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Dec 03 2014

The UK Banned a Bunch of Sex Acts from Porn. Let’s Judge Them.

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by Kate M.

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Seriously, United Kingdom? Seriously?

Yesterday, you banned the following sex acts from online porn (as you had already banned them from porn on DVD):

Spanking

Caning

Aggressive whipping

Penetration by any object “associated with violence”

Physical or verbal abuse (regardless of  if consensual)

Urolagnia (known as “water sports”)

Role-playing as non-adults

Physical restraint

Humiliation

Female ejaculation

Strangulation

Facesitting

Fisting

Why? Because allowing consenting adults to perform these acts is “harmful to minors.” (You know what? We’re not even going to unpack that. We’re just going to leave that there.) Also, the last three items on the list were identified as potentially “life-endangering”. Alright, UK, we’ll give you strangulation; it can actually be life-threatening. Go ahead and ban actual strangulation in porn, from a workplace safety perspective. But fisting? And – come on – when did facesitting become a deadly oral sex position?

Facesitting: the silent killer.

We can understand where you’re coming from on a lot of these, if we make a real effort. If you believe that seeing violent imagery in porn makes people more likely to be violent with their partners – and there is no evidence to suggest that it does – then, sure, we see how you would identify a lot of these kinks as harmful. Again, though, watching golden showers in porn isn’t going to make someone find their partner and pee on them out of nowhere, like some kind of mindless porno robot.

Even if we assume that watching a humiliation scene will make us scream obscenities at strangers, or that watching a grown adult role play as a naughty schoolboy is suddenly going to make us all unfit to teach or parent, why the heck is female ejaculation on the list?

UK, listen. That’s just how some people orgasm sometimes. It’s not violent. It’s not even a learned behavior, unless someone actually makes an effort to learn it.

If you’re worried that children are getting the bulk of their early sex education from porn, provide more and better sex ed. If you’re worried that porn performers aren’t safe, do some actual research into how to make their workplaces safer. Banning a list of sex acts that kinda squick you out isn’t helping anyone.

Get it together, UK.

h/t The Independent

Aug 28 2014

Did You Hear the One About
the German Dude & the Sex Swing?

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by Kate M.

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A German court recently upheld a landlord’s decision to evict one of her tenants for using a “very old” sex swing late at night, consistently keeping his neighbors up with “sexual, athletic and squeaking noises.” As much as we love late night action, we have sympathy: the rental agreement included a clause about keeping the noise down after 10PM, and even if it didn’t it’s just bad manners to make loud noise at night in an apartment.

If only the tenant had realized that Pjur Bodyglide lube is awesome for squeaky chains, hinges, etc.

h/t The Guardian

Jul 18 2014

Cheap, Unsafe Knockoff Toys:
Not Fun For Your Junk

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by Kate M.

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In the “ew, no” news of the day, counterfeit versions of name-brand sex toys are being sold on sites like Amazon and Ebay, and many of them are made of unsafe materials.

In a statement to XBIZ, Peter Phinney, co-founder of the anti-piracy organization Porn Guardian, explained how these knockoffs end up online:

“Occasionally we find a seller who has a wholesale distribution agreement with the manufacturer but is violating the terms of that agreement, occasionally we find a seller who is simply manufacturing knock-offs in a factory in China, and occasionally we find a seller who is using the brand and its reputation to sell merchandise that is not even offered by the company at all, but their trademark name is being used for its marketing value alone.”

Ick. If you want to avoid questionable toys, avoid the ones being sold at well below their regular retail prices. (Apparently, those discounts are too good to be true.) Or just buy your toys from a reputable retailer. 

h/t Salon

Jun 27 2014

Gun Safety PSA Features Dildo Fight

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by Kate M.

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A new slogan for gun safety: “If they find it, they’ll play with it.” This PSA illustrates it nicely, by showing two adorable children who have found a dildo and a vibrator  belonging to one of their mothers. Naturally, they use them as weapons in an epic space battle.

We’ve learned two things here: that we should lock our guns away at least as carefully as we do our sex toys, and that, um, we have to go right now. The martians are attacking.

Jun 10 2014

Lyme Disease: Probably an STI

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by Kate M.

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A recent study in The Journal of Investigative Medicine indicates that Lyme disease can be spread through sexual contact, and not just through the bites of infected ticks.

The study followed couples with one infected partner and one non-infected partner, who opted to have barrier-free intercourse. A post-sex test revealed that the previously non-infected partners had acquired the same strain of Lyme disease as their partners.

Another fun fact: it looks as though folks with vaginas are at about twice as likely as their penis-ed partners to acquire Lyme disease through vaginal intercourse.

Obviously, this is a huge bummer. Lyme disease is no joke! Hopefully, we’ll hear more soon about the best ways to keep ourselves and our partners Lyme-less.

h/t Condom Depot

Mar 24 2014

Put Down the Phone.

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by thepleasurechest

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A survey from Durex found that 15% of respondents would take a call or answer a text message during sex, while over 5% of those surveyed admitted to using Facebook during sex.

Let’s assume that some of those people are checking their phone as part of a sexy game: “Let’s see how long you can focus on online banking while I’m spanking you,” that kind of thing. Good for you, folks! Go forth and Facebook! As long as you’re not panting and moaning into the ear of some poor customer service person, you have our blessing.

We’re also assuming that there are good reasons to stop everything and pick up: the unexpected call from a sick loved one that makes you feel panicky, a guest calling repeatedly from outside your apartment to say that they’ve arrived early, and so on.

No, this one goes out to all of the folks who are answering their phones, texting, or like-ing thoughtlessly, out of habit, without their partner’s go-ahead. We don’t usually like to be proscriptive here, but just stop. Don’t do that anymore. That is so rude.

This has been a public service announcement.

h/t Metro

Mar 22 2014

Are Bisexuals Real?????!??!

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by thepleasurechest

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Following yesterday’s New York Times Magazine article about “The Scientific Quest to Prove Bisexuality Exists,” we just have to ask why.

Why do we need to prove that bisexuality* exists?

Okay, so some people think that it doesn’t exist. A lot of gay people once identified as bisexual in order to soften the coming-out process, or because they weren’t ready to face the idea of being gay, or even because they were interested in a wider range of people back then. That’s cool. Maybe you’ve been that person, or known that person, or dated that person.

Let’s say that you’re bisexual, and that person – the one who used to be bisexual before they realized that they were Actually Gay All Along – comes up to you and tells you that you are not bisexual, and that no one is really bisexual.

You argue with them. You roll out your sexual history, your crushes, your large archive of straight porn and slash fan fiction.

Why are you arguing with this person?

Okay, here’s another hypothetical. (Stay with us here.)

You’re a kid again. Another kid comes up to you on the playground.

“I saw your mom yesterday,” the kid says, “Eating dirt in the empty lot next to the laundromat.”

“That’s not true,” you tell the kid, “My mom was at home with me.”

“Don’t lie,” the kid says, “I know it was her. She was picking up fistfuls of dirt and eating them.”

“No, she wasn’t!” you exclaim, getting upset. “She was at home.”

“Prove it,” says the kid.

You have options. You could tell the kid exactly what your mom did yesterday, at home. You could say that you played crazy eights three times, and that she won twice. You could describe the meal that you ate together, where she burned the grilled cheese sandwiches.

But really: why are you arguing with this person?

You know that your mom wasn’t eating dirt. You know that you’re bisexual. The person that you’re arguing with is a bully, or is, at best, too invested in their own point of view to be worth arguing with.

The New York Times article includes a section about a study that the American Institute of Bisexuality is funding and that vomitous researcher J. Michael Bailey is running. In it, Bailey and members of the A.I.B. discuss what kind of pornography to include in a study that measures its subjects’ genital arousal while watching different kids of porn.

Why? When our own desires and patterns of arousal are so complex, so emotional, so tied to our individual memories and associations, why do we assume that someone can make a definitive statement about someone else’s sexuality just because they had increased blood flow in their genitals after looking at a few porn stars?

Want to prove that bisexuality exists? If you’re bisexual, keep being bisexual. If you want to come out, and you feel like you can come out, then come out. If you’re not bisexual, and someone tells you that they are, believe them. If the schoolyard bully tells you that you (or your friends, or your favorite TV actor) are not bisexual, tell them to stop being ridiculous and then go talk to someone better.

Do you want studies? That’s great, studies can be really interesting! Read about scientists measuring people’s genitals, pupils, whatever, but always take what you read with a grain of salt. Then, go read about people’s sexualities in their own words. What you read there will be less quantifiable and more true to life.

*We decided to use the same language as the New York Times, for clarity, but feel free to substitute in your preferred term (queerness, pansexuality, etc.). 

Feb 13 2014

The History of Adult Stores

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by thepleasurechest

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You knew that we’re the oldest operating sex store in the country, right? Did you know that the first sex store in the world was a West German joint called the Institute of Marital Hygiene? (Yeah, we don’t think we’ll be changing our name anytime soon.) These and so many more facts about sex stores can be found on Tilly Pop’s most recent post, “The History of Adult Stores, Part I (1962-1977).”