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Neurodiversity in Porn: A Panel By XBIZ

28 Sep , 2020  

During social distancing, renowned website XBIZ has been at the forefront of reporting on the adult entertainment industry and creating informative panels for audiences. In a time where all forms of entertainment are evolving, it’s important to shed light on developments and the emerging communities. When it comes to sex work, it’s imperative to showcase unique points of view, because we’re all sexual beings after all.

Recently, XBIZ launched a panel entitled “Neurodiversity in Porn,” which featured writer Amberly Rothfield as moderator, and entertainers Hektek Desires, Daisy Ducati, Cleo Clementine, and Febby Twigs. Each panelist discussed working in the field with variations of clinical depression, ADHD, PTSD, anxiety, and more. 

This wonderful panel aims to destigmatize “idiosyncracies to the mind and how we react to things.”

The full panel can be found here: https://www.xbiz.tv/v/3471690006/Neurodiversity-in-Porn-Panel-

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Donald Trump Will Be Banished From the ‘Club’ of Living Former Presidents

25 Sep , 2020  

Here is an article from the Daily Mail that reports that Donald Trump has been banished from the club of former living presidents due to numerous transgressions. When Trump leaves office, he will not be included with the likes of Barrack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter. 

Here is the article: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8315523/Donald-Trump-banished-club-living-former-Presidents-burning-bridges.html

The recently released book The Presidents Club goes in-depth in regards to the unofficial club. A fraternity of sorts, the Presidents Club is an elite club for a handful of men with a very rare shared experience. The club is there for support during shifting political climates, but Trump’s various misdeeds will end in a cold reception following the end of this term. 

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‘The Election That Could Break America’ By the Atlantic

24 Sep , 2020  

Here is a great, in-depth article from the Atlantic that discusses the different scenarios in regards to the election in November. It’s a sobering article that evaluates the psyche of Donald Trump, and the best to worst outcomes of the voting results. As of now, Trump and his team are doing everything in their power to tip the scales in their favor. From purposefully dismantling the post office, to attempting to align the fallback of COVID-19 to discourage voters, Donald Trump is eager to keep his position in the White House.

Writer Barton Gellman dissects the possibility that a peaceful transfer of power will not occur in the event that Trump loses. Due to his psychopathic and narcissistic tendencies (diagnosed or not) it’s inevitable that November 3rd and the time following are going to be monumental to the history of America.

 

You can read the article here: The Election That Could Break America

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Louisville grand jury indicts 1 of 3 officers in fatal Breonna Taylor police shooting

23 Sep , 2020  

CNN reports: “Brett Hankison, the former Louisville police officer who fatally shot Breonna Taylor, has been indicted by a grand jury on three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree.

Two other officers involved in the March shooting — Sgt. John Mattingly and Det. Myles Cosgrove — were not charged following months of demonstrations calling for the arrests of all the officers.”
 
Six months after her death, and after numerous protests, Breonna Taylor and her family haven’t seen justice.  The outcome was anticipated as a State of Emergency was declared in Louisville, and a curfiew put in place for 72 hours in the anticipation of new protests. 
 
 

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Article Tie-In: Pleasure, Mortality, Revolution, and the ‘Decameron’

21 Sep , 2020  

Happy Sunday Sinners! Last night’s throwback episode of the Dr. Susan Block Show was a great discussion about sex, Christianity, and mortality. I’ve specialized in writing about the three subjects in regards to film and pop culture in general, so I was very excited to listen to the show and ponder my own experiences as a former bible study leader, and member of the church.

One of my pieces (which happened to be one of my sample submissions for editor/writer at Bonoboville) explores pleasure, mortality, revolution, and the “Decameron.” The “Decameron” is a thirteenth-century Italian masterwork that captures resilience, the power of storytelling, the hypocrisy of Christianity, and sex during the Plague. Set during a tumultuous period in history, the “Decameron” celebrates life and pleasure in all its forms in a time where death and misery were abundant.

The piece focuses on the many film adaptations of the book, and how they tie into the different movements in history, particularly the change in western attitudes towards sex in the early seventies. From 1971 to approximately 1975, there are over 40 film adaptations, entitled Decamerotici (Some poster art is linked below). There are other modern reincarnations such as Virgin Territory and The Little Hours

Entering Virgin Territory Pleasure Mortality Revolution and the Decameron - Google Docs

Overall, if you enjoy film, history, sex, and religion, you might enjoy this piece. 

Before leaving, here is a fun list of euphemisms for sex and genitalia from the 13th century:

“The evil hole never takes a holiday.”

“The kind of horn men do their butting with.”

“One cock is good enough for ten hens”

“I’m going to work your garden for you better than it’s ever been worked before.”

“Round breasts, as firm and delicate as if they had been made of ivory.”

Full post here: ENTERING VIRGIN TERRITORY

The piece was originally posted in the Patreon section of a website that is no longer live. The link is a repost. 

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Forced Sterilizations Have Been Occurring at ICE Detention Center in Georgia

19 Sep , 2020  

Over the past couple of weeks, it has been reported that forced hysterectomies have been occurring at an Irwin County Detention Center, an ICE detention facility in Ocilla, Georgia. The facility is privately owned by LaSalle Corrections. The Department of Homeland Security is currently investigating the situation due to whistle-blower complaints. Nurse Dawn Wooten was brave enough to come forward and shed a light on the inhumane acts that are happening at Irwin County Detention Center, and possibly at other centers across the United States. 

There have been numerous reports of women who were sterilized against their will. Many, afraid to make themselves known admitted that they were taken to hospitals for treatment without being fully aware of what was going on. A major issue in not only reproductive rights, this story points to a much larger and sinister issue at hand: the human rights crisis and the treatment of immigrants. How much don’t we know about what’s going on?

Here are a number of articles that are covering the story of Irwin County Detention Center:

LINK TO ACTUAL WHISTLEBLOWER COMPLAINT

The New York Times

The Guardian

Vox

CNN

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Unbound makes pleasure fashionable

18 Sep , 2020  

Unbound founders Polly Rodriguez and Sarah Jayne Kinney have long and varied careers. Rodriguez worked for U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill on Capitol Hill before heading to Deloitte Consulting and dating startup Grouper. Kinney was a graduate of University of Cincinnati worked at Puma and then at Esquire and O, Oprah’s magazine. She worked shooting products for fashion houses in New York.

The duo met in 2014.

Now they make fashion-forward vibrators. Their latest, the Palma, is the most fashion-forward yet and it just launched at TechCrunch Disrupt.

Read more on TechCrunch

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Following Netflix’s Marketing Misfire, ‘Cuties’ Director Maïmouna Doucouré Defends Her Film

17 Sep , 2020  

Earlier this year, Maïmouna Doucouré’s film Cuties debuted at the Sundance film festival to overall critical acclaim. A coming-of-age tale that serves as a cautionary tale of the sexualization of young girls (Not unlike 2003’s Thirteen), most viewers understood Doucouré’s intentions. Following its debut and other international festivals, the film was acquired by Netflix for US distribution. However, months later, Netflix unveiled a poster that completely painted Cuties in a negative light. Not unlike the imagery displayed in shows such as Dance Moms or Toddler in Tiaras, there was an immediate backlash to the film, many viewers accusing Cuties of promoting pedophilia (without even seeing the movie first). 

Despite the fact that Netflix removed it’s original marketing materials, the damage has already been done. Doucouré has received death threats, as well as many supporters and film critics (myself included). Following the headlines and the massive debate surrounding Cuties, Maïmouna Doucouré stands behind her work. Based on real-life experiences from her own youth, Cuties isn’t an unusual film with unusual circumstances. Was there this level of outrage outside the United States? Not at all. Perhaps it’s because of America’s Puritanical outlook on sexuality that sparked this mess. 

In our media-driven society, children are being exposed to more at an earlier age. Cuties isn’t an endorsement of young sexuality but simply points out that it’s a very real issue that occurs all over the world. She was simply bold enough to go where so few directors go.

You can view the full article here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/cuties-director-maimouna-doucoure-why-i-made-the-film/2020/09/15/7e0ee406-f78b-11ea-a275-1a2c2d36e1f1_story.html

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MUST READ: Emily Ratajkoswki’s “BUYING MYSELF BACK”

15 Sep , 2020  

Over the past couple of years, Emily Ratajkowski has become a household name. Known primarily for her role in Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ video, Gone Girl, and laughably as Gibby’s cute girlfriend in iCarly, Ratajkowski has won the hearts of many. Having gained notoriety for her looks, Ratajkowski is the envy and desire of many.

Ratajkowski has always been vocal about social justice. Using her platform, the model-actress encourages her followers to vote, and speak out against sexual assault. In her in-depth essay for The Cut, Ratajkowski painfully details the fight for her own image. With many of her photos publicly available, Ratajkowski has seen “artists” profit off of her image, incorporating her photos in their “art.” Sadly, she often hasn’t seen the profits from these artists, nor has she gained justice for their misuse. 

In her article, she details her experiences with exploitation, sexual assault, and her ongoing battle with photographer Jonathan Leder. Emily Ratajkowski’s story is one that highlights how men declare ownership over women’s bodies, and how it can be hard to be taken seriously if you’re deemed as “too sexy.”

You can read the article here: https://www.thecut.com/article/emily-ratajkowski-owning-my-image-essay.html

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According to INSIDER: “Pope Francis Says The Pleasures of Food and Sex Are ‘Simply Divine'”

11 Sep , 2020  

There have been a lot of popes in Italy’s history, but Pope Francis may be one of the coolest. In a book of interviews with writer Carlo Petrini, he describes the pleasures of food and sex as “simply divine.” While most religious figures shy away from matters involving any form of pleasure, Pope Francis encourages it. That’s important because experiencing pleasure in all forms is a part of what makes life worth living for. The new book is entitled “Terra Futura.” It recently published on Wednesday of this week. 

To read more you can visit: https://www.insider.com/pope-francis-says-pleasures-food-and-sex-are-simply-divine-2020-9

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A New Program in Denver Sends Mental Health Professionals Instead of Police For 911 Calls

10 Sep , 2020  

With the escalation of police brutality at the forefront of the national consciousness, local governments are beginning to take notice and take action. Some cities have taken actual steps to defund police departments, other cities are diversifying their workforces, and others are taking steps to minimalize violence for non-threatening situations. Denver, Colorado has come up with a major system that may change 911 calls forever, especially when it comes to minor infractions and mental health calls. Instead of sending police, 911 dispatchers send an ambulance and medical professional. Over the course of the past three months, this new program has responded to more than 350 calls. Not surprisingly, none of the calls required armed backup. 

This story was originally shared in the Denver Post. You can read more about this new development here:

https://www.denverpost.com/2020/09/06/denver-star-program-mental-health-police/

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Cosmopolitan Reports on What Dating Looked Like During the 1918 Spanish Flu

5 Sep , 2020  

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, dating has become increasingly more difficult. Social distancing and the lack of physical touch can make any growing relationship struggle, and cause a fair share of difficulties for anyone looking to put themselves out there. However, this isn’t the first time that the United States has endured a pandemic. Back in 1918, the Spanish Flu ravaged the country, causing 676,000 fatalities in the states alone (the world total is reported to be an estimated 50 million). Without modern technology such as the internet, how did people in the Interwar period attempt to date? Cosmopolitan highlights the ways in which people connected during the Spanish Flu:

 

https://www.cosmopolitan.com/sex-love/a33901472/dating-during-spanish-flu-pandemic/

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Growth of Sex Tech Market Speeding Up and Will Surpass $123B By 2026

3 Sep , 2020  

The sex tech industry was already booming, but the Coronavirus has brought forth a surge due to social and physical distancing. According to Lovense’s CEO Dan Liu, the lockdown has caused the sexual wellness market to accelerate by 13.4%. By 2026, the industry is predicted to be worth $122.96 billion. With our rapidly changing society, the sex tech industry needs to keep up since individuals will be seeking more innovative ways to enjoy sex without the physical touch of another human being. The Future of Sex reported this on their website in-depth: https://futureofsex.net/virtual-sex-entertainment/growth-of-sex-tech-market-speeding-up-and-will-surpass-123b-by-2026-says-lovense-ceo/

Now would be the perfect time for VR research, as well as other innovations. We’re looking forward to the creations that will emerge in the next couple of years.