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Entry: 2018-04-19 23:53:58.794204+00 Sex Trafficking myth debunking by Dan Lyke comments 0

The Sex Trafficking panic is based on myths:

Good data is hard to come by in an industry kept largely in the shadows. That’s why, from 2012 to 2014, we spent nine months walking a stretch of road in Las Vegas well known as a gathering point for sex workers and their customers. We were part of a team who tailed along with those sex workers as they plied their trade, ducking into cars and alleyways to sell their services. We handed out condoms and other harm-reduction material, and we had a definite purpose — we were researchers, paid through an Obama-era grant from the US Department of Justice.

[ related topics: Erotic Sexual Culture Law Enforcement Douglas Adams Gambling ]

Entry: 2018-04-16 16:26:25.669089+00 Erotic Film School by Dan Lyke comments 0

A report from a student at Madison Young's porn school:

I’m also here to explore a budding porn movement that the school represents, one about sexual empowerment and openness for people of all orientations and body types. There are now dozens of film festivals around the world—from Dan Savage’s nationwide HUMP! Film Festival to COVEN in Berlin to New York’s CineKink—that perpetuate this movement, a celebration of human sexuality in all its rich and slightly sticky tapestry. ...

Erotic Film School — A 30 Hour Certification Program for the New Pornographer

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Entry: 2018-04-12 19:32:27.400401+00 Nazis are defensible by Dan Lyke comments 0

Pacific Standard: In the fight for free speech, sex workers have been left behind — With SESTA, Congress gets it backwards: Speaking isn't dangerous for sex workers. Censorship is.

"Adult content used to be the free speech issue. Now it's fucking Nazis," Nix 66, a cam sex worker and domme, tells me by email. "I have no idea why Nazis are defensible, and I'm not."

[ related topics: Cameron Barrett Politics Erotic Sexual Culture Free Speech Law Enforcement California Culture ]

Entry: 2018-04-10 23:15:01.967091+00 listen to the sex workers by Dan Lyke comments 0

Washington Post: No one wants to listen to the sex workers, on the Backpage shutdown.

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Entry: 2018-04-09 20:23:29.22624+00 How Backpage saved by Dan Lyke comments 0

In light of SESTA and FOSTA, How Backpage Saved My Life:

OK MY NON-SEX WORK FRIENDS LISTEN UP I’m gonna tell you the story of how Backpage helped keep me safe during one of the scariest most dangerous times of my entire life

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Entry: 2018-04-09 16:02:55.927438+00 Backpage by Dan Lyke comments 0

A little reading on understanding abusive relationships, "trafficking", and sex work: Sara Fenix: How Backpage saved my life

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Entry: 2018-03-30 20:08:47.581623+00 I Kill Giants by Dan Lyke comments 0

Hmmm... I Kill Giants looks like my kind of movie. I Kill Giants director Anders Walter on making a likable fantasy with a hateful protagonist

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Entry: 2018-03-28 20:14:36.826862+00 Reversal by Dan Lyke comments 0

How A Free-Speech Advocate Accidentally Became the Face of Censorship in Porn — Paul Cambria was just trying to help the porn industry. Instead, his list of sex acts to avoid became a guide for prosecutors

[ related topics: Erotic Sexual Culture Free Speech Douglas Adams ]

Entry: 2018-03-23 16:34:57.447219+00 FOSTA by Dan Lyke comments 2

Craigslist ends personal ads:

US Congress just passed HR 1865, "FOSTA", seeking to subject websites to criminal and civil liability when third parties (users) misuse online personals unlawfully.

Any tool or service can be misused. We can't take such risk without jeopardizing all our other services, so we are regretfully taking craigslist personals offline. Hopefully we can bring them back some day.

To the millions of spouses, partners, and couples who met through craigslist, we wish you every happiness!

A reminder that the female homicide rate dropped after Craigslist launched its erotic services platform. FOSTA is anti-woman.

Craigslist’s Effect on Violence Against Women Scott Cunningham, Baylor University; Gregory DeAngelo, West Virginia University; John Tripp, Baylor University.

[ related topics: Politics Erotic Education Real Estate ]

Entry: 2018-03-22 18:17:52.15573+00 Desexing Kinsey by Dan Lyke comments 0

Desexing the Kinsey Institute, about the new director and how the organization's mission and focus are changing:

Perhaps tellingly, Carter’s own research on vole monogamy has been cited by pro-abstinence and anti-pornography organizations to justify their positions. Physicians for Life, a pro-life association based in Alabama that also advocates for abstinence, uses Carter’s research to argue that monogamy is natural and built into our biology. They claim that sex out of wedlock will lead to a release of oxytocin that produces an expectation of commitment which is then disappointed, leading to “depression, dissatisfaction, and the disruption of future bonding potential.” Meanwhile, a website called Your Brain On Porn uses Carter’s oxytocin research to argue that strong pair bonds make us less likely to pursue addictive behaviors like porn-watching. Another anti-porn advocate uses Carter’s research to make a diametrically opposed argument: that oxytocin “bonds” men to porn and away from human partners.

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Entry: 2018-03-20 17:25:05.333935+00 Kiddie Porn in the Blockchain by Dan Lyke comments 2

I've been thinking about what the successor to the web might look like, and I'm super excited by the possibilities of distributed filesystems, but I've wondered about the possibilities of denial of service attacks based in inserting illegal content, like child pornography, into such systems: If someone can convince you to browse to a link containing that content, it's then instantiated in your local copy and... issues, even more than ending up with something like that in your browser cache (which can also be done with images that aren't visible in the final web page) follow.

Looks like someone else has been thinking about this too: Child abuse imagery found within bitcoin's blockchain

“Our analysis shows that certain content, eg, illegal pornography, can render the mere possession of a blockchain illegal,” the researchers wrote. “Although court rulings do not yet exist, legislative texts from countries such as Germany, the UK, or the USA suggest that illegal content such as [child abuse imagery] can make the blockchain illegal to possess for all users.”

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Entry: 2018-03-13 21:22:35.740373+00 Pathologies by Dan Lyke comments 0

RT Eric Sprankle, PsyD @DrSprankle:

Don’t pathologize a sexual behavior when it’s the sexual behavior’s stigma that’s pathological.

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Entry: 2018-03-12 22:19:37.520957+00 May calls out Russia by Dan Lyke comments 0

Well given the current administration's admiration for Russia, this is gonna fuck NATO: Theresa May: ‘Highly likely’ Russia responsible for spy’s poisoning by nerve agent:

But in her remarks, May described a “reckless” and “indiscriminate” attack, which not only endangered the lives of its two principal victims, Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter, Yulia, 33, but potentially exposed scores of others, including a police officer who remains hospitalized.

[ related topics: Politics Erotic Law Enforcement ]

Entry: 2018-03-02 19:31:27.234297+00 What it's like to date by Dan Lyke comments 0

Andre Shakti: What It's Like to Date When You're a Porn Star

There are a few rules for dating a sex worker: don't compromise their cash flow by driving away their business, never out them to other people without their consent, and don't expect them to eagerly perform activities they normally get paid to do for free. ...

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Entry: 2018-03-01 19:37:07.978188+00 Obscenity Filters by Dan Lyke comments 0

EFF: State Lawmakers Want to Block Pornography at the Expense of Your Free Speech, Privacy, and Hard-Earned Cash:

The gist of the model legislation is this: Device manufacturers would be forced to install "obscenity filters" on cell phones, tablets, computers, and any other Internet- connected devices. Those filters could only be removed if consumers pay a $20 fee. In addition to violating the First Amendment and burdening consumers and businesses, this would allow the government to intrude into consumers’ private lives and restrict their control over their own devices.

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Entry: 2018-02-27 18:54:09.167431+00 Accidental Child Porn by Dan Lyke comments 0

Fake Porn Makers Are Worried About Accidentally Making Child Porn — Images of celebrities as minors are showing up in datasets used in making AI-generated fake porn.

This collection of images, or faceset, is used to train a machine learning algorithm to make a deepfake: a fake porn video that swaps Watson’s face onto a porn performer’s body, to make it look like she’s having sex on video. If someone uses the faceset that contains images of Watson as a child to make a deepfake, that means that a face of a minor was in part used to create a nonconsensual porn video.

(Leaving aside all of the IP questions inherent in using someone's likeness for an application they didn't license it for, and how protectable that likeness is, and...)

[ related topics: Erotic Sexual Culture Artificial Intelligence ]

Entry: 2018-02-27 17:14:17.225598+00 Marriage license vs contract by Dan Lyke comments 0

NPR: Same-Sex-Marriage Flashpoint: Alabama Considers Quitting The Marriage Business.

[ related topics: Erotic Sexual Culture Sociology Marriage ]

Entry: 2018-02-26 23:02:26.112786+00 Will it Buttplug ep. 1 by Dan Lyke comments 0

Buttpluggin With qDot - Will It Buttplug - Rez Infinite (with Original Rez TranceVibrator!) (YouTube video)

... as we all know, games can only be art if they are erotic.

Hooking up games to sex toy controllers.

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Entry: 2018-02-22 00:47:52.895107+00 Florida attacks porn rather than gun violence by Dan Lyke comments 0

Hey, you know what study after study has suggested is correlated with a reduction of sexual violence? The availability of pornography.

I don't have an answer to the gun violence problem, but it does seem as though we as a society took the relationship violence of the Parkland shooter seriously, there may have been legal mechanisms in place to prevent him from having a firearm.

Instead, we have decided to keep perpetuating the social structures that tacitly accept violence against women and violence in relationships.

Florida House refuses to debate guns, declares porn dangerous

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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.

[ related topics: Erotic Sexual Culture Economics ]

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

[ related topics: Erotic Sexual Culture Law ]

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.

[ related topics: Erotic Sexual Culture Economics ]

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. :-)


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.

[ related topics: Erotic Sexual Culture Sociology Work, productivity and environment ]

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%.

[ related topics: Erotic Sexual Culture Health Law Work, productivity and environment Economics Government ]

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.

[ related topics: Erotic Sexual Culture Law Enforcement ]

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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