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Why do a news roundup on my birthday? Because it’s what I love. And, there are enough sex news items every week to make not just a column but a show or even a daily post, as far as I can find. It’s interesting stuff, and poeple want to know. And — I find it. I have some skills…

* Oh yes, I’m an American. And when Obama was elected I was proud for the first time. (Though I’ve alsways and will remain a proud San Francisco girl.) Yet when this shit happens, I feel the deepest shame: Sen. Tom Coburn’s (Republican-Okla.) Chief of Staff stated: “All pornography is homosexual pornography, because all pornography turns your sexual drive inwards.” Huh? (washingtonindependent.com, via Ms. Maggie)

* Someday I will live in a world where it’s just a given that my gender has sex because it gets us off. But, dammit, I was born before my time. FOX News tells us (with a minor dissenting voice from Fullbright) that a survey of 1006 women speaks for all women and the females, they have the sex for sport and to put one over on youse guys and stuff. Or some bullshit like that. I hate you FOX for perpetuating these assenine princess myths about sex. Fuck you. But your list is great to read on the toilet. “FOXSexpert: The Real Reason Women Have Sex” (foxnews.com)

* w3rd!!! Good news, great news! Book Soup, a reputable 30-year-old LA book retailer is now carrying Eon McKai‘s Vivid Alt titles because they “take modern social themes and weaves them into sensuality charged tales“. This is a win for those of us who don’t have FOX news sex. Which I think is, like, the rest of us. (msnbc.msn, and FYI: MSN still has ass for a website)

* Sexy photo break: the photography of Anya Braga. (yuhmm.com)

* I wrote a very controversial piece for the SF Chron about sex offender laws (and how they are ineffective and punish the wrong people via harnessing collective hysteria), to have the next big news item be about the horrifying discovery of Phillip Garrido kidnapping a young girl (and possibly others) and.. you know the sickening rest. I’ve followed the case and news items closely. Some right-wing douchebags have compared my piece to endorsing Garrido. I just don’t know what to say to these awful people. Except that reading this Wall Street Journal piece Sex-Registry Flaws Stand Out about how our broken sex offender laws contributed to Garrido going undetected. (sfist.com, online.wsj.com)

* Here in America, our courts get all worked up about dildos. Which one would hope would be a private matter. But it seems that the circuit is split about dildos, and if you know anything about dildos, you really don’t want a split decision about them. And it’s true, no one is talking about devices intended for the stimulation of nonhuman genital organs (just speaking up for the replicants here). “Eugene Volokh forsees the highest court in the land contemplating the legality of state and local bans on any “device designed or marketed as useful primarily for the stimulation of human genital organs.”” (reason.com, thanks Praemedia!)

* I don’t need to say anything: i09 tells us, “The kitten with a whip lingerie line Agent Provocateur is coming out with a comics-inspired unmentionables line. See their Doctor Who-esque underwear trailer and army of thonged supers. It’s interesting – especially Hornette’s confusing nunchuck lightsabers.” (io9.com)

* Neuroscience is finally looking at sex. No, really. Or at least as a way to study *part* of the brain, though I doubt they’re seeing just how much it informs our experience: Splintered sexuality as a window on the brain is very interesting yet I’m sad to see this area of investigation is still in its infancy. (mindhacks.com)

* Every good goth knows who Gunther von Hagens is. He’s the guy who made plastinated bodies into art shows (and Scandanavian horror movies). Looks like he’s going to create an entire exhibit showing plastinated cadavers in sexual poses. (He already has two copulating cadavers in his current show.) German officials have been humorless to say the least and thought his ‘cycle of life’ was “revolting!” So much for Euro permissiveness — pardon us Americans for thinking some EU countries are more mature than we are. (scienceblogs.com)

* It looks like Eros LLC is back with another lawsuit about sex beds (and sex coffins) in Second Life. And cuddle rugs. What’s a cuddle rug, anyway? Linden Lab Targeted in Second Life Sex-Code Lawsuit (wired.com)

* Advertising your online game: a lesson in “sex sells” ? — or making you look like an ass. It’s ass. You will LOVE the post How Not to Advertise on the Internet (codinghorror.com, thanks Z!)

* One more (okay, two): Weird Asia News has photos of Tokyo’s female panty flasher, and Nothing Says Douche Like Hello Kitty. really! A Hello Kitty branded vaginal and anal douche. What else can be said? (weirdasianews.com)

Here’s me, as my own birthday cake wishing you were here (pic from last weekend):


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  1. To be fair, the FOX news website concluded their article thusly:

    “There are a lot more reasons why women are having sex — and they aren’t being captured in this book.

    If you ask me, and lot of other women of all ages and backgrounds out there, the reason women have sex, they’ll tell you… They’re having sex to express affection, to get in tune with their sexual core and feel sexy, to make love, to feel close to another, to maintain a long-term relationship by keeping the passion alive, to relish a shared, special moment… and because they like sex when it feels good.”

    Not that I’m a general fan of FOX, but I thought the author was appropriately skeptical.

    I wonder if a reasonable ending to an article is the best one can expect from FOX on your birthday. Have a good one, and thanks for the great blog.

  2. Happy Birthday, Violet!

    However, if you want sadness and madness, read There is fury and sadness inside that I cannot express, in which the blogger “Classically Liberal” documents the teenagers whose lives have been ruined because they were being teenagers: sex before 18, oral sex, dear gods mooning and streaking have forced kids as young as 12 to register for life as “sex offenders.”

    Nothing will ruin your days as quickly as this read.

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