On Nona Willis Aronowitz’s ‘Bad Sex’

On Nona Willis Aronowitz’s “Bad Sex: Truth, Pleasure and an Unfinished Revolution.”

#aronowitz-nona-willis, #books-and-literature, #ellen-willis, #polyamory-and-non-monogamous-relationships, #sex, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

After Roe, Sex Ed Is Even More Vital

Reducing unwanted pregnancies starts with teaching children and teenagers.

#abortion, #abstinence-sexual, #education, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #sex, #sex-education

Debate Over Monkeypox Messaging Divides N.Y.C. Health Department

City epidemiologists say some public health messages have been misleading about the risks and have narrowed the city’s chances for containing the disease.

#abstinence-sexual, #health-and-mental-hygiene-department-nyc, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #king-charles-a-1955, #medicine-and-health, #monkeypox, #new-york-city, #sex, #vasan-ashwin

Monkeypox Patients Face Painful Symptoms and Struggle For Care

As the city and federal government strain to supply enough vaccines, patients face a private battle to find treatment and relief from serious symptoms.

#adams-eric-l, #health-and-mental-hygiene-department-nyc, #hospitals, #medicine-and-health, #monkeypox, #sex, #vaccination-and-immunization

7 Questions to Strengthen Your Relationship

After two years of tumult, these essential conversations can help couples talk about what’s working, what’s not and where the relationship is headed.

#content-type-service, #dating-and-relationships, #marriages, #psychology-and-psychologists, #sex, #therapy-and-rehabilitation

A Book Has Women in Africa Talking About Sex

“The Sex Lives of African Women” explores women’s experiences, in their own words, helping foster “a sexual revolution that’s happening across our continent.”

#africa, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #kenya, #nairobi-kenya, #sekyiamah-nana-darkoa, #sex, #the-sex-lives-of-african-women-self-discovery-freedom-and-healing-book, #theater, #women-and-girls, #writing-and-writers

Emma Thompson and the Challenge of Baring All Onscreen at 63

The actress made the choice to disrobe. Still, she says, it was the most difficult thing she’s ever done in her four-decade career.

#good-luck-to-you-leo-grande-movie, #hyde-sophie, #movies, #sex, #thompson-emma, #women-and-girls

Logan Ury Says You’re Dating All Wrong

From her Oakland commune, a dating coach has made a big business out of her data-driven approach to modern romance.

#books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #dating-and-relationships, #love-emotion, #marriages, #online-dating, #psychology-and-psychologists, #sex, #single-persons

The Business of Making ‘Pleasure’

The screenwriter-director Ninja Thyberg and the actor Sofia Kappel discuss creating a porn industry drama through a feminist lens.

#actors-and-actresses, #kappel-sofia-1998, #movies, #neon-production-co, #pleasure-movie, #pornography, #sex, #thyberg-ninja, #womens-rights

‘Fatal Attraction’ and the Disappearance of Erotic Thrillers

In “Fatal Attraction,” the genre-defining 1987 erotic thriller, sex was the engine that moved the plot. It’s rare to see that in movies today.

#close-glenn, #douglas-michael, #fatal-attraction-movie, #movies, #sehgal-parul, #sex

Can Covid Lead to Impotence?

Some studies find higher rates of erectile dysfunction among men recovering from the illness. But other factors related to the pandemic, like heightened anxiety, may also be to blame.

#anxiety-and-stress, #chronic-condition-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #depression-mental, #heart, #impotence, #long-covid, #penis, #sex, #your-feed-science

The Right Likes Book Bans. That Fuels the Left’s Cancel Culture.

Recreational puritanism begets itself.

#blume-judy, #bridges-ruby, #cancel-culture, #critical-race-theory, #forever-book, #internal-sub-only-nl, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #roots-tv-program, #sex, #slavery-historical

STI Testing: When and Where to Get a Screening

New data from the C.D.C. shows that rates of many sexually transmitted diseases continued to climb in 2020.

#chlamydia, #condoms, #gonorrhea, #sex, #sexually-transmitted-diseases, #syphilis, #tests-medical

Straight People Need Better Rules for Sex

What if consent isn’t enough?

#dating-and-relationships, #sex, #single-persons, #social-conditions-and-trends, #women-and-girls, #youth

Cannabis for Better Sex? Here’s What the Science Says.

The research is thin, but anecdotal experience suggests that the right dose and delivery method can make a positive difference for some people.

#content-type-service, #gynecology-and-gynecologists, #marijuana, #men-and-boys, #research, #sex, #women-and-girls

Why I Love Erotic Thrillers

They are best consumed as escapist fantasies about a mythic figure I myself could never embody: the femme fatale.

#campbell-neve, #fatal-attraction-movie, #movies, #richards-denise, #sex, #wild-things-movie

Christine Emba’s Manifesto Against Sex Positivity

Christine Emba takes on the taboo on taboos

#books-and-literature, #christine-emba, #dating-and-relationships, #rethinking-sex-a-provocation-book, #sex, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

How Do I Get My Sex Drive Back?

Advice on how to restore a decline in sexual desire.

#content-type-service, #dating-and-relationships, #psychology-and-psychologists, #sex, #women-and-girls

F.D.A. Grants the First Condom Approval for Anal Sex

Though public health experts have long advised the use of condoms for anal sex to protect against H.I.V. and other infections, regulators did not have enough data to allow marketing for that use.

#advertising-and-marketing, #condoms, #emory-university, #food-and-drug-administration, #global-protection-corp, #labeling-and-labels-product, #sex, #sexually-transmitted-diseases, #united-states, #your-feed-healthcare

Modern Love Podcast: The ‘Ham Sandwich’ Effect

For one first-generation Indonesian American, this metaphor explained why it was initially so difficult for him to have sex.

#immigration-and-emigration, #indonesian-americans, #love-emotion, #sex

In ‘Anonymous Sex,’ No Strings — and No Bylines

An anthology of erotic short fiction keeps the award-winning writers a dirty secret.

#anonymous-sex-book, #books-and-literature, #jordan-hillary, #sex, #tan-cheryl-lu-lien

The Sunday Read: ‘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.

#age-chronological, #audio-positive-nostalgic, #baby-boomers, #elderly, #sex

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

‘Sex Talks’ Should Start Earlier Than You Think

Some parents feel awkward and reluctant to discuss bodies, consent and sexuality; their kids pay the price.

#children-and-childhood, #content-type-service, #education-k-12, #parenting, #sex

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