Erika Lust’s Alternative Porn Vision

The Swedish moviemaker thinks pornography can create a society that sees sexuality as myriad and joyful, and where women’s pleasure matters.

#content-type-personal-profile, #lust-erika, #pornography, #sex, #sweden, #women-and-girls

The Joys (and Challenges) of Sex After 70

Sex can drop off in our final decades. But for those who keep going, it can be the best of their lives.

#baby-boomers, #dating-and-relationships, #dementia, #elderly, #grace-and-frankie-tv-program, #oconnor-sandra-day, #sex

Shirley Zussman, Indefatigable Sex Therapist, Is Dead at 107

After she and her husband attended a Masters and Johnson lecture in 1966, they joined the burgeoning field of sexology. She remained active well into the 21st century.

#deaths-obituaries, #getting-together-book, #johnson-virginia-e-1925-2013, #masters-william-h, #psychology-and-psychologists, #sex, #zussman-leon, #zussman-shirley

Why More Kids Aren’t Getting the HPV Vaccine

The human papillomavirus vaccine can prevent six potentially lethal malignancies, but inoculation is meeting with rising resistance from parents.

#cervarix-vaccine, #cervical-cancer, #gardasil-vaccine, #head-and-neck-cancer, #human-papillomavirus-hpv, #jama-pediatrics-journal, #parenting, #sex, #sexually-transmitted-diseases, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #vaccination-and-immunization, #youth

In Chicago, a New Approach to Gay and Bisexual Men With Prostate Cancer

A new clinic focuses on patients left grappling with the aftermath of treatment in ways that are rarely appreciated by doctors.

#acquired-immune-deficiency-syndrome, #cancer, #chicago-ill, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #northwestern-memorial-hospital-chicago-ill, #prostate-cancer, #prostate-gland, #sex, #united-states

This Is What Will Make Sex Work in New York Safer

Two bills are before the New York State Senate proposing to decriminalize sex work — only one truly helps the sex workers themselves.

#krueger-liz, #new-york-state, #prostitution, #salazar-julia-christine, #sex, #sex-education

Decriminalize Sex Work Now

Two bills are before the New York State Senate proposing to decriminalize sex work — only one truly helps the sex workers themselves.

#krueger-liz, #new-york-state, #prostitution, #salazar-julia-christine, #sex, #sex-education

A Brief Introduction to Philosophy (Through a Certain Sex Act)

For the comedian Jacqueline Novak, the embarrassing and uncomfortable are a gateway to the profound.

#comedy-and-humor, #content-type-personal-profile, #depression-mental, #poog-radio-program, #sex, #theater, #women-and-girls

Sex Positivity, Pornography and Feminism

Readers discuss a column by Michelle Goldberg. Also: A reader objects to calling Americans “terrible tourists.”

#clemence-sara, #goldberg-michelle-1975, #pornography, #sex, #travel-and-vacations, #women-and-girls

What We Get Wrong About Online Sex Work

A debate on finding the line between exploitation and empowerment in the sex industry.

#audio-neutral-informative, #human-trafficking, #mastercard-inc, #onlyfans, #prostitution, #sex, #visa-inc

It Is Not Just Gymnasts. We Are Failing Sexual Assault Victims Across the Country.

The Nasser case highlights a nationwide problem.

#assaults, #gymnastics, #nassar-lawrence-g-1963, #sex, #sex-crimes

Why Sex-Positive Feminism Is Falling Out of Fashion

For some, a porn-soaked culture is oppressive, not liberating.

#metoo-movement, #dworkin-andrea, #pornography, #sex, #social-media, #srinivasan-amia, #the-right-to-sex-feminism-in-the-twenty-first-century-book, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights, #youth

‘The Right to Sex’ Thinks Beyond the Parameters of Consent

Amia Srinivasan’s brilliant essays urge us to think more fully about sex, as a personal experience with social implications.

#books-and-literature, #sex, #srinivasan-amia, #the-right-to-sex-feminism-in-the-twenty-first-century-book

What Makes Someone Seek Pain for Pleasure?

In “Hurts So Good,” Leigh Cowart explores the science and culture of masochism, from the competitive pepper-eater to the ultramarathoner to sex of a certain variety.

#books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #cowart-leigh, #hurts-so-good-the-science-and-culture-of-pain-on-purpose-book, #pain, #psychology-and-psychologists, #sex, #ultramarathon-running

OnlyFans bans explicit content

OnlyFans has announced that it will ban sexually explicit content starting in October. The platform was not built specifically for porn but that has grown to be its most popular and visible use case, but pressure from “banking partners and payout providers” means the company will have to leave the adult content world behind and focus solely on SFW material going forward.

The news, first reported by Bloomberg, was confirmed by the company in a statement:

Effective 1 October, 2021, OnlyFans will prohibit the posting of any content containing sexually-explicit conduct. In order to ensure the long-term sustainability of the platform, and to continue to host an inclusive community of creators and fans, we must evolve our content guidelines. Creators will continue to be allowed to post content containing nudity as long as it is consistent with our Acceptable Use Policy.

These changes are to comply with the requests of our banking partners and payout providers.

We will be sharing more details in the coming days and we will actively support and guide our creators through this change in content guidelines.

OnlyFans did not respond to TechCrunch’s inquiries as to its definition of sexually explicit content or how it expected this would impact the company’s bottom line.

The OnlyFans platform has become the de facto standard for independent creators doing adult content. Over the pandemic it grew increasingly popular as the adult industry, like others, had its normal operations interrupted. It has proved an invaluable asset for many creators, professional and aspiring, who used the platform to directly monetize fans without interacting with notoriously predatory established adult industry companies.

But sex work has always been risky in online operations. The practical risk of hosting illegal content means platforms must exert constant vigilance for things like child sex abuse material, malicious content like revenge porn and unwanted leaks, and everyday internet threats like piracy.

At the organizational level, however, the companies may find it difficult to scale due to the trepidation of investors and banks, both of which tend to avoid the industry in general as a “vice,” much the way cannabis and sex toy startups have faced challenges. Pushback from financial backers and payment processors can effectively sink an entire business model.

OnlyFans in this case says openly that it is abandoning adult content due to exactly this type of pressure. While the company has recently debuted and promoted its OFTV app, a SFW alternative to the main OnlyFans site, and of course there are many creators on the platform who do not produce sexually explicit content, this will be an enormous blow to both the sex work industry and to the company itself. Affected creators were not notified ahead of time.

“This is going to shatter a lot of people’s main source of income, the foundation of their entire business,” said Tristan West, who as dreamboytristan is a top creator of adult content on OnlyFans. “Me and a lot of people have got to do a lot of work to secure our business, move our assets, move our content to another platform. It’s not the end of the world, but this is a huge setback.”

West noted that other platforms are finding ways to monetize adult content as well, such as Twitter adding its paid follows and sites like PornHub building out direct monetization opportunities as well. But OnlyFans holds all the cards and will need to make that transition possible.

“I’d like to see them do what’s needed — it’s weird that they haven’t come to us and talked to us in any way,” said West. “Offer a quick option to download all your content on OnlyFans — that’s your asset, that’s your business. That’s the bare minimum that can do for creators.”

It’s a serious question whether OnlyFans will be able to survive this transition in any recognizable form. The choice to abandon their most lucrative and loyal segment of customers and creators may poison the well, with others declining to rely on a platform that failed to support others. Investors, once wary of the risk of putting money into a sex-adjacent product, may now be wary of paying to board a sinking ship. That $1 billion valuation may be farther away than ever.

The obvious and immediate answer from the tech community is to operate OnlyFans or something like it using cryptocurrencies, which are generally speaking not subject to these limitations. This may represent a way forward for the next platform, but for OnlyFans it may be too late to adapt.

“Thankfully, we have a couple months,” West said. “OnlyFans was the top platform in this market but they’re not the only one. It’s an opportunity for someone else to come around and do better for sex workers and online creators.”

This story is developing and may be updated in the near future with more information.

#adult-content, #onlyfans, #porn, #pornography, #sex, #tc

#DealMonitor – SellerX bekommt 10 Millionen – Freaks 4U Gaming sammelt 15 Millionen ein – Viva übernimmt Vicampo


Im aktuellen #DealMonitor für den 12. August werfen wir wieder einen Blick auf die wichtigsten, spannendsten und interessantesten Investments und Exits des Tages in der DACH-Region. Alle Deals der Vortage gibt es im großen und übersichtlichen #DealMonitor-Archiv.

INVESTMENTS

SellerX
+++ L Catterton, ein amerikanisch-französisches Private-Equity-Unternehmen, Sofina und Altinvestoren wie Cherry Ventures, Felix Capital und 83North investieren 100 Millionen Euro in den Amazon-Shop-Aufkäufer SellerX. Insgesamt flossen nun schon rund 227 Millionen in SellerX (Risikokapital und Kredite). Über den Einstieg von L Catterton haben wir bereits Ende April im Insider-Podcast berichtet. Das Startup, das 2020 von Malte Horeyseck und Philipp Triebel gegründet wurde, kauft – wie dutzende andere Unternehmen – amazon-Shops an und versucht diese zu noch größerem Erfolg zu bringen. Rund 30 Marken kaufte das SellerX-Team in den vergangenen Monaten bereits. Rund 250 Mitarbeiter:innen wirken derzeit für die Jungfirma. Zu den Wettbewerbern von SellerXgehören die Berliner Razor Group, die Berlin Brands Group und The Stryze Group. Mehr über SellerX

Freaks 4U Gaming
+++ Co-Investor Partners – auch bei Mister Spex an Bord – investiert 15 Millionen Euro in Freaks 4U Gaming. Das Berliner Unternehmen, das 2011 von Michael Haenisch gegründet wurde, positioniert sich als “globale Full-Service-Agentur, die sich auf Gaming und Esports spezialisiert” ist. Freaks 4U Gaming bietet verschiedenen Dienstleistungen an, “darunter strategische Beratung, Community- und Social-Media-Management, Turnier- und Event-Organisation, Influencer-Management und Multimedia-Produktion”. Die Hauptstädter schreiben zum Investment: “Freaks 4U Gaming wird das Investment für sein Wachstum nutzen und dabei auf Skalierbarkeit und Nachhaltigkeit setzen”.

Finlex
+++ BlackFin Capital Partners und Segenia Capital investieren 8 Millionen Euro in das Frankfurter Insurtech Finlex. Bei Finlex, das von Sebastian Klapper, Tomasz Kosecki und Christian Reddig geführt wird, dreht sich alles um Versicherungslösungen für Firmenkunden. In den vergangenen Jahren entwickelte sich das Fintech von einem reinen “Whole-sale”-Broker, zu einer Online-Plattform. “Das zusätzliche Kapital wird vor allem in den Ausbau der Plattform und die Erweiterung der Produktpalette fließen. Bis zum Spätsommer 2022 soll sich die Mitarbeiterzahl verdoppeln”, teilt das Unternehmen mit.

Keleya 
+++ Crista Galli Ventures sowie Altinvestoren wie Calm/Storm Ventures und SeedLink investieren 3 Millionen Euro in Keleya. Das Berliner Startup, das 2017 von Victoria Engelhardt und Sarah Müggenburg gegründet wurde, positioniert sich als Fitness- und Ernährungscoach für werdende Mütter. “Keleya will mit dem frischen Kapital zusätzliche digitale Services im Produktportfolio ergänzen und die Marktposition weiter stärken”, heißt es in der Presseaussendung.

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

Vicampo
+++ Die schwedische Viva-Gruppe übernimmt den Online-Weinhändler Vicampo. “Die Vicampo.de GmbH wird im Zuge der Akquisition Teil der VIVA eCOM GROUP, in der seit 2020 bereits Wine in Black und die Vinexus-Gruppe zusammengefasst sind”, teilt das Unternehmen mit. Das Mainzer Startup Vicampo, das 2012 von Felix Gärtner, Max Gärtner und Daniel Nitz gegründet wurde, erwirtschaftete 2019 einen Umsatz in Höhe von 41,4 Millionen Euro. Der Jahresüberschuss lag bei 750.637 Euro. Investoren wie das Medienhaus Burda, Passion Capital und Headline investierten in den vergangenen Jahren rund 20 Millionen in Vicampo. Zuletzt war auch das Familiy Office der Jägermeister-Erfinder am Unternehmen beteuligt. Rund 200 Mitarbeiter:innen wirkten zuletzt für den Marktplatz für Winzerweine. Mehr über Vicampo

WOW Tech / Lovehoney 
+++ Das Berliner Sexual Wellness-Unternehmen WOW Tech und der britische Onlinehändler Lovehoney schließen sich zur Lovehoney Group zusammen. “Der Merger vereint einige der bekanntesten Marken in der Branche unter einem Dach (Arcwave,?Fifty Shades?of?Grey, Happy Rabbit,?We-Vibe und?Womanizer) und bringt Bewegung in den Markt”. teilen die Firmen mit. Die WOW Tech-Geschichte bekann 2017, als Johannes von Plettenberg “gemeinsam mit einer Gruppe Investoren, die Marke Womanizer übernahm”. Im Jahr darauf fusionierte Womanizer mit dem kanadischen Sextoy Hersteller We-Vibe. Aus dieser Fusion entstand die WOW Tech Group. Lovehoney, ein Hersteller und Händler von Sextoys, übernahm zuletzt auch die Mehrheit am Schweizer Sextoy-Unternehmen Amorana.

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Startup-Jobs: Auf der Suche nach einer neuen Herausforderung? In der unserer Jobbörse findet Ihr Stellenanzeigen von Startups und Unternehmen.

Foto (oben): azrael74

#83north, #aktuell, #berlin, #calm-storm-ventures, #cherry-ventures, #co-investor-partners, #crista-galli-ventures, #felix-capital, #femtech, #finlex, #frankfurter-am-main, #freaks-4u-gaming, #insurtech, #keleya, #l-catterton, #lovehoney, #lovehoney-group, #mainz, #seedlink, #sellerx, #sex, #sofina, #venture-capital, #vicampo, #viva-ecom-group, #wein, #wow-tech

Ali Wong’s Raunchy New Stand-Up Set Brings the Laughs We Need

The comedian’s “Milk and Money Tour” hits the Beacon Theater at an uncertain time for live comedy. Luckily, the sex jokes are her funniest yet.

#beacon-theater, #comedy-and-humor, #coronavirus-reopenings, #gaffigan-jim, #sex, #wong-ali-1982

Love Letter: Embracing Your Sensual Side at Any Age

And: falling in love on Zoom.

#love-emotion, #marriages, #sex

7 Ways to Reset Your Relationship

Experts say couples can emerge from the pandemic stronger than ever by learning from the past and looking toward the future.

#dating-and-relationships, #love-emotion, #marriages, #parties-social, #psychology-and-psychologists, #sex

Child Marriage in North Carolina Must End

Pregnancy and parenting do not justify making a child a bride. 

#children-and-childhood, #marriages, #north-carolina, #sex, #sex-crimes

The ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Author Finishes What She Started (and Restarted)

E L James, whose new book, “Freed,” continues the “Fifty Shades” story from the man’s perspective, talks about spicy romances, joining Clubhouse and reconnecting with Christian and Anastasia.

#books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #darker-fifty-shades-darker-as-told-by-christian-book, #fifty-shades-of-grey-book, #freed-book, #grey-book, #james-e-l, #movies, #sex, #women-and-girls, #writing-and-writers

Pat Bond, a Sexual-Subculture Pioneer, Dies at 94

Mr. Bond was a 44-year-old music teacher when he founded an organization for masochists. After a few meetings, sadists were also invited.

#bond-pat-1926-2021, #deaths-obituaries, #eulenspiegel-society, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #sadomasochism, #sex

‘Romeo and Juliet’ Meets the Hot Vax Summer

A lusty new production is both an enticement and a warning as we tentatively explore intimacy after a year of forced solitude.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dating-and-relationships, #godwin-simon-theater-director, #online-dating, #public-broadcasting-service, #romeo-and-juliet-play, #sex, #shakespeare-william, #theater

Fear of Contagion Won’t Depress Our Sex Lives Forever

As we creep back toward normal, what should we do about the rise of sexually transmitted infections?

#abstinence-sexual, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #birth-control-and-family-planning, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #disease-rates, #education-k-12, #moral-majority, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #sex, #sex-education, #sexually-transmitted-diseases

Why Do We Let Corporations Profit From Rape Videos?

With help from Google and PayPal, XVideos lets people leer at the worst moment in a child’s life.

#assaults, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #child-pornography, #children-and-childhood, #computers-and-the-internet, #domestic-violence, #law-and-legislation, #sex, #sex-crimes, #women-and-girls, #yahoo-inc

Tools to Help Teens Talk About Sexual Assault and Harassment

A sex ed teacher talks about how young people can try to keep themselves safe from sexual assault and be allies to others.

#alcoholic-beverages, #content-type-service, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #sex, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment, #social-media, #teenagers-and-adolescence

Making a Living at Financial Domination Online

The high-priced hustle of financial domination, where “pay pigs” send tributes to their cash masters.

#onlyfans, #pornography, #prostitution, #sex, #social-media

#DealMonitor – Gitpod sammelt 13 Millionen ein – auxmoney bekommt 250 Millionen – Cheex sammelt Millionensumme ein


Im aktuellen #DealMonitor für den 8. April werfen wir wieder einen Blick auf die wichtigsten, spannendsten und interessantesten Investments und Exits des Tages in der DACH-Region. Alle Deals der Vortage gibt es im großen und übersichtlichen #DealMonitor-Archiv.

INVESTMENTS

Gitpod
+++
 General Catalyst und Co. investieren – wie erwartet – 13 Millionen US-Dollar in das Kieler Startup Gitpod. Mit Gitpod können Entwickler ihre Projekte zügig umsetzen. Das Startup bietet seinen Nutzern eine einsatzbereite Entwicklungsumgebung im Browser – und zwar auf Knopfdruck. Mit Gitpod können Entwickler ihre Projekte zügig umsetzen. Crane Venture Partners, Speedinvest und Vertex Ventures US investieren zuletzt 3 Millionen US-Dollar in das Startup. “The $13m total funding will help the company to expand its position as the leading platform for development environment automation, as well as to grow Gitpod’s open source community and relevant ecosystem partnerships”, teilt die Jungfirma mit.

auxmoney
+++ Citigroup und Chenavari stellen der Kreditplattform auxmoney 250 Millionen Euro “als Investition in Kredite” zur Verfügung. “Nachdem auxmoney im November 2020 angekündigt hat, in Kredite auf dem eigenen Marktplatz zu investieren, co-investiert das Fintech-Unternehmen im Rahmen dieser Transaktion nun erstmals an der Seite von Partnern”, heißt es in der Presseaussendung. ie New Yorker Beteiligungsgesellschaft Centerbridge und weitere Geldgeber wie Foundation Capital investierten zulezt 150 Millionen Euro in den Düsseldorfer Kreditmarktplatz, der 2007 von Raffael Johnen, Philip Kamp und Philipp Kriependorf gegründet wurde.

Cheex
+++ Marco Vietor, Gründer von audibene, das Berliner Investorennetzwerk Collective Ventures, Urbanara-Gründerin Claire Davidson und Jan Dzulko, Gründer von everphone, investieren eine siebenstellige Summe in Cheex. Beim Berliner Startup, das von Denise Kratzenberg und Maximilian Horwitz gegründet wurde, finden Onlinerinnen “hochwertige erotische Filme und Audio Stories sowie Artikel rund um das Thema Sexualität”. Die Jungfirma, die ihre Inhalte im Abo anbietet, verspricht dabei einen “neuen, frischen Zugang zu Pornographie“. Die Jungfirma nennt sich selbst “Sexual Wellness Startup”.

F&F Pet Food
+++ Business Angel Andre Alpar und Co. investieren eine sechsstellige Summe in das Bamberger Startup F&F Pet Food, das derzeit die Hundefuttermarke Mr. Fred betreibt. Das junge Unternehmen, das “Premium-Tierfutter im Tetra Pak” anbietet, wurde 2020 von den tradoria-Gründern Beate Rank und Tobias Kobier gegründet. Die Jungfirma plant demnächst auch Welpenfutter und Wildrezepte anzubieten. Zudem ist mit Ms. Frida auch eine Marke für Premium-Katzenfutter geplant.

Anzeige
+++ In unserem Newsletter Startup-Radar berichten wir einmal in der Woche über neue Startups. Alle Startups stellen wir in unserem kostenpflichtigen Newsletter kurz und knapp vor und bringen sie so auf den Radar der Startup-Szene. Jetzt unseren Newsletter Startup-Radar abonnieren und 30 Tage kostenlos testen!

EXITS

flatfox
+++
Die Schweizer Versicherungsgesellschaft Die Mobiliar übernimmt das PropTech flatfox. “Die Akquisition von Flatfox ist ein wichtiger Schritt für die Weiterentwicklung des Ökosystems rund um das Thema Wohnen der Mobiliar”, teilt das Unternehmen mit. Ringier Digital Ventures, die Investis-Gruppe und Helvetia Venture investierten in der Vergangenheit in flatfox. Das Startup aus Zürich, das 2012 von Bernhard Mäder, Fabian Stutz, Mattia Regi und Silvan Spross gegründet wurde, “bietet für Privat- und Geschäftskunden einen Immobilien-Marktplatz an, auf dem kostenlos inseriert werden kann”.

STOCK MARKET

About You
+++ Der Hamburger Online-Modehändler About You bereitet – wie erwartet – einen Börsengang vor – siehe Business Insider. Ende März wurde die About YouHolding im Handelsregister eingetragen. Als Vorstand fungieren Sebastian Betz, Tarek Müller und Hannes Wiese. Bereits Ende Oktoker hatte das manager magazin über die IPO-Pläne von About You berichtet. Als Bewertung nehmen die Hanseaten zwischen 3 und 5 Milliarden Euro ins Visier.

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Startup-Jobs: Auf der Suche nach einer neuen Herausforderung? In der unserer Jobbörse findet Ihr Stellenanzeigen von Startups und Unternehmen.

Foto (oben): azrael74

#about-you, #aktuell, #auxmoney, #bamberg, #cheex, #die-mobiliar, #dusseldorf, #ff-pet-food, #fintech, #flatfox, #gitpod, #kiel, #mr-fred, #ms-frida, #sex, #venture-capital

I Spent My Life Consenting to Touch I Didn’t Want

A year of isolation made me consider all the casual, unwanted touch women endure — and why it’s so hard to refuse it.

#prostitution, #sex, #sex-crimes, #touch-sense, #women-and-girls

The Atlanta Shootings and a Religious Toxicity

Did racism or religion or gender motivate the shootings in Georgia? All of the above.

#asian-americans, #atlanta-spa-shootings-2021, #evangelical-movement, #sex, #sex-crimes, #women-and-girls

How Many Women Have to Die to End ‘Temptation’?

The Atlanta murders follow a terrible pattern of misogynist violence.

#asian-americans, #atlanta-spa-shootings-2021, #long-robert-aaron, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #sex, #women-and-girls

Sexual Anguish of Atlanta Suspect Is Familiar Thorn for Evangelicals

The man accused of killing eight people at spas was a churchgoer who told officers he was addicted to sex. Parts of evangelical culture imply that sexual sins are more serious than others.

#addiction-psychology, #atlanta-spa-shootings-2021, #christians-and-christianity, #evangelical-movement, #long-robert-aaron, #pornography, #sex

Accused Gunman Had Visited Massage Parlors He Targeted, Police Say

The suspect, who was a customer at two of the spas in the Atlanta area that were attacked this week, spent time in a rehab clinic for a self-described sexual addiction.

#addiction-psychology, #atlanta-ga, #atlanta-spa-shootings-2021, #cherokee-county-ga, #long-robert-aaron, #massage, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #sex, #spas

‘Children Are Off-Limits’: France on Course to Set 15 as Age of Consent

The bill, which characterizes sex between adults and minors under 15 as rape, was adopted by the National Assembly after a series of sexual abuse scandals and may become law by April.

#metoo-movement, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #france, #incest, #law-and-legislation, #sex, #sex-crimes, #statutes-of-limitations

It’s Fraudulent Seduction, but Is It Rape?

Readers discuss an Op-Ed about whether lying about whether one is married before sleeping with someone should constitute sexual assault.

#lying, #men-and-boys, #sex, #sex-crimes, #women-and-girls

Looking for Sexual Healing?

These books will help you feel less alone.

#books-and-literature, #gregoire-sheila-wray, #klemp-kaley, #klemp-nate, #lindenbach-rebecca-gregoire, #marcus-bat-sheva, #marriages, #sadomasochism-and-the-bdsm-community-in-the-united-states-kinky-people-unite-book, #sawatsky-joanna, #sex, #sex-points-reclaim-your-sex-life-with-the-revolutionary-multi-point-system-book, #stein-stephen-k-1964, #the-80-80-marriage-a-new-model-for-a-happier-stronger-relationship-book, #the-great-sex-rescue-the-lies-youve-been-taught-and-how-to-recover-what-god-intended-book

TV Taught Me About AIDS. ‘It’s a Sin’ Reminded Me How Far We’ve Come.

The new HBO Max series, set amid the first decade of the AIDS crisis in London, prompts a writer’s memories and regrets to come flooding back.

#acquired-immune-deficiency-syndrome, #davies-russell-t, #gay-bar-why-we-went-out-book, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #its-a-sin-tv-program, #sex

Gwyneth Paltrow Is Selling Vibrators

The Goop founder also talks about sexual wellness and how she contracted Covid-19 a year ago, probably in Paris.

#goop-com, #paltrow-gwyneth, #sex, #vagina

Emily Morse is Talking Sex to Generation Podcast

Is Emily Morse the Dr. Ruth of a new generation?

#sex

On ‘I Hate Suzie,’ Sexual Freedom Is a Fantasy

This HBO Max comedy, along with shows like “I May Destroy You” and “Sex Education,” suggests that female sexuality and desire is always subject to the intrusion of social norms and expectations.

#coel-michaela, #hbo-max, #i-hate-suzie-tv-program, #i-may-destroy-you-tv-program, #netflix-inc, #piper-billie, #sex, #sex-education-tv-program, #television, #women-and-girls, #woods-aimee-lou-1995

The Lusty Creativity of Cornelis Cornelisz van Haarlem

A lesser-known Dutch master with a penchant for male backsides created some of the greatest homoerotic paintings of all time.

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How Our Sex Habits May Affect Our HPV and Cancer Risk

Certain sex practices, at certain ages, increased the risk of throat cancers related to human papillomavirus.

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Sex and Dating in the Coronavirus Pandemic

New world. New rules. Same old problems.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dating-and-relationships, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #sex, #single-persons, #your-feed-selfcare

Turn Your Sex Life Around

With all its stress and uncertainty, this year hasn’t exactly been a banner year for intimacy. But that can change.

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The Joys of Frivolous Sex

The pandemic has brought out a nasty puritanism.

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Bad Sex in Fiction Award Is Canceled, as 2020 Was Bad Enough

Editors of the Literary Review, which has given the award for almost 30 years, said the public had been “subjected to too many bad things this year to justify exposing it to bad sex as well.”

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The Children of Pornhub

Why does Canada allow this company to profit off videos of exploitation and assault?

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Betty Dodson, Women’s Guru of Self-Pleasure, Dies at 91

She was a second-wave feminist who taught consciousness raising with a twist, and her workshops on masturbation, buoyed by the internet, have inspired millions.

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How the Nxivm Sex Cult Leader Tore One Family Apart

Keith Raniere, the founder of Nxivm, had abusive sexual relationships with three sisters who joined his organization, the family said. Their father still supports him.

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People Are Still Having Sex. So Why Are S.T.D. Rates Dropping?

Public health officials believe many cases are going undetected as clinics close during the pandemic and testing supplies are diverted to coronavirus screening.

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