• November 17th, 2014
    Business News
    content/attachments/23056-thorns-jpg.html BALTIMORE – “Revenge porn is a vile symptom of modern misogyny” declared the first half of a headline published on The Independent’s website over the weekend. As conclusory, offhand opinions masquerading as fact go, this one might seem safe, but is revenge porn really as simple a phenomenon as the piece’s author, Alice Nutting, would have us believe?

    The short answer, of course, is “no.” The long answer is a bit more nuanced and requires considering some additional questions, but it boils down to the ...
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    November 14th, 2014
    Business News
    content/attachments/23053-strongwoman-jpg.html SILICON VALLEY – These days, I’m not sure a single day goes by without some aspect of the porn industry receiving at least a little mainstream media ink. Sometimes a porn star makes headlines due to her dalliance with a professional sports star. Other times, the headlines emerge from the decidedly “bad news” side of the industry's ledger, like an HIV-driven moratorium on content production.

    This week in the media, the porn-industry-related theme appears to be “Ladies Night” in the form of a lengthy group ...
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    November 12th, 2014
    Business News
    content/attachments/23048-pornhubhand-jpg.html LOS ANGELES – In explaining his company’s choice to purchase billboard advertising space in Times Square and on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, Pornhub Vice President Corey Price told the Los Angeles Times the billboards were part of an effort to push adult entertainment “into the mainstream consciousness and away from what most people conceive as being a taboo subject.”

    In a word, I’d describe Price’s explanation as bullshit.

    Don’t get me wrong: It’s plausible bullshit, and it’s bullshit ...
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    November 10th, 2014
    Business News
    content/attachments/23042-googlewindmill-jpg.html MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – According to a report from the BBC, several performers, studios and others from the adult entertainment industry are calling on Google to “help publicize legal ways to buy adult content in an effort to combat piracy.”

    With quotes from Angela White, Tasha Reign, Takedown Piracy’s Nat Glass and others, the article restates a series of points that are all too familiar to those who work within this industry—or to any other industry challenged by the profligate copyright infringement ...
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    November 6th, 2014
    Business News
    content/attachments/23036-orbitalsatellite-jpg.html BROOKLYN, NY – Look, I get the whole Rule 34 thing, and its unnumbered corollary: If a device has a camera on it, said device inevitably will be used to shoot porn. But there’s another rule about porn I think people miss sometimes: By its nature, porn requires the viewer be able to actually see the naked and/or copulating performers.

    Based on this criterion, the “drone porn” produced by Ghost + Cow Films definitely fails as porn—which is not to say it fails, generally, as a nice little video.
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    November 5th, 2014
    Legal and Politics News
    content/attachments/23032-dangerthinice-jpg.html LONDON – Once upon a time, when a military officer in the field needed to securely communicate orders and intelligence to his compatriots at a distance, he would dispatch a runner with the message. These messages often would be encoded to stymie the enemy, should the runner fall into their hands. Such communications signals were the original intelligence “chatter” and the precursor to today’s complex digital communications systems.

    At every phase of human history, as communications technologies and techniques ...
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    October 31st, 2014
    Sexuality News
    content/attachments/23021-toxic-jpg.html TOPEKA, Kan. – Sometimes you run into a person whose story is so parallel to your own, it’s downright creepy. I had that experience when I read the story of Theresa Carey, who could be my mirror image. You see, I’m not proud to admit it, but it’s a fact: Before I saw the light and became a lesbian porn star, I once went to church for 683 Sundays in a row, over a span of more than 13 years.

    At the time, I didn’t think it was a big deal. After all, in my home town, everybody was doing it. It’s only looking ...
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