Sex News: Weinstein denies rape accusations, PornHub malware warning, intersex rights, sex toy security

  • “Film producer Harvey Weinstein has denied raping three women after allegations were made in US magazine The New Yorker. It claims Weinstein forced sex on the women, including actress Asia Argento. In addition, actresses Mira Sorvino and Rosanna Arquette are also among those who say they were sexually harassed by the producer.”
    * Harvey Weinstein denies rape accusations (BBC)
  • “Wow! Jennifer and her team look really professional and ready to take on anything! It’s no wonder their project succeeded and they’re looking to celebrate. Maybe you could trade war stories with them about projects past, or hear some of their stories about what it took to make it this far. One thing’s for sure though, no matter how drunk you get: do not masturbate in front of them.”
    * The Rock Test: A Hack for Men Who Don’t Want To Be Accused of Sexual Harassment (Medium)
  • “Hackers have targeted adult website PornHub for more than a year in an attempt to spread malware to the porn site’s millions of users, according to new research.”
    * Millions of PornHub visitors could be infected with malware (Newsweek)
  • Pretty sure that in many sentences the author means “gender” where they have written the word “sex.” So frustrating. “I met Adams through InterACT, an advocacy organization for young people who are intersex — meaning they were born with some combination of chromosomes, hormones, gonads or genitals that defy social expectations of sex, including the expectation that sex is dichotomous. “Intersex” is a broad umbrella that is often used to encompass dozens of variations, from unusual karyotypes, such as XXY, to hormone insensitivities that can cause a person with XY chromosomes and internal testes to develop as an externally typical female.”
    * The intersex rights movement is ready for its moment (Washington Post)

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  • “Equality Utah has settled the first-of-its-kind lawsuit brought against the state of Utah a over sex-education law that banned positive discussions of homosexuality in public schools. So-called “no promo homo” law is out and state school board informs schools of anti-discrimination policy for all students.”
    * Equality Utah, state schools settle lawsuit over anti-gay sex-ed policies (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • “The piece — “Domestikator” by the collective Atelier Van Lieshout, whose outline depicts copulation — was to go on view on Oct. 19 in the Louvre’s Tuileries Gardens as part of Hors les Murs, a public art program organized by the Fiac contemporary art fair. “This is something that should not happen,” Joep van Lieshout, the collective’s founder, said in a telephone interview [referring to the decision to remove the piece].”
    * Louvre Pulls Sculpture, Saying It Was Sexually Explicit (NYT)
  • “SiliconWives.com has announced the expansion of its product line to include a sex robot named “Emma.” According to the company, Emma is the first mass-market intelligent sex robot offering an impressive range of features, including speech recognition, artificial intelligence, touch sensing technology, and body temperature control.”
    * Silicon Wives Debuts Intelligent Sex Robot ‘Emma’ (XBIZ)
  • “If I don’t feel I’m suitable for the client, I’ll let her know in the most polite way possible. There’ll be a million tale-tale signs but it all boils down to your gut instinct. The way they communicate with you, the questions they ask, trying to haggle about the rates and prove how big my d*ck is, which is a clear indicator that they’re not the type of client I’m looking for. Imagine calling up a female escort and asking her off the bat how tight her vagina is.”
    * A Male Escort Answers 21 Questions About Getting Paid to Sleep with Successful Women (redbook)

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  • “Today’s post is in the nature of a policy notice, reminding everyone that Tumblr (under the thumb of Yahoo as sold down the river to Verizon) switched sides in that culture war when they took the explicit porn blogs dark, making them invisible to the open web when they barred them to search robots and made them invisible to everyone but logged-in Tumblr users with non-default settings.”
    * Policy Notice: Treating Adult Tumblr Links As Broken (ErosBlog: The Sex Blog)
  • “(…) as Alex Lomas of Pentest Partners found recently, some of these vulnerable devices are of a very personal nature. Lomas discovered that he could relatively easily search for and hijack BLE-enabled sex toys—a pursuit he named “screwdriving” (after the Wi-Fi network finding practice of “wardriving”).”
    * “NSFW” doesn’t begin to describe Bluetooth security in sex toys (Ars Technica)

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Sex News: Hugh Hefner, Bellesa bombs, South Korea mulls Tumblr ban, and more

  • “Hugh Hefner, the creator of Playboy, has passed away. He was 91. Playboy confirmed the news on Twitter Wednesday night. Hefner died of natural causes at his mansion in Holmby Hills, Calif.”
    * Playboy Founder Hugh Hefner Passes Away (XBIZ)
    See also: The 15 Worst Things Playmates Have Said About Life in the Playboy Mansion (Cosmopolitan) < imagine the smell; Hefner was just another creepy cultist living in wealthy squalor

  • “Recently launched, Bellesa claimed it created a safe atmosphere for its users, which, unlike other tube sites, was supposedly free of “degrading” porn. However, like all tube sites, their collection of videos was largely acquired through piracy. … After Bellesa’s debut, outraged porn workers took to Twitter and let the company know how they felt. Subsequently, all of Bellesa’s problematic promo and their entire video section was taken down.”
    * The Short Life of “Feminist” Tube Site Bellesa (Tits and Sass)
    See also: Ms. Naughty On Porn Marketing And PR (ErosBlog: The Sex Blog)
  • “The hyper-realistic toy named “Samantha” comes with a “sex mode” and “family mode.” When in sex mode, the robot uses its sensor-filled artificial G-spot to simulate an orgasm. When in family mode, Samantha’s AI can tell your kids jokes, rattle off philosophy, or provide motivational quotes. …two sex shops in Britain are already selling the product for a whopping £3,500 ($4,713 USD). ”
    * The controversial sex robot that can orgasm is now on sale for £3,500 (Daily Dot)
  • Convenient list of banned erotic games. “The online store Steam has banned a number of games which contain graphic nudity and x-rated sex scenes.”
    * Check out the games banned from the online shop Steam for being too SEXY (The Sun)

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  • Warning for survivors of sexual assault, abuse, and trauma. “Unbeknownst to most, the popular online multiplayer game World of Warcraft isn’t just a role-playing game in the traditional sense. There’s also a subculture using it for “erotic role-playing” (or ERP) to fulfill kinky fantasies played out through fantastical avatars. … The activities that take place [in the game’s “Goldshire Inn”] have earned it the nickname of “Rape Tavern.” And, let me tell you, it doesn’t get any less disconcerting from there.”
    * The BDSM underworld of the most disturbing ‘World of Warcraft’ sex dungeon (Mashable)
  • “South Korea’s communications authority is weighing whether to block access to Tumblr if the social media platform doesn’t rein in sexually explicit content.”
    * S. Korea Considers Blocking Tumblr Over Sexually Explicit Images (XBIZ)

  • “Fox News, which for more than a year has dealt with the fallout from an embarrassing sexual harassment scandal, was sued [last week] by the political commentator Scottie Nell Hughes, who claimed that she had been raped by the longtime anchor Charles Payne and was then retaliated against by the network after she came forward with her allegation.”
    * Fox News Guest Says Rape Allegation Blacklisted Her (NYT)
  • ““Eevie Bellini” is a spunky, nerdy 20-something who nicknamed herself The Banana_Butcher and charges $20 for a three-paragraph cock critique. If you’re looking for something more substantial, $30 will get you a custom-made nude video reaction to your dick pic, evaluating the “length, girth, grooming, veins, balls.””
    * Why Men Are Paying Women for Accurate Critiques of Their Dicks (MEL Magazine)

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  • “New research shows that the social environment in which the male duck finds himself in has a pronounced effect on the length of his penis, a finding that may finally put the “size matters” debate to rest. For ducks.”
    * When Male Ducks Hang Out Together Their Dicks Get Longer (Gizmodo)
  • Both of these films have a plot that pivots on nonconsensually sticking things inside a woman’s vagina or anus, portrayed as humor. Burn, Hollywood, burn. “In Kingsman: The Golden Circle, out now, super spy Eggsy (Taron Egerton) is tasked with planting a tracking device inside Ciara (Poppy Delevingne), the significant other of the film’s villain.”
    * ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Has Another Controversial Sex Scene (Entertainment Weekly)

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Sex News: Porn stars hate Ted Cruz, something about The Deuce, Seattle mayor resigns, creepily naughty nurses

  • “Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Wednesday dismissed the reaction to his official Twitter account “liking” a pornographic tweet, saying … “I am saying that consenting adults should be able to do whatever they want in their bedrooms. The media and the left seem obsessed with sex, let people do what they want.”” This runs contrary to Cruz’s 76-page legal brief defending the Texas ban on the sale of sex toys, in which he said the government should be granted “police powers” for the purposes of “discouraging prurient interests in sexual gratification, combating the commercial sale of sex, and protecting minors.” Furthermore, using “obscene devices,” the state argued, was akin to “hiring a willing prostitute or engaging in consensual bigamy.”
    * Cruz on porn tweet: ‘The media and the left seem obsessed with sex’ (The Hill)
    See also: Ted Cruz Doesn’t Believe You Have the Right to Masturbate (Vanity Fair)
    See also: Porn stars hate Ted Cruz (YouTube)
  • “Who needs a pimp when you have one of the world’s first answering machines? In the 90-minute pilot episode of The Deuce, plot is sacrificed in order to make sure we meet plenty of characters — and Tim Ehhalt and Eve Batey have thoughts on them all …”
    * The Deuce Pilot Sets A Sordidly Sexy 70s Table (Previously TV)
    See also: ‘It’s never sexy’: why the women behind porn drama The Deuce refused to titillate (Guardian)
  • “Osama bin Laden’s porn collection will not be among the items released by the CIA, Director Mike Pompeo announced Wednesday. … According to Reuters, the materials primarily consisted of “modern electronically recorded video,” in the form of VHS tapes.”
    * CIA head: Bin Laden’s porn stash won’t be released (The Hill)
  • “Tuesday afternoon, Seattle’s Mayor Ed Murray resigned after a fifth allegation of child sexual abuse came out against him. The Democrat has served as mayor of Washington’s largest city since 2013. ”
    * Seattle’s Mayor Resigns After Five Allegations Of Child Sex-Abuse — Here’s How It Unfolded (Digg)

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  • Not sure anyone here knows the difference between sex trafficking and sex work, and that’s disturbing. “Bitcoin is often described as an anonymous way to pay online, but a group of researchers says that data revealed through the cryptocurrency might help track down sex traffickers. In a paper presented last month at the Association for Computing Machinery’s annual conference on knowledge discovery and data mining, researchers analyzed sex-related ads placed on the controversial classified listings site Backpage. ”
    * Researchers Say Bitcoin Data Could Help Spot Sex Traffickers (Fast Company)
  • “Five nurses at Denver Health Medical Center were suspended for three weeks after they inappropriately viewed a deceased patient’s body and talked about it, a hospital spokesman confirmed to Denver7 Investigates Tuesday. A tip to Denver7 said the nurses disciplined admired the size of the deceased patient’s genitals and at one point opened a body bag to view parts of the body.”
    * Denver nurses suspended for opening body bag to admire man’s genitals (Denver Post)
  • “Multiplayer sex game 3DXChat is one of the most popular online worlds for adults. After entering it for the first time, it’s not hard to see why. It’s a place where you can easily meet new people for racy sex chats and enjoy lifelike 3D sex.”
    * 3DXChat Review: A Multiplayer 3D Sex Game with Incredible Graphics (Future of Sex)
  • “Mario Ambrose Antoine, a Kansas City-area man who posed as an adult producer and talent agent to dupe women into having sex and film them, was sentenced today to 10 years in federal prison without parole. Antoine admitted to federal prosecutors that he defrauded at least 10 victims in a scheme that lasted for five years up until this past October.”
    * Man Who Used ‘Porn Auditions’ to Con Women Sentenced to 10 Years (XBIZ)
  • “The unions, which have a combined membership of over 600,000, are calling for the UK to adopt full decriminalisation, similar to the approach adopted by New Zealand, which since 2003 has provided sex workers with legal protections. As it stands in the UK, it is illegal for people selling sex to share premises or organise work with others.”
    * Major unions are getting behind decriminalisation of sex work in the UK (Left Forward)

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Sunday Sex Reads: Best of the Week

“But what of the experience? For VR porn to really take off, it has to offer something the free, frictionless world of PornHub can’t. If firmware updates, sideloading and troubleshooting shoddy software turn you on, you’re in luck! … but, at the very least, it’s still “the biggest niche since MILF.””
* The surprisingly lackluster rise of VR porn (Engadget)

File under: When the dick is so bomb you’re like, whatever. “When Jessica found non-monogamy, she arrived there in a purely unintellectual way. “I didn’t read The Ethical Slut or Sex at Dawn or whatever manifestos people like to credit with opening their minds about the traditions of dating. I had a dry spell that was getting unbearable, and a cute married guy on Tinder messaged me at a weak moment.””
* Dating Apps Are a Playground for the Polyamorous (The Cut)

“In many ways, Geisha Monroe and Mandy Morbid are typical Twitch streamers—they’re gamers who share their play experiences with an online following. They cosplay, they collect game-related memorabilia, they tweet Overwatch memes. And like most streamers, Twitch isn’t their job. But what does pay their bills makes them unusual among Twitch streamers: they’re cam performers.”
* The Cam Girls Who Also Stream on Twitch (Kotaku)

“I’m young, Māori and a sex worker … I live in a capitalist economy where everything is privately owned, and if you don’t own anything then you’re stuck working for the people who do. My body isn’t capable of working a 40 hour week, nor allowing me to become qualified at something that pays well. I’m disabled from working, and I’m part of a society that doesn’t take care of people like me, people like my daughter.”
* Sex work is how I support my family (The Spinoff)

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“For years, I have worked as a therapist with hundreds of couples who have been shattered by infidelity. And my conversations about affairs have not been confined within the cloistered walls of my therapy practice; they’ve happened on airplanes, at dinner parties, at conferences, at the nail salon, with colleagues, with the cable guy, and of course, on social media. From Pittsburgh to Buenos Aires, Delhi to Paris, I have been conducting an open-ended survey about infidelity.”
* Why Happy People Cheat (The Atlantic)

This article is utterly unresearched about sex work online and hacking, but is about an interesting app. “Coppa was able to raise $700,000 in funding, making it the only app of its kind to have been funded. “We’re a technology company entering adult services, not the other way around,” Coppa said. “This gives us a unique perspective on the industry and helps us solve safety, efficiency and usability issues effectively.””
* High Tech Comes to the Sex Worker Industry (Huffington Post)

“In the first episode of the space drama “The Expanse,” two characters are getting busy when the artificial gravity malfunctions. Elegantly, the pair floats up into the air, their cosmic coitus uninterrupted by the glitch, until the gravity slams back on and they collapse onto the bed below. As it turns out, sex in microgravity is a bit more complicated than that and other onscreen depictions might have you believe.”
* Big Bang: The science of sex in space (CNET)

Warning for survivors of sexual assault and trauma. “Nine years ago, when I was 16, I was raped by a stranger. It coloured the way I experienced sex for a long time, and to some extent it still does, but after years of fighting battles with my past, I now have something that I once thought was impossible: a healthy relationship with sex.”
* My life in sex: ‘It is key for me to feel in complete control’ (Guardian)

Warning for survivors of sexual trauma or abuse. “There’s one question that almost everyone with a penis wants an answer to: How much is it worth? Unfortunately, finding out usually involves a tragedy. On Monday, a man in Gloucester, England, reportedly severed his penis in a freak accident involving a saw. He was rushed to the hospital and treated for a “traumatic injury to the leg area.” (…)”
* What Actually Happens If Your Penis Is Cut Off at Work? (Men’s Health)

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Sex News: Netflix warning, Peter Thiel’s unethical herpes trial, Insecure’s sexplosion, more

  • “This year’s Netflix series Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On is a look at young women who enter the adult video industry. … “We have received nearly a dozen reports of adult performers who say they were manipulated, coerced or lied to during the production of Netflix’s Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On,” Siouxsie Q. James, director of policy and industry relations for FSC, said in a statement.”
    * Porn Biz Warns Performers About Netflix’s Hot Girls Wanted (LA Weekly)
  • “For years we’ve known that Twitter is horny for the Frosted Flakes mascot. When Tony started blocking people for sending him graphic messages and imagery, Chester Cheetah (of the Cheetos brand) tried to co-opt the lascivious attention. But it didn’t work.”
    * How Tony the Tiger Became the Most Sexually Objectified Breakfast Mascot (Mel Magazine)
  • “Defying U.S. safety protections for human trials, an American university and a group of wealthy libertarians, including a prominent Donald Trump supporter, are backing the offshore testing of an experimental herpes vaccine.”
    * Peter Thiel Funds ‘Unethical’ Offshore Herpes Vaccine Trial (Daily Beast)
  • “… Wait, what?! Hold on. Did the show accidentally travel to 1992? Is this an outtake from that Jamie Foxx movie Booty Call? The fact that Tiffany’s interest in blow jobs is equated to whiteness is hilariously tone deaf. Blow jobs are a very basic component of having sex. The idea that black women are against them seems ripped from bad stereotypes about a previous generation. …”
    * Insecure Recap: Sexplosion (Vulture)

  • “This week, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a cornerstone of the law, an adult video film permit. The $1,671 document will allow producers to make videos for two years. It will also allow county health inspectors to visit sets and make sure condoms are being used.”
    * It Now Costs $1,671 for Permission to Film a Porno (LA Weekly)

    “The only real winners since the passage of Measure B have been lawyers and moralists. … Predictably, the measure’s primary effect has been to drive the industry out of the county, which might make those particularly concerned about the moral purity of L.A. County happy, but does absolutely nothing to protect adult film performers overall.”
    * Porn producers should be heard by L.A. County officials (Los Angeles Daily News)

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  • “India is deploying thousands of riot police and shutting down internet services in two northern states, as it prepares for the sentencing on Monday of a self-styled ’godman’ whose followers went on the rampage after he was convicted of rape on Friday.”
    * After deadly protests, Indian states in lockdown for ‘godman’s’ rape sentencing (Reuters)
  • “ISIS threatened to behead Lebanese-American porn star Mia Khalifa with a mocked-up execution photo, but she’s keeping up a brave front, she said.”
    * Porn star claims ISIS threatened to behead her (NY Post)
  • “The firm, Fireworld, posted a since deleted article to its site that encouraged parents to buy its “invisible PC spy software” so it could be used “to find out if your son is gay” the BBC reported.”
    * Company Promised Its Spyware Could Help Parents ‘Find Out If Your Son Is Gay’ (Huffington Post)
  • “Reddit user beaston02 was determined to find the true ceiling of Amazon’s cloud storage plan, which was killed off in June. He decided to push its limits with a petabyte of porn. … He said it took five or six months to collect one petabyte of porn, and he stopped collecting just shy of 1.8 petabytes.”
    * A Redditor Archived Nearly 2 Million Gigabytes of Porn to Test Amazon’s ‘Unlimited’ Cloud Storage (Motherboard/Vice)

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  • “Gay sex worker Jessie Colter opened up on social media Thursday about being attacked by two men posing as clients in San Francisco. Days before a white supremacist rally is scheduled to take place there, Colter thinks the two incidents are related.”
    * Gay Sex Worker Assaulted by ‘Clients’ in San Francisco, Blames White Supremacist Rally (Unicorn Booty)
  • “On Sunday, The Wrap published an explosive article from [Joss Whedon ex-wife] Kai Cole, stating that Whedon cheated on her with “actresses, co-workers, fans and friends” throughout their 16-year marriage. She paints an unsettling picture of a man who allegedly exploited his feminist reputation to behave like a stereotypically creepy Hollywood producer, sleeping with young actresses while lying to his wife.”
    * Joss Whedon’s Alleged Sex Scandals May Destroy His Feminist Image (Daily Dot)
  • “The teenage daughter of a police dispatcher at the center of a Northern California sexual misconduct scandal involving two dozen officers has filed a lawsuit against one of the law enforcement agencies, her attorney announced Friday. … She alleges that she had sexual encounters with four Richmond Police officers in exchange for protection from arrest and tipoffs to prostitution operations. She also alleges a fifth officer fondled her. Several officers face criminal charges.”
    * Teen sues Northern California police over sex scandal (Washington Post)

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Sex News: Tumblr buries adult blogs, Babeland sold, Kinsey on sex tech, sex product mascots

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  • “So it is now official. The ghetto walls are up and the gates are closed. The adult-Tumblr community is no longer part of the open web.”
    * Adult Tumblrs Hidden From Search (Again) (Eros Blog)
  • “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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  • “In 2016, the Figs corporation held a contest for designers to create a mascot for Ichijiku Pharmaceuticals’ enema line. The result was Kan-chan, a pink, fuzzy female enema that actually looks more like an Angry Bird.”
    * These 6 Sex Mascots Will Either Make You Giggle or Make You Very Uncomfortable (Unicorn Booty)
  • “HuffPost first reported the accusations, after twelve sources confirmed to the outlet that Bolling had “sent an unsolicited photo of male genitalia via text message to at least two colleagues at Fox Business and one colleague at Fox News.””
    * Eric Bolling Becomes Latest Fox News Host Suspended for Sexual Harassment Allegations (The New Civil Rights Movement)

  • “The Free Speech Coalition today released a new video in which adult star Anikka Albrite explains how the Netflix docuseries “Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On” compromised performer safety and privacy.”
    * Video: Anikka Albrite Explains Concerns With ‘Hot Girls Wanted’ (XBIZ)
  • “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!)

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Sex News: Racist Dillon out at Gamelink, sex robot ethics report, Senate wants to change Communications Decency Act

  • Good riddance: Now I’ll consider linking to Gamelink again. Jeff Dillon ran one of the largest online adult/porn retailers — San Francisco based Gamelink — and spent his spare time boasting about being “white pride” and said he isn’t racist because he says he “married a slant eyed import.” In June, Dillon was arrested here in SF for running down Trump protestors with his motorcycle. The XBIZ article below utterly fails to mention any of that, which is bullshit.
    * Jeff Dillon, GameLink Part Ways (XBIZ)
  • “A new report from the Foundation for Responsible Robotics (FRR) called “Our Sexual Future with Robots” (…) examines developments in the field of sexual robotics and explores their potential impact on society. In particular, it addresses the issue of child sex robots, suggesting that we perhaps need new prohibitive laws to be enacted internationally.”
    * Sexbot Report Sparks Ethical Debate on Child Sex Robots (Future of Sex)
  • ““Fanny,” a Japanese-made silicone doll available to the public at the Kontakthof brothel in Vienna, has risen in popularity among the brothel’s clientele to the point where she’s the number one preferred “partner” in the facility.”
    * A Doll Has Become the Most Popular Sex Worker at This European Brothel (Inverse)
  • Warning for survivors of sexual assault. “The repeal of a Jordanian law that allowed a rapist to escape prison by marrying his victim was bittersweet news for a Jordanian woman whose daughter was assaulted when she was just 13 years old.”
    * Jordan activists celebrate repeal of ‘marry the rapist’ law (Washington Post)

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  • If this happens it will usher in an unprecedented era of censorship. “A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced legislation Tuesday that aims to make it easier to sue and criminally prosecute operators of online classified sites like Backpage.com that have been used to advertise sex workers. The proposed bill would amend the Communications Decency Act to eliminate a provision that shields operators of websites from being liable for content posted by third-party users.”
    * Senators: Alter Internet laws to hold Backpage liable for sex trafficking (USA Today)
  • An unfortunately anti-sexwork article with interesting information about the takedown of a Yelp for sex work. “While the men came from different, mostly white-collar backgrounds, prosecutors said a disproportionate number were tech workers from the Eastside, men comfortable using their browsers to shop for what they wanted, men who could afford the $300-an-hour rate for sex. One customer, a software-development director for Amazon, even helped construct and maintain prostitution-related websites.”
    * Busted: How police brought down a tech-savvy prostitution network in Bellevue (Seattle Times)
  • BBC is patting itself on the back over this one. “An MP is calling for landlords who offer accommodation in exchange for sex to be prosecuted after the justice secretary told him such arrangements were already a criminal offence.”
    * ‘Sex-for-rent’ deals are illegal says justice secretary (BBC)
  • “A federal judge has ordered a sentencing hearing on Wednesday for Rentboy.com founder Jeffrey Hurant.”
    * Rentboy.com CEO Challenges Sentencing Recommendation (XBIZ)

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  • ” For a moment in 2014, the movement to end the censorship of women’s bodies seemed to play a significant role in public discourse. And then, as many conversations on social media do, it just faded away.”
    * The nipple still isn’t free (The Outline)
  • Warning for survivors of sexual assault. “A millionaire property developer has been cleared of raping a teenager after claiming he accidently tripped and fell on her. … His semen and DNA was found inside the young woman, but he said it was possible he had semen on his hands from having sex with the 24-year-old earlier. … The jury acquitted him in just 30 minutes of deliberations.”
    * Saudi millionaire who ‘accidentally tripped and penetrated teen’ cleared of rape (Independent)
  • “Women and girls aged 15-24 account for a fifth of all new HIV infections globally. Nearly 1,000 are infected every day in sub-Saharan Africa. Infused with microbicides, the ring, which sits on the cervix, has been shown to cut infections by 56%.”
    * HIV-prevention ring trial a success among US teens (BBC)
  • “Comedian Lil Duval (aka Roland Powell) told listeners on The Breakfast Club last week that he’d kill a sex partner if he found out they were transgender. … Transgender author and activist Janet Mock had appeared on the show the week prior …”
    * Laverne Cox Slams Comedian Lil Duval, Who Said He’d Kill a Sex Partner if He Found Out They Were Transgender (Towleroad)
    See also: Dear Men of “The Breakfast Club”: Trans Women Aren’t a Prop, Ploy, or Sexual Predators (Allure)

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