* The comments are mean on Discovery’s article about a Japanese vacation resort offering a destination for men with virtual girlfriends, but the article itself is really interesting. Guys whose girlfriends are LovePlus sims can take their iPhone based sweethearts on a romantic escape where their amorous inclinations are encouraged. (I am almost done writing a book about this phenom; perhaps I am about to give up on finding an American publisher who “gets it.”) Mashable has a cool LovePlus map. (news.discovery.com, konami.jp, mashable.com)
* Please, please, please take a minute to join me in my concern for human rights and the proposed .XXX domain: read why I urge you to write an email to ICANN during the short public comment period. I did. (techyum.com)
* Department: Big business hookups create new corporate STDs. Foursquare and MTV have teamed up to reward STD checkups with a badge; if you use mainstream location based check-in application games like Foursquare, it means that in September when you go to get tested for STDs and STIs, you can check in and get a “reward badge” for demonstrating action about sexual heath. The thing that I think they missed is that it is being marketed as “tells your friends and family” that you did ‘something good’ but I don’t think they took into consideration that many people would rather not let anyone know they are getting tested in case someone asks why. I’m not poo-pooing it. I just think no one wants everyone on their Facebook to know (via Foursquare) that they’re like, “Mayor” of the STD clinic. (Personally, I think Foursquare has turned into an STD.) (news.yahoo.com)
* Good stuff: I loved the article on Carnal Nation from a woman who went from being an anti-porn feminist to being pro-porn — but still has sympathy for those who fear and hate porn. It’s eye-opening. (ourpornourselves.org)
* Not sex related, but interesting: Cyber stalker crackdown ‘thwarted’ by service providers. I’m working on a big project about this with a legal team and tech industry players, so I’m keeping an eye on this stuff… (bbc.co.uk)
Self-portrait of Karmen from women-run porn company I Shot Myself. Full gallery after the jump.