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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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Sex News: Uber sued, new federal anti-sex propaganda, Eroshare shuts down

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  • “As part of its PornHub Insights reporting, where the company presents data and viewing trends of its users, a series of infographics reveal that VR porn isn’t just gaining popularity. PornHub also shows when and what type of content people are seeking out in their hunt for virtual reality sex flicks.”
    * VR Porn Booms in Popularity with 500K Views a Day at PornHub (Future of Sex)
  • “A third front is opening in the Trumpian war on other people’s sex lives: The return of abstinence-only education, which many Americans believe had died off after President George W. Bush left office. Well, abstinence-only ed is coming back, but this time around, its proponents hope that voters, especially parents, don’t notice the return to the classroom of religious anti-sex propaganda.”
    * Abstinence only, rebranded: Failed right-wing sex-ed policy returns as “sexual risk avoidance” (Salon)

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  • “After more than 10 years of helping people anonymously share nudes and porn online, Eroshare will shut down at the end of the month. The site launched in 2007 and was something of an alternative to YouTube, which has always banned porn.”
    * Amateur Porn Platform Eroshare Is Shutting Down (Motherboard)

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  • “CamSoda may be a relatively small porn industry player, but it has embraced new technology by offering things like holographic girls and virtual blowjobs. Now, it’s trying to meld two other popular attractions: amateur performers and live webcams with an offering called LifeStream.”
    * CamSoda wants you to broadcast your life, sex optional (Engadget)
  • “This week’s scandal on Bachelor in Paradise, involving allegations of sexual misconduct between cast members DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios, demonstrates the risks that both cast members and producers face when they sacrifice safety and self-interest on the altar of reality-TV spectacle.”
    * This Is How Sex Is Orchestrated on Reality Shows Like Bachelor in Paradise (Vulture)
  • “SKYN condoms [has a] new skill for Amazon’s Alexa. It’s called Set the Mood, and it’s got a variety of playlists perfect for your next sexy occasion. … You can then say things like “I’m feeling sexy” or the slightly more awkward “I’m feeling intimate,” and that will start the music flowing. … Besides playing music, you can ask Alexa to find you condoms.”
    * A new Alexa skill will help you set the mood. Oh, and buy condoms. (Mashable)

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Sex News: No more porn at the Armory, PornHub’s ID grab, gay slang does ‘Dropbox’

  • “A British law that forces porn site owners to check visitors’ ages could lead to a global database of viewing habits ripe for hacking, say digital rights activists. The Digital Economy Act of 2017, passed into law on April 27, is expected to require websites to check user ages using a regulator-approved verification method starting in May 2018. Privacy advocates are fearful that MindGeek, which has over 100 million daily visitors to its sites that include PornHub and Brazzers, could create a database of adult viewing habits on a scale never seen before.”
    * PornHub’s Owner is About to Card Everybody in the UK (Inverse)
  • “For Feminista Jones, ‘12 Years a Slave’ raises important questions about sexual agency and our community’s history of sexual abuse. … “The opening scene of 12 Years a Slave helped me to think about the orgasm as an act of resistance, sex as an act of reclamation for the enslaved Black body.”
    * From Slavery to Sexual Freedom (Ebony)
  • “Kink.com has released the movie that became the final shoot at San Francisco Armory. “Twin Peaks” parody “Damn Fine Pie!” marked the end of adult film production in the historic San Francisco Armory. … Since “Damn Fine Pie!” was shot in February, Kink.com production has largely moved to Las Vegas.”
    * Kink’s ‘Damn Fine Pie!’ Marks End of Adult Filmmaking at Armory (XBIZ)

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  • “Even if you are lucky enough to have some modicum of control over who knows and who doesn’t, you will still probably be outed. You will be outed again and again. Your naked images will be found and sent to your brother by his friends. They will be emailed around by your classmates. A local news station will do an expose on the studio you work for — they will wait outside to film you as you are leaving at the end of the day, and they will show this footage on the evening news.”
    * Once You Have Made Pornography (The Establishment)
  • “Gia Paige was just one person who appeared in the six-part follow up to 2015 documentary Hot Girls Wanted which looks at women working in the sex trade, appearing in an episode which explored racism within the porn industry. The adult star’s real first and middle names were used in the episode titled ‘Money Shot’ – something Paige claims she didn’t give her consent to.”
    * A porn star featured in Hot Girls Wanted is ‘living in fear’ after Netflix revealed her real name (Independent)

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  • Ethical.Porn has launched, exploring multifaceted aspects of “ethical porn.” Guided by the ethos “Transcend Genre. Emphasize Consent. Start A Conversation,” Ethical.Porn examines adult content as a complex entity that is synergistically interconnected to wider society.”
    * Ethical.Porn Launches With Myriad Industry Voices (XBIZ)
  • “She speaks in a curiously high-pitched Scottish accent and tells me that she loves science fiction and, of course, Matt. Mr McMullen claims that she learns from her users but when I ask Harmony what it feels like to be jealous, she apologises and says that she “needs to improve [her] skills”. The app that powers Harmony is already available to buy, although only directly from the Realbotix website, a spin-off from Abyss. Neither Google’s nor Apple’s official stores will carry it because of the explicit content.”
    * A sex doll that can talk – but is it perfect Harmony? (BBC)

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Sex News: Porn production halted, Republican porn scare, UK sex for rent scandal

  • “The US porn industry’s leading trade body has called for adult film production to be halted amid fears that an actor has HIV. The Free Speech Coalition (FSC) issued the warning to prevent the potential spread of the virus, after a performer on a database used to protect the health of actors underwent an HIV test. … It added that the performer had not worked on a set during the window of transmission and “had not participated in any fluid exchange shoots since their last negative test.””
    * Porn production in the US shut down over HIV fears (Independent UK)
  • Hey look yet another article with no actual news about this (potential?) issue. “The Trump administration has yet to take any concrete action against the adult industry—and probably won’t anytime soon because it has a lot of other things going on.”
    * Republicans Are Coming for Your Porn (Vice)

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  • “Joseph John Schmidt III, a Navy chief special warfare officer who has spent 23 years in the military, has made more than 30 porn films since 2010 under the name “Jay Voom,” most of them with his wife, porn star Jewels Jade, she told The Huffington Post …”
    * Navy SEAL Under Fire For Moonlighting As Porn Actor (Huffington Post)
  • “New research from Brigham Young University (I know right?) examines the role of pornography use, self-perceived “addiction” to pornography, and religion on relationship anxiety. Results were surprising, and confirmed a building school of research which indicates that the effects of pornography vary based on moral and religious beliefs, and that seeing oneself as addicted to porn is actually far more damaging than actually using pornography.”
    * Religious Conflict Makes Porn Bad for Relationships (Psychology Today)
  • “Vulnerable young people are resorting to paying for accommodation through sexual services advertised on classified ads posted online, it is claimed. An investigation by BBC South East Today uncovered numerous adverts offering free rent in exchange for “services” on websites such as Craigslist. ”
    * Sex-for-rent adverts are ‘exploiting’ young homeless people (Independent UK)

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Sex News: Netflix series outs sex worker, GOP and Red Pill, YouTube fixes LGBT censorship, all about nunsploitation

  • “Netflix’s new documentary “Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On” is ostensibly a series about the intersection of sex and technology, but its main focus is the treatment and experience of women in the porn industry. Now, at least four sex workers feel the show itself has exploited them — by allegedly featuring them without their consent and, in one case, outing a performer’s real name.”
    * Netflix’s New Doc ‘Hot Girls Wanted’ Is Accused Of Outing Sex Worker (Voactiv)
  • It’s the birthplace of Milo Yiannopoulos and nurturer of mass murderer (of women) Elliot Rodger. “Last November, voters in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region re-elected to the state house of representatives a man who appears to be one of the secret architects of the internet’s misogynistic “Manosphere.””
    * The Republican Lawmaker Who Secretly Created Reddit’s Women-Hating ‘Red Pill’ (Daily Beast)
  • “It took a long time for Odiele, now 28, to come out of hiding, but in January she came out publicly in Vogue, and instantly brought into focus the sixth – and least appreciated – letter in the queer acronym, LGBTQI. “For a lot of people, the first time they hear about it is when they talk to me,” Odiele says. “Most people really have no idea.””
    * Intersex and proud: the model finally celebrating her body (Guardian)

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  • “A hacker has planted both pornographic and intimate images of homosexuality on more than 250 Isis twitter accounts. The hacker, known only as ‘WauchalaGhost’, began targeting accounts 18 months ago on the principle that he had to oppose the terrorist organisation’s hatred. He has been threatened with beheading by the group. He took the decision following the Orlando gay nightclub shooting, replacing hundreds of profiles’ pro-Isis images with Pro-LGBT messages. He frequently tweeted links to gay pornography.”
    * Hacker takes over 200 Isis accounts and fills them with gay porn (Independent/Indy 100)
  • Starts by describing what they’re wearing, unfortunately. “A lot changed for these women when, about a year ago, a law was passed making paying for sex in France illegal. Chloé points to a few younger girls on the other side of the street. “The networks are still there, so nothing changed there. But more than anything, this law has put us in danger.” ”
    * Who Do French Sex Workers Want as Their New President? (Vice)

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  • “Posting nude pictures of service members without consent is now, for all intents and purposes, a crime in the Navy and Marine Corps — a response to the nude photo-sharing scandal that surfaced when a reporter outed a private Facebook group of Marines and sailors that was used at times to swap nudes.”
    * Posting private nude photos is now a crime in the Navy and Marine Corps (Navy Times)
  • “Although nunsploitation peaked in the 1970s, it belongs to a much longer legacy of stories spawned from rumours about the mysterious life of nuns. As early as 1353, Giovanni Boccaccio’s The Decameron includes the tale of a handsome young man who pretends to be mute so he can work within the otherwise forbidden walls of a convent. The beautiful cloistered women grow increasingly bold, eventually using the protagonist to explore their carnal curiosity.”
    * When Hard Meets Soft: The Painful Pleasures of Nunsploitation Cinema (cléo)
  • “This was a very enlightened family, and this would have been a very loving gift from a husband to wife. You can see that because the level of detail is incredible, down to the folds of the skin. There’s a heart carved at the base of it, where her finger would have been, and a receptacle in which she could keep a lock of his hair.”
    * Victorian-era ivory vibrator generates excitement at Irish auction (Guardian)
  • This post is GREAT. “The word is often used in a misogynist context and for many women, it’s irredeemable. But I learned to love the word one day in the late 90s with my husband and our friend. On a whim, we decided to say it at every opportunity that day, peppering the conversation with it, deliberately shouting it, relishing the percussive force of the word. … Later, when I’d entered the realms of porn, I came to properly appreciate “cunt” as a feminist, erotic descriptor.”
    * The Impressive History of Cunt (Ms. Naughty)

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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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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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Sex News: Trump on a woman, Instagram’s bullshit sexism, dildo nativity scene, smartvibe data lawsuit settled


  • “When Miley Cyrus showed off one of hers in a black and white portrait, Instagram immediately deleted it. When Chrissy Teigen dared to show just the side of one of hers, Instagram took it down. And when comedian Chelsea Handler showed off both of hers when she posted a video of herself wakeboarding while topless (naturally), Instagram jumped on it as well. Of course we’re talking about nipples here, Instagram’s greatest foe.”
    * This account proves that Instagram’s fight against nipples is a sexist sham (Mic)
  • Crowdfund this: “Sex work has a long and beautiful history of fighting for justice, visibility and respect, while working in solidarity with other movements of our time. … Projects about sex work made by sex workers are not traditionally funded. We have been turned town by several funders, citing that this project “conflicts with our mission and values.””
    * We’re Still Working: The Art of Sex Work (Indiegogo)
  • “Shop owner Héctor Valdivielso commissioned an artist to paint the figures of Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus on ceramic dildos. At first, the display proved popular and people would pause outside to take photos of the unusual nativity scene. But it wasn’t long before it started to draw negative attention and the owner was subjected to angry outbursts by people claiming to be offended.”
    * Sex shop’s dildo nativity scene sparks controversy in Spain (The Local)
  • “xHamster says that despite strict porn filters — and, often, specific bans on the xHamster site — in many countries, millions of users are still getting around the filters. The adult tube site today came out with a list of countries that “banned” xHamster, ranking by total visits to the site in 2016 … (India is #1, at 655,039,182)”
    * xHamster Lists Traffic Stats for Countries Banning Porn (XBIZ)

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  • “Eight months ago, Elite Daily was “the voice of Generation Y,” in the words of a presentation it made to advertisers. Two weeks ago, the Daily Mail General Trust, its parent company, wrote down the entirety of its investment in the millennial-focused publisher, a tacit admission that the site was worthless to the company and its investors.”
    * Why sex, millennials and video didn’t sell for Elite Daily (Digiday)
  • “Clients told me that they found the centre’s approach to be a welcome change to the abstinence-focused approach of many so-called rehabilitation institutions. Such a method, they felt, had been a source of further disempowerment, as it made them feel like they had less control.”
    * Of Condoms and Crack Pipes: A Lesson in Harm Reduction (Talking Drugs)
  • Warning for survivors. “There are now 83 potential suspects and 98 teams involved in the inquiry into historic child sexual abuse in English football, the National Police Chiefs’ Council revealed. The investigation involves all levels of football, from top-level clubs to amateur teams.”
    * 83 suspects in English soccer sex abuse inquiry (CNN)
  • “Tucked into the back pages of [Utah] Gov. Gary Herbert’s $ 16 billion budget is a request for $ 50,000 to fund statewide anti-pornography efforts — the first time in more than a decade that taxpayer money has been directed toward such a purpose.”
    * Utah’s Guv seeks $ 50k from taxpayers for anti-pornography push (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • “Iheoma Obibi is leading a mini-revolution in bedrooms in the West African nation [of Nigeria]. She became the country’s first retailer of sexual health products and erotica after getting requests from friends to buy sex toys on her annual trips to London. “They were asking me to buy vibrators, nipple suckers, lubricants, water-based lubricants which were non-flavoured, specifically with a pH balance for the female genitalia.” Realising there was a niche market, the former development worker set up her online shop five years ago.”
    * Nigeria’s bedroom revolution – satisfying women’s demands (BBC)

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  • “State minister for Posts and Telecommunication Tarana Halim said the government is planning to develop a mechanism to reveal the internet pornographic consumers in Bangladesh.”
    * Govt to ‘expose’ online porn viewers (Dhaka Tribune)
  • “The vibrators that have the ability to connect to the internet have come under the hammer for gathering private data of customers. The manufacturer of these [toys] aims to settle a class-action privacy lawsuit, which was recently filed by a complainer in an Illinois federal court, by agreeing to the terms of the plaintiff’s claims.”
    * Adult Toys Manufacturer Facing Lawsuit for Collecting “Users Personal Data” (HackRead)
  • “The Spa Castle in Queens is billed as a sprawling, 22-pool Disneyland of soaks and steams. But some patrons are anything but G-rated. On Sunday mornings, an army of exotic dancers getting off their Saturday night shifts descends on the complex.”
    * NYC’s ‘sex spa’ is grossing people out (NY Post)

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Sex News: UK porn ban worsens, Tinder’s trans protections, a Trump survival guide

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  • This is huge, really bad, and getting very little press attention. It will affect this website directly. “The UK government has drafted legislation that would require internet service providers to block pornographic web sites if they do not verify users’ ages. The intent of the law is to prevent children from seeing adult material on the web. … The proposal would apply to all web sites globally — meaning that sites that do not require age checks would be blocked from view in the UK.”
    * The government wants to ban porn in the UK unless web sites verify users’ ages (Business Insider)
  • “Under a Trump administration many of us are going to hurt, get hurt or struggle, or find our existing struggles are made even more difficult. Many of us will need to protect ourselves; many others will need help, protection and solidarity from others. We’ve created this survival guide [.pdf link] — available as both an online version and a printable packet — to provide information that can help you take some initial steps to protect yourself and others, and to cope with the bad stuff as best anyone can. ”
    * Rebel Well: A Starter Survival Guide To A Trumped America (Scarleteen)
  • Warning for survivors of sexual assault and trauma. “A British tourist has been arrested in Dubai on charges of extramarital sex after telling police she was raped by a group of British nationals while in the United Arab Emirates, according to a UK-based legal advice group called Detained in Dubai.”
    * UK Woman Arrested, Charged With Extramarital Sex After Reporting Rape in Dubai (KTLA)
  • “In June, hundreds of people thronged a small virtual reality event in Tokyo’s Akihabara district, forcing the organizer to cancel it halfway through. What drew such a big crowd so quickly? A VR-based porn demonstration.”
    * Porn makers want sexual fantasies to become virtual realities (Japan Times)
  • Sad news about a game I love. “Watch Dogs 2 is all about grit, but players didn’t expect to see realistic male and female genitalia on NPCs. That’s right—flaccid, full-detail, unabashed genitalia. … You can look, but you can’t repost—at least using the PlayStation Network. A player who uploaded explicit screenshots of Watch Dogs 2 genitalia using PlayStation’s built-in tools was hit with a month-long suspension for breaching the PSN’s “Code of Conduct.” Now, Ubisoft says they’ll patch the game this week so players can share whatever they want, implying that “particularly explicit” nudity will soon be removed.”
    * Watch Dogs 2 Will Patch Out ‘Particularly Explicit’ Genitalia (Kotaku)

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  • “Dating app Tinder is rolling out an update on Tuesday that will give match seekers a lot more freedom to describe their gender. The online service is also adding new protections to prevent transgender users from being harassed or unfairly banned.”
    * Tinder follows through with new options for transgender daters (Recode)
  • “A Pennsylvania judge on Wednesday rejected comedian Bill Cosby’s latest bid seeking the dismissal of criminal charges that he sexually assaulted a woman at his home in 2004. Cosby, once one of the most-beloved U.S. entertainers, who built a long career with a family-friendly style, has seen his reputation hit hard by allegations by about 60 women that he sexually assaulted them in incidents dating back decades.”
    * Cosby loses latest effort to have sex assault case dismissed (Reuters)
  • “A California judge said Wednesday that he will decline to dismiss the pimping and other charges that California’s attorney general levied against the Backpage.com CEO and two of its former owners. He has asked both sides for further briefing, according to The Recorder. … California’s attorney general and US Senator-elect, Kamala Harris, alleged that advertisements amounted to solicitation of prostitution.”
    * Judge doesn’t dismiss pimping charges against Backpage executives (Ars Technica)

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  • Trust me when I tell you that a trademark is a difficult and exacting legal process. “The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last month terminated a trademark application made by U.K.-based CMG Leisure Ltd. over its “Skittles” line of sex toys. The USPTO cancelled the pleasure products maker’s application after it was challenged by candy giant William Wrigley Jr. Co., which said its Skittles candy brand that has its own trademark faced “dilution by tarnishment.””
    * Sex Toy Maker Can’t Trademark ‘Skittles’ Line (XBIZ)
  • Too bad it’s not fatal. “Psychologists have found that sexism is bad for men, too. Take a second to recover from this shocking news: Views and beliefs that oppress more than half of the population can be harmful to the people who hold them. … The three norms that researchers found to have the most consistent negative effects on men’s mental health were self-reliance, pursuit of sexual promiscuity, and power over women. ”
    * Sexism may be bad for men’s mental health (Popular Science)
  • “The Kinsey Institute and the World Erotic Art Museum (WEAM) present “Protected Beauty,” an examination of controversial ideas about masculine beauty and sexuality in art, on view at WEAM in Miami Beach, Florida from November 28th, 2016 through March 1st, 2017. There will be an opening reception on November 28 at 8 p.m.”
    * The Kinsey Institute and the World Erotic Art Museum Present PROTECTED BEAUTY, 11/28 (Broadway World)

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


  • “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)
  • “…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)

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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: Westworld’s orgy, Prop 60, internet filtered in Israel, FBI on in-flight assault


  • About that Westworld orgy scene: “We hired what they called “special extras,” “special background players,” who were willing to participate. We also had a sex stylist who made sure things looked properly choreographed in that regard. It was all hands on deck, to say the silly pun. We were trying to make things feel elegant and graceful and beautiful and strange.”
    * Inside ‘Westworld’s’ “Epic” Orgy Scene (Hollywood Reorter)
  • “The battle over California’s Proposition 60 is the best example possible of why the first step in making laws about sex work is to ask sex workers what they want.”
    * Shut Up And Listen to the Porn Stars (Medium)
  • Warning for survivors. “This year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has opened 58 investigations into in-flight sexual assault allegations on commercial aircraft. But these investigations still don’t address the problematic reality that no centralized system exists for reporting sexual assaults on flights, or even collecting and publishing data tied to these events.”
    * What Happens After You’re Sexually Assaulted on a Plane? Not Much. (Fusion)
  • “Legislators have approved a bill that would block all porn in Israel unless people ask to view it. Under the terms of the bill, anyone wanting to access pornography online would have to tell their internet service provider, either by writing to them, ringing them or getting in touch their website.”
    * All porn sites to be banned in Israel. And it’s worse than it sounds (Independent UK)

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  • “Actress Tippi Hedren’s new memoir, Tippi, contains her account of sexual harassment and assault at the hands of director Alfred Hitchcock, the New York Post reports. Hedren, now 86, who starred in Hitchcock’s The Birds and Marnie, writes in her memoir about his unhealthy obsession with her.”
    * Tippi Hedren Writes About Sexual Assault By Alfred Hitchcock in New Memoir (Slate)
  • “While it’s easy to laugh now at the long list of potential side effects listed at the end of every pharmaceutical commercial, it was those who fought for transparency over the birth control pill that gave the people the right to know the risks with each drug we put in our bodies. Additionally, the ethically reprehensible and deeply racist Puerto Rican clinical trials led directly to the informed consent procedures that all medical studies must adhere to today.”
    * The Racist and Sexist History of Keeping Birth Control Side Effects Secret (Broadly/Vice)
  • “Australia’s Red Cross has admitted to a significant data breach that saw haveibeenpwned.com sent a file containing records on 550,000 blood donors. ITnews.com.au reports that the data dump included details of donors’ names, email addresses and sometimes even whether they had indulged in risky (for blood donors) sexual activity.”
    * Blood donors’ privacy anaemic after Red Cross data breach (Register)
  • “Vine will not be left to shrivel up and die on itself, not if Pornhub has anything to say about it. Twitter announced it was ending Vine’s short run, and the adult site was quick to come to the rescue…maybe. In a letter from Pornhub VP Corey Price to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey that was shared with CNET, Price lays out the rationale …”
    * Pornhub offers to buy Vine: ‘Six seconds is more than enough’ (CNET)

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  • “Convicted Stanford sexual assailant Brock Turner’s returned to his home state of Ohio to apparently trim bushes and lay down mulch, but that doesn’t mean you won’t get a chance to see his smiling face. California State Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo, CA is now using his visage in posters warning students of the dangers of sexual predators.”
    * Brock Turner Is Now The Literal Poster Child For Sexual Assault (SFist)
  • “A St. Louis jury on Thursday awarded a California woman more than $ 70 million in her lawsuit alleging that years of using Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder caused her cancer, the latest case raising concerns about the health ramifications of extended talcum powder use. The jury ruling ended the trial that began Sept. 26 in the case brought by Deborah Giannecchini of Modesto, California. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012. The suit accused Johnson & Johnson of “negligent conduct” in making and marketing its baby powder.”
    * Johnson & Johnson loses baby powder cancer case, California woman awarded $ 70M (Global News CA)
  • David Levy wrote this for Daily Mail (let that sink in for a minute), but I doubt he wrote the headline… “Synthetic skin embedded with electronic sensors will enable the robots to react with (artificial) pleasure as they are caressed by their owner-lovers, for example. And as Artificial Intelligence researchers improve the quality of computer-generated conversation, robots will develop the skills needed for seduction and the whispering of sweet nothings during love-making. Hanson Robotics, based in Hong Kong, has been at the forefront of ultra-lifelike robots for some years, as has Japan’s leading humanoid robotics designer Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro in Osaka.”
    * Westworld’s disturbing future of tourists romancing robots (Daily Mail)

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Sex News: Federal rights for survivors, Backpage raided, Rentboy guilty plea, https for adult sites


  • “For the first time, thanks to a bill President Barack Obama signed on Friday, victims of sexual assault now have a specific set of rights under federal law when it comes to the evidence collected from their own bodies. “Beginning today, our nation’s laws stand firmly on the side of survivors of sexual assault,” said Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), who sponsored the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Rights Act. The bill passed unanimously in both the House and the Senate last month before heading to Obama’s desk.”
    * President Obama just signed a “bill of rights” for survivors of sexual assault (Vox)
  • “On Monday morning, Facebook introduced Marketplace, a new section on its mobile app that allowed its users to buy and sell things with their friends and strangers. By the evening, the social giant was apologizing for an issue with the section, which featured posts that included illegal drugs, dogs, guns, and sexual services.”
    * Facebook Marketplace Goes Wrong: Sex, Guns and Baby Hedgehogs (NYT)

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  • “The Free Speech Coalition and the Center for Democracy and Technology, a digital civil liberties group, have agreed to work together to advocate use of the encryption protocol HTTPS for adult sites.”
    * FSC Pushes to Make Adult Sites More Secure (XBIZ)
  • “The chief executive officer of the website Rentboy.com has pleaded guilty in New York to promoting prostitution. Jeffrey Hurant faces up to 21 months in prison following his plea Friday in Brooklyn. The successful site operated for nearly 20 years in an open and racy way, with male escorts paying for ads to attract new — mainly male — customers. That came to an abrupt end last year when law enforcers raided Rentboy’s Manhattan offices.”
    * Rentboy.com CEO pleads guilty to promoting prostitution (AP/Yahoo)
  • “Several sports elites, like Muhammad Ali, have taken temporary vows of celibacy before a fight to preserve aggression and concentration. Now, researchers at the University of Florence in Italy suggest sex before sports could actually help, not hurt, your athletic performance.”
    * Sex Before Running Is Actually Good For You (Medical Daily)
  • “Artists in Idaho claimed a victory against government censorship this week when a federal judge granted a permanent injunction against enforcement of a 40-year old law that prohibits simulated sex acts in performances with “serious literary, artistic, scientific or political value.””
    * Idaho Caves on Enforcing Obscenity Law (Courthouse News)


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