Kink Your Kindle: Hot new books to educate, arouse, inspire #PrimeDay

Lucky 7 by Sommer Marsden

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Criteria for my Kink Your Kindle selections: All fiction must contain explicit, realistic sex within rich storylines framed by excellent writing, with complex and compelling characters. All nonfiction must be accurate, nonjudgemental, and sex-positive, with preference for an all-gender, all-orientation approaches. Must be new or very recent.

I love these books! Enjoy my top picks:

  • Lucky 7 ($1.99 – Prime day promo!) Sommer Marsden
    “When I heard that Sommer Marsden was releasing a collection of short stories I was so excited I may have shouted yes and fist pumped. I know my guy gave me a questioning look and I just quickly explained new book by one of my favourite authors and he just nodded knowingly. I am a big fan of this author. I have yet to read anything by her that I do not enjoy and this collection did not disappoint. Seven short stories that are sexy, hot, steamy, sweet and loving. Sommer Marsden knows how to write the perfect sexy short story.”
  • Coming Out Like a Porn Star: Essays on Pornography, Protection, and Privacy ($9.99 | $13.56) Jiz Lee, editor
    “This revealing, moving, and often surprising collection lets you go deep inside the lives of generations of porn stars and explicit performers. It’s an absolute must-read for anyone interested in sex industry politics, sex-positive culture, and porn studies––and for anyone whose friend, lover, or family member has taken their pants off in front of a camera. One after the other, these memoirs add up to a powerful, if ironic, conclusion: Porn stigma is the biggest problem many adult performers face, and it is at least as likely to come from our feminist moms as from prudish conservatives. Once you’ve heard the clear, articulate voices of these porn stars, you’ll never look at a sex movie, or the people who make it happen, the same way again.” (Carol Queen)
  • Building Open Relationships: Your hands-on guide to swinging, polyamory, and beyond! ($14.95 | $24.95) Dr. Liz Powell
    “Have you read “that book” on non-monogamy and still wondered “But how do you actually DO this?” Join Dr. Liz Powell, psychologist, speaker, and coach, as she draws from her education, research, and life experience to bring you Building Open Relationships. This new book is an all-inclusive guide to beginning and maintaining your non-monogamous life, no matter where you fall under the non-monogamous umbrella.”

  • Seduction: Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes’s Hollywood (Pre-order: $14.99 | $29.99) Karina Longworth
    “From promoting bombshells like Jean Harlow and Jane Russell to his contentious battles with the censors, [Howard] Hughes—perhaps more than any other filmmaker of his era—commoditized male desire as he objectified and sexualized women. Yet there were also numerous women pulled into Hughes’s grasp who never made it to the screen, sometimes virtually imprisoned by an increasingly paranoid and disturbed Hughes, who retained multitudes of private investigators, security personnel, and informers to make certain these actresses would not escape his clutches.”
  • Candy Lovers ($4.99 – Prime Day promo!) Rachel Kramer Bussel, editor
    “The stories contained in Candy Lovers are sure to satisfy the sweetest taste buds…I particularly enjoyed the broad mix of candy/treats and how they were integrated into each story. In some cases, they were a central focus, and in others, a backdrop to spring off of into something a little deeper. There is also a solid blend of refined, more literary pieces alongside more playful ones—a perfect candy store of options for every treat craving! (And no, I’m not talking about just sugar here.) Fun theme, plus sexy stories from R. Gay, Shanna Germain, Salome Wilde, Tenille Brown, and many more! Loved this delicious anthology.”

  • The Perfect Submissive (3 Book Series) ($2.99 each) Kay Jaybee
    “In book one, Jess Sanders is introduced into sexual submission and becomes more than part of the hotel management staff. She’s now also a sexual submissive as part of the entertainment floor. Just as she feels comfortable, Mrs. Peters changes it up on her by sending both Jess and Miss Sarah to another sexual retreat. From the very beginning of this story, both the characters and the readers are wary. This adult retreat is being run by someone they don’t trust nor do they like. Still, these are professionals and both Jess and Miss Sarah will not bring shame to Mrs. Peters. Hands down, the kinky sex in this story is five star. The perversion of fairy tales with even gender bending costume changes is fabulous. The constant tension with Jess not knowing what is going on and if she will return to Fables is a great mind-fuck …”
    See also: The Voyeur ($3.99)
  • Thriving in Sex Work: Heartfelt Advice for Staying Sane in the Sex Industry ($9.99 | $13.99) Lola Davina
    “This book sets a new standard of understanding for people both inside and outside the sex working industries.
    Wonderfully written with an open, inviting, and deeply caring voice that guides the readers through an intricate world of considerations about an ever important field of work – Sex Work – whose time to shine in our modern American society has finally arrived … Part compassionate psychology and part level-headed planning, this book and the advice that it shares is going to mean the world to our currently existing and expanding force of Sex Workers as well as those who care for and love them.”
  • Yes Means Yes!: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World without Rape (Pre-order, $11.99 | $13.12) Jessica Valenti, editor
    “Of all the arguments out there that propose how to end rape, embracing women’s sexual pleasure may not sound like a likely solution. But Yes Means Yes argues otherwise. By investigating the myriad ways the sexual choices of women can take shape, this anthology argues, not only should women know what they don’t want, but they also should seize their freedom to explore what they do want. By challenging blanket claims, like that all males are sexual aggressors, and taking the shame away from females who are bona fide sexual submissives, Yes Means Yes says the conscious decisions we make about sex in its many forms are the best medicine for the illness that is rape culture.”

  • Tell Me What You Want: The Science of Sexual Desire and How It Can Help You Improve Your Sex Life ($13.99 | $20.45) Justin J. Lehmiller
    “Clearly, I need a little more education and acceptance to master with sex, because, while reading Tell Me What You Want, I frequently exclaimed, “Damn!” or “Eww!” while reading the findings and results of the author’s own report from a survey of 350 questions taken by a pool of 4,000+ people. Among all of the jaw-dropping personal testimonials, the mixture of shame and empowerment involved in revealing one’s fantasy, determining the ideal sexual partner compared to the ‘average,’ what I enjoyed most was the idea of living out one’s fantasies as being cathartic and a learning process, but beset with its own risks, rewards, and way of looking at relationships.”
  • The White Devil: A Novel ($7.49 | $8.50) Justin Evans
    Note: this is not an erotica book, but a horror novel I read and loved that happened to be all about sex … “Joe Hill’s Horns meets Donna Tartt’sThe Secret History in this bold new thriller from Justin Evans, author of the critically acclaimed A Good and Happy Child. When seventeen-year-old Andrew Taylor is transplanted from his American high school to a British boarding school—a high-profile academy for the sons of England’s finest—his father hopes that the boy’s dark past will not follow him from across the Atlantic. But blood, suspense, and intrigue quickly surround Andrew once again as he finds himself struggling with a deadly mystery left unsolved by a student from Harrow School’s past—the enigmatic poet Lord Byron.”
  • Watch Point ($4.99 | $16.99 – Prime Day promo!) Cecilia Tan
    “Watch Point by Cecilia Tan is a kinky m/m romantic thriller. Eric Sakai-Johnson is messed up. He was honorably discharged from the Navy (before don’t ask, don’t tell), fired from his bodyguard job even after he took a bullet for the guy because the guy found out that he was gay. The firing also ended the medical support his employer was giving Eric’s mother leaving Eric with millions in debt. He is pissed off. His plans to kidnap his former employers son in exchange for the money doesn’t go exactly to plan but it does clue him into the fact that he isn’t the only one his former employer has hurt. Watching Chase blossom while kidnapped was delightful.”

  • Superlative Speculative Erotica: The Best of Circlet Press ($9.99 | $19.95) Cecilia Tan, Bethany Zaiatz, editors
    “Superlative Speculative Erotica features stories voted on by the Kickstarter and Patreon supporters and reflects many of the genres published by Circlet Press: a little cyberpunk, a little high fantasy, a touch of horror, some superheroes, a bit of space opera, some paranormal… What unites these stories is their quality. … Twenty of our best stories of the last five years.”
  • HARD DRIVE: The Best Sci-Fi Erotica of M.Christian ($2.99 | $14.99) M. Christian
    “Hard Drive demonstrates M.Christian isn’t just one of our finest erotica writers. He isn’t just a leading thinker on the ever-changing interplay of sexuality, society, and science. He’s the best at showing how our sexuality, whatever the time or place or technology, makes us human.”
  • Love Code ($6.99) Alison Tyler
    “The setting: Beyond where we are now, but before where we’re going to be. Welcome to a possible future. When there’s a bot in every bedroom, will humans become obsolete? This pulp, science-fiction erotic cougar story with a noir-twist aims to find out. It’s an ero-tech-a adventure, as well as an adventure in erotica, brought to you by your favorite trollop with a laptop, Alison Tyler.”


  • Filthy Housewives: Explicit Erotica ($3.89 | $8.89) Violet Blue, editor
    “Let’s begin with the cover art, which the first impression a book – whether electronic or print – gives a reader. If done right, it clues you in to what to expect within the pages. This cover art is spectacular. It’s simple, yet refined, and a stark contrast to the word Filthy. It brings to mind a simpler time, when being a housewife was, indeed, a job. And then it makes you start to wonder, as you slowly peel back the cover, what secrets will you discover as you read. Needless to say – I LOVE the cover. And then, before I barely took a breath, I was hooked. Beginning with one of my favourite authors, Alison Tyler’s Out of Luck, I dove headfirst into seven sizzling stories that don’t, in any way, resemble any housewives I’ve ever known. These women are sexy, forthright, and some have bigger balls then their husbands. Most of all, they revel in their own sexuality. They know what they want, and how to get it. Not only will these stories make you hot, and wanting, they will inspire your own bedroom adventures.”
  • Wetware: Cyberpunk Erotica ($3.89 | $8.89) Violet Blue, editor
    “Wetware is a short story collection that deserves and needs to be savoured slowly, one precious tale at a time. Each story presents a different version of the future; universes where technology and discovery are seamlessly coupled (pun intended) with unabashed sexuality. The sex is raw, often rough; the characters are needy, hungry, vibrant…real. The collection offers variety in voices, settings, and couplings, all the while maintaining the uniform sterling quality of writing. I would have a hard time picking a favourite story: I enjoyed the flawless integration of the world building in Sixty Five Night, the twist in Never Say No, and the insight of Synthetic Skin. The prologue, an essay on cyberpunk and sexuality by Violet Blue herself, is not to be missed.”

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Sex News: The Stormy Daniels arrest, FOSTA lawsuit update, porn filter study findings, challenge to ‘gay panic’ murder defenses

  • “Columbus, Ohio, police on Thursday morning arrested Stormy Daniels, the stripper and porn actress allegedly paid to keep quiet about her 2006 affair with President Donald Trump, for violating Ohio’s Community Defense Act. She reportedly let patrons of the Sirens nightclub, who turned out to be undercover officers, touch her during her performance … A judge dismissed the misdemeanor charges on Thursday afternoon … Ohio’s Community Defense Act was passed in 2007 and had not been cited a single time in Franklin County before the arrest of Daniels.”
    * Why Stormy Daniels’ Arrest Matters (Huffington Post)
    See also: Stormy Daniels’ Trumped Up Prosecution (Free Speech Coalition)

  • “Justice Department attorneys on Thursday said that the Woodhull Freedom Foundation along with other plaintiffs seeking to challenge the legal merits of FOSTA lack standing in their case and that the case should be dismissed. The Justice Department today filed its opposition to the plaintiffs’ motion for preliminary injunction and its motion to dismiss the complaint in its entirety (…)”
    * Justice Department Seeks Dismissal of FOSTA Lawsuit (XBIZ)
  • “In a paper entitled Internet Filtering and Adolescent Exposure to Online Sexual Material, Oxford Internet Institute researchers Victoria Nash and Andrew Przybylski found that Internet filters rarely work to keep adolescents away from online porn.”
    * Researchers find that filters don’t prevent porn (TechCrunch)
  • “Patricia Schiller, a Washington sex and marriage therapist who became a leading authority on how doctors, nurses, teachers and members of the clergy could talk about sex in ways that were neither prudish nor judgmental, died June 29 at her home in Palm Beach, Fla. She was 104.” (She was the founder of AASECT.)
    * Patricia Schiller, prominent sex therapist, dies at 104 (Washington Post)

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  • “Derek Hay, a leading agent in the adult film industry, has been accused by four female porn performers of sexual abuse, according to a formal complaint filed with California’s Labor Commissioner … They also accuse Hay of bilking his clients into improper “exclusive multi-year agreements” which include “unconscionable fees” for minor infractions, like shoot cancellations, which Hay then “coerces performers to either pay in cash, or ‘work-off’ by performing sexual acts on him.””
    * Four Porn Performers Accuse Top Agent Derek Hay of Sex Abuse, Trafficking (Rolling Stone)
  • “Within each generation, a rising class of heroes arrives to champion the queer community. Fredy Alanis, a 19-year-old legend who hails from the Chicago suburbs, is one such hero — or he has become one, at least, to thousands of people on social media, who have eagerly spread his tale of how a fated interaction with a ten-inch penis landed him in the hospital.”
    * He Sucked a 10-Inch-Penis, Then Ended Up in the ER. His Story (them)
  • “Our government decided to make the internet worse, endanger the lives of sex workers, and make it harder for law enforcement to hunt down sex traffickers … It will be worse in the UK where a challenge along civil liberties lines is more likely to fail. UK speech laws are a mess and it’s unlikely opponents of the proposed law will find judicial relief from UK FOSTA knockoff.”
    * A FOSTA Of One’s Own: UK Parliament Members Looking To Punish Websites, Push Traffickers Underground (TechDirt)
    See also: Our Sex Trafficking Witch Hunt (illustrated; The Nib)
  • “When someone murders an LGBTQ-identified person, the murderer can use the unofficial gay panic defense in court, basically saying that they flew into murderous insanity after a queer person hit on them.”
    * Two Congressional Democrats Just Submitted a Bill to Ban ‘Gay Panic’ Murder Defenses Nationwide (Hornet)

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  • “The aim of linking the human mind directly to computers has always been a mainstay of cyberpunk. Most visions of doing so have been, for lack of a better word, messy, with users depicted with big holes drilled into their heads so they can jack into cyberspace. Researchers at UC Berkeley’s Adesnik Lab, however, have working on a much less invasive solution—using light … the sexual possibilities are practically limitless.”
    * Sex on the Mind: Could Brain Holograms Lead to Direct Neural Interfaces? (Future of Sex)
  • “Saying realistic sex dolls are the future of our sex culture, has announced the availability of its services as an authorized reseller of quality sex doll brands.”
    * SexySexDoll Explores ‘Future of Sex Culture’ (XBIZ)

Main post image of Anya Ivy via the PornHub Nation Art Installation feature in XBIZ; the exhibit is open Wednesday-Sunday 6pm-Midnight, July 14th – August 11th, 2018 at 4067 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. Also, definitely click on and hit “View Source.”

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Sex News: FOSTA lawsuit development, UK sex work websites under attack, China’s progressive sex educators

  • “A self-appointed group of MPs (the “All-Party Parliamentary Group on Prostitution and the Global Sex Trade”) fronted by Ms. Champion made a call to ban “prostitution websites” during a Wednesday House of Commons debate. Conflating sex work with trafficking just like their American counterparts, they claim websites where workers advertise and screen clients “directly and knowingly” profit from sex trafficking.”
    * UK politicians push for FOSTA SESTA-style sex censorship (Engadget)
    See also: Banning online platforms will not end violence against sex workers (Metro UK)
  • “Justice Department attorneys have asked a federal judge to extend by two weeks their response to a lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of FOSTA and seeks a preliminary injunction over the new law. Woodhull Freedom Foundation and other plaintiffs sued the government last month following President Trump signing FOSTA into law in early April.”
    * Justice Department Wants More Time to Respond to FOSTA Lawsuit (XBIZ)
  • “From the message boards, I learned how background and reference checks worked, and that a fair amount of scrutiny was expected from “reputable” escorts. I learned ID checks and condoms were universal. I learned giving a client a warm washcloth after sex was a professional courtesy. I felt empowered knowing what the rules and expectations were. I insisted on things, confident hundreds of other women were enforcing the same boundaries. No client ever suggested that I was being too careful or too uptight. They seemed relieved by my dogmatism. They knew they could trust me because I was consistent and uncompromising. I never felt this way when negotiating with men in the hookup culture.”
    * The First Time I Was Paid for Sex, I Was Hooked (VICE)
  • “Gary gets discipline meted out by saying “Alexa, punish.” This causes the digital Domme to answer with “Has the slut been naughty?” The sub’s responses from that point on can lead Mistress Alexa to deliver various reprimands, such as chasting the speaker for wasting her time after hearing a “no,” or delivering a minute-long series of electrical shocks when hearing “extremely.””
    * Spank Me, Alexa: Turning a Smart Speaker into a Dominatrix (Future of Sex)

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  • “On the off chance that you know anything about me, it’s probably about my work as a comedian, or maybe as the co-creator of The Daily Show, or as one of the co-founders of Air America Radio … But the path to getting that care was not easy. In fact, it was paved with deception because as a pregnant teenager, I was tricked by an ad on a bus for a fake woman’s health center, also known as a “crisis pregnancy center.””
    * l Was Tricked By A ‘Fake Reproductive Health Center.’ Now I’m Fighting For Other Women. (Huffington Post)
  • “Fang described the training courses as “empowerment sexuality education,” as they teach adolescents how to have sex safely and responsibly. “Empowerment sexuality education aims to help teenagers make their own choice about sex, which is a key part of a person’s personal growth. It’s actually an education of life,” he said. Fang said the courses are also tailored to give different perspectives of gender equality, LGBT rights and feminism. “It’s not only about the sexual knowledge. We are teaching values,” he said.”
    * China’s first authorized sex educators to break decades of silence (CNN)
  • “… when I arrived in Mumbai last month to become NPR’s India correspondent, I was surprised by the big box office hit: a “Sex-and-the-City” type Hindi-language comedy about four heroines who hook up, chain-smoke, drink until they vomit and cuss like sailors. Oh, and there’s a masturbation scene with a dildo, which I’ll get to later.”
    * Bollywood Raises Eyebrows With ‘Sex And The City’-Style Rom-Com (NPR)
  • “In late June, members and supporters of Desiree Alliance, a sex work advocacy organization, gathered in the Los Angeles office of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to begin organizing for the legalization of sex work.”
    * Sex Workers Meet in Los Angeles To Draft Statement of Principles (Reason)

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  • “Opponents of legalized prostitution in Nye County, Nev., failed by Friday’s deadline to turn in the required 1,963 signatures to place a referendum on the November ballot to eliminate the county’s brothels. Sheri’s Ranch, Chicken Ranch, Love Ranch, Dennis Hof’s Cathouse and Dennis Hof’s Alien Cathouse brothels legally do business as brothels in Nye County, which is about an hour-and-a-half drive from Las Vegas.”
    * Opponents of Legalized Prostitution in Nye County Fail to Get Enough Signatures (XBIZ)
  • “Marry a rapist she met in prison? Check. Praise Jesus Christ because “he invented bondage” and eat the ear off a cadaver while tripping on acid in a city morgue? Done. Dalle also delighted in embarrassing journalists, whether on live TV or one-on-one, like the time a reporter stopped her on a Paris street after she’d been convicted of cocaine possession in the mid-1990s.”
    * The Wild Life of France’s Most Dangerously Sexy Femme Fatale (Daily Beast)

Main post photo: the ever-gorgeous Nereyda Bird, featured in Lui Magazine. More of her can be seen at Jim Malucci Photography.

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Sex News: Lawsuit challenges SESTA-FOSTA, Uganda’s porn detector, China bans ASMR, Weinstein faces life

I’m back after taking a short break; I got depressed for a minute after SESTA-FOSTA passed and had to regroup. Above image: Becky Berardi of The BadAss Becky Show, via Twitter.

  • “On Thursday, the Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a lawsuit against the federal government and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Woodhull Freedom Foundation et al. v. United States is the first lawsuit to challenge SESTA-FOSTA (…) EFF argues that SESTA-FOSTA violates the First and Fifth Amendments [and] it is “the most broadly-based and comprehensive legislative censorship of Internet speech since Congress passed the anti-indecency provisions of the [Communications Decency Act] in 1996.” The Supreme Court found those provisions unconstitutional in 1997.”
    * Sex-Worker Advocates Sue Over Internet Censorship Law (Rolling Stone)
    More: Woodhull Freedom Foundation Lawsuit Challenges FOSTA (XBIZ)
  • “It’s likely that, as well as the moral indignation of the major banks, the FOSTA/SESTA legislation has worked to encourage crackdowns. The legislation, which is designed to ban sex work under the guise of limiting human trafficking, has had a chilling effect on the internet.”
    * Patreon’s pornapocalypse has been un-cancelled (Engadget)
    See also: Alternatives to Patreon for porn creators (Ms. Naughty)
    Background: PayPal, Square and big banking’s war on the sex industry (Engadget)
  • “[Weinstein] is already facing first-degree rape and other charges involving incidents with two women, in 2004 and 2013. Now, a grand jury in New York has charged Weinstein with allegedly committing a forcible sexual act against a third … [with] a minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.”
    * New Charges Filed Against Harvey Weinstein Involving A Third Woman (NPR)
  • Warning for survivors of sexual assault and abuse. “Adult film actor Ron Jeremy is being sued for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman during a radio promotional event last year in Washington state. Kristin Brodie claims that Jeremy, 65, assaulted her four separate times on Sept. 22, 2017, while she was working as a model for a Seattle radio station at a store event in Tacoma, according to court documents.”
    * Porn Star Ron Jeremy Sued For Multiple Sexual Assaults (Huffington Post)

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  • “A mysterious device described by local media as able “to detect deleted or current pornographic materials stored on people’s computers,” it was first promised by Ugandan authorities in 2016. … Authorities have never explained how the device — said by the Observer to cost $88,000 — would work. Lokodo told Bloomberg in a phone interview this month that the detector recently arrived, describing it only as a “server” that’s “able to suppress pornographic material.””
    * Porn Detectors, Facebook Tax: Uganda Tightens Grip on Internet (Bloomberg)
  • “The thriving erotic-gaming industry that originated in Japan is now going global. Backed by porn giant MindGeek (owner of Pornhub, YouPorn, RedTube, et al.), Nutaku has (…) 10 million registered users—40 percent of whom play daily …”
    * Gaming Gets X-Rated–and Very Profitable (Wired)
  • “The Chinese government’s anti-pornography office announced earlier this month that video streaming services in the nation need to “thoroughly clean up vulgar and pornographic ASMR content.” And while the agency called for a crackdown specifically on content that is “vulgar” or sexual in nature, many of China’s leading video hosting sites have scrubbed all ASMR videos.”
    * China’s Anti-Porn Task Force Is Banning ASMR Videos (Gizmodo)
  • “Many of the former staffers and community members say OneTaste resembled a kind of prostitution ring — one that exploited trauma victims and others searching for healing. In their experience, the company used flirtation and sex to lure emotionally vulnerable targets. It taught employees to work for free or cheap to show devotion. And managers frequently ordered staffers to have sex or OM with each other or with customers. Such mandates led to a six-figure out-of-court settlement in 2015 with a former employee who said she suffered sexual assault and harassment, as well as other labor violations, while on the job. That settlement hasn’t been reported until now because it was confidential.”
    * The Dark Side of the Orgasmic Meditation Company (Bloomberg)

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  • “Signs at Saturday’s protest offered messages like “My Life Is Not Your Porn” and “Wanna shit with my guard down.” Protestors wore red as a sign of their anger, shaved their heads to object their government’s failures, and covered their faces to avoid being identified and sexually harassed online … Outrage over the government’s failure to prosecute men who non-consensually collect and distribute intimate video footage of women came to a height last month when a 25-year-old woman in Seoul was arrested for uploading a nude photo of a male model without his consent. ”
    * Thousands of Women Take to the Streets as South Korea Confronts Spycam Porn (Gizmodo)
  • “On an otherwise normal Friday afternoon in late March, I found myself sitting on my bed, completely naked in front of my laptop. It was a position I’d been in many times before, but today was different: I was getting ready for the most awkward tech demo of my career.”
    * Teledildonics gave me the gift of long-distance sex with a stranger (Engadget)

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Sex News: International Whore’s Day, PornHub’s VPN, the cocky trademark mess, Instagram censorship, Hand Solo

  • I notice that EFF is missing from their list. Very disappointing. “Calling attention to bias and discrimination against sex workers, marches for International Whore’s Day will be held on Saturday in Los Angeles, New York, Washington, Chicago, the Bay Area, Austin and Las Vegas. All allies of sex workers are invited to attend the event. The march will bring together sex workers, sex worker rights advocates, civil rights advocates, freedom of speech advocates, members of the ACLU, APAC, Sex Workers Outreach Project, Free Speech Coalition and many others in an effort to combat bias, discrimination and hate toward sex workers and others who face discrimination.”
    * International Whore’s Day March to Rally Support for Sex Workers (XBIZ)
  • “Instagram has sparked an outcry by censoring the hashtag #stripper and several related keywords … while #stripper and #femalestripper are censored, #malestripper is not.”
    * Instagram’s Censorship of #Stripper Sparks Outcry from Sex Workers and Allies (Jezebel)

  • “SIECUS is shocked but not surprised by the Trump administration’s latest anti-science, pro-abstinence appointee within HHS … Anyone who perpetuates falsehoods about the safety of abortion as a medical procedure, views a standard condom-and-banana classroom demonstration as ‘sexual harassment,’ and supports withholding information from young people has no business making decisions that affect sexual and reproductive health care for millions.”
    * Trump’s New Head of Title X Views Condom Demonstrations in Sex Ed as Sexual Harassment (SIECUS)
    See also: King County wins lawsuit, blocks federal government from terminating science-based teen pregnancy prevention program (King County)
  • “A New York grand jury indicted producer Harvey Weinstein on two counts of rape and another of a criminal sexual act Wednesday just days after he surrendered to authorities.”
    * Harvey Weinstein indicted by New York grand jury on rape and sex assault charges (LA Times)

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  • “Now, Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who both voted for the first bill, are pushing a proposal in the Senate that would impose similar restrictions on sex workers’ bank accounts — a move that sex workers say could further endanger their income, safety and lives. … The bill, which passed the House in overwhelming fashion last month, would increase pressure on banks to shut down the accounts of anyone suspected of engaging in trafficking.”
    * First Congress Took Sex Workers’ Websites. Now It’s Coming For Their Bank Accounts. (Huffington Post)
  • “VPNhub [has launched], and offers “free and unlimited bandwidth” on your platform of choice, as long as it’s iOS, Android, Windows and Mac OS (although the last two are premium-only) … The company claims that VPNhub has 1,000 servers in more than 15 countries, and that it will not log user data or browsing activity itself. It is, however, ad-supported, with users required to cough up for VPNhub Premium to remove the ads, and to use the desktop versions of the platform.”
    * Pornhub made a VPN (Engadget)
  • “During a meeting last week with local pastors, Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., who is running for governor of Tennessee, discussed the issue of gun violence and argued that the rising toll of school shootings is due to “pornography.””
    * GOP congresswoman says porn is “the root cause” of school shootings. It’s not. (Salon)
    See also: Quest for Grocery Store Porn — Testing Rep. Diane Black’s theories about school shootings (Memphis Flyer)
  • “The book world has been in an uproar recently after an author legally trademarked a common usage word. The word “cocky” is now trademarked for use in a romance book series called The Cocky Brothers. Because of this trademark, not only in the series title but, more specifically, on the word “cocky,” any author who uses the word cocky in a book title, or novel they have in a romance series, are infringing on that trademark and are open to legal proceedings against them by the trademark author, Faleena Hopkins.”
    * The ‘Cocky’ Trademark Author Just Got Cockier (Inquisitr)

  • “Elon Musk’s ongoing criticism of the media took a strange turn late Saturday when he praised an analysis of media bias produced by a [marketing] website linked to NXIVM, a group which federal prosecutors have described as an exploitative pyramid scheme [and is characterized as being a sex-slavery cult].”
    * Elon Musk Criticizes Media By Tweeting Link to Article With Ties to Sex Cult (Fortune)
  • “Acclaimed queercore filmmaker Bruce LaBruce’s ‘The Misandrists’ centers on the men-overthrowing Female Liberation Army. And it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before. … The Misandrists’ first scenes feature two sets of female lovers, the second of which is forced to watch gay male porn in order to learn how to make the FLA’s own forthcoming X-rated opus, which Big Mother believes will help upend current misogynistic power structures.”
    * The Punk-Rock Porn Movie That Lays Waste to the Patriarchy (Daily Beast)

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  • Warning for survivors of sexual assault, trauma, and abuse. “When the #MeToo reckonings started in October, it had been almost 10 months since Nikki Benz wrote on Twitter that she had been sexually assaulted on a porn set. It had been nine months since her alleged assailants sued her for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress; the men filed the ongoing lawsuit Jan. 11, 2017, the same day that she reported the attack to Los Angeles police. The May weekend that porn star Stormy Daniels was applauded for lampooning Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live, Benz was bracing herself for a conversation with a deputy district attorney.”
    * A Porn Star Said She Was Assaulted On Set. Then She Was Sued For Defamation. (BuzzFeed)
  • “Sweden has passed a new law saying that sex without consent is rape, even when there are no threats or force involved. The new law, due to come into effect on 1 July, says a person must give clear consent, verbal or physical … With the new legislation, approved in parliament by 257 votes against 38, Sweden joins other European countries like the United Kingdom and Germany where sex without consent is considered rape.”
    * Sex without consent is rape, says Sweden (BBC)
  • “A change in American law intended to reduce sex trafficking [FOSTA-SESTA] is affecting the incomes and safety of sex workers in Newfoundland and Labrador, according to one local activist. … SHOP is hearing from sex workers in St. John’s who are losing business, and therefore income, forcing some of them to rely on food banks and emergency shelters.”
    * American sex trafficking law makes sex workers [in Canada] less safe, says activist (CBC News)

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Sex News: Stormy Daniels honored by LA, Weinstein under federal investigation, blackness gap in sex tech

  • “The porn star who was paid hush money to stay silent about a sexual tryst she says she had with President Trump [was] honored with an official Stormy Daniels Day in West Hollywood and given a key to the city on Wednesday.”
    * On ‘Stormy Daniels Day,’ West Hollywood to honor porn star with key to the city (LA Times)
  • “The feds want to seize what they say is the sex den of upstate Nxivm cult leader Keith Raniere and a home where his sidekick, “Smallville” actress Allison Mack, housed one of his “slaves,” according to new court documents.”
    * Feds want to seize Nxivm leader’s alleged sex den (NY Post)
  • “New York’s MTA recently banned subway ads for a line of female sex toys but, after online cajoling, reversed its decision.”
    * New York MTA Gives Thumbs Up to Sex Toy Ads (XBIZ)
  • “In a move that increases the likelihood Harvey Weinstein will face criminal charges, federal prosecutors in New York have opened an investigation into whether the disgraced Hollywood producer’s alleged acts of sexual abuse violated federal laws, according to two people familiar with the matter.”
    * Federal prosecutors conduct sex crimes investigation into Harvey Weinstein (LA Times)

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  • “At the time, Brett [Rossi]’s allegations weren’t taken seriously by the media or the public. Instead, it became a battle of he said, she said. Although [Charlie] Sheen already had already been accused of abusing women in the past, it was Brett’s credibility that was called into question. Why? Because she works in the sex industry.”
    * Brett Rossi on How Her Porn Career Was Used to Discredit Her Abuse Allegations (Broadly/Vice)
  • “A couple weeks ago, I shared this article with you about the blackness gap in sex tech. In an effort to move the sex tech community a more diversity and safe space for everyone, I now bring to you some commonly used terms and definitions when discussing inclusivity.”
    * 6 Inclusive Sex Tech Definitions That Can Help Bust the Blackness Gap (Future of Sex)
  • “Substantially all of Penthouse’s assets are included in the sale — intellectual property, videos, publications, broadcasting and digital rights.”
    * Penthouse’s Assets to Be Sold at Auction (XBIZ)
  • “Last year, the Dutch designer Nienke Helder created a range of objects to help survivors reprogramme how they deal with physical sensations … Her collection, titled Sexual Healing, includes a horsehair brush to explore touch and tickling, a mirror designed to help you better view your vulva, as well as a pelvic device that vibrates when your muscles are too tense, and a bean-shaped sensor that lights up if you’re breathing too fast, to remind you to slow down and relax. “By getting biofeedback through the tools, you can visualise what kind of processes are happening inside your body, which can help you understand in which situations your body reacts with a reflex.””
    * How sex toys are being redesigned to help survivors of sexual assault (Guardian)

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  • ” As the program became more firmly rooted within the legal system, with undercover agents from ASHA (American Social Hygiene Association) acting as its enforcers, a stark reality became apparent: Any woman, at any time, could legally be arrested, sexually assaulted, and hauled off to jail with no trial, no lawyer, and no idea when she’d be released. Those who were imprisoned in detention hospitals were subjected to involuntary medical examinations, inhumane living conditions, and treatments for gonorrhea and syphilis. Unfortunately, at that point, the most common “cure” for these diseases was a strict regimen of continuous doses of mercury and arsenic, toxic chemicals which poisoned these women’s bodies while doing absolutely nothing to cure their ills.”
    * A Forgotten War on Women (New Republic)
  • “Recognizing that they can add a lot to our conversations around consent, many sex workers have taken it upon themselves to teach consent in their sex work practices. Ginger Banks, who has been a sex worker for eight years, told me, “After learning more about consent [as a sex worker] I see so many different ways that we violate it, possibly [unintentionally] … This is why I try and integrate the consent into my films, compared to just having it done just off camera. This way I can teach people about consent while they watch my films.””
    * Want to figure out the rules of sexual consent? Ask sex workers. (Washington Post)
  • “Jersey City may say “ta ta” to its ban on women going topless in public. The City Council next week is expected to hear a revision of the city’s 36-year-old obscenity law, which bans women from exposing their breasts in public spaces. Supporters say the new version of the law, which was sparked by the city’s attempt to shut down a show by a local burlesque performer, is more in step with the 21st Century.”
    * N.J. city’s ’80s-era topless ban, sex toy restrictions may be history (NJ News)
  • “From the beginning of this case, Judge Baylson has focused heavily on how best to prevent child pornography, a concern shared by all the litigants, including the FSC, and the government. However, in yesterday’s ruling, the court recognized that the legal adult industry was entirely separate from the illegal production of child pornography, and that the record-keeping requirements designed for the former were not narrowly tailored, and had significant downsides.”
    * 2257 Judge Hands Big Win for Adult, Seeks Decree (XBIZ)

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Sex News: Toys R Us hoarded kinky domains, Stormy Daniels conspiracy theory, male sexbots, whitewashing sex ed

  • “Toys ‘R’ Us, which filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy and is closing stores and selling off its intellectual property to pay off creditors, has a surprise for domainers — it has some kinky domain names available.”
    * Toys ‘R’ Us Selling Inventory of Erotic Domain Names (XBIZ)
  • “Moore says there are certain sounds that she’s asked to re-create that would “literally change the rating of the film” if they were included in the finished product: “We’ve been asked to do [Foley sound for] oral-sex scenes before. They never play it. They just don’t! Because it’s not a sexy sound.” In re-creating the sounds of cunnilingus, Fang notes, she’ll “use kissing sounds instead of disgusting licks. Because you want a mouthy sound, but you still want it to have this gentleness and this sweetness. And if you’re just licking your hand, it’s like a pudding pop. That’s not sexy or tasteful. It’s just going to sound like you’re licking your hand.””
    * How Onscreen Sex Sounds Are Made, From Kissing to Hand Jobs (Vulture)
  • “… internet sleuths think the innocuous tweet about Daniels’ tattoo has revealed that she was involved in the [NXIVM] cult, as well. And while the initial accusation pertained to her left hip, some think they’ve found one on the right, too. Daniels replied online to the allegations, saying that the images were Photoshopped and the scar people pointed to was from surgery. Unfortunately, in 2018, one specious accusation online is enough to send the denizens of the internet in a frenzy. InfoWars picked it up after the fervid Trump supporters on Reddit’s r/The_Donald jumped all over it.”
    * Reddit sleuths think a scar proves Stormy Daniels is involved in sex trafficking (Daily Dot)
  • “It’s critical to ask questions about robot consent, and whether sex robots dehumanize us, and whether the small group of mostly men building the algorithms behind them reinforces gender stereotypes of passive women and manly men. But for now, McMullen’s team still needs to figure out how to make Henry walk and talk at the same time.”
    * Henry the Sexbot Wants to Know All Your Hopes and Dreams (Wired)

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  • “It’s no secret that sex education in the United States is falling behind the times … Only 20 states require that the information given in sex education be “medically, factually, and technically accurate.” … To compound things, the sex ed that is taught is often whitewashed, making it even more inaccessible to certain communities.”
    * Sex Ed in America Is White-Washed. Here’s How That Could Change. (Playboy)
  • “According to former educators at the site, while internal tensions have been brewing within O.School for some time, those issues hit a breaking point with the passage of the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA), and the way that O.School has responded to it. ”
    * Anti-sex trafficking law FOSTA is hurting online sex educators, too (Verge)
  • “High street newsagents are to sell so-called “porn passes” that will allow adults to visit over-18 websites anonymously. The 16-digit cards will allow browsers to avoid giving personal details online when asked to prove their age. Instead, they would show shopkeepers a passport or driving licence when buying the pass.”
    * What are the ‘porn passes’ newsagents could soon be handing out? (Independent)
  • “Producers of adult content won’t be eligible for Louisiana’s film tax credit program under legislation heading to the governor’s desk. Louisiana’s Senate voted to prohibit tax credits to any producer that must maintain records pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 2257, the federal record-keeping requirement for adult producers.”
    * Louisiana Lawmakers OK Bill Outlawing Tax Credits to Porn Producers (XBIZ)

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  • “Females were more likely to bite the rumps of males at the most fertile phase of their reproductive cycle, researchers found. Pacing also increased in both duration and frequency of a female being in season.”
    * Love bites on hairy bums: wombats’ sex lives revealed (The Guardian)
  • “Right now, Mistress Alexa isn’t the most elegant of devices, and she’s been cobbled together using Gary’s fairly limited technical knowledge. An Echo Dot connects to a Raspberry Pi, which is bolted on to an Arduino. From there, a wire runs out into the remote control of a pet-store electric shock collar that’s normally used on dogs. Both Gary and Kirsty noted they’d never use the device on an animal, describing the device’s use on pets as “barbaric.””
    * Meet the dominatrix living inside an Echo Dot (Engadget)
  • “It appalls but does not surprise me that neither of these august ideologues sought even once to examine a primary source on the issue. That neither of them bothered to emphasize that it is not incidental that incel ideology has led to multiple massacres. It is far easier to write an abstract consideration of the economics of sex and a generalized bemoaning of contemporary mores than to face the glaring and obvious truth: Inceldom is an ideological system premised in its entirety on a poisonous, irrational, and thoroughgoing hatred of women.”
    * Someone Please Tell the Times That Incels Are Terrorists (Village Voice)
  • “”I just felt violated and betrayed,” Johnson said. “I’ve shot over 50 scenes for this company. For a long time, I was one of their top guys. And I’m always publicly talking about racism. For them to even ask me was an insult, then to do it against my will, it hurts. It feels like it was a set up.””
    * Moe Johnson Says Dogfart Director Ordered Racial Slurs for Money Shot (XBIZ)

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