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Jul 23 2013

Hookup Roundup

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by thepleasurechest

In case you haven’t yet had your daily dose of heteronormative moral panic, here’s the New York Times’ take on “college hookup culture”…

She Can Play That Game, Too

Until recently, those who studied the rise of hookup culture had generally assumed that it was driven by men, and that women were reluctant participants, more interested in romance than in casual sexual encounters. But there is an increasing realization that young women are propelling it, too.

[...]In this context, some women, like A., seized the opportunity to have sex without relationships, preferring “hookup buddies” (regular sexual partners with little emotional commitment) to boyfriends. Others longed for boyfriends and deeper attachment. Some women described a dangerous edge to the hookup culture, of sexual assaults and degrading encounters enabled by drinking and distinguished by a lack of emotional connection.

(New York Times)

 …and some responses that just might make the sky stop falling:

The Hookup Elites

So what we are seeing on college campuses is the same dynamic we see outside of colleges.  People with privilege—based on race, class, ability, attractiveness, sexual orientation, and, yes, gender—get to set the terms for everyone else. Their ideologies dominate our discourses, their particular set of values gets to appear universal, and everyone is subject to their behavioral norms. Students feel that a hookup culture dominates their colleges not because it is actually widely embraced, but because the people with the most power to shape campus culture like it that way.

(Slate)

It’s Time for an End to Women’s Stories

It’s not hard to see why these stories succeed: They are about very young women having lots of sex with multiple partners. They’re a lot like porn, except that instead of an orgasm you get a vague sense of free-floating anxiety.

(Salon)

What We Write About When We Write About Hookups

We need to change the way we talk about casual sex. It needs to be more inclusive, both of people and of narratives. Writing the exact same story again isn’t just boring; it’s bad journalism.

(Brute Reason)

Hookup Culture Story Old News

 It may in fact be a phenomena that doesn’t have to be explained or accounted for or culturally deconstructed or politically analyzed. It may be much murkier—a moment, a phase, a situation, an evening, a mood—in an irreducibly individual woman’s life.

(Slate)

Casual Sex Meets Cognitive Dissonance

So, if the game is rigged in favor of inculcating second-guessing and insecurity (which can be further stoked by consumer culture cures purporting to put the control back in your hands, natch), what are your options in the face of damned if you do, damned if you don’t? You can refuse to play. You can refuse to let your personal become their political. You can take your sexual decision making out of their system. You can get all ahistorical on their asses and decide to prioritize the context of your own life and circumstance over figuring out whether or not you’re in line with the sexual attitude du jour (cloudy with a chance of promiscuity!). It isn’t easy, but neither is attempting to live by a system that rewrites the female sexual code of conduct at will and only deigns to tell you about it after you’ve transgressed.

(BitchMedia)

What else is missing from the conversation? Add your own thoughts on hookup coverage in the comments below. 

 

 

Jul 18 2013

Tumblr Hides Your Porn Stash

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by thepleasurechest

When Yahoo purchased Tumblr back in May, the social media’s site’s smut fans got nervous. Would a fuddy duddy brand like Yahoo mess with Tumblr’s vibrant adult blog community?

And now we know the answer.

Yesterday, Tumblr announced new guidelines for adult content on its blogs. Though they won’t be policing your dirty gifs and pervy pics, they’ll make your porn blog invisible to search engines. Blogs with questionable content will now be divided into two categories.

NSFW blogs contain occasional nudity or mature/adult-oriented content.

Adult blogs contain substantial nudity or mature/adult-oriented content.

The chart below shows how the new classifications affect the visibility and accessibility of your Tumblr page.

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If your Tumblr is primarily devoted to porn, it’ll be harder than ever to find– closer to a porn stash in your sock drawer than a well-indexed library of smut. To learn more about the changes on Tumblr’s adult pages, check out the full story in The Atlantic.

 

Jul 10 2013

Jessica Drake Speaks Out

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by thepleasurechest

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“As a woman, I don’t like someone telling me what to do with my body, and as a performer, I feel very much the same way.” 

That’s our friend and occasional guest educator Jessica Drake in a wonderful profile on CNN.com (!) Read about how Drake got involved in porn, her feelings about California’s Measure B and the stigma associated with being an adult film star on CNN’s site. Also, be sure to check out the behind-the-scenes photo gallery shot by Chris McPherson.

Jun 25 2013

Epic Pro-Choice Filibuster in Texas

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by thepleasurechest

For advocates of abortion rights, all eyes are on the Texas legislature right now. In case you haven’t heard, State Senator Wendy Davis is in the middle of an epic 13 hour filibuster to block a bill that would dramatically restrict abortion services within the state. Davis’ filibuster can be watched in the live stream above. Supporters are also asked to send their personal testimonies for Davis to read on the floor.

Jun 19 2013

HPV Vaccine Cuts Infection Rate In Half

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by thepleasurechest

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There’s great news in the fight against HPV. The vaccine is working! The New York Times reports:

Infection with the viral strains that cause cancer dropped to 3.6 percent among girls ages 14 to 19 in 2010, from 7.2 percent in 2006, a new study has found.

Yes, the rates of HPV infection were cut in half in just 4 years. As Jezebel points out, this is even more remarkable when one considers that vaccination rates are still pretty low, with only about a third of teenage girls completing the series of doses. As more young men and women get the vaccine, public health officials expect rates of infection– and the cancers associated with HPV– to decline even further.

h/t Jezebel 

Jun 17 2013

Will This Become the Gold Standard for Birth Control?

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by thepleasurechest

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A few months ago, we told you about RISUG, a promising male birth control method in which a nontoxic polymer is injected into the vas deferens, sterilizing sperm. Now there’s another birth control procedure for men that’s proving its mettle in Chinese laboratories.We’ll let Popular Science explain:

The method requires researchers to inject male mice in the testes with a mixture containing nano-size rods of gold. (I feel like there’s a rap song in here somewhere.) Then they aim an infrared laser at the testes, which heats the nano-gold inside. At just the right temperature, the testes are warmed enough to kill sperm cells, but not enough to kill the cells that make new sperm. The sperm death lasts for a certain amount of time.

Are you ready to have microscopic bars of gold injected into your balls in the name of science? Not so fast. Resarchers are still testing on mice, so human trials could be a ways off.

h/t Violet Blue

Jun 13 2013

Sex Work & the Global War on AIDS

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Ten years ago, the United States dramatically ramped up AIDS funding, but the funding came with this dangerous string attached: in order to qualify, non-governmental organizations must adopt an explicit policy opposing prostitution.

The US provides nearly 60% of the funds to fight the global AIDS epidemic, but as you can see from this infographic, aid is often prohibited from going where it is most needed. Namely to female sex workers in the Global South. Can the US fight a war on sex work and a war on AIDS at the same time?

More at The Nation.

Jun 10 2013

Plan B is Now OTC

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by thepleasurechest

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“The government intends to file with the Circuit Court notice that it is voluntarily withdrawing its appeal in this matter.”

With that single sentence, the White House and the Department of Justice have ended their legal challenges against Plan B, paving the way for the emergency contraception pill to appear on drug store shelves without a prescription. This is a big victory for reproductive freedom.

 

Jun 03 2013

Google Says No To Glass Porn

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by thepleasurechest

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Well, that was fast. Just a few days after it was reported that a Seattle-based company was developing porn for Google Glass, the tech giant has announced a ban on adult-oriented apps for their new space-age goggles.

“We don’t allow Glassware content that contains nudity, graphic sex acts or sexually explicit material,” according to Google’s Glass platform developer policies, which were updated Saturday to offer more information about what developers can and cannot do with the software they make for Glass, which Google refers to as “Glassware.”

It’s not clear what this means for the future of porn on Google Glass. MiKandi’s representative said in response to the new policy, “We’re not going to just stop. We have to think about our next strategy.”

Meanwhile, Pinterest is relaxing its ban on nudity. We wonder if this means we can repost that dildo photo they took down last month.