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Trendwatch: Crossdressing Cosplay

June 3, 2010 Culture No Comments

Crossdressing — it’s big in Japan. We’re not kidding. Japan, which traditionally embraced cross-dressing is getting back to its roots, with more and more heterosexual men beginning to enjoy dressing as a woman from a fashion viewpoint.

Spearheading this new trend are maid cafes, little eateries where customers are served by men in drag. It started innocently enough: two and a half years ago, the owner of what is now one of the most popular maid cafes used a man as a maid after a female employee quit on him at the last moment. A male employee dressed up as a woman to serve customers, delighting the customers and bringing drag to the service industry. … Continue Reading

Thinking of You: From E-mail to Text

May 31, 2010 lolz No Comments

We here at Sex and the 405 think it’s vital to let people know how much you adore them, so we’ve created a special new section showcasing the best of the web when it comes to showing your love.

This week’s jewel comes to you via someecards, the epitome of cool when it comes to e-cards.

Click to send one to someone you dig!

Hugh Hefner on the Oil Spill

May 30, 2010 Culture, Quote No Comments

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves: WTF!

Your Friends’ Secrets Right on Their Facebook Walls

May 26, 2010 Culture, geek, lolz, web 1 Comment

It was a typical day for our editrix of hacking through the contents of her inbox to try to get some sense of what the week would look like. Suddenly, a notification from Facebook — she’d been tagged in a photo! Always the narcissist, or perhaps always aware of the tinge on her conscience, she clicked immediately.

It was one of those square bingo-looking grids, the ones where each square has a descriptor and people tag their friends on them accordingly. Our editrix had been tagged as “has the prettiest eyes.” She was immediately conflicted — this looks fun, but who past the age of 13 does this sort of thing? Clearly, we need a more “adult” version to override the silliness of it all. Feel free to take it and unleash havoc on your own friends’ walls. … Continue Reading

Juicy Confessions from Cheaters!

May 26, 2010 Culture, geek, web No Comments

Cheaters. Love them or hate them, at the end of the day, they’re the ones having the cake and eating it, too, when many of you are still outside the veritable smorgasbord looking for a parking space. While we can’t get you some ass, we can at least provide access to cheaters’ sleazy shenanigans. Introducing CheatConfession.

Not only can you see the naughty tales of cheaters from around the English-speaking webs, you can also check on the stories of woe from people who have been cheated on and read about people thinking about cheating. You can also judge them! Tell cheaters if it was justified, tell those who were wronged how much their sitch sucks, and help potential cheaters decide! … Continue Reading

Google Kicks Cougars Out

Earlier this month, the site CougarLife.com, which connects older women with younger men, got a bit of a nasty shock from Google. The search engine giant, which was receiving $100,000 a month from CougarLife to manage its advertising and place it on content pages, told CougarLife that its ads, which had been appearing since October, would no longer be accepted. The reason? Cougar sites are not “family safe.”

CougarLife suggested placing a different ad: instead of one picturing older women and younger men together, they proposed an image of the company’s president, Claudia Opdenkelder, 39, without a man in the picture. … Continue Reading

Thinking of You: Sex Object

May 24, 2010 lolz 1 Comment

We here at Sex and the 405 think it’s vital to let people know how much you adore them, so we’ve created a special new section showcasing the best of the web when it comes to showing your love. This week’s jewel comes to you via someecards, the epitome of cool when it comes to e-cards.

Click to send one to someone you dig!

Mac Lovers Need Love, Too

Forget Democrat or Republican — those labels have been useless for years. Now, we measure compatibility in terms of operating systems. No surprise, someone is moving in on Apple lovers.

Introducing: Cupidtino, a dating site exclusively for Apple fans. … Continue Reading

Is That A Phone Or Are You Just Happy To See Me?

May 22, 2010 Culture, Fashion 1 Comment

Lingerie design can get pretty creative, but this piece from Syria takes the cake as far as Sex and the 405 is concerned.

Introducing the Phone Crotch:

We’re not kidding. … Continue Reading

The G-Shot: “So she’s enjoying penis a little bit more, then?”

The g-shot, a $1,200 injection of collagen to the g-spot that helps it become more prominent and is said to revolutionize your sex life, recently got some air-time that was… amusing to say the least. Watch the whole thing for the full lolz:

Via BlogHer’s Wall of Shame.

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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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