Sex News: Patreon, Scoble, Toback, Terry Richardson, Asia Argento, and AI-assisted dating

  • “Adult content creators are worried they won’t have a safe, viable income source in Patreon anymore. Last week, the site, which allows creators to sell subscriptions to fund their work, made its community guidelines on adult content more strict. … A group of creators penned an open letter to Patreon in response to this change titled “Don’t abandon us,” and are organizing a petition asking Patreon to reevaluate these changes. … Wednesday morning, according to Patreon’s CEO, Jack Conte, Patreon added more phrasing to their guidelines, including that they’re not allowing “real people engaging in sexual acts, such as masturbation or sexual intercourse on camera.””
    * Adult Content Creators Are Fighting Patreon’s New Anti-Porn Rules (Motherboard)
    * See also, updates: Adult Content Creators: Patreon Is Doing ‘the Exact Opposite of What We Asked For’ (Motherboard)
    * VB note: One of the ways this site stays running is thanks to my patrons. I don’t know if this will affect me, considering that I occasionally post sex-positive porn galleries I find.
  • “Last Thursday, former Microsoft spokesman and well-known blogger Robert Scoble became the latest of the many, many men in the technology industry who have been publicly accused of sexual harassment this year. … On Wednesday, Scoble shared a new blog post, apparently against the advice of his lawyers, that he hopes “in the spirit of healing” will help to “set the record straight.” Mission failed. … In the almost interminable blog post, unapologetically titled “No, of that I’m innocent,” Scoble writes that he is actually the victim here, not the women he allegedly assaulted or harassed.”
    * Scoble Isn’t Sorry (Slate)
  • “Hundreds of women including actress Julianne Moore have now come forward with allegations of crass behavior and sexual misdeeds by filmmaker James Toback, and authorities in Los Angeles and New York are urging them to file official reports. … The encounters often ended, according to many of the women interviewed, with Toback dry-humping them or masturbating in front of them, ejaculating into his pants or onto their bodies.”
    * James Toback’s 200-plus accusers now include Julianne Moore (Los Angeles Times)
  • “One of the primary reasons – in my opinion – that ‘adult’ content is so hard to promote and monetise is that companies refuse to accept one important fact: Adult consumers are consumers. No one lives their life entirely in a ‘NSFW’ silo – only ever engaging with porn or sex blogs. You – the people who read this – have full and rounded lives. … However, when platforms like this strip ‘adult’ from their services, they are banking on the fact that you won’t care. That it won’t make a difference to you because adult content is embarrassing and shameful: no one’s going to share a link to their favourite porn site, or their favourite bit of erotic writing, so really who’s going to notice if all that shit disappears?”
    * Sex blogger SOS: Share Our Shit (Girl on the Net)

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  • “Of the accounts, perhaps the most distressing is that of Italian actress and director Asia Argento. In the article, she recalls Weinstein forcing himself on her and performing oral sex, despite her requests to stop. “At some point,” reads the piece, “She stopped saying no and feigned enjoyment, because she thought it was the only way the assault would end.” The actress says she still blames herself for what happened. … But while many around the world have commended Argento for the risk she took in sharing her story, things have been different in her home country of Italy. Since the article came out, the outrage has been overwhelmingly directed towards Argento.”
    * In bashing Asia Argento for her Weinstein assault claims, Italy is showing its deep misogyny (Quartz)
  • Only five million years after his sexual predation was well-documented … “According to the email, Woolhouse instructed Condé Nast International — the publisher of fashion magazines like Vogue, GQ, Vanity Fair, and Glamour — that all work commissioned for [Terry] Richardson should be “killed or substituted with other material”.”
    * Photographer Terry Richardson Has Been Banned From Top Magazines After Allegations From Models (BuzzFeed)
  • “A man agreed to plead guilty to hacking into 550 Apple iCloud and Gmail accounts, including those of celebrities in Los Angeles, officials said Monday. … Authorities began investigating Herrera after nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence and dozens of other celebrities were hacked from their Apple devices. Investigators have not found any evidence linking Herrera to the leaks or showing that he shared the photos or videos he obtained, officials said. Herrera is the third person to be prosecuted as part of the investigation. ”
    * Man faces 5 years in prison after hacking into 40 celebrity accounts and hundreds of others (Los Angeles Times)
  • “Playboy responded to backlash against its first transgender Playmate with a series of tweets comparing recent social media reactions to reader letters about its first black Playmate in 1965.”
    * Playboy Claps Back At Transphobia After Announcing First Trans Playmate (Huffington Post)

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  • “Sex education startup O.school recently raised $800,000 to help achieve its goal of offering up easy access to sex-positive, inclusive and comprehensive education around sex and sexuality. Current investors include Cyan Banister of Founders Fund, X Factor Ventures and The House Fund.”
    * Startup O.school raises $800,000 to improve sex education (TechCrunch)
  • “Loveflutter, a Twitter-themed dating app from the UK, doesn’t ask me to fill out a personality survey or lengthy About Me (it caps my self-description at a cute 140 characters). Instead, it’s paired with the language processing company Receptiviti.ai to compute the compatibility between me and its user base using the contents of our Twitter feeds. Is this good matchmaking or a gimmick? As a sex-crazed neurotic, I think you know where I stand.”
    * The Future of Online Dating Is Unsexy and Brutally Effective (Gizmodo)

Main post image via: Cleo Cwiek photographed by Miles Aldridge for Numéro Art #1, Fall & Winter 2017 (Portraits Of Girls)

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Sex News: Dick and Morty, Twitter’s new rules, Nintendo Switch for adults, Trump assault subpoena

Image from the Heart Throbs and Hounds 2018 calendar, via Hornet.

  • “Despite the fact that she’d only given Facebook information from her vanilla identity, the company had somehow discerned her real-world connection to these people—and, even more horrifyingly, her account was potentially being presented to them as a friend suggestion too, outing her regular identity to them. Because Facebook insists on concealing the methods and data it uses to link one user to another, Leila is not able to find out how the network exposed her or take steps to prevent it from happening again.”
    * How Facebook Outs Sex Workers (Gizmodo)
  • “A Maryland man arrested after authorities said they found child pornography on his cellphone worked for Trump’s voter fraud commission, according to a senior administration official. … Trump launched the commission after making unfounded claims that millions of fraudulently cast ballots cost him the popular vote in last year’s election against Democrat Hillary Clinton. The commission is chaired by Vice President Pence ”
    * Trump voter fraud commission researcher arrested on child pornography charges (Washington Post)
  • “Our definition of “non-consensual nudity” is expanding to more broadly include content like upskirt imagery, “creep shots,” and hidden camera content. Given that people appearing in this content often do not know the material exists, we will not require a report from a target in order to remove it.”
    * Here Are Twitter’s Latest Rules for Fighting Hate and Abuse (Wired)
  • “[the WSJ] reports Nintendo is explicitly encouraging game makers to release more risqué content on the Switch. “I thought it wouldn’t be possible to release such a game for the Switch, but surprisingly, Nintendo gave me positive feedback,” said Inti Creates CEO Takuya Aizu (Gal Gun 2). Another unnamed developer said Nintendo’s stance toward more violent and sexual content in games on its console “was passive until now, but that is no longer the right word to describe its stance today.””
    * Why aren’t there more “Mature” games for Nintendo Switch? (Ars technica)

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  • “Channing Tatum is severing all ties to The Weinstein Company (TWC) after the allegations of sexual assault by Harvey (and now Bob) Weinstein. In a new Instagram post, Tatum reveals he’s pulling his upcoming film Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock from TWC.”
    * Channing Tatum Is Pulling His Male Sexual Abuse Film From the Weinstein Company (Hornet)
  • “If you’ve been on your social medias you will probably have seen a lot of people saying #MeToo lately. They are probably women or another marginalised gender. As you can read here it started over 10 years ago but is now trending because of Harvey Weinstein. You might be wondering what you can do to be useful right now. Here are some ideas.”
    * #MeToo – What Men Can Do To Be Useful (Bish Training)
  • “In a tweet to the Rick and Morty account last night (October 13), Pornhub shared the link to new parody ‘Dick and Morty’ along with the caption, “I’m really really really sorry”. The Rick and Morty account, run by the show’s writers and creators, joked: “Not sure if this is canon” … They added: “NSFW/NSFC-137,” – ‘Not Safe For Work’ or ‘Not Safe For C-137’ – referring to the C-137 dimension in which first season of Rick & Morty begins.”
    * Rick and Morty porn parody: how the show’s creators reacted (NME)
  • “A high-stakes legal showdown is brewing for Donald Trump, as a woman who said he groped her has subpoenaed all documents from his campaign pertaining to “any woman alleging that Donald J. Trump touched her inappropriately.” The subpoena — whose contents have not been previously reported — was issued in March but entered into the court file last month. The White House did not respond to a request for comment, nor did Trump’s attorney.”
    * Subpoena Orders Trump To Turn Over Documents From Assault Allegations (BuzzFeed)

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  • “Larry Flynt’s ad in the Sunday edition of The Washington Post is hard to miss. For one, it takes up a full page. And there are no pictures — just bold, all-caps text dominating the top third of the page: “$10 MILLION FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO THE IMPEACHMENT AND REMOVAL FROM OFFICE OF DONALD J. TRUMP.””
    * Have dirt that could impeach Trump? Larry Flynt will pay you $10 million. (Washington Post)
  • “Pornhub announced that it is using machine learning and facial recognition to detect over 10,000 porn stars across the site in a bid to make searching for your favorite star or fetish more efficient. So far, it’s scanned 50,000 videos in the last month of beta testing, and Pornhub plans to scan all five million videos currently hosted on the site by early next year.”
    * Facial Recognition for Porn Stars Is a Privacy Nightmare Waiting to Happen (Motherboard)

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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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