Sex News: Anti-porn law stalker, Facebook in hot water, neural lace and orgasm, RealDoll’s sex robot

  • “Conservative lawmakers in over a dozen states are pushing a bill that would force consumers to pay a ransom to access pornography … And the only thing more bizarre than the Human Trafficking Prevention Act itself might be the man behind it … Chris Sevier (aka Mark Sevier, aka Chris Severe) once famously tried to legally marry his computer to protest same-sex marriage, and was charged with stalking and harassing both country star John Rich and a 17-year-old girl … Sevier has a warrant out for his arrest in Tennessee (…)”
    * The Man Who Wants to Tax Porn Thinks His Past Assault Case Is ‘Fake News’ (Daily Beast)
  • “Over the course of a month YouPorn surveyed thousands of women to get a better sense of what makes them tick. … 1 in 4 YouPorn visitors are female. … with this survey we’re going beyond the surface and scratching much deeper to take a closer look at how women in particular interact with porn.”
    * What Women Really Want When it Comes to Porn; a YouPorn Survey (YouPorn)
  • Facebook is quick to ban people like me and anyone posting about human sexuality, but… “Facebook has been accused of refusing to take down child porn and terrorist propaganda posted on the site, despite being made aware of it. Robust allegations made by The Times following an investigation claim the world’s biggest social media site could even be prosecuted in the UK, as some material was identified as illegal by a top barrister.”
    * Facebook ‘refused to remove child porn and terrorist propaganda’ (Metro UK)
  • “The robotic head is far from complete, but when it finally goes on sale (for about $ 10,000), it could be the world’s first commercially viable gynoid. She’s not the first of her kind, but take one look at Harmony’s predecessors, and it becomes clear she that was cut from a different cloth.”
    * RealDoll’s first sex robot took me to the uncanny valley (Engadget)

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  • “Elon Musk, billionaire business magnate and tech mogul, has launched a startup called Neuralink, which aims to connect brains and computers using implantable electrodes. Musk hopes that these “neural laces”—a term borrowed from the science-fiction novels of Iain M. Banks—will allow humans to remain competitive with advanced AI. … The neural laces of Banks’s utopian Culture novels are biomechanical meshes that regulate endogenous chemicals, increase memory storage, and enhance intelligence. They also augment orgasms.”
    * What Elon Musk’s ‘Neural Lace’ Project Could Mean for the Future of Sex (Future of Sex)
  • “Pushing beyond the ripped-Californian-pizza-boy-bangs-tanned-Californian-beach-babe paradigm, [London’s first Porn Film Festival] introduced audiences to a world of queer, feminist erotica with actual relevance to our messy, marginalised sex lives.”
    * Behind the scenes at London’s first queer porn festival (Dazed)
  • “From the start, Stubblefield claimed that “D.J.,” as he’s known in court documents, consented to their affair through what’s called “facilitated communication.” That is to say, he typed out his words on a portable keyboard, with her hand supporting his and pulling back against his frequent muscle spasms. ”
    * Can a Multiple-Choice Quiz Prove a Disabled Man Consented to Sex? (Slate)

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  • “MindGeek’s PornHub once again was made available in Russia, according to reports. The Roskomnadzor, which is Russia’s communications regulator, blocked the adult tube site property in September after it issued a ruling that said the site could be harmful to users. Roskomnadzor spokesman Vadim Ampelonsky stated in media reports that access to the site was opened on April 7 “by court order,” and that the PornHub case was sent for a new review.”
    * PornHub Gets Unbanned in Russia (XBIZ)
  • “Yet somehow, in assuming that there must be a TV show, or a book, or a secret art project, I forgot the number one driving force behind nearly all Instagram trends. Why have you created a puppet? Why does your puppet have genitals made out of felt?”
    * Inside the sex, money, and scandal of Instagram’s puppet community (New Statesman)
  • “Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta of design label Eckhaus Latta recently ignited controversy with images from their new spring 2017 campaign. The designers got real people (not professional models) to actually have sex for the ads, where pixelated sections leave little to the imagination.”
    * Real People Had Real Sex In These NSFW Fashion Ads (Huffington Post, main post image via)

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Sex News: Porn and HTTPS, sex worker DNA collection, CineKink winners, Vimeo slaps antigays

  • “A new law in Ireland which makes it illegal to purchase sex but not to sell it came into force Monday. [Ireland is the latest country to adopt the so-called Swedish model, whereby the purchasers of sex are prosecuted while the sellers are not.] The law has divided opinion, with some groups claiming it will protect sex workers and others worried about the consequences of criminalization.”
    * Ireland makes paying for sex illegal (Politico)
  • “On April 4, both Pornhub and its sister site, YouPorn, will turn on HTTPS by default across the entirety of both sites. By doing so, they’ll make not just adult online entertainment more secure, but a sizable chunk of the internet itself.”
    * The World’s Biggest Porn Site Goes All-In on Encryption (Wired)

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  • “Utah has become the first state to allow civil lawsuits against distributors of adult content for mental and physical damages incurred by minors accessing such material. … [it follows] a resolution last year that declared the distribution of porn to be a “public health crisis.”
    * New Utah Law Opens Adult Sites to Lawsuits (XBIZ)
  • “The [Kansas] House has advanced a resolution condemning pornography – warning that it treats women as objects, lowers the desire to marry and can lead to erectile dysfunction.”
    * Kansas House votes to condemn porn (The Wichita Eagle)

  • Misleading headline: Chrome displays a winky emoticon if you open more than 100 tabs in Incognito Mode. “Instead of the normal tab counter in the top right-hand corner, users will see the cheeky face. A winky face -;) -appears on Android devices. Open 100 tabs on your iOS device, and you’ll be greeted with a less knowing, more innocent smiley.”
    * Google pokes at you if you watch too much porn using Chrome Incognito Mode (TechWorm)
  • “Following multiple days of screenings and parties culminating in its 14th annual awards show, CineKink has announced the winners of its 2017 adult film festival. … Audience Choice Awards for CineKink 2017 were given to “Snapshot” (Shine Louis Houston) for “Best Narrative Feature” … The CineKink Tribute, recognizing extraordinary depictions of kink and sex-positivity in mainstream film and television, was presented to the feature film “Deadpool”.”
    * CineKink Announces 2017 Award Winners (XBIZ)

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  • “My biggest regret was leaving the industry. Leaving all of that money and trying to get the world to like me. They still don’t, and they never will. I should have just put in another five years at least so that in more my smart financial years as I was older, I could have saved enough to live comfortably for the rest of my life.”
    * Former porn star Bree Olson breaks her silence (Daily Dot)
  • Warning for survivors of sexual abuse and assault. “Though there has been no official statement on the service’s blog or Twitter account, a number of recent posts on Reddit’s r/discordapp have appeared in the past 24 hours relating to “CP [child porn] botnets,” “porn image spamming,” and server admins mass-alerting their communities to the presence of these nefarious users via copied-and-pasted messages such as this one …”
    * Discord Has a Child Porn Problem (Gizmodo)

  • “That disturbing and creepy Marines United naked pictures scandal — which exposed bad behavior on the part of thousands of officers and has garnered international attention — just hit close to home here in San Francisco.”
    * Nude Marine Photo Scandal Hits San Francisco (SF Weekly)
  • “The terrifying carnivore, which stood 20 feet tall and had jaws bristling with serrated teeth up to nine inches long, had a snout as sensitive to touch as human fingertips, say scientists. … The US researchers wrote in the journal Scientific Reports: “In courtship, tyrannosaurids might have rubbed their sensitive faces together as a vital part of pre-copulatory play.””
    * Tyrannosaurus rex was a sensitive lover, new dinosaur discovery suggests (Guardian UK)

Main post image via ‘Grindhouse Girls’ of the 50s and 60s: An eye-popping set of sexy black & white trading cards (Dangerous Minds)

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Sex News: Radley Metzger RIP, Geek Squad paid by FBI, Cupertino hates sex ed

  • Celebrated erotic filmmaker Radley Metzger died this weekend. He influenced me more than I can express. Our friends at Pink Label have a great writeup: “In the 1970s, using the name Henry Paris, Metzger directed some of the most famous and technically accomplished films of the so-called ‘porno chic’ genre, such as The Private Afternoons of Pamela Mann (1974), Naked Came the Stranger (1975), and The Opening of Misty Beethoven (1976). ”
    * It’s the in-between that counts. Radley Metzger 1929 – 2017 (Pink Label)
  • “While there is no question that Geek Squad technicians have notified authorities after finding child porn, the new court documents assert that there is a deeper relationship than has previously been revealed between the company and federal authorities. The court is now considering the extent of that relationship and whether it is grounds to throw out a pending child porn case, though it could also have ramifications for the dozens of cases which originate from the Kentucky facility annually.”
    * Records show deep ties between FBI and Best Buy computer technicians looking for child porn (Washington Post)
  • “London Fields is getting messy. The latest legal battle over the crime flick is a tug-of-war between star Amber Heard and producer Christopher Hanley. … This week, Heard’s team shot back with a counter-claim … that the “lascivious and sexploitive couple” recorded explicit nude scenes with Heard’s body double after the actress had finished filming.”
    * Amber Heard Sues Over Body Double’s Explicit Sex Scenes (NY Mag)
  • “The biggest lesson I’ve learned from writing porn is that sexuality as subject matter is limitless. You can let your imagination take you into the deepest corners of your psyche and, if you can get comfortable going there, you will learn so much about what make people tick.”
    * We Asked People What They Learned Writing Porn (Vice)

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  • “Today, there is no doubt in the medical community that the increase in HPV-related cancers such as the one [Michael] Douglas described — which he later explained was found at the base of his tongue — is caused by sexual practices, in his case cunnilingus. ”
    * What men should know about cancer that spreads through oral sex (Washington Post)

  • “The seat, moulded to include a protruding penis and chest [and a “men-only” label], was designed to highlight sexual harassment experienced by female passengers. … The video showed men sitting down on the seat and then jumping up again in shock.”
    * Mexico City metro’s ‘penis seat’ sparks debate (BBC News)
  • Tech burb Cupertino is grossly conservative and believes their kids have uncomplicated lives. “Thousands of California parents have signed a petition calling on their school district to suspend a proposed sex ed curriculum, aghast that it contains descriptions of vaginal, oral, and anal sex. Advocates explain why their outrage is misguided.”
    * Furious Parents Protest Sex Ed Curriculum for Actually Discussing Sex (Vice)

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Sunday Sex Reads: Best of the Week

“At the time our Constitution was adopted, there were no laws in the United States against obscenity. Sexually explicit expression was widely available. It was only in the nineteenth century that religious moralists, such as Anthony Comstock, instituted laws prohibiting the distribution of “obscene” materials.”
* The Constitution’s Complex Relationship With Sex & Obscenity (TIME)

“Sergi Santos is a man with a mission: He wants to make sure robotic sex dolls that enjoy the sex as much as the humans ― or at least act like they do. The Barcelona-based engineer has just created a sex doll named “Samantha,” who is equipped with the latest advancements in artificial intelligence.”
* Engineer Creates Sex Robot That Needs To Be Romanced First (Huffington Post)

“On the Internet, she goes by the name Vanessa Luna, starring in porn videos that highlight her ample rear end. Police believe she used her real name, Ruth Planas, to help women enlarge their own butts by operating an unlicensed clinic in a West Miami-Dade strip mall.”
* A porn actress, a bogus doc and a butt implant gone bad — it’s a Miami crime story (Miami Herald)

“Our intervention strategies to understand and address the problems from these issues must be nuanced and complex. Simplistic answers such as “because of misogyny” will be unsuccessful, as they do not reflect the complexity of the motivations behind nonconsensual nude photo sharing.”
* Why Men Post Revenge Porn Pictures (Psychology Today)

This is fantastic. “In a new survey from LGBTQ advocacy organization GLAAD, conducted by Harris Poll, those open minds are reflected in the numbers: 20% of millennials say they are something other that strictly straight and cisgender, compared to 7% of boomers. The people in that group may be be a little sexually curious about people of their own gender or may reject the notion that they have a gender in the first place.”
* Behind the TIME Cover Story: Beyond ‘He’ or ‘She’ (TIME)
See also: Get to Know the New Pronouns: They, Theirs, and Them (Advocate)

“Other smokers report much the same — that the link between marijuana and arousal is so strong as to be problematic. But the internet is equally rife with stories of weed-related erectile dysfunction, suggesting a dual meaning for “stoner boner”: Either it’s an automatic, insistent hard-on, or it’s a frustratingly flaccid member. What could account for this contradiction?”
* What dudes won’t tell you about pot and sex (Mic)

“The museum’s website boasts that it is “probably the only museum in the world to contain a collection of phallic specimens belonging to all the various types of mammal found in a single country.” That’s a very specific niche to fill.”
* The Icelandic Phallological Museum Is a Unique Monument to the Glory of the Penis (Unicorn Booty)

GREAT article. “In Pornocracy: The New Sex Multinationals, a new documentary playing at SXSW, French filmmaker Ovidie argues that the rise of free porn online has ruined the industry, forcing performers into rough and degrading acts in order to stand out and corrupting the sexual expectations of our youth. … But Ovidie—a self-professed “proud femporn director for 17 years, now mainly documentarist”—seems confused about porn’s past and way too pessimistic about its future. Yes, the industry has changed, but it was way less rosy to start with than Ovidie portrays it and things are way less dire than she says they are now.”
* Yes, Porn Is Kinkier Than It Used to Be. It’s Also More Feminist, Varied, and Inclusive (Reason)

“Until the early 1900s, it was common for American towns and cities to have a red-light district filled with saloons, dance halls, brothels, and other venues that offered a continuum of indulgences in intoxication and sex. San Francisco had three—the Barbary Coast was the most famous—but, starting in the 1890s and ending in the 1910s, across the country cities large and small segregated their “sporting class” into neighborhoods designated for scandalous behavior. ”
* Most American Cities Once Had Red-Light Districts (Atlas Obscura)

Note: Article defines sex as reproduction and suggests pleasure is for perverts. “Experts say that whether and how reproduction works is just one of a number of medical and biological questions related to long-duration space travel to which we need better answers and more, more-diverse data.”
* Space Sex Is Serious Business (FiveThirtyEight)

“Concerned from the beginning about labelling a stranger a sex offender, I wouldn’t publicly acknowledge the insinuation until more than a month later. I would avoid the question when asked, and fight off the temptation to acknowledge the hundreds of messages that would tie him inexorably to my case.”
* How I Hunted My Sex-Assault Suspect Online and on Mexico Streets (Daily Beast)

Main post image via: Painted Ladies and Broken Figurines: The dark feminist art of Jessica Harrison (Dangerous Minds; Jessica Harrison)

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Eye Candy: Lots of hot new indie porn!

Do you ever wonder how I put these Eye Candy posts together?

I subscribe to a TON of newsletters and creators often email me personally. This lets me see all the new galleries from a very wide variety of production houses and artists. I’m constantly looking for new sites and filmmakers, and I have a really strict screening process. They gotta be indie, as in, none of the “old boys’ school” mass-market porn sites (with rare exceptions for diverse performers/portrayals). In almost every case, I actually know the people behind the sites I’m linking to. I’ve gone out of my way to find out who these people are.

It has to be “fair trade” porn: Everyone must be treated well, they want to be there (and you can tell), and the performers have sex that is safe and clearly consensual. I weight my selections toward diverse people and scenarios; I go out of my way to find a range of body types and sex acts, great chemistry, and I look for all skin colors and genders. I seek out kink-positive porn as well as great vanilla sex. It has to be sex-positive. Above all, the focus has to be on everyone’s pleasure, and I go out of my way to find porn made by women, people of color, and queers. Small studios, arty productions, and porn from all over the world is a plus. I seldom find the diversity that I want to have all in one post, but that varies from week to week.

Then, I comb through everyone’s new stuff and make my selections — and I actually look at what I’m posting to make sure it’s hot, sex-positive, sexually explicit, worth your time, and safe for your browsers. Ultimately I hope you enjoy it in a most personal way, while seeing that the world of online porn isn’t what most people think it is. It’s work, but it amazes me every single week to see the variety, the art, the sexiness, the trends, and the exciting continuum of new creators who constantly change the way I see sex. Thank you for being on this journey with me.

Erika Korti, Luna Corazon – Sweating
Cassie Fire, Penelope Cum – Delphian

Nancy A., Martin – Strip Tease
Anie Darling, Charlie Dean – Petite Eighteen

New from Lucie Blush:
Maria Riot, Jesse Stryder – Mirror, Mirror

Molly Dae, Morgana Muses – Breathtaking
Angel, Heidi Cruz – Merger

New from Erika Lust:

Ramon Nomar, Jessie Andrews – Portrait Of A Call Girl (Chapter 3)
Jessie Andrews – Portrait Of A Call Girl (Chapter 4)
(Winner of four AVN Awards for best actress, best director, best feature and the AVN´s first Movie of the Year award.)

Tiffany Doll, Phil Hollyday – Pulsion (Chapter 2)
Emy Russo – Pulsion (Chapter 4)

Veruca James, Reed Jameson – Pet Training
Lorelei Lee, Zane Anders – Lorelei’s Pleasure

Anissa Kate, Juan Lucho – A Night to Remember
Anissa Kate, Amber Nevada, Ena Sweet – Wet and Wild

Summer Day, Anya Olsen, Brad Knight – Love Lessons
Kirra, Nimfa – Toys And Tongues

New sexy amateur site from the women-run team at Art of BlowjobYour VR Porn.

Lucy Heart – Your Slave
Gabi Sombra – Feathers

Eveline Dellai, Nick Vargas – Come Swim With Me
Cayla Lyons, gentleman friend – Encounter By The Lake

April Flores, Milcah Halili – Crash Pad 234
Valentine and Calico – Crash Pad 232

Aislin – Still Life
Kalisy – Thirst Quenching

Daisy Ducati, D. Arclyte – Drown in my Squirt
Ramon, Simone, Chloe – The Upper Floor
Stella Cox, many friends – Public Disgrace

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Sex News: UK banks spy for sex, Mass Effect sex choices, War Machine guilty, Brexit affects sex toy sector

  • Warning for survivors of sexual assault, abuse, and trauma. ” A jury has found War Machine guilty on 29 felony counts stemming from an attack on adult star and ex-girlfriend Christy Mack and her friend in August 2014. … During the reading of verdicts, War Machine appeared shaking his head in amazement. Several moments, he was even smiling. With the number of individual convictions on serious counts, War Machine is possibly facing a life sentence.”
    * War Machine Found Guilty on 29 Counts, Faces Possible Life Sentence (XBIZ)
    See also: War Machine Sentencing Date Moved Up to May 10 (XBIZ)
  • “Everyone knows that the only correct choice for making the Rigellian laborbeast with two backs in Mass Effect is a turian—specifically, one special top-shelf turian named Garrus “Archangel” Vakarian—and the only reason you can’t bang Garrus as a dude Shepard is because the resulting bromance-romance would shake the pillars of heaven, and then the game would be over because what kind of finale could top that?”
    * The correct alien sex choices in the Mass Effect trilogy (Ars Technica)
  • “Most players are content to use the PlayStation VR headset for video games, thanks to a raft of excellent titles for Sony’s PlayStation 4 . … But thanks to an app called Littlstar, gamers have found a way to side-load virtual reality content onto the console. An update to the app now allows users to output any full 3D 360 video onto the PlayStation VR headset.”
    * Gamers are using this crafty technique to watch VR PORN on the PlayStation 4 (Mirror)

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  • “Organizers of the ETO Show, put on by the publishers of the U.K.’s ETO magazine, have canceled the summer trade event. … One reason why organizers put the show on hold this year was the mounting anxiety with adult entertainment and sex toy distributors over “Brexit,” the coined term for the expected departure of the U.K. from the E.U.”
    * ‘Brexit’ a Key Factor in ETO Show’s Cancellation (XBIZ)
  • “… Over the course of the first season, Tracey’s sexual hijinks include an attempt to sit on her partner’s face, with her pants on; a disastrous threesome; and literally blowing on a man’s penis (because that’s clearly what a blow job is, right?). It’s in these moments of unfettered sexual exploration that Chewing Gum becomes (hilariously) transcendent.”
    * “She’s Not Holding Back:” Michaela Coel on Chewing Gum’s Lovable, Sex-Obsessed Heroine (ELLE)

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  • “MormonLeaks founder Ryan McKnight, a former Mormon who lives in Las Vegas, sought out [Marc] Randazza’s legal help after the church sent him a takedown notice on March 1 after MormonLeaks published an internal PowerPoint presentation prepared for senior-level church officials.”
    * Industry Attorney Marc Randazza Takes on the Mormons (XBIZ)
  • “Are porn search terms and keywords the Rorschach test of the ages? If you ask comedian Sarah Silverman, possibly. The 46-year-old posted an Instagram screenshot of her general “recent searches” on her phone. The keywords of choice revealed a few things about the two-time Emmy award-winning actress. It noted: 1. She has a fear of “pooping in public.” And: 2. She’s unearthed an entirely new porn genre for women who crave dirty talk without the guilt trip.”
    * Sarah Silverman Introduced Us To A New Category In Porn (Refinery 29)
  • “Things are not looking good for Matt Hickey. The former tech journalist, who is currently being held in King County jail on four separate charges of second-degree rape, failed to respond to the Attorney General Office’s lawsuit against his fake porn scam. As a result, on Tuesday a King County judge granted the Attorney General’s motion for a default judgment against Hickey.”
    * Matt Hickey Has to Pay $ 332,000 for His Fake Porn Scam, Judge Rules (The Stranger)
  • Warning for survivors of sexual assault, abuse, and trauma. “Chicago Police are searching for as many as six people involved in the sexual assault of a teenage girl that was broadcast on Facebook Live, a police spokesman said.”
    * Police: 40 people watched Facebook Live rape (CNN)

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