- This week in sex and tech – Vatican-dot-XXX, Silicon Valley sperm donor’s other hobby, sex workers protest at Google, and more porn in the SOPA debate. Sex Tech Weekly: Google Sex Protest, Vatican-dot-XXX, SOPA (Pulp Tech)
- In late 2009, Walgreens signed a licensing deal to sell one of Screaming O’s brands in 7,000 drugstores. Their products, with bright, explicit packaging, are also sold through Amazon.com, Drugstore.com, and RiteAid.com, as well as stores in 27 foreign countries. Sex Toy Designer Screaming O Pushes Past Novelty Shops into Walgreens Aisles (Bloomberg)
- A big year for sexual health? This year has been filled with many exciting, groundbreaking and interesting events in the sexual health arena. Top 10 sexual health events of 2011 (South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com)
- This month, magazines, blogs, and talk shows are full of advice about how to make your sweetheart, friend-with-benefits, or upcoming one-night wonder explode with pleasure. Dr. Marty Klein suggests the opposite approach: that sex during the holidays may not be such a great idea. Here are five reasons why… 5 Reasons NOT To Have Sex Over The Holidays (Dr. Marty Klein | YourTango)
- After two recent controversies involving former adult stars and school kids, pornstar Aurora Snow issues a polemic about equating work in porn with bad morals. Pornstar Aurora Snow on the Sasha Grey School Controversy (The Daily Beast)
- Scientific American debuted Jesse Bering’s science-focused sex advice column this week, and it’s intense. I think it’s my favorite sex advice column right now, and it’s not for the sexually squeamish… This week, men into young girls, an older anti-feminist male seeks a girlfriend, and a female psychotherapist who acts like a crazed teenager in her relationships. “Dear Jesse, I like very young girls.” (Bering in Mind, Scientific American Blog Network)
- Gay porn blog The Sword picked their favorite eight hottest guys on Instagram – and a few of them are really hot. Are These Eight Hotties The Hottest Eight Hotties On Instagram? (The Sword)
- As reported earlier this week, French medical authorities will this week tell 30,000 women who received defective breast implants to have them removed after several suspcious cases of cancer. Now the BBC reports there is no risk. What a mess. Breast implants ‘have no cancer link’ says UK watchdog (BBC News)
- Yes, those are real boobs of a real woman sticking out of the (glory) holes of the Association’s breast cancer awareness poster (“Touch to know if it’s real”). It was erected during Mozambique’s Fashion Week. Breast cancer awareness poster with real breasts (Copyranter)
- At the moment, it appears Leo Laporte made a simple technological mistake that turned out to have much larger ramifications than its blink-of-an-eye duration would suggest. Prospective investors and business partners, on the other hand, won’t take comfort in the hedonistic pleasures Laporte indulges with the business executive who was supposed to bring discipline and financial growth to his company. How the Voice of Tech Leaked His Own Sex Chat (Gawker, main post image via)
Let me interrupt this edition of Sex News to explain why I think the downfall of tech personality Leo Laporte is well worth noting.
For whatever his reasons, Mr. Laporte has seen fit to characterize me as a ‘whore’ since the early days of his podcast (TWiT #16; TWiT #86). More succinctly, he has suggested I am a sex worker in at least two episodes of his technology podcast. And no, I don’t think anyone believes he was actually “confused” on any occasion. When he most famously did it to me in 2007, he went way too far and there was an angry backlash that sparked wider discussion about sexism in technology. The public condemnation compelled him to issue an apology – but not to me. He apologized indirectly, to one of my editors. Classy.
Let me be clear. I have never done sex work, nor have I ever performed in pornography. I am a woman that writes about sex; author, an online columnist, and a sex educator. I have no idea why this guy has behaved so repugnantly toward me, or why guys like him think it’s okay to do this to women in technology – or the wider world.
So when I read today that Mr. Laporte accidentally leaked his own illicit sex chats on his video podcast, revealing his extramarital affair with his female boss, I had to pause and observe the hypocrisy. Of a man that would devalue a woman who writes about sex, devalue sex workers as if their job made them discount for anything else – and then be a someone that isn’t what he represents in the very area of life that he harshly judges and discounts women for.
Because, you see, I really think that guys like him, guys that attempt to insult, humiliate and degrade women over sexuality are exactly the kind of guys you think they are in real life, in their own lives. Dirtbags.