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China Cracks Down On Porn

February 10, 2010 Freedom, News No Comments

We have nothing against China, but, boy ,is it the pits. In the latest crackdown against the porn industry, the Supreme People’s Court and the Supreme People’s Procuratorate are targeting wireless carriers, advertisers, advertising agents, third-party payment platforms and websites.

There will be no porn business for profit in China!

The predecessor to this crackdown occurred in September of 2004, but it only targeted websites. China has since realized that porn can happen on cell phones with access to teh intarwebz. OMG!

By cracking down on carriers, advertisers, advertising agents, and third-party payment platforms, China is hoping to kill off the great evil that is porn.


Information from OneIndia.

Research Reveals Possible Male Contraceptive

February 10, 2010 Fertility and Babbys, News 1 Comment


A recent study by scientists from University of California, San Francisco, have identified a mechanism that prompts sperm to start swimming toward an egg. Appropriately targeted, this mechanism could assist in developing new methods of male contraception.

So, basically, sperm are basically balloons of protons. Once they hit the female reproductive tract, these protons are released, which kicks off the sperms’ race to the egg.

“The concentration of protons inside the [sperm] cell is 1,000 times higher than outside,” said lead researcher, Yuriy Kirichok. “If you just open a pore, protons will go outside. We identify the molecule that lets them out.”

This molecule is Hv1 protein. By identifying it, we may be able to modify the activity of sperm in either direction, meaning: make it not go to the egg. Score!

“You can imagine now that we know the molecule responsible we could block it to prevent activation and fertilization as a kind of male contraception,” Kirichok said.

The study appears in the journal Cell, a Cell Press publication.

Information from the Times of India.

Judge Orders Aide To Turn Over Edwards Sex Tape

Judge Abraham Penn Jones ordered Andrew Young, the ex-aide of former Senator John Edwards, to turn over the sex tape on Friday. Young and his wife, Cheri, were at the Pittsboro, North Carolina court to contest a temporary restraining order forbidding them from disseminating the videotape.

The judge found the Youngs in civil contempt of court and ordered them to give the court the tape and other materials they may have by 2:00PM this coming Wednesday. If they fail to comply, the couple could be jailed.

According to court documents, the couple has said they possess “a video recording showing Senator Edwards engaged in sexual activities with a woman who, from all indications, is not his wife and who the Youngs believe to be Ms. Hunter, based upon her appearance.”

And the woman on the tape is visibly pregnant, which means the video might not be the one specified in the restraining order, because Rielle Hunter, Edwards’ former mistress, said that tape was created in September 2006. Which means, essentially, they don’t have to pay mind to the restraining order.

According to the couple, Hunter “abandoned the videotape in the trash at their home and made no effort to recover it until almost two years after she had left their home.”

No luck for the Youngs, no sex tape for us.

Information via CNN.

Those Kinksters Must Be Stopped!

February 8, 2010 Freedom, News 1 Comment

Bethesda, Maryland, is, according to Forbes, one of America’s most well-educated small towns. It’s also the location of the most recent battle for sexual freedom.

Paul Pickthorne, a Bethesda resident, hosts regular BDSM parties at his 3,600-square-foot home (dubbed “a castle-like McMansion” by the Washington Post, which obviously hasn’t set foot in California since the early-00s, otherwise they’d know anything under 6,000-square-feet is a Mini McMansion. But we digress).

So the guy has BDSM parties. Why is this a problem? “Zoning,” we’re told. Specifically, something called R-60 — a zoning classification for subdivisions of single-family houses where commercial activity, for the most part, isn’t permitted. Pickthorne’s guests pay $20 to attend and $50 for VIP, making his parties a violation of the zoning code.

But, as we’re sure you already guessed, this isn’t really the reason the city has moved in. The crackdown is the result of horrified neighbors sending e-mails to County Council member Roger Berliner, a Democrat whose district includes their Merrimack Park subdivision.

“I share your sense of outrage that a sex club is operating in your lovely neighborhood,” Berliner wrote back. “I want you to know that my office has been advised that our County has moved aggressively to put an end to this blight on your community.”

Pickthorne received a written warning from a zoning inspector last week. But what happens if he decides to stop charging? If his gatherings are non-commercial, then he’s not in violation of anything.

When the Post asked Berliner, the City Council member hesitated, then conceded: “Certainly one has to respect everyone’s constitutional rights.”

But he was quick to assure the neighborhood: “our county will be exploring every legal means available to ensure that the activity taking place at this particular residence does not have an adverse impact on the community.”

We here at Sex and the 405 are disappointed. It’s patently obvious that the problem here isn’t a zoning violation or disruption caused by a party but a bias against people’s sexualities. God save us from “the kinksters”! Eye roll.

Hey, at least we only hit people with their consent, suburbia.

Image by Alana Joy, featuring our editrix tied up and being flogged by the editor of another blog we love — but we’re not telling who she is! Information from the Washington Post.

West Covina Police Officer’s Self-Help Book Further Incriminates Him

February 8, 2010 Crime, News No Comments

In 2006, a West Covina police officer and sex crime investigator by the name of Tyler Kennedy self-published a 180-page book entitled The Magic Triangle: Coping with the Differences Between Men and Women, to help hapless men seeking “entrance to the magic triangle” (i.e., a woman’s vagina. Insert tired and tragic euphemism-induced angina here).

“In my opinion, women are devious and vindictive and should be left alone like a rattlesnake on a hot summer day,” Kennedy says at the end of chapter one.

This is a man working with victims of sexual assault.

West Covina Chief of Police Frank Wills said he’d never read the self-published book before the current investigation into the officer, which came about as a result of allegations that Kennedy had sexually harassed and propositioned a sexual assault victim over the course of his investigation.

According to the San Fernando Valley Tribune, Kennedy was suspended from the force in a separate incident last year when investigators found he had become intimately involved with a 39-year-old alleged victim of sexual assault.

“After taking a look at it, the book is an embarrassment to the profession and to the West Covina Police Department,” Wills said.

“Men will accept any woman, on the other hand, that is chasing them around because the power of the Magic Triangle makes it very difficult to say no,” Kennedy says in the last chapter of his book. “The bottom line is that the Magic Triangle rules and men find it too hard to resist.”


Information from the San Fernando Valley Tribune.

Sex for Superbowl Victory

February 7, 2010 Hollywoody, News No Comments

Kendra Wilkinson has vowed to celebrate a Colts Superbowl victory with lots and lots of sex.

Hank Baskett’s likely response: “babyyyy, I just won a freakin’ Superbowl… can’t you just blow me really quick instead?”

Image from urbandaily. Information from dbtechno.

Tiger’s Out And About

February 7, 2010 Hollywoody, News No Comments

Cheater du jour Tiger Woods has left the sex rehab center in Mississippi and been reunited with his wife and two children, according to RadarOnline.

Wood’s wife, Elin Nordegren, has dropped her divorce lawyer and while she’s still not wearing her wedding band, rumor has it she’s committed to working on her marriage for the sake of their children.

If you recall, the golfer was caught having an affair last year. Since then, 19 women have been romantically linked to him, many of them stepping forward with gory deets about their canoodlings.

Is there life after infidelity? We’ll have to see.

Image from The Huddle. Information from the Huffington Post.

HPV Vaccine Might Prevent Other Cancers, Too

February 6, 2010 Health, News 2 Comments

The human papilloma virus — or HPV — vaccine, which doctors are now using to help prevent cervical cancer, might have the same effect on other cancers as well — and in men as well as women, reports the Vancouver Sun.

Dr. Glenn Bauman, chairman of oncology at the University of Western Ontario faculty of medicine told the paper that a variety of recent studies had found DNA from the papilloma virus inside cancer tumors.

“I think the tip of the iceberg is this whole HPV connection with cancer,” Bauman said. “What’s interesting is that we’re finding — and we’ve known this for a while, but we’re beginning to appreciate it — that HPV plays a role in other ‘mucosal’ cancers.”

This includes cancers in the head, neck, tonsils, pharynx, the base of the tongue, the upper digestive tract, the urinary tract and genital region, the vulva, penis, vagina and anal canal.

The facts:

A 2007 study at Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center found that oral HPV infection is “the strongest risk factor” for a relatively uncommon throat cancer called oropharyngeal cancer, “regardless of tobacco and alcohol use.”

The virus raised the risk of this cancer by 32 times compared to people with no HPV infection;

Cancer doctors at the University of Michigan report an increase in nasopharyngeal cancer — another relatively rare form found behind the nose and above the throat — after HPV infection;

In 2004, the Journal of the National Cancer Institute reported that DNA from the HPV virus was present in 10 to 20 per cent of all head and neck squamous cell tumours; and

More recently, the Dartmouth Medical School in New Hampshire reported that HPV may even cause a common type of skin cancer. It cautions that sun exposure is still the main cause.

“Just the fact that a viral infection is responsible for some fairly significant cancers in people, and that we have a vaccine against it — I think that’s novel and that represents a new direction,” Bauman said.

He suspects there may turn out to be other viruses responsible for still more cancers.

Information from the Vancouver Sun.

Giving Birth in California Is DANGEROUS

The mortality rate of California women who die from causes directly related to pregnancy has nearly tripled in the past decade and the state Department of Public Health has for the past seven months declined to release a report outlining the trend.

The investigative journalist group California Watch, spoke with investigators who wrote the report and they confirmed the spike in deaths related to pregnancy since the 1930s.

While the number of deaths is relatively small, it is now more dangerous to give birth in California than it is to do so in Kuwait or Bosnia.

Per the article on CaliforniaWatch:

“The issue is how rapidly this rate has worsened,” said Debra Bingham, executive director of the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative, the public-private task force investigating the problem for the state. “That’s what’s shocking.”

The problem may be occurring nationwide. The Joint Commission, the leading health care accreditation and standards group in the United States, issued a “Sentinel Event Alert” to hospitals on Jan. 26, stating: “Unfortunately, current trends and evidence suggest that maternal mortality rates may be increasing in the U.S.”

The alert asked doctors to consider morbid obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes, along with hemorrhaging from C-sections, as contributing factors.

In 2007, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the national maternal mortality rate had risen, but experts such as Dr. Jeffrey C. King, who leads a special inquiry into maternal mortality for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, chalked up the change to better counting of deaths. His opinion hasn’t changed.

“I would be surprised if there was a significant increase of maternal deaths,” said King, who has not seen the California report.

But Shabbir Ahmad, a scientist in California’s Department of Public Health, decided to look closer. He organized academics, state researchers and hospitals to conduct a systematic review of every maternal death in California. It’s the largest state review ever conducted. The group’s initial findings provide the first strong evidence that there is a true increase in deaths – not just the number of reported deaths.

Changes in the population – obese mothers, older mothers and fertility treatments – cannot completely account for the rise in deaths in California, said Dr. Elliott Main, the principal investigator for the task force.

Image by Beverly. Information from CaliforniaWatch, via Alternet.

Between Escort and Endorsement

February 3, 2010 Hollywoody, News No Comments

For the past 19 years and much to the distaste of Austria’s polite society, Richard Lugner has paid for celebrity dates to the Vienna Opera Ball. The dates — everyone from Sophia Loren to Paris Hilton to Dita Von Teese — are paid $150,000 to sign autographs at one of his malls, attend the ball with him, ruffle some feathers and generally allow themselves to become profile-boosting tabloid fodder for the 77-year-old billionaire.

This year, Lugner is taking Lindsay Lohan, whose handlers have apparently been making it hell on earth for Lugner’s people. Lohan is not allowed to see a drop of alcohol while she’s out with the businessman, his 20-year-old girlfriend, his 16-year-old daughter and his daughter’s boyfriend.

No funny business is expected from the stars, we’re assured.

Information from the New York Post.


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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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