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, is getting rave reviews for a blistering video he released this week demanding, through clenched teeth, that sexists in his country’s military mend their ways or find another place to work.
WATCH: Australia’s army chief demonstrates how you address sex abuse (The Week, thank you, Eric!)
- At a luxury sex camp in the English countryside for women, hedonism and hard work go hand in hand. The brainchild of London-based best friends Lucy Arrowsmith and Vikki Van Someren, the four- to seven-day retreat aims to combat stress, exhaustion, trauma, and the loss of female identity and sexual energy.
More Sex, Please (W Magazine)
Above: A teaser from the August 1 release of a new Penelope Cruz and Agent Provocateur collaboration.
- Men write most of the commentary about the disastrous effects of romance novels on women and the public despite the fact that women from all regions and educational backgrounds compose the vast majority of the genre’s writers and readers.
Why Do Men Dislike Erotica for Women So Much? (Pacific Standard)
- Ye Haiyan, who goes by the online alias Hooligan Sparrow, is known for her outspoken, pioneering outreach work on sex work and HIV/AIDS. She was denied permission to attend the AIDS Conference in Melbourne when the Chinese government blacklisted her from traveling abroad, continuing a growing pattern of suppressing dissidents.
China Bars Sex Worker Rights Activist From Traveling to International AIDS Conference (The Nation)
Above: Fun banned ad for fitness tracker TomTom Runner Cardio (via AdRants).
- A prestigious group of HIV researchers made a loud and scientifically supported plea for the decriminalization of sex work at the 20th Annual International AIDS Conference yesterday, during a presentation of a series of seven studies published in The Lancet.
Scientists call for the decriminalization of sex work (Verge)
- Pleasure products giant Lovehoney takes center stage in the new reality series, “Frisky Business,” now available to U.S. viewers on Netflix. The six-part series offers insight into all aspects of the company – from the customer care team fielding intimate questions from shoppers to the returns department dealing with unwanted sex dolls.
Lovehoney Documentary Streaming on Netflix (XBIZ)
- A new study looks at the evolutionary psychology behind our ideas of sexual morality, that is, why we slut-shame and moralize about things like promiscuity. The connection between sexual behavior and morality, the researches say, may have come about as a way of keeping a gender-based social order intact.
Why We Care About Other People’s Sex Lives (The Atlantic)
Above: Great new ad campaign by “underwear subscription” startup, MeUndies.
- Terri Conley, a professor of psychology and women’s studies at the University of Michigan who studies polyamory, has analyzed a sample of 1,700 monogamous individuals, 150 swingers, 170 people in open relationships, and 300 polyamorous individuals for a forthcoming study. The Atlantic says, “polyamorous people don’t seem to be plagued by monogamous-style romantic envy.”
Multiple Lovers, Without Jealousy (The Atlantic)
- This year’s Comic Con is holding the first ever trans specific panel, Breaking Barriers: Transgender Trends in Popular Culture, marks a positive step forward in comics, film, TV, and pop culture.
Comic Con to Hold First-Ever Trans Panel This Year (SheWired)
- Dita Von Teese launched her signature lingerie collection this week, and to the surprise of many, and in contrast to Agent Provocateur, Dita’s lingerie is available in “full figure” sizes.
Dita Von Teese Lingerie Collection (Bare Necessities, above image via)
- 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 as a principal software engineer when her supervisor, industry veteran Maria Zhang, forced her to have sex against her will on multiple occasions, promising her “a bright future at Yahoo“. After coercing her to have “oral and digital sex,” Shi says when she finally resisted Zhang’s advances, the executive retaliated by giving her a bad performance review and removing her as a project lead. When she reported the abuse to Yahoo, Shi says, the company did nothing to stop it, and then put her on what eventually became an unpaid leave followed by final termination that took effect Friday.
Female Yahoo exec sued for sexual harassment (Mercury News)
- We’ll be seeing the headlines about this study explode with inaccurate reporting all week long. “Dr Valerie Voon, from the University of Cambridge, told the BBC: “This is the first study to look at people suffering from these disorders and look at their brain activity, but I don’t think we understand enough right now to say it is clearly an addiction. We don’t know if some of these effects are predispositions, meaning that if you have greater activity in these areas are you more likely to develop these behaviours or if it is an effect of the pornography itself – it’s very difficult to tell.”"
Scientists probe ‘sex addict’ brains (BBC)
I hope this clip of Christopher Walken in “Pennies From Heaven” makes your Monday morning a little spicier, smilier :D
- Meet the researcher struggling to gain approval for his medical device, which was originally designed to relieve back pain, but turned out to be an orgasm inducer in women.
Accidental Orgasms (The Scientist)
- Maybe the real reason that transgender issues are tougher to talk about than gay and lesbian ones is that it is almost impossible to separate the idea of gender from what we have between our legs. When my 9-year-old nephew was told that Seb was going to live as a man, he angrily blurted out, “But he doesn’t have a penis, does he?!”
My Trans Son: Standing Tall (Huffington Post)
- This centuries long quest for the perfect lube has lead to the development of high tech silicone lubes like Pjur Woman and even new hybrid lubes, like Wet Synergy. But what were people using before these amazing lubes were around?
The History of Personal Lubricants (Condom Depo)
- “In the 1980s, Candice (Candida) Royalle helped empower women when the government and anti-smut, pro-censorship feminists were excoriating pornography. Undaunted, Candida started her own company, Femme Productions, to shoot erotica/pornography with a woman’s vision. Since its inception, it has set the standard for feminist porn.” Her documentary is important, and I hope to see it funded.
A Legend Looks Back (Adult Industry News)
- Part of the reason that breakups are so insanely painful: Research shows that the discomfort people experience when looking at a picture of their ex shows up in the insular cortex: the same brain area that that’s active when you strike a nerve in your tooth, which scientists say is the most extreme physical pain you can feel.
This Is Your Brain on a Break Up (Nerve)
- What would it take to end sex trafficking and forced sexual labor without harming the lives and livelihoods of sex workers? We won’t know until we start listening to sex workers and making their needs part of the strategy. That can’t happen when the loudest voices are coming from people who are pushing for laws that make things worse for sex workers, over and over again.
End Demand Is Bad For Sex Workers (Charlie Glickman)
- “Some folks where confused with my mentioning of Visa/Mastercard and what that has to do with the Vampire photo shoots I have planned to do for my website, so I’ve decided to clarify. (…) Menstruation porn is outright banned which I think is sexist and prudish as fuck!”
Clarification regarding Porn & Credit Card company rules (Naughty Nerdy)
- The opening credits sequence for Showtime’s Masters of Sex, which returns Sunday for its second season, is one of the most divisive on television. A suggestive, tongue-in-cheek montage of some of the most enduring sex metaphors and symbols, the sequence has made numerous best-of lists and earned a recent Emmy nomination for Outstanding Title Design — but it has also attracted some hate.
Behind the Unusual Opening Credits to Masters of Sex (TIME)
- Rachel Kramer Bussel responds to the blogger who blames other women for her husband’s (allegedly) roving eye. “Recently, blogger Lauren of Apples and Band-Aids caused an uproar among bloggers when she wrote a post claiming that racy social media images by sexy female strangers were a threat to her marriage.”
My Boobs Are Not A Threat To Your Marriage (RoleReboot)
- 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 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
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.