Sunday Sex Reads: Best of the Week

“Eventually, over two years, she identified 48 gay men, most of them black, who were current or former gang members and willing to be interviewed. … And, yes, gay gangs (like their straight counterparts) use violence to protect their reputations and connect economically marginalized citizens with opportunities to make money in ways that violate the law. The Gang’s All Queer shows us gay gang members engaged in theft, financial fraud, and sex work. ”
Derailing Stereotypes of Masculinity, Queerness, and Gang Violence (PS Mag)

“You’ve seen the “Touch Our Junk” marquee on Bush street probably a thousand times. Our storyteller, Jesse James, brings us deep into the back room of the famed adult theater where he unwittingly became an employee after a brief interview. … When the performer finishes their routine, I’m to score them and submit their results to a file. Did the dancer appear in costume? One point. Did the dancer strip completely. One point. Did the dancer maintain an erection throughout the performance? One point. Did the dancer masturbate to completion on stage? One point. I am told that there is a monthly prize, though I’m never told what that prize is.”
San Francisco Diaries: A day in the life of a Nob Hill Theater employee (Muni Diaries)

“You can still find lolicon on Twitter, but the service has evidently been quite aggressive in removing this sort of imagery. Lolicon fans became refugees. Scala, who wrote a helpful article on the migration of lolicon fans to Mastodon, argues that Japanese users had been looking for a Twitter-like platform where they could share lolicon writing and imagery for some time. They’d used earlier, less-user friendly decentralized social networks, and when Mastodon came around, they flocked to it.”
Mastodon is big in Japan. The reason why is… uncomfortable (Medium)

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“The Baker calls her show “Naked Bakers,” simply because “Naked Baker” was already taken. It is exhibitionist, occasionally erotic, but not outwardly pornographic. This is not a bawdy parody of a baking show, or even a striptease hidden behind a Food Network veneer. Her episodes are delightfully homemade—candidly broadcasted from her Los Angeles apartment—and they’ve been successful enough to support a slew of other verticals. The $ 10 entry fee also gives you access to her private Snapchat, where you can watch the Baker indulge in Naked Gardening, Naked Cleaning, Naked Mixology, and Naked Yoga.”
How NSFW Content Makers Found a Home on Patreon (Vice)

“In 1895 an article in Scientific American—“Woman and the Wheel”—raised the question of whether women should be allowed to ride bicycles for their physical health. After all, the article concluded, the muscular exertion required is quite different from that needed to operate a sewing machine. … Yet as Scientific American’s current annual in-depth look at a topic of pressing interest shows, embedded notions of women’s inferiority persist well into the 21st century. This penchant holds true even in the sciences, where some fields emphasize intellectual brilliance—erroneously associated with white males—as a prerequisite for success, an attitude that drives away female prospects in physics and mathematics.”
The New Science of Sex and Gender (Scientific American)

“The controversy surrounding Insecure’s condom use attests to both the sense of possessiveness fans have about a show that feels quietly revolutionary in its subtle, nuanced depictions of ordinary middle class black folks, and to a larger dilemma surrounding TV shows oriented toward twenty- and thirtysomething viewers. What responsibility, if any, do TV shows geared toward “mature adults” have to depict safe sex, or to show the consequences of unsafe sex?”
Do TV Shows Have A Responsibility To Depict Safe Sex? (BuzzFeed)

“… And so after the civil war, truck drivers often carried HIV from stop to stop along the Beira corridor until they reached their families at home. Sex workers followed the money. And HIV followed them all. … [By 2016] Mozambique had become a shining example of how to battle an HIV epidemic. Yet there was a missing piece in the puzzle. Its HIV success story did not extend to the Beira corridor — it didn’t even come close.”
The Sex Workers Who Are Stopping HIV (Digg)

“Internet-connected sex toys have been on the market for a while now, but the software that operates these very personal devices remains mostly closed, meaning it’s not shared with users in a way that allows them to tinker with it. In practice this means toys ship with either a smartphone app, desktop application, or web interface designed by the manufacturer, which gives users a set of built-in settings to try, but no under-the-hood access that would allow them to modify the device.”
Here’s Why We Need More Open Source Software For Buttplugs (Motherboard/Vice)

Ménage à nahhhhhh. “On Sunday night’s episode of Insecure, Lawrence (Jay Ellis) meets two girls in a grocery store. … The whole ordeal ends with both women glaring at him, waiting for him to get his boner back. Begging the question: Are threesomes, like shower sex, bad? I see the appeal of a threesome, and I do believe that it’s possible to properly execute a threesome if you’re a porn person, a practiced unicorn, or this guy, but for civilians I have some anxieties.”
Threesomes Might Be Bad (GQ)

“In the novels and films here, four main themes are apparent with regard to sex. We fear the prospects of not having choice, human connection, pleasure, and equality when it comes to sexual relationships. In some dystopias, one or more of these supplants the others; in others, all are destroyed, often sublimated to a higher power.”
What Dystopian Fiction Can Teach Us about Building a Positive Sexual Future (Future of Sex)

This article covers the East Coast; it omits the decades of the female-led sex tech movement on the West Coast of the US and around the world. “So far, Women of Sex Tech has organized three New York events, including a pop-up marketplace for sex tech start-ups last winter and a panel discussion on sexual health policy at the Museum of Sex in Manhattan in July, and its members have been a part of countless others, such as a live taping of the “Future of Sex” podcast at Fifth House in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on Aug. 14.”
Women of Sex Tech, Unite (NYT)

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Sunday Sex Reads: Best of the Week

““How old do you think she is?” he asks, pointing at you. From the pole, upside-down in a descending angel pose, you see the whole bar and everyone inside. Two girls give lap dances in VIP rooms, the bartender scrolls through her phone, and the front door opens. A blast of aggressive sunlight and hot dust lands on Kat’s naked stomach that glows creamy-white in the red, black club. You remove your flimsy sequins bra and let it fall to the stage. Kat and her customer are a few feet away from you in low soft chairs. They think you can’t hear them.”
* Your Life As A Middle-Aged Stripper (The Establishment)

“A Norwegian man paid porn producers to create a bespoke film of women burning the stamp collection he’d spent decades building. The unnamed man had spent 40 years and a lot of money building up his stamp collection, but he started to feel depressed and lonely. He went to see a psychologist who told him stamp-collecting was a ridiculous hobby, and so the man decided to destroy his collection. Through the medium of porn. With one film for each of his ten books.”
* Custom porn is such a big industry a man once paid producers to make a film of women burning his stamp collection (Independent)

I can’t believe how awesome these are. “I gathered over 20,000 Harlequin Romance novel titles and gave them to a neural network, a type of artificial intelligence that learns the structure of text. It’s powerful enough to string together words in a way that seems almost human. 90% human. The other 10% is all wackiness. I was not disappointed with what came out. ”
* Romance Novels, Generated by Artificial Intelligence (Medium)

“My “sexual experience” consisted of doctors poking and prodding me and men looking disappointed at me for something I couldn’t explain or help. My doctors told me I could have a sexual experience in other ways. But I never bothered to ask them how that would work when I flinched at the mere touch of a man. They told me there was more to relationships than just sex. I figured that was pretty easy to say when you were able to have sex.”
* What It’s Like To Date When You Can’t Have Sex (Buzzfeed)

“Sex workers continue to mobilise, engage and fight against stigma. The hashtags #rightsnotrescue and #facesofprostitution are examples of the diverse human faces behind sex work. But one of the most insidious consequences of stigma is its ability to curtail the capacity of sex workers to fight for basic human rights.”
* The stigma of sex work comes with a high cost (The Conversation)

* Image from: Results from Clue and Kinsey’s international sex survey (Medium)

“The rest of the world may have forgotten, but [Jennifer Lawrence] is still living with the after-effects of revenge porn every day. “I think people saw [the hacking] for what it was, which was a sex crime, but that feeling, I haven’t been able to get rid of it,” she told Vogue. “Having your privacy violated constantly isn’t a problem if you’re perfect. But if you’re human, it’s terrifying. I’m always waiting to get blindsided again.””
* Jennifer Lawrence is right; the long-term effects of revenge porn live on (Telegraph)

“What’s more annoying than meeting a “straight girl” who ends up leading you on? How many Tinder profiles have to say, “I don’t want a threesome with your boyfriend”? No one wants to be someone else’s experiment. Unless you’re being paid.”
* I Went to Skirt Club, a Lesbian Sex Party for Straight Women (Autostraddle)

Warning for survivors of sexual assault. “Marta Dunjó, a design student at Central Saint Martins in London, hopes to ignite discussions about virtual reality sex and whether using it to explore “extreme sexual fantasies” such as rape may potentially rehabilitate offenders or trigger them to attack. To do so, she has created a concept for a set of virtual reality sex accessories, which include orifices covered in United Kingdom’s definition of rape.”
* Designer Says VR Kit May Help People with ‘Extreme Sexual Fantasies’ (Future of Sex)

“Some seem to think asking for intimate details about your sex life is totally okay. They want to know mechanics and details like: “How do you have sex in a wheelchair?” “Can you…?” If you’re LGBQ, they ramp it up even more. The good old “but how do lesbians have sex?” question goes on steroids when one or both partners is disabled. It doesn’t seem to occur to them that they’re being pretty rude …”
* I Beg Your Pardon? Dealing with Rude Nondisableds (Scarleteen)

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Sex News: Racist Dillon out at Gamelink, sex robot ethics report, Senate wants to change Communications Decency Act

  • Warning for survivors of sexual assault. “The repeal of a Jordanian law that allowed a rapist to escape prison by marrying his victim was bittersweet news for a Jordanian woman whose daughter was assaulted when she was just 13 years old.”
    * Jordan activists celebrate repeal of ‘marry the rapist’ law (Washington Post)

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  • If this happens it will usher in an unprecedented era of censorship. “A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced legislation Tuesday that aims to make it easier to sue and criminally prosecute operators of online classified sites like Backpage.com that have been used to advertise sex workers. The proposed bill would amend the Communications Decency Act to eliminate a provision that shields operators of websites from being liable for content posted by third-party users.”
    * Senators: Alter Internet laws to hold Backpage liable for sex trafficking (USA Today)
  • An unfortunately anti-sexwork article with interesting information about the takedown of a Yelp for sex work. “While the men came from different, mostly white-collar backgrounds, prosecutors said a disproportionate number were tech workers from the Eastside, men comfortable using their browsers to shop for what they wanted, men who could afford the $ 300-an-hour rate for sex. One customer, a software-development director for Amazon, even helped construct and maintain prostitution-related websites.”
    * Busted: How police brought down a tech-savvy prostitution network in Bellevue (Seattle Times)
  • BBC is patting itself on the back over this one. “An MP is calling for landlords who offer accommodation in exchange for sex to be prosecuted after the justice secretary told him such arrangements were already a criminal offence.”
    * ‘Sex-for-rent’ deals are illegal says justice secretary (BBC)

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  • ” For a moment in 2014, the movement to end the censorship of women’s bodies seemed to play a significant role in public discourse. And then, as many conversations on social media do, it just faded away.”
    * The nipple still isn’t free (The Outline)
  • Warning for survivors of sexual assault. “A millionaire property developer has been cleared of raping a teenager after claiming he accidently tripped and fell on her. … His semen and DNA was found inside the young woman, but he said it was possible he had semen on his hands from having sex with the 24-year-old earlier. … The jury acquitted him in just 30 minutes of deliberations.”
    * Saudi millionaire who ‘accidentally tripped and penetrated teen’ cleared of rape (Independent)
  • “Women and girls aged 15-24 account for a fifth of all new HIV infections globally. Nearly 1,000 are infected every day in sub-Saharan Africa. Infused with microbicides, the ring, which sits on the cervix, has been shown to cut infections by 56%.”
    * HIV-prevention ring trial a success among US teens (BBC)

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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)
  • “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)

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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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Sunday Sex Reads: Best of the Week

“The editors at GOOP find me “strangely confident” in my “assertion that putting a crystal in your vagina for pelvic-floor strengthening exercises would put you in danger of getting Toxic Shock Syndrome” … I did 4 years of medical school, a 5 year OB/GYN residency, a 1 year fellowship in infectious diseases, I am board certified in OB/GYN in 2 countries (…) A woman with no medical training who tells women to walk around with a jade egg in their vaginas all day, a jade egg that they can recharge with the energy of the moon no less, is the strangely confident one.”
* GOOP’s misogynistic, mansplaining hit job (Dr. Jen Gunter)

“I put it on the floor of the office and started Googling “What to do when your vibrator gets stuck” but I couldn’t concentrate on the various funny ER stories that came up thanks to Mr. Wobuffet and his determined buzzing. I figured I was just going to have to hide it under a pillow in another room until it ran out of batteries… The Pokemon’s buttons glowed blue and the app said “UPDATING FIRMWARE”.”
* Mystery Vibe Crescendo: My Misadventures With The Pokemon Vibrator (Ms. Naughty’s Porn For Women)

Warning for survivors of sexual assault, trauma, and abuse. “It’s already dark outside when Deven MacNair laces up her shoes for work. Like anyone’s job, MacNair’s occupation can fall into routine. For her, it’s a lot of direction: “Right arm on left shoulder.” “Left elbow on right hand.” “Right knee on left thigh.” That’s not a game of Twister — it’s a choreographed rape. “I never meant to be a specialist in rape scenes,” MacNair says with a touch of incredulity. “But I really am, because I’m a female stunt coordinator.””
* Rape Choreography Makes Films Safer, But Still Takes a Toll on Cast and Crew (LA Weekly)

Some may remember that I wrote this piece on racism and porn in 2009, and AVN’s response was to write a hit piece on me, attacking me personally. I am not surprised nothing has changed in AVN’s corner of the industry. ““When I went onstage, I did have my Black pride fist up in the air when I first walked out,” [Ana Foxxx] says. “And I got a large response from the crowd.” But when she invited friends to the AVN-sponsored party to preview the Showtime footage of the awards show, she found her image had been removed.”
* Does Mainstream Porn Have a Race Problem? (Glamour)

“George Orwell is said to have kicked off the arena of pop culture analysis when he published his essay “The Art of Donald McGill” in 1941. Donald McGill was a graphic artist who excelled at a certain type of vulgar postcard with a saucy punchline that could be purchased at seaside resorts in England in the first decades of the twentieth century.”
* Confessions of a Dirty Book Writer: The sexy, saucy paperback books of ‘Timothy Lea’ & ‘Rosie Dixon’ (Dangerous Minds)

“I can no longer remember the faces of the first strangers I watched have sex, only that I was in high school, and it was late at night, and I was terrified by the sight of a penis exposed, center-screen, angrily pink and erect. It was aggressive, erotic, uncensored, and entirely new. Penises are not something they show you in the movies. … Even then, I sensed I was doing something deeply wrong and perverted—not watching porn, per se, but watching it as a woman.”
* Prowling for You: On watching sex scenes as a woman (Bright Wall, Dark Room)

And yet, they still stuff our sex books down the hole in US/domestic search. “Amazon’s policies for sellers in India explicitly state that “‘adult-only’ items that are primarily sold through adult-only novelty stores and erotic boutiques are not permitted,” without specifying the reason for the ban. In contrast, Amazon’s policies for selling adult products in the United States are clear and granular, separating items into toys and games, bondage gear, fetish wear, sensual products, and “sexual furniture” like sex swings, ramps, and cushions.”
* American Tech Companies Are So Afraid Of Offending Indians That They’re Censoring All Their Products (BuzzFeed)

“For kids these days whose phones are seemingly glued to their hands (YEP, I WENT THERE), this may not be a downside. But I’m old-fashioned and I like having the controls built into the toy itself. It means I can access settings one-handed and quickly. It means if my phone isn’t charged it’s no big deal. It means I won’t slather my phone with vag juice and lube.”
* Review: We-Vibe Wish rechargeable clitoral vibrator (Hey Epiphora)

““There’s quite a bit of porn out there that appears to be non-consensual,” explains award-winning porn performer Casey Calvert, “from ‘coerced’ amateur movies to very rough ‘rape’ scenes. And yes, some of this porn is, unfortunately, shot in an unethical manner. But a lot of it is ethically produced, and if you enjoy watching this kind of content, it’s not hard to find performers and companies who enjoy shooting it. And if you don’t enjoy watching it, then don’t watch it. The content doesn’t inherently make it any less ethical.””
* How to Spot Ethically Made Porn (Slutty Girl Problems)

“It’s extremely easy to stumble across material you might find personally disturbing while looking for porn, and I had a hard time moving on when I did. But that kind of thing doesn’t really happen with animated erotica for me. I can see all sorts of fucked up things I’m not into IRL and just keep clicking by, because those fucked up things are happening to a cartoon.”
* Why Animated Porn Is the Only Porn Worth Watching (Glamour)

Main post image “The Artist by Ryan Brown” via ARTISTS PAY HOMAGE TO THE LEGENDARY ARTWORK OF HEAVY METAL MAGAZINE (Dangerous Minds)

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Eye Candy: Hot Porn Friday

… As women, our gaze is constantly talked down to on screen, our desires limited to sweet nothings and roses, or, if we get lucky, an open hand on a steamy car door in the belly of a doomed ocean liner. There are very few sex scenes—or porn films, for that matter—made for skin-hungry female eyes. Such a thing is not supposed to exist. We [women who enjoy pornography] are not supposed to exist. …

Prowling for You: On watching sex scenes as a woman (Bright Wall Dark Room)

Shona River, Mr. Clark – First movement: Inspirazione – Inspiration
Totti, Alexis Brill – Fourth movement: Controllato – Controlled

Gia Paige – No Place Like Home
Kiara Lord – Sensual Passion

Tiffany Watson, gentleman friend – The Sleeper
Jennifer White, Maya Bijou, gentleman friend – I Want To Watch

Dana Vega and Lola Bunny – Young Girlfriends Experiment Together
Pocket Tease – All Natural

Parker Marx, Lemon – Devour
Amber Nevada, Owen Gray – Captive

Belle Claire, Ricky Rascal – Your Attention
Nancy A., gentleman friend – Ice Pop

Chronicles of a Housewife
Lingerie-Clad Passion

Luna Corazon, Rina Ellis – Multiorgasmic Brunch
Bonni Belle and Vincent Casals – Coming Of Age
Performers not listed – Trying New Things – Chapter 3 (great blindfold scene)

Sadie Rose, Jonny Cooper – Jonny and Sadie
Christen Courtney, Luke Hotrod – My Stepsister Is A Slut

Anie Darling, Michael Fly – Naked Beauty
Kylie Page, Ryan D. – Between Her Tits

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Sunday Sex Reads: Best of the Week

“On the first cover, a nude man (credited as “Eldon”) sat cross-legged, his modesty preserved by shadows, as an amorous woman (credited as “Lorelei”) nuzzled him from behind. One of its cover lines: “Compulsions of the promiscuous woman.” It sold out, moving six hundred thousand copies in four days. At its peak during the late seventies, each issue sold around 1.5 million copies.”
* A Penis on Every Page: The Rise and Fall of Playgirl (Esquire)

“To keep the lie plausible, I dressed like I was going to a catering gig and slipped my sleazy outfit in my barkit bag to change into once I parked at the location: a dreary L.A. motel. I changed clothes in my car in the parking lot. I hid whipped cream, low-rent titty-clamps from Pleasure Chest and a vibrating dildo (again, nothing fancy) in the glove compartment of my shit brown 1978 Chevy Disco Nova. I was supposed to meet another girl who was scheduled to do the show with me, sight unseen.”
* All the Crazy Shit I’ve Seen as a Bachelor-Party Stripper (MEL Magazine)

“If you’ve been hanging out on the internet lately, you’ve probably seen it: a creepy group photograph of all your ex-girlfriends, in doll form. It’s the New Ken Dolls, a Mattel roll-out that starts now and keeps on going indefinitely (many of the new Kens won’t be available ’til Spring 2018, EXACTLY LIKE YOUR EX-GIRLFRIEND)!”
* 75 Lesbian Ken Dolls, Ranked By Lesbianism (Autostraddle)

“In the mid-1990s, as average American households were increasingly getting online, a “Great Internet Sex Panic” threatened to severely restrict the most significant communications medium of our time.”
* The ‘Magna Carta’ of Cyberspace Turns 20: An Interview With the ACLU Lawyer Who Helped Save the Internet (ACLU)

“As with any modern masterpiece, designer Jenna Josepher and photographer Jesse Untracht-Oakner‘s vision started with a box of dildos. SFW is an art experiment that features GIFs of sex toys that have been desexualized through jazzy design–well, somewhat desexualized. At first glance, it’s not so easy to decipher the various objects rotating and squishing about. ”
* Sex Toys Are In Need Of Rebranding And These Artists Are Doing Just That (Fast Company)

“The fight for net neutrality, the basic principle that all data on the internet should be treated equally, isn’t important only because it ensures users are able to stream the latest episode of Game of Thrones via HBO GO just as easily as they can watch the latest Pewdiepie video on YouTube. For companies on the fringe of mainstream media, like the adult entertainment industry, the end of an open internet could have dire consequences for their businesses and free speech.”
* Porn Companies Tell Us Why the End of Net Neutrality Will Make Porn Boring (Motherboard)

“There’s also the introduction of a new “Safe Mode.” Tumblr has always had a porn problem; adult content makes up a ton of the site’s traffic, but turns away advertisers. An estimate from analytics service SimilarWeb says around 20.53 percent of Tumblr’s desktop site’s total traffic is for adult content. Less than a week after it became official that Verizon was buying Yahoo, Tumblr announced that it would begin filtering “sensitive content” on the site more aggressively and requiring users to sign in if they want to view blogs designated “explicit.””
* Yahoo didn’t kill Tumblr but Verizon surely will (The Outline)

“Yu, a gentle-looking man in his early forties, with the placid demeanor of a yoga instructor, works as a mistress dispeller, a job that barely existed a decade ago but is becoming common in major Chinese cities. His clients are women who hope to preserve their marriages by fending off what is known in Chinese as a xiao san, or “Little Third”—a term that encompasses everything from a partner in a casual affair to a long-term “kept woman.” Mistress dispellers use a variety of methods.”
* China’s Mistress-Dispellers (The New Yorker)

“I click on a Reddit post and squint as the link loads. The silhouette of a woman appears, in grainy black and white. Just as the camera pans over her bare breasts, the gif glitches and replays from the beginning. At first I think something’s wrong with my laptop, but then I realize I’ve just found an example of glitch porn, a type of erotica that combines internet art borrowed from genres like vaporwave with hardcore porn. It’s a subsection of glitch art, which is itself a distinct category.”
* Glitch Porn Makes Being Naked on the Internet Interesting Again (Motherboard)

“Linking sex to consumption has a long history in advertising, dating all the way back to 1871 when Pearl Tobacco released an ad that depicted a nude woman floating above stormy seas. Pearl is largely credited with being the first company to take their advertisements in this direction. ”
* Sex Sells? No, It Doesn’t (Discover)

Warning for survivors of sexual assault and abuse. “Kim gave the pastor only a partial, fuzzy account of what had happened to her; as a child raised in a fundamentalist “haven,” she lacked the vocabulary to describe sex acts, let alone understand them. But rather than call Kim’s parents or contact the police, the shocked cleric turned to a higher authority, placing an urgent call to ABWE headquarters in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. That, Kim would realize many years later, was when the cover-up began.”
* The Silence of the Lambs (New Republic)

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