Sex News: FOSTA-SESTA damage continues, Kevin Spacey, Backpage, Nikki Benz, Peter Thiel’s herpes vaccine, and much more

  • The bad news is that sex censorship and sex discrimination is moving into its darkest chapter. The passing of FOSTA/SESTA and its signing into law is equivalent to making hate speech and racial discrimination legal. Its effects are worldwide. In many instances, workers and trafficking victims are now turning to street work for the first time. The positive news is that major media outlets, for the first time in history, are listening to sex workers. Now if only lawmakers would listen … to any of us.
    * The War on Sex Workers Needs to Stop Now (Rolling Stone)
    * President says “I have to give credit it to Ivanka Trump” at signing an online sex trafficking crackdown bill (Newsweek)
    * No one wants to listen to the sex workers (Washington Post)
    * After Craigslist personals go dark, sex workers fear what’s next (CNN)
    * How the US ‘Sex Trafficking’ Crackdown Is Hurting Sex Workers in Canada (VICE)
    * “Erotic Review” blocks US Internet users to prepare for government crackdown (Ars Technica)
    * USA Sex Guide Suspends Operation of Website (XBIZ)
    * Kiwi sex workers at risk after classifieds website shut down (NewsHub NZ)
    * FOSTA-SESTA’s real aim is to silence sex workers online (Engadget)
  • “Carl Ferrer, the chief executive of Backpage.com whose name was conspicuously absent from an indictment of seven other Backpage officials unsealed Monday, has pleaded guilty in state courts in California and Texas and federal court in Arizona to charges of money laundering and conspiracy to facilitate prostitution.”
    * Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer pleads guilty in three states, agrees to testify against other website officials (Washington Post)
    See also: New Backpage Ruling Lays Bare Some of the Lies Undergirding FOSTA (Reason)
  • This book made me sane and it saved my life. Every person with corresponding gear in their pants should own a copy. “For generations of girls, “Our Bodies, Ourselves” was the starter pack to adulthood: It let you know whether your vulva was weird looking (it wasn’t), what kind of birth control you might want to use and whether you were the only one who had a special relationship with your pillow. (You weren’t, Page 162 assured.) But after nearly 50 years, Our Bodies Ourselves, the Boston nonprofit home of the book, will stop publishing the pubescent tome amid a period of “transition.””
    * ‘Our Bodies, Ourselves’? It’s Shelved (NYT)
    See also: How Learning to Love My Vagina Affirmed My Manhood (Vice)
  • “Adult performer Nikki Benz filed a lawsuit Monday against the porn production company Brazzers, its parent company MindGeek, and fellow actors Tony T. and Ramon Nomar for sexual battery. … Benz first made the allegations via Twitter in late December of 2016, following the shoot in question.”
    * Porn Actress Nikki Benz Sues MindGeek, Brazzers, Co-Stars for Sexual Battery, Gender Violence (Jezebel)

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  • “SAG-AFTRA [Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists] has called for a ban on auditions in hotel rooms and residences, where many reported incidents of sexual harassment and assault have occurred.”
    * SAG-AFTRA Bans Auditions In Hotel Rooms And Residences (Deadline)
  • “The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is reviewing a sexual assault case against Kevin Spacey, Variety has confirmed. The former “House of Cards” star has been accused of sexual misconduct by numerous men in the U.S. and in England. Scotland Yard is investigating at least three sexual assault complaints against the Oscar winner.”
    * Kevin Spacey Sexual Assault Case to Be Reviewed by L.A. District Attorney (Variety)
  • “A pornographic video that falsely claimed to show Hillary Clinton engaged in a sex act has been traced back to an account that Reddit acknowledged on Tuesday is linked to Russia’s Internet Research Agency. … The video was viewed more than 250,000 times on Pornhub.”
    * Russia-linked account pushed fake Hillary Clinton sex video (NBC News)
  • “The Food and Drug Administration has launched a criminal investigation into an offshore herpes research trial that began with secret injections of an unauthorized herpes vaccine in US hotel rooms, according to a report by Kaiser Health News.”
    * Report: FDA Launches Investigation Into Research by Peter Thiel-Backed Herpes Vaccine Company (Gizmodo)

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  • Guardian writes about Control, but won’t link to the artist. “Çağdaş Erdoğan, a 26-year-old Kurdish Turk, is part of SO Collective, an anonymous, independent photo agency set up in 2013 by photojournalists who, for many reasons, have been blacklisted by the authorities and marginalised by the now largely state-run media.”
    * Dog fights and sex parties: the man who photographs Istanbul after dark (Guardian)
  • “During an interview on Megyn Kelly TODAY on Wednesday, [Stormy] Daniels’s lawyer, Michael Avenatti, suggested that CBS edited out Daniels’s detailed description of the president’s genitals … “60 Minutes and CBS, as you know, they are a conservative network. I mean there is a lot of information that was said during that interview that did not make it into the final 60 Minutes,” Avenatti said, adding, “… For instance, she can describe the president’s genitalia in great detail. That did not make it.””
    * Stormy Daniels Can Describe Trump’s Genitals ‘in Detail’ (The Cut)
    See also: Donald Trump’s Embrace of Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Is an Absurd Twist on a Failed Policy (Intercept)
  • “In a landmark case in California, one of the largest ever judgements in a revenge porn case has seen the United States District Court awarding $6.4 million to a Los Angeles County woman. … It took four years for the case to come to a head … Copyright, not necessarily human decency, won out in the end, with the plaintiff basing the case around the violation of copyright regarding the distributed images.”
    * Woman is awarded $6.4 million in one of the largest revenge porn cases ever (Mashable)
  • “Reliable data are difficult to come by, but softer services seem to be gaining popularity at the expense of harder ones such as vaginal sex (which is illegal but widely available) or oral sex (which is legal). The sex trade in Japan has long been about not only intercourse, but also the yearning for intimacy and romance, says Masahiro Yamada, a sociologist, and these are the services that are growing.”
    * Japan’s sex industry is becoming less sexual (The Economist)
  • “Three years after revealing the (AI-enhanced) Realbotix project to the public, the first iteration of the robotic sex doll head will finally make it into bedrooms around the world. This week RealDoll, the makers of the famous silicone love doll line, announced that the RealDoll X will go on sale later this month.”
    * RealDoll X: 1st Generation Sexbot from Realbotix Goes on Sale This Month (Future of Sex)


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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: New porn ID law in Russia, Batman sex party cosplayers shot, Sophie Turner on GoT sex

  • Newsweek reported this last week and they nail the most troubling part. “PornHub is now asking Russians to verify their age by logging in with their social media account on VKontakte — Russia’s answer to Facebook — to avoid being blocked in Russia again.” Independent follows up with a reminder the UK is considering something similar. This indicates a wider trend toward government use of Facebook and its clones as government ID verification.
    * Watching porn anonymously just got harder in Russia (Newsweek)
    * Pornhub users forced to sign in with their passport (Independent)
  • “Australian police shot a man dressed as the Joker and a woman dressed as Harley Quinn late Saturday night after being called to the nightclub Inflation where a costumed sex party was taking place.”
    * Police Shoot Unarmed Batman Cosplayers at Australian Sex Party (io9)
  • “Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) told press “I’d be doing a read-through and we’d be talking about very graphic stuff,” she said in the new interview. “The first time I ever found out about oral sex was from reading the script. I was like … ‘Wow! People do that? That’s fascinating!’ … I guess that was my sex education. Being on Game of Thrones.””
    * Sophie Turner: ‘Game of Thrones’ Was ‘My Sex Education’ (Entertainment Weekly)

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  • “Tumblr has released account information for close to 300 anonymous users to a revenge porn victim [who was underage in the distributed video] in what [the EFF says] say is a major violation of the First Amendment. Daniel Szalkiewicz, who represents the victim, said “There is no First Amendment protection for child porn.””
    * Tumblr releases info of users who shared revenge porn (New York Post)
  • “As the dramatic split between Rob Kardashian, youngest of the Kardashian clan, and his ex Blac Chyna continues to play out in the gossip pages, it is also on its way to court—and could offer a high-profile test case for a California law targeting “revenge porn.“”
    * California’s Revenge Porn Law Gets a Kardashian-Sized Spotlight (Vanity Fair)
  • “OLB Media today said it will fight an attempt by MindGeek to trademark the term “Men.com” after receiving a copyright infringement claim from the adult entertainment conglomerate. … The word “men” is one of the most commonly used words used in gay adult domains.”
    * StraightMen.com Opposes Attempt to Trademark ‘Men.com’ (XBIZ)
  • “If there’s way to ruin a sultry summer, it’s surely news of a Goliath-strength gonorrhoea strain. Not only has the disease been on the rise since 2014 in the UK, but the World Health Association is now warning of an globally spreading gonorrhoea superbug which is resistant to all antibiotics …”
    * What does super-gonorrhoea mean for oral sex? (Guardian)
  • There are so many problems with that Teen Vogue article I don’t even know where to start. This article covers a few of them. “… in Anal Sex: What You Need To Know for Teen Vogue, sex educator and feminist activist Gigi Engle managed to harp back to a time where women were defined by their relationship to men.”
    * Teen Vogue’s bizarre anal sex article shows women are still being defined in relation to men (Independent)

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  • Clickbait warning, but I still found the whole thing interesting enough to share. “In our fourth interview, we talk with a male sugar baby, whose sugar mamma pays his rent and gym membership. Ahead, how one 27-year-old man feels about being a sugar baby.”
    * I’m A Sugar Baby—& My Sugar Mama Venmos Me $3,300 A Month (Refinery29)
  • “Penthouse has announced the acquisition of fabled science and science fiction magazine OMNI magazine, adding that its upcoming issue is slated for print in late October. According to the company, the deal symbolizes the company’s reinvigoration of a cultural appreciation for science and technological innovation.”
    * Penthouse Acquires OMNI Magazine (XBIZ)

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Sex News: Sexual kompromat’s history, the allure of threesomes, hookup culture’s context

  • “Chinese tech and entertainment giant Tencent has found itself at the center of a public relations firestorm after a sexually suggestive video leaked from an official company party. The clip, which has gone viral across Chinese social media, shows female Tencent employees kneeling in front of male colleagues onstage during a year-end event for staff. As an announcer shouts encouragement, the women are seen trying to use their mouths to open water bottles tucked between the men’s legs.”
    * China’s Tencent Under Fire for Having Staff Simulate Oral Sex at Company Party (Hollywood Reporter)
  • “A well-known Republican official in Greenwich, Connecticut, was arrested this week and charged with fourth-degree sexual assault for allegedly pinching a [57-year-old] female town employee in the crotch. Prior to the alleged assault, 71-year-old Christopher von Keyserling reportedly told the victim: “I love this new world, I no longer have to be politically correct.”
    * Inspired By Trump? GOP Official Arrested For Pinching Female Worker’s Groin (New Civil Rights Movement)
  • “What starts as a raunchy comedy about a pair of low-level porn-industry pals escalates into something darker and poignant: a searing portrait of an alt-righter as a youngish man.”
    * Theater review: Mope reveals the dark side of a male porn actor (Time Out)
  • “Four female New Hampshire state representatives have sponsored a bill that proposes establishing a committee to study decriminalizing sex work. House Bill 287 calls for a committee of three state representatives and three state Senate members to study “the positive and negative results of decriminalizing sex work, decriminalizing the selling of sex and decriminalizing both the buying and selling of sex work, including the effects of rape and sexual assault, rates of sexually transmitted infections, costs to the police and court systems, number of arrests for prostitution, effects in future earnings potential to men and woman with arrest records or conviction records, and demographics on race, gender identity, and socioeconomic status of arrested individuals compared to the general population.””
    * Bill calls for study decriminalizing sex work (Sea Coast Online)

  • “Dr. Taylor Kohut, a psychologist at the University of Western Ontario who has researched porn for a decade, thinks he can do better. Kohut is currently crowdfunding a site and app called the Porn Genome Project, where participants map images of porn, effectively metatagging sample pornographic images to compile data he says will help us better understand arousal and improve sexual content.”
    * This Guy Needs Your Help to Make Searching for Porn Easier (Mel Magazine)
  • Lesson: Absolutely batshit people can become Representatives. “GOP big-wigs may have finally had enough of [Rep. Heather Scott (R-Blanchard)] antics, however, stripping Scott of all her committee assignments following comments she made in December that female House members gain leadership positions if they “spread their legs.” ”
    * Punished After Claiming Female House Members Trade Sex for Power, Rep. Heather Scott Issues Statement: ‘I Call It Like I See It’ (Boise Weekly)
  • “Recently, in Toronto, one major police sting targeting gay men in a lakeside park caught the attention of Jen Roberton, a young city planner. She found it disproportionate to the transgressions involved. During Project Marie, named for the park involved, plainclothes male officers hung out near known cruising spots and waited for men to solicit them for sex. The operation led to 89 charges against 72 men; just one charge was criminal.”
    * The case for letting people have sex in public parks (Quartz)
  • “Most men have fantasized about it, and most women have been propositioned for it: a threesome. … Men and women both dig the concept of a threesome, but whether they engage in it or not is different, according to a 2016 study in the Journal of Sexual Archives. Researchers noted 82 percent of men and 31 percent of women were interested in a threesome. ”
    * Psychology Explains Why Threesomes Are So Alluring (Medical Daily)

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  • “Anyone dismissing the claims against Trump on the premise that the honey-trapping of Western officials is an obsolete Cold War practice should heed the words of Sir Anthony Brenton, Britain’s ambassador to Moscow between 2004 and 2008, who described this as “very much a part of the way Russia works”. Sure enough, various incidents of recent years prove that Western diplomats and luminaries on tour in Russia still need to keep their noses clean.”
    * The Trump dossier might be unverified, but using sex for spying is what Russia really does (Business Insider)
  • I love this adult film fest, but what a turn-off. “At an erotica film festival that includes footage of a couple having sex while skydiving and a man inserting a stick of butter into himself, the nastiest, the filthiest, the most grotesque and offensive thing to appear onscreen are red “Make America Great Again” hats, and sadly, that prop shows up in almost all the films.”
    * Dan Savage’s Amateur Porn Fest Features Many ‘Make America Great Again’ Hats (SFist)
  • “Cal/OSHA officials outlined what they will cover during a Jan. 31 advisory meeting that will discuss bloodborne pathogen exposure in the adult film industry. The advisory meeting to be held in Oakland, Calif., is certain to attract a large contingent of adult industry stakeholders. Because of previous large turnouts and accompanying public comment, Cal/OSHA has scheduled a tight agenda for the meeting, which is planned to last about five-and-a-half hours including lunch break.”
    * Cal/OSHA Releases Agenda for Adult Film Advisory Meeting (XBIZ)
  • “First-person accounts lead the way through American Hookup, thanks to student journals Wade collected as part of courses she taught between 2010 and 2015. Letting your professor behind the curtain of your sex life is no small feat, and the result is a far more nuanced evaluation of hooking up than the hot take of “it’s ruined this generation forever.” Wade isn’t here to sound the moral alarm; she’s interested in how hookup culture, and the mythology around it, came to dominate college life.”
    * “American Hookup” Trades Moral Panic for Real Talk About Sex in College (Autostraddle)

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2016’s most WTF sex news items

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As many readers know, I post Sex News roundups at least twice a week. Below are the hands-down weirdest news items that came through these pages in 2016. If you enjoyed this post, which you won’t see on Facebook because I’m banned for linking to this site, please consider supporting this site on Patreon.

“A 21-year-old Australian tradesman has been bitten by a venomous spider on the penis for a second time. Jordan, who preferred not to reveal his surname, said he was bitten on “pretty much the same spot” by the spider. “I’m the most unlucky guy in the country at the moment,” he told the BBC.”
* Spider bites Australian man on penis again (BBC)

“Officers put him in the back of a police car and spoke with the woman who called police. She told them she saw the man standing near a parked van at 805 St. Nicholas Street. She went on to explain she saw Henson pull his shorts down and place his genitals in the front grill of the van that was parked on the street.”
* Ohio man arrested after trying to have sex with a van (NBC4i)

“At 9:45 PM on Wednesday evening, a masked man entered the [sex toy] store and pointed a gun at the woman working behind the cash register. … The robber’s biggest mistake came when he tried to reach over the counter; Amy and a coworker began pelting him with sex toys, ultimately chasing him out of the store.”
* Two Sex Shop Employees Fought Off A Robber By Pelting Him With Dildos (Distractify)

“A man with a bionic penis has been inundated with offers of sex but says he is too tired to take advantage of any of them. Mohammed Abad, 44, lost his virginity to a sex worker in April after being fitted with the £70,000 eight inch prosthetic in 2012. But he doesn’t seem in a rush to go for another round and has blamed his long work hours as a security guard.”
* Man with bionic penis is ‘too tired’ to have sex with scores of female admirers (Metro UK)

“We’re in the dentistry school lab at King’s College London, which has been taken over for the day by Taiwanese artist Kuang-Yi Ku for his Fellatio Modification Project. … The next step for everyone is to design our dream oral sex prosthetic, adding texture through tiny rubber bumps, cones, ribs and ripples.”
* Sex and dentistry: I made a fellatio prosthetic for my mouth (New Scientist)

“The firm behind a proposed Geneva café where customers can receive oral sex whilst sipping their coffee is considering using robots instead of real-life [sex workers].”
* Geneva ‘café fellatio’ considers using sex robots (The Local)

Warning for survivors of sexual assault, abuse, and trauma. “The lawyer defending an alleged choker-rapist [a serial attacker of sex workers -VB] told a jury on Thursday that Jacques Rouschop couldn’t physically have committed the vicious sex crimes he’s accused of because his hernia “makes it too painful to have sex from behind, his stomach is too large and his penis is way, way too small.””
* Obese man accused of sexual assault uses micropenis, big stomach defence (Ottowa Citizen)

“The Emojibator isn’t only about a tumescent vegetable being used to achieve millennial pleasure. Rather, the researchers behind the product have tapped into cultural quirks specific to the millennial generation: we have fewer sex with partners than past generations and we’d rather not deal with people face-to-face.”
* Now you can have sex with the eggplant emoji (Salon)

“The first time I used them, I got a slight tingling, which freaked me out at first — is it time to contact my physician? But then I realized it was just the Nadkins working. That was their way of saying, “Hey, sport! These balls are clean and dry. Enjoy your day!” And I did. I enjoyed it very much.”
* A Painfully Detailed Review of Nadkins, the Napkin for Your Sweaty Balls (Esquire)

“Micha Stuntz has had so much medical grade silicone oil injected into his manhood that it now weighs 9.5lbs – the same amount as an average cat. He revealed that his super-sized schlong now measures 9 inches in length and 5.5 inches wide.”
* Man with 10lb penis reveals all about his ‘creative’ sex life (Daily Star)

“A man who has to give police 24 hours’ notice before he has sex despite being cleared of rape is to go on hunger strike. The single man, in his 40s, admitted to previously having an interest in sado-masochistic sex and used to visit a Fifty Shades Of Grey-style fetish club with an ex-partner. He has accused North Yorkshire Police of “sour grapes” after his acquittal for rape at a retrial, having spent 14 months on remand.”
* Man banned from sex without giving police 24 hours notice goes on hunger strike (Mirror UK)

THANK YOU SNOPES. “The sensationalized headlines, misleading opening sentences, and brief social media summaries of the story employed by such publications suggested to readers that the dog had developed a preternatural ability to sniff out pornography, leaving many people wondering just how it is that pornographic images (especially those stashed on computer storage devices) smell any different than other types of images…”
* Utah Gets Its First Porn-Seeking Dog? Not Really. (Snopes)

“Spectrophilia is a mysterious and exciting prospect, particularly if you’ve grown tired of the whole warm body-on-warm body thing. Maybe that’s what brought you to this particular Google search. Or perhaps you’ve brushed up against a sexy phantom and want to lure her back into your orbit. Whatever your motivations, here’s how to do that.”
* You Asked: ‘How to Attract a Ghost Sexually’ (Maxim)

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Sex News: Fellatio prosthetics, Prop 60 fails, thirst traps, Westworld’s Evan Rachel Wood

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  • “We’re in the dentistry school lab at King’s College London, which has been taken over for the day by Taiwanese artist Kuang-Yi Ku for his Fellatio Modification Project. … The next step for everyone is to design our dream oral sex prosthetic, adding texture through tiny rubber bumps, cones, ribs and ripples.”
    * Sex and dentistry: I made a fellatio prosthetic for my mouth (New Scientist)
  • “California voters rejected a ballot provision Tuesday that would have required all performers in porn movies to wear condoms, and created a variety of legal repercussions for filmmakers who did not comply. With 97 percent of precincts reporting in, Golden State voters opposed the measure by a margin of 54-46 percent.”
    * Calif. rejects mandatory condoms for porn stars (Washington Examiner)
    See also: FSC Issues Statement on Defeat of Prop 60 (XBIZ)
    My piece, with interesting details: California’s Prop 60 would make it legal to harass porn stars
  • “…Trump’s signature on The Children’s Internet Safety Presidential Pledge purportedly required him to speak out against child pornography and sex trafficking and “give serious consideration to appointing a presidential commission to examine the harmful public health impact of internet pornography on youth, families and the American culture.””
    * [Porn] Studio Heads Weigh In on Trump as President (XBIZ)
  • “Dating terms were once packaged in a palpable set that included “pinning,” “necking” and the like. Over the years, this collection has expanded to what it is today: A dizzying, infinite scroll of words like “fuckboy” and “thirst trap.” Clearly, things have gotten more complicated .”
    * A Dictionary for the Modern Dater (The OkCupid Blog/Medium)

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  • “The long wait may soon be over. Next year the first commercially available sex robots are expected to hit the market. If all goes as planned, you’ll be able to take home a robotic love doll — one that’s very lifelike and ready for interactive companionship, both romantic and sexual.”
    * State of Sex Robots: These Are the Companies Developing Robotic Lovers (Future of Sex)
  • “One of the main questions in life is: Why is sex so good? According to a new review paper, it’s because sex — like dance, yoga, and other body-based pleasures — is rhythmic, and that rhythm has a way of uniting and heightening the senses.”
    * A Fine Argument for Why Sex Is So Good (New York Magazine)
  • “From people looking to escape the anxiety and tension of waiting for election results to those trying to reach across the aisle for a bipartisan encounter, here are excerpts from the best Craigslist ads looking for Election Day sex in New York and D.C.”
    * The Best Craigslist Ads Looking for Election Day Sex (New York Magazine)
  • “A British banker (Bank of America-Merrill Lynch) was convicted of murder Tuesday for killing two Indonesian women in Hong Kong and torturing one of them over three days while using cocaine in a gruesome case that shocked the Chinese financial hub.”
    * British banker convicted in cocaine, murder, torture, sex worker case in Hong Kong (CBS News)

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  • Evan Rachel Wood: “…there’s also something to be said for showing it so that people don’t get desensitized and they are traumatized by it and see it for what it is, which is a horrendous act. We also have responsibilities to not whitewash over it. And I think that’s the angle that “Westworld” takes with it. And that’s why I was okay with it. As somebody who advocates for victims of sexual assault and a survivor myself, I never would do anything that I felt was gratuitous or fed into that in any way.”
    * ‘Westworld’ Star Evan Rachel Wood Teases Episode 5 Plot, Tackles Sexual-Violence Criticism (Variety)
  • “In true Black Mirror style, we’re being forced to consider something we’d prefer to ignore. All throughout this series, there’s some sort of reference to porn, whether it be the blatantly obvious one in “Fifteen Million Merits” or the mentally scarring one in “Shut Up and Dance.””
    * What’s Up With All The Porn In ‘Black Mirror’? (Moviepilot)

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Sex News: Prop 60 ads fail fact checks, fellatio cafe update, UK porn ID surveillance, Weiner-Trump-Cosby developments

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  • “While condom use in porn is widely supported by medical groups, the proposition doesn’t have the backing of the powerful California Medical Association, which threatened to sue the campaign for implying it supports Prop. 60. And other medical groups have come out against the measure because it could result in lawsuits that would violate the privacy of film performers. … The accusation of Prop. 60 opponents lying about who can be sued is itself a lie. Under the proposition, performers could be sued if they are also considered producers of the product — something that’s common in an overwhelmingly internet-based industry.”
    * Reality check: Pro-Proposition 60 ad is misleading (San Jose Mercury News)
  • “The firm behind a proposed Geneva café where customers can receive oral sex whilst sipping their coffee is considering using robots instead of real-life [sex workers].”
    * Geneva ‘café fellatio’ considers using sex robots (The Local)
  • Warning for survivors. “For months, people have wondered why this case isn’t getting more ― or, really, any ― attention in the press, even now that Trump faces an actual court date: a Dec. 16 status conference with the judge.”
    * Donald Trump Is Accused Of Raping A 13-Year-Old. Why Haven’t The Media Covered It? (Huffington Post)
  • Classic. “Anthony Weiner has reportedly checked himself in to an in-patient addiction center in the wake of his most recent sexting scandal. The rehab center, which has not been identified, has a counseling program for people who are addicted to cybersex, exhibitionism, anonymous sex, and pornography…”
    * Anthony Weiner Reportedly Checked In to Sex Addiction Rehab. What Does That Mean Exactly? (Yahoo)

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  • “Refinery29 has released the video “How Vibrators Are Made,” the second in a series about Doc Johnson’s manufacturing process. The newest video, which comes hot on the heels of this month’s earlier Refinery29 video, “How Sex Toys Are Made,” follows the making of Doc Johnson’s upcoming American Pop line at its North Hollywood campus.”
    * Refinery29 Releases 2nd Doc Johnson Video (XBIZ)
  • “As in past years, we gave top marks to blogs with great writing, frequent updates and sex-positive sensibilities. Of course, we threw in a few points for the blogs that entertained and inspired us the most. Then, we combined the scores from our internal staff with readers’ votes to come up with our top 100.”
    * Our Top 100 Sex Blogging Superheroes of 2016 (Kinkly)
  • “When Alexandra Fine was gearing up to launch her company’s second gadget, a handheld vibrator engineered to mimic human touch, she knew Kickstarter wasn’t likely to accept her application. The crowdfunding website does not support sex toys and rejected Fine once before.”
    * The first sex toy on Kickstarter has landed (Business Insider)
  • “U.K.-based pleasure products manufacturer Lovehoney was in Russia recently to provide training and product support for distributor/retailer Kazanova 69.”
    * Lovehoney Provides Training, Product Support in Russia (XBIZ)

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  • “Currently under review in Parliament is a law that would compel British porn sites to solicit age-verification data from people wanting to view their content. Issuing these viewers a unique porn identification number, the government would effectively commission a database of the nation’s porn consumption habits. ”
    * Welcome to the UK, Here’s Your Porn ID Viewer Number (Inverse)
  • “A new online reporting tool — which will allow victims to report cases of non-consensual sharing of intimate images (commonly referred to as “revenge porn”) as well as access “immediate and tangible” support — in under development by the Federal Government.”
    * The Australian Government Is Building A ‘Revenge Porn’ Reporting Tool (Gizmodo)
  • Warning for survivors. “Attorneys for disgraced comedian Bill Cosby are asking a judge to prevent more a dozen of his alleged victims from attending his trial on sexual assault charges. Bill Cosby’s lawyers will ask a Pennsylvania state judge on Tuesday to keep more than a dozen women who have accused the comedian of sexual assault off the witness stand at his trial on charges of molesting a former basketball coach at his alma mater.”
    * Cosby Lawyers Seek To Bar Alleged Victims From Sex Assault Trial (Huffington Post)
  • “Glamour Magazine on Tuesday named a young woman at the center of the high-profile Stanford sexual assault case one of its women of the year. Without naming her, the magazine cited the impact of Emily Doe’s powerful sentencing statement, which she read after her assailant was sentenced to six months in jail, as the reason for her award.”
    * Glamour Names Stanford Sex Assault Survivor Woman of Year (NBC Bay Area)

Main post image via Lindsey Wixson by Amanda Charchian for Garage No.11 FW 2016 (Fat Tongue)

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