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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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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valentine

Today is Valentine’s Day!  And a number of readers of my book Stormy’s World are asking themselves, has Stormy Daniels ruined this special day with lust rather than love? Mais non!  Not at all!  For Stormy, every day is Valentine’s Day!  She has never been a figurehead for emotionless coupling.  Those deep eyes breathe attachment,…

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sex booths at airport

Safety for Sex Workers Must Be Paramount Sex booths at an airport in Germany? CNN‘s Matthew Robinson writes, “Drive-in sex booths [have been] proposed for Berlin’s historic Tempelhof airport.” Any proposal to modify the conditions of work in prostitution must make the safety of the sex workers its number one concern.  The concept of creating…

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nude tape

A recent CNN piece by Lisa Respers France about Eric Dane is just a gloss on a Glamour magazine story about him as “Mark Sloan” in “Gray’s Anatomy” and “Cal Jacobs” in the new teen drama “Euphoria.” “McSteamy,” as he was known in “Grey’s Anatomy,” is into some pretty steamy stuff on “Euphoria” — full…

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bisexual unbrella

A recent Yahoo article, “Bella Thorne reveals she’s pansexual: What does it mean,” raises an interesting issue about sexuality. It has changed during the past few years into a palette of choices, and it seems additional possibilities are cropping up all the time. What parades around under the “bisexual umbrella” can be a bit confusing,…

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bdsm

An Exchange of Power Mallory Yu wrote an interesting column called “How To Talk About Sex (And Consent): 4 Lessons From The Kink Community” for Shots, Health News From NPR. But there is a basic problem with all the author’s talk about plenty of conversation — put everything up front, blah. blah. It is that…

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Sexual Performance Anxiety A recent The Guardian article, ” ‘I mentally rehearse what to do’: the truth about sexual performance anxiety,” raises two issues: shame and letting go. Shame is particularly evident in cultures that frown upon hedonic pleasure. Southern Baptism, where the adoration of the Lord is preferred to the adoration of the flesh,…

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