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Entry: 2017-01-17 19:42:56.200122+00 Armory becoming repurposed by Dan Lyke comments 0

Kink.com is moving porn production out of The Armory: Historic SF site says goodbye to its porn movies.

Over the last three years, as porn has migrated to free sites, membership groups like Kink.com have struggled to make up revenue, Acworth said. Kink.com’s membership has dropped from 50,000 to 30,000, and its revenues have dropped by 50 percent. The company laid off half its workforce a year ago and is focused on providing an Internet platform for BDSM entertainment, rather than creating content.

“Porn is not nearly as profitable as it was,” he said. “We have had to change our business model.”

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Entry: 2017-01-17 19:42:46.928531+00 Armory becoming repurposed by Dan Lyke comments 0

Double update, this one deleted.

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Entry: 2017-01-05 21:38:38.92797+00 Geek Squad & FBI by Dan Lyke comments 0

Drop your computer off at Geek Squad and they're itching to find anything on it that'll let them get a $500 reward from the FBI. Best Buy Geek Squad Informant Use Has FBI on Defense in Child-Porn Case:

Setting aside the issue of whether the search of Rettenmaier's computer constituted an illegal search by private individuals acting as government agents, the FBI undertook a series of dishonest measures in hopes of building a case, according to James D. Riddet, Rettenmaier's San Clemente-based defense attorney. Riddet says agents conducted two additional searches of the computer without obtaining necessary warrants, lied to trick a federal magistrate judge into authorizing a search warrant, then tried to cover up their misdeeds by initially hiding records.

Worse, this could be in something forced into your browser cache without your knowledge, or, hell, even put there by a Geek Squad employee.

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Entry: 2016-12-29 17:13:24.311894+00 Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, etc by Dan Lyke comments 0

As I watch the Facebook tributes to Carrie Fisher and then Debbie Reynolds flow through, I'm struck by a number of things, but one of them is how many people I know are posting pictures of themselves with Debbie Reynolds. And not like autograph signing shots, but paling around with her. She was clearly a friend and mentor and light to a lot of cool people, whether they met her through show biz or journalism.

My circles and Carrie Fisher's don't intersect as strongly, but if I had something important to say to Penn Jillette I know who I'd ask for an introduction, and this story is awesome: Penn Jillette - Carrie Fisher and me at the porn awards.

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Entry: 2016-12-16 18:28:50.716395+00 Chase 'em off with dildos by Dan Lyke comments 0

The thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good lady with a dildo: Sex toys used to help chase off armed robber at San Bernardino shop.

This is why when Republican voters get all up in arms about "The 2nd Amendment" I'm not willing to listen until we can talk about how Lawrence v. Texas is as important.

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Entry: 2016-12-14 22:37:15.725179+00 Monster Whisperer by Dan Lyke comments 0

So if "consentacle sex" doesn't make you run screaming... back when Nobilis ran this story on his podcast I wondered how he was possibly going to take the Hentai "tentacle sex" trope and do something that didn't totally squick me, and somehow he managed it. Monster Whisperer, now in print (I think he's also doing it in Kindle form).

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Entry: 2016-12-07 16:25:59.936064+00 Shaving & STDs by Dan Lyke comments 0

I thought we knew this: NPR: Going Bare Down There May Boost The Risk Of STDs:

"We were surprised at how big the effect was," says Benjamin Breyer, a urologist at the University of California, San Francisco, who led the study. "Right now, we have no way knowing if grooming causes the increase in risk for infections. All we can say is that they're correlated. But I probably would avoid an aggressive shave right before having sex."

Via Sensible Endowment.

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Entry: 2016-11-30 20:52:16.632956+00 Glass sex toy safety by Dan Lyke comments 0

Fascinating read on glass sex toy safety, including how you can look for annealed glass yourself.

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Entry: 2016-11-30 16:59:01.400842+00 Truvada by Dan Lyke comments 0

AIDS Taught Me Sex Was Deadly. A Pill Changed That. Fascinating quick look at PrEP, Truvada, and the impacts that a $18,000 a year pill that causes a 99% reduction in AIDS transmission rates, vs 70% for condoms, is having on a culture.

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Entry: 2016-11-20 18:42:28.308451+00 Humanitarian XHamster by Dan Lyke comments 0

"Porn site XHamster has initiated yet another brand extension delivering 10,000 bottles of branded drinking water to the residents of Flint."

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Entry: 2016-11-18 20:16:00.967679+00 trans and porn by Dan Lyke comments 0

‘I knew I was home’: a trans woman’s journey through porn.

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Entry: 2016-11-18 16:45:09.338786+00 Porn & attraction by Dan Lyke comments 0

Betteridge's Law applies: Does exposure to erotica reduce attraction and love for romantic partners in men? Independent replications of Kenrick, Gutierres, and Goldberg (1989) study 2 Rhonda N. Balzarini, Kiersten Dobson1, Kristi Chin, Lorne Campbell:

Kenrick, Gutierres, and Goldberg (1989; Study 2) demonstrated that men, but not women, in committed relationships exposed to erotic images of opposite-sex others reported lower ratings for their partner's sexual attractiveness (d = 0.91) and less love for their partner (d = 0.69) than men exposed to images of abstract art. This research has implications for understanding the possible effects of erotica on men in relationships, but has not been replicated. We conducted three preregistered, high-powered close replications, and meta- analyzed the effects of the original and replication studies. We did not find support for the original finding that exposure to attractive images of opposite-sex others affects males' ratings of their partners' sexual attractiveness or love for their partner.

What, you mean sociology studies might have ignored reality and simply reinforced the social mores of the time? I'm shocked.

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Entry: 2016-11-16 14:58:03.296441+00 William Pryor by Dan Lyke comments 0

Trump prospective Supreme Court nominee William Pryor has some feelings on (gay) rights:

“This Court has never recognized a fundamental right to engage in sexual activity outside of monogamous heterosexual marriage, let alone to engage in homosexual sodomy,” he wrote. “Such a right would be antithetical to the ‘traditional relation of the family’ that is ‘as old and as fundamental as our entire civilization.”

So I guess he's still allowing for monogamous heterosexual marriage so we shouldn't be too worried about Griswold v. Connecticut[Wiki]?

The association of Trump to Pryor appears to come from Trump suggesting that Pryor was a good replacement for Scalia back when Scalia died.

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Entry: 2016-11-09 23:18:56.708138+00 Get your sex clubs right by Dan Lyke comments 0

A cabbie in San Francisco reports: Wrong sex club, right sex club.

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Entry: 2016-11-04 15:17:40.118299+00 Kinky Creativity by Dan Lyke comments 0

How Kinky Sex Might Make You More Creative: Research suggests that BDSM can help people achieve altered states of consciousness.

From The Science of BDSM Research Team.

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Entry: 2016-10-24 23:20:30.976328+00 DNA and rape convictions by Dan Lyke comments 0

NIJ Research Report: Case Studies in Use of DNA Evidence, June 1996:

Every year since 1989, in about 25 percent of the sexual assault cases referred to the FBI where results could be obtained (primarily by State and local law enforcement), the primary suspect has been excluded by forensic DNA testing. Specifically, FBI officials report that out of roughly 10,000 sexual assault cases since 1989, about 2,000 tests have been inconclusive (usually insufficient high molecular weight DNA to do testing), about 2,000 tests have excluded the primary suspect, and about 6,000 have "matched" or included the primary suspect.1 The fact that these percentages have remained constant for 7 years, and that the National Institute of Justice's informal survey of private laboratories reveals a strikingly similar 26-percent exclusion rate, strongly suggests that postarrest and postconviction DNA exonerations are tied to some strong, underlying systemic problems that generate erroneous accusations and convictions.

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Entry: 2016-10-24 15:51:04.793477+00 Sex links of the morning by Dan Lyke comments 0

Kitty Stryker: Porn didn't ruin your sex life. Sorry.

It’s frustrating because we’re so quick to demonize porn for ruining sex, but don’t think nearly as much about how media ruins our ideas about romance.

Toxic masculinity is present in almost every romantic comedy, but it’s seen as cute, not problematic. I swear men learn how to kiss from movies, and it takes a lot of unlearning that kind of stage performance, but no one is shaking a finger at Hollywood for destroying make out sessions. Why is authenticity so demanded from porn while it’s completely ignored at the box office?

And a plethora from Lola Phoenix, the first one is good, the other two are included because I had the browser tabs open and might want to go back to them for reference because of who and where I got them from:

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Entry: 2016-10-13 16:09:57.416234+00 Limbaugh on consent by Dan Lyke comments 2

Rush Limbaugh demonstrates that he understands consent, he just doesn't think you should care:

"You know what the magic word, the only thing that matters in American sexual mores today is? One thing. You can do anything, the left will promote and understand and tolerate anything, as long as there is one element. Do you know what it is? Consent. If there is consent on both or all three or all four, however many are involved in the sex act, it's perfectly fine. Whatever it is. But if the left ever senses and smells that there's no consent in part of the equation then here come the rape police. But consent is the magic key to the left."

Which makes so many things about modern American politics so clear: Why the threat of assault from trans people using bathrooms scares us, but the threat of assault from Donald Trump or your average United States Senator doesn't...

ErosBlog on the topic

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Entry: 2016-09-13 17:45:22.226989+00 IoT that go buzz by Dan Lyke comments 0

Chicago woman sues smart-phone connected vibrator maker We-Vibe for invasion of privacy:

The woman, identified only by the initials N.P., purchased a We-Vibe Rave from a local retailer for $130 in May, according to the lawsuit. Soon after the purchase, she downloaded the companion We-Connect app.

She used the device "on several occasions" since the purchase, but was never informed that each time she turned on the app, the company was monitoring her activities as well, collecting "personally identifiable" information, according to the lawsuit.

The problem with the Internet of Things is...

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Entry: 2016-09-12 21:01:55.681295+00 Impossible Choices by Dan Lyke comments 0

US teens often forced to trade sex work for food, says Urban Institute report:

Many prefer to rationalise what they are doing as dating of sorts. A boy in rural North Carolina said: “When you’re selling your body, it’s more in disguise. Like if I had sex with you, you have to buy me dinner tonight … that’s how girls deal with the struggle … That’s better than taking money because if they take money, they will be labeled a prostitute.”

Yep. When I tell people that they know at least one sex worker, I'm generally not including this scenario, but it's a place that that conversation has gone. Often.

Looks like this is a press release promoting Urban Institute: Impossible Choices.

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Entry: 2016-09-09 14:32:03.445209+00 Articulated Dildo by Dan Lyke comments 0

Wiggly Open Source Dildo Inspired By Robot Dinosaur.

Direct video link

Looks like there's a lot of work to do here...

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Entry: 2016-09-01 21:59:09.087086+00 teach BDSM in the schools by Dan Lyke comments 2

The Journal of Sex Research: Participating in a Culture of Consent May Be Associated With Lower Rape-Supportive Beliefs

With the recent national focus on rates of sexual violence, many interventions have been proposed, including those that focus on affirmative consent (e.g., “Yes Means Yes” campaign). The goal of the present study was to test whether individuals within a subculture with long-standing norms of affirmative consent—the bondage and discipline/dominance and submission/sadism and masochism (BDSM) community—report lower rape-supportive attitudes compared to individuals not from within this subculture. BDSM practitioner participants, adult participants from Amazon’s Mechanical Turk (MTurk), and college student participants completed measures of hostile sexism, benevolent sexism, rape myth acceptance, victim blaming, expectation of sexual aggression, and acceptance of sexual aggression. BDSM practitioners reported significantly lower levels of benevolent sexism, rape myth acceptance, and victim blaming than did college undergraduates and adult MTurk workers. BDSM practitioners did not differ significantly from college undergraduates or adult MTurk workers on measures of hostile sexism, expectations of sexual aggression, or acceptance of sexual aggression. Limitations and implications are discussed.

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Entry: 2016-09-01 21:59:01.365312+00 teach BDSM in the schools by Dan Lyke comments 0

The Journal of Sex Research: Participating in a Culture of Consent May Be Associated With Lower Rape-Supportive Beliefs

With the recent national focus on rates of sexual violence, many interventions have been proposed, including those that focus on affirmative consent (e.g., “Yes Means Yes” campaign). The goal of the present study was to test whether individuals within a subculture with long-standing norms of affirmative consent—the bondage and discipline/dominance and submission/sadism and masochism (BDSM) community—report lower rape-supportive attitudes compared to individuals not from within this subculture. BDSM practitioner participants, adult participants from Amazon’s Mechanical Turk (MTurk), and college student participants completed measures of hostile sexism, benevolent sexism, rape myth acceptance, victim blaming, expectation of sexual aggression, and acceptance of sexual aggression. BDSM practitioners reported significantly lower levels of benevolent sexism, rape myth acceptance, and victim blaming than did college undergraduates and adult MTurk workers. BDSM practitioners did not differ significantly from college undergraduates or adult MTurk workers on measures of hostile sexism, expectations of sexual aggression, or acceptance of sexual aggression. Limitations and implications are discussed.

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Entry: 2016-08-15 14:34:58.808869+00 Consent musings of the morning by Dan Lyke comments 0

From a Facebook thread:

Medium: Consent, Explained., also published as HuffPo: An Essay On Consent, From A Woman Who Hosts Huge Sex Parties.

To contrast with:

Aellagirl: Why I Can’t Say Yes To Sex

The Dirty Normal: do you know when you want it?

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Entry: 2016-08-07 20:50:07.499491+00 What century is it again Sandy Springs by Dan Lyke comments 0

What century is it again? Sandy Springs Georgia sex toy ban upheld by the 11th circuit http://www.myajc.com/news/news...gs-ban-on-sex-toys-for-no/nr9K2/

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Entry: 2016-08-01 15:45:12.789168+00 Now we know he endorses sexual violence by Dan Lyke comments 0

Now we know he endorses sexual violence: Donald Trump pledges to clamp down on Internet porn http://www.sfgate.com/news/nat...ack-down-on-internet-8976017.php

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Entry: 2016-07-31 02:55:10.436398+00 My Twitter stream is full of foreign by Dan Lyke comments 0

My Twitter stream is full of foreign policy and sex toys, and I keep misreading "Syrian" as "Sybian". This is confusing.

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Entry: 2016-07-15 18:18:40.091176+00 A few bad apples by Dan Lyke comments 0

Soooo... an Oakland police officer's wife commits suicide using his service weapon. Circumstances are suspicious, but he's cleared by the Alameda County coroner. Shortly thereafter he commits suicide, same weapon, and leaves a note. That note starts to unravel a whole bunch of Oakland police officers who've been having sex with a minor in exchange for not arresting her for prostitution. I mean, right there is statutory rape, but we add the coercive element and let's not mince words: A whole bunch of Oakland police officers raping a minor. Aaaand, now it's crossed the bay: *TWO DOZEN* SFPD officers under investigation.

I'm all for sex worker agency. Prostitution is the combination of sex and free enterprise, and I've got no problem with either of those. It's the illegality that exploits sex workers, and right here we have a perfect example. The young woman in question was doing what she had to to get ahead in her socioeconomic position. But the police officers should bloody well know better.

At Least 2 Dozen SFPD Officers Tied to Teen at Center of Sexual Exploitation Scandal

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Entry: 2016-07-13 15:47:52.737156+00 Never too old for sex by Dan Lyke comments 4

NY Times: Too Old for Sex? Not at This Nursing Home

Good to see a nursing home actually talking about sex, and dealing with it.

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Entry: 2016-07-12 14:40:10.673466+00 Pornography availability is associated by Dan Lyke comments 0

Pornography availability is associated with decreases in sexual violence. Of course the GOP is against it. http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/11/...convention-internet-pornography/

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Entry: 2016-07-11 23:37:44.807991+00 British Rap by Dan Lyke comments 0

Why Can't There Be More Kissing In Porn?

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Entry: 2016-06-23 21:20:09.483492+00 As if you needed even more evidence by Dan Lyke comments 0

As if you needed even more evidence that police dogs respond to their handlers rather than evidence: http://fox13now.com/2016/06/21...fice-acquires-porn-sniffing-dog/

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Entry: 2016-05-25 21:17:28.644114+00 Porn vs Erotica by Dan Lyke comments 0

Tina Horn: Why the dichotomy between porn and erotica is false and destructive.

Porn=bad/erotica=good doesn’t train the sexual taste of the rich white Emma Watsons of the world; it dehumanizes the trans people, the people of color, the “not classy” bodies who have chosen to make porn because it’s an option that works for them.

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Entry: 2016-05-13 13:52:48.013065+00 Influential gadgets by Dan Lyke comments 0

Time Magazine names the (Hitachi) Magic Wand the 10th most influential gadget of all time.

Here's the Time list. 3 cell phones, but only one vibrator... Hmmm...

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Entry: 2016-05-10 20:10:40.641533+00 the manna lines are too strong in this subway by Dan Lyke comments 1

Edit: According to this WAMU: Transportation Secretary Says He Almost Ordered Metro Shutdown Last Week, the actual word used was probably "amperage", not "power", and this is just a brain-dead reporter.

ABC news article on DOT Secretary Foxx talking about DC Metro issues:

It is clear to DOT officials who watched a video of one recent incident that there is too much electrical power flowing through the subway system, he said."

"Electrical power"? There are actual words which mean something in this context, we don't need to treat it like magic. When the authorities are talking like a bad urban fantasy novel, I worry.

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Entry: 2016-04-29 20:59:07.98791+00 Zootopia & sexual culture by Dan Lyke comments 1

Whore Next Door: The Zoo Story.

I've heard that Zootopia is amazing and I should go see it, but Charlene and I saw the trailer with the DMV scene, and it left us totally flat. I've read a few other things on how it tackles racial issues that make it sound slightly more interesting, but Siouxsie's take on it makes me more intrigued.

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Entry: 2016-04-29 14:23:45.979041+00 New economy and sex by Dan Lyke comments 0

I think I linked this in the past few weeks, but if I haven't, you should read Eric Weinstein, director of Thiel Capital: Anthropic Capitalism And The New Gimmick Economy.

The anthropic viewpoint on such heuristics, more common in physics than economics, would lead us to ask “Is society now focused on market capitalism because it is a fundamental theory, or because we have just lived through the era in which it was possible due to remarkable coincidences?”

Jumping off from this, Wherefor the sexual economy? - Elf M. Sternberg :

So, sex. There's a reason we talk about bars as "meat markets," and when we discuss the questions of marriage and family we use the phrase "the sexual economy." The question is, does Weinstein's observation have any impact on getting laid?

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Entry: 2016-04-26 14:25:13.360953+00 Nothing But Light by Dan Lyke comments 0

Nothing But Light. Photographer Anastasia Kuba says:

“Nothing But Light” explores concepts of boundaries,vulnerability, and consent. We all experience the world through our bodies. The body is the easiest target for disrespect, worship, objectification, shame, neglect, control, and attachment. The violation of a person’s dignity often begins with disrespect of their body, and restoration of control begins with the acknowledgment that a person’s body matters and inherently deserves respect. We crave to be seen and accepted, but opening up, we lose control over the consequences.

Very interesting set of nudes.

Via This NSFW Photo Series Is Allowing People to Love Their Bodies Again

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Entry: 2016-04-25 23:50:40.887646+00 Competence Porn by Dan Lyke comments 0

Charlie Jane Anders: The Moment When Science Fiction Split off From Competence Porn:

But at some point, including scientists as heroes became a bit of a taboo in science fiction, with the notable exception of Walter Bishop in Fringe. (And in the U.K., Doctor Who is a holdout.) We're only allowed to explore new science or strange ideas if our hero is an "everyman" who has no clue what's going on.

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Entry: 2016-04-18 21:15:33.544773+00 Military misled Congress on sexual assault by Dan Lyke comments 0

Pentagon misled lawmakers on military sexual assault cases:

There also is nothing in the records that supports the primary reason the Pentagon told Congress about the cases in the first place: To cast top military brass as hard-nosed crime fighters who insisted on taking the cases to trial after civilian law enforcement said no.

PRESS RELEASE: Protect Our Defenders Report & AP Investigation Show the Pentagon Misled Congress:

Washington, D.C. – Today, Protect Our Defenders (POD) released a report, “Debunked: Fact-Checking the Pentagon’s Claims Regarding Military Justice,” on the heels of an Associated Press investigation that shows the Pentagon misled Congress in order to preserve commanders’ control over sexual assault cases and block critically needed reform that was within a handful of votes of passing.

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