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Post Paroline, Congress to Revamp Child Porn Restitution Law

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Post Paroline, Congress to Revamp Child Porn Restitution Law

WASHINGTON, D.C.—It been a bit more than two weeks since the U.S. Supreme Court remanded the case of child porn possessor Doyle Paroline to the district court in Texas where he was sued by "Amy Unknown," whose 12-year-old image appears in two of the 300 child porn photos Paroline had on his computer. The judge in that lawsuit awarded Amy the entire $3.4 million restitution she sued for—she'd already collected about $1.8 million from other perps—but the Supreme Court seemed to feel that that was too much to expect any one person to pay, even though the district court had said that Paroline was free to dun fellow kid porn aficionados for whatever part of the $3.4 million he himself couldn't cover. AVN wrote about the Supreme Court's decision here.

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But the controversy caught the attention of the U.S. Senate's biggest anti-porn crusader, Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and yesterday, Hatch introduced the "Amy and Vicky Child Pornography Victim Restitution Improvement Act of 2014," named for the two most famous child porn victims.

While the text of the bill is not yet available, according to a written statement released by Hatch, "Victims of child pornography suffer a unique kind of harm and deserve a unique restitution process, and the Amy and Vicky Act is that solution. I'm proud to have the support of Amy, Vicky, and so many individuals and organizations who seek to work with Sen. Schumer and me and other supporters of this bill to strengthen the voice of child pornography victims."

"The tragic effect of the Supreme Court’s decision in Paroline was this: The more widely viewed the pornographic image of a victim, and the more offenders there are, the more difficult it is for the victim to recover for her anguish and her damages," Schumer told the Washington Times, adding that there "should not be safety in numbers."

Indeed; the bill is cosponsored by an array of legislators, though the only other Democrat is Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey, plus Republican Sens. John Cornyn (TX), Lindsey Graham (SC), John McCain (AZ), Charles E. Grassley (IA) and Rob Portman (OH).

"It is the intent of Congress that victims of child pornography be fully compensated for all the harms resulting from each and every perpetrator who contributes to their anguish," one portion of the bill reads, later listing the losses attributable to the victimization as health care, therapy, physical and occupational rehabilitation, housing and child care expenses, lifetime lost income and attorneys’ fees.

The legislation is expected to pass both Houses quickly.

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May

Retailers, Remember Mama … and Mother’s Day

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Don’t forget about the second sexiest holiday

Retailers, Remember Mama ... and Mother's Day

Posted May 08th, 2014 11:40 AM

This article originally ran in the May 2014 issue of AVN magazine. To see the online issue, click here.

Is there an adult mom-and-pop boutique or retail chain in the United States that doesn’t celebrate Valentine’s Day? Even if it’s something as perfunctory as putting a bit of red and white bunting on shelves with an assortment of lingerie and love potions, most adult retailers will put some effort into seasonal retailing leading up to February 14.

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The reasons are clear: There is no holiday more closely associated with sex and romance. But these same merchants might forget about what is arguably the second sexiest holiday: Mother’s Day.

On its face, Mother’s Day might conjure up images of breakfasts served in bed by doting offspring and spouse. But many moms are looking for something a bit more romantic and daring, and it behooves retailers to come up with sexier alternatives to traditional Mother’s Day gifts.

Certainly there was no shortage of inspiration at the recent International Lingerie Show. As the pleasure product industry continues to become more oriented toward couples and women, the number of mom-friendly gifts continues to grow.

One ILS attendee who commented on this trend was Ruth Chatfield of MD Science Lab. As someone who has been in the adult business for almost 15 years, she’s seen a tremendous change in the consumers who visit adult shops. At one time, she estimated, adult stores drew a clientele that was 80 percent male, whereas now it’s 80 percent female. Because of that shift, she said, retailers are looking for more high-end products, which is why MD added its Je T’aime Arousal Gels, packaged in elegant white boxes with gold accents.

MD Science Labs is hardly alone in manufacturing softer, more romantic toys and other sensual products. And that’s why shopping for Mother’s Day gifts at an adult boutique for is a real option for those looking to please their partners in parenthood.
 
Here are a few methods retailers have employed to encourage Mother’s Day sales:

• Bring in a sexpert or sexologist to conduct workshops aimed at mothers or parents.

• If you can’t get an event organized, there’s the option of posting informational articles about motherhood and sexuality either on your website or in store displays. A good example is Jamye Waxman’s blog post on the Peekay site Blog.loverspackage.com titled “Make a Mom Really Happy.” In this post Waxman writes, “There are lots of sexy ways to celebrate the mother of your children, or, as a single mother, there are a myriad of ways you can celebrate yourself (it is Masturbation May after all).”

• Set up a “mothers only” shopping event with refreshments and product demos to encourage moms to pamper themselves.

• Dedicate a prominent section of the store to high-end products that appeal to women. Include couples-friendly vibrators like the We-Vibe 4 and the Fixsation, which can be worn during lovemaking. Include plenty of kits filled with arousal creams and body care products, and a good assortment of “pretty” toys from such manufacturers as Jimmyjane, Jopen, LELO, Fun Factory and Vibratex. And don’t forget the “mommy porn”—Fifty Shades of Grey and its BDSM accouterments.

• In addition to stocking those brick-and-mortar shelves, it’s also important to create similar spaces on your website, both by adding in “Mother’s Day gifts” as a product category and by using “Mother’s Day” as a keyword where appropriate. And place graphic elements on the home page to remind shoppers about the upcoming holiday.

For more on new items to stock for Mothers Day and beyond, click here for coverage of the International Lingerie Show.

For more on motherhood and sexuality, click here for a Q&A with Jaiya, an author, sex educator, and Expert Sexpert at ClubCalExotics.com.

Above, a festive floral display adores the Baci Lingerie booth at the spring 2014 ILS.

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Oh, Baby: Expert Sexpert Jaiya on Sex After Motherhood

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Expert Sexpert Jaiya on Sex After Motherhood

Posted May 08th, 2014 11:20 AM

This article originally ran in the May 2014 issue of AVN magazine. Click here to see the online digital edition.

Motherhood was on our minds as we planned the May issue of AVN magazine. To celebrate the month of Mother’s Day, we tossed around ideas about childbirth and sexuality. Then we remembered Jaiya, one of the “Expert Sexperts” at California Exotic Novelties. Jaiya is well versed in this topic, having produced a video titled “Sensual Massage for Pregnancy” and become a mother herself using techniques for what she calls an “orgasmic birth.” We sent Jaiya some questions to help illuminate the changes in a woman’s body and sexuality as she transitions into motherhood.

You’ve written about the changes in your own libido during each trimester of pregnancy. How much variance have you found in other women?

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Sexual desire during pregnancy can change like the wind. First-trimester women tend to see a dip in libido, especially if they have morning sickness or low energy. Second trimester, things will pick up. I have noticed that women who are pregnant with boys usually have a greater increase in libido; this may be due to extra testosterone running through their body. Third trimester there may be another dip as women adjust to their body getting bigger. While there may be desire, they may feel uncomfortable in their body. Regardless of whether you desire it or not, it is good to have the ability to stay connected with your partner. I see too many couples who shut sex off during pregnancy, which makes it much harder to recover after the baby is born—when there is a really big dip in libido due to hormones, exhaustion and what it takes to care for a new little one.

Back in 2009, you produced a video on “orgasmic birth.” Have you developed new methods to help women make giving birth more sensual?

These days I am really into genital mapping. The most important thing to do if you want to have an orgasmic birth is to get in touch with your own body. Most women have never felt their cervix, never mapped out their genitals and what feels really good to them. I recommend that before you give birth you learn tools that help you to get into your body and out of your head. I give women exercises to help them do three major things to prepare for childbirth: learn about their genital anatomy, get out of their head and into their body, and find great pleasure in their body. During labor and delivery these three things will help when combined with nipple, clitoral and even anal stimulation. I also work a lot with scar tissue—helping them to melt scars and adhesions that may prevent them from natural childbirth.

Given that new mothers may need time to heal after giving birth, can you suggest ways that they might use toys to satisfy a partner?

Usually doctors will give you a go-ahead about six weeks after you give birth; however, that does not mean that you will be ready for intercourse. While intercourse may be off the table, there are plenty of things that you can do to stay connected. My partner and I schedule one hour of “intimacy” time every week where we explore our connection. During this time, intercourse is not the goal. You can give him oral sex, he can give you a sensual massage, and you can use toys such as CalExotics’ Apollo Power Strokers to simulate intercourse. You could also explore something new such as prostate massage or using prostate toys like the Jopen Ego E4. The objective is to stay connected physically and emotionally after baby—this will build a solid foundation for your relationship, keeping it hot and juicy!

Even once they’ve healed physically, some women still experience a loss of interest in sexual activity for many months after childbirth. What are some techniques to rev up a new mother’s libido?

I always recommend that my clients have their hormones checked if they are having trouble with libido. Of course there will be a dip in libido due to breastfeeding. It is absolutely natural to lose desire, yet after a while many women need a little help getting back on track. I would even go as far to say that many times women are not depressed postpartum; they are actually experiencing a shift in hormones that are affecting mood, libido and energy levels. Have a doctor who understands female hormones test all of your sex hormones and cortisol levels to see if something is off. I did bio-identical hormones that were all natural. Now, I supplement with libido-boosting herbs and superfoods—like maca, for example, which is a hormonal adaptogen and helps with how testosterone works in the body.

I would also say that even when you don’t feel like connecting with your partner it is important to spend time touching, cuddling and kissing. This will help to get your libido going. You don’t have to go all the way into intercourse. This is something I see over and over again with couples I work with: They take all connection off the table, which only keeps a woman in a low libido state. Instead, do things that boost hormones—like touch, kind gestures, sleeping naked together, and other sexual activities that keep you in an orgasmic state versus chasing a climax or penetration. Reading erotica and having sex on your brain is also beneficial. Put down the mommy books and pick up some good erotic novels.

Pain during postpartum sex is not uncommon. But what are the signs that a new mother might need medical help?

If there are any signs of pain, infection, tearing or bleeding after your six-week checkup you will want to see your doctor.

I would also advise that if you are experiencing a pinching, pulling pain during sex that you see a specialist called a sexological bodyworker who does work with scar tissue. Many women have scar tissue and adhesions as a result of childbirth traumas (episiotomies, tears and c-section). I did a research project with sexological bodyworker Ellen Heed on the effects of scar tissue postpartum and ways to melt the scars and decrease pain. Even if you have a C-section you can still experience vaginal pain. We worked with one woman who had a C-section with twins, and she had had pain with penetration for three years. After three sessions of scar tissue massage she was pain free and remains pain free to this very day. We also surveyed over 1,000 women and found that many had gone to their doctors and been given numbing creams or told that there was nothing that could be done. I’m on a mission to let women know that they don’t have to deal with vaginal pain postpartum; there are solutions, which is why Ellen Heed and I created a program to help any mother. We discovered six solutions to help with “reclaiming sexual vitality postpartum”: Ending Painful Sex, Embracing Libido and Desire, Restoring Your Energy and Time, Getting Your Sexy Back, Reconnecting with Your Partner, and Having the Best Sex of Your Life.

Much of the literature about sex after childbirth focuses on obstacles: vaginal pain, sore breasts, stretch marks, exhaustion. Are there any silver linings in terms of heightened or deepened sensuality? 

Yes! I believe and have seen in my clinical research that any obstacle can turn into a pathway for optimal sexual health and pleasure. I went from a sex goddess to a freaked-out mom back to a sex goddess again. While I experienced all of the above, I am so grateful for all that these things taught me. If I had not had pain I would not have sought out solutions that led me to learn about scar tissue and how to help other women. I also saw in my research that some women become more orgasmic and are able to ejaculate much easier after having given birth. I have seen women’s G-spots and nipples awaken. I have seen them get more deeply in touch with their bodies and appreciative of all their bodies can do. As a culture we need more education about sexuality and motherhood. Becoming a mother is a huge rite of passage that can be a gateway into a deeper sexuality. If she is willing to learn and has access to information that can help her transform from maiden to sexy mom, anything is possible.

Jaiya is an award-winning sexologist, author of Blow Each Other Away and an Expert Sexpert for California Exotic Novelties. She is the founder of RSVP—Reclaiming Sexual Vitality Postpartum and the educational company New World Sex Education. For more of Jaiya’s writings, go to ClubCalExotics.com and MissJaiya.com.

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May

Spring Into the Season: Report From International Lingerie Show

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Report From International Lingerie Show

Posted May 08th, 2014 11:15 AM

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Apparel exhibitors at ILS

Pleasure product exhibitors at ILS

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ILS Fashion Show (gallery 1 and gallery 2)

It was the very tail end of March in Las Vegas, and spring clearly had sprung. It was time to throw off that winter coat. No, not that cashmere cloak or fleece jacket; rather, we’re talking about the coating of flesh that’s so easy to put on during the holidays—and so hard to take off in time for bathing suit season.

We were there to attend the spring International Lingerie Show—a great way to kick off the slimming season, because there’s no place like ILS to provide incentives for dropping those pounds fast.

The 2014 spring show, held March 31-April 2 at the convention hall at the Rio Hotel & Casino, was a case in point. Everywhere we turned there were tiny spandex club dresses, scanty bikinis, cinching corsets and clingy thigh-high stockings. And if one wondered what these styles should look like on, there were dozens of models ready to provide perfectly toned examples. It was at once inspiring and daunting.

The spring show always has its share of Halloween costumes. Highlights this time around were in the superhero vein: Black Widow, Captain America, Batgirl and Supergirl garb from Rubie’s. California Costumes offered new takes on the classics with Dreamy Genie, Glorious Goddess and Mystical Mummy outfits, while FunWorld got whimsical with its Brilliant Butterfly and J. Valentine went stately with its Asgardian Queen.

But costumes were dwarfed by other fashion trends. As the number of men’s underwear manufacturers continues to grow, so too did the ranks of models sporting washboard abs and sculpted biceps along with bits of cotton, bamboo, spandex and even lace. For women, brightly colored bandage dresses and other curve-hugging styles dominated, with skintight streetwear and clubwear from Espiral, Lapdance Lingerie, Magic Silk and many others.

Bucking these svelte styles were plus-size options from a growing number of manufacturers. For closet romantics there were pretty, lacy options from Seven ’til Midnight and Coquette, and much more. Lovers of the Mad Men look could enjoy classic undergarments from Rago Foundations, Dirty Dolls Lingerie, and Lulu & Kath. And in other retro news, the corset craze continued unabated.

Speaking of corsets, some great modern styles were displayed at the Baci Lingerie booth, which sported a very different look at this show. Located along the interior side wall of the main showroom, the all-new Baci booth trumpeted the official introduction of Baci’s Fetish Collection, in production now and shipping later this spring. The booth featured a “b good/b bad” theme, with one side in white and the other in black. Baci reps were quite excited about the Fetish Collection, which was showcased on the black “b bad” side of the booth; it’s a playful line designed to ease consumers into fetish wear. On the “b good” side were many previously unavailable styles in the White Label Seduction sub-collection, as well as Baci’s popular lashes and more.

Fans of hosiery found a lot to be enthused about as well. In addition to Baci’s After Dark—a dedicated line of fashion hosiery—there are 20 styles in Dreams Hosiery, with cunning details that complement new and existing Dreams costumes.

In addition to such major regular exhibitors as Shirley of Hollywood, Fantasy Lingerie, Allure Lingerie, Dreamgirl, Rene Rofé and dozens of others, there were brand-new exhibitors as well. The Root of All People’s booth featured the work of a New York-based designer with a love for flowing fabrics and sequins. The brand-new Bodyshotz, founded by lingerie industry insiders Steven Marsili and Spencer Kratochvil, focused on solid lycra beachwear, with thongs, underwear, leg garters, sling shots, and micro-shorts and skirts, in bright solids or foils (black, gold or silver). Especially eye-catching was a bathing suit with a frilly tie at the bustline and matching ties on both sides of the bikini bottoms, available in pink or black.

But ILS isn’t all lingerie, as evidenced by the many booths dedicated to shoes and other accessories. One of the newest footwear options was at the Xgen Products booth. The Lapdance Step Into Sexy line of sandals add 6 inches of glorious length to legs—just exactly what Lapdance Lingerie’s clubwear calls for. Two-inch platforms beneath the ball of the foot take some of the pain out of the tall stilettos. There are two basic sandal styles—one slip-on and one with an ankle strap—and each style can be purchased in clear, red, white and black, as well as with pink platforms and either black or clear straps. And for those who can handle more height, the Classic Clear Strap comes in a 7-inch model.

In addition to carrying lingerie from Lapdance, Baci and Seven ’til Midnight, Xgen also offers its customers many other options for body adornment. The Peekaboos line now includes an array of body crystals. Some of the designs are specifically intended for the eyes and nipples, but the rest can adorn just about any area where one might want to add a little sparkle. Concentric circles, stars, diamonds, hearts and clubs, curlicues, butterflies and wings are among the patterns to choose from.

Xgen continues to offer the Bodywand line of wand-style vibrators, which sales rep Nick notes is always a strong seller. New to Xgen are the Secrets vibrating panties, so discreet they won’t be detectable under even the scantiest Lapdance club dress.

Just as much a showcase for lingerie, ILS has become a platform for pleasure product manufacturers to reach their customers. Adult distributors take up large swaths of the exhibit space, and one of the most dramatic visual changes on the floor was the new booth for East Coast News/IVD. Going for its biggest footprint yet, the ECN booth saluted its storefront retailers with a faux brick-and-mortar exterior on its enclosed rectangular booth. Inside, the roomy space offered intimate meeting spaces with couches and tables, all surrounded by black shelving that showcased wares from some 20 manufacturers, including major companies such as California Exotic Novelties, Doc Johnson, Nasstoys, Topco and Pipedream Products. New to ECN were the fashionably designed vibrators of the Closet Collection, Bathmate penis pumps, Divine 9 personal lubricants, Cascade’s self-lubricating vibrators, and Lovehoney’s Fifty Shades of Grey and Bettie Page collections.

While at the ECN booth we ran into Robin Stewart of Jopen, who was pleased to talk about Jopen’s Lust collection. Pointing at the vivid lime green version of the L5 model, Stewart noted that the color had been selling briskly, despite industry skepticism about green pleasure products. “It’s doing great,” she said happily. The color is not the only thing notable about the flowerlike L5, which is topped by graceful twin petals; like its sister model, the L6, it’s a patented design. The force being this creativity, Stewart was quick to credit, is Jopen founder Susan Colvin. “She always does something related to fashion,” Stewart said, revealing that Colvin’s current fixation is on the fashion industry’s color of the year, Radiant Orchid, and that items inspired by the hue are in development.

There was also a display area for ECN’s Adult Drop Shipper, which provides drop shipping services for online retailers. In addition, ECN also runs AdultDropShop.com, which creates custom web store solutions to match any brand or look, and MyFreeSexStore.com, which is an affiliate-based white-label store solution.

The ECN booth was also a home base for IVD and Adventure Industries. The latter is the distributor for various lines, with the newest being Kangaroo, Miracle Leaf and OMG sexual enhancement supplements for men and women, and the WhipSmart range of light fetish gear, including the hot-selling Pleasure Swing.

One of the IVD reps noted with pleased surprise that sales of DVDs had been surprisingly brisk at the show—an indication that the decision to mix the various representatives of ECN and IVD in an integrated space was already bearing fruit.

Also at ECN was Dana DiValli, the North American rep for Ovo pleasure products, who told us proudly that she was now repping the German-designed products worldwide and handed us her “global account manager” business card. Standing in front of one of Ovo’s sleek white display units, she showed us the line’s top sellers: the L1 love balls, which come in two weights; the B1 and B3 cock rings; the T1 lay-on vibe; the K1 and K2 rabbit vibrators; and finally the W1 and W2 bullets—two small vibes that are not much bigger than a pinky finger but nonetheless create a powerful buzz. She also promised that there would be big things coming from Ovo soon, with rechargeable models now in production.

In its usual space in front of the main exhibit hall stage, the Eldorado Trading Company booth offered ample room for its sales people to meet clients as well as shelf space and meeting areas for manufacturers’ reps. We found Pipedream Products brand ambassador Cheryl Flangel in a section of the Eldorado booth devoted largely to her company’s wares. She showed off several items that are ready to ship just in time for wedding season. Part of Pipedream’s Bachelorette Party Favors collection, Get Hooked! lets players fish for “naughty peckers” in a girls’ nights drinking game. Just as fun are the Strap-On Pecker Ring Toss, the Spinning Party Light (warning others of “Bitches on the Loose”), and Glow Stick Pops (phallic lollipops on glow-in-the-dark sticks).

Even more hilarity will ensue at any party that features the Inflatable Lube Wrestling Ring. It’s 6 inches square and deep enough to hold the 64 fluid ounces of Fetish Fantasy Series Wresting Lube that comes with it. The setup will also encourage sensual forms of contact sports in the privacy of one’s own bedroom.

Flangel gave us the rundown on the company’s hot sellers, many of which are now shipping to customers who caught sneak previews at ANME. Pipedream’s many Fetish Fantasy collections have been gold mines for retailers, so it’s only fitting that the newest of these is the Fetish Fantasy Gold collection. Shiny metallic accents turn these cuffs, clamps, crops, masks, collars and strap-ons into fashion accessories, though they still retain that Fetish Fantasy kink.

Listening to Flangel run down the high points in the Pipedream universe it’s clear that Pipedream stands out for its creative use of alternative materials. We listen as Flangel enthusiastically regales a buyer with the virtues of temperature play that are possible with the Pure Aluminium and Ceramix collections. And one mustn’t forget glass, either—this year Pipedream has added 28 new items to the Icicles line.

Toys made of more traditional materials also have received upgrades. The Real Feel Deluxe dildos, made of an improved version of Pipedream’s Fanta-Flesh, are fully versatile—both harness compatible and also equipped with suction cups and vibration capability. And on the subject of harnesses, the Fetish Fantasy Series offers a dozen different styles, materials and capabilities—including a Perfect Fit model that can accommodate a 68-inch waist.

Finally, Pipedream hasn’t forgotten those consumers who don’t have a partner. The Fetish Fantasy Series Portable Sex Machine may be pricy at $300 wholesale, but it comes with a discreet carrying pouch that will allow the user to take it anywhere. Also for the soloist are the Pipedream Extreme Dollz. Flangel went over each of the three price points that buyers can choose from, with the top tier offering realistic pussy and ass strokers and superior detailing on the head and hair.

Various reps from California Exotic Novelties also were in evidence at the Eldorado booth, but none more noticeably than reality TV star Coco, who has a new branded toy line with the manufacturer. Called Coco Licious, the collection is carried by various distributors. The busty blonde, who is the star of the show Ice Loves Coco and is married to rapper Ice-T, came to the Eldorado booth on the second day of the show and drew a long line of fans that snaked out the booth and around the floor. Eldorado chief Larry Garland was thrilled with the response, noting that such a hubbub is rare on the ILS show floor.

Garland and his team are also excited about Svakom, an innovative line of high-tech vibrators that is carried exclusively by Eldorado. Svakom also had its own booth, and a rep from Eldorado was posted there to help field questions. She showed us vibrators with heating elements, cameras and other interactive features. Even the company’s giveaway pens were innovative in their own way: a paper scroll hidden inside of the pen could be pulled out to supply more information about Svakom.

Also making herself at home at the Eldorado booth was Mara Epstein, who talked about how important it is for her to work directly with retailers. “I focus on the retail outlets and the stores. I offer the stores lots of promotional materials that they need. Anyone can contact me,” she said. New from the brightly colored Maia line are the Silicone Bunny Vibe, a cute shocking pink vibrator shaped like a rabbit wearing a bow tie; the Maia Pleasure Kit, which comes with anal beads, tongued cock ring, a vibrator with two sleeves and Kegel balls; and the Twistty Silicone Vibe, which is a thick, round and ridged purple vibe.

We also ran into Alicia Relles, whose Je Joue product line is carried by Eldorado and Entrenue. She was showing buyers her Ami Kegel system, as well as Mimi, Fifi and Uma. The newest member of the Je Joue family is the G-Kii, the second incarnation of the company’s adjustable G-spot stimulator, which can be bent and customized to accommodate individual fit. The G-Kii is even more flexible than the original G-Ki, increasing the likelihood that this highly customizable vibe—which can be bent into a tight U-shape—can hit just about any G-spot, no matter how elusive.

SpareParts HardWear founder Tres—who also spent time at both the Eldorado and Entrenue booth—featured the company’s La Palma hand-held harness prominently, but the newer item from SpareParts was the Bella harness. The company brought BBW fetish model and adult performer Kelly Shibari to the Entrenue booth to model the plus-size harness.

Always of note at the Entrenue booth are its packed bookshelves, with new titles marked by stickers. Among the newer items were various how-to books—Your Pleasure Map, Find Your Inner Sex Goddess, and Naughty Nooners & Wild Nights—as well as such light-hearted fare as Sex Position Coloring Book, Color My Boobs and Bicurious George.

The Entrenue space was chockablock with collections new to this boutique distributor. The Savvy line of massagers, kits and intimate accessories from XR Brands—created in collaboration with AASECT-certified sexuality educator and author Dr. Yvonne K. Fulbright—was placed alongside a range of products created by Adrien Lastic, a Spanish company. Particularly eye-catching from Lastic was the 2—a remote-controlled, double-headed couples toy with motors mounted in two bullet-shaped tips. For more on the former, go to DrFulbright.com; for more about the latter, go to AdrienLastic.com. And the distributor had picked up body care products from Sweet Spot, an exhibitor we remembered from the AVN Novelty Expo in January.

New from the creators of the G-vibe were the G-vibe Geisha Balls—another take on the ubiquitous Kegel exercisers that buyers could choose to stock along with the Pelvix Concept Kegel ball kit. Nexus offered its take on the rabbit vibe with Nexus Femme Bisous, a dramatically curved vibe with a clitoral stimulator. And Mystim had some interesting interpretations of rabbit and G-spot vibrators. With mellifluous and alliterative names—Elegant Eric, Sassy Simon and Terrific Truman—they were similar in appearance to LELO’s two-tone vibes with colorful silicone and white ABS base. But it was the Mystim E-Stim Vibes that truly provided something different. Named Electric Eric, Sizzling Simon and Tickling Truman, they combine vibration and electrical stimulation in one device. The vibes have motors that offer eight vibration patterns and five types of electrical stimulation and operate on a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. (The vibes are also available from Eldorado.)

But perhaps most intriguing was the Aqueous Vibe from Drop of Sweden. On the bottom is a removable nozzle that attaches to a shower hose, which then causes a stream of water to emerge from the clitoral stimulator on the vibrator. Alternately, the vibe comes equipped with a second base that allows it to be used as a standard rabbit vibe with six modes of vibration.

Other distributors proudly displayed new wares available to their clients. Honey’s Place also carried those intriguing Mystim vibrators, and one rep was bouncing up and down on the Pink Diamond 69, a dildo-equipped exercise ball that attendees at the AVN Novelty Expo may remember seeing at the January show.

Over in one corner of the Williams Trading Company booth we found one-half of the team behind the Pocket Dungeon. Introducing himself as Michael Angel, he told us that his wife, Ming—with whom he serves in a “24/7 master-slave relationship”—created the kit herself and worked on it four years so she could have something to carry with her when she traveled that was portable and conformed to TSA restrictions. The leather is made in India, and the two partners assemble the kits themselves in their home on Maui. The Pocket Dungeon comes in two sizes at distinctly different price points: $97.50 wholesale for the full kit and $25 wholesale for a basic kit. The couple has posted demo videos at PocketDungeon.com.

Manufacturer representatives were also hanging out at the Nalpac booth, where we found Pia Scott, customer relations manager and product educator for Blush Novelties, which was prominently displayed in the booth. Also enjoying generous shelf space were several lines new to Nalpac, including Nobu, Nu Sensuelle, and Wicked Sensual Care lubricants, which sales rep Alfredo said was selling briskly after its win at the 2014 AVN Awards for Best Lubricant Manufacturer. He also pointed out a new Dona by Jo display case, which sent us running off to talk to the folks at System Jo.

Marketing maven Janette Bewley talked about System JO’s revamped Dona by JO body care line, which has been winnowed down to make things easier for retailers. The line features new scents and new packaging but it retains the elegant boutique vibe of the original. Bewley was also enthused about System JO’s organic lubricants, which are brand new and just starting to build consumer interest. But what really built interest here at ILS was the bright red Vespa sitting in the entryway to the booth. Two of the sporty scooters were being given away in a drawing open to all who wrote orders with the lubricant manufacturer at the show.

hat else caught our eye at ILS? Plenty. We stopped by Vamp Silicone to say hi to an exhibitor we remembered from past AVN Novelty Expos. Turns out Vamp is now owned by Camila Klinger, who bought the company six months ago. Klinger was delighted to show off Vamp’s multicolored all-silicone models, in which the colors run together in hues, swirls, marbling and splashes that are unique to each dildo. The company also offers a service called VampMe! that allows individual companies to choose color combinations and patterns for a special-edition model specific to their stores. (For details, see VampSilicone.com.)

Another familiar name jumped out at us: a company from the Euro zone that was marking its return to the North American market at this show. Manning the JoyDivision booth, with its array of vibrators and lubricants, were both founder Oliver Redschlag and his U.S. marketing manager, Immanuel Otterski.

German company Fun Factory, on the other hand, has an established team here in the U.S. and they’ve been busy the past couple months taking advantage of the manufacturer’s colorful range of products by creating rainbow-themed displays for Pride month. These new displays were on view at ILS, along with new retailing for butt plugs and Smartballs that show shoppers how to use the products via anatomically accurate displays.

We also took note of a creative trade-show solution at the Evolved Novelties booth. The manufacturer had new pop-up screens that show the full product assortment and merchandising for the company’s various lines: Evolved Novelties, Zero Tolerance Toys, Adam & Eve and Shots. There were many products on display in three dimensions, but the backdrops give buyers a more complete picture of the many products Evolved has to offer.

Finally, just a few of the many don’t-miss items:

• At the Sliquid booth, Michelle Marcus pointed out a new addition to the Ride BodyWorx line. Called Rise, it is the Sliquid female arousal gel repackaged for men. Marcus said that when it is applied to the underside of the penis head, “He gets to experience that same sensation.” The packaging has a black, matte finish with dragon imagery and a metallic accent.

• Crave, creators of high-tech USB-chargeable vibrators, has gone in a different direction with two new glass dildos. The Forte is shaped like a streamlined curlicue; the Curve is, well, curved.

• Liberator had the Talea, which, unlike metal spreader bars from BDSM play, is a padded rod that offers comfort along with control.

• The Iroha Mini is a smaller, less expensive version of Tenga’s Iroha vibrators for women; it has a $25 MSRP, needs only one battery, and it comes in three color combinations. Also new from Iroha but shown only in prototype were two vibrators with the same lusciously squeezable texture as the original Irohas: the Mikazuki, a crescent-shaped pale yellow vibe, and the Minamo, which is wavy comes in a pale sea green.

• Vibratex brought out its own line of super-cute, super-femme vibrators dubbed “The Girls.” These highly desirable portable pleasure toys can be obtained from Vibratex, and are also being carried by Entrenue.

• Also at the Vibratex booth was one of the most innovative items at the show: the Bubble Love “pleasure jet.” Company rep Kim Airs was on the scene with the clean, white, handheld device, which she had submerged in a tank of water to show how it produces a stream of powerful bubbles that turn bath time into playtime. Bubble Love hosted a festive debut soiree in one of the Masquerade Tower suits, complete with food, party favors and, of course, bubbly. Bubble Love models were available for any party-goer willing to use them in the suite’s gigantic bathtub, but when we left there still hadn’t been anyone intrepid enough to take advantage of the generous offer. But rest assured that trying out this innovative toy ranks high on our to-do list.

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XXX Porn Star Radio Launches Its First Show in Spanish

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Posted May 07th, 2014 06:19 PM

XXX Porn Star Radio on the All Pleasure Network announces its first Spanish-speaking show. The show, hosted by the hot, sexy Tara Holiday, will debut Friday, May 9, from 7-9 p.m. EST and will air every Friday night.

Tara, an award-winning veteran of the adult film industry, will bring her special brand of Latin spice to her 2-hour show.

“I am so excited to be doing my own show and bringing it to the Latin community. There is nothing sexier than provocative talk in my native language,” said Tara.

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“The network is very happy to have Tara bring the spicy Latin twist to its air waves," remarked station owner and adult performer Alesia Pleasure.

Fans can call in to Tara's show each Friday night by dialing 484-352-2598. Adult entertainment aficionados can also listen to the station 24/7 to hear stars like Kaylynn, Ed Powers, Alesia Pleasure, Karen Summer, Nadia Night, Harley Fire, Jack Cannon, Rita Daniels, Sally De Angelo, Kelly Payne and Evan Stone by clicking here.

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May

Porn a Hot Topic in Today’s House Oversight Committee Hearing

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LOS ANGELES—Porn was certainly on the mind today of California Republican Darrell Issa, the divisive chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, who at one point during today's hearing demanded to know of witnesses from the Environmental Protection Agency why one of their porn-loving colleagues still has a job.

“This individual spent four consecutive hours on a site called ‘sadism is beautiful,’” Issa exclaimed, claiming, “You are running an organization from which no one can get fired.”

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Today's hearing, titled Is EPA Leadership Obstructing It’s Own Inspector General?, was called to address an apparent "turf war" within the EPA between the agency's inspector general's office and a little-known entity called the Office of Homeland Security that was formed in 2003 "by then Administrator Christine Todd Whitman to coordinate EPA activities such as hazardous materials cleanup and water contamination that can stem from terrorist attacks," the AP reported today.

Over the past few years, the committee was told today, friction between the two offices has grown steadily, building to what one of the witnesses said was a current impasse. "In 2012," added the AP, "the office signed an agreement with the FBI to be the point of contact for all investigations with a national security connection. But Patrick Sullivan, an assistant EPA inspector general for investigations, told lawmakers that national security was an excuse to keep his office in the dark on misconduct allegations."

Another official from the EPA, Allan Williams, a deputy assistant inspector general for investigations, appeared today "to inform the committee about findings from several time-and-attendance investigations." One of the investigations he mentioned involved the above-mentioned employee.

"The OIG has several ongoing investigations involving EPA employees and serious misconduct that is allegedly occurring," Williams told the committee, reading from his prepared statement. "One such investigation involves a career EPA employee who allegedly stored pornographic materials on an EPA network server shared by colleagues. When an OIG special agent arrived at this employee’s workspace to conduct an interview, the special agent witnessed the employee actively viewing pornography on his government-issued computer. Subsequently, the employee confessed to spending, on average, between two and six hours per day viewing pornography while at work.

"The OIG’s investigation determined that the employee downloaded and viewed more than 7,000 pornographic files during duty hours," he added. "This investigation has been referred to and accepted by the DOJ for prosecution."

The facts of the porn investigation obviously irked Issa, who pressed the four witnesses, all of whom work for the EPA, to address the elephant in the room.

“How much pornography would it take for an EPA employee to lose his job," asked the chairman, adding, “Somebody viewing pornographic sites should be terminated and not be given bonuses."

Regarding the larger issue before the committee—the inter-agency turf war—one of the witnesses, Bob Perciasepe, deputy administrator of the EPA, promised reform, and "told the House Oversight and Government Reform committee that he will instruct EPA's little-known Office of Homeland Security to seek permission to share information with the inspector general's office," the AP reported.

However, one fact reported by Bloomberg adds an element of mystery to today's proceedings, as well as a bit of creepiness on the part of the Issa. As reported by the business news network, "Panel chairman Darrell Issa of California said he would provide Perciasepe with a list of some of the pornographic websites that the employee visited. He said the list wouldn’t be made public."

But why would Issa have access to those sites and not also Perciasepe, who, as a top official with the agency, would presumably have access to the agency's investigation mentioned by Williams during his testimony.

And really, what difference does it make what porn sites the employee was visiting, as long as they were legal? By saying he would give the names of the sites to Perciasepe, Issa was presumably saying that the official should forward that information to the DOJ, but for what purpose is unclear.

The other thing we don't quite get is Issa's reference to a site presumably called "sadism is beautiful." We could find it, and while GoDaddy says sadismisbeautiful.com has been registered by someone, the domain itself is parked. We tried other top-level domains but came up empty handed. Maybe it was Sadism is Awesome or something like that, but only Issa knows for sure. He really should gets his porn domains straight before sending them off to the DOJ, though.

Image: Darrell Issa (R-Calif.)

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May

LELO Launches Global UnDesign Award To Free You From Design Slavery

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Posted May 07th, 2014 11:45 AM

STOCKHOLM, Sweden—LELO today launched a controversial global design contest that challenges designers to tear off the shackles of convention and rethink the meaning of  “good design” in the context of encouraging genuine connections between people.

The award-winning luxury sex toy brand argues that the UnDesign Award will force designers to go back to their roots and undesign those aspects of life that are driving wedges between people on a daily basis.

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In essence, it is a creative challenge to deconstruct design to reconstruct connections. The issue could not be more pressing since, in the U.S. alone:

  • · People spend an average of 11.5 hours per day in front of a screen
  • · 79 percent of smartphone users have their phone on or near them for all but two hours of their waking day
  • · 38 percent of people under 35 admitted to checking their phone immediately after sex

LELO’s UnDesign Award is not only radical for seeking to replace virtual connections with the real thing; it’s also the first-ever global design award that will decide the winner via public vote. It represents a democratic approach to design that’s perfectly in keeping with the competition’s values: opening the awards up to the public itself encourages connections between designers, their designs, and their consumers.

Expert judges will contribute their own advice and opinions to stimulate debate.

“I’m proud LELO is making such a challenging intervention in the field of design,” said

LELO CEO Miroslav Slavic. “Somewhere between form and function, style and substance, modern design has lost something critical. That thing is humanity, a fundamental need for intimacy. We’ve become slaves to impersonal design principles, and the sooner design moves to solve that the better.”

Marking LELO’s second annual design awards—last year’s competition generated just fewer than 500 entries—this year is set to be even more successful, with a $1,000 prize offered to winners of each of the three design categories: Fashion & Accessories; Products, Technology & Spaces; and Graphic & Illustration. The best designs will also be showcased on the LELO website for an entire year.

Entry to the LELO UnDesign Award is open until Aug. 1, and everyone is free to sign up as a judge via LELO.com/award.

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May

Nick Manning Announces First Live Show On His Official Site

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Nick Manning Announces First Live Show On His Official Site

Posted May 07th, 2014 11:27 AM

It's been a busy year for Nick Manning. Besides having been recently inducted into the AVN Hall of Fame, he also launched his official website where his fans get an up-close-and-personal access to the star.

Besides watching his XXX videos and getting exclusive access to his biopic, Dropping’ Loads–The Legend of Nick Manning, Manning is also offering his fans two free live shows a month with various hot chicks. And unlike other live webcam shows, Nick Manning’s shows will be 100% free, no tipping required. Nick Manning told us that he wants to offer his fans a hands on approach when it comes to directing him in action. He’ll even be letting the members of his site have a say in who he will be doing the live shows with.

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Nick Manning is more than just a porn star; he’s a true legend. He has appeared in over 2,000 scenes in the last 14 years and has always said that he wants nothing less than to be the best adult film star of all time.

Nick's first show is scheduled for Wednesday, May 12, at 7 p.m. PST and it will be with porn star Amanda Blow. Amanda began her career in porn in 2010 and in that time has starred in over 240 films including the award-winning movie Not South Park XXX.

To see the flyer for the live show, click here.

To see the trailer for Nick Manning's official site, click here.

To view the trailer for the Nick Manning biopic, click here.

Fans can follow Nick Manning on Twitter or visit him on the web at his official website.

Fans can also can follow Amanda Blow on Twitter.

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May

TLA RAW Launches Tournament To Find Porn’s Greatest Star

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Posted May 07th, 2014 11:03 AM

PHILADELPHIA, PA—TLA RAW presents the very first bracket-style tournament to determine porn’s greatest female stars, past and present, in the inaugural Battle Of The Superstars. The distinguished panel of porn-geeks at TLA RAW has narrowed down the list of adult industry heavyweights to 32 of the hottest adult film performers. Contenders in each round will be selected by fans until there is only one winner: The Greatest Superstar of Porn. For more information on the Battle of the Superstars, please click here.

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"We find ourselves steeped in conflict all the time, both verbal and physical, about who is porn’s greatest star," said TLARAW.com Content Marketing Manager Cody Short. “Rather than resort to childish name calling and fist-fighting, as we’ve done so often in the past, we thought we’d present a more fair and effective way of deciding who’s really the best. We chose 32 of the hottest performers past and present (and probably forgot some big names, so please forgive us) and lined them up next to each other in a no-holds barred grudge match. It will be brutal but fair."

Founded in 1981, TLA Entertainment Group started out operating repertory art cinemas and in the mid-‘80s opened a chain of award-winning video rental stores. Since 1995, TLA has operated online selling DVDs with a focus on gay and lesbian cinema. Through its TLA Releasing label, TLA maintains a library hundreds of LGBT, international and cult titles. In January, 2014, TLA was acquired by New York investment firm Sterling Genesis International, enhancing its potential for expansion in the global marketplace.

Fans who vote in the Battle of the Superstars will be given a unique one-time sale code that can be used to save up to 25% off their order at TLARAW.com up to one week after the code is issued.

The Battle of the Superstars can be found here.

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May

ChaosMen.com Re-launches w/ Overhaul Courtesy of Red Apple Media

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ChaosMen.com Re-launches w/ Overhaul Courtesy of Red Apple Media

Posted May 07th, 2014 07:32 AM

SAN DIEGO—Managed hosting and media streaming solutions provider Red Apple Media is revealing the latest phase of a technology overhaul of ChaosMen.com. Part of a long-term strategy, Red Apple Media has completed a full revamp of the gay adult membership site to give users a personalized experience with responsive design, adaptive bit rate streaming capabilities and options to rate and queue videos for future viewing.

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The new ChaosMen.com streams its popular hard-body videos via adaptive bit rate, eliminating buffering and delays and giving members instant access to the content they crave. Using responsive design, the layout automatically adapts to fit every mobile and personal device and allows members to quickly and easily find and view the content they want, save favorites, queue videos for later viewing, and many other new features inspired by mainstream video viewing sites famous for their superior user experience.

“We’ve been in business for more than 15 years and our old site was a bit outdated, so it was time to take advantage of the incredible new technologies available in order to keep ChaosMen.com one of the greatest and preeminent gay content sites on the Internet,” said ChaosMen.com owner Bryan Ockert. “I’ve personally worked with the Red Apple Media team for years and we have grown alongside each other, so it was only natural to enlist their expertise to revamp my online business using new media delivery options and design technologies that the Red Apple Media team specializes in.”

Red Apple Media also has integrated a sophisticated pay-per-download (PPD) system into BuyChaosMen.com to allow fast HD downloads to members and non-members alike, an advancement that will soon be supplemented by the addition of a comprehensive retail component. Soon the ChaosMen.com store will include more than 15,000 adult toys and novelties to complement its premium DVDs, books and gifts with hourly inventory updates.

“We work with a wide variety of online businesses from all corners of the Internet, but we also have a special understanding of the unique e-commerce, managed hosting and video streaming needs of adult content providers,” said Red Apple Media CEO and co-founder Steven Daris. “We started working with Bryan Ockert back when his website was a simple photo-only blog and helped the company evolve as video content quickly took over the Internet. Now after more than 15 years together, we have a strong and supportive relationship and are excited and proud to debut the complete overhaul of this respected brand.”

To reduce piracy and manage video streaming for an optimal user experience, ChaosMen.com implemented Red Apple Media’s exclusive Media Commander control panel, which allows the team to publish true streaming video and monitor bandwidth and downloads in real time. This, matched with a custom managed hosting program and the new Pirate ID digital fingerprinting software, has positioned ChaosMen.com to maintain peak performance as its unique content library and membership base expand.

With the tech side being handled by Red Apple Media, the ChaosMen team will be able to focus on the creative side of the ChaosMen.com experience and allow site owner Ockert to develop more high-end content within its niche.

“We are dedicated to creating and fulfilling a memorable user experience and have depended on Red Apple Media to store our valuable files and keep our sites functioning at top performance,” Ockert said. “Together we have embarked on a major overhaul to update the look, functionality and overall technology of our sites, and we couldn’t think of a more qualified provider to manage and support this huge project than Red Apple Media.”

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May

Jon Hamm Revisits His “Soul-Crushing’ Porn Past with ‘Vanity Fair’

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LOS ANGELES—You wouldn't think that a Vanity Fair cover story on Jon Hamm, who is referred to in a cover blurb as "Hollywood's Handsomest Leading Man," would need to add a little porn into the mix to spice things up, but then again, it couldn't hurt. Now, of course, all of the other media promoting the issue are also going with porn in their headlines. Birds of a feather, as they say.

What is kind of funny is that the porn story in the piece is one Hamm has told several times before in interviews conducted over the years, implying he's kind of fond of it. The way Vanity Fair presents it, in their own promo for the May 8 issue, is, "In an extensive interview, Hamm talks to [contributing editor Jim] Windolf about that recently resurfaced episode of The Big Date from 1996, revealing that the show came at a low point: 'I was actually at that time working as a set dresser for Cinemax soft-core-porn movies,' he says. 'It was soul-crushing.'"

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But 'soul-crushing' seems to be only his latest way of expressing how depressing it was to work on a soft-porn set. Down through the years, Hamm has found different ways of articulating his distaste for the work.

HuffPo did the heavy lifting finding the previous mentions, including two in 2009—one for Elle, and the other for Letterman on The Late Show—another in 2010, for The Guardian, then again in 2012 during a "Hamm-porn-tour of sorts," and three more times that year, in March, April and June, for Anderson Cooper, Playboy and The Hollywood Reporter, respectively.

The good news is that the story has remained pretty consistent over the years, even if there isn't much to it, and there is a lot more being discussed in the Vanity Fair interview than how depressed Hamm was working on the "Skinemax" set. Like the time he played Trivial Pursuit with Paul Rudd during his high school years.

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May

Much-Censored Comic Editor Al Feldstein Left a Great Legacy

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Much-Censored Comic Editor Al Feldstein Left a Great Legacy

PARADISE VALLEY, MTThe New York Times printed a long obituary for Al Feldstein last week, but it barely scratched the surface of this anti-censorship crusader's life. While the obit focused mainly on Feldstein's work building MAD magazine from a 24-page comic book to the 96-page (and often larger) humor magazine read around the world, it gave short shrift to Feldstein's earlier work—specifically, his editorship of most titles in the Entertaining (EC) Comics line—a line which was driven to extinction, save for MAD, as a result of congressional hearings in the mid-1950s largely instigated by the publication, in 1954, of Frederic Wertham's pro-censorship tome, Seduction of the Innocent.

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"The most subtle and pervasive effect of crime comics on children can be summarized in a single phrase: 'moral disarmament,'" reads one section of Wertham's book. "I have studied this in children who do not commit overt acts of delinquency, who do not show any of the more conspicuous symptoms of emotional disorder and who may not have difficulty in school. The more subtle this influence is, the more detrimental it may be. It is an influence on character, on attitude, on the higher functions of social responsibility, on suger-ego formation and on the intuitive feeling for right and wrong. To put it more concretely, it consists chiefly in a blunting of the finer feelings of conscience, of mercy, of sympathy for other people's suffering and of respect for women as women and not merely as sex objects to be bandied around or as luxury prizes to be fought over."

See? Comic books of the early '50s were that era's boogeyman, much as adult movies are the conservatives' touchstone for everything that's "morally wrong" with society today!

But the truth is, EC Comics were wildly popular, whether it be their science-fiction titles (Weird Science, from which the 1985 John Hughes movie took its title; Weird Fantasy and both books' successor, Weird Science-Fantasy, not to mention Incredible Science-Fiction), war comics (Frontline Combat, Two-Fisted Tales), crime stories (Crime Suspenstories, Shock Suspenstories) or the horror titles (Tales from the Crypt, The Vault of Horror and The Haunt of Fear).

And Feldstein, along with publisher William Gaines, managed to attract some of the top pulp writing talent in the industry, and even outside the industry, at the time, including such well-known names as Ray Bradbury, Jack Oleck, Otto Binder and even Harlan Ellison.

But perhaps even more importantly, Feldstein hired some of the best comic strip and comic book artists in the business, including Al Williamson (Flash Gordon newspaper strips), Wally Wood (a favorite cover artist for science-fiction pulps), Johnny Craig (who also wrote many of his own stories) Frank Frazetta (Tarzan, Buck Rogers newspaper strips), Jack Davis (a MAD favorite), Bill Elder (likewise), Bernie Krigstein, and at least a dozen more whose names would be instantly familiar to any classic comic book fan.

Of course, one of the reasons those artists are still highly respected is that they produced some of the sexiest artwork available in the pre-code era, like the Wood illustration, from the story "...For Posterity" from Weird Science-Fantasy 24, shown above. Obviously, since their drawings were for comic books that were read by children (and also a lot of adults), the artists couldn't be too graphic in their depictions, but prominent bosoms, meaty bootys, micro- and slit skirts were common fare in all of the EC books.

Of course, it was partly that free sexual expression and partly the frequent use of taboo societal themes like racism, antisemitism and police corruption—not to mention the severed heads and/or hatchet blades dripping blood that appeared on the covers of some of the horror titles—that brought the wrath of Congress down on the comic book industry and led to the creation of the Comics Code Authority, which had to approve the content of every comic book published between the mid-'50s and 2001, when Marvel Comics formally dropped its support of the institution.

So it's fine to remember Al Feldstein as the man who almost single-handedly grew MAD from less than half a million readers in the '50s to over 2 million in the '70s, but it would be a shame to forget the major strides against society's suppression of all forms of sexuality that Feldstein made through his EC Comics work.

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May

Man Who Sued Apple for Not Blocking Porn in the News Again

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Man Who Sued Apple for Not Blocking Porn in the News Again

LOS ANGELES—Mark "Chris" Sevier is at it again. Last time we visited him, in mid-2013, the non-practicing lawyer with a Model Mayhem page was suing Apple for not blocking porn on his iPhone, thus enabling his addiction. That lark got him some headlines but of course went nowhere legally.

Then, in December, now claiming to be both a rocker and a member of hirsute Phil Robertson's church, he sued A&E for being mean to the controversial star of Duck Dynasty. That lawsuit also got him some pubs but that's about it.

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This time, his stunt hit the skids ever faster. Trying to mine publicity by latching onto a lawsuit challenging Florida's anti-gay marriage stance, Sevier, according to Broward/Palm Beach New Times, "filed a motion to intervene ... on behalf of "other minority sexual orientation groups."

Sevier then goes on to argue in his 24-page motion that if same-sex couples "have the right to marry their object of sexual desire, even if they lack corresponding sexual parts, then I should have the right to marry my preferred sexual object."

By which he means his Apple computer. That's right, Sevier is still obsessed with Apple, and even incorporates into his current motion his old complaint about Apple devices.

"Recently," he wrote, "I purchased an Apple computer. The computer was sold to me without filters to block out pornography. I was not provided with any warning by Apple that pornography was highly addictive and could alter my reward cycle by the manufacturer. Over time, I began preferring sex with my computer over sex with real women. Naturally, I 'fell in love' with my computer and preferred having sex with it over all other persons or things, as a result of classic conditioning upon orgasm."

Shades of Her, or One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest?

Despite his perhaps earnest intent to intervene in the case—Brenner et al. v. Scott—the presiding judge was in no mood to entertain Sevier, writing in his April 24 ruling denying the motion, "Chris Sevier has moved to intervene, apparently asserting he wishes to marry his computer. Perhaps the motion is satirical. Or perhaps it is only removed from reality. Either way, the motion has no place in this lawsuit."

Maybe next time.

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May

Bidding Closes Tomorrow for Med School Student’s Virginity

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Bidding stands at $800,000 so far

Bidding Closes Tomorrow for Med School Student's Virginity

CYBERSPACE—As difficult as it may be for some in the adult entertainment industry to believe, there apparently is at least one good-looking 28-year-old virgin med student out there—and she's willing to end that virginity for, at this point, upwards of a cool eight hundred thousand bucks. The auction for that virginity ends tomorrow at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

Elizabeth Raine is the student's pseudonym, and she won't reveal what university she's studying at—wouldn't it be funny if it were Duke?—but the page of her website labeled "My True Identity," which has several photos of her, says she was raised in Saudi Arabia, where she lived for about 15 years until leaving for school in the States, and she's already got two bachelor's degrees, one in biology and the other in engineering. She's currently in a combined MD/Ph.D. program at a "leading university," and describes medicine as her "love affair."

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According to her web page "My Virginity," there are four reasons why she's still a virgin and willing to lose that status now, the last of which being that "love affair." Beyond that, she describes herself as "free-spirited and fiercely independent," but also "slightly frightened of commitment and the responsibilities (I suppose I shouldn’t say constraints) of a relationship," plus she says she "never desired to lose my virginity offhandedly"—and besides, she "dislike[s] conformity"—a sort of slap at her "social circles" that "center[] on early virginity loss and trite encounters."

The auction's rules are equally amusing, though well-thought-out. Raine says she'll accept the highest bid "unless he is a really atrocious human being (by way of character)," and she says she might vet the two top bidders and choose the one she likes best. Bidders are required to submit a $50 refundable deposit in order to bid, and once a winner is selected, he'll not only be told where to escrow his money, but will also receive an agreement to sign, specifying among other things that he agrees that he will either use a condom or supply "the Virgin" (as she describes herself) with a clean STD test, that he won't be under the influence of booze or drugs when they Do It, that he won't try to fuck her ass, and that he won't be violent.

For his winning bid, the guy will get Raine's virginity (which, she says, she can prove medically) and 12 hours of her time "in a place where the law applicable at that place does not prohibit the performance by the Virgin of her obligations under this agreement," and "[e]ach of the Parties shall make reasonable arrangements for the comfort, safety and security of each other at the Meeting, as the other party may reasonably request." If either of those conditions can't be met, the winning amount will be returned to the bidder—but if everything goes as planned, Raine will collect the money, 35 percent of which she says she'll be donating to charity.

And what of others who might want to pull the same stunt?

"It is my strongest belief that young girls have no business whatsoever selling virginity," Raine opines. "Even just a few years ago I would not have been prepared for this experience myself. I believe my mature age, advanced education, and financial independence are critical reasons why my virginity auction is okay, not to mention why my virginity is so rare. So, my advice to young girls: please girls, sit on the decision for a decade, or close to it. In the meantime, I would like to suggest you focus on your education (your most powerful asset), your career, and your personal growth, and try not to bother yourself too much with young boys….erhm men. At a much later date, if you are still a virgin and wish to sell your virginity, consider the decision very carefully, as it suits so very few women. Above all, you must know yourself extremely well, a virginity auction cannot compromise your value system, and you will need to be able to walk away from the experience with your self-worth entirely intact. Otherwise, it will never ever be worth it. However, if after all this you still believe the decision is right for you, then by all means go for it. I did!" [Emphasis in original]

But much as Raine claims she wants to keep the whole transaction as secret as possible, we can't help but imagine the gaggle of reporters who'll be trying to ferret out the winning bidder and the chosen boudoir. After all, if Kimye couldn't keep the press away from their wedding, what chance does Raine have of keeping her stud secret?

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May

U.K. Sexpert Tracey Cox Takes Men’s Sex Toys to the Edge

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U.K. Sexpert Tracey Cox Takes Men's Sex Toys to the Edge

Posted May 06th, 2014 01:04 PM

BATH, EnglandSex and the City made the world open up to rabbit vibrators back in the late 1990s, and a decade and a half later Fifty Shades of Grey did the same for cuffs, crops and Kegel balls. The end result? It's perfectly natural for most young women to have sex toys in her bedside cabinet.

But can one say the same for young men and their toys? TV presenter, best-selling author and love and sex expert Tracey Cox doesn't think so, and she's hoping that her new Edge range will expand awareness of the possibilities offered by pleasure toys for men.

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According to Lovehoney, a sex toy manufacturer and distributor based in the United Kingdom, sales of male sex toys have shot up tenfold in the last decade. Increasingly, men and their partners are experimenting with new ways to enhance their sex lives. Lovehoney estimates this segment of the adult market is worth $16 million in the U.K. alone, and it is predicted to be the fastest growing sector of the sex toy industry in 2014.

Cox created the Edge range—which is available from Lovehoney—to help improve men’s sexual performance and make them last longer in bed. She spent years developing the products after interviewing thousands of men who want to improve their sex lives.

Cox said, “Female sex toys entered the mainstream 16 years ago when Charlotte started playing with her rabbit vibrator in Sex and the City. That worldwide trend accelerated further when Fifty Shades of Grey came out two years ago."

Alongside this boom, Cox explained, sales of male sex toys have been steadily increasing. She added, “The time is right to launch the world’s first mainstream range of products aimed solely at men."

What do men want? Here's what Cox has been able to find out after 25 years of writing, researching and talking about sex on television and radio: "I get asked the same questions by men the world over. It’s always the same three: Am I big enough? Am I hard enough? How do I last longer?"

Cox beieves she's providing assistance in all three of these areas with her Edge range. “The aim of Edge is to educate and inform men about what’s really happening out there and to provide simple and effective solutions to their top three sexual needs. We think lots of men will try out these new toys in the hope of improving their performance in bed. And lots of women will buy the products for their partners for the same reason!”

The Edge range includes the following items:

• Adjustable Stamina Ring: This silicone ring is designed to make erections last longer and look more impressive.

• Stamina & Enhancing Pump: Penis pumps create a vacuum to improve blood flow to the penis, ensuring healthy, firm erections. Regular use also helps keep the penis in peak condition.

• Stamina Ring Set (3 pack): Used to keep erections firmer for longer, these ultra-comfortable, doughnut-shaped rings come in three sizes for contrasting tightness and intensity.

• Intense Stimulation Stamina Sleeve: Used to intensify solo sex sessions and train him to last longer in bed because it imitates the feeling of penetration.

• Edge Stamina App - A free app which trains him to last longer in bed using a simple, easy-to-use and effective technique called "peaking."

• Edge videos: A series of online videos by Cox clearly explain how to use the products and offer other helpful tips.

A Lovehoney spokesman said, “Male sex toys are the big growth area the market in 2014. We have launched Edge in response to demand from men and their partners for an effective, mainstream range of affordable male sex toys.”

Click here for more about the Edge range.

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Slain Porn Pioneer’s Daughter on the Lam in California

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33-year-old daughter of the late Artie Mitchell is wanted by California police after escaping from investigators trying to serve a warrant last week

Slain Porn Pioneer's Daughter on the Lam in California

LOS ANGELES—In a scenario out of a movie, the 33-year-old daughter of a legendary porn mogul shot to death by his own brother in 1991 is being sought by Sonoma County sheriffs for her role in a identify theft ring and also for ramming an unmarked police car last week after investigators had tracked her and a suspected accomplice to an apartment complex in San Pablo.

Warrants for Jasmine Mitchell, the daughter of Artie Mitchell—the San Francisco porn king who, along with his brother Jim, founded the O'Farrell strip club in the Tenderloin in 1989, and also produced and directed some of the most successful adult movies of the 1970s, including Behind the Green Door—and Roy Kim, 34, had already been issued when someone gave investigators a tip that the two could be found "at an apartment complex across from the San Pablo Lytton Casino off Interstate 80," reported SFGate.com today.

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Sonoma County sheriff’s Sgt. Michael Raasch told the site that the two were wanted on warrants related to "multiple identity thefts," and that "Kim, who is on parole for possession of stolen property, was also being sought by state parole agents and for a burglary case in Santa Clara."

Reporter Henry K. Lee continued, "Detectives searched the unit and detained three other people after finding evidence at the apartment of a large-scale identity theft and credit-card fraud operation, authorities said. One of them was Harley Logsdon, 46, of San Pablo, who was arrested for a probation violation stemming from a forgery case in Napa County.

"As detectives were on scene," he added, "Mitchell drove into the apartment complex parking lot in a white Mercedes."

Rausch commented, "When detectives attempted to arrest Mitchell, she rammed an unmarked police vehicle with her vehicle, and she struck another parked car before escaping."

As SFGate.com notes, and AVN reported at the time, "Jasmine Mitchell is only the latest in the family to run afoul of the law. James Mitchell, a son of Jim Mitchell, was sentenced to 35 years to life in prison for killing the mother of his young daughter with a baseball bat in Novato in 2009."

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ACLU, EFF File ‘Amicus’ in Support of FSC’s Fight Against 2257

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ACLU, EFF File 'Amicus' in Support of FSC's Fight Against 2257

PHILADELPHIA, PA—As the lawsuit against the federal record-keeping and labeling law filed by Free Speech Coalition and 15 other plaintiffs heads back to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, it's being given some help by the Pennsylvania branch of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), which notes that 645 of its 30,000 dues-paying members live in Pennsylvania.

At issue is 18 U.S.C. §§2257/2257A, which require all content depicting actual human beings engaged in sexually explicit conduct to bear labels indicating where the government-issued photo identity records of those human beings are stored, and require the producers of such content to keep those records in a specified manner and make them available for possible inspection by FBI inspectors at least 20 hours per week.

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But the ACLU and EFF amici are taking a more nuanced approach to the lawsuit, and their brief in support of plaintiffs/appellants is mainly concerned with "protect[ing] the rights of the millions of ordinary Americans who create sexually explicit 'depictions' for personal non-commercial use that put them at risk of criminal liability under 18 U.S.C. §§ 2257 and 2257A."

"Our nation’s concept of liberty includes the right to engage in personal sexual expression without government intrusion or risk of criminal liability," the joint amicus brief begins. "Because it is so obvious that the Constitution forbids Congress from criminalizing personal sexual expression, even the government itself has urged this Court to construe the Statute to apply only to depictions that are created for commercial sale or trade. Unfortunately, however, the Statute is not so limited; it clearly applies as well to non-commercial personal expression. And as this Court already held when it reversed and remanded this case to the district court, the Statute cannot be saved by construing it narrowly when Congress chose instead to write it so broadly."

The brief goes on to explain how Judge Michael Baylson's ruling on the issues following last June's trial of the case is "flawed" and that "the court's findings of fact are at odds with the evidentiary record," as set forth in the Appellants' Brief, to which the parties here say they have "nothing to add."

What they do take issue with, though, are Judge Baylson's "improper" reliance on governmental assurances that it will not apply 2257 to non-commercial entities; his ruling that he need not decide whether 2257 is overbroad as applied to those non-commercial entities unless and until one of them brings a "declaratory judgment action" against the law, perhaps because that person was cited for violation of the statute; and his failure to conduct a proper analysis of whether the statute was sufficiently "narrowly tailored" to accomplish the government's stated purpose without infringing the free sexual speech rights of the appellants.

Regarding that last point, the amicus brief cites the recent Supreme Court decision in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, wherein Chief Justice Roberts advised that in dealing with challenges to congressional legislation (like limits on campaign financing), the court must find "a fit that is not necessarily perfect, but reasonable; that represents not necessarily the best disposition but one whose scope is in proportion to the interest served, .... not necessarily the least restrictive means but ... a means narrowly tailored to achieve the desired objective." The brief goes on to note that considering how many ordinary citizens take sexy photos of themselves and their partners for their own pleasure, and/or "sext" those photos to each other or even third parties without any sort of commercial gain, there's no way the law is "narrowly tailored" if it sweeps those millions of citizens up in its tentacles.

"The Statute even applies to non-obscene depictions created for artistic, journalistic and educational purposes," the amicus brief notes.

The brief then goes on to examine the flaws in Judge Baylson's ruling in more detail. For example, regarding the assurances made by the government that it would not target ordinary citizens in enforcing 2257, and Judge Baylson's acceptance of those assurances, the amici recall that such reliance is exactly what the Third Circuit said should not be done when it remanded the case for trial.

Moreover, in light of the vast amount of information collected by government agencies (like the NSA) on the activities of all U.S. citizens, the amici ask the appeals court to look askance at the prosecutors' claim that the government "would have no conceivable way" of finding out about "private communications" and that "it would have no knowledge of those private communications in the first place," terming such argument a "straw man, and a poor one at that."

"Personal sexual communications take many forms that could be exposed to government scrutiny in a variety of ways," the amicus brief states. "Once a sexual 'depiction' is shared with a second person there is no guarantee that the depiction will remain private; it is out of the control of the person who initially produced it. And in light of recent revelations about its use of technological surveillance, the government cannot seriously contend that it has no access to 'sext' messages and other personal communications transmitted by cell phone through text messaging or other applications, or that it cannot discover, if it so desires, who is posting sexually explicit depictions on websites for purely personal purposes unconnected to any thought of financial gain."

The brief also notes that when government officials are in the middle of an investigation of one crime, "history shows" that law enforcement may charge suspected individuals with unrelated crimes—for example, 2257 violations—out of mere spite. The brief notes that when police suspected John Lawrence (of Lawrence v. Texas "fame") and Tyrone Garner of having homosexual relations, rather than attempting to catch them in the act for that "crime," they instead entered Lawrence's apartment on the pretext of investigating a possible "weapons disturbance"—a law almost never enforced in Texas. The brief also recalls that when police raided the house of Robert Stanley (of Stanley v. Georgia) and found none of the bookmaking materials they were searching for, they just busted him for "a rarely enforced Georgia law prohibiting possession of pornography." Therefore, "it is not the least bit far-fetched to imagine that federal agents who are frustrated in their search for illegal drugs or firearms, for example, might resort to charging someone instead with violating the Statute by 'sexting' a lascivious photo to his wife."

The brief also contains a long discussion of the utility of "facial" challenges, which "by their very nature invite the examination of potential overbroad applications that are not then before the court, i.e., conduct that has not yet been the subject of prosecution." The brief goes on to cite the case of Broaderick v. Oklahoma, whose opinion states in part, "[l]itigants ... are permitted to challenge a statute not because their own rights of free expression are violated, but because of a judicial prediction or assumption that the statute’s very existence may cause others not before the court to refrain from constitutionally protected speech or expression." [Emphasis added by amici]

The brief also mentions the embarrassment that would be caused if an ordinary suburban couple, for example, were forced to go into court to have sexts which they had exchanged between themselves deemed non-criminal under 2257 by means of the "declaratory judgment" procedure in which Judge Baylson had put so much faith.

It is just this overbreadth that allows the law to target ordinary citizens, and while the amici admit that such overbreadth might be excusable if it were written well enough to minimize such excesses, 2257 clearly isn't.

"It is one thing to forgive a statute’s overreach if it is tailored reasonably well, but because of the inherent imprecision of language and the impossibility of foreseeing every future situation, the statute inadvertently spills over into some impermissible applications," the brief explains. "It is something else, however, to 'give a break' to a statute that makes no effort to draw the lines that obviously should have been drawn. In the latter case, the Statute’s unreasonable overbreadth can be enough by itself to invalidate the Statute, without regard to counting the number of permissible and impermissible applications."

Though unmentioned in this brief, the above point applies not only to 2257's possible sweeping in of citizen sexters and the like, but also to the fact that commercial sexual depictions of myriad performers who could never be confused with minors are also subject to 2257's record-keeping and labeling requirements. The brief, though, settles for suggesting that Congress could rewrite the statute to make it clear that 2257's requirements apply only to commercial depictions.

But overinclusiveness isn't the only overbreadth problem with 2257.

"Not only does the Statute fail to draw an easily drawn line between depictions meant for commercial gain and those that are not intended to produce such gain, but with its sweeping language, the Statute does not even distinguish between erotic art and obscenity," the amici observe, noting that even the Supreme Court has carved out "obscenity" as the only erotic speech it deems worthy of prosecution—a distinction lost on the writers of 2257, which statute targets any erotic image, whether protected under the Miller test or not.

"Congress enacted the Statute as a way to neutralize the risk posed to children by the adult entertainment industry’s preference for 'young-looking' performers, but even if such a risk actually exists in the adult entertainment industry, it does not follow that journalists, educators and scholars pose a threat to children," the brief states, in keeping with its focus on non-commercial adult imagery. "Indeed, neither Congress nor any government agency has ever made a finding that sex educators or medical professionals specializing in the study or treatment of sex disorders have a youth bias that endangers children. Accordingly, the application of the Statute to such private individuals fails to further the goal of the Statute."

Of course, as AVN has previously pointed out, the statute doesn't even prevent minors from using authentic-looking photo IDs to enter the adult industry and make adult films, since it does not require producers to be expert in determining whether an ID is real or false.

The next section of the amicus brief points out the problem with the law's application to images "produced in whole or in part with materials which have been mailed or shipped in interstate or foreign commerce," since it would be nearly impossible, in the modern day and age, to use materials which had not crossed state lines... or even oceans. Moreover, since it's the materials used that create culpability, merely taking such a photo with an iPhone or Nikon camera, even if it were never downloaded or sent anywhere creates liability simply because the materials used in taking the photo weren't all made within the state where the photographer lives.

"The real question is why the government should be intruding at all into this activity," the brief asks, at the conclusion of a section about 2257's effect on sexting. "What possible justification can there be to impose criminal liability on a couple who find themselves in two different locations and want to use 21st century technology to show each other the same parts of their anatomy that couples have always (since the dawn of civilization) been permitted to show to each other in person?"

The penultimate portion of the brief deals with social networking and tube sites, noting that, "On this issue, the government is two-faced. On the one hand, the government has said repeatedly in its briefs that the Statute should be construed to apply only to commercial depictions intended for sale or trade. On the other hand, the DOJ’s implementing regulations evince a clear intent to prosecute private, non-commercial users of social networking sites who fail to abide by the Statute’s notification and record-keeping requirements. Hence, at least according to the government’s regulations, social networkers who post a sexually explicit or 'lascivious' self-photo on-line must label it with their own home address for anyone to see, including their employers, friends, and family, thereby making them vulnerable to potential stalkers and harassers."

Similarly, the brief states, the statute applies to "a variety of professionals who create sexual images for their professional work but who have nothing to do with the adult entertainment industry," such as photographers supplying "lascivious" photos of a wife to her husband on Valentine's Day or some similar occasion; a journalist who uses blurred or pixelated photos to illustrate an article, probably not realizing that even blurred photos of sexual conduct are encompassed by 2257; writers of sex education textbooks or "how-to" manuals; academics who publish on sexual issues; bystanders who take nude photos of, for instance, the Nude Day protests in San Francisco; and even artists who use live models to create erotic paintings.

"Indeed, if read quite literally, the Statute would apply to Matisse or Picasso if he were alive today and drew a highly stylized, abstract picture of a couple who were actually making love," the brief charges.

"There is nothing narrow about this Statute," the amicus brfief concludes. "It covers a broad array of sexually explicit speech, and requires even private individuals who have produced images in the context of their own intimate relationships unintended for public distribution to (1) label those images with identifying information; (2) wait at home 20 hours a week in case the government should wish to drop by unannounced (or hire a third-party custodian), or (3) run the risk of a felony conviction and up to five years in prison. The ACLU urges the Court to reverse the judgment of the district court."

The amicus brief filed by the ACLU and EFF in support of the Free Speech appellants can be found here.

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May

Winner of ‘Live Like a King’ Internext NO Promo Announced

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Posted May 05th, 2014 05:28 PM

LOS ANGELES—Internext show organizers are pleased to announce that Joe from Hotlynx is the auspicious winner of the "Live Like a King" promotion, which targeted prospective attendees of the upcoming Internext New Orleans 2014 webmaster trade event, taking place May 28-31 at the Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center.

As the winner, Joe will receive the room key to a suite at the Marriott for the duration of the show, and will also receive complementary food and drink vouchers!

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Internext New Orleans is expected to draw approximately 600 industry professionals from around the world, representing every area of expertise and every service business needed to create dynamic and ongoing opportunities for success in the adult online industry. Appropriately, the theme of the New Orleans event is "Making Business Easy," a necessary and optimistic goal for an industry whose challenges always keep pace with its prospects. No matter which segment of the business you want to explore, a leader in that sector will be present and available at Internext New Orleans, hoping to make your business easier.

Rooms at the Marriott, starting at $135/night, can be reserved here.

Registration can be made here.

For more information about Internext New Orleans 2014, visit summer.internext-expo.com.

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May

Attention Porn Stars: LV Cops Are Worried About Your Virginity

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LV Cops Are Worried About Your Virginity

LAS VEGAS—While the rumors of a mass adult industry exodus to Las Vegas continue to circulate widely, and while politicians in "Sin City" have given their tacit approval to such a migration, news has surfaced that not everyone involved in Vegas government may be on board with the idea.

According to a report in the Las Vegas Sun, an organization with the city's Metro Police had co-sponsored, with Victory Outreach Church, an event last Saturday at the William Pearson Center in the northern part of the city dubbed "Choose Purity," which, according to Nevada Black Police Association president Regina Coward, is aimed at "show[ing] young girls what can happen when they don’t wait until marriage to have sex."

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As part of the "Choose Purity" presentation, kids and their parents were "treated" to videos of (alleged) pimps and prostitutes stating that "modern-day slavery exists in the form of the sex trade" and also anti-drug-use videos featuring "a woman who’d lost limbs in a methamphetamine lab explosion and a man who’d had his face partially gnawed off by a meth user." They also saw "dramatic performances" by two girls, one of whom played a teen who had supposedly died from abusing diet pills, while the other "met her death" from STDs contracted while she was a prostitute.

Leaving aside the propriety of an official metropolitan police organization partnering with a fundamentalist church to promote a religious view of teens' sexuality (Victory Outreach's mission statement includes the advisory, "Purity pledges are an important component of the youths ministries. Teens make a commitment to remain sexually pure. Surprisingly, even youth who have been sexually active in the past, readily renew their position to abstain until marriage."), the majority of teachers who deal with sex education in schools think such events are harmful to children.

"Drugs are real; sex trafficking is real. I don’t know what is real about linking purity with those things." said Laura Deitsch, whose career included teaching comprehensive sex education in the juvenile justice system, charter schools and community centers. "It was a hodgepodge of unrelated fear-mongering."

Indeed, according to a meta-study conducted by the Guttmacher Institute using statistics from the U.S. government's National Survey of Family Growth, nearly 95 percent of the 40,000 people aged 15-44 who were surveyed in just 2002 (the last year for which figures were available) admitted that they had had sexual intercourse before marriage—and they had it before age 30. Not only that, but the age of first intercourse has been getting younger, with the median age for the 55-to-64-year-old crowd being 20.4 years old, while the median age for the 15-to-24-year-olds was 17.6.

According to Coward, Metro Police didn't put any money into the event, and the choice to join the crusade may have been Coward's alone "because she became pregnant at 16 and wonders whether her life might had been different had she been taught she could say, 'No'," according to the Sun article.

Fortunately, the "Choose Purity" event wasn't as creepy as the various "Purity Balls" that take place in highly religious areas throughout the country, where "girls make a pledge to 'remain pure and live pure lives before God,' to stay sexually abstinent until marriage [and] their fathers sign a commitment undertaking to protect their daughter’s purity."

In any case, the event was unlikely to accomplish its stated mission, since  "[r]esearch out of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has shown teens who take virginity pledges are just as likely to have sex as teens who don’t promise to wait, but they are less likely to practice safe sex."

Here's hoping they take the message that "May is Masturbation Month" seriously!

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May

Spanish Fever: A Cinco de Mayo Tribute to XXX Latinas

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A Cinco de Mayo Tribute to XXX Latinas

Posted May 05th, 2014 01:50 PM

CHATSWORTH, Calif.—Today is Cinco de Mayo, a holiday that got its start as a celebration of the Battle of Puebla in 1862, when Mexican forces triumphed over an invading French army. But in the United States the holiday has morphed into a celebration of Mexican and Chicano culture in general—from music and dance to chips and salsa. Here at AVN we’re more interested in celebrating hotness of a different variety, so when AVN Live host James Bartholet said he wanted to check in on adult stars with backgrounds rooted in the broader world of Latin America, we thought that sounded like a suitable way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. So join us in offering a toast to Latin loveliness.

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James Bartholet: With all due respect to all the other women on the planet, what is it that makes Latinas so damned hot?

Tia Cyrus: I believe most Latinas have an exotic mystery in us that makes men and women keep coming back for more. We fuck with so much passion that it even drives me crazy at times. Besides, most of us speak two or more languages and we can deliver that Latin flair into a scene by just speaking a little Spanish … which also adds a signature touch into the scene.

Luna Star: We are very passionate women—plus, men love our accents. I think our accents are sexy. They also love it when we talk dirty in Spanish. Also, we have a sexiness in the way we walk and move in the bedroom. I love being a Latina and I'm proud of my Cuban heritage.

Chloe Amour: A Latina usually has this sort of presence about her as soon as she walks into a room. There's a mystery of what she's about, her culture and livelihood. It comes off as intriguing. I've run into many people who end up liking me more when they find out I'm Latina. A Latina woman has a confident attitude about her; she's strong and willing. Latinas secretly love sex, are in touch with their bodies and know what they want. At least this Latina, anyway!

Selma Sins: We have real curves and that alone makes us so sexy. … We love to be passionate and romantic. When I'm on camera all I think about is being very involved with my partner—man or woman—and give myself to them. That is the reason why we have such powerful scenes.

Lisa Daniels: Latin woman are very sensual and loving, and we are very powerful women. I think the whole combination comes out on camera.

Bliss Dulce: I think all women are beautiful, but I suppose Latinas just have something special about them. Perhaps it's a natural ability to be hypersexual, or maybe it's that we are thick in all the right places.

Nikki Delano: Latinas embody that physical presence of being aggressive, sensual and extremely feisty. On camera we are passionate and dominant women. We control the scene not only with our sexy words but with our sexual aura, which exudes from our pores.

Liv Aguilera: My personal opinion about why Latinas are sexy is the fact that we were built with the closest thing to perfection. We have beautiful tan skin, curves that kill, and sex appeal unrivaled by anyone. Everything about Latinas—the way we talk, walk, etc.—screams sex.

Alexis Amore: Latinas are hot-blooded. They love sex and love to please their lovers. At least for me I felt naughty and sexy having sex on camera for the world to see.

Daisy Marie: I get asked that question a lot, and there are so many reasons: the way we're built, the way we move, the way we talk and think. Latinas always like to make eye contact, and that is really sexy. When we're in the bedroom, we can wear a man out.

Bridgette B.: We are born a certain way and have a very natural, passionate way of living life. We hate as strongly as we love. We fuck as strongly as we fight.

 

James Bartholet: Do you think Latinas are getting cast in better roles, or are the roles still stereotypical?

Chloe Amour: I'm in the middle on that. Latinas can get cast in better roles but it seems that the entire world stereotypes.

Liv Aguilera: Latinas can be cast for many different roles. Some of us have looks that can be very versatile, but those who look generally Latina tend to get roles that can be very stereotypical. It isn't necessarily a bad thing. In fact, some of my favorite roles have been 100 percent typecast.

Alexis Amore: Well, I think we need more Latinas in better roles … more movies that have Latinas as the feature instead of the maid or the nanny. … We have so many more Latinas in the industry now than when I first started that this should be easy to do. 

Tia Cyrus: Not enough scenes, I believe, are given to Latinas unless it's required by directors for a certain series or maybe some parodies. If you have an authentic look as a Latina, then most likely you won't be in scenes that are so stereotypically for Latinas such as being a maid, house keeper, crazy Latina girlfriend, etc. I've been playing the girl next door or a babysitter for almost six years in porn. I can count on two hands how many times I've been in a scene that required me to speak or be a fiery Latina.

Nikki Delano: I believe Latinas are diversifying the cast of current talent in our present industry of women. I alone have witnessed the acceptance of Latin women into typical American scenes.

Bridgette B.: Mainstream has much better roles as a whole. Porn still has Latinas as the maids or gang chicks. However, it is entertainment and I view it as such.

Selma Sins: Yes, there is still a lot of stereotypical roles out there but also there is now more mainstream roles. A few months ago I got booked to do a scene for an indie movie and the scene was a non-sex scene and it was not stereotypical which was awesome. I got to explore my acting skills and play with a different role. I'm glad there is a change of roles now for us Latina woman, we are strong independent woman and it's about time we get deserving roles.

 

James Bartholet: The industry doesn't see many Latina directors. Would you like to direct someday? If so, what would you do?

Nikki Delano: That is very true. I wish I could see more dominant women in this industry leading and directing. However, I am organizing all the tools and outlets to start directing for my very own production company. I will definitely have Latin movies, but there will be a diverse genre of films being produced.

Luna Star: Yes, I would one day, but I have more to learn about directing first. When I'm on the set I'm very professional, and I observe how they are making the movies as well. I'm going to start work on my official site this year.

Tia Cyrus: I direct for my website TiaCyrusXXX.com and create the script in each scene I do. My fans are what inspire me to create some of the scenes I do. Fans email me on ideas or compliment me on my past scenes. So, create what's in demand and people will be pleased. But maybe in the future I can be taken seriously for a directing role after I have made my mark as a performer.

Selma Sins: I definitely want to direct my scenes and movies. I do have planned to do that sometime later this year and possibly in the future own my production company. I do have some ideas of movies and parodies I want to make but I'll keep that to myself. For scenes I do want to do a lot of girl/girl scenes. I love girls and I love to please them and I don't get to shoot a lot of those, so for my site I definitely want to get a few done! I love to shoot interracial and I haven't shot any gangbangs or blowbangs as of yet, so I wanna do that for my fans as well as for my own personal fantasies.

Chloe Armour: Yes! Something organic, original, funky, and with a piece of me attached to it.

Bliss Dulce: YES, YES, YES! Directing is something I've always wanted to pursue in the industry. There are a lot of ideas I have, but I'd like to direct a reality-based line of movies, as well as lots of lesbian porn and fetish stuff, anal, cream pie and handjobs.

Alexis Amore: Directing is one of my favorite things to do, and of course starring too. I had a blast putting together ideas when I directed at Anabolic, and when I was contracted with Metro and JKP. I wish I had the opportunity to do it again. Ideas are always running around in my little head.

Lisa Daniels: I might someday want to direct, but for now I just love being in front of the camera.

Daisy Marie: I don't know; maybe I might. I'm just performing girl/girl and solo right now and performing in my feature dance tours across the country, and starting a clothing company, so I'm really busy. But, if the right opportunity comes up, I might be interested.  

Bridgette B.: I would love to direct and plan on doing so. I have many feature-style ideas appropriate for those who want to follow something more in-depth and get more involved with the characters.

 

James Bartholet: Are you as hot off camera as you are on camera?

Chloe Amour: Oh, yes, of course. I know how to please myself as well as others. I'm fire! Or should I say fuego.

Selma Sins: Well, I definitely try to be. Wink wink! When I’m not on set or being Selma Sins, I like to be casual and comfy. You'll catch me with a tank top, some jean shorts and sandals—very Valley type of girl.

Tia Cyrus: Yes!!!!! But who I am on camera is completely different from who I am in the bedroom. In the bedroom I like to be fresh out of a shower, massaged, completely natural with no makeup, and very romantically intimate with candles in the room while making love. On camera I'm a complete made-up, girl-next-door slut. A big difference, but I adore both. I release my alter ego on set and the wifey in the bedroom.

Nikki Delano: Oh, yes, I'm extremely feisty and spicy. Don't piss off a Latin woman or she will have you for dinner.

Lisa Daniels: I think I'm hotter off camera. Heh-heh.

Bridgette B.: Even hotter.

Alexis Amore: Of course!! I love sex and I love having a good time on and off set. My appetite for sex only grows and grows.

Luna Star: Yes, baby, of course I am; I am pretty chill, and I love sex and to have a good time and make a man feel good.

 

James Bartholet: Anything you want to say to your fans?

Bridgette B.: Thank you for continued love and support. I love receiving positive comments and fan mail. So much more to come, so stay tuned! Twitter: @Spanishdollxxx. Instagram: @thespanishdoll. Official site: ILoveSpanishDoll.com.

Tia Cyrus: Without my fans I wouldn't have made it this far. I adore every single one of you and hope to meet you all at any upcoming conventions, feature, hosting event, or when I'm out and about here in Cali. I've met a few fans in person at random locations, so you never know when you'll run into me. Twitter: @Tia_Cyrus. Instagram: @Tia_Cyrus. Official site: TiaCyrusXXX.com.

Chloe Amour: I love my fans! Without my fans there is no point in me continuing my career. They're my drive and a big part of my support. IG: @chloeamourx.

Luna Star: Thank you so much—I appreciate you all. Look for my new movie releases; I have a lot coming out soon. Twitter: @cutelunastar. Instagram: @luna5star.

Daisy Marie: Gracias, amigos. My fans are so much to me; please check me out when I come to your town on my feature dance tour. Twitter: @Daisy_Marie.

Lisa Daniels: I truly enjoy receiving fan mail and reading the letters, and I enjoy meeting all. Twitter: @lisadaniels3.

Selma Sins: I love you all!! The best support I have by far and I will do my best to keep you all entertained! Twitter: @selmasinsxxx.

Alexis Amore: After almost 15 years in this industry I want to thank my fans for always showing me love on social media, when I feature and when I do appearances. Thank you so much for everything you all do for me, it keeps me going. Twitter: @alexisamore.

Liv Aguilera: Latinas are beautiful, powerful individuals. We all are different and we all have our own talents to bring to the industry table. We are no better than anyone else, but we are amazing nonetheless. You can find me on Twitter at @Liv_Aguilera, Instagram at @Liv_Luhv and Tumblr at LivAguileraxxx.

Bliss Dulce: I wouldn't be anywhere without you guys. I love and respect all of you. You are all I think about when I look into the camera. It turns me on knowing that you're watching. Check out my website: BlissDulce.Modelcentro.com. Buy merchandise at blissdulce@gmail.com, follow me on Twitter.com/blissdulce and stay tuned for my new Clips4Sale store.

Nikki Delano: I love all my fans, and without them I wouldn't be who or where I am now. Twitter: @nikkidelano. Official site: NikkiDelano.com.

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Tosh.O Host Can Get Excited: SFW Video For Pink Diamond69’s Magic Ball In Works

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LOS ANGELES—Daniel Tosh has something to look forward to: A SFW video about the Pink Diamond69 Magic Ball.

Earlier this year, Tosh—creator and host of the Tosh.O show and blog—featured a photo of the adult manufacturer’s product—which made its debut at the AVN Novelty Expo in January in Las Vegas—on his site with the caption, “Looking Forward To The Infomercial!”

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Now, the makers of the Magic Ball, also known as the Dildo Ball, are making Tosh’s dream come true, as they are in production of a SFW video so they can bounce onto Tosh.0’s TV show. Both models of The Magic Ball—with a dildo and with a dildo and anal plug—will be featured in the new video.

“The previous video for The Magic Ball was hot, but we were limited since there was nudity,” said Pink Diamond69 owner Sharon C. “Our new video will be SFW and will feature another adult starlet and possibly our new spokesmodel who we will be announcing in the coming weeks.”

What basically looks like a traditional exercise/yoga ball with a penis or anal plug sticking up from the surface, the Magic Ball was designed by a doctor whose female patients were complaining that they were having trouble reaching orgasm.

“He knew that when women relaxed, not only did they produce endorphins to increase their libido, but they also often relaxed enough to enjoy sex,” Sharon C., company rep for Pink Diamond and wife of the doctor in question, told AVN. “The Magic Ball combines exercise and sex to help those women.”

The Magic Ball is a 65-inch exercise ball that has a realistic dong (another version has a dong and a butt plug) molded right into the design. Easy to deflate and store, Magic Ball also makes an ideal bedroom accessory for individuals and couples who require discreet storage but still like to spice it up behind closed doors. Suitable for all users, this sex toy is also small enough to store under the bed when deflated.

Distributors and retail stores looking to carry The Magic Ball and adult mainstream directors and studios looking for product placement in their films should contact Sharon C. at SC@pinkdiamond69.com.

For more information, visit PinkDiamond69.com.

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BunnyRanch’s Hof to Form Consortium to Buy L.A. Clippers

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Posted May 05th, 2014 12:57 PM

Now that Bunny Ranch brothel owner Dennis Hof has instituted a lifetime ban on basketball baron Donald Sterling from ever entering the world-famous bawdy house after the recent reports of racist remarks made by the Los Angeles Clipper bigwig, Hof has announced that he's forming a prospective ownership group with his high-paid prostitutes, clients, and celebrity friends to purchase the team from Sterling.

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Last week, the National Basketball Association (NBA) issued a lifetime ban of the L.A. Clippers owner for racially insensitive comments brought to light by his former girlfriend—and could soon force the shamed real estate mogul to sell the franchise as well. Hof, who owns a total of seven legal brothels throughout Nevada, and stars in his own reality HBO-TV series Cathouse, said Tuesday that Sterling was joining a dubious group of previously ostracized public personalities including NFL quarterback Michael Vick and "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson, who have been told that they are persona non grata with any of Hof's multi-cultural courtesans. And while Hof would not confirm or deny that Sterling had visited the Bunny Ranch in the past—citing privacy considerations—he insisted that his zero-tolerance shunning notice was dead-serious.

 “Teams ranging from the Green Bay Packers to the Boston Celtics have had great luck in allowing their fans to participate in ownership,” said Hof. “I think the notion of an embattled team like the Clippers being rescued from the clutches of a hateful racist by a multi-ethnic group of successful businesswomen is just what the NBA needs to improve the tarnished image of this once-great sports franchise.”

Where V. Stiviano, the whistle-blowing former girlfriend of Sterling is concerned, Hof has an addiitonal offer.

"Ms. Stiviano was brave enough to stand up for what she knew to be right in spite of the financial repercussions to her, and any business partnership would benefit from such a selfless display of ethics," Hof noted. "I would like to offer her a position with our ownership group as Vice President of Player Relations. This team has been ripped apart, and hiring the woman who righteously pled the case for racial equality to this old Jim Crow throwback would be the perfect choice to mend the fences with those men on the court."

Hof's one hesitation in making a bid centers around his friendship with the Buss family, who own the rival L.A. Lakers.

"Johnny Buss has been a dear friend for years," Hof stated. "I hate to go into competition with his family, but a friendly cross-town rivalry might be just what Los Angeles needs."

The world famous Moonlite Bunny Ranch is featured in the long-running award-winning HBO reality TV series Cathouse, and is one of the most successful legal brothels in the history of the planet.

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May

Jonah Falcon to be Parted Out to ‘Penis Museum’ After He Dies

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HUSAVIC, Iceland—It was meant to be, even if it took a while to realize it, but The Icelandic Phallological Museum, aka The Penis Museum, has finally issued an invitation to Jonah Falcon to have his one-of-a-kind penis—reportedly the largest in the world—placed on permanent posthumous display.

As explained on its website, "The Icelandic Phallological Museum contains a collection of more than two hundred and fifteen penises and penile parts belonging to almost all the land and sea mammals that can be found in Iceland. Visitors to the museum will encounter fifty six specimens belonging to seventeen different kinds of whale, one specimen taken from a rogue polar bear, thirty-six specimens belonging to seven different kinds of seal and walrus, and one hundred and fifteen specimens originating from twenty different kinds of land mammal: all in all, a total of two hundred and nine specimens belonging to forty six different kinds of mammal, including specimens from Homo Sapiens. It should be noted that the museum has also been fortunate enough to receive legally-certified gift tokens for four specimens belonging to Homo Sapiens."

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All of this was contained in the 2012 documentary, The Final Member, which documented the search by the museum's now 73-year-old founder and curator Sigurður “Siggi” Hjartarson for a human specimen. According to its synopsis, the movie "follows the curator's incredible, sublimely comic, often shocking quest to complete his eccentric collection, and the two intrepid men who have raised their hands to be the first human donor."

At the beginning of the documentary, Hjartarson had obviously not yet procured a human, or Homo Sapien, phallus to mount (so to speak). But the film actually ends with the "installation" of the first male penis, which had belonged to 95-year-old Pall Arason, who passed away in 2011. As reported by the Daily Beast, Arason was "the first man to organize tours to the Icelandic highlands, as well as a renowned womanizer who loved bragging about his 'outstanding sexual performances.'"

The other contender featured in the film is a thrice-divorced Californian named Tom Mitchell, who named his member Elmo, had its tip tattooed with the stars and stripes, and, if you can believe it, "planned to have Elmo surgically removed, flown to Iceland, displayed in a special case he designed himself, then returned to his home during the museum’s off-season. But losing his chance to be the museum’s first human member hasn’t stopped him from pursuing a comic book deal in which his schlong stars as a flying, caped superhero."

Once Arason's penis had been safely installed in the museum, one would have thought the pressure was off and the matter settled, but it seems Hjartarson was not exactly satisfied with the specimen, explaining afterwards, "His organ had shrunk quite a bit. Unfortunately, the process of preservation wasn’t successful at all.”

The question therefore seemed to be how to find a penis that could avoid excess shrinkage after being detached from its hopefully very aged owner. The answer now seems obvious. Find one that is likely to remain robust even after the shrivel. Still, current contenders appear far from death.

Mitchell, with his reportedly 7-inch tatted member, is referred to as middle-aged but his exact age is not given. Falcon is currently 43-years-old, presumably with a lot of miles to go before he departs this mortal coil, but his penis is reported to be 13.5 inches long, and therefore presumably less susceptible to disappearance after death (though we really don't know much about the subject.)

Falcon was pleased if slightly tongue-in-cheek in his reaction to the singular invitation, which he accepted in a letter sent to Hjartarson via HuffPo Weird News. "I am flattered by the invitation," he wrote. "I appreciate your museum's devotion to science, and it would be an honor to have my manhood put on display, hopefully nestled between the sexual appendages of a sperm whale and a polar bear ... I hope I don't make either of those creatures jealous. May I suggest you call the exhibit, 'Jonah and the Whale'."

Image: Our obligatory stand-in for a real penis.

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Wicked Releases Trailer for ‘24 XXX: An Axel Braun Parody’

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An Axel Braun Parody'

LOS ANGELES—Just in time to coincide with the return of the popular, Emmy Award-winning Fox TV show, Wicked Pictures today unveiled the first official SFW trailer for 24 XXX: An Axel Braun Parody.

Written and directed by four-consecutive-time AVN Director of the Year Axel Braun, the high-budget parody stars AVN Award-winner Kurt Lockwood as Kiefer Sutherland's Jack Bauer and Claire Robbins as Chloe O’Brian, along with Wicked contract girl Kaylani Lei as Michelle Dessler, Alektra Blue as super-villain Nina Myers, Penny Pax as female assassin Mandy, Brie Simone as Sherry Palmer, and Ash Hollywood as Elisha Cuthbert's Kim Bauer.

“This has got to be the most hysterical movie I’ve ever made,” Braun said. “I can't say enough good things about Lockwood ... his portrayal of Jack Bauer was magnificent, and his exceptional comedic timing and improvisational skills proved to be not only a much needed comic relief during our long days on set, but also a tremendous asset for me as a director throughout the shoot.”

He continued, "Claire Robbins didn't just play the Chloe O'Brian character, she completely inhabited it, delivering another outstanding performance. The sex scene between Alektra Blue and Penny Pax is seriously just about the hottest girl/girl scene I've ever shot. Penny is a veteran of my sets and I'm used to her being awesome, but I had never worked with Alektra and I have to say her acting was impressive, her commitment and behavior on set admirable, and her sexual energy nothing short of explosive."

Commented Wicked national sales manager Bonnie Kail, “Axel is a huge fan of the show, and the timing was perfect. The level of quality and passion that he infuses all his movies with is exceptional, and this parody is fun, sexy and highly entertaining on all levels, so we expect it to be a fan favorite. Given the success of Axel’s first movie with Wicked, Snow White XXX, which reached the #1 spot on DVD Empire today, we are looking forward to a similar outcome.”

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Added Braun, "As usual, I shoot my parodies with the utmost respect for the source material, and in the case of 24, I can honestly say with total fanboy reverence, I just hope Kiefer likes it, dammit! Along the lines of Star Wars XXX, this movie is full of geeky references and puns, which I'm sure fans will appreciate."

The safe-for-work trailer is available to view on YouTube.

24 XXX: An Axel Braun Parody hits stores as a two-disc DVD set on May 21, 2014.

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So … Who’s on the BunnyRanch Blacklist Now?

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LYONS COUNTY, Nev.—The words "morality" and "prostitution" aren't often used to compliment each other, but Moonlite BunnyRanch owner Dennis Hof is well familiar with both terms, and he's got some pretty strong opinions as to who's fit to use his ladies' services and who isn't—and one of the ones who isn't is LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

Hof currently owns six brothels in Nevada, and there are two public figures and one family that will never darken any of their doors.

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"Well, we choose people that we don't like and put them on the list," Hof told AVN. "It started off with Michael Vick, because we're animal lovers here. We're friends with Sam Simon, the co-creator of The Simpsons, and he's gotten me more involved in the animal rights movement. My PR guy, after a year of working on it, like five years ago, was finally able to adopt one of Michael Vick's bait dogs, and that dog is in my office at least once a day, and he's afraid of his own shadow. He sits in the corner by himself, never says a word to anybody, will not interact with any other dogs. It took me a year to get him to take a treat out of my hand, and when you see that on a regular basis, you hate Michael Vick. So we started with him.

"Then this year, because of Phil Robertson's homophobic remarks, and the fact that he's an animal killer enabler, if you will, with his duck calls, they're out there killing more animals, so we don't like this guy, primarily because he's homophobic but also because of our love for animals," he continued. "Then here comes this Sterling guy. Sterling, of course, made some terribly, terribly stupid remarks, and I just won't have that. We have a lot of NBA players that come to the BunnyRanch, and just out of respect to them, we felt like we should ban him. At any given time, 20 to 23 percent of the prostitutes here are African-American, and they're smoking hot. Some of them were crying this morning so we're doing this for them as well. We don't need racists or bigots at the BunnyRanch."

Hof is proud to say that he was the first to ban Sterling, and five hours later, coming a little late to the party, so did NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.

"I'm working on putting an owners' group together, and you know, the owner of the Lakers, Johnny Buss, is a very close friend of mine; we've had joint birthday parties at the BunnyRanch for 18 years," Hof noted. "And Jerry Buss, his father, is a personal friend with whom I've had a 35-year relationship, and so we're reaching out to everybody, and we're getting a good response from people, so who knows? I mean, it's a dream, but you know, the BunnyRanch was a dream 23 years ago too, and I've made that dream a reality and made it the most famous place in the world."

So who's next? Perchance Cliven Ramsey, the local racist rancher whose cattle were grazing illegally on government land?

"This guy, we haven't got into him yet, we've been so busy, but what a mess that one is, and I love it, because he was the fair-haired boy of the Republicans," Hof said. "[Rand] Paul was supporting him, Sean Hannity—they all loved him until he started with the plantation remarks, so we haven't got into that yet. But this Sterling thing has gotten real big. I mean, Jimmy Kimmel talked about it last night; Joe Scarborough talked about it on MSNBC this morning, and over 80 television stations have remarked about it on their newscasts, so we're happy to take a stand for the rights of all Americans to enjoy themselves at the BunnyRanch—unless they're so twisted with racism and cruelty that no one would want to be around them."

And that, of course, is the moral way to conduct the business of prostitution.

Pictured, l-r: Dennis Hof and Donald Sterling.

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David Peskin Takes Over Sales at Third World Media

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David Peskin Takes Over Sales at Third World Media

CANOGA PARK, Calif.—Former Vivid Entertainment national sales manager David Peskin has returned to the industry after a nearly two-year hiatus to take charge of sales at Third World Media.

"I moved to Vegas and was on the outside of the industry looking in, and it's great to be back in Los Angeles and back in the industry, doing what I love," Peskin told AVN.

Peskin will handle all sales for Third World and the transsexual label it exclusively distributes on DVD, Grooby Productions.

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"Third World Media is excited with the addition of David Peskin to our sales team," president Steve Scott said. "David brings much energy and years of industry experience and connections to the table. His résumé and background, along with the giant Third World Media library, should create new opportunities for us as a company moving into the future. We welsome David on board and welcome clients, new and old, to reconnect with David and Third World Media."

Peskin noted that his relationship with Scott and Third World co-owner Ed Hunter goes back to the '90s, when he worked at Scott's original company, Samurai Video. "We've done business together consistently over the years on various deals, and it feels just like a perfect fit to be here with them," Peskin said. 

He also announced that the company has just launced two new membership sites, HairyInAmerica.com and ThirdWorldShemales.com, and plans to relaunch its main site, ThirdWorldXXX.com, in the near future.

"We're excited to bring the content to additional platforms and looking for some innovative new ways to deliver our content as well," Peskin siad.

"Third World Media will be celebrating 15 years in business this August," he concluded, "and I'm just thrilled to be a part of it. It's amazing, quality product here. Ed and Steve have an amazing team assembled, I'm proud to be a part of it, and the product is a salesman's dream."

For more information and sales inquiries, contact Peskin at davep@thirdworldxxx.com or (877) 313-3937 ext. 104.

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Tarantino Takes Another Copyright Infringement Swing at Gawker

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Tarantino Takes Another Copyright Infringement Swing at Gawker

LOS ANGELES—In an amended complaint filed yesterday in a federal court in Los Angeles, attorneys for a clearly pissed off Quentin Tarantino are now accusing Gawker.com of the direct infringement of the director's script for The Hateful Eight. The lawsuit against Gawker was filed in January, but hit a snag in late April when Judge John F. Walter issued an order granting a Motion to Dismiss by Gawker, but allowed Tarantino to file a corrected amended complaint.

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In his order granting the motion to dismiss, Judge Walter states that Tarantino's original complaint was fatally flawed because it "failed to adequately plead facts establishing direct infringement by a third party or facts that would demonstrate Defendant either caused, induced, or materially contributed to the alleged direct infringement of those third party infringers.

"Plaintiff," he adds, "merely speculates that some direct infringement must have taken place. For example, Plaintiff's Complaint fails to allege the identity of a single third-party infringer, the date, the time, or the details of a single instance of third-party infringement, or, more importantly, how Defendant allegedly caused, induced, or materially contributed to the infringement by those third parties.''

In the new complaint, Tarantino's lawyer's appear to have more than corrected those egregious errors by describing in excruciating detail the step-by-step actions allegedly taken by Gawker in its effort to, as the complaint puts it, "...publicly [solicit] its purported 47 million monthly United States readers to infringe Tarantino’s copyright, asking and inducing anyone to leak and provide Gawker with an unauthorized infringing copy of the Screenplay."

Indeed, Tarantino's opinion of Gawker is practically inked in blood in the document, alleging as it does that the New York-based blog "has made a business of predatory journalism, violating people’s rights to make a buck. This time they went too far. Rather than merely publishing a news story reporting that Plaintiff’s screenplay may have been circulating within certain limited Hollywood circles without his permission, Gawker crossed the journalistic line, first by requesting that a reader 'leak' an infringing copy directly to Gawker, then second, after obtaining a link to and itself directly downloading an infringing PDF copy, and then third, by promoting itself to the public as the first source to download and read the entire Screenplay illegally and directing the public to do so."

Stating additionally that the purpose of the Copyright Act is to "protect against ... Gawker’s conduct," the complaint also argues that it made repeated "demands for the removal of the posted URL links for direct downloading of the unlawfully posted script, including submissions of DMCA notices of copyright infringement," but that "Gawker failed and expressly refused to remove their directions to and URL links to get the infringing materials. Gawker knowingly and actively acted as a promoter of copyright pirates, and, itself, did directly cause, induce, contribute to, enable and materially facilitate copyright infringement."

Tarantino is seeking actual damages "in an amount exceeding $1,000,000 to be determined at trial," as well as statutory damages, attorney's fees and costs, and injunctions enjoining the defendants from even looking at the screenplay again.

The amended complaint can be read here.

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Fighting Porn Piracy, One Stupid Hollywood Comment at a Time

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Fighting Porn Piracy, One Stupid Hollywood Comment at a Time

HOLLYWOODLAND—By now, every fan of the adult industry's products must be aware of the less-than-helpful comment made by top mainstream actor Samuel L. Jackson during a panel on the new Marvel movie release Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The panel also featured the movie's co-directors Anthony and Joe Russo, as well as stars Chris Evans (who played Steve Rogers aka Captain America, a character from the World War II era who found himself frozen in suspended animation for a few decades until revived a couple of years ago) and Scarlett Johannson (playing freelance secret agent The Black Widow). Jackson played S.H.I.E.L.D. head honcho Nick Fury.

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Panel moderator Chris Hewitt, of web show Flix and the City, noted, "In the film, Steve Rogers keeps a checklist of all the great pop culture stuff that he’s missed out on in the past 50 years," then asked the panelists, "So, if you had to recommend anything for Steve, what would it be? And why?"

The panelists had their own answers, at least one of which was quite illuminating—Joe Russo recommended "Fifty Shades of Grey. I think he needs more mommy porn in his life. Not the whole trilogy, just the first one."—but Jackson's response consisted of a single word repeated twice, and perhaps inspired by Russo's comment: "Redtube ... Redtube."

That name may have gone over the heads of many listening to the discussion, but it was a sore point with the adult content producer community. Redtube is one of the top ten online infringers of adult content copyrights in the entire world, as recently noted by piracy expert Nate Glass of Takedown Piracy.

Among those who took issue with Jackson's remark was Coleen Singer of female-friendly site Ssssh.com, who published an article last week titled "The Porn Education Of Captain America—Samuel L. Jackson Endorses Movie Piracy?"

After commenting on the other panelists' answers, with a positive shout-out to Joe Russo's porn-y reference, Singer dropped the hammer on Jackson.

"Samuel, Samuel, Samuel…… I have adored you for decades. Will Smith, The Rock and Russell Crow pale by comparison in the 'sexy' department (Sean Connery still has you beat though. Sorry!). You are the only really tall man I have ever seen that looks TOTALLY HOT in a Che Guevara/Les Mis beret. ... But, huh?  A shoutout to RedTube?  et tu, Brute?

"Now, I realize you are probably as pissed off about movie piracy on the interwebs as I am, but in your case, your mainstream features are nicely protected by office buildings filled with studio lawyers that get any movie you are in deleted from the tubes, torrents and fileshare sites quicker that poop goes through a goose," she continued. "But here in Pornland, it’s a little more difficult to deal with piracy. There are literally thousands of “free porn movie sites” out there that rely on this mysterious thing called 'user generated content' to maintain their loophole protection in the Digital Millennia [sic] Copyright Act (DMCA) and we overworked, underfunded and abused porn producers spend a whole lot of time and money we don’t have issuing takedown orders for our oh-so-sexy adult movies that get onto the tubes and torrents within minutes of legitimate release on our sites and VoD networks. ... But, a favor to ask you and all A-List actors in mainstream. Would you mind not dropping Tube site names in interviews and such?  People listen to you, and dropping names simply sends out a tacit endorsement that watching stolen porn, or any other genre of film, for free, is somehow okay."

TMZ also picked up on the story, and actually talked to a couple of porn stars for their reactions to the situation, quoting top actress Tanya Tate as offering, "I would gladly send a catalog of adult movies I have directed to Mr. Jackson if he would be so kind as to recant the comment. I have a stack of porn for him to help him see the error of his ways."

Also referenced in the article was veteran actress Catalina Cruz, who according to the article is "demanding a boycott of Jackson's films." She expanded on her views for AVN:

"If you have an anti-piracy view for your own industry, like most if not all mainstream movie producers do, why would you destroy another industry [by] promot[ing] an illegal tube site?" she asked. "So, it's all right to steal from one but not the other? I was really disappointed when I saw the Samuel L. Jackson clip.

"Piracy is especially damaging to adult because you can take smaller clips and movies and just give them away for free," she continued. "A mainstream movie can take longer to steal. I believe you can give free clips away for promotion but it has gotten out of hand where users and sites are taking whole members areas. This is why I have chosen to do most if not all of my scenes live on cam and streaming only as well."

By coincidence, TMZ's story went online the day following a discussion held at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, which had invited Glass and Wicked Pictures contract star (and director) Jessica Drake to discuss the whole issue with one of that school's professors, Dr. David Lerner. Though AVN was unable to attend, fortunately, a major news organization was there to cover the event: Russia TV (RT) America.

"From a performer's standpoint, from somebody who had worked so hard on this movie—I put my heart and soul into it; I was so proud of it—to find it for free online so quickly made me feel terrible, and that was the first time I ever realized there was an issue," Drake told the audience, later adding, "They do VOD, video on demand; there's streaming. It's actually not very expensive, so for the amount that you'd spend on a cup of coffee, you know, you could contribute to our industry instead of stealing from us."

Glass tried to analyze for the students at the discussion how the culture seems almost to invite piracy.

"There's a whole stigma involved that, you know, there's nothing wrong with doing it 'cause it's porn, and I think that's because people don't really understand how the adult industry works and all the people that work behind the scenes and that's something that we really try to focus on, is showing that there's a whole group of people that work behind the scenes who are mostly middle income people, they're people just like you and me."

"When you steal adult content, there are so many other people that are involved in that equation that you're taking money from," Drake added, "and essentially what's going to keep happening, if people keep downloading free porn, then more and more companies are forced to go out of business. Eventually there will be no more new porn."

But after the discussion, Glass appeared optimistic that there might be government help on the horizon.

"I think more of the sites are going to start implementing fingerprinting," he advised, "and there's been talks in Congress about changing—what we have now is a notice-and-takedown, and they've been talking about changing that to a notice-and-stay-down, so that the same material can't be reposted to those sites. I think we're going to get that; you know, it's going to move in that direction."

But until then, Glass expects to be kept pretty busy dealing with current piracy problems.

"We've got a blacklist of some—I don't know—30,000 sites," he reckoned. "I mean, there's just a ridiculous amount of pirate sites. Nine of the top ten Google results for 'porn' result in a pirate or tube site, so a lot of people are Googling porn, is what I'm getting at."

But apparently the adult industry's anti-piracy pleas are being heard in some lofty corners of the internet. Top retailer Adult DVD Empire has inaugurated an anti-piracy site of its own, PayForYourPorn.org, aimed at supporting the industry's fight against online content theft.

Using the slogan "Porn Is Worth Paying For," the new site collects tweets with the hashtag #PayForYourPorn (or #P4YP), and it's already gotten comments from some adult actresses and directors.

"No way! Every video of me on a tube site is stolen and uploaded by some other user without my permission," actress Siri responded to one of her followers.

"If you're looking for my work, DO NOT go to torrent or tube sites. Just browse my site for links!" wrote actress/director Jiz Lee.

Tasha Reign made a short Tumblr video, which Siri linked to on PayForYourPorn.

Even the fans are getting with the program. "happy and honored to join in the good fight!!" wrote one, while another stated, "of course! I'm happy to support things I believe in. People need to understand that this is the right thing to do."

Piracy remains a major problem for the adult industry, but it's refreshing to see so many people and organizations working toward a solution.

Pictured: Jessica Drake at USC.

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