Sex News: Porn stars hate Ted Cruz, something about The Deuce, Seattle mayor resigns, creepily naughty nurses

  • “Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Wednesday dismissed the reaction to his official Twitter account “liking” a pornographic tweet, saying … “I am saying that consenting adults should be able to do whatever they want in their bedrooms. The media and the left seem obsessed with sex, let people do what they want.”” This runs contrary to Cruz’s 76-page legal brief defending the Texas ban on the sale of sex toys, in which he said the government should be granted “police powers” for the purposes of “discouraging prurient interests in sexual gratification, combating the commercial sale of sex, and protecting minors.” Furthermore, using “obscene devices,” the state argued, was akin to “hiring a willing prostitute or engaging in consensual bigamy.”
    * Cruz on porn tweet: ‘The media and the left seem obsessed with sex’ (The Hill)
    See also: Ted Cruz Doesn’t Believe You Have the Right to Masturbate (Vanity Fair)
    See also: Porn stars hate Ted Cruz (YouTube)

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  • Not sure anyone here knows the difference between sex trafficking and sex work, and that’s disturbing. “Bitcoin is often described as an anonymous way to pay online, but a group of researchers says that data revealed through the cryptocurrency might help track down sex traffickers. In a paper presented last month at the Association for Computing Machinery’s annual conference on knowledge discovery and data mining, researchers analyzed sex-related ads placed on the controversial classified listings site Backpage. ”
    * Researchers Say Bitcoin Data Could Help Spot Sex Traffickers (Fast Company)
  • “Five nurses at Denver Health Medical Center were suspended for three weeks after they inappropriately viewed a deceased patient’s body and talked about it, a hospital spokesman confirmed to Denver7 Investigates Tuesday. A tip to Denver7 said the nurses disciplined admired the size of the deceased patient’s genitals and at one point opened a body bag to view parts of the body.”
    * Denver nurses suspended for opening body bag to admire man’s genitals (Denver Post)
  • “Mario Ambrose Antoine, a Kansas City-area man who posed as an adult producer and talent agent to dupe women into having sex and film them, was sentenced today to 10 years in federal prison without parole. Antoine admitted to federal prosecutors that he defrauded at least 10 victims in a scheme that lasted for five years up until this past October.”
    * Man Who Used ‘Porn Auditions’ to Con Women Sentenced to 10 Years (XBIZ)
  • “The unions, which have a combined membership of over 600,000, are calling for the UK to adopt full decriminalisation, similar to the approach adopted by New Zealand, which since 2003 has provided sex workers with legal protections. As it stands in the UK, it is illegal for people selling sex to share premises or organise work with others.”
    * Major unions are getting behind decriminalisation of sex work in the UK (Left Forward)

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Sex News: Netflix warning, Peter Thiel’s unethical herpes trial, Insecure’s sexplosion, more

  • “This year’s Netflix series Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On is a look at young women who enter the adult video industry. … “We have received nearly a dozen reports of adult performers who say they were manipulated, coerced or lied to during the production of Netflix’s Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On,” Siouxsie Q. James, director of policy and industry relations for FSC, said in a statement.”
    * Porn Biz Warns Performers About Netflix’s Hot Girls Wanted (LA Weekly)
  • “… Wait, what?! Hold on. Did the show accidentally travel to 1992? Is this an outtake from that Jamie Foxx movie Booty Call? The fact that Tiffany’s interest in blow jobs is equated to whiteness is hilariously tone deaf. Blow jobs are a very basic component of having sex. The idea that black women are against them seems ripped from bad stereotypes about a previous generation. …”
    * Insecure Recap: Sexplosion (Vulture)

  • “This week, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a cornerstone of the law, an adult video film permit. The $ 1,671 document will allow producers to make videos for two years. It will also allow county health inspectors to visit sets and make sure condoms are being used.”
    * It Now Costs $ 1,671 for Permission to Film a Porno (LA Weekly)

    “The only real winners since the passage of Measure B have been lawyers and moralists. … Predictably, the measure’s primary effect has been to drive the industry out of the county, which might make those particularly concerned about the moral purity of L.A. County happy, but does absolutely nothing to protect adult film performers overall.”
    * Porn producers should be heard by L.A. County officials (Los Angeles Daily News)

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  • “On Sunday, The Wrap published an explosive article from [Joss Whedon ex-wife] Kai Cole, stating that Whedon cheated on her with “actresses, co-workers, fans and friends” throughout their 16-year marriage. She paints an unsettling picture of a man who allegedly exploited his feminist reputation to behave like a stereotypically creepy Hollywood producer, sleeping with young actresses while lying to his wife.”
    * Joss Whedon’s Alleged Sex Scandals May Destroy His Feminist Image (Daily Dot)
  • “The teenage daughter of a police dispatcher at the center of a Northern California sexual misconduct scandal involving two dozen officers has filed a lawsuit against one of the law enforcement agencies, her attorney announced Friday. … She alleges that she had sexual encounters with four Richmond Police officers in exchange for protection from arrest and tipoffs to prostitution operations. She also alleges a fifth officer fondled her. Several officers face criminal charges.”
    * Teen sues Northern California police over sex scandal (Washington Post)

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