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Nudes and Catholic Iconography for the Love of Animals

December 10, 2009 Advertising, Culture, Eyecandy, Women 1 Comment

Playboy model Joanna Krupa is all tangled up in a controversy regarding her latest contribution to the expansive catalog of controversial PETA ads.

Krupa, a practicing Catholic, is depicted in one PETA’s “Be An Angel For Animals” ads nude with only a crucifix to cover her naughty bits. Another ad features her topless, holding a dog to cover her chest, and a dangling rosary.

Needless to say, people are pissed. We here at Sex and the 405 think it’s in poor taste, but this is PETA, after all. They love to court controversy.

In the words of Lisa Lange, senior vice president of communications for PETA: “Sex does sell.” No explanation about how Catholicism fits into all of this, other than the fact that Kruga is a practicing Catholic.

Image via Trash Selector. Information from Newsy.

Lady Gaga: Afraid of Intimacy or Sex?

December 10, 2009 Culture, Hollywoody, Music No Comments

ladygagaHere’s the issue with euphemisms: they confuse the fuck out of people.

Recently several news outlets reported that Lady Gaga had once been afraid of sex. Or intimacy. Or both. They’re not the same thing and anyone with an ounce of gray matter knows it, but because the media is either terrified of talking about sex truthfully or eager to exploit a juicy headline, we’ll never know which.

A cursory listen of Gaga’s albums suggests she has no issue with sex (how many women do you know will so readily admit they wanna take a ride on your disco stick?). Songs like “Poker Face” and “I Like It Rough” off The Fame, on the other hand, clearly illustrate a fear of intimacy:

Your love is nothing I can’t fight,
can’t sleep with the man who dims my shine.
I’m in the bedroom with tissues and when
I know you’re outside banging but I won’t let you in.
‘Cause it’s a hard life, with love in the world
and I’m a hard girl–loving me’s like chewing on pearls.

On her new album, The Fame Monster, the track “Bad Romance” also alludes to this fear–and don’t get me started on the music video. Following an oversexualized walk down the aisle, Gaga and her groom are consumed by flames, which leave the man a charred skeleton.

I want your love and I want your revenge.
I want your love, I don’t want to be friends.
I don’t want to be friends.
No, I don’t wanna be friends.
I don’t wanna be friends!
I want your bad romance.

The cat’s out of the bag. I love Lady Gaga because every little girl who’s terrified of intimacy needs an anthem. So much the better when an artist gives you a handful.

I wanna roll with him, a hard pair we will be.
A little gambling is fun when you’re with me–I love it.
Russian Roulette is not the same without a gun
and baby when it’s love if its not rough it isn’t fun.

A morbid part of me can’t wait to hear her fall head over heels. I’ll tell you one thing–I won’t be satisfied unless it’s as bloody as Courtney Love’s “Uncool.”

Image from Lady Gaga’s shoot with for Elle magazine. Information from Entertainment Daily and China Daily.

3 Sexcessories You Need

December 9, 2009 Culture, web No Comments

Technology and sex have always been an ideal match. Recently, Rachel Kramer Bussel at The Daily Beast did an overview of the top eight hottest sexcessories around. These are our top three:

passionappPASSION

Want to know how good you are in bed? Surprise, surprise–there’s an app for that!

Launched in July, Passion uses “all of the iPhone’s distinct features such as the microphone, accelerometer and many others to determine an accurate score. All you have to do is start the application, put your iPhone on the bed, in an arm band, or even in your pocket and have intercourse, it is as easy as that.”

You’re judged on how long activity lasts, how much activity seems to be involved, and decibels. The scores are graphed and pit against those of others around the world.

Gauges, sex and oversharing? I dare you to tell me what you get.

nOOkist

Little black book meets spreadsheets. nOOkis is probably one of the most thorough ways of keeping track of your sexploits.

You catalog everything from partners’ nationalities, to their attractiveness, how often you orgasm, to what positions you prefer together.

You can make graphs from the data, as well as have the site analyze your sexual habits and forecast your likelihood of contracting a venereal disease, which is dicksoftenus maximus to think about, but, hey, thanks. At the very least if you encounter some unpleasant symptoms in the future, such a meticulous record should come in handy.

PLEASURISTS

This weekly digest of sex toy reviews covers it all. “Many of the reviews are CNET-grade in their earnestness and technicality,” notes Kramer Bussel. Excellent–it’s about time someone took these matters into their hands–err…

Well, you know what I mean.

Image from Chris Alvares. Information via The Daily Beast.

Jared Leto: “Rock and Roll Has Gotten Really Asexual”

December 9, 2009 Culture, Hollywoody, Music No Comments

A few weeks ago, Sex and the 405 did two lists of the music we’d like to boink to: 15 High Energy Songs To Have Sex To and Songs To Be Seduced To.

jaredletoThere is a mix for every brand of passion, you’ll realize, if you take enough time to think about it. But if you’re not the sort of person with that kind of time on your hands (i.e., funemployed like moi), you’re in luck.

Introducing 30 Seconds to Mars’ This Is War: hands down the sexiest album of our time.

“We spent two years of our lives working on that record, and it was us against the world,” frontman Jared Leto told MTV last month. “There were times that it was overwhelming. Everything that was going on was brutal, but there were beautiful moments as well… It was a case of survival, to tell the truth.”

I had the pleasure of meeting Leto on Dr. Drew’s Loveline earlier tonight. During a break, I asked him whether he realized 30 Seconds to Mars was creating the ultimate soundtrack of desire.

“Well, a lot of songs are very sexual in nature,” he told me. “I think rock and roll has gotten really asexual.”

That’s something he felt 30 Seconds to Mars should take on.

“That’s obviously a big part of all of our lives, and I thought it important to address some of that,” Leto said.

They did a good job. Never has an album so powerfully mixed animal desire, desperate want, angst and fantastic soul licking as This Is War does.

“We were literally having to kill ourselves at times. I had it written on the wall: ‘Kill yourself to finish.’ There were no other options,” Leto said. “So we did that. It was a time to redefine, rediscover, reinvent, reinvest in each other.”

Spoken like a true lover.

Get the album on AmazonMP3 for $9.99.

Hey, Guys–Is It Cheating If It’s With Another Girl?

December 4, 2009 Culture, Hollywoody No Comments

fergie
Marriages are like snowflakes. They’re pretty different, one from the next. And the people in them find a way to make them work.

Sometimes this involves extra-curriculars. I have some friends in the adult entertainment industry who have an established “if there’s money involved, it doesn’t count,” rule. In my marriage, ex-husband told me I could hook up with other girls–as long as he got to watch and she and I didn’t have a close relationship.

Usually, you know this kind of thing, either because you’ve discussed it, or because you can intuit what’s OK and what crosses a line.

Not Fergie. The Sun recently reported the Black Eyed Peas bombshell had been surprised to find from her therapist that girl-on-girl play counts as cheating.

“I’ve had a lot of fun with women, and I’m not ashamed of it,” Fergie said. “But just because I enjoy women doesn’t mean I’m allowed to have affairs in my relationship. I learned through talking with my therapist that it is still cheating even if it’s with girls, so there is a rule there.”

This comes on the heels of accusations that her husband Josh Duhamel had a hot affair with a stripper. I can’t help but wonder whether casting herself as the cheater is a way to help herself cope.

Whatever the case, I wouldn’t give a hoot what my therapist thought constituted cheating in a marriage. This is the kind of thing you really should be talking about with your partner.

What do you guys think? Is it cheating if she’s doing it with another girl?

Image via Stuff Queer People Need To Know. Information from The Sun.

e-Stalking Your Way To Hot Sex

December 1, 2009 Culture, web 10 Comments

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Maybe there is a reason I have always been attracted to musicians. For those in the know, what you see him do when he performs onstage is very telling of how he will perform in the bedroom. But what about the guy who has made a name for himself by his blogs, tweets, podcasts and over all social media prowess–how can you tell?

The truth may lie in how he performs on the world wide stage of the web. It’s not what he does, it’s how he does it. What is he talking about and how is he talking about it? Is he confident or cocky? Are his writings masturbatory and self-important? Are they informative yet dry? Interesting and safe? Thoughtful and insightful? He may not be trying to make you hot in 140 characters but could he?

Some things to think about:

  1. If he has more followers than he himself follows people on Twitter, he is obviously desirable, just be sure to check out his other attributes because, in this case, quantity may not mean a quality lay.
  2. If he uses a variety of methods to get his message across, including blogging, tweeting, responding to comments, posting mobile photos and hitting the “like” button then he may use a variety of methods on you until you hit the like button.
  3. If his friends and followers are diverse and he writes and talks about a multitude of subjects, he will probably be able to go out to a variety of places with you and feel comfortable. Then take you home and show you the world.
  4. If he responds to @ messages on Twitter and the comments on his blog posts, that means he pays attention and will respond if you tell him “a little to the left.”
  5. If he is consistent in his blog posts and his tweets, but obviously takes time away to be out in the real world, he may have better insight to your needs and subtle moves and not try to play you like a video game.
  6. Even if he is an expert at social media, if he only writes about one subject and it is usually about himself, his company and maybe the newest trend, then he may be quite selfish in the sack or favor one position only. #fail

A few more things to think about:

  • If he is out every night and has posted his mobile photos to prove it, you should know going in that you may be dealing with a voyeur. Be ready to show off.
  • If he is constantly letting everyone know where he is on Foursquare then you can track him down and jump his bones at any time.
  • If he only acknowledges you through Twitter direct messages or e-mail and never an @ message on Twitter or Facebook, it usually means he doesn’t want a relationship, he is a player, or you are having a secret hot affair. Which is not necessarily a bad thing.
  • Oh, and if he tweets 20 times in a row, even if it is informative, this does not mean he has longevity while giving it to you.

So before you jump into bed with him, add his RSS feed to your Google Reader, follow him on Twitter, friend him on Facebook and do a little social media snooping, or e-stalking. In this case, the best way to get your ROI is to do a little R&D.

Me? I met him, read his blog and checked out his tweets, but ultimately it came down to the fact that he had some kick ass tattoos. What can I say? He’s my Social Media Rock Star.

Image by Johanna Hobbs.

What Your Chat Status Says About You

November 30, 2009 Culture, web 1 Comment

gtalkI’ll admit it–I don’t chat a lot, but I open Gtalk and watch people’s chat statuses when I’m writing.

I judge my permanently-available friends (green) and mobile (little phone), feel annoyed at my friends who idle (orange), and think my offline friends are antisocial assholes or technologically inept (gray).

I know that’s not fair. I mean, I’m that jerk who’s always busy (red), even when I’m just staring at my Gtalk screen.

Psychology Today‘s Dave Levitan (@davelevitan) has a post about what each chat status actually says about us–according to a media expert and director of the Media Psychology Research Center, Pamela Rutledge, Ph.D.

Prepare yourselves to be labeled, sweet minions of teh inyterwebz:

Always/Often Green:
“This is an extrovert who feels that he always needs to be available,” explains Rutledge. “It’s someone who is too much of a caretaker, or someone who is narcissistic and assumes you always want to see him.”

Idle/Orange (Even When at the Computer):
“It might mean that she’s feeling like she wants to have a little bit of protection from the exposure, which is a normal human thing,” says Rutledge. “It might mean that she’s a bit more introverted than extroverted.”

Busy/Red:
“That’s one way of call screening,” Rutledge tells us. “Or, call that person an introvert, because he wants to have the option of not responding. He’s protecting his own boundaries; maybe he’s working or doing something where he doesn’t want to be interrupted, but he’s not missing from the face of the earth.”

Ninja /Invisible:
“This is like stalking, but it’s a level of stalking that isn’t negative,” says Rutledge. “It’s a technologically advanced and effective way of eavesdropping.” But she is quick to point out that messaging someone while in appear offline mode is a hostile response. That behavior allows them to reach you but disables you from responding, thereby robbing you of communication. “If that is someone’s standard operating procedure, it’s a power trip,” she says.

The post doesn’t address people who are on Gtalk mobile. What do you think that says about someone that they’re always connected, even when they’re not at their computers?

Confessions of the Hipster Grifter

November 26, 2009 Culture, Interview No Comments

hipsterTwenty-two year-old Kari Ferrell, better known as the Hipster Grifter, seduced horny skinny jean-wearing hipsters in Brooklyn to steal their money. Later, she forged checks and tried to pull a fast one on Vice. Now serving time in Utah, she talked with the Daily Beast about what cell life is all about.

Some juicy tidbits for your fast and furious consumption:

The Daily Beast: What has been the most surprising part of prison?

Kari Ferrell: The most surprising part of jail (contrary to popular belief, I am in jail, not prison. Big difference) has to be the wide variety of people that come in. As with most of society, I assumed that the only people incarcerated were individuals who R Kelly’d little boys, and those who like freebasing crack cocaine out of human skulls. There have been girls in here for such things as unpaid parking tickets, driving without insurance, jay walking (seriously! And it was her only charge—spent four days in here) and giving a blowjob to her partner (by marriage) at a park. (Hello, who hasn’t done that?) Obviously there are those in here for more serious crimes, and that is unsurprising, but jay walking? Come on. Maybe it’s a Utah thing?

The Daily Beast: What is just like you imagined it to be? The food? The beds?

Ferrell: On the opposite side of the spectrum; the most unsurprising thing is that it’s exactly how I thought it would be: It’s the Orwellian nature of jail itself. We are housed in cells that resemble fish bowls, [with] large plexiglass windows, so that the guards are able to look in at any time; no privacy whatsoever. I also expected boredom to be exactly how it is: mind-numbingly unproductive. You can only work out, read, attempt to educate a cellmate on metaphysics, masturbate, and draw so much y’know?

The Daily Beast: Do you have a cellmate? Tell us about them.

Ferrell: My former cellmate, Jerzy Mitchell, was phenomenal. We had the same interests (I highly doubt any other female in this jail listens to Felt and Chris Garneau), similar tastes and an affinity for men with facial hair. She was with me for three months, and when she left I felt like I lost a significant body part. Jerzy Mitchell is my runaway spleen. Shut up. That’s significant enough. My new cellmate is, uh, different. It’s hard to relate to a heroin-addicted prostitute who is offended when you ask, “So how much did you charge to gum their meat?” (In case you’re curious, the answer is $40.) When you’re locked down for 24 hours a day with someone (the pod I am in is a minimum/medium custody pod. Even though I am minimum, we are only out for three hours a day—alternating mornings and evenings) you have to get along.

Good luck with that, girlfriend.

Image from Driven By Boredom. Information from The Daily Beast.

Impress That Coffee Fiend

November 26, 2009 Culture No Comments

gocoffeegoShe loves coffee, you’re more of a tea kind of dude. A date at her neighborhood Starbucks is out of the question, but don’t worry, we’re here for you. Introducing GoCoffeeGo, a San Francisco-based company with an expansive online catalog of coffees for more refined tastes.

Its founders Scott Pritikin and Elise Papazian are self-proclaimed coffee junkies themselves:

There is no bean we shall not grind, no coffee we shall not try. We must gulp and slurp them all! We are coffee adventurers. We sought to expand our “cup” and fill our Espresso machines, French Presses, Pour-Overs, Vacuum Pots, Moccamasters and yes… even a vintage Mr. Coffee machine with the ultimate beans from Super-Star Specialty Roasters throughout the country, who are known in their local communities as the “gods and goddesses” of coffee. Whether you live in a luxury Penthouse in a metropolitan city or a shack in the backwoods, you deserve access to great coffee.

You don’t know jack about coffee, but that’s not a problem. The site offers award winners and members’ picks. You can now see further, standing on the shoulders of giants.

All you really need to ask her is “light, medium or dark roast?” Then, upon receiving your order the next business day, just saunter up to her, pull out the coffee and ask, “your place, 6:00PM?” No self-avowed coffee fiend will be able to resist you. And you’ll have already have made it back to her place without even trying–sweet!

If you’re really studious, you can read the section dedicated to the history of coffee and their tips for making a killer cup.

You’re welcome.

Second-Hand Porn

November 26, 2009 Culture No Comments

So, you’re waiting for your soy milk latte one morning, minding your own business (that is, the latest posts on TMZ), when suddenly–

“Oh, baby, yeah, oh, God, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, ooooooooooooooh.”

The guy behind you is starting his day with a bang–live, right on his iPhone! It’s a case of second-hand porn.

The advances in technology have enabled us to have access to more things, faster and in better quality than ever before. Now, we don’t have to stop by the porn shop to pick up an adult video–we can choose from huge selections and download movies for immediate consumption.

Of course, the accessibility has brought on its own share of issues: how do you deal with people watching porn in public places?

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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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