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Catalyzing Sexual Communication, Activism and Acceptance

September 4, 2012 Events, Local No Comments

CatalystCon Long Beach 2012

The co-founder of the East Coast-based Momentum sex conference is bringing the party west! On September 14, Catalyst will kick off at the Hilton Long Beach for the weekend, bringing attendees a plethora of sex educators and speakers to energize, motivate and catalyze sexual communication, activism and acceptance. … Continue Reading

Richard Dawkins Is Interviewed by Playboy

August 29, 2012 Culture, Papers/Rags No Comments

Richard Dawkins in Playboy September 2012

Richard Dawkins is in the September issue of Playboy. It’s a good interview, as we suspected it would be. We bought the magazine just to read it, after all. Still, a part of us wonders how this is going to play out among science and skeptic commentators online. We’ve had this conversation before, and not too long ago. In January of this year, the science blogosphere practically exploded when Playboy ran a piece by Carl Zimmer, the celebrated science writer, about the astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Invariably the question came up: is it acceptable for “respectable” authors to publish in skin rags? (In this case, is it acceptable for notable people to be interviewed?) … Continue Reading

FetLife Is Not Safe for Users

August 27, 2012 Culture, Feature, web 37 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

Sexual State of the Union Summit

August 17, 2012 Events No Comments

Good Vibes 2012 Sex Summit San Francisco

The San Francisco-based sex toy and education emporium Good Vibrations is holding a forum in San Francisco this fall to discuss the sexual state of the union. Their panelists and keynote speakers (which read like a Who’s Who of sex education, research, journalism and commentary) will examine the awkward relationship between sex and mainstream media, pop culture and national politics on October 27. Day-long intellectual intercourse will be followed by a cocktail party, and, well, who knows where that will lead? We can be sure a fair share of attendees will conceive a book or two during the proceedings. … Continue Reading

Not Tonight, Honey. I Have A Headache

August 16, 2012 News, Research No Comments

Not tonight honey, I have a headache

Pop culture has immortalized the headache excuse. Often, it appears as a joke. We resent this joke, which paints women as evil villains who don’t want to get down, without allowing that we people and have issues, too. The fact that it is rarely targeted at men really rankles us, as it reinforces the notion that men are insatiable sex machines and women are just, well, lying there staring at the ceiling. … Continue Reading

Harry Potter XXX Parody is Silly, Uncreative, Creepy

August 15, 2012 Lessons, Porn 2 Comments

Harry Potter XXX parody Hairy Twatter

A porn parody seeking to bring back a natural look! What are the odds of that? Actually, the odds are pretty high given we’re talking about the Harry Potter porn parody Hairy Twatter: In Search of Bush. … Continue Reading Still Looks Like Pinterest

August 14, 2012 Culture, web No Comments

the sad story of sex(dot)com

At a whopping $13 million, 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, defined the way we understand and legally approach digital properties. … Continue Reading

Helen Gurley Brown Dies at 90

Helen Gurley Brown dies at 90

I look at Cosmopolitan on the magazine racks at the grocery store while waiting in the checkout line with some frequency, ever ready to roll my eyes. It wasn’t always this way — as a teen, Cosmopolitan was one of the only resources I had on sex, aside from medical textbooks and historic manuscripts (which I’d devoured by the age of 13). … Continue Reading

Help! My Dinner Is Trying to Inseminate My Face!

August 13, 2012 News, Research No Comments

squid sperm implanted in woman's face

Last year, we debunked the myth that getting semen in the eye hurts because the sperm are trying to impregnate the eyeball, which never in a gazillion years would we ever have imagined we would have to do considering we’re all, you know, sensible adults. Anyway, the post deserved some elaboration, so we turned it into a three-part series. We thought we’d done our duty. … Continue Reading

A Journey Through Isolation, Desperation and Hedonism

August 12, 2012 Art, Culture No Comments

Scott La Force Cum In Your Eye photo essay exhibit

For Scott La Force, what began as an examination of restive sexual dysfunction centered on the suburban complacency of 21st century America has become a moment of truth. And now, those of us who happen to be in Portland, Oregon before the end of August can share that moment at the Cock Gallery, where La Force is exhibiting his vision as a photo essay. … 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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