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- A rapper who has worked with the Wu-Tang Clan cut off his own penis before attempting suicide by leaping from a building, police said today. Andre Johnson was rushed to hospital on Wednesday after he jumped from a second-floor balcony at an apartment building in North Hollywood. Mr Johnson was found on the sidewalk critically injured and was taken to hospital along with his severed penis. It is unclear if doctors are attempting to reattach his penis, TMZ reported.
Wu-Tang Clan-affiliated rapper cuts off his own penis before attempting suicide by jumping from a building (DailyMail)
- Sweetie looks much like other unfortunate young Filipinas. Just 10 years old, her user profile shows, she spends her days online fielding requests from men who offer her money to perform sexual acts in front of a webcam. Unlike her peers, though, Sweetie is a computer-generated avatar created by a Dutch non-profit group seeking to unmask sexual predators on the Internet. Some 20,000 people contacted Sweetie during the eight weeks she was online last year, while researchers in an Amsterdam warehouse used keystrokes to turn her head, make her stare attentively or reach to adjust her webcam.
Pedophiles Lured by Avatar in Tech Industry Porn Fight (Bloomberg)
- China’s National Office Against Pornographic and Illegal Publications just announced another big campaign against pornography. The “Cleaning the web” initiative is to last until November and target websites, search portals, mobile app stores, and set-top boxes that provide access to porn.
China’s latest crackdown on porn has little to do with porn (Quartz)
- “If only they were a little more like . . . earrings,” the Kate Upton said of her 34-D’s. “If I could just take them off like they were clip-ons.”
Kate Upton hates her breasts (Page Six)
- “I’ve been performing in feminist porn for several years, and this year I attended the Ninth Annual Good for Her Feminist Porn Awards and Conference in Toronto. (…) The director’s vision was for us to act out a sensual kink scene inspired by the most popular fan-fiction in all the land: 50 Shades of Grey. However, dirty talk and rough sex were frowned upon, as the producers were aiming for something more BDSM-light.” (She’s talking smack about filming this scene for Ms. Naughty.)
Authentically Yours: Feminist Porn Gets Political (SF Weekly)
- During its five-year, four-city pilot, the CDC is focusing on preventing dating violence among middle-schoolers in Baltimore, Chicago, Oakland, and Fort Lauderdale. As part of follow-up research to assess the program’s effectiveness, the pilot will compare an eighth-grade-only program in schools with a comprehensive approach spanning three grades and multiple spheres of influence.
The New Sex Education Focuses on Preventing Violence (The Atlantic)
- In a new video created by TDA_Boulder for Sir Richards Condom Company, Andrew Kresge, director of operations for Sir Richards, says, “I’m doing my part to help the world. That’s what we do here at Sir Richard’s. For every condom you purchase, we donate one to a developing country. So far, Sir Richard’s has donated over 2.5 million condoms.”
Half Naked Man Says the More Sex We Have The More Lives We Save (AdRants)
- An online petition that seeks to oust the AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s CEO and president, Michael Weinstein, now has the support of the Free Speech Coalition. Weinstein has been asked to resign from his post for recent comments made about Truvada, the pre-exposure prophylaxis, FDA-approved medication for use by people at high risk for HIV. The drug is intended to help prevent transmission of the virus.
FSC Supports Change.org Petition Targeting AHF’s Weinstein (XBIZ)
- The Louisiana House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly — 27–67 — to retain a law banning “crimes against nature,” including oral sex and all forms of same-sex sexual contact. The law has been unenforceable for over ten years, since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Lawrence v. Texas that laws criminalizing consensual private sexual behavior are unconstitutional.
Louisiana Lawmakers Refuse To Repeal State Law Banning Oral Sex (ThinkProgress)
- I covered the reactive, transparent dress two years ago, but still want one! The INTIMACY 2.0 project (because it can’t truly be INTIMATE unless it’s in ALL CAPS) comes from Studio Roosegaarde, a “social design lab for interactive art, fashion, and architecture” based in China and the Netherlands. According to the project description on its website, the garment is intended to “explore the relationship between intimacy and technology.”
This dress becomes transparent when it detects you’re turned on (Daily Dot)
- “Saturday night, a small posse and I drove down to Long Beach, Calif., to catch the “Best of Hump! Tour.” For the uninitiated, Hump is an exhibitionist extravaganza hosted every year by sex columnist-turned-dirty-movie emcee Dan Savage in which ordinary folks become weekend porn stars, shooting sexually explicit short films designed to arouse and entertain a room full of like-minded strangers.”
Leave Your Hangups at Home: Hump! Amateur Porn Fest Hits the Road (Variety)
- An auction to sell off the Girls Gone Wild franchise’s assets was called off last week because there were no qualified overbids submitted to the bankruptcy trustee. In February, bankruptcy trustee R. Todd Neilson secured a stalking horse bid for $1.825 million to purchase the brand’s assets, including its trademarks, domain names and litigation rights, as well as its assumed liabilities.
TTIGirls Gone Wild Auction Called Off; No Competing OverbidsLE (XBIZ)
- “It’s been a while since we’ve seen shenanigans from American Apparel. But an image currently on their website promoting a new line of miniskirts features a women wearing a pleated miniskirt bent over exposing her underwear. And it caught our attention.”
Pervy Upskirt Shot Touts American Apparel Miniskirt Line (AdRants)
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- Vanessa Omoregie’s camgirlsproject project pairs famous paintings of nude muses – Sandro Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus (1486), Amedeo Modigliani’s Nudo Sdraiato (1917) and Guerin Pierre Narcisse’s Morpheus and Iris (1811) — with overlaid crops of camgirl-style self-portraits.
Classic Nude Paintings Remixed With Consenting Camgirls (Animal New York)
- IMO, this is a serious threat to free expression. The Web as we know it is being replaced, slowly but surely, by mobile apps. Access to those apps is controlled by just two companies: Apple and Google. There are now more people using mobile devices than are using desktop browsers. Do you have an app for your adult site? Not for Apple/IOS devices, you don’t, because Steve Jobs hated porn so badly that Apple still bans anything vaguely sexy from its app store. You probably don’t have an Android app for your adult site, either; Google’s app store has always banned explicit content, and recently tightened the rules to exclude “erotic” content as well.
Where Your Adult Site Visitors Went (Eros Blog)
- The Federal Trade Commission’s move this week to formally charge the operators of Jerk.com with alleged deceptive trade practices involving improperly obtained profiles signals the beginning of a new focus for the agency. The FTC said in a federal complaint that Jerk.com misled users when it claimed the content on the site had been created by users. In fact, regulators said, most of the site’s content was harvested from Facebook.
FTC Complaint Signals Caution for Dating Sites (XBIZ)
Veiviev’s New Awesome Oculus Porn Demo from VRSexLab.com on Vimeo.
- Don’t miss this fascinating exploration on Oculus Rift tech and gender, where danah boyd begins with the accusation that it’s a sexist creation and attempts to solve the question as to why women are more prone to be sick in simulators than men.
Is the Oculus Rift sexist? (Quartz)
- ABC News’ Nightline will be airing a segment “The Effects of Piracy on Adult Entertainment” tonight at 12:35 a.m. EST. The piece focuses primarily on Tasha Reign, but also includes interviews with Takedown Piracy owner Nate Glass, Wicked Pictures contract performer and director Jessica Drake and many more from the mainstream porn industry.
ABC’s Nightline to Air Segment on Porn Piracy Tonight (XBIZ)
- Ever feel like you just don’t have the energy for sex during the work week? Between exhausting jobs, kids and other duties, it’s hard to fit enough time in the day. But it’s not impossible to maintain a good sex life.
How To Maintain Your Sex Life During The Work Week (LifeHacker AU)
- The 2014 Feminist Porn Conference was presented by The Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto April 5 and 6. It was the culminating event in a week of diverse happenings that included a special film screening of the past year’s best films, a storytelling event, a fisting workshop, a new film festival, and the ninth annual Feminist Porn Awards (2014 winners are here). More than 300 people attended the second annual conference.
2014 Feminist Porn Conference Reports Spike in Attendance (XBIZ)
- In a lawsuit by revenge porn victims over the controversial revenge porn website Texxxan.com, a Texas state trial court had ruled that Texxxan’s web host, GoDaddy, was liable for hosting the site. Today, a Texas appellate court fixed the lower court’s obvious legal error and emphatically ruled that GoDaddy qualifies for Section 230′s protection. While this is good news for the judicial system’s accuracy, it’s hardly the last word on revenge porn legal questions.
Revenge Porn Is Bad, But It’s Not GoDaddy’s Fault (Forbes)
- It was only a matter of time. If you’ve never heard of bubbling, the ingenious invention of a young, lonely Mormon man that lets your mind turn innocent bikini shots into porn, now’s your chance to get acquainted.
The Bubble Porn Video: No Nudity, But Extremely NSFW (Gizmodo)
- Despite the daunting challenge of collecting information and artifacts surrounding one of the most unspoken parts of our culture, Vienna’s Museum of Contraception and Abortion has managed to gather an impressive collection of contraceptive curios.
The Museum of Contraception and Abortion (Atlas Obscura, via Viviane’s Twitter)
- Mississippi’s sex-ed curriculum is not notable for its progressive nature. But one thing you can’t say about the Magnolia State is that it follows the advice of some conservative parents who want schools to totally ignore homosexuality. In fact, state law mandates that the subject be discussed, at least briefly: Students are to be told that homosexual activity is illegal.
Mississippi’s Sex-Ed Classes Teach Kids That Homosexuality Is Illegal, Even Though It Isn’t (New Republic)
- Sex with robots may currently be restricted to fiction, but with advances in technology this could eventually change. Despite how some may react, this is something that should be accepted, maybe even embraced.
Robots and sex: creepy or cool? (Guardian UK)
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Above: Brooke Candy, more at Fashiontography.
- When a chronic pain syndrome made sex excruciating, our writer found relief from the most surprising source. “The idea of injecting de-activated botulism into my pelvic floor was not one that thrilled me. Still, if it meant that Eric and I could have the kind of sex we used to have, it was worth a shot.”
Botox Saved My Sex Life (DAME)
- Surprise, surprise, the mainstream porn industry is hating on Belle Knox for not being “one of them.” “(…) starting with adult performer Belle Noire’s crusade to “expose” Knox. After tweeting at Knox for weeks, last week she published an essay called “Behind the Scenes: Belle Knox,” alleging that Knox was “completely contradictory, irrelevant, and unknowledgeable of the porn industry.”
Growing backlash against Duke porn star in adult film industry (Daily Dot)
- “You bent over to tie your shoe? Joke’s on you, let some rando pretend to penetrate you. Oh, you’re bending over to get something from your grocery basket? You’re just asking for a French comedian to make humping motions behind you.”
Remi Gaillard’s ‘Free Sex’ Prank Is The Opposite Of Comedy (HuffPo)
- In December, the online travel company surveyed 1,000 air travelers and found that nine per cent of them reported being intimate on a plane at least once. “It happens more often on longer flights, of course. The transatlantic flights are the most popular, but it happens in business class as frequently or even more so than economy class, for instance.”
Sex acts on airplanes not uncommon, experts say (CBC)
- After one writer recently revealed that she’s made as much as $30,000 in a single month writing erotic ebooks featuring creatures like Bigfoot, it became clear that monster erotica has quietly become a hugely popular genre. But what attracts readers with sexy stories about mythological beasts?
Why Is Monster Erotica So Popular Anyway? (io9)
- “Can sex save Denmark?”, the advert asks. Hotel rooms are one of life’s great aphrodisiacs – at least that’s the theory behind a new campaign from Danish package-holiday specialist Spies Rejser. Its latest TV campaign, Do It For Denmark, aims to encourage Danes to go on holiday in the hope that they might procreate while abroad.
Sun, sex and a baby: the unusual package holiday for Danes (Guardian)
- Former porn performer “Melissa Midwest” Harrington is being dropped as the face of a multibillion-dollar Manhattan lawsuit against Match.com, making her the second woman since January to be removed from top billing in the case. Once among the top 10 most-searched names on the Internet, she recently demanded that she be removed from the class-action, trademark-infringement suit.
Match.com lawsuit loses second lead plaintiff (NY Post)
- Nuts, the weekly that along with arch-rival Zoo shook up the men’s magazine market a decade ago but attracted criticism for their sexist portrayal of women, is to close.
Nuts magazine to close (Guardian)
Above: Lauer and Srol, more at Fashionising.
- “I compartmentalized my disability and my sexuality like it was my job until after college. Then I realized I wanted to actually have sex instead of just picking it apart in sociology class. So, like any self-respecting queer lady, I turned to the internet — and met Alex.”
Know Me Where It Hurts: Sex, Kink, and Cerebral Palsy (Autostraddle)