Sex News: FTC after Ashley Madison, harassment at Fox, UK porn penalties, new condom technology

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  • “Avid Life Media (ALM), the parent company of hacked adultery website Ashley Madison, is facing a US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) probe over its use of automated software called ‘fembots’ on its websites, which impersonated real women to lure in male customers.”
    * Hacked adultery website Ashley Madison hit with FTC probe over use of ‘fembot’ army (IBTimes UK)
  • “Former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson has filed a lawsuit against Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, alleging he sexually harassed her during her tenure at the network. The complaint alleges that Ailes fired Carlson because she refused to have sex with him.”
    * Fox News host Gretchen Carlson sues Roger Ailes for sexual harassment (CNBC)
    * See also: Book: Roger Ailes has been soliciting sex from female journalists since the 1980s (Washington Post)
  • “The U.K. government today published its Digital Economy Bill, which includes a section that would create an age-verification regulator and impose financial penalties for noncomplying adult entertainment sites that stream content into the nation, as well as their payment service providers and advertisers. The bill goes well past the borders of the nation and particularly targets the flood of foreign adult tube sites that don’t have age verification systems in place to guard against access to those under the age of 18. Those sites typically solely rely on advertising and not memberships to capture revenue streams. The proposal also creates a federal age-verification regulator that could divvy out fines of up to £250,000, or 5 percent of a company’s revenue, when appropriate, to offending adult sites.”
    * U.K. Seeks £250K Fines for Noncomplying Porn Sites (XBIZ)
    * See also: Get ready for mandatory porn site age checks, Brits. You read that right (The Register)

Thanks to our sponsor, women-run Erotic Films.

  • “A regulatory system that’s supposed to punish doctors who sexually abuse patients often shields them from public shame, a national investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution found. Secret penalties levied by state medical boards, vague language in their public orders and diversion programs through which offenders avoid punishment all make determining the scope of physician sexual misconduct impossible, the Journal-Constitution found. But the newspaper’s review of more than 100,000 medical board orders and other documents shows a broad phenomenon of doctors in every state preying on vulnerable patients.”
    * Doctors & Sex Abuse: Investigation shows how cases are concealed (
  • “[Chronic Fatigue Syndrome] impacts my masturbation as well. I have my go-to fantasies, the things that never let me down, but there are days where nothing quite gels. I want to come but my body won’t do it, and that’s when it gets super frustrating. I never had that experience before CFS; it’s very much related to my health.”
    * Balancing BDSM With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ELLE)
  • “Charles Powell, inventor of the Galactic Cap condom prototype, is among the many people whose grant applications were rejected. The inspiration for his design came from the treatment he receives due to suffering from the nerve disease multifocal motor neuropathy.”
    * I Tried the Latest in Condom Technology and It Went Shockingly Well (Vice)
  • “In case you’re interested, June Korea – a 34-year-old South Korean photographer living in New York City – is the young man in each of these scenes. As reported by RocketNews24, Korea was struck by immense loneliness after realizing everyone he knows will eventually pass away. He then became fascinated by the idea of love dolls – especially their artificiality, and thus practical immortality.”
    * Dolly Dearest: Photographer Captures Human Desire in the Artificial (Future of Sex)
  • In a way, this makes sites like this one more valuable than ever. “The viral = good formula is especially effed when you think about queer folks, or any niche community not necessarily of interest to a social network that contains your entire family and everybody you’ve ever known in your entire life. Furthermore, wealthy publishers will retain the option to pay for boosted content or work with Facebook Instant — ensuring their stories will show up in your feed. Buzzfeed is estimated to spend over ten million dollars on Facebook boosting a year.”
    * Business of Art Fix: Facebook’s News Feed “Tweaks” Could Hurt Indie Niche Publications Most Of All (Autostraddle)

Much gratitude to our filthy sponsor in France, Explicite Art.

Main post image: Emilie Payet | Off The Rails Magazine #5 by Laurie Lou HQ Photo Shoot (In The Raw)

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Photographer Steven Lyon – In My Room

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Fine art photographer Steven Lyon has a series I just discovered, and can’t stop paging through. He writes, “In My Room is ongoing series I began in 2003 featuring candid moments between friends, models and couples photographed in my home in Paris.”

Inspiring, to say the least.

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Behind the scenes in the life of a dominatrix – Feature Shoot

Just found on Feature Shoot, Behind the scenes in the life of a dominatrix:

The key to BDSM, says New York City-based photographer Samir Abady, is trust. He’s witnessed the profound intimacy that enfolds inside the dungeon of a dominatrix; there have been moments so delicate that just the click of the shutter could break the spell. Kink is the photographer’s ongoing chronicle of women who venture into the professional world of BDSM, the submissives who confide in them, and the day-to-day goings on of their otherwise mundane — or, as Abady would say, “vanilla” — lives.

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Sex News: Tube site on rape searches, property porn, 2257 unenforceable, Canada’s weird bestiality law

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  • “If real estate, open houses, and young women who can’t afford rent are things that butter your biscuit, you’re in luck. Allow us to introduce you to “Property Sex” porn.”
    * Why ‘Property Sex’ Is Porn’s Fastest-Rising New Genre (Maxim)
  • Warning for survivors of sexual assault, trauma, and abuse. “In response to media coverage of the recent, high-profile Stanford University sexual assault case, porn giant xHamster is taking on rape fantasies. When a user searches for the term “rape” on the site, they are greeted with a pop-up window.”
    * Porn Site Is Shaming Users For “Rape” Searches (Voactiv)
  • “In a big victory for the Free Speech Coalition, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today vacated and remanded a lower court’s July 2013 ruling that held that performer record-keeping for adult entertainment producers are constitutional.” [Jeffrey] Douglas told XBIZ. “Most of 2257 is now unenforceable due to its violation of the 4th Amendment.”
    * 3rd Circuit Vacates Ruling Holding 2257 Constitutional (XBIZ)
  • “Germany spent $136,000 on a sex-education website specifically targeted to foreigners. The message is clear: Germans want sex partners with skills, so don’t even try to get off until after you’ve logged on.”
    * Germany just completed a website to instruct you on how to bang their locals. Really. (Someecards, thanks P!; main post image via)

Thanks to our sponsor in Spain, women-run Lust Cinema.

  • Warning for survivors of sexual assault, trauma, and abuse. “Stories of sexual harassment – and worse — came to light at an emotional board dinner. Then the person who revealed them quit to avoid being suspended.”
    * Sources: Tor Project Board Knew Of Allegations Against Jacob Appelbaum For Over A Year (Buzzfeed)
  • “A father of two who was issued with a bizarre court order meaning he has to give the police 24-hours-notice before he has sex has claimed it is because he used to attend a 50 Shades of Grey style fetish club.”
    * Father forced to give police 24-hours notice before he has sex claims it is because he visited 50 Shades of Grey style club (Telegraph UK)
  • “In a surprising decision from Canada’s Supreme Court, the country’s top judges ruled that forcing a dog to perform oral sex is not, in fact, bestiality and therefore not necessarily illegal. The ruling essentially invites Parliament to get to work and fix that.”
    * Canada’s Top Court Ruled That Oral Sex With Animals Is Technically Legal – For Now (VICE News)
  • “Since birth, Lionel Wills suffered from phimosis, a foreskin so tight it can’t retract to expose the head of the penis. It affects only 1 percent of males 17 and older. In his early twenties, the problem became so pronounced he decided to undergo a circumcision.”
    * ‘That’s When I Realized They Had Completely Frankensteined My Dick’ (MEL Magazine)

Much gratitude to our thoughtful sponsor, Nubile Films.

  • “Against the backdrop of the EU referendum campaign, London-based Romanian women sex workers are using EU law to challenge the police and fight for their rights.

 Under Operation Nexus, the Met are monitoring Romanian sex workers, rounding them up and ordering them to leave the country because they claim that sex work doesn’t count as legitimate employment.”
    * London’s Romanian Sex Workers Are Worried That Brexit Would Screw Them (VICE United Kingdom)
  • “A couple busted engaging in sexual intercourse during a screening of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice this year and fighting movie theater employees upon being asked to leave have been charged and prosecuted for their actions.”
    * Couple Fined For Having Sex During Batman V Superman Screening (ComicBook)
  • “It’s not necessarily breaking new ground, but the latest product to join the growing list of sanitary products aimed at men is the cleverly named “Nadkins.”
    * Nadkins Are The Latest Product To Help Guys Keep Things Fresh Down Under (Complex)

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Hot new Frida Kahlo luxury lingerie line at babylikestopony


The gorgeous new Bordelle Spring/Summer 2016 luxury lingerie line inspired by Frida Kahlo at babylikestopony is everything I ever wanted (and wished I could afford). Go look at it in all its gloriousness! Found via Sex in Art.


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Vex latex couture in Factice Magazine

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I’m so in love with Vex Clothing that it kind of hurts; if I could, I’d have a closet full of their glorious latex designs (like the Stained Glass collection, which my buddy Kumi was lucky to get to model for them). In new editorial Sérénade for Factice Magazine #7, there are a lot of hot Vex pieces, plus some Chromat, William Wilde, and Lascivious. Gorgeous!

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Sex News: 2015 sex and porn roundups, hoverboard sex, Handjob Cabin horror, condom machine death

  • This was the year of Caitlyn Jenner and Bill Cosby, of the Ashley Madison hacking scandal and the movie of “Fifty Shades of Grey.” In some ways, American culture loosened up sexually, but it wasn’t all good news.
    2015’s biggest moments in sex and gender, from Caitlyn Jenner to Ashley Madison and “50 Shades” on screen (Salon)
  • Dominic Ford, Huccio, Kink, Marc Dorcel, Naughty America and Utherverse’s new HoloFilm Productions, all jumped into the VR production scene in 2015 — while websites such as,, and, started showcasing this new form of adult video. Other VR porn highlights from 2015 include the integration of VR with haptic devices and teledildonics, plus live cams, bringing sex toys into the digital age — or perhaps that should now be “the virtual age.”
    2015: A VR Porn Snapshot (XBIZ)
  • For someone new to porn, this makes a lot of sense. The truth is, the types were already there. What happened in 2015, finally, was visibility. “This year brought more types of porn, more feminist options, and more ways to watch it. We basically started looking into the porn of the future, and it looked pretty awesome. So here are six ways porn changed in 2015 …”
    Here’s How Porn Changed In 2015 (Bustle)

Thanks to our sponsor in Spain, women-run Lust Cinema.

  • In 2015, these best-selling sex toys were welcomed into bedrooms far and wide, bringing a bounty of pleasure one OH MY GAWD orgasm at a time. Whether you’re a sex-toy virgin (no shame in that) or have a nightstand full of handcuffs and erotica, here are 18 goodies to get you hot and bothered.
    The Sexiest Sex Toys of 2015 (Thrillist)
  • Yay! This article features Sex is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg and Fiona Smyth: “The year’s best kids book has a surprising amount to teach adults too, as Silverberg tours through all the questions about sex and gender kids could have, while Smyth’s bright and funky illustrations give it all vibrant life. After a year of vicious debates about sex-ed in schools, here’s the book that definitively proves its worth in belonging on every school library shelf.”
    The year’s best non-fiction queer books (Daily Xtra)
  • “Each year I spend time collecting names and stories of people who passed away whose lives were spent, in part, trying to make the world a slighlty better place. Because those of us whose work focuses on sexuality and gender rarely get the kind of public attention that other kinds of education, art, and activism get, I focus my attention on this area.”
    Sexual Losses 2015 (About: Sex)

Much gratitude to our thoughtful sponsor, Nubile Films.

  • “As long as Samantha had been in the business, it had been structured in a way that was disadvantageous to dancers. The girls were the main draw; this was as plain as the neon lights outside every strip club in America. Yet traditionally, instead of the clubs paying the dancers, the dancers pay the clubs for the privilege of working there. Not only that, they’re expected to tip out the bartender, the hosts, the DJ, and the house mom, as well as pay assorted other fees …”
    The Hustlers at Scores: The Ex-Strippers Who Stole From (Mostly) Rich Men and Gave to, Well, Themselves (NY Mag)
  • “A man is pumping into the woman wrapped around his waist as he effortlessly hovers across the room, like a god. She bounces up and down, moaning, while he glides in circles. This is one of the recent hoverboard sex videos that emerged across the web this winter. In another, a woman squats on a hoverboard, floating in slow motion towards an erect penis that eventually glides easily into her mouth.”
    People Are Having Sex On Hoverboards (Broadly/Vice)


  • I LOVE THIS! Champions of the Year: The people who make violence possible, created collaboratively by local animator Sakyru and Project X, caricaturizes the diverse individuals – from entitled clients to abusive cops to sensationalizing journalists – who perpetrate and enable violence against Singapore sex workers.
    Singapore Sex Workers Take on “Champions” of Violence With Humor (HuffPo)
  • The splendid Sugarbutch writes, “When I was traveling around to toy stores and bookstores across North America for the release of Say Please, I started keeping a list of the best of the best. And eventually, I made a map of as many as I could find. …”
    On the Importance of Queer, Women Centered, & Feminist Sex Toy Shops (Map) (Sugarbutch)

Thank you to our sponsor in Holland, Abby Winters.

  • A petition started by a porn star to push for sex education in schools has received almost 30,000 signatures online. The campaign, being headed up by ‘Italian stallion’ Rocco Siffredi, is attempting to bring the lessons into schools in Italy where very few teach the subject. In a petition addressed to Italian Education Minister, Stefania Giannini, the 51-year-old adult film star who has appeared in almost 2,000 porn films and has also enjoyed a career in mainstream media, wrote: “I wanted to launch this appeal because sex is a magnificent thing.
    Porn star’s petition for sex education in schools could spark government rethink (Mirror UK)
  • Leave it to the Guardian to give a decent article on sex work an intentionally disrespectful, asshole headline. “At Sheri’s, the madam asks one of her courtesans to give a skill-sharing seminar every two weeks. More than 75 women tour through the bordello’s 25 slots – some commuting from as far away as Florida, Hawaii, Germany, South Africa, Thailand – even Fiji. It’s a diverse and worldly group, which allows for some interesting cross-pollination – it’s akin to a conference of carnal knowledge, 60 miles outside Sin City.”
    Survival of the freakiest: how some of Nevada’s brothels are staying afloat (Guardian)
  • Cosmopolitan interviewed adult star Daisy Ducati about ‘fin domming’ as a financial dominatrix, wherein she satisfies the fantasies of clients with a money-spending fetish. While some fin dom fetishists enjoy being ignored and outright used, Ducati also offers “more of a gentle relationship” with public displays of gratitude.
    Cosmopolitan: Daisy Ducati Fulfills ‘Financial Dominatrix’ Fantasy (XBIZ)
  •, which launched in May, seeks to bring “the ease and flexibility of online dating to the currently underserved world of open relationships,” according to its website. Now that sites like OpenMinded and 3nder — a poly alternative to Tinder — are beginning to emerge, poly folks have the option to use dating sites specifically designed for them.
    OpenMinded is the online dating site to find a partner—or three (Daily Dot)

Thank you to our sponsor and friends, Pink Label TV.

  • Police in Germany say a man has died after he and two others blew up a condom machine and he was hit in the head by a flying piece of metal. Officers were alerted to the explosion Friday in Schoeppingen, near the Dutch border, and found cash and condom packets lying on the ground apparently untouched. A local hospital informed police that a 29-year-old had died after being brought in by two other men. They initially said he had fallen down stairs, but police said Monday one of them later admitted the victim’s injuries were related to the explosion.
    Man dies after blowing up condom machine (WTNH/Associated Press)
  • Warning for survivors of sexual assault and trauma. The landmark accord announced Monday between Japan and South Korea over the use of sex slaves by Japan’s army before and during World War II is unlikely to end all debate over Japan’s horrific behavior at the time.
    Coming to Terms on Japan’s Wartime Sex Slaves (NYT)
  • Warning for survivors of sexual assault and trauma. Islamic State theologians have issued an extremely detailed ruling on when “owners” of women enslaved by the extremist group can have sex with them, in an apparent bid to curb what they called violations in the treatment of captured females.
    Repellent ISIS now has official rules on who can have sex with female slaves (NY Post)
  • Warning for survivors of sexual assault and trauma. “A disturbing article crossed my Facebook feed in multiple places, as multiple friends sent it to me as soon as they saw it, about the arrest of self-proclaimed BDSM “expert” and author Michael Makai (real name Charles Michael Segaloff). … Listen, what we do in this BDSM lifestyle, regardless of the trappings and the slashy-speak and everything else around it, is CONSENSUAL when you boil it down to its basic elements. Slavery in the United States is ILLEGAL.”
    Why you trust your gut: #BDSM and predators in the lifestyle (; thank you for sending this, V)
  • India’s 2016 film calendar will begin on a controversial note. Two Bollywood adult comedies starring the same actor are releasing within a week of each other in January. Both Maastizaade and Kya Kool Hain Hum 3 are releasing after facing considerable objections from India’s censor board.
    Amidst censorship row, two ‘porn-coms’ are releasing in India in January (Mashable)

Thank you to wonderful, longtime reader D for sending me the trailer for Handjob Cabin.

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