Media Hothouse of Sanctimony

Joe Berkowitz’s prissy “Four Minute Read,” a Fast Company article called “I can’t believe we need to say this, but it’s never okay to masturbate during a work meeting,” unloads on Jeff Toobin as a kind of media-celebrity sex offender.  Berkowitz reminds us of the “unspoken precedent of never whipping your dick out during office hours.”…

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Jeffrey Toobin and the Zoom Call

The story of the downfall of Jeffrey Toobin because he was caught maturbating during a video call interests me, because not for the reasons you might expect. What’s fascinating to me is the reaction of his colleagues to Toobin’s behavior during this infamous Zoom call, not Toobin’s own colossal lack of judgment. A Colossally Ordinary…

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salt

The photo of Rudy Giuliani with his hand in his pants is a Currier and Ives miniature of the whole Trump mob with their hand in our pants.  The irony is just stunning. Giuliani went to this hotel room anticipating an hour (more like five minutes) of bliss. Who Will Cleanse the Sins of the…

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red light district

De Wallen’s Problems It is unfortunate to see Amsterdam’s red light district, De Wallen, turn into a ghost town. COVID-19 is only part of the issue. The problem with De Wallen was that it made prostitution seem as if prostitution were degrading.  There were these provocative women, displayed in shop windows, one after another, as…

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Arrest of Adult film star Ron Jeremy

The only question about porn actor/filmmaker/comedian Ron Jeremy’s being charged with rape is: Why did it take so long? Only Some of the “Thousands of Women” Were Paid Professionals Jeremy boasted over the years of having had sex with “thousands” of women. He had most of this activity, of course, on camera, as the adult…

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#ladygraham

Who Is #LadyGraham? The sex lives of politicians are of infinite interest, mainly because we have an inborn fondness for scandal.   But let’s grant that U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) is gay.  Nothing new here.  The political spectrum is dotted with figures who are either out of the closet or presumed gay, to say…

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Donald Trump and Porn

Lynn Comella’s analysis in a recent Washington Post article is excellent.  Of the current porn scholars, Comella is arguably the most knowledgeable and articulate. Free Speech Coalition Protects Adult Entertainment Industry The adult entertainment industry can get along without government help. As Comelia says, “The adult community, led by the industry’s main trade association, the…

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masturbation

A recent sex advice column in Slate raises questions about a preoccupation with masturbation. Specifically, how much is too much during a pandemic? A woman seeking advice thinks her boyfriend’s masturbation is excessive, and she reports that his behaviour is driving her “insane.” Fair enough. Absurd Advice About Masturbation The advice seeker sounds reasonable to…

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Adult Entertainment in Japan

CNN Tells Only Part of the Story CNN’s, Will Ripley, recently reported about the fact that the sex industry has collapsed in Japan. He is partly correct, anyway. Sex work has changed everywhere. Japan is just one country of many where streetworkers have fallen on hard times. And despite the primly moralizing tone of this…

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webcamming

Respectfully Justin The story of Justin LaBoy’s “Respectfully Justin” shows what a toll the quarantine is taking on the male tolerance for boredom.  You have been able for years to watch young women webcamming as they dance, or take it all off, or whatever.  This is a normal part of the adult scene. But these…

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