish between the metrosexual’s imagined and actual properties. Like hipsterism, metrosexuality is an insult more readily slung than substantiated.
    A Decade Later, Whither the Metrosexual (The Awl)

  • The Taser Photoshoot by photographer Patrick Hall is a series of portraits showing half-naked people being tased by their friends. The taser victims and their taser-happy friends aren’t visible in the photographs so they come across as a series of O faces.
    Watch Naked Friends Taser Each Other For Photoshoot (Oyster Mag)
  • Nicki Minaj‘s video for “Anaconda,” was followed by just one day Taylor Swift‘s new single and video “Shake It Off,” which among its cavalcade of cartoonish dance styles features rows of generous rear bumpers heaving and twerking in an obvious parody of Swift’s pop rival Miley Cyrus (unfortunately also imitating Cyrus in using black women’s bodies as props).
    The Winners and Losers of the Summer of Ass (SPIN)

  • “Being a straight man in a gay bar always felt like some form of treason; as if I had wandered into someone’s home, sat down, and turned on the TV. Everyone knew I wasn’t supposed to be there, but there I was – petting their dog, flipping through channels.”
    The Tourist: A Straight Man’s Trip to a Gay Bar (Nerve)
  • The startup Undercover Colors, which is marketing itself as “the first fashion company to prevent sexual assault,” is currently developing a brand of nail polish that can detect the presence of date-rape drugs, which are generally colorless and odorless, in someone’s beverage.
    Could this nail polish help prevent date rape? (Daily Dot)
  • In the 46 years since the Hitachi Magic Wand was introduced, which bears some resemblance to a bass drum mallet, it has come to represent an awkward duality for many Americans. It’s marketed and sold as a personal massager in department stores and pharmacies, while also serving as a trusted masturbation aid.
    The 46-year-old sex toy Hitachi won’t talk about (Engadget)
  • Here we go again with the PornHub search stats (and unfunny omg-sex wordplay)… “Chances are, if you’re visiting Pornhub, you’re on Windows. 85.5% of all Pornhub visitors are running Windows, while 6.64% of desktops run OS X.”
    How You Watch Porn (FastCo Design)

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  • “This is the last fucking straw. As sex workers, we have had enough. We are sick of the public (including much of the left) clinging to the vestiges of a puritanical past. Therefore, with all due defiance and anger, we welcome you to a nuanced position on sexuality and labor: the work of sex.”
    Labor Intensive: In Defense of Sex Work (Red Wedge Magazine)
  • Twitter came under criticism this summer for allegedly censoring ads for condoms or sexual health information, even though the company’s policy allows those kinds of ads. RH Reality Check reported in June about four companies and organizations that claimed Twitter had not only censored their ads, but also blocked their accounts from advertising.
    Twitter Faces Renewed Criticism for Condom Ad Policies (RH Reality Check)
  • “This isn’t a population we can afford to ignore, or an issue we can afford to sweep under the rug. First of all, people with developmental or intellectual disabilities do have sexualities; everyone does. Secondly, people with developmental or intellectual disabilities are at alarmingly increased risk (relative to the general population) of experiencing many kinds of abuse, including sexual abuse.”
    Sexualities and People With Intellectual Disabilities (Robin’s Toy Nest)
  • In 1960s Paris she became known as the world’s most exclusive madam, whose client list was said to include John Kennedy, de Gaulle, Onassis, and multiple Rothschilds, and whose beautiful and cultivated girls often went on to marry wealth, power, and prestige. But among the many secrets Madame Claude kept, perhaps the greatest were her own. William Stadiem, who knew the elusive Claude in the 1980s, follows her trail to the South of France.
    Madame Claude and Parisian Sex Work: Behind Claude’s Doors (Vanity Fair)

  • Jane Hilton’s latest book Precious gives a rare look inside Nevada’s brothels, exiled by law to secretive, ranch style locales in the deserts. A series of striking, mostly nude portraits of the women that live and work there, Hilton’s images are a non-judgemental look at one of the world’s most misunderstood professions.
    Inside Nevada’s secret brothels (Dazed and Confused)
  • I can’t begin to emphasize, in strong enough language, how wrong and harmful this is. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation is wrong, in the face of science and against the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, and with this blatant misinformation is actively campaigning against the prevention of HIV/AIDS.
    AIDS Healthcare Foundation Launches Ad Campaign Against PrEP (Buzzfeed)
  • When I did my first sex and tech talk at Dorkbot SF (2005) I specifically said that patents (patent trolls, I said) were the reason we didn’t have the kind of teledildonics that were possible. “When the RealTouch [NSFW] interactive device came out in 2009, it was hailed as the future of sex—a way for a man to get it on remotely with an adult video star or live model. Five years later, you’re lucky if you can buy one secondhand.”
    Are Patents to Blame for Stalling Teledildonics? (Future of Sex)

Main post image: Lana Zakocela shot by Cameron Hammond on Nowear Land.

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Sex News: Dr. Who porn, male porn star myths, lesbians have more orgasms, criminal pornbots

22 August 2014
It's satire -- but what sweet, sweet satire it is to see male rappers sexualized like female rappers. Genderflip rules. Male Rappers Pose Provocatively In Support of Nicki Minaj (Tea Breakfast) This week's target of the largely anonymous hivemind is indie game developer Zoe Quinn, who recently released the interactive fiction novel […]
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Sex News: George Takei’s saucy doc, NYC condom law dead, necrophilia crime

19 August 2014
Love this man so much. The actor George Takei, who plays himself in a new documentary, on the coming-out process, "Star Trek" and feuding with Shatner. A documentary, “To Be Takei,” opens in select cities and on VOD and iTunes Aug. 22. The film is a low-key depiction of Takei’s […]
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Sex News: Intersex sex ed, commercial sex prices, threesome realities

14 August 2014
Image via Cats That Look Like Pin-Up Girls. The Economist has analysed 190,000 profiles of female sex workers on websites where customers post reviews. The data cover 84 cities in 12 countries. In 2006 the average cost was around $340. By 2014 it had dropped to about $260. Why the price of […]
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Sex News: Coffee enema deaths, AHF targets, help Christy Mack

12 August 2014
Longread: Pygmalion’s true modern heir might be Davecat, a man who lives in southeastern Michigan with three high-end sex dolls. His first purchase, which he named Sidore Kuroneko, he considers his wife; the other two—named Elena and Muriel—are just intimate friends. (VB note: I consider Sidore and Dave my friends. […]
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Sex News: Facebook privacy suit, Gay Men Draw Vaginas, ManServants, panty fruit

3 August 2014
Mandy Morbid describes what it's been like making the cult-hit YouTube show I Hit It With My Axe (a Dungeons and Dragons group comprised of porn performers), and the absolutely astonishing amount of abuse they've received from the gaming communities for being mostly female, and being in porn. It makes […]
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Sex News: Porn music, OkCupid’s experiments, Masters of Sex on intersex, sex trafficking economics

29 July 2014
Porn has always come with a soundtrack. And that soundtrack has become part of our collective erotic imagination. From "Deep Throat" to "Cafe Flesh," the stories behind the sultry tunes that define our famous sex scenes. How sex got its soundtrack: The X-rated history of “boom-chicka-wa (Salon) "OkCupid’s ten-year history has been […]
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Sex News: Men who hate women’s erotica, Comic Con trans panel, polyamory study

22 July 2014
VB note: My sweetie is running the SF Marathon this Sunday to raise money for The Trevor Project, an LGBT youth suicide prevention organization. Help us meet (or beat!) our goal! While American generals have been criticized for their handling of an epidemic of sexual assaults, Australia's army chief, David Morrison, […]
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Sex News: Airbnb’s dirty logo, TSA groper, Google and Russia censorship fallout

19 July 2014
Airbnb unveiled its new logo, which you can see above, and the consensus on Twitter is that it looks like a vagina. I wonder if they'll run into problems on Google AdWords, Facebook or Instagram. There's already a Tumblr dedicated to illustrating the new Airbnb logo in compromising positions. Everyone […]
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Sex News: it’s a 3D vulva dammit, Kink in Vegas, Fox News spanked, US LGBT health survey

16 July 2014
Japanese police have arrested a Japanese artist for sending computer data intended to reproduce her genitals with a 3D printer. This fact would violate national law prohibiting the distribution of "indecent" material. Someone please tell everyone writing headlines about this that the vagina is the INSIDE part, and the vulva […]
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Sex News: Yahoo sexual harassment, Christopher Walken stripping

14 July 2014
Swiss performance artist Milo Moiré arrived at Art Basel in Switzerland completely naked, except for her shoes, a pair of glasses and the words “pants,” “bra” and “jacket” written on her body. The result: She wasn’t allowed into the event. 4 Questions for Nude Artist Milo Moiré (Vocativ) Nan Shi was working […]
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Sex News: Google exec murder update, GoPro vibrator, Tor sued, Kinsey’s US fetish map

10 July 2014
A sex worker injected lethal doses of heroin into Google executive 51-year-old Forrest Hayes before stepping over his body, downing a final swig of wine and then leaving him to die about his yacht. Contrary to headlines, she was not a "high-end escort" nor was he an upstanding family man. […]
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Sex News: Dick pics on wiped eBay phones, X-Art scummery, all the Bill Gates birth control, Brazil

9 July 2014
Prince Fielder shows off (and defends) his naked body in this year's ESPN The Magazine Body Issue. Here are the pics:— Mike Oz (@mikeoz) July 8, 2014 Since the decline of Prenda Law, the most litigious copyright holder in the US is Malibu Media, a porn company that runs the […]
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Sex News: TextGirlie chatbots, UK Parliament sex abuse, gays win and women lose

7 July 2014
Although sex-ed films are a major part of our sexual and educational culture, there has been little critical analysis of their content or creation. These films are constantly scrutinized by people engaged in political debates about the validity of sex education, but they are not often analyzed as an important […]
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Sex News: Bodies in suitcases, Tinder, polyamory, Kink statement on arrests

4 July 2014
Above: Amber Heard by Steven Klein | W Magazine Look up the code F66.0 in the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), the world's most widely used diagnostic reference, and you’ll find sexual maturation disorder. That seemingly official psychological condition occurs when uncertainty about sexual orientation makes a person depressed or anxious, […]
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