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  • “Last week, Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) released the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017 (SESTA). Don’t let the title fool you. It won’t stop sex trafficking — a worthy goal we should all share — but it might eviscerate the Internet ecosystem.”
    * Sex trafficking bill would make the internet a wasteland (The Hill)
  • “Seattle’s favorite local sex toy chain – or at least its most prominent – will soon no longer be a purely “local” sex toy shop. Babeland, which has brick-and-mortar locations in Seattle and New York City, has been sold to San Francisco’s Good Vibrations.” (GV is owned by a male-run, mainstream porn conglomerate.)
    * Local sex toy chain sold to SF company (Seattle PI)
  • “Porn streaming site RedTube has offered to take Gov. Andrew Cuomo up on his idea to sell naming rights to subway stations. The governor, who really should have seen this sort of thing coming, first floated the idea of letting private sponsorships of stations late last month.”
    * This Porn Site Wants to Sponsor NYC Subways (Fortune)
  • “Together with the Kinsey Institute, the world’s premier research organization for human sexuality and relationships, we conducted one of the world’s largest international sex surveys (translated into 15 different languages) to better understand how these technologies are being used, how they benefit their users, and how they might be improved.”
    * Technology and modern sexuality: Results from Clue and Kinsey’s international sex survey (Medium)

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  • “A dwindling number of peep shows, strip clubs and adult DVD stores have survived New York City’s two-decade legal war on smut and now, some of the survivors are worried a recent court decision could put them under for good.”
    * NYC’s long war on storefront porn reaches new tipping point (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • “Skirt Club promoters hired me, a queer woman and professional Dominatrix, to attend and bring my submissive, Chloe, who is also my girlfriend. To undress her, tie her up, and spank her. To put on a show for their “predominantly straight” clientele. ”
    * I Went to Skirt Club, a Lesbian Sex Party for Straight Women (Autostraddle)
  • “The workshop welcomed a wide range of advocates in areas of intimate partner violence and sex work; engineers, designers, developers, and academics working on IT ethics. The objectives of the day were threefold: (1) to better understand the lack of gender considerations in technology design, (2) to formulate critical questions for functional requirement discussions between advocates and developers of gender-based violence applications; and (3) establish a set of criteria by which new applications can be assessed from a gender perspective.”
    * Design Ethics for Gender-Based Violence and Safety Technologies (Freedom To Tinker, thanks J!)

Main post image via Gustav Klimt’s iconic paintings come to life using models and props (Dangerous Minds)

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