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Apr 22 2013

Adult Film Industry Organizes Against Proposed State Law Mandating Condoms in Porn

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unclesamLast November, Los Angeles voters approved Measure B, a law requiring condoms for all porn shoots in LA County. While that law faces appeal, there’s a new challenge to California’s adult film industry. Assembly Bill 332 would enforce a statewide requirement for condoms on all adult film sets.

Our friends at the Free Speech Coalition argue that, if passed, AB 332 would drive the industry out of California. There’s some evidence for this. Since the passage of Measure B, applications for porn film permits in Los Angeles have plummeted, with productions moving to nearby Ventura County. In LA, “only two permits have been issued for pornographic filming so far this year, far off pace for an industry that typically gets about 500 permits annually.”

Aside from the economic impact of a ban, the FSC emphasizes that the adult industry already has effective protocols to protect performers.

“Between April of 2006 and December of 2012 there have been 46,283 new cases of HIV reported in the state of California.  During that same time period only two performers contracted HIV—off set—in their personal lives.  No transmission of HIV has occurred on an adult set since 2004 nationwide.”

They also point out that the bill interferes with a pending lawsuit filed by Vivid Entertainment, challenging the constitutionality of Measure B. Rather than pass yet another law making it harder for the adult industry, the state should wait to see what happens with the suit against Measure B.

The FSC is encouraging friends of the adult film industry to contact members of the Assembly State Labor Committee by phone, fax or email, asking them to oppose AB332 when it comes up for up a vote this Wednesday. The call to action, along with suggested talking points and contact information for the committee members can be found here.

 

Apr 10 2013

The Origami Condom

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Bill Gates wants to promote sexual health by reinventing the latex condom. To accomplish this, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is offering $100,000 to the designer with the best idea. And they may have found a winner in the Origami Condom.

Creator and company founder, Danny Resnic, told The Huffington Post. “We are trying to create a condom that feels great and is much closer to the real deal to encourage people to use them.”

Origami Condoms look like a hybrid of the traditional condom and a male masturbation sleeve. The name comes from “origami,” the Japanese art of paper-folding, and sure enough, the segments of the condom unfold as it is rolled down a penis. They also move during intercourse, stroking the shaft and adding stimulation for the wearer.

Initial trials have been very positive, and the company has already attracted investors and condom makers who want license the design. Meanwhile, Resnic is working on an improvement to the female condom and developing the world’s first condom for anal intercourse. We’re curious to see what he comes up with next. Would you try the Origami Condom?

Read more at The Huffington Post.

 

Mar 22 2013

Safe Sex Dress Raises AIDS Awareness

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We’ve seen a lot of creative uses for condoms. Last month we told you about condom ice cream. There’s also a condom bungee rope, condom handbags and condom flowers.  Oh yeah, and then there’s the condom-themed restaurant in Thailand with its very own condom Santa. Today’s latex innovation comes from California college student Jenna Smith, who made a dress out of condoms to raise awareness and funds for her participation in the AIDS Lifecycle Ride.

To make the dress Smith wove colored condoms with clear condoms at the top of the dress and then sewed it together. Then for the wrappers, she glued them “because sewing would rip the foil,” she said.

For the bottom part, she made strips of two condoms, alternating in colors, then sewed them onto a belt to create a skirt.

“My personal favorite part is the belt I made with the rainbow wrappers. It is a separate piece that I will probably wear with other outfits,” she said.

If you’d like to support Jenna in the AIDS Lifecycle Ride, you can sponsor her here.

Mar 15 2013

Scientists May Have Found “Functional Cure” for HIV

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You may have heard about the baby who was recently cured of HIV. French scientists are now saying that they’ve found a “functional cure” for 14 adult  patients living with HIV.

“They still have HIV, it is not eradication of HIV, it is a kind of remission of the infection.”

The patients were all treated with a combination of antiretroviral drugs within 10 weeks of being infected with HIV. Though they still technically have the virus, they were able to discontinue drug treatment after an average of just three years. Read more at the BBC.

Mar 05 2013

Carry a Condom & Go To JailNYPD’s War On Sex Workers

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Did you know that you can be arrested for carrying condoms in New York City? This outrageous fact comes courtesy of a Vice article about the NYPD’s criteria for identifying potential sex workers. In practice, not just anyone is targeted by the police for such arrests.

But say you’re a sex worker or a queer kid kicked out of your home. Say you’re a  trans woman out for dinner with your boyfriend. Maybe you’ve been arrested as a sex worker before. Maybe some quota-filling cop thinks you look like a whore.

Then you’re not safe at all.

The article points out that New York City distributes free condoms to promote safe sex, but also uses them as evidence for arrests. How can the same city punish people for trying to protect their own health? A proposed law to ban the use of condoms as evidence by police and prosecutors was introduced in 1999, but hasn’t gotten enough support. Advocates for the rights of sex workers are hoping to change that. You can find out more here.

 

Feb 21 2013

The Male Birth Control You’ve Never Heard Of

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Have you heard of RISUG? It’s a revolutionary birth control method for men. RISUG is an acronym for reversible inhibition of sperm under guidance; it’s a quick, relatively painless procedure developed by Indian scientist Sujoy Guha.

In a traditional vasectomy, the vas deferens is severed. In Guha’s procedure, the vas deferens is injected with a nontoxic polymer that renders any sperm passing through sterile for up to 10 years. When you’re reading to make babies, you simply inject a solution of baking soda and water to flush out the polymer. Can it really be that simple? And why isn’t RISUG a household word?

Check out this video from Discovery News to learn more.

h/t The Awl 

 

Oct 19 2012

This Sunday is Fisting Day!

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Join us this Sunday, October 21st in solemn observance of Fisting Day!

What’s Fisting Day, you ask? It’s a global event created by queer porn icons Jiz Lee and Courtney Trouble to promote acceptance of vaginal and anal fisting. As they explain on the official Tumblr:

“Fisting Day began not only as a celebration, but a call for awareness – this sex act is banned and censored in most forms of adult entertainment, and that fear is reflected outside of the sex industry as well. We believe that sex-positive education, exposure, information, and discussion is an easy cure for this fist-phobia!”

We totally support this worthy goal, and want to lend a helping hand. To support Fisting Day, we’ll be offering 20% off your entire purchase on Sunday, October 21st.

If you’re coming into one our retail stores, simply mention “Fisting Day” to get 20% off your purchase. If ordering online, type fistingday into the coupon # box during checkout.

Need some pointers? Here’s our handy guide.

A Hand in the Bush is the ultimate, um, “handbook” on the fine art of vaginal fisting. It’s filled with practical information on how to get started. And it’s been approved by three fisting-friendly physicians.

The Oxballs Fist Plug is super realistic and made of soft, body-safe silicone. It’s got a nice wide base that’ll keep it snug in your butt.

When only a famous fist will do, try Belladonna’s Bitch Fist. This unique dildo is made from an exact replica of porn star Belladonna’s forearm and fist.

Whether you’re a first timer or an old hand, it’s a good rule of the thumb to use plenty of lube. And J-Lube is hands down the best lube for anal fisting. Simply mix a little bit of water with the J-Lube powder for a slippery good time. One bottle lasts a long, long, time.

If you plan on playing safe, we strongly recommend a pair of gloves. Unless you’re into medical play (and there’s nothing wrong with that), we recommend these fashionable black latex gloves.

If you want to watch vaginal fisting, we highly recommend the Crash Pad series, especially the kinky installment called “Rope Burn.”

Speaking of Crash Pad, they’ve got a great tutorial on their blog. Check out “Vaginal Fisting Basics”.