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Entry: 2018-02-16 18:59:36.37658+00 consent and detention by Dan Lyke comments 0

Cuomo plans to ban police officers from having sexual contact with detainees

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Entry: 2018-02-09 00:14:51.795471+00 The Shape Of by Dan Lyke comments 0

A Dildo Maker Has Finally Determined What The Shape of Water's Fish Dick Looks Like

Thanks, Tara

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Entry: 2018-02-02 21:29:56.641489+00 secrets for sex by Dan Lyke comments 0

Leaks, feasts and sex parties: How ‘Fat Leonard’ infiltrated the Navy’s floating headquarters in Asia:

A master recruiter, Francis methodically assembled a network of informants to feed him the secret itineraries, court documents show. Wielding remarkable influence for a foreigner, he then prodded his moles on the Blue Ridge to reroute aircraft carriers and other vessels to ports controlled by his firm so he could more easily overcharge the Navy for fuel, other supplies and services.

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Entry: 2018-02-01 23:20:11.508223+00 Revelation by Dan Lyke comments 0

Revelation: When porn+masturbation is seen as an alternative to partnered sex, pornography is targeted towards people who can't find partners. Which explains so much of mass market porn.

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Entry: 2018-01-29 17:25:26.143896+00 Spitzer's escort tells all by Dan Lyke comments 0

The man who aggressively went after sex workers brought low: Judge allows Elliot Spitzer’s Russian escort to dish on dirty details

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Entry: 2018-01-19 20:54:47.699408+00 on Stormy Daniels by Dan Lyke comments 0

The resistance is full of prudes — The Stormy Daniels scandal highlights how we still fail sex workers.

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Entry: 2018-01-19 20:30:11.228901+00 Reading men talking about buyer's by Dan Lyke comments 0

Reading men talking about "buyer's remorse" in the context of sexual assault, and realizing how much of our economy is predicated on assholes coercing us into transactions that we didn't want.

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Entry: 2018-01-12 20:56:58.613689+00 SFPD on sex workers reporting crime by Dan Lyke comments 0

SFGate: New SF policies bar arrest of sex workers who come forward to report violence

SFPD Department Bulletin A 17-249 12/19/17 Prioritizing Safety for Sex Workers (PDF):

In light of recent events in the San Francisco Bay Area and abroad, officers are reminded that, pursuant to DGO 2.01 and 3.01, any officer misconduct against sex workers, including retaliation, coercion or coercive intimate acts, is subject to disciplinary and/or. criminal action. Sex workers are vulnerable to violence and face barriers in reporting violent crimes to law enforcement in San Francisco. The criminalization of sex work is one of the primary barriers to reporting violence to law enforcement. Sex workers report fear of arrest as a barrier to reporting violent crimes.

This bulletin institutionalizes the Department's existing prioritization of violent crimes and aims to ensure equal access to safety for persons engaged in sex work and other forms of sex trade including trafficked persons. The Department seeks to promote the safety, dignity, and well-being of all San Franciscans, including sex workers; and to reduce violence, trafficking of persons, and abuse, including labor violations, within the sex industry. The Police Department and the District Attorney's Office have developed complementary policies for persons of any age engaged in sex work and other forms of sex trade who experience or witness violent crimes.

A step in the right direction

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Entry: 2018-01-11 22:48:10.860567+00 Straight People don't start 'til late at night by Dan Lyke comments 0

Jiz Lee @jizlee tweeted

Yes! Engaging in sex work taught me more about respecting boundaries than school, TV, or anywhere else. I’m so grateful for it, but also furious that so many of us miss this important education early on. We need to talk about sex and consent!

Quoting Lorelei Lee‏ @MissLoreleiLee:

The public narrative says that whoring means making yourself indiscriminately available when the truth is the opposite - whoring is all about setting exact limits for when and under what circumstances our bodies can be touched.

(Lorelei Lee's whole thread is worth a read)

Immediately above that, there was a Tweet from Elf Sternberg:

Straight people. "I guess the sex and drugs didn't start until after 12:30am and all the boring fuckers have gone home." https://medium.com/@paulbiggar...orse-than-it-sounds-29f4a3c7e4b8 … Seriously? The last party I went to, I left at midnight; by then, I'd already tied up four women and two men. :-)

And:

The power trip described in that story is gross. But it's also... weird. Like, that delay until after midnight just feels wrong. Don't these people have lives in the morning? Weren't they working all day? Does cocaine give you the illusion of energy reserves?

I think that something happens in our repressed culture. When we put up all of these walls and boundaries around sex, we make it unspeakable, and we end up with this weird- ass uncanny valley in between sex and hoping that sex might occur, rather than being able to talk about it honestly. And it's in this space where it becomes really easy to forget power dynamics, rather than specifically explicitly playing with the power dynamics.

And we have to be really careful when we wrap ritual and meaning around sex without acknowledging that, at the center, there's sex, we end up with these weirdly coercive situations.

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Entry: 2018-01-09 17:33:37.87155+00 That's Nuts! by Dan Lyke comments 0

Taking ibuprofen for long periods found to alter human testicular physiology

The researchers report that just two weeks into the study, they found that all of the volunteers had an increase in luteinizing hormones, which the male body uses to regulate the production of testosterone. The increase indicated that the drug was causing problems in certain cells in the testicles, preventing them from producing testosterone, which is, of course, needed to produce sperm cells. They further report that the change caused the pituitary gland to respond by producing more of another hormone, which forced the body to produce more testosterone. The net result was that overall testosterone levels remained constant, but the body was overstressing to compensate for the detrimental impact of the Ibuprofen—a state called compensated hypogonadism.

David Møbjerg Kristensen et al. Ibuprofen alters human testicular physiology to produce a state of compensated hypogonadism, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2018). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1715035115

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Entry: 2017-12-22 01:05:23.702487+00 Sex Work & Daddy Issues by Dan Lyke comments 0

Andre Shakti: Sex Work and Daddy Issues: A Love Story

I definitely have “daddy issues” — and “mommy issues” and “uncle issues” and “grandmother issues.” As a sex worker, the “daddy issues” trope is particularly stigmatizing because some of us do come from what traditional society would deem “broken” homes, where we’ve been failed by the masculine role models in our lives.

What may come as a surprise, though, is that the catalyst for our familial trauma and isolation often results from family members’ discovery of our sex work — and/or gender identity, sexual orientation, etc — not the other way around.

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Entry: 2017-12-21 18:48:44.499865+00 Decriminalizing prostitution: lower rape & STD rates by Dan Lyke comments 0

Decriminalizing Indoor Prostitution: Implications for Sexual Violence and Public Health Scott Cunningham, Manisha Shah, in The Review of Economic Studies, rdx065, https://doi.org/10.1093/restud/rdx065

Most governments in the world, including the U.S., prohibit sex work. Given these types of laws rarely change and are fairly uniform across regions, our knowledge about the impact of decriminalizing sex work is largely conjectural. We exploit the fact that a Rhode Island District Court judge unexpectedly decriminalized indoor sex work to provide causal estimates of the impact of decriminalization on the composition of the sex market, reported rape offences, and sexually transmitted infections. While decriminalization increases the size of the indoor sex market, reported rape offences fall by 30% and female gonorrhoea incidence declines by over 40%.

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Entry: 2017-12-20 01:05:37.251894+00 Social Media & Sex by Dan Lyke comments 0

Sarah Brynn Holliday: How Social Media is Silencing the Sex Industry:

I am all for tearing down oppressive, capitalistic, sex-shaming structures and systems in favor of creating a better world. However, the heart of the matter here is that we shouldn’t have to create something new. We need our current social media platforms to work for and with us, to drop the stigma, to recognize that working in the sex industry is just as valid as any other career, to allow us to promote beyond our networks to reach new people.

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Entry: 2017-12-19 21:41:24.627875+00 Serial rapists by Dan Lyke comments 0

Detroit Free Press: Kaffer: 8 years into tests of abandoned rape kits, Worthy works for justice:

In 2009, 11,341 untested sexual assault kits — the results of an hours-long process that collects evidence from the body of a rape victim — were found during a routine tour of a Detroit police storage warehouse, some dating back to 1984. ...

Those samples revealed 817 rapists involved in more than one attack, over 50 of them have 10 to 15 hits.

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Entry: 2017-12-12 20:13:48.749223+00 Hyrrs by Dan Lyke comments 0

I'm giggling, which is probably an indication that I've hit Christmas music overload: Now You Can Fight Sexism At Christmas By Singing Hyrrs, Not Hymns:

The videos:

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Entry: 2017-12-01 18:35:03.192558+00 Due Process for Sexual Harassment by Dan Lyke comments 0

Due Process Is Needed For Sexual Harassment Accusations — But For Whom?

Ijeoma Oluo was asked by USA Today to write an editorial taking a specific stance. This is half a rant about a more nuanced version than they'd published, but more interestingly it's a good look at how news gets made, and why that's a bad thing.

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Entry: 2017-12-01 18:28:40.882907+00 iPhone scam app by Dan Lyke comments 0

$99/month is a steal for CloudApp for iMobile, on an iPhone app that made it past the Apple review guidelines that forced users to give a 5 star rating in order to continue, and sets up a $99/month iTunes subscription.

Good thing Apple's protecting us from the porn and sexually explicit apps, though.

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Entry: 2017-11-29 19:30:19.169149+00 Garrison Keillor fired by MPR over misconduct allegations by Dan Lyke comments 0

You've probably seen the news that Garrison Keillor fired by MPR: 'I put my hand on a woman's bare back,' he says:

In an email to the Star Tribune Wednesday, Keillor said, “I put my hand on a woman’s bare back. I meant to pat her back after she told me about her unhappiness and her shirt was open and my hand went up it about six inches. She recoiled. I apologized. I sent her an email of apology later and she replied that she had forgiven me and not to think about it. We were friends. We continued to be friendly right up until her lawyer called.”

Larry linked to this version.

This news comes less than a day after the Washington Post published Garrison Keillor's editorial: Al Franken should resign? That’s absurd.

I have mentioned a number of times that, ages ago, a woman described a date gone bad to me with "I felt very uncomfortable with him, so I gave him a blowjob to get rid of him." I can imagine that if you're as central to the Americana music scene as Garrison Keillor, that when the power imbalance is that extreme, "forgiven" and "don't think about it" may in fact be the equivalent of giving him a blowjob to get rid of him.

But I also think that this is more evidence of Kitty Stryker's assertion that, to some extent, we need to destigmatize sexual assault and coercion so that we can acknowledge that there are broad swaths and degrees. We're not going to have open and honest conversations about it as long as "yes, I stepped over a line" is automatically career- ending. I submit that we have all, male and female, danced delicately over the consent line at one point or another, to differing degrees. We need more conversation about what that means.

Statement from Minnesota Public Radio regarding Garrison Keillor and A Prairie Home Companion.

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Entry: 2017-11-21 23:18:02.215957+00 Brave new advertising world by Dan Lyke comments 0

Facebook (Still) Letting Housing Advertisers Exclude Users by Race:

Last week, ProPublica bought dozens of rental housing ads on Facebook, but asked that they not be shown to certain categories of users, such as African Americans, mothers of high school kids, people interested in wheelchair ramps, Jews, expats from Argentina and Spanish speakers.

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Entry: 2017-11-21 22:47:54.244121+00 A few thoughts on John Lasseter's leave of absence by Dan Lyke comments 5

Before I start this ramble, I want to make it clear that my own experiences with John Lasseter have been overwhelmingly positive. Yeah, I've been around him when he was staggering drunk (not at an official Pixar event, at a festival up in Sonoma), but he has never been anything but gracious and generous with me.

I'm also not writing this to pick on Pixar. I think very highly of most everyone I worked with there. This is is a little rant about human dynamics and social interaction and being a young person trying to make it in the world.

A few days ago, on a forum of past and present Pixar employees, someone posted about being contacted by reporters. The ensuing thread was split between "I wonder what they were looking for?" and "If you don't know, I'm shocked..." and some subtle circling of the wagons.

Hollywood Reporter: John Lasseter Taking Leave of Absence From Pixar Amid "Missteps"

Hollywood Reporter: John Lasseter's Pattern of Alleged Misconduct Detailed by Disney/Pixar Insiders

There were some mentions in my Twitter feed. RT Mo Ryan‏Verified account @moryan:

"missteps" "mentoring" "irresponsible" "I've come to understand" "it has been brought to my attention" "I have been made aware" "I am an unfrozen cave man, I do not know your hu-man ways" blah blah blah blaaghghghhghgh

I saw this quote, didn't immediately tie it to Lasseter, and responded:

This has been the behavior strongly associated with career success, so the asshattery we're seeing exposed seems pretty core to "human ways", at least as they've been practiced.

So that's where I'd like to jump off.

Columbina‏ @EccentricFlower wrote:

When I read Lasseter's statement I did not immediately parse it as "he's talking about sexual harassment" it read to me more as "I have been promoting a culture here that ain't good for women." Not saying that's great either, y'understand

And needless to say, even if that interpretation is true it raises the question for Lasseter of "How big did your blinders have to be to not notice/admit that Pixar had become a toxic swamp well before now?"

When I left Pixar, there were some huge changes being set in place because the cost for workman's comp claims for RSI was rivaling coal mines. Nobody at Pixar set out to create an environment in which people worked themselves into early disability. I think I can can safely say that that was the furthest thing from Ed Catmull's vision of the company you could possibly create.

But if you have an amazing in-group, an amazing set of idols, and a bunch of mortals who want nothing more than to be like those gods, you get people willing, even wanting, to work themselves into total exhaustion to achieve this. And the established people don't want this, they don't see themselves this way, they're just people doing what they're awesome at. So a 20-something with imposter syndrome and probably some good shots of Dunning-Kruger dropped into this environment has the feeling of the one big break, and as an additional constraint: They can't show the pain to their coworkers.

Unless you've got a particularly emotionally sensitive leadership, nobody's going to see what's happening at the bottom. It's kind of like the way teenagers manage to hide the horrors of high school from the adults involved. Administrators and teenagers are clueless about the life and death struggles of high school, except when it actually ends in a death and then everyone's shocked, but even in my relatively well-off suburban high school there was a whole undercurrent of weapons and what-not that most adults were completely unaware of.

And Pixar at the time I was there was largely led by some of the most amazing technical minds, probably not the people I'd point to as emotionally sensitive.

Now add to that the circling of the wagons effect that I mentioned earlier: If we're in the "in" group, we're insulated from the negative, because the afflicted want so much to be a part of the "in" group that they will actively hide any struggles in order to stay a part of the cool crowd.

If we're not part of the "in" group, we desperately want to feel like we are, and to the outside world we've already made it. The ego boost of wearing a Pixar badge at SIGGRAPH (at least back in the late ྖs) is substantial. If there are some pains, well, that's part of being part of success, and we're not sleeping under our desks all of the time. Someone from the outside wants to tear down our gods? Not on my watch.

So I can't speak to the particular allegations here. I'm not saying Pixar had any more toxic environment than any other company that people really aspire to work at, and I think that's really the problem: The current rash of exposing sexual harassment is an exposition of the society we live in and the ways we relate to each other. The gender imbalance is real, and makes the transgressions worse, but the dynamics which keep it entrenched are a part of the myth of success of this culture.

And fixing that problem makes fixing sexual harassment look easy.

A friend on a private channel noted:

.. at least .. .and this is a low bar.. he's getting out in front of it a little bit..

I responded that I suspect (hope) that the Pixar culture wouldn't let him push through once it's public outside that space (once the wagon circle has been broken), but I think people are learning about disaster response. I also suspect that Ed Catmull could have been clueless (because of the social pressures I mentioned above), and got woke.

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Entry: 2017-11-17 16:36:04.563411+00 What a dick by Dan Lyke comments 0

Navy admits to being involved in obscene skydrawings spotted in Okanogan Co. In which a pilot uses a contrail to draw a penis.

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Entry: 2017-11-14 20:26:55.919285+00 Shagsall by Dan Lyke comments 0

Amazon: ♡♡♡♡Shagsall SEX MACHINE ADAPTER for SAWZALL / RECIPROCATING SAW WORKS WITH VAC U LOCK DILDOS ♡♡♡♡

(Hearts are in the original title)

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Entry: 2017-11-13 03:39:26.365331+00 Child porn access linked to lower rates of child sex abuse by Dan Lyke comments 0

Springer Select: Legalizing child pornography is linked to lower rates of child sex abuse

Results from the Czech Republic showed, as seen everywhere else studied (Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Finland, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Sweden, USA), that rape and other sex crimes have not increased following the legalization and wide availability of pornography. And most significantly, the incidence of child sex abuse has fallen considerably since 1989, when child pornography became readily accessible – a phenomenon also seen in Denmark and Japan. Their findings are published online today in Springer’s journal Archives of Sexual Behavior.

Interesting in light of the fact that simulated child pornography is banned.

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Entry: 2017-11-09 16:16:37.764082+00 Hostile & Amicable Behavior by Dan Lyke comments 0

Insights into Sexism: Male Status and Performance Moderates Female-Directed Hostile and Amicable Behaviour:

Our study demonstrates that video games offer a unique opportunity to examine variation in sexist behaviours and the situations that result in changes in sexist attitudes. By demonstrating that female-directed hostility primarily originates from low- status, poorer-performing males, our results suggest that a way to counter it may be through teaching young males that losing to the opposite sex is not socially debilitating. ...

https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0138399

Using Halo 3 to explore gender dynamics in team video game play.

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Entry: 2017-11-06 20:37:41.776179+00 Invisible No More by Dan Lyke comments 0

NPR: 'Invisible No More' Examines Police Violence Against Minority Women:

The Buffalo News did an investigation that showed a police officer is caught in an act of sexual misconduct every five days. It's already an invisible issue and certainly more invisible when sexual assault and sexual harassment is perpetrated by people who are the ones society has decided are the ones who should protect us.

An interview with Andrea J. Ritchie, author of Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color

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Entry: 2017-10-23 21:19:01.125086+00 9th Circuit & decriminalization by Dan Lyke comments 0

I’m a Sex Worker Asking the 9th Circuit Court to Decriminalize Prostitution

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Entry: 2017-10-20 18:18:09.163615+00 Legalize it already by Dan Lyke comments 0

Craigslist’s erotic services site appears to have reduced female homicide rates by 17 percent:

The study, which has been submitted to a peer-reviewed economics journal, offers the first solid evidence of what sex workers have been saying for years: that having the ability to advertise online for their services allows them to work in safer indoor environments and screen out violent clients. The new study reinforces previous research showing a decline in sexual violence in regions where prostitution has been legalized or decriminalized. I wrote about such research in my book, Getting Screwed; Sex Workers and the Law and in an op-ed piece for the Los Angeles Times.

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Entry: 2017-10-18 21:24:31.062512+00 The O Project by Dan Lyke comments 0

Marcos Alberti: The O Project:

Alberti captured the facial expressions of more than 20 women before, during, and after their sexual journey, while using personal massagers. The four photos unveil the slow or, in some cases, rapid progression of each woman’s facial changes as she reaches and recovers from orgasm. The headshots are fun and sexy, but tasteful, keeping everything below the waist hidden from view – ­­­­­­­­­­even from the photographer.

Via The Sun: Photographer captures women’s ‘orgasm faces’ before, during and after they climax in intimate photo series

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Entry: 2017-10-18 21:21:26.435892+00 Erika Lust interview by Dan Lyke comments 0

How porn director Erika Lust gives her daughters "the talk".

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Entry: 2017-10-09 23:19:15.280525+00 Police & Child Porn by Dan Lyke comments 0

VG exposed the largest child sexual abuse forum. It was run by the police. The translation is a little rough, but basically there was an existing Tor web site, the police tracked a Bitcoin wallet and discovered the owners and took it over, moving it to Australia where they'd have broad latitude.

The VG journalists' efforts similarly cracked the location of the server, uncovered the law enforcement people running it, and ... there's some seriously dark grey areas here.

("VG" is Verdens Gang, a Norwegian tabloid)

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Entry: 2017-10-06 18:05:24.249337+00 Sexting vs actually having sex by Dan Lyke comments 0

Indiana Supreme Court decides that sending nude pictures to a 16 year old is illegal, even though the age of consent is 16 so actually having sex with that 16 year old wouldn't be illegal.

Indiana Supreme Court: Sex with 16-year-olds is legal, but sending them nude photos is not:

"The Dissemination Statute clearly protects minors under the age of 18 from the dissemination of matter harmful to them," Justice Mark S. Massa wrote in the unanimous opinion. "Whether this inconsistent statutory treatment of minors aged 16 and 17 is advisable with respect to sexually-related activity is a matter for the legislature, and whether Thakar’s alleged conduct violated the Dissemination Statute is a matter for the jury."

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Entry: 2017-10-05 23:34:33.589366+00 Sheriff sexual assault on teens by Dan Lyke comments 0

Ga. sheriff indicted for sexual battery in high school drug search.

A south Georgia grand jury indicted Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby on Tuesday for sexual battery, false imprisonment and violation of oath of office after he ordered a school-wide search of hundreds of high school students. Deputies allegedly touched girls vaginas and breasts and groped boys in their groin area during the search at the Worth County High School April 14.

Two of Hobby’s deputies were also indicted Tuesday in connection with the case.

Pretty sure they mean "vulvas" and not "vaginas", but even so I hope these people end up on the sex offender's registry.

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Entry: 2017-09-13 21:40:49.87014+00 "I can feel your tiny beady eyes..." by Dan Lyke comments 0

Porn stars really hate Ted Cruz (Funny Or Die Twitter Video)

Reminder that Ted Cruz Doesn’t Believe You Have the Right to Masturbate

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Entry: 2017-09-11 15:32:43.285411+00 Sex Parties & Empowerment by Dan Lyke comments 0

Sex Parties Changed The Way I Viewed My Sexual Assault:

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Entry: 2017-09-07 21:36:10.268267+00 Automating Gaydar by Dan Lyke comments 2

Hmmm... Deep neural networks are more accurate than humans at detecting sexual orientation from facial images.

Description: We show that faces contain much more information about sexual orientation than can be perceived and interpreted by the human brain. We used deep neural networks to extract features from 35,326 facial images. These features were entered into a logistic regression aimed at classifying sexual orientation. Given a single facial image, a classifier could correctly distinguish between gay and heterosexual men in 81% of cases, and in 74% of cases for women. Human judges achieved much lower accuracy: 61% for men and 54% for women. The accuracy of the algorithm increased to 91% and 83%, respectively, given five facial images per person. Facial features employed by the classifier included both fixed (e.g., nose shape) and transient facial features (e.g., grooming style). Consistent with the prenatal hormone theory of sexual orientation, gay men and women tended to have gender-atypical facial morphology, expression, and grooming styles. Prediction models aimed at gender alone allowed for detecting gay males with 57% accuracy and gay females with 58% accuracy. Those findings advance our understanding of the origins of sexual orientation and the limits of human perception. Additionally, given that companies and governments are increasingly using computer vision algorithms to detect people’s intimate traits, our findings expose a threat to the privacy and safety of gay men and women.

Via The Economist: Advances in AI are used to spot signs of sexuality

Additional: The Guardian: New artificial intelligence can tell whether you're gay or straight from a photograph

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Entry: 2017-08-25 15:51:02.150859+00 Buying bestseller status by Dan Lyke comments 0

To all of my author friends getting caught up in the hubbub over "Handbook For Mortals" buying its way onto the NYT Bestseller list: It's been common knowledge for years that the list is gamed. Back in 2012, Mark and Grace Driscoll's Real Marriage: The Truth about Sex, Friendship, and Life Together, and when that was exposed it came out that a whole bunch of other "Christian" and "inspirational" books used similar tactics. Last year, FEC filings showed that the Trump campaign bought 3500 copies of Crippled America , likely for this purpose. Ted Cruz tried to buy his way onto the list, but got spotted. Sarah Palin's PAC spent $64k to put her on the bestseller list. Ben Carson's PAC spent $150k. It's how "bestsellers" get made, and if you've got $200-250k lying around, is probably a good (and common) investment in marketing.

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Entry: 2017-08-24 01:18:57.798193+00 FWB by Dan Lyke comments 0

Psychology Today: Are Friends With Benefits as Satisfied as Married People?:

I'm sure you're wondering if this differed for men and for women. I did, too. Gender differences were not specifically addressed much in the published article, but Dr. Birnie-Porter was kind enough to run additional analyses for this post and found virtually identical results for the two sexes: Women were just as satisfied with their relationship situation as men, and that included those in FWBs and casual dating situations. In fact, the only relationship type for which the difference in genders landed anywhere close to statistical significance was the opposite of what you might expect: Women were slightly more satisfied with casual dating than were men.

The paper is behind a paywall, but is Does relationship status matter for sexual satisfaction? The roles of intimacy and attachment avoidance in sexual satisfaction across five types of ongoing sexual relationships DOI: 10.3138/cjhs.242-A5

Via Yep, Friends With Benefits Are Happier Than Married Couples

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Entry: 2017-08-16 23:42:24.887714+00 Cloudflare on Daily Stormer by Dan Lyke comments 0

I have been struggling with a lot of philosophical issues around various companies terminating their services of the Daily Stormer web site. As someone with friends who've had sexually explicit content on the internet, and all of the challenges they've gone through, I'm super sensitive to cries of "censorship". It is not, for instance, lost on me that until pretty much *today* it has been far far more difficult to get web hosting or credit card payment services for anything remotely related to sexual content than for hate publications.

I've been weighing the moral imperative to punch a Nazi vs "love thy neighbor", and pondering when speech becomes violence.

This is helping me: Cloudflare: Why we terminated Daily Stormer

Our team has been thorough and have had thoughtful discussions for years about what the right policy was on censoring. Like a lot of people, we've felt angry at these hateful people for a long time but we have followed the law and remained content neutral as a network. We could not remain neutral after these claims of secret support by Cloudflare.

More at Gizmodo: Cloudflare CEO on terminating service to the neo-Nazi site.

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Entry: 2017-07-31 15:49:14.579589+00 Get teenage boys reading by Dan Lyke comments 0

Daniel Handler (aka Limony Snickett): Want Teenage Boys to Read? Easy. Give Them Books About Sex.

Searching for a suitable answer, I raided my bookshelves and reread a pile of my favorite books from my teenage years. Both high and low culture were represented; there were books by men and women, contemporary authors and ones from bygone eras, literature in English and literature in translation, books I still loved and books I can no longer stand, but the books all had one thing in common: They were filthy.

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Entry: 2017-07-24 00:33:24.202247+00 Reviving Hilda by Dan Lyke comments 0

Amy Pence Brown: Reviving Hilda.

There are at least a hundred images of Hilda resurfacing from over the years and they are all silly and cute and feature her in a bikini doing a variety of sweet, sexy and often clumsy things. Her imagery has been shared repeatedly in fat activist/body positive circles and pages and posted on my wall and private messaged to me over the past few years, as news of her existence was shocking and celebratory. Here was a body that looked more like mine than many others I'd ever seen revered as something sexy enough to be on a flirty calendar. Her imagery has been a positive breath of fresh air in the body shame and sex shame filled media we've been used to consuming for so long.

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