A couple meet a third person at a hotel for a steamy rendezvous. Who pays? While Amy Vanderbilt and Emily Post have answered a fair number of questions about etiquette, none of the classic works have ever discussed sexual issues at any length. This is something we desperately need, as bad manners have a tendency to get in the way of great sex.
Meet Shine Louise Houston, an award-winning director and a vital part of an incredible revolution happening in pornography right now. This revolution, centered in San Francisco’s indie porn scene, is focused on creating more inclusive offerings for consumers and opportunities for performers. And you can be a part of it. You’ve been needing something on your IMDB to feel proud of.
Meet Throb, your new go-to resource for everything that’s science and sex, launched as a collaboration between the Gawker blogs io9 and Gizmodo. Among its posts you’ll discover juicy tidbits from a number of scientific disciplines as they apply to your tireless search for pleasure and romance. At the helm is Diane Kelly, a biologist you might remember from that infamous TED Talk about how erections work in mammals.
The mainstream porn industry has shown it has something of a knack for using serious health and social issues as a way to market itself, but it seems as though indie porn’s hard politics and social conscience are starting to rub off. Suddenly, one of the biggest mainstream porn studios is keen on dipping a toe into porn with conscience by including a testicular health how-to in their high-production Game of Thrones-inspired flick.
Ronnie Ritchie’s comic about empowerment and objectification creates the insidious implication that the consent of sex workers is more deficient than other people’s consent. This is a magic wand argument that lets people routinely argue that any claim of empowerment is actually false, an argument which has very nasty real-world consequences.
Meet CleanReader, a little app that sanitizes the language in books, removing all potentially objectionable language from profanity to racial slurs. Should context be insufficient, the reader can hover over the word to see inoffensive adjectives. It is, in short, an emblem of consent culture. But not all writers are thrilled about the prospect of having an app edit their manuscripts without their consent.
After hearing that the city was filled with wild sex parties, Vegas cops sniffed around, but had no luck infiltrating the group. By 2013, though, when they heard about the parties again, things were different. The swingers community no longer relied on word-of-mouth and personal references. It was online — and within reach.
Current content policies on social networks do not actually address (or even acknowledge) that maybe you, personally, do not want to see pornography. These policies simply make it so no one is allowed to post adult content — but they do not define adult. They cannot define it. And because they cannot define it, everything from Full Body Project by Leonard Nimoy to ads for safer sex are at risk.
After surprising users by completely banning adult content on a blogging platform previously committed to freedom of expression, Google has done another volte-face and rolled back their draconian policy. A Google employee even acknowledged that users post “sexually explicit content to express their identities.”
We reached out to people in both the tech and adult industries to see what the options look like for the creators of adult content who will be displaced by Blogger’s ban on sexy and we have some good news. You’re not totally shit out of luck. It’s time to pack it up, and we’ve got some options lined up for you.