Sea of Noise

Sat, 19 Nov 2005

Rock On (and Get Your Rocks Off!)

Finally, a really good reason to buy an iPod!

"The iPod is this era's must-have accessory, while a vibrator is a timeless addition to every girl's gadget drawer.
"Entwine the two and you've got the ultimate cheeky Christmas stocking filler."

Get yours now! (And be sure to send us your product reviews...)

[via MOKB]

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Wed, 27 Jul 2005

The Sexual Revolution Will Be Open-Sourced!

Slashdong is the online laboratory of a professed "mad scientist and accidental teledildonics expert" out to save the world (or, at least, your orgasm) through technology:

Yeah, we all want to change the world. In this case, we can. All you need is a computer, a sex toy you don't mind fucking up, and a vast knowledge of electronics, programming, and electricity.

Damn skippy. I mean, who else are you gonna trust with such an important mission? Microsoft?

[via tiny nibbles]

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Wed, 01 Dec 2004

Inclusion Too Controversial For CBS and NBC

Watch this ad for the United Church of Christ and decide whether you're living in the same universe as executives at CBS and NBC!

"We find it disturbing that the networks in question seem to have no problem exploiting gay persons through mindless comedies or titillating dramas, but when it comes to a church's loving welcome of committed gay couples, that's where they draw the line," says the Rev. Robert Chase, director of the UCC's communication ministry.

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"The consolidation of TV network ownership into the hands of a few executives today puts freedom of speech and freedom of religious expression in jeopardy," says former FCC Commissioner Gloria Tristani, currently managing director of the UCC's Office of Communication. "By refusing to air the United Church of Christ's paid commercial, CBS and NBC are stifling religious expression. They are denying the communities they serve a suitable access to differing ideas and expressions."

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Mon, 27 Sep 2004

The Wonk of Wank: Joseph Kramer and Sexological Bodywork

Malcom Gay wrote in East Bay Extress this past April ("The Wonk of Wank: Joseph Kramer didn't just reinvent the career of Sexological Bodywork: He helped convince state regulators to sanction it.") about Joseph Kramer and Sexological Bodywork:

With its blend of Taoist erotic massage, masturbation coaching, pelvic release work, and counseling, Sexological Bodywork is meant to educate and help people with problems of sexuality and shame. It draws from the work of such sexological luminaries as Wilhelm Reich and Donald Mosher, and argues that psychology, with its strict emphasis on the mind, is often incapable of addressing certain memories and impressions that are held in the body. . . . With Sexological Bodywork's emphasis on touch and the transformative powers of sexual trance and pleasure, Kramer and his students believe their new profession can not only heal people of sexual shame and dysfunction, but also free them of their sexual limitations.

His Sexological Bodywork certificate program was approved by the California Department of Consumer Affairs and graduated its first class in 2003:

. . . state approval places Kramer and his students in an odd position. Previously, his practice -- like that of many Bay Area bodyworkers -- had existed in a sort of legal nether region. It wasn't exactly prostitution; then again, as a practice that involves the exchange of money for sexual gratification, it sort of was. Still, it functioned beneath the radar of bureaucratic oversight and regulation. Since his practice involves explicit genital manipulation, most massage certification agencies won't touch him. . . .

Gay participated in four hours of a class, but felt uncomfortable finishing it:

It wasn't until later that I began to realize what I'd found so troubling about the class: Yes, sex can be a casual means of personal gratification and transformation. But sex also can be paltry. Sex can be disgusting. It can be fun, violent, boring, predatory, convenient, acquisitive, intimate, dangerous, conciliatory, routine, and -- at times -- even loving. Sex, for all that it is packaged, manipulated, and commodified, remains one of the few inscrutable acts available to us. And try though we may to codify, delimit, and categorize sex and sexuality, these arbitrary constraints fall away when faced with the primordial act itself. In sex, we never know the outcome, and to be tossed into those dark waters as if I were taking a casual dip in the community pool was deeply troubling. And while the physical act of sex is nothing if not simple, it is this complex emotional dimension that keeps our interest. . . .

And that's when it dawned on me. Whether out of fear or circumstance, Kramer has effectively inverted the mental and physical dimensions of sex. Whereas many of us have sex lives that are physically simple but emotionally complex, Kramer has attempted to reverse that order. With all of his emphasis on specific strokes, breathing, and personal, nonpartner engagement, he has tried to transform sex into an act that is physically demanding, but interpersonally safe. . . .

Of course, Kramer is very clear that he offers one mode of sexual experience, and that it is not for everyone. "The whole culture has opted out of learning erotic trance for partner engagement," he said. "I'm not an expert in relationships, and I don't claim to be."

See also this profile from May 1999 in Salon.

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Fri, 20 Aug 2004

Penis Dimension

"Men of the world, rejoice! The average length of an erect penis is shorter than you probably think." [via shinuhana]

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Mon, 02 Aug 2004

Let the Games Begin!

"...a two-week-long private party for thousands of hard-bodies..."

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Sat, 24 Jul 2004

Better Living Through Porno

Kelly Petrash tells us what she learned as an Adult Industry Worker:

Now, I don't want anyone to think that I'm against the adult industry and its right to exist. That would be far from the truth. I believe there are many entertaining and truly sexy aspects of adult entertainment that can enhance relationships and sex between people. This industry will always shock, titillate, and satisfy as long as the demand exists. The point I want to make is my only real confession as an adult industry worker. What I learned is this: You cannot package, rent, or sell what people really want when they walk into an adult store.

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Tue, 29 Jun 2004

Prom Story

David Amsden, a Slate reporter in his mid-20s, has returned alive from escorting his 17-year-old friend to the prom and brings us this report on America's continuing obsession with youth and sex:

. . . tonight has provided me with a cursory sense of how strange it must be to be a parent of an adolescent, a species that seems like an adult one second, an amoeba the next. This is the paradox, I think, that's largely responsible for why we as a culture are so prone to fetishize them. Because the sad fact is this: You get older, you grow jaded, and it becomes difficult to be genuinely shocked by something that doesn't involve, say, global strife on a mind-bogglingly massive scale. You start to crave a petty thrill. You miss it. And so you want to be able to cringe at the notion that kids are out there getting laid in parking lots, while continuing to demand details, because that way you can revel in your own manufactured shock while tricking yourself into believing you once lived in more innocent times.

[via MetaFilter]

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Mon, 07 Jun 2004

Weston High School Destroys Dream Date

I don't remember my high school having a no porn star policy at the prom. Then again, I didn't go to the prom, so I might have missed it... [via sxxxy]

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Fri, 04 Jun 2004

Bad News For Britney, Good News For Avril?

CNN reports that the modest look is in. (Or back in. Or will be back soon.) [via Ms.]

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Thu, 03 Jun 2004

Blowjobs For Teens?

An unpublished British government study has found that encouraging schoolchildren to experiment with oral sex could prove the most effective way of curbing teenage pregnancy rates.

On the other hand, a recent article about US teens reports that, "Many of the teenagers I talked to told me that no one they know uses condoms during oral sex, only during intercourse."

Sounds like teens might need not just encouragement, but a little education, too.

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Breast Baring the Height of 17th-Century Fashion

The Discovery Channel reports on a study by Angela McShane Jones, showing that "Women of the 1600s, from queens to prostitutes, commonly exposed one or both breasts in public and in the popular media of the day..."

"The exposure of the breast was a display of the classical and youthful beauty of the woman--she was showing her 'apple like' unused Venus breasts," Jones said. "This was a display of her virtue, her beauty, and her youth. Upper class women maintained the quality of their breasts by not breast feeding their children and passing them on to wet nurses."

. . .

"I think that parts of the body are sexualized and desexualized for a whole range of reasons," she said. "The breasts have become a part of the body which is seen as entirely sexual, but that could change again."

[via boingboing]

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Wed, 02 Jun 2004

Girls Kissing Girls, Boys Kissing Boys

Now not one but two great community sites: I Kiss Girls and its sister (brother?) site I Kiss Boys. (Note to Dustin: Lose the dark background. Bonnie's site is so much more readable.)

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Hooking Up

Benoit Denizet-Lewis' New York Times article, "Friends, Friends With Benefits and the Benefits of the Local Mall", is an in-depth look at current teen dating and sexual practices.

For all the efforts to make teenagers aware of the dangers of hookups, many of the high-school students I spoke to shrugged off the idea that hooking up is ultimately a bad thing. As they see it, if they're not going to marry for another 10 years, why not focus on other things (friendships, schoolwork, sports) in high school? And if they're not hurting anyone and not getting anyone pregnant, where is the harm in a little casual fun? The truth is, teenagers may spend less of their time hooking up than adults think they do -- for many of them, friendships have become the most important part of their social lives. Kate, Caity and Adam (the group I first met at Hooters with Jesse) often spend weekend nights hanging out together and talking about sex in ways many adults would find difficult to do themselves.

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Mon, 31 May 2004

Work-Safe Porn

I thought the dressed nudes were wacky. Looks like the madness is more widespread than I imagined... [via boingboing] N.B.: Link likely to offend some viewers.

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Thu, 27 May 2004

Classic Nudes Dressed

Oh, the crazy things some people do with Photoshop! (Insert your own censorship joke here.) [via fleshbot]

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Mon, 12 Apr 2004

RipnRoll Condoms

Can't say that I've tried them, but RipnRoll Condoms look like a good deal. You have to admire the ad copy for their custom condom service, too: "Rock stars, monumental events, major corporations, Custom condoms delivers Branding where no one else can."

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Sun, 07 Dec 2003

Kama Sutra


Kama, Kama, Kama Sutra with me!

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Tue, 09 Sep 2003

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy

meta-creation_date: 09/09/2003

Old news, I know, but I came across Toby's Official Fab Five Fuckability Guide today. Cute, but I still say Ted doesn't get his due. Or maybe it's just that geeky glasses have always been my favorite fashion accessory...

While we're on the subject, if you're not addicted to this show yet, check out Straight Eye for the Queer Shows for all you need to know.

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