Sex News: Sandy sex, sex-positive voter guide, Sasha Grey, crimes in the Congo

  • Once a week, Daily Intel takes a peek behind doors left slightly ajar. This week, the Brooklyn Woman Hooking Up During Hurricane Sandy: Female, 29, management consultant, Carroll Gardens, straight-ish, in an open marriage.
    Hurricane Sandy Sex Diary (Daily Intel)
  • Great article, NYT: “Before they take off all their clothes, the actors who perform as James Deen and Stoya go through a ritual unique to the heterosexual adult film industry. First, they show each other their cellphones: Each has an e-mail from a laboratory saying he or she just tested negative for H.I.V., syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhea. Then they sit beside the film’s producer, Shylar Cobi, as he checks an industry database with their real names to confirm that those negative tests are less than 15 days old. (…)”
    Unlikely Model for H.I.V. Prevention – Adult Film Industry (NYTimes)
  • Ex-porn star Sasha Grey has been cast in acclaimed Spanish filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo’s new high-concept thriller “Open Windows.” The film, now shooting in Madrid, costars Elijah Wood and is being shot in real time and utilize footage from webcams, tablets, mobile phones, satellite and security cams to tell its story.
    Ex-Porn Star Sasha Grey Cast in Elijah Wood Horror Film (XBIZ)
  • I work with doctors and nurses who have done this exact work, and it is chilling to read this: A doctor who’s treated tens of thousands of women raped in the Democratic Republic of Congo was fiercely attacked last week. Dr. Denis Mukwege is the world’s best-known doctor treating women who have been raped in that country’s 16 years of conflict; he has treated more than 40,000 women and has operated on more than 15,000 women whose bodies have been ripped apart by sexualized violence.
    The Misogyny Behind an Attempted Assassination of a Man in Congo (The Atlantic)
  • Fueled by the Fifty Shades trilogy, sales of adult trade books rose 18.2 percent in July, according to AAP’s just released StatShot figures. In the month, e-book sales increased 47.4 percent while trade paperback sales rose 49.7 percent, the two formats that have benefited the most from Shades.
    Adult Trade Up in July (Publishers Weekly)

Main post photo: Henriett Barabas by Boris Ovini, Dahse Magazine A/W 2012

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  1. While it’s great and all that there have been no recent reported cases of HIV acquired on set I am really weary of the fact that there are not mandatory tests for cancer causing HPV, or HSV2 amongst others. Many of these “harmless” “inconvenient” STI’s (I’ve heard herpes referred to as a minor inconvenience by several sex workers) are becoming more and more resistant to current treatments. But, maybe I’m just a backwards sex negative nag for being concerned about that.

  2. I hadn’t considered the friction angle in porn, I do think the tighter testing cycle would help though. And perhaps having someone actually trained do the visual check would help as well.

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