- This is evil. The Street decided to find as many sex workers and sex work orgs that it could, and then reported them to conservative members of congress (such as Rep. Chris Smith (R., N.J.) as violations of San Francisco law (where Twitter is located). Addressing Ambassador-at-Large Luis CdeBaca of the U.S. State Department’s office to monitor and combat human trafficking, Smith asked at the subcommittee hearing that he speak to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to initiate a crackdown on Twitter, Backpage, Craigslist and other social media “that are the conduit for this terrible exploitation of women.”
Congress to Launch Probe Into Escort and Prostitution Services on Twitter (The Street)
- Adult film producer Kink.com is firing back at the California State Occupational Safety and Health Administration, after Cal-OSHA announced fines against the company in excess of $78,000. The majority of the citations are related to relatively minor issues, such as extension cord violations and paperwork, which Kink says are due to it’s ongoing overhaul of the 100 year old National Guard Armory where they shoot. However, the largest fines are related to the company’s policy of allowing performers to choose whether or not to use a condom. See also: Why We’re Fighting the Cal-OSHA Citations.
Kink.com Calls OSHA Citations Excessive, Politically Motivated (Kink)
- Cosmopolitan talked to porn stars Asa Akira, Dana de Armond, Jessie Andrews and Chanel Preston, about diet, fitness, difficult sex positions, and body image. Preston said, “I purposely try not to do too much [at the gym] because I don’t like to see really skinny girls have sex, so I don’t want to be that.”
4 Porn Stars on How They StayFit (Cosmopolitan)
- In case you missed the news, Shape Magazine just found out that Dusk! TV, a female-oriented, digital TV porn channel based in the Netherlands, is coming to the U.S. in the spring or early summer. Tune in and you’ll only find “porna” – films geared toward women, made with respect, featuring “real” people, and chosen by about 2,000 women who contribute to a research test panel.
The New Porn That Will Transform Your Sex Life (Shape)
- The team at Sexualitics, an interdisciplinary collaboration among sociologists, political scientists, and statisticians, created an interactive tool that lets you search for and compare the terms used in the entire history of Xhamster’s videos’ titles. Think of it like Google’s Ngram Viewer … but for porn. It is called, yes, “Porngram.”
SFW: When Big Data Meets Porn (The Atlantic)
- “One week before I was off to North Carolina to give my new talk at two universities, a student reporter interviewed me. One of the questions she asked was whether I thought it was okay for women to masturbate. (…)”
Women’s Masturbation: “It’s Nasty!” (Psychology Today)
- Upcoming conferences: Sexuality and Aging (9/14) and the Feminist Porn Conference (4/9). (sexualityandaging.com, fpcon.org)
- Guardian UK managed to write about sex – this time – without resorting to sex-negative judgment or anti-porn hysteria, so basically it’s backwards day. “When we wrote an article questioning the validity of a sex survey, we weren’t expecting to be inundated with data from thousands of our readers.”
Sex and the Guardian: readers confess all (Guardian UK)
- On Monday morning at 10:30 a.m, a 34-year-old New Jersey man seemed to be feeling pretty good. According to police, he crashed his car into the Crown Fried Chicken at 5th and Lehigh in North Philadelphia and then disrobed (and then made sweet, sweet love to himself, as seen on the video).
Video: After Crashing Into Crown Fried Chicken, Man Strips, Pleasures Himself (PhillyMag)
- File it under predictable: The British government’s attempt to force Internet service providers to install filters that block inappropriate content isn’t going so smoothly. Critics of the hastily planned attempt to have the nation’s Internet browsing become porn-free by default warned that much more than smut would be affected, and they seem to have been right. A government working group is now coming up with a white list of websites that have been inadvertently blocked by filters, according to a BBC report.
Britain Fumbles Its Attempt to Cleanse the Internet of Porn (NAME)
- To start its new weekly column written by a local sex worker, the SF Weekly published a long, interesting but fairly rambly feature that sadly didn’t deliver on its also-rambly title’s promise of revealing local kinks. But hey, nice keyword stuffing on the URL, guys…
Confessions of an American Whore: Sex Work Holds a Mirror Up to S.F.’s Hidden Kinks and Communities (SF Weekly)
- A little over one-third (35%) of the Pirate Bay booty is composed of pornography torrents, second only to TV episodes and movies, which make up 44% of the Bay’s new uploads. What was once piracy’s biggest target, music, is now one of its smallest, making up just 9% of new uploads — down from the 34% makeup from 2004.
The Porno Bay: People pirate porn and TV much more than music (NAME)
- Paz de la Huerta Goes Fully Nude in New Psycho Thriller ‘Nurse 3D’ (NSFW) (Nerve – trailer here)
- The Sex & Censorship campaign has released a “Censored Girls of the U.K.” calendar for 2014. The calendar features 12 British porn stars, who were shot by a number of photographers for the U.K.-based free speech and sexual freedom group’s project.
‘Censored Girls of the U.K.’ Calendar Debuts (XBIZ)
- “Google ‘rebound’ or ‘revenge sex,’” researcher Lynne Cooper told LiveScience. “You wouldn’t believe how much stuff is on the Internet about it. It’s really striking.” And yet there was next to no scientific data on rebound sex. That made Cooper want to look deeper — were the stereotypes about rebound sex true? Why do people decide to have sex after a breakup? Does rebound sex really help?
Science: Yep. Rebound Sex Is Real (LiveScience)
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