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Forever Alone Meme to Visit Meatspace

Forever Alone flashmob

You guys remember Forever Alone, right? It’s essentially the emo version of Rage Guy, featured widely in a comic wherein the protagonist faces his loneliness and despair. Good stuff. But not good enough for some 4chan and Reddit users, who want to see the meme come to life.

A plot is now in the works to bring as many single males as humanly possible to Times Square in New York City by putting up fake OKCupid profiles to lure victims. … Continue Reading

Take a Stand Against Street Harassment

February 1, 2011 Culture, web No Comments

hollaback SoCal

The internet is no stranger to educating by shaming, and the new site Hollaback SoCal is no different. In this case, the goal is to combat sexual harassment. Here, people from all over Southern California can come and share their stories, to bring some awareness of how this behavior can make its victims feel and to try to persuade legislators to make a change so residents can walk the streets safely. … Continue Reading

I Saw You Naked On The Internet

February 1, 2011 Culture, teh inetrwebz, web No Comments

Is Anyone Up?

It was only a matter of time before someone ran with the pr0n Tumblr idea and tried to monetize it. Witness this blog, which is dedicated entirely to the nudes we send off to partners and potential partners with no concern as to where they may end up. … 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

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

Sex in an MRI

November 23, 2010 Culture, News, Research, web No Comments

Sex in an MRI

The Carnal Carnival is a site run by a group of wild science writers who want to bring knowledge to us unwashed masses. This month, they’re surveying studies on orgasm. Ready to take a look at male and female genitals during coitus, as delivered by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)? … Continue Reading

FaceTime Brings Camgirls Right to Your Phone

November 19, 2010 Apps, Culture, web No Comments


The studio is buzzing with girls auditioning, girls taking photos for promos, and girls camming with customers. We’re at IP4Play headquarters, a new offering on the adult entertainment landscape to bring some edge to Apple’s products. Oh, yeah. And there’s very little Steve Jobs can do about it.

Think camgirls, only they’re right there, talking to you on your phone. Thanks to FaceTime and Skype, IP4Play has a platform to make it happen. You cruise their site and take a pick among adult models, porn stars, and a handful of fresh-faced new-comers. From there, you buy some time with your girl, between five and 30 minutes (which ranges between $20 and $90), and get going. … Continue Reading

It’s Not So Complicated If You Map It Out

November 12, 2010 Culture, web No Comments

Labels. We may claim to hate them, but face it, most of the time, they really help simplify things. And when it comes to relationships, the simpler the better. Of course, few relationships are so cut and dry. Most have little features — or as Facebook, that terrible heteronormative tool of the patriarchy, calls them, “complications” — that make them so much more difficult to define.

Well, fear not. We have the solution. From the fertile mind of Franklin Veaux, creator of the Map of the Lands of Human Sexuality, comes a new visual way to behold the many shades of non-monogamous relationships:

Franklin Veaux Monogamy Bar
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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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