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Faux Ho! A Dangerous Crusade

November 8, 2010 Culture, geek, web 2 Comments

Faux ho. It’s a term that refers to people who take on a sex-worker persona, usually online. Whether it’s Twitter, Tumblr, or some other blogging platform, faux hoes impersonate sex-workers for a variety of reasons, be it to live out their fantasies or land a book deal a la Belle du Jour.

Big deal, right? Everyone plays pretend to some degree on the web, and it’s our job as an audience to be careful about who we choose to trust, whether it’s with our own information, or with the information presented to us as fact.

Yes — to an extent. The problem with pretending to be a sex-worker, however, is that it impacts a stigmatized minority, many of whom are active in combating stereotypes about their choices and industry. Misrepresentation is not taken lightly in the community, especially when a blogger is perceived to be confirming stereotypes about the industry, such as that sex-workers have low self-esteem, do drugs, are victims or hate what they do. … Continue Reading

Implementing SafeSearch on Google

September 20, 2010 Culture, geek, OMG! We're Parents, web 1 Comment

Despite Google’s efforts to keep search clean by disallowing any words considered inappropriate, regardless of SafeSearch settings, parents continue to express concern about the ease with which children can access adult content online.

One such parenting blog, Ooph, suggested the adult industry is trying to expose children to their content, cleverly using words they may seek, such as “teen.”

We’re uncertain what the business model is for conning kids into clicking on a site considering ad revenue from impressions is peanuts compared to having actual subscribers, which require a credit card. Perhaps it’s some kind of long-term cultivation theory of media scheme, because the industry has just that much foresight? Right. … Continue Reading

Profile Warnings (They Don’t Mean Anything)

September 17, 2010 Culture, Feature, geek, web 1 Comment

Media outlets have for a while made use of the information we make available online to feed their stories. Sometimes, the information found online is invaluable to the public interest. Most times it is exploited for sensationalist angles, as in the case of the Passive Arts Studio arson and murder incident here in Los Angeles.

As a result, a lot of people are beginning to put notices on their social media profiles that threaten legal action if said profile’s information is mined for content without permission. … Continue Reading

I Just Unlocked The Gonorrhea Badge on Foursquare!

August 31, 2010 Culture, geek, web No Comments

On Foursquare, we check in to restaurants, the 405, concerts and airplanes with such competitive zest over mayorship, it puts Tonya Harding to shame — so why wouldn’t we want to check in to clinics when we’re getting an STD check-up?

MTV, which is running a campaign to get people tested for sexually transmitted diseases, has paired up with the location-based network Foursquare to incentivize the process.

Through the month of September, they are offering a super special badge to all those who check in at a clinic. … Continue Reading

Why We’re Not Lynching Apple’s Phillip Shoemaker

August 24, 2010 Culture, geek, web 2 Comments

The web is up in arms about Apple App Store director Phillip Shoemaker following escorts and porn stars on Twitter. We’re here at Sex and the 405 refuse to jump on the bandwagon screaming hypocrite.

We believe in personal choice and freedom. Whatever value Shoemaker finds in these connections is for him to judge. He has a job with Apple to maintain the products they offer free of pornography, but that doesn’t mean the man shouldn’t be able to enjoy whatever he likes in his personal life. … Continue Reading

The Carnal Carnival

August 20, 2010 Culture, geek, Research, web No Comments

Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, feast your eyes if you dare! It’s real, it’s alive, it’s… your own body, its different parts, and the products from it!

That’s right, from the minds of the web’s most forward-thinking scientific bloggers comes The Carnal Carnival, a celebration of research centered around a different theme every month, beginning this month — with excrement.

Now, now, don’t be squeamish. It’s your body. It’s about time you took a moment to understand it a little bit better. Especially all those anal sex enthusiasts out there. As Tristan Taormino says, “shit happens.” Actually, we’re not sure that’s how she put it, but you know what we mean. … Continue Reading

Foursquare Foreplay

August 19, 2010 Culture, geek, web No Comments

Over at NakedCity LA, our editrix wrote a piece about how to use Foursquare to be a good liar and avoid other people (leave it to her to find a way to make social media anti-social).

She makes no secret of the fact that she thinks people who give away their location and get competitive over mayorship, a title with no merit, are patently insane, which is why we are quite gleeful to post the following excerpt from a recent The New York Times article. Seems our editrix missed a key function to the social network — how hot people get when they pit themselves against one another. … Continue Reading

Summer Turn-Offs Survey

August 4, 2010 Culture, web No Comments

HerWay Survey

The makers of HerWay don’t like doing things the way everyone else does. The Los Angeles-based HerWay is, after all, a dating site that hands women complete control by denying men the ability to so much as search for profiles.

So it’s not surprising that when they surveyed their users they didn’t ask what people are into, but what turns them off the most. Results from the summer HerWay survey of singles’ turn-offs. Ready for the survey results? … Continue Reading

Making Up With Twitpic

July 20, 2010 Culture, geek, web 2 Comments

A couple of months ago, NakedCity LA reported on the battle between porn star Kristina Rose and the Twitter image-hosting site Twitpic. … Continue Reading

Your Daily Dose of Noodz — Delivered

sexy tumblrs

We love nudity and all things erotic and are always looking for sites to ogle. And what better way to do this than within a feed? Granted, most porn sites don’t allow that. But the blogging platform Tumblr has a feed built in, which means that without leaving the Tumblr dashboard, you can effectively access all the filth you could ever want. Even if you’re at work — so long as your office hasn’t blacklisted Tumblr, that is.

We have compiled a list of sites to get you started. Please note you need a Tumblr account to “follow” these blogs and receive their feeds in your Tumblr dashboard. Have fun — you can thank us later. … 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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