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Craigslist + YouTube = Win

May 14, 2010 Culture, geek, web 1 Comment

Why surf Craigslist’s text ads when you can be amused by a mini web series? Introducing your favorite new productivity killer: Craigslist TV, a new series that follows Craigslist users as they use the site to make things happen.

Any Los Angeles user that has checked out the classifieds site in the past couple of months has noticed the opt-in box at the bottom of the ad-submit form:

The first time our editrix saw it, we overheard her moan, “God, that’s so L.A. You can’t even try to arrange a nooner without an eight man film crew…” Ain’t that the truth?

To our knowledge, she has not participated in any episodes.

This first season has 14 episodes, released weekly via YouTube. Each webisode is filmed and directed by Drew Brown of Brownstone Entertainment, of Project Runway, This American Life and Top Chef fame. Watch! It’s super lolsy.

Hey, your agent hasn’t called you in weeks. Go get them, star!

Playboy Real Estate

May 14, 2010 Culture 1 Comment

A condo in Hef’s original Playboy Mansion is up for grabs in Chicago! The unit includes three bedrooms, three and a half baths, a private patio and two-car attached garage spaces! This is the only unit at the mansion that leads directly to the gardens.

Asking price? $2,900,000. Or you can just gawk:

Ah, 1340 North State Parkway #1S, Chicago, IL 60611. Has a nice ring to it. Check out the original listing.

Information via UrbanDaddy.

RE: Those Hollywood Chauvinist Dogs

May 13, 2010 Culture, Film 5 Comments

We’re all about men and women having the freedom to do what they desire with their lives and praised when they make great achievements. The field is more even today than it was fifty years ago, but there are still several issues that make our feminism come out all claws and teeth.

And then there are things that just bug us, like this piece on Ms. about gender politics on Iron Man 2. The post summarizes the gender lessons imparted by the film, which we paraphrase here:

Men don’t cry, they scream. They like power tools, technology, and weapons, not talking. Men are big wheels and lone gunmen. Men need to leave a legacy and build a better future and the best way to do this is via weapons, wealth and womanizing. Men’s sexism is funny and endearing. Men are so fabulous at business, they can successfully privatize world peace. Real men think the liberal agenda is boring. Men will always need to be in the theater of war and might as well turn their bodies into weapons.

Women are for dancing, either around poles or on stage as props. They should always be scantily clad, wear make-up well, balance on very high-heels and generally perform femininity to the delight of the male audience. Women are objects whose most important asset is their bodies, which are weak. Women are petty and jealous but also ready to be walked on.

OK, look. The movie wasn’t a shining example of girl power, but look at anything long enough and you will find something wrong with it. We here at Sex and the 405 believe that a lot more could be accomplished if people took the time to create better options instead of tearing apart those that exist. At least make mention of films that, to the author, better illustrate the message of gender equality?

It’s so easy to rip something apart. Building is a whole other thing altogether.

Image from Critical Film Condition. Commentary in response to Ms. magazine.

OMG! Is Miss USA Whoring Out Its Contestants?

May 13, 2010 Culture 1 Comment

So everyone’s got their panties in a bunch about the Miss USA pageant because they have released photos of the contestants and oh noes! all the girls look like Victoria’s Secret angels. Evidently the pageant is whoring out the poor things in order to get some hype going and score better ratings with this rather controversial turn!

Oh, please. Let’s go back some 60 years, shall we? The year is 1950 and Miss USA doesn’t exist yet. Yolande Betbeze has won the crown of Miss America, which is sponsored by Catalina, a swimsuit company. The conservative Betbeze, who entered as Miss Alabama for a chance at a scholarship, refused to wear a swimsuit after she won Miss America, causing Catalina to withdraw their sponsorship and, eventually, launch the rival competition known as Miss USA.

So, Miss USA was conceived by a swimsuit company because a girl was unwilling to strip down for photo ops. Now, 60 years later, the girls are in lingerie, which isn’t a whole lot different. And everyone is surprised because… ?

Ah, yes. Miss California, Carrie Prejean! Everyone flipped major Mugatu last year after risqué photos of her began surfacing around the web. And then there was something about a sex tape. But, look, it’s more complex than that. Prejean and Miss USA had been at odds for some time before this happened. The pageant didn’t agree with Prejean skipping scheduled events and then attending “unsanctioned” speaking gigs with conservatives to discuss her stance against gay marriage, there was some matter of a surgery and a unnecessary disclosure, a lot back and forth spin and so on.

The whole thing was a mess and to simplify the issue into a cry of outrage because Miss USA is “being hypocritical” because now its contestants are wearing lingerie, especially when the pageant was founded by a swimsuit company, is populist nonsense.

Here’s the deal: Miss USA isn’t about discovering your inner beauty. Is about selling yourself off to slavery for a year to prove beauty you already have. From the moment you enter the pageant, ALL UR BASE R BELON 2 THEMZ. Dig? You can’t do anything they don’t like. Can’t skip events they want you to attend or attend events without their consent. Can’t make any sort of political statement without their approval. Definitely can’t take naughty pictures unless they ask for them — can’t refuse once they do. Got it? Good! Glad we could help.

Now let’s move on to something more interesting — like the slideshow!

Triptych features Miss Connecticut, Miss Florida, and Miss Georgia, courtesy of the HuffPo. Information from the HuffPo and Fox News.

Hookers, Futbol, Condoms and Fans

May 12, 2010 Culture, Sex Work, Sports 1 Comment

The Wold Cup will bring some 400,000 people to South Africa this June. Mostly male, the soccer fans attract a specific sort of service provider: the sex worker. According to South Africa’s Drug Central Authority, some 40,000 sex workers will be arriving as well from all over the world.

The Global Post reports on other local preparations:

Henry Africa, 49, drives a taxi in Cape Town and, aside from the usual airport pickups and winery tours, he also operates the “Bright Red Tour,” which he expects to be a hit among soccer fans. For the equivalent of 500 dollars, he’ll shuttle customers from strip bar to strip bar all night and even bring them over to a safe-sex practicing prostitute, a relevant selling point in a country where one in five adults are estimated to be HIV positive.

Despite jolly preparations for the rowdy futbol fanatics, the tourism board of the Cape tourism board has issued a code to try to curb sex tourism and AIDS awareness campaigns have been launched.

Even the president. Jacob Zuma, who is a polygamist with four wives and father of at least 20 children, asked the United Kingdom to supply 1 billion extra condoms to South Africa before the tournament. Britain to date has sent 42 million condoms, “a number sufficient to supply almost every citizen of South Africa with one condom or every tourist expected to travel there with one hundred,” according to the Global Post.

In this instance, it’s not just joga bonito. It’s play safe, too.

Image created by us using the South Africa 2010 FIFA World Cup logo. Information from the Global Post.

The Future of Porn is 3-D

May 12, 2010 Culture, Papers/Rags 1 Comment

Ah, welcome to the future of porn! Presenting… 3-D glasses? Really? Yes. This Friday, Playboy magazine will include a set of 3-D glasses. (Scroll down for a NSFW pic!)

“What would people most like to see in 3-D?” asked Playboy‘s inimitable Hugh Hefner. “Probably a naked lady.”

Hef’s pretty real about this gimmick. The publication’s readership has been in steady decline, going from 3.15 million in 2006 to 1.5 million today. He knows people have been raving about flicks like Avatar and How to Train Your Dragon which employ this technology and this is a way for the rag to get in on the action. Jimmy Jellinek, the magazine’s editorial director agrees: “In today’s print environment you have to create newsstand events.”

That’s what they’re doing. By offering them in 3-D, Playboy is hoping to bring something to the table that the internet can’t.

“This particular picture is one example of how books and magazines are different (than computer images),” Hef told ABC.

Of course, as Mashable points out, “3-D images like this are easy to do on computer displays, too — though the readers would have to pick up some physical glasses on their own.”

The woman to appear as the 3-D centerfold is 51st Playmate of the Year, Hope Dworaczyk. Is she Playboy‘s last Hope?

Images via Nerve. Information from ABC and Mashable.

Thinking of You: My Neighborhood

May 10, 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!

Sexy is the New DJ

May 10, 2010 Culture, Music 1 Comment

Spring is here and with the warm weather come the sexy music videos.

First up, is Christina Aguilera with her new single Not Myself Tonight a carnival of sex toys and BDSM themes to enjoy at our leisure!

If that’s a little hardcore for you (don’t tell our editrix), just skip over to Miley Cyrus’ wild child anthem Can’t Be Tamed.

“I go through guys like money flying out the hands. They try to change me but they realize they can’t and every tomorrow is a day I never plan. If u gonna be my man understand: I can’t be tamed, I can’t be saved, I can’t be blamed, I can’t can’t…”

Sing it!

(Hey, doesn’t Miley kind of look like our editrix? JUST KIDDING, AV, OMG, PLEASE DON’T HURT US.)

Slutty Fortunes For You

May 5, 2010 Culture, geek, Noms, web No Comments

You don’t have to add “in bed” to the end of the fortune in the cookie any longer.

Introducing Spam Fortune Cookies — and no, they’re not made out of SPAM. Allow them to explain themselves for your benefit:

A wise man once said: ‘The best advice you can get is the advice you don’t want to hear.’ If that’s true, then the more unwanted it is, the better it must be — right? So, logically, unsolicited bulk email messages must contain the greatest advice of all time. Combine this flawless reasoning with a delicious after-dinner cookie and you have a source advice unmatched by anything else in the world.

Every $9.00 package contains 20 cookies, each with some insane spammy message the likes of which you haven’t seen since you upgraded your spam filters.

You will be amused.

Image from the xkcd Store. Via Breadpig.

Technosexual Bodies: Arse Elektronika Exhibition Hong Kong

May 4, 2010 Art, Culture No Comments

Sex and technology have always been bed buddies in one way or another. From vibrators to texting to teledildonics to SecondLife liaisons to porn as a pioneering industry in web, the connection between the two is undeniable.

Arse Elektronika, a conference now in its third year, hit Hong Kong in April with an art exhibit that finally drew to a close last week.

“By inviting artists who’re dealing with various issues of technosexual bodies, we aim not only to examine the unexplored technicalities, functionalities and interfaces of the new technologies and sexualities, but also to formulate a broader understanding of the meanings of the ‘technosexual,’” says the Arse Elektronika site.

We here at Sex and the 405 don’t know if we understand anything any better, but we do know win when we see it:

Images by Johannes Grenzfurthner.


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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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