Sex News: UK buries rape clause, Snapchat censors, 50 Shades musical, Gwyneth Paltrow’s gross Goop

  • “Feeling sexy and romantic has been linked to a hormone named kisspeptin. Researchers hope the chemical may help treat people with some sexual problems. Kisspeptin occurs naturally in the body, where it stimulates the release of other signalling chemicals that have been linked to reproduction. Now a study of 29 heterosexual young men has found that injections of the hormone enhance the brain’s response to sexual and romantic pictures of couples.”
    * Injections of sex-related hormone increase arousal in the brain (New Scientist)
  • “Fewer sex toys contain dangerous chemicals than children’s toys, a Swedish inspection authority said in a report published on Monday. In its study conducted in 2016, 2 percent of the 44 surveyed sex toys that had been imported to Sweden contained banned chemicals, the Swedish Chemicals Agency said. Of the 44 sex products examined, only one plastic dildo was found to contain a banned substance: chlorinated paraffins which is suspected of causing cancer, the agency said.”
    * Sex toys ‘safer’ than kids’ toys: Swedish study (Japan Times)
  • “The Bookseller recently posted that E. L. James is in talks with theatre producers to make a Fifty Shades of Grey musical. … in case you are a newcomer to musical theatre you should know that any song with the word “dance” in the title is really about having sex. Seriously. Just replace “dance” with any word for having sex and tada, you get straight to the subtext. The genius Mr. Stephen Sondheim refers to this in his wonderful song, Can That Boy Foxtrot.”
    * FIFTY SHADES OF GREY MUSICAL? HERE, LET ME HELP YOU. (BookRiot)
  • “Burglars who smashed their way in to an art shop left almost empty-handed after they were scared away by the owner’s six-foot-tall sex doll. Caricaturist Derrick Thompson reckons his store was saved by Shela Louise, a massive ‘tall, beautiful blonde’ he keeps on a sofa.”
    * Sex doll ‘prevented burglary by scaring off thieves’ (Metro UK)

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  • Ew, GOOP. “Most recently, [Gwyneth] Paltrow’s lifestyle website Goop, which promoted vaginal steaming, is at it again with another advice for women: putting a jade egg — yes, a solid object about the size of a golf ball — in your vagina, and keeping it there all day or while you’re sleeping. … Dr. Jen Gunter, an OB/GYN for Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco, called the idea “the biggest load of garbage” she’s read on Goop.”
    * No, Gwyneth Paltrow, women should not put jade eggs in their vaginas, gynecologist says (Washington Post)
  • “Madonna made a surprise appearance at the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday. “It took this horrific moment of darkness to get us to wake the fuck up,” the Queen of Pop told the crowd as CNN aired her speech live, without bleeping the expletive.”
    * WATCH: Madonna Tells Trump To “Suck A D*ck” At Women’s March (New Civil Rights Movement)
  • “For the uninitiated, “xXx” is the code name for Xander Cage, Vin Diesel’s protagonist. It also has the added bonus of implying the movie you are about to see will be EXTREME. TOO HOT FOR TV. Etc. An unfortunate side effect is, pretty obviously, it’s hard to Google this movie without, y’know, finding a bunch of porn. To that end, let’s look at how the xXx series’ SEO stacks up against the internet’s ultimate sweetheart: full-on sex.”
    * How Do People Google the xXx Movies? (GQ)

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  • “Russia has one of the fastest growing HIV epidemics in the world, accounting for eight out of 10 new infections in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Russia’s regressive policies on sex work, LGBTQ people, and sex education are counter to good health. LGBTQ people are stigmatized and discriminated against and face grave violence, sex work is prohibited, the most effective HIV prevention strategies for people who use drugs are against the law, and comprehensive sexuality education is not offered in schools.”
    * Putin May Brag About Russian Sex Workers, but He’s Killing Them (Daily Beast)
  • “Model Hanne Gaby Odiele is no stranger to making brave statements. In an exclusive interview with USA Today, Hanne publicly disclosed that she was born with the intersex condition Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome, which means she has the XY chromosomes more commonly associated with men. She decided to speak out, according to a press release shared by her modeling agency, “in an effort to be true to herself and spotlight an often invisible human rights issue.””
    * Hanne Gaby Odiele says she’s intersex in powerful public statement (i-D)
  • “Four women who have accused Donald Trump of sexual assault vowed Saturday they would not back down now that he is president. Temple Taggart, Summer Zervos, Jessica Drake and Rachel Crooks joined their attorney Gloria Allred at a press conference in Washington, D.C. hours before the Women’s March on Washington was to begin. The accusers joined the protest afterward, saying they were marching to “stand up to bullies” and support victims of sexual harassment.”
    * Women accusing Trump of sexual assault refuse to back down (New York Post)
  • “Just as the Kink.com team is packing up its cameras and porn-production operations, The Mitchell Brothers O’Farrell Theatre — a strip club owned by a woman named Meta Jane Mitchell — has announced the opening of its CineStage for “non-traditional strip club performances, including comedy, storytelling, burlesque, variety and side show. … The venue is looking to become a more inclusive space.””
    * Mitchell Bros. theater morphing into a variety show (SF Chronicle)

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