Sex News: FOSTA legal challenge update, Arya’s sex scene, Sony censoring PS4 games, London porn film festival attacked

Right-wing feminists, which the Guardian have uncritically platformed for over a decade, have harassed a trans-positive erotic film fest. “Faced with the prospect of a picket, organisers of the London porn film festival, which describes itself as “celebrating queer, feminist, radical and experimental porn”, pulled screenings from the Horse Hospital, an arts venue in Bloomsbury.…

Sex News: Instagram embraces censorship, VR porn head cameras, Christian feminists target Amsterdam, research on porn’s positive effects

“[Instagram is] stepping onto the slippery slope to censorship, worrying artists, people with disabilities, consensual sex workers, and those who are in various ways body- and sex-positive … the company said this week that its algorithm would demote content that does not violate Instagram’s community standards, but is considered “inappropriate” or “borderline.”” XBIZ calls it…

Sex News: Idaho nudity filters, Brexit culture harms UK sex workers, sextech VC funding, consent condoms, racism in romance

Quick note: I recently had a run-in with Amazon Associates over my 16-year-old account, which was thankfully resolved, and you can read what I discovered about their policies (including nudity and sexual content) here. “A new Idaho state law [requiring filters on] public internet access in libraries and an Iowa court case restricting access to…

What happened with Amazon, and decoding “tasteful”

Just so there’s a public record of my recent experience with Amazon Associates, I’m putting it all on one place below. The short version: Amazon terminated my Associates account with vague language about unsuitable content on one of my websites (this one). After reaching out to tell me it was a mistake, but asking me…

Sex News: Tumblr loses 1 out of 3 visitors, UK porn block data safety woes, London’s love hotels, Epstein docs to be unsealed

“Tumblr’s traffic has dropped nearly 30 percent since December [the month it banned adult content] … Tumblr’s global traffic in December clocked in at 521 million, but it had dropped to 370 million by February, web analytics firm SimilarWeb tells The Verge. Statista reports a similar trend in the number of unique visitors. By January…

Sex News: Kamala Harris mentions sex work decrim, famous fake sex doctor exposed, porn AR apps, Manafort sex abuse questions

“2020 presidential candidate Kamala Harris told The Root that she supports decriminalizing sex work … Progressive groups have criticized Harris’ prosecutorial record since she announced her candidacy on Jan. 21, and part of that criticism has included her treatment of the sex worker community.” * The Real Significance Of Kamala Harris’ Shift On Sex Work…

Sex News: Sex worker safety threat from Google, Bangladesh blocks 20K sites, monogamy vs. female libido

“Ugly Mugs, a commonly used safety app for sex workers in Ireland and the UK, is facing removal from the Android Play Store following changes to Google’s permissions policy. Ugly Mugs allows sex workers to screen incoming calls and text messages from clients, using an alert system to flag potentially dangerous clients based on reports…

Sex News: Jeff Bezos sextortion, NYT’s porn fail, Oculus porn kits, premature female orgasm, sex toy encryption guide

We’re back on track after a WordPress update snafu — the new editor and all the update conflicts are so bad I don’t even want to use WP anymore. What a mess! One of the worst articles I’ve read about porn was published in the NYT this weekend: “They Fixed Pornography” is so poorly researched,…

Sex News: Consensual porn now legal in UK, the Fyre Festival BJ king, Marriott’s war on single women, FetLife’s self-censorship

“Pornography produced by consenting adults engaging in legal acts will no longer be prosecuted under Britain’s historic obscenity laws, the Crown Prosecution Service has said … A CPS spokesperson confirmed the change, which followed a public consultation: “It is not for the CPS to decide what is considered good taste or objectionable. We do not…