Sex News: Dick and Morty, Twitter’s new rules, Nintendo Switch for adults, Trump assault subpoena

Image from the Heart Throbs and Hounds 2018 calendar, via Hornet.

  • “Despite the fact that she’d only given Facebook information from her vanilla identity, the company had somehow discerned her real-world connection to these people—and, even more horrifyingly, her account was potentially being presented to them as a friend suggestion too, outing her regular identity to them. Because Facebook insists on concealing the methods and data it uses to link one user to another, Leila is not able to find out how the network exposed her or take steps to prevent it from happening again.”
    * How Facebook Outs Sex Workers (Gizmodo)
  • “A Maryland man arrested after authorities said they found child pornography on his cellphone worked for Trump’s voter fraud commission, according to a senior administration official. … Trump launched the commission after making unfounded claims that millions of fraudulently cast ballots cost him the popular vote in last year’s election against Democrat Hillary Clinton. The commission is chaired by Vice President Pence ”
    * Trump voter fraud commission researcher arrested on child pornography charges (Washington Post)
  • “Our definition of “non-consensual nudity” is expanding to more broadly include content like upskirt imagery, “creep shots,” and hidden camera content. Given that people appearing in this content often do not know the material exists, we will not require a report from a target in order to remove it.”
    * Here Are Twitter’s Latest Rules for Fighting Hate and Abuse (Wired)
  • “[the WSJ] reports Nintendo is explicitly encouraging game makers to release more risqué content on the Switch. “I thought it wouldn’t be possible to release such a game for the Switch, but surprisingly, Nintendo gave me positive feedback,” said Inti Creates CEO Takuya Aizu (Gal Gun 2). Another unnamed developer said Nintendo’s stance toward more violent and sexual content in games on its console “was passive until now, but that is no longer the right word to describe its stance today.””
    * Why aren’t there more “Mature” games for Nintendo Switch? (Ars technica)

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  • “If you’ve been on your social medias you will probably have seen a lot of people saying #MeToo lately. They are probably women or another marginalised gender. As you can read here it started over 10 years ago but is now trending because of Harvey Weinstein. You might be wondering what you can do to be useful right now. Here are some ideas.”
    * #MeToo – What Men Can Do To Be Useful (Bish Training)
  • “In a tweet to the Rick and Morty account last night (October 13), Pornhub shared the link to new parody ‘Dick and Morty’ along with the caption, “I’m really really really sorry”. The Rick and Morty account, run by the show’s writers and creators, joked: “Not sure if this is canon” … They added: “NSFW/NSFC-137,” – ‘Not Safe For Work’ or ‘Not Safe For C-137’ – referring to the C-137 dimension in which first season of Rick & Morty begins.”
    * Rick and Morty porn parody: how the show’s creators reacted (NME)
  • “A high-stakes legal showdown is brewing for Donald Trump, as a woman who said he groped her has subpoenaed all documents from his campaign pertaining to “any woman alleging that Donald J. Trump touched her inappropriately.” The subpoena — whose contents have not been previously reported — was issued in March but entered into the court file last month. The White House did not respond to a request for comment, nor did Trump’s attorney.”
    * Subpoena Orders Trump To Turn Over Documents From Assault Allegations (BuzzFeed)

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  • “Larry Flynt’s ad in the Sunday edition of The Washington Post is hard to miss. For one, it takes up a full page. And there are no pictures — just bold, all-caps text dominating the top third of the page: “$ 10 MILLION FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO THE IMPEACHMENT AND REMOVAL FROM OFFICE OF DONALD J. TRUMP.””
    * Have dirt that could impeach Trump? Larry Flynt will pay you $ 10 million. (Washington Post)
  • “Pornhub announced that it is using machine learning and facial recognition to detect over 10,000 porn stars across the site in a bid to make searching for your favorite star or fetish more efficient. So far, it’s scanned 50,000 videos in the last month of beta testing, and Pornhub plans to scan all five million videos currently hosted on the site by early next year.”
    * Facial Recognition for Porn Stars Is a Privacy Nightmare Waiting to Happen (Motherboard)

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Sex News: Weinstein denies rape accusations, PornHub malware warning, intersex rights, sex toy security

  • “Film producer Harvey Weinstein has denied raping three women after allegations were made in US magazine The New Yorker. It claims Weinstein forced sex on the women, including actress Asia Argento. In addition, actresses Mira Sorvino and Rosanna Arquette are also among those who say they were sexually harassed by the producer.”
    * Harvey Weinstein denies rape accusations (BBC)
  • “Wow! Jennifer and her team look really professional and ready to take on anything! It’s no wonder their project succeeded and they’re looking to celebrate. Maybe you could trade war stories with them about projects past, or hear some of their stories about what it took to make it this far. One thing’s for sure though, no matter how drunk you get: do not masturbate in front of them.”
    * The Rock Test: A Hack for Men Who Don’t Want To Be Accused of Sexual Harassment (Medium)
  • Pretty sure that in many sentences the author means “gender” where they have written the word “sex.” So frustrating. “I met Adams through InterACT, an advocacy organization for young people who are intersex — meaning they were born with some combination of chromosomes, hormones, gonads or genitals that defy social expectations of sex, including the expectation that sex is dichotomous. “Intersex” is a broad umbrella that is often used to encompass dozens of variations, from unusual karyotypes, such as XXY, to hormone insensitivities that can cause a person with XY chromosomes and internal testes to develop as an externally typical female.”
    * The intersex rights movement is ready for its moment (Washington Post)

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  • “Equality Utah has settled the first-of-its-kind lawsuit brought against the state of Utah a over sex-education law that banned positive discussions of homosexuality in public schools. So-called “no promo homo” law is out and state school board informs schools of anti-discrimination policy for all students.”
    * Equality Utah, state schools settle lawsuit over anti-gay sex-ed policies (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • “The piece — “Domestikator” by the collective Atelier Van Lieshout, whose outline depicts copulation — was to go on view on Oct. 19 in the Louvre’s Tuileries Gardens as part of Hors les Murs, a public art program organized by the Fiac contemporary art fair. “This is something that should not happen,” Joep van Lieshout, the collective’s founder, said in a telephone interview [referring to the decision to remove the piece].”
    * Louvre Pulls Sculpture, Saying It Was Sexually Explicit (NYT)
  • SiliconWives.com has announced the expansion of its product line to include a sex robot named “Emma.” According to the company, Emma is the first mass-market intelligent sex robot offering an impressive range of features, including speech recognition, artificial intelligence, touch sensing technology, and body temperature control.”
    * Silicon Wives Debuts Intelligent Sex Robot ‘Emma’ (XBIZ)
  • “If I don’t feel I’m suitable for the client, I’ll let her know in the most polite way possible. There’ll be a million tale-tale signs but it all boils down to your gut instinct. The way they communicate with you, the questions they ask, trying to haggle about the rates and prove how big my d*ck is, which is a clear indicator that they’re not the type of client I’m looking for. Imagine calling up a female escort and asking her off the bat how tight her vagina is.”
    * A Male Escort Answers 21 Questions About Getting Paid to Sleep with Successful Women (redbook)

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  • “Today’s post is in the nature of a policy notice, reminding everyone that Tumblr (under the thumb of Yahoo as sold down the river to Verizon) switched sides in that culture war when they took the explicit porn blogs dark, making them invisible to the open web when they barred them to search robots and made them invisible to everyone but logged-in Tumblr users with non-default settings.”
    * Policy Notice: Treating Adult Tumblr Links As Broken (ErosBlog: The Sex Blog)
  • “(…) as Alex Lomas of Pentest Partners found recently, some of these vulnerable devices are of a very personal nature. Lomas discovered that he could relatively easily search for and hijack BLE-enabled sex toys—a pursuit he named “screwdriving” (after the Wi-Fi network finding practice of “wardriving”).”
    * “NSFW” doesn’t begin to describe Bluetooth security in sex toys (Ars Technica)

Main post image via: Porn-optical illusion: Suggestive collages of sex and architecture (Dangerous Minds)

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Sunday Sex Reads: Best of the Week

“While Gold and Sins are the very definition of multiracial, they’re both “not black enough” (and sometimes “not light enough”) for standard “Interracial” porn. As anyone with a web browser can tell you, Interracial in the porn sense usually and almost exclusively means a black man having sex with a white (or, sometimes, an Asian) woman. Scenes with black women — a minority of female talent — are confusingly classified as “Ebony.””
* Are Porn Stars Honey Gold and Donny Sins Too Multiracial for “Interracial” Porn? (LA Weekly)

VB note: Some of the Hefner-bashing I’m seeing (like in the NYT) is extremely anti-porn, masturbation-shaming, and has a problematic take on female agency as performers. This one gets to the heart of why I’m not a Hefner fan without the anti-porn and anti-sex baggage of the NYT’s piece. I’ll praise the magazine and its editors, writers, and models, but I won’t praise the man — and it’s not because of some lazy shorthand about exploitation.

“Hefner’s fantasy lifestyle was inhuman in every way. It was sex as something mechanical and lifeless, something one did because it was the thing that made you a Playboy, rather than because of true passion. That’s the dark secret about Hefner: he wasn’t even a hedonist. A hedonist pursues pleasure. Hefner didn’t even care about pleasure.”
* Good Riddance To An Abusive Creep (Current Affairs)

“Playboy was part of a tidal wave of pornography that flooded the former Soviet Union after it collapsed in 1991 — along with many other hitherto hard-to-find consumer goods, from bananas to Pepsi to punk rock. (Interestingly, the “feminist sex wars” were raging in the United States at the exact same time, with anti-pornography feminists like Andrea Dworkin calling porn the “orchestrated destruction of women’s bodies and souls.”)”
* After Communism ended in Russia, American pornography found a huge market (Timeline)

“Contrary to the New Republic’s July article suggesting that Trump may be ruining book sales save for nonfiction political books (Clinton’s memoir “What Happened” has proven a breakout bestseller in this genre, selling more than 300,000 copies in its first week) and topical dystopian novels like “1984,” the romance genre is thriving.”
* Welcome to the Romance Resistance (Salon)

“There’s a popular joke about transhumanism. Three men are sitting naked in a sauna. The arm of one man beeps and he explains: “I have a pager installed in my arm.” Suddenly, the palm of the second man begins to ring. “That’s just my cell phone,” he smirks. Not to be outdone, the third man returns with toilet paper hanging from his behind. “Would you look at that!” he exclaims. “I’m getting a fax!””
* Transhumanism and the Future of Sex (Future of Sex)

“Of the studies that have been done, two—one surveying 605 female-to-male trans people online, and the other surveying 115 female-to-male and male-to-female trans people in-person—have found that between 40 and 60 percent self-reported a shift in their sexual orientation before or after transition. But the more subtle reasons why and how this shift happens are harder to capture via surveys or studies, and to that end, I set out to interview five trans people about their porn consumption and sexuality, and how transition affected either or both.”
* How Transitioning Affects Sex Drive and Porn Consumption (Vice)

“As sexual harassment allegations involving hugely popular entertainers, from comedian Louis C.K. to Bill Cosby to indie music darlings, queer band PWR BTTM, emerge increasingly frequently, we have an obligation to ask ourselves why. Some have alleged that abuse often occurs in artistic communities because of sheer white maleness. But Baltimore writers and artists Maura Callahan and Rebekah Kirkman say that it’s bigger than toxic masculinity …”
* Why Sexual Abuse in the Arts is an Epidemic We Must Take Seriously (Paper Mag)

From this article — as a former GV employee of nearly 8 years — I can already tell how frustrating it will be to read this book. “In her new book, Vibrator Nation: How Feminist Sex-Toy Stores Changed the Business of Pleasure, Lynn Comella walks us through the evolution of these stores and how they ushered in an era of sex-positive thinking.”
* ‘Vibrator Nation’: Inside the Rise of Women-Run Sex Shops (Rolling Stone)

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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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