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Productivity Killer: The Great Sperm Race Game

January 19, 2011 Culture, Television No Comments

Sex education — there is more than one way to do it and as games become more and more popular tools for educators, it was only a matter of time before we ended up with something like this. Introducing the Great Sperm Race, a game that casts you as a sperm inside a treacherous vaginal cavity.

First one to the egg wins! … Continue Reading

Will Your Marriage Fail?

January 18, 2011 Culture, web No Comments

Divorce statistics infographic

Marriage is in trouble in this country, that much we know. But how does that affect us individually? Using information from various surveys, the blog Promotional Codes has come up with a nifty infographic to help you figure out the odds of failure. … Continue Reading

America Shocked by Its Own Prudery

January 4, 2011 Culture, Television No Comments

Nothing highlights cultural differences better than popular culture. Consider, for example, Bailando por un Sueño, the Latin American version of Dancing with the Stars. In the Argentinian version of the program, the show actually hosted a striptease-themed competition among participants.

This clip, featuring Silvina Escudero and Nicolas Scillama is making the rounds thanks to Gawker, and the gasps in response are typically American. … Continue Reading

NYC’s Toxic Bachelor Is Now L.A.’s Guy Gone Mild

January 3, 2011 Books, Culture No Comments

Cad, Rick Marin

“Somehow it’s OK for moms to have their wine nights. But try getting dispensation for a weekly bender with your fellow dads,” writes author and playwright Rick Marin. “Never happen. At a certain point, your typical Family Guy stops seeking out the Company of Men ‐‐ and all his references are Netflixed. We don’t get out much. We turn hermit, unless thrust together by forces beyond our control. Like our wives. ‘Do you enjoy the friends your wife has picked out for you?’ a buddy asked when we moved to L.A. a couple of years ago. Matter of fact I do. But there’s only so much quality bro time you can squeeze in at a 5‐year‐old’s birthday party.” … Continue Reading

You Wish The Guys Who Texted You Were As Eloquent As Julian Assange

December 20, 2010 Culture, News, Scandal! No Comments

Julian Assange's love emails

Julian Assange, editor-in-chief of the brutally transparent whistle-blowing website Wikileaks, has been taking a lot of flack in the blogs recently for some e-mails he sent in 2004. Gawker called them “creepy” and NakedCity NY thinks they’re tragic imitations of the Mystery Method.

We beg to differ. Compared to the missives we receive, written by people with an impoverished vocabulary who abuse the ellipsis and who, for some reason, believe emoticons are a proper form of punctuation, Assange’s messages are a dream come true. He even made a little cipher! … Continue Reading

Urban Dictionary Announces 2010 Word of the Year

December 17, 2010 Culture, News, Of The Year, web No Comments

WurbanDictionary 2010 Word of the Year

Urban Dictionary, a crowd-sourcing site that provides the web with definitions to commonly and not-so-commonly used slang and expressions, has selected its word of the year. Or, more accurately, its expression of the year. … Continue Reading

Kristina Rose Gets A Column

December 14, 2010 Culture, Local, Porn Valley, web No Comments

Kristina Rose gets a column

Somewhere out there, a journalist is crying. She probably suffered through years and years of media law, communications theory, belligerent editors, a seemingly endless series of obits, the most mind-numbingly boring local beats — all in the hopes that she’d get a column one day. Has she a column? Nah, but our favorite porn doll Kristina Rose just landed one for XCritic. Funny how that goes. … Continue Reading

Nothing More English Than Bad Sex

December 3, 2010 Books, Culture No Comments

Rowan Somerville's The Shape of Her

Literary perverts the world over can rejoice! The Literary Review‘s eighteenth annual Bad Sex in Fiction Award winner has been announced: Rowan Somerville’s second novel, The Shape of Her.

Somerville accepted with grace,joking in a release: “There is nothing more English than bad sex, so on behalf of the entire nation I would like to thank you.” … Continue Reading

Do You Answer the Phone While Having Sex?

December 3, 2010 Culture No Comments

Back in the day, it was considered beyond the pale to do anything while having sex, but as technology forges ahead and we get better at multi-tasking, some verboten things are apparently no longer raising as many eyebrows. According to Wilson Electronics, Inc., 15 percent of Americans take calls during sex, though only between six to 10 percent think it’s acceptable to do so. … Continue Reading

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Gamers Won’t Be Seduced, Will Stare At Random Cleav Instead

That Steam allows the objectification and sexualization of female characters in a variety of its games but refuses to accept a game about actually engaging with women in a more interactive fashion is astonishingly backward.

FetLife Is Not Safe for Users

That the site doesn’t take measures to protect user content and has shown incompetence or negligence in regard to user privacy, all the while prohibiting victims from warning others about predatory behavior creates an environment where it is nearly impossible for members of the community to take care of themselves and one another. By enabling FetLife to continue espousing a code of silence, allowing the spinning self-created security issues as “attacks,” and not pointing out how disingenuous FetLife statements about safety are, we are allowing our community to become a breeding ground for exploitation.

Why You Should Vote No On Prop 35

Should people who benefit (parents, siblings, children, roommates!) from the earnings of “commercial sex acts” (any sexual conduct connected to the giving or receiving of something of value) be charged with human trafficking? Should someone who creates obscene material that is deemed “deviant” be charged as with human trafficking? Should someone who profits from obscene materials be charged with human trafficking? Should people transporting obscene materials be charged with human trafficking? Should a person who engages in sex with someone claiming to be above the age of consent or furnishing a fake ID to this effect be charged with human trafficking? What if I told you the sentences for that kind of conviction were eight, 14 or 20 years in prison, a fine not to exceed $500,000, and life as a registered sex offender?

Pretty and Calls Herself a Geek? Attention Whore!

If you are a woman, you might be given a chance to prove yourself in this community. Since there is no standard definition of what a “geek” is and it will vary from one judge to the next anyway, chances of failing are high (cake and grief counseling will be available after the conclusion of the test!). If you somehow manage to succeed, you’ll be tested again and again by anyone who encounters you until you manage to establish yourself like, say, Felicia Day. But even then, you’ll be questioned. As a woman, your whole existence within the geek community will be nothing but a series of tests — if you’re lucky. If you aren’t lucky, you’ll be harassed and threatened and those within the culture will tacitly agree that you deserve it.

Cuddle Chemical? Moral Molecule? Not So Fast

Zak’s original field, it turns out, is economics, a far cry from the hearts and teddy bears we imagine when we consider his nickname. But after performing experiments on generosity, Zak stumbled on the importance of trust in interactions, which led him, rather inevitably, to research about oxytocin. Oxytocin, you might remember, is a hormone that has been linked previously to bonding — between mothers and children primarily, but also between partners. What Zak has done is take the research a step further, arguing in his recent book, The Moral Molecule, that oxytocin plays a role in determining whether we are good or evil.

How to Avoid Pissing off a Stripper

Let’s talk about the strippers. Whether they like to be half-naked or not, whether they enjoy turning you on or not, there’s one thing they all have in common: they’re working. Whether you think that taking one’s clothes off for money is a great choice of career is really beside the point (is it a possibility for you to make $500 per hour at your job without a law degree? Just asking). These women are providing fantasy, yes, but that is their job. And as a patron of the establishment where they work, you need to treat them like you would anyone else who provides a service to you.

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