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Instagram Shoots Self in the Other Foot

January 29, 2013 Art, Culture, web No Comments

Instagram requires ID from users

Instagram has been “securing” (suspending) accounts, giving users a deadline to upload a form of valid identification. Many initially suspected this was a phishing scam, but a Facebook spokesperson told CNET, “Instagram occasionally removes accounts due to violation of terms and, depending on the violation, may ask people to upload IDs for verification purposes.” … Continue Reading

FetLife Is Not Safe for Users

August 27, 2012 Culture, Feature, web 34 Comments

the problems with FetLife

FetLife is an online community for people interested in BDSM and other fetishes — think of a Facebook filled with kinky people who can post content and images of a sexual nature without worrying about censorship. For those who believe in having the freedom to express ourselves sexually and find like-minded people, FetLife has been an incredible tool. … Continue Reading

Sex.com Still Looks Like Pinterest

August 14, 2012 Culture, web No Comments

the sad story of sex(dot)com

At a whopping $13 million, sex.com is the most expensive domain to ever be sold. Without a doubt, it was at the center of one of the most interesting sagas of our time. It made heroes and villains and a circus of the United States legal system. Say what you want about the evils of porn, sex.com defined the way we understand and legally approach digital properties. … Continue Reading

Facebook Is Trying to Fuck Up Your Hookups

June 25, 2012 Culture, Feature, web No Comments

Facebook is not cool

In an effort to make itself feel better because no one uses their Facebook e-mail addresses (what? Facebook has e-mail addresses?), the social network decided yesterday to change everyone’s profiles to list only their Facebook e-mail addresses. … Continue Reading

Twitter Makes Naughtiness Opt-In

June 15, 2012 Culture, web 1 Comment

Twitter goes opt-in for naughty

Two years ago Twitpic cracked down on nudity. They offered users no options, simply suspended accounts that contained inappropriate imagery. Now Twitter has followed suit, but their effort to clean up is considerably more mature. Instead of censoring users, Twitter is asking that people label their content “sensitive.” By opting in, users enable others to choose whether they want to see such content or skip it. … Continue Reading

The Oatmeal Reminds Us Being Single Is Awesome

June 14, 2012 Culture, web No Comments

ain't love grand?

L.A. is not the best place to try to find love. Love is second fiddle to the Dream. The Dream is paramount. The Dream is why we’re here. Face it, when you’re working your way from the bottom, invites seldom come with a plus one.

It’s true. L.A. sucks when it comes to love. And sometimes we’re so lonely, we want to pack up the U-Haul and go home. Okay, not really, but we do our fair share of bitching while under the influence only to delete the tweets in horror the morning after. … Continue Reading

Why the Discussion Surrounding “Girls Around Me” is Misogynist

April 3, 2012 Culture, web 1 Comment

Girls Around Me app

Hey, wanna see an app to set your skin crawling?

So begins the much linked article at Cult of Mac that set off a mini-firestorm about the disgustingly creepy app “Girls Around Me,” a handy iPhone app built by the Russian developer iFree that utilized the publicly available APIs of Facebook, foursquare, and Google maps to provide a radar screen that informs the user of the location, photo, and profile of every girl who’s used a location-based service to check in nearby. … Continue Reading

Self-Censorship Isn’t More Honest Than Pseudonymity

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Topsy is an indexing platform primarily developed to enable businesses to understand social trends. As such, their dealings are of primary interest to people in the social marketing space, so when Topsy released their Google+ comment searching tool in October of last year, the reception was limited to people in that niche.

In the past could of days, however, the function has been spreading among regular users of the network, creating something of a frenzy. Usage is simple: all you need is a Google+ user number, which appears in their profile URL. You take that and input it at the end of the Topsy Google+ search URL (http://plus.topsy.com/googleplus/), hit enter and voila! All public comments made across the social network appear before you awaiting your perusal. … Continue Reading

Picking Up Where the Sexual Revolution Left Off

February 20, 2012 Culture, Feature, web 1 Comment

ssexbbox

[SSEX BBOX] is a documentary web series about sex created in an effort to fight for more openness, more understanding, less shame, and less isolation in sexual matters. Taking viewers on a journey through Sao Paolo, San Francisco, Berlin and Barcelona, [SSEX BBOX] questions obsolete assumptions about sex and sexuality. … Continue Reading

A PSA for Our Oversharing Times

February 15, 2012 Culture, web No Comments

don't give up on birth control

Bedsider is an information destination for people looking for the kind of birth control that will best fit their lifestyle. We won’t lie, their easy-to-browse site told us more about birth control in two minutes that all sex ed classes we’ve ever attended. We dig them. Period. … 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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