Sex News: Reproductive rights fury, politician ads on Pornhub, Navy’s sky penis mystery, UK sex worker shakedowns

  • Since Trump seized power in the US, the war on sex and women’s bodies has gone nuclear. “These right-wing ghouls — who fulminate idiotically about how women could still be allowed to get abortions before they know they are pregnant (Alabama’s Clyde Chambliss) or try to legislate the medically impossible removal of ectopic pregnancy and reimplantation into the uterus (Ohio’s John Becker) — are the stuff of unimaginably gothic horror. Ever since Roe was decided in 1973, conservatives have been laboring to roll back abortion access, with absolutely zero knowlege of or interest in how reproduction works. And all the while, those who have been trying to sound the alarm have been shooed off as silly hysterics.”
    * Our Fury Over Abortion Was Dismissed for Decades As Hysterical (The Cut)
  • “Both Armslist and Grindr presented tough facts and came amid an undercurrent of hostility toward Section 230 immunity. Fortunately, both courts affirmed the vitality of the immunity and embraced the prevailing view of an overwhelming majority of courts that so long as a website is merely permitting content to be posted, plaintiffs may not plead around Section 230 by framing their claims as targeting a site’s alleged defects, failure to take safety precautions, or the like.”
    * Grindr and Armslist Cases Reaffirm Core Protections for User-Generated Content (JD Supra)
  • “Crimes against women are notoriously underreported in the United Kingdom and around the world—particularly when they’re of a sexual nature. Now, one police unit in England is trying to address this problem, and it’s a surprisingly bureaucratic response to a very violent problem: The unit is changing how the complaints are classified as they come in, and early research indicates it may be having effective results.”
    * Britain Is Making Sexual Harassment a Hate Crime (Foreign Policy)
  • “One of the most exciting selections in this year’s Cannes Directors’ Fortnight is Finnish filmmaker Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää’s tale of catharsis and bondage, Dogs Don’t Wear Pants. [It] tells the story of a man who loses his wife in a tragic accident and finds a strange kind of solace when he accidentally stumbles across a local dominatrix and strikes up an unusual relationship.”
    * Cannes 2019: DOGS DON’T WEAR PANTS First Poster & NSFW Clips For This S&M Drama (Screen Anarchy)

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  • “Recalling one particularly harrowing example in Soho, which was justified as an anti-sex trafficking operation, Niki tells me: “250 police officers, armed with dogs and riot gear, broke down sex workers’ doors and handcuffed them on the floor.” Women were paraded in front of press cameras wearing only their underwear; others were cruelly “outed” as sex workers to their families.”
    * Sex Workers Are Having Their Earnings Confiscated in Trafficking Stings (Vice)
  • “A Danish MP has admitted he placed an advert for his re-election on one of the biggest porn websites in the world. Joachim B Olsen admitted that he had indeed placed the ad on Pornhub in an attempt to reach new voters.”
    * ‘You have to be where your voters are’: Danish MP places advert for reelection on Pornhub (Yahoo News UK)
  • “There are shot glasses commemorating the event and it birthed memes ahead of the annual Army-Navy game. But the inside story of how an EA-18G Growler jet crew drew a penis across the clear blue skies of Washington state in 2017 has never been told. Until now.”
    * The Navy’s probe into sky penis (Navy Times)
  • “Berlin is a rare, welcoming place for radical perspectives in porn, which is often dominated by a starchy, commercial aesthetic. Films here often come from queer and/or feminist perspectives, and political discussions about labor, capitalism, and privilege are important to its participants. Over the years, this community has built a scene that values a radical, punk ethos, one that frequently has more in common with experimental film than with the more straightforward goals of mainstream porn films.”
    * Berlin’s Porn Scene Is Open, Experimental, and Endlessly Fun (Vice)

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  • “A Miami federal judge ruled last week that IP addresses alone cannot be considered as concrete evidence that a particular individual infringed on a plaintiff’s copyright, as attorneys representing Strike 3 Holdings [Vixen, Tushy, Blacked, Blacked Raw and Tushy Raw] claimed.”
    * Florida Judge: IP Address Not Enough for Porn Copyright Cases (XBIZ)
  • “The law is designed to prevent children from accessing adult content … Yet ignoring the fact that teenagers will pretty easily circumnavigate said restrictions, there’s more at stake here. For self-employed workers in the sex industry, the measures could pose a tangible threat to their income and safety. And the magnitude of this threat won’t be fully realised until the law comes into force.”
    * How The New UK Porn Block Could Put Independent Sex Workers At Risk (Elle)
  • Note: research paper perspective believes all porn is harmful. “This paper purposes an image amino acid-based method to identify a pornographic image. The proposed method works by converting an image into biological amino acid form and then extracting a signature from the image (which is represented in amino acid form) using biological tools. Using this method, a number of signatures are obtained from a set of few known pornographic images.”
    * Using Amino Acids to Identify Pornographic Images (Improbable Research)
  • “Facebook does not know how many under-13s or sex offenders in the UK use its platforms, a senior executive has said at the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse. Answering a question about safety checks carried out on new accounts, Julie de Bailliencourt said the company had no way of verifying the age or criminal history of people signing up.”
    * No way to screen out under-13s or sex offenders on Facebook, inquiry told (Guardian)

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Sex News: evidence of FOSTA harms, high school journalists triumph, sex workers organize against Facebook and Instagram

  • “FOSTA has created tremendous real world damage … Lura Chaberlian has now published a deep dive into how FOSTA is a “hostile law” with “a human cost” for Fordham Law School. The quick summary of the paper is that FOSTA hasn’t done anything to help sex trafficking victims, but has created real harms for many women, especially those engaged in consensual sex work … This is a huge collection of evidence around the very real harms of FOSTA. As the paper notes, rather than saving lies FOSTA is “a law with a body count” attached to it:”
    * The Human Cost Of FOSTA (TechDirt)
    See also: Suicide, violence, and going underground: FOSTA’s body count (Engadget)
  • Remember this story about a high school paper set to profile a student who worked in adult entertainment, and the school’s leadership tried to screen/spike the story, and possibly fire the journalism teacher? Great news: the students published the piece! It’s terrific. Here it is: “Throughout their high school years, students are often told to follow their dreams and pursue what they love. Despite encountering obstacles — such as a difficult freshman year and leaving her house — Caitlin Fink, an 18-year-old senior at Bear Creek who recently started a career in adult entertainment, is doing just that.”
    * Risky business: starting a career in the adult entertainment industry (The Bruin Voice)
    See also: The Voice shall not be silenced! (The Bruin Voice)
  • “A group of sex workers is starting to organize against Facebook and Instagram for removing their accounts without explanation. Around 200 performers and models have included their usernames in a letter to Facebook asking the network to address this issue … The APAG is encouraging members of the adult industry to fill out an online form detailing how platforms have blocked or banned them.”
    * A Sex Workers Union Is Organizing Against Instagram Discrimination (Vice)
    See also: A Student at an Oregon Community College Says Instructors Flunked Her for Being a Porn Actress. She’s Suing. (Willamette Week)
  • “When clips are inevitably stolen and reuploaded on Pornhub, Cyboid says there’s “no realistic way for [performers] to fight it unless [they] sign up with a MindGeek site” as a verified model. And because MindGeek has cornered a huge chunk of the adult content industry, it inevitably forces performers to use its services. This isn’t necessarily to their benefit, either. Pornhub’s Model Payment Program pays verified models based on views, which ends up hurting performers with niche adult communities, like indie queer and trans creators.”
    * Don’t expect Pornhub to save Tumblr or sex workers (Daily Dot)

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  • “Much of what appears on popular porn sites is stolen content or films that were produced in unhygienic, unethical, and unsafe circumstances. [But] Feminist and ethical adult-film production houses want to provide porn that’s professional, empowering, political, and consensual, and disrupts the usual representation of heteronormative sex in adult films. Ethical porn means fair wages, fair labor practices, no sex trafficking, no pressure, and safe sex for everyone.”
    * Meet the new pornographers who want to make adult entertainment better for everyone (Chicago Reader)
  • PHEW. There were right-wing protestors at the capitol today claiming acceptance of trans students meant teaching “obscenity” and anal sex to children… The wignuts lost. “California education officials have approved a framework for teaching sexual health courses that cover sexual orientation and gender identity. The California State Board of Education has approved LGBT-inclusive sexual education guidelines for public and charter schools to use in all grades from kindergarten through high school.”
    * CA board approves LGBT-inclusive sex ed guidelines (EBAR)


  • “Whereas 1.1% of Americans identified as bisexual in 2008, 3.3% did so in 2018. In other words, the rate of bisexual identification tripled in just 10 years. And not only that, but gay and lesbian individuals used to outnumber bisexuals—but now there are about twice as many self-identified bisexuals as there are self-identified gays and lesbians. Those are pretty striking changes in a short period of time.”
    * The Number of Americans Identifying as Bisexual has Tripled in the Last Decade (Sex & Psychology)
  • “The constitutional challenge to FOSTA chugs on. A few weeks ago the DOJ filed its opposition brief to defend FOSTA, and then last week several amicus briefs were filed intending to support the government’s side. But in reading the one filed by twenty-one state attorneys general, it seems that’s not what it did.”
    * Twenty-one States Inadvertently Tell The DC Circuit That The Plaintiffs Challenging FOSTA Have A Case (TechDirt)

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  • “A sex toy that was banned from this year’s CES tech show after winning an innovation award has been given the prize again, four months later. The Ose robotic vibrator by Lora DiCarlo was originally given the prize by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) in January. However, the CTA quickly changed its mind and ousted the device, causing outrage. The organisation has now offered a “sincere apology” to Lora DiCarlo.”
    * CES sex toy reawarded robotics prize (BBC)
  • I wish I was rich, part one million: “In Eden, Vernon meets with clients for bespoke fittings and displays her jewelry and objets. Erotic paintings and sleek cabinets line forest-like walls, and a Fornasetti leopard keeps watch from the commode beside us. The atmosphere is hushed and relaxed, the color scheme of green chosen for its unisex nature … Reclining in a Gio Ponti chair amid her spotlit handiwork—pastel feather ticklers, necklaces that double as harnesses, bracelets that fasten you to another—Vernon twists her double-sphere massage rings around a manicured finger.”
    * A sexual anthropologist makes a case for BDSM wellness (Playboy)
  • Warning for survivors of sexual assault, abuse, and trauma. “…the jury would hear testimony from a Mexican family with four children, three girls and a boy. After Raniere offered to tutor the children, the family moved to upstate New York, where NXIVM was headquartered. “Instead, he had sex with all three daughters and, in order to do it, he turned family against family, sister against sister,” Hajjar said.”
    * NXIVM: Sex, Lies, Porn, Consent at Center of Keith Raniere Trial (Rolling Stone)
  • “Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed a bill into law that would ban abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy, which is before most people know they’re pregnant … But this is not merely a six-week ban on abortion—it’s even more insidious than that. Georgia’s bill is actually a personhood law in disguise, effectively criminalizing not just abortion providers, but also pregnant people for having abortions or even miscarrying. It’s a near-total ban on abortion.”
    * The Cruel Genius of Georgia’s Abortion Ban (Vice)

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Sex News: Pornhub may buy Tumblr, Instagram and Twitter ignore performer harassment, Netflix’s Bonding angers pro-dommes, Slixa fights attacks on sex

  • “Pornhub confirmed to BuzzFeed News that it is interested in acquiring Tumblr after news broke [today] that Verizon is looking to sell the blogging platform … Price said that restoring Tumblr’s NSFW edge would be central to their acquisition of it, were it to actually happen. Tumblr owner Verizon is reportedly currently seeking a buyer for the blogging platform, which according to the Wall Street Journal has struggled to meet revenue targets.”
    * Pornhub Is “Extremely Interested” In Acquiring Tumblr (BuzzFeed)
  • “XBIZ has been investigating the general issue of corporate censorship of sex workers, the many stories about possible extortion attempts by rogue social media platform employees and anonymous associates … What is actually happening is that for the past several months an anonymous person (or persons) has been systematically and deliberately harassing members of a historically marginalized group (sex workers) through at least two interlinked Twitter accounts. The victims targeted by this campaign are almost exclusively women. The Twitter accounts have been set up exclusively for this purpose and post nothing but tweets targeting their victims on a daily basis.”
    * Twitter, Instagram Fail to Stop Shadowy Campaign Against Porn Stars (XBIZ)
  • “The show purports to unpack the stereotypes of life as a dominatrix, but really just reinforces them at every turn. The main character is reduced to an archetype of an angry, traumatized woman who aggressively yells at men and is a control freak. Like most mainstream portrayal of BDSM, a nuanced understanding of power dynamics, consent and negotiation are utterly missing.”
    * A Dominatrix Reviews ‘Bonding,’ Netflix’s Show About a Dominatrix (Vice)
  • “More than a hundred sex workers and supporters marched in Mexico City on Wednesday, asking the government to recognize their legal status and guarantee access to HIV medication after fears of shortages under President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador … In 2014, a Mexico City judge ruled that sex workers had the right to be recognized as non-salaried workers, making their work legal, but activists say the local law hasn’t been updated to reflect the decision.”
    * ‘Who owns the street corner?’: Mexico City sex workers march for rights (Reuters)

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  • “While the country outside Vibe’s walls continues to struggle with conversations about sex, the bar’s staff of self-educated vibe sommeliers is more than happy to answer questions, give recommendations and talk specs. There’s even a diagram of the female anatomy printed on the menu, alongside a list of cocktails including cassis oolong and Calpis-hai, a yogurt-based soft drink with a shot of shochu.”
    * Inside Vibe Bar, Japan’s Premier (and Underground) Dildo Bar (Playboy)
  • “There are layout and structural similarities between PleazeMe and Facebook, but in all rational reality, that’s where any comparisons end. PleazeMe, while intended for anonymous, erotic conversation, already seems like a lighter, more positive destination for our online brains … Photo sharing is limited to holding a private photo vault that users can share with approved members, because indiscriminate photo sharing is something that can immediately ruin the experience on any social network. The focus of the network is to encourage and promote open discussion about sex and sexuality without any type of censorship or fear of the ban hammer due to certain keywords.”
    * PleazeMe Is A Delightfully Erotic Yet Somehow Way Less Creepy Facebook (Forbes)
  • “In January, Slixa gave out $5,000 in awards for critical essays about the impacts of FOSTA/SESTA, in the US and globally. In addition to that prize money, we made $5,000 in donations to sex work-focused organizations to match the awards given for writing. Last month, Slixa pushed to highlight the work of two important organizations (The Black Sex Worker Collective, and the Desiree Alliance) doing on-the-ground work with providers and advocating for the rights of marginalized peoples whose lives are most threatened by these vague and puritanical new Federal laws … This month it is our goal to help the Woodhull Freedom Foundation make their 10th annual Sexual Freedom Summit more inclusive and more accessible by more people than ever before.”
    * Giving Back Matters More Now: A Letter From Slixa.com’s CEO (Slixa)
  • “An ominous warning from Kentucky state Attorney General Andy Beshear suggests that the Derby is a prime target for sex traffickers … [yet] many sex worker advocacy groups and anti-trafficking organizations alike say that there isn’t much evidence to support the idea that events like the Super Bowl or the Kentucky Derby are correlated with a rise in sex trafficking rates.”
    * No, ‘Sex Trafficking’ Won’t Actually Increase During the Kentucky Derby (Rolling Stone)

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  • “This weekend, we successfully ran the third London Porn Film Festival. We were attacked by trans and sex worker exclusionary radical feminists, who reported us to Camden Council. Despite increased costs, an aggressive threat of prosecution, being forced to censor sections of our closing film, and a visit from the police, we had our best year yet. We received incredible community support and were steadfast in our determination to ensure the festival went ahead.”
    * Why we run London Porn Film Festival despite protests, censorship, and hate (Dazed)
  • “I have been a medical doctor in South Africa for 10 years now and a sexuality and health communicator for eight. Whether the topic is condom use, sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy, or contraception, messaging for young people tends to focus on the prevention of disease and pregnancy rather than consent or pleasure.”
    * I’m a Doctor and I Believe Sexual Pleasure Is a Human Right (Teen Vogue)

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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. The three-day event will instead be held at a new location disclosed only to ticket holders. Janice Williams, chair of the activist group Object, said the films on show promoted “degradation and oppression”. Rude Jude, one of the festival’s organisers, disagreed. “This is the next step on from the moral panic and the rightwing conservative groups that protested this kind of thing before.””
    * London porn festival goes into hiding after feminist protests (Guardian)
  • “The profile is almost complete, set to be published in the May 3 issue of the newspaper, which is led by an all-female editorial board. The piece charts the student’s path into the porn industry, including a fallout with her parents that led her to leave home last year. It humanizes her, said Bailey, a 17-year-old junior … Now, however, the story is encountering resistance from school administrators. The officials are threatening to dismiss the newspaper’s faculty adviser, who was recently named educator of the year by the Northern California Society of Professional Journalists, if she doesn’t submit the article to them for prior review.”
    * A story on a teen porn worker could cost a California high school journalism teacher her job (Mercury News)
  • A lot of people have wanted to talk to me about Arya’s sex scene. It really surprised people, made some uncomfortable. Others saw something they felt was very important. I think this is the best article on the subject. “In the second episode of season eight of “Game of Thrones,” we are reminded that young Arya Stark isn’t just a killer of all those who have harmed her family. She’s also a young woman with a crush — on her friend Gendry — who has a chance to act on it before what she assumes will be her death. The show has been foreshadowing that relationship since an infamous scene in episode five of season two, when a then-underage Arya stole peeks at Gendry’s bare chest.”
    * What Arya’s sex scene in “Game of Thrones” got right about young women and sex (NBC News)
  • “[Three] briefs were filed in support of the federal government’s pro-FOSTA position in the “Woodhull Freedom Foundation v. United States” case currently being heard at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. These groups argued that “any inadvertent ‘chilling’ effects on speech can be remedied through education regarding what the law does and does not do” … The government’s filing of their position last week did not focus on the constitutional issues arising from FOSTA’s deliberately overreaching, ambiguously worded provisions, but instead challenged the legal standing of the plaintiffs to bring forth the lawsuit.”
    * New Amicus Briefs in FOSTA Appeal Highlight Ideological Split (XBIZ)
    See also: Sex website shuts down in U.S., blaming ‘dumb’ trafficking laws (Mercury News)

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  • “You’ve probably heard of the idea of a queer “scene,” perhaps most often from people who don’t care for it. But what, exactly, is this scene? Who’s a part of it? Who isn’t? Who decides? Is there more than one? What happens when a scene evolves—or when it doesn’t? These are the questions we’ve gathered a group of writers to consider for an Outward special issue on “the Scene” in LGBTQ life today.”
    * “Leather” Usually Conjures Images of Butch Gay Men. But a Gender-Inclusive Scene in L.A. Is Creating Its Own Kinky Magic. (Slate)
  • “Many have suspected that Sony was implementing strict rules on sexual content in PS4 games, and those hunches have just been validated. The company confirmed to the Wall Street Journal that it created its own guidelines for sexual material in games, overriding rating systems like the ESRB’s and PEGI’s. The move will help developers “offer well-balanced content” that doesn’t “inhibit the sound growth and development” of young people, according to a spokeswoman. She didn’t outline the rules or say when they took effect.”
    * Sony clamps down on sexual content in PS4 games (Engadget)
  • It is my belief that Instagram permits this harassment of women on its service because they are essentially doing Instagram’s own work. “Omid has claimed responsibility for shutting down several dozen performers’ [Instagram] accounts—providing evidence in the form of screenshots of the messages he’s allegedly received from Instagram. “Thanks for reporting this account,” reads one such screenshot. “We’ve removed it from Instagram because it violated our Community Guidelines.” Often, he accompanies these tweet with hashtags like “#no_porn,” “#no_porn_on_IG,” and “#no_pornstar_on_IG.””
    * A Troll’s Alleged Attempt to Purge Porn Performers from Instagram (Jezebel)
  • “Reddit announced that it has ‘updated’ its NSFW advertising policy. In news that will frankly surprise no one by now, ‘updating’ means ‘getting rid of adult content.’ Adult ads will no longer be allowed on Reddit – porn ads, sex toys, you name it – and NSFW subreddits will no longer display advertising at all. Interestingly, though, Viagra ads will still be permitted – Reddit appears to be telling us that Viagra is good, but sex toys are shameful.”
    * Reddit NSFW ads: Viagra is good, sex toys are shameful (Girl on the Net)
    See also: Reddit Bans ‘Adult-Oriented’ Ads (XBIZ)

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  • “So, what exactly is sex work? Not all sex workers engage in penetrative sex, though, undeniably, that is a big part of sex work. Sex-worker services between consenting adults may include companionship, intimacy, nonsexual role playing, dancing, escorting, and stripping. These roles are often pre-determined, and all parties should be comfortable with them. Many workers take on multiple roles with their clients, and some may get more physical while other interactions that may have started off as sexual could evolve into emotional and psychological bonding.”
    * Why Sex Work Is Real Work (Teen Vogue)
  • “In 1996 — when I was in third grade and hitting puberty like a brick wall — President Clinton signed the Welfare Reform Act and ushered in the beginning of the abstinence-only sex education era. President Bush doubled down on abstinence-only policies; in 2006 — when I was, thankfully, already a high school graduate — he explicitly forbade educators who received federal funding from talking about condoms and other contraceptives.”
    * What Sex Education Looked Like In The ‘90s Versus Today (Bustle)

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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 “a massive step backwards for freedom of expression in the online world.”
    * Instagram will demote “inappropriate content”—and self-expression along the way (Quartz)


  • “VR Bangers’ Head Rig 2.0: which, when worn by adult entertainers, would record a full range of vision while not getting in the way of the erotic action. With seven, and not just two, cameras plus microphones, the helmet can be comfortably worn in just about every sexual position.”
    * Take a Peak at the VRBangers ‘Sex Helmet’ Worn by Adult Stars (Future of Sex)
  • “[despite objection from the country’s sex workers] a social media campaign called “I Am Priceless” pushed a petition that passed the 40,000 signatures needed to launch a debate by lawmakers in the Dutch Parliament … “The mood has changed. Buying sex is just wrong,” said Natasja Bos, one of two co-founders of the Christian and feminist-inspired protest group Exxpose, which put forward the petition.”
    * Prostitution coming under scrutiny in Amsterdam, red-light capital of the world (ABC News)
  • “A man now living in Indiana is suing his parents after he says they destroyed his valuable porn collection … Charlie says his parents told him that they destroyed the entire collection. A collection that consisted of over 12 moving boxes full of movies. Charlie filed a police report estimating the value of his collection to be $28,940.72.”
    * Man sues parents over trashed porn collection (Fox 17)

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  • “Artist Joey Holder has spent the last four years working on The Evolution of the Spermaledge, a project that focuses on the reproductive organs of insects. Using detailed 3D scans and microtechnology, she makes useable, human-scale dildos out of tiny insect penis templates. There are numerous featured invertebrate penises, including those of bed mites, weevils, houseflies and spiders. Specially cast in silvery, skin-safe silicone, the dildos are something to behold. ”
    * I Make Dildos Out of Insect Penises (Vice)
  • “We’re told that censorship is good and porn is bad, but what about the porn performers caught in the crossfire of this hugely oversimplified narrative? … “I was coming out as queer and non-monogamous too; some of my family saw this trifecta as a callous rebellion or a temporary phase. My mother wept and insisted I was putting myself in danger, but she could never articulate the ‘danger’.” —Andre Shakti”
    * Five Adult Film Performers Share Their ‘Coming Out’ Stories (Vice)
  • “However, when I spoke with a clerk at the Cambridge County Courthouse, he pointed out that Aras’ court records showed an alternative spelling of Aras’ first name—not Vido but Vito. This slight alteration pushed my research into a different—almost unbelievably different—realm. Not only did a Vito Aras exist, but in the early ’70s he had pursued a short-lived—but quite noteworthy—career as a porn star under the stage name “Dr. Infinity.” Could this be the same guy who tried to steal the Gutenberg Bible?”
    * He Stole the Gutenberg Bible, Then Became Porn’s Weirdest Star (Daily Beast)
  • “An intriguing element in the research on porn’s effect involves examining whether the viewers see the depictions of sex in adult videos as realistic or not. When people view porn as more realistic, they are more likely to view porn as having positive effects. In men, this belief in porn’s positive effects correlates with higher sexual self-esteem. In women, higher levels of genital self-esteem correlate with higher levels of sexual self-esteem, and with higher levels of sexual satisfaction.”
    * Loving Oneself by Watching Porn? (Psychology Today)

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  • ““What’s important now is social media engagement—a lot of girls get hired or don’t get hired by how many followers they have,” says porn super-agent Mark Spiegler. “Instagram is really big. That’s one of the pitfalls because Instagram has it out for adult performers.””
    * How Much Money Do Porn Stars Actually Get Paid for Sex Scenes? (Yahoo News)
  • “There was the lawmaker in Idaho who asked at a legislative hearing whether a woman could get a gynecological exam by swallowing a tiny camera. (No more than a dentist can do her job by looking at your feet.) … And, of course, this infamous observation from Todd Akin, then a Missouri congressman: “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” (Where even to begin?)”
    * America’s Leaders Need Sex Ed (NYT)

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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 media in prisons are the latest examples of an ongoing campaign by some local politicians to eliminate free speech protections of depictions of nudity and sex in order to fight what they are calling “the public health crisis of pornography.””
    * Idaho, Iowa Politicians Ramp Up ‘War on Porn’ (XBIZ)
  • “Sex workers in the UK are being illegally targeted for deportations and subjected to harassment and attacks because of a Brexit-inspired culture of discrimination against foreigners… A dossier compiled by the campaign group English Collective of Prostitutes (ECP) includes examples of women being targeted by police for arrest and deportation despite having the right to remain in Britain, and police dismissing reports of violence against women.”
    * Sex workers harassed, assaulted and illegally targeted for deportations amid culture of xenophobia after Brexit, campaigners say (Independent)
  • “Most of the people we interviewed learned that selling panties isn’t as simple as popping them in the mail and sending them off. “When I first started I wore the panties and sealed them up. I didn’t know you had to dry them out first before you packaged them, otherwise they would get mildew-y,” Berpl said. She went on to explain that they have to be dry, “otherwise all of the bacteria that is on your body gets trapped in the packaging.””
    * Selling Used Panties Online Is Harder Than You Think (Motherboard)
  • “I’d like to give a shout-out to some people in the industry who’ve undertaken positive actions … Lotus Lane of the Free Speech Coalition launched the Inspire Program… Katy Jayne started an Independent Female Talent bulletin board. Inspired by Katy Jayne, new forums for independent performers were added on TheAdultDVDTalk …”
    * Dear industry friends and family (Medium | Fivestar)

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  • “For some, it’s personal. For others, it’s political. But the one motivation that drives nearly every sextech VC is the exploding market in sexual wellness… But given the funding issues faced by sextech companies, a more important issue might be the motivation of the investors themselves. Because whether its vibrator design or contraceptive delivery or educational platforms, no sextech company can change the world without funding.”
    * 12 Leading Investors Explain Why They’re Funding Sextech (Forbes)
  • “Amsterdam has moved to end one of the city’s most popular tourist activities. The city government has announced that it will end tours of the Red Light District in the Netherlands’ capital, citing concerns about people — in this case sex workers — being treated as a tourist attraction. “We do not consider it appropriate for tourists to leer at sex workers,” city alderman Udo Kock, who proposed the bill, said in a statement.”
    * Amsterdam ends popular tours, says leering at sex workers is inappropriate (Mercury News)
  • “Three Democratic contenders for the 2020 presidential nomination — Sens. Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard — have weighed in on the rights of sex workers. Harris and Gabbard have said they support the decriminalization of sex work, while Sanders was noncommittal in his response… The Intercept reached out to the other congressional Democrats running for president — Sens. Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren, and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke — and got no response.”
    * The Decriminalization of Sex Work Is Edging Into the 2020 Campaign (The Intercept)
  • “Tulipán, a leading Argentine condom brand, has launched a limited edition of condoms called “Pack Consentimiento” (“Consent Pack”), in custom-made packaging which can only be opened by two people. Tulipán’s goal in launching the product is to raise consciousness about “promoting respect and consent in sexual relationships and to avoid sexual violence” … Pack Consentimiento will be distributed for free at selected Buenos Aires bars and events.”
    * Argentine Condom “Consent Pack” Can Only Be Opened by Two People (XBIZ)

Much gratitude to our thoughtful sponsor, Nubile Films.

  • “Some booksellers continued to shelve black romances separately from white romances, on special African American shelves. Accepted industry wisdom told black authors that putting black couples on their covers could hurt sales, and that they should replace them with images of jewellery, or lawn chairs, or flowers. Other authors of colour had struggled to get representation within the genre at all.”
    * Fifty shades of white: the long fight against racism in romance novels (Guardian)
  • “Pink & White Productions recently completed a successful crowdfunding campaign for Shine Louise Houston’s next film, Chemistry Eases the Pain. In the process, we’ve received a lot of interest from fellow producers who might be interested in exploring crowdfunding for their next adult film. We hope this guide will help share our experiences and prepare new campaigns for success.”
    * Porn Patrons: An Introductory Guide to Crowdfunding for Adult Filmmakers (PinkLabel.TV)
  • “Scarleteen just celebrated its 20th year in publication, and Corinna argues that it has endured not in spite of being queer-founded, queer-run, and independently funded by a group of about 500 donors, but because of those things.”
    * “Scarleteen’s” 20 Anniversary Proves We Still Need Inclusive Sex Ed (Bitch Media)
  • “The final episode of Channel 4’s show Mums Make Porn aired on 3 April. In the three-part series, a group of five mothers set out to make their own porn film after being horrified at the graphic and often abusive content their children are being exposed to online. During the series, the mums were helped by Swedish erotic filmmaker Erika Lust, who has helped pioneer the feminist pornography movement.”
    * Mums Make Porn: Adult film director Erika Lust on her experience with the Channel 4 show and thoughts on the UK ‘porn ban (Independent)


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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 to change a few images, and then going unresponsive, Amazon eventually reinstated my account just over a week later. I discovered that Amazon is doing random, somewhat automated reviews on Associates accounts, but they are fine with nudity on partner website — as long as it is “tasteful.”

Now, the long and more detailed version.

On Tuesday, March 26th, I got an email from Amazon saying my Associates account was terminated “because the content [on this website, tinynibbles.com] promotes unsuitable activity.” The email also said the company would not pay the outstanding fees owed to me. My account was reinstated eight days later on Wednesday, April 3rd. What happened in the middle of that, in today’s environment of unprecedented sex-negativity by internet companies, is worth an examination. Especially because Amazon was mature, accountable, and sex-positive about the situation.

I’ve been an Associate since 2003, linking from many websites, and have a lot of author-related business with the company in general. My first feelings were confusion (what changed?), panic (this is writer income), and hopelessness (we’re in a dark time for sexual freedom and expression). Amazon Associates is a huge part of my author income; it makes the time and effort put into my book review posts worth it. Associates is also how I make up for the many titles I got swindled out of royalty income for when a major erotic publisher sold its catalog of books without telling any of us authors. Plus, after 17 years my Associates links are everywhere, like other sites I run such as Digita Publications.

I tweeted about the account termination and seizure of my funds. I listed a number of very common, very necessary online business tools that everyone takes for granted, and noted that I was not allowed to use them because of their regressive, discriminatory sex rules (some new under FOSTA, some not).

On Twitter I found lots of sympathy and support; I also got attacked by right-wingers who thought I deserved it for articles I’ve written saying that Facebook should stop defending and disseminating the provably dangerous speech of neo-fascist conservatives. I’m well aware that the war on sex is nothing more than malfeasant security theater, and refuse to be silent about it. The right-wingers’ assumptions that this might be my first experience with sex censorship proved to me just how ‘amateur hour’ the whole conservative-censorship charade really is.


My tweet (and thread) was widely-shared. On April 1st I was surprised by an email and phone message from Amazon Executive Customer Relations. I initially suspected that I was going to get what I call “a PR massage” — when tech companies dislike factual but negative coverage in reporting, they often try to talk journalists like me into changing words in an article to be more favorable to the company (or the company’s lawyers). I’ve had a number of company reps try this over the years. Facebook is the worst; in my experience they’ve tried to get me to change my reporting to something less problematic for them, but also less true. It never works (on me, anyway). I just figured Amazon wanted to tell me bad news in a different way and I anticipated a waste of everyone’s time. Still, I wanted to try and get some answers about their sex content policy.

The rep called me again. She chatted me up for a few buttery minutes then said that Amazon has millions of Associates accounts, which get randomly flagged for review. In this instance, their review system had failed, and they were sorry. They also said they wanted to acknowledge that Amazon does sell “sexual wellness products and smut,” and were fine with nudity, like what was on my website.

I wasn’t expecting to hear that. But then the rep told me that there were a few specific images that had caused their review team to mark my account as violating the operating agreement. Images that were what the team thought were over the edge, not as “tasteful” as everything else, which they said was not a problem. The rep said that before the call, she had tried to find a technical solution — she didn’t know how to code, she said, but had tried to find a way I could just blur a few of the images. I said this was very thoughtful, but that hey, this is an easy fix. I speak code. “If you’re comfortable with looking at my site,” I said, “if it’s within your comfort zone, can you tell me which images to change?” I said I could do it in the next twenty minutes. She said that was great; after the call she’d send me a wrap-up email, and I could respond when the changes were made, and my account could be reinstated that evening.

(I told her I was writing down what she was saying on the call. She told me the call was being recorded. I said, “Oh in that case, please tell Amazon I said thank you for saving The Expanse.”)

There were only three specific images I was asked to change. Two were 300×300 sidebar link images, and one was a lead image for an Eye Candy post. The first was for Abby Winters: this image (not very explicit). Next was for Nubile Films: this image (not graphic). The other image was in a post about indie and “fair trade” porn, this photo (okay, fairly explicit but not in-your-face — certainly not like anything you’d see on the front page of a porn tube site).

As you might expect, I’ve been through situations like this before. It has unfortunately been my experience that what is “tasteful” with one team is not “tasteful” with another company’s team a year later. After Flickr sold to Yahoo, my account got hit in 2007 with the banhammer for having nudes in it; when I got public support, the Flickr’s founder Stewart Butterfield contacted me and I was reinstated with his okay on tasteful nudes. A year later I was banned again by a different team, and was lucky I had the founder’s emails to prove that I wasn’t afoul of the rules. It happened *a third time* in 2013, and again I referenced Stewart’s email to get out of user jail.

That said, I went ahead and changed more images than Amazon requested. I know that “tasteful” is subjective, but there are guidelines I’ve sussed out based on my experiences — it helps to use sex-positivity as a rule, to employ the female gaze, and to avoid anything you’d see as thumbnails on PornHub. My assessment of “tasteful” in this case, based on the three specific images, was that (apart from the obvious, no penetration, close-ups, or graphic nudity) it seemed like clear depiction of sex positions was generally off Amazon’s menu. Not difficult changes.

I got Amazon’s as-promised email confirming our conversation (screencap above). I emailed back within the hour saying changes were made, then … nothing. I emailed again that night to check in, and got an “out of office” response from a different rep. In the morning I emailed again — only to get another ‘she’s not in the office and I can’t help you’ response from yet a different rep. It appeared I was either being flaked on, or lied to.

I was despondent and didn’t know what to do. Imagine being an author, and Amazon doesn’t like you, won’t do business with you, or has put a mark on your record somewhere.

You can’t imagine it because it’s not really possible if you want to survive as an author, let alone be successful.

That same morning I was simultaneously sent a link to Techdirt’s superlative writeup on the whole mess. I was glad I waited to say anything publicly about Amazon telling me it would get fixed; maybe I did get that PR massage after all. I wrote a twitter update, at a total loss as to what I was going to do about anything.

The next day, Amazon Executive Customer Relations appeared in my inbox (and voicemail) again — a new representative. They reinstated my account — and apologized for the delay, and thanked me for “escalating the situation.” I was genuinely surprised, and … happy? Yes, happy. To get my account back, but also to know that Amazon isn’t following companies like Facebook, YouTube, or Apple in goose-stepping off the cliff of humanity, diversity, and sex-positivity by demonizing human sexual expression. Amazon wasn’t being added to the list of major service providers and business channels that are discriminating sexuality writers, artists, workers, and business people into a terrifying oblivion.

Right after my account was reinstated, Open Culture tweeted that they’d just had their Associates account suddenly terminated. Trust me: I looked EVERYWHERE on their website for porn, but I found nary a boob. So I’m inclined to believe the automated review screwup story that first rep told me. And I sure hope Open Culture gets it worked out.


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