A mass facesitting demonstration is taking place outside Parliament in London to protest new U.K. pornography regulations that will hold online porn to the same standards as DVDs: That means no spanking, no bondage, no watersports, no fisting, no squirting, and, of course, no facesitting.
Protestors opposed to the Audiovisual Media Services Regulations 2014, led by sex worker Charlotte Rose, staged the facesit-in to coincide with a parliamentary debate on what should be allowed in internet porn. Rose argues the new guidelines are sexist, because the list of banned acts seems to target female pleasure.
“These laws are not only sexist but they taking away people’s choices without consent,” she told the Independent.
Lib Dem MP Julian Huppert made a move to annul the new rules, calling it a “very odd” double standard to ban videos of acts that are legal between consenting adults. Huppert “tabled an Early Day Motion in order to ensure that the topic is debated in the House of Commons,” theIndependent reported.
Protestors had a secondary goal of setting a Guinness World Record for most people sitting on faces at the same time—500 people were expected to show up, based on Facebook RSVPs—but Guinness apparently rejected the record attempt.
A man in Iowa City, Iowa, is accused of posing as a Victoria’s Secret representative in order to get women to send him underwear photos.
He then used that information to create a profile on Qualtrics, a web-based survey platform that he used to create surveys he would send to female students, the Iowa Press-Citizen reports.
In one survey sent last January, Boies claimed to represent the Victoria’s Secret lingerie company and allegedly asked interested women to upload pictures of themselves in their bras and panties in hopes of being flown to Miami for a photo shoot.
Police said Boies admitted that he created the survey specifically to receive pictures of women.
He also admitted sending a second survey in March promising a $25 Victoria’s Secret gift card in return for information, according to
Boies allegedly admitted to police he never sent those promised cards.
Boies is charged with two counts of identity theft under $1,000 and unauthorized computer access,reports. He was booked and released Thursday morning at the Johnson County Jail.
There are all kinds of theories about what watching pornography might do to a person. Some of those theories are positive, some are less so. But there’s one thing that studies agree on: People are more likely to think watching porn will affect others negatively more than it will affect themselves negatively.
This is not, to be clear, saying that there are established negative effects associated with watching porn (that’s a whole other debate). It simply means that one person is more likely to assume that any negative effects that might exist apply far more to someone else, than to himself. The neighbor watching porn? A heathen. You watching porn? A regular Wednesday night. This is a well documented phenomenon in sex research, but recent work suggests that it doesn’t hold up for a particular type of pornography: instructional porn.
Yes, instructional porn really is just what it sounds like. According to Katrina L. Pariera, the George Washington University researcher behind this new study, “Instructional pornography includes explicit adult films designed to arouse and instruct couples or individuals in sexual matters,” she wrote in a recently published paper. This kind of porn has titles like The Expert Guide to Positions,The Ultimate Guide to Sexual Pleasure, and Tristan Taormino’s Expert Guide To Advanced Fellatio. (Instructional pornography always seem to be either expert or ultimate.) These are how-to manuals, guides, roadmaps to pleasure, sex for dummies. And many of the free porn sites online like YouPorn and PornHub and XVideo have an instructional tag where these videos live.
Essentially, instructional pornography is meant to educate first, titillate second. Viewers should come away knowing a bit more about how to please themselves or their partners. Which got Pariera to wondering whether previous academic work about perceptions of porn viewers might have been missing something by treating all porn equally. Do people truly perceive all kinds of pornography the same way? Is something more banal, or even instructional, filed into the same cabinet in our minds as something kinkier or more aggressive?
The experiment she did involved a little bit of lying, as many experiments do. The subjects were told that they were there to help develop a new adult-movie rating system. As part of the development of that new system, they were instructed that their opinions on how certain movies would affect others were important. They were then asked to consider eight DVD covers, along with a paragraph summary of each one. Two of those were instructional adult films (things like Matt and Khym: Better Than Ever and Turn Ons!: How to Please Your Partner), two were non-instructional adult films (including Superman XXX: A Porn Parody, and Audrey: Sexual Freak 8), and two were mainstream movies (The Matrix and Slumdog Millionaire). After looking at each, the participants were asked how they thought someone might be impacted by watching the DVD in question. (They were not asked how much that same someone might enjoy the DVD, only how it might impact them.)
When Pariera looked at the results, she saw a striking difference between how people thought about instructional and non-instructional pornography.
The usual perception of pornography being worse for someone else was flipped. People actually thought that viewing instructional porn had the same impact on adults (both men and women) as watching The Matrix did. Which is to say, no real effect. And, unlike non-instructional pornography, there was no difference in how men and women felt about it. (When asked about pornography more broadly, women tend to be more likely to perceive negative impacts than men are.) In other words, “instructional pornography was rated as having a mostly positive effect, suggesting the genre is perceived as somewhat socially desirable.”
Instructional sexual education seems to be on the rise, as places like Babeland and Moregasm try to take the stigma out of adult sex-ed. Babeland, a sex shop and education center with several locations in New York City and Seattle, offers classes on blow jobs, positions, and just general “hot sex.” And if this new research is right, it might be more palatable for people to think about instructional erotica over the kind that exists simply as pleasure for pleasure’s sake.
Anything worth doing in excess is worth overdoing in excess. Or at least that seems to be the motto for this gathering in Taiwan. An entire street is covered in what looks like red scraps of paper, or if you’re feeling more poetic, flower petals. Turns out it’s neither of those things, and as the following video will show, “Boom Boom Pow!”
Following trends can be a tricky affair, especially when it comes to fashion trends. The latest clothes and styles may look absolutely fabulous in magazines and photos online, but many a time, they are not the most suitable for everyone, because not everyone has a model-like body or attitude to carry off these trends.
Take the latest boob shirt craze for example. Many girls are probably itching to let out their inner-fashionistas by getting into one of those sexy sweaters, but the boob shirt is one good example of a trend that requires certain assets to pull off. Fret not, ladies, the Oppai Taisou Hand (which literally means “Boob Exercise Hand”) is here to help you shape up for your fashion endeavors!
To the innocent passerby, this awkward pink device probably looks like an oversized back scratcher. It could undoubtedly double up as one, but it was designed with a greater mission in mind. Modeled after the hand of midwife, author and founder of the Wellness Life Institute, Takiko Shindo, the Oppai Taisou Hand was created to help women achieve healthier, shapely bosoms.
After years of experience caring for breastfeeding new mums, Shindo devised her own method of Oppai Taisou (boob exercise), which she claims to be effective in enhancing bust size and shape, improving conditions of stiff shoulders, menopause, menstrual cramps, and even has skin beautifying and anti-aging effects. Sounds like a mini miracle, huh?
The Oppai Taisou is mainly comprised of two steps; Oppai Hagashi/Hazushi (which means to “tear off” or “remove” the breast), and Oppai Yurashi (boob shaking!). Sounds vigorous and painful, but according to the model who had firsthand experience getting massaged by Shindo’s “godly hands”, it doesn’t hurt at all, and immediate results were seen after just a couple of minutes of “exercise”.
▼ What is this sorcery?!
Shindo explains that a woman’s breasts are strung up by ligaments, and if these ligaments don’t get sufficient movement, the fats in the breast will start to settle back against the chest muscles, resulting in unshapely, or even sagging boobies.
Oppai Hagashi supposedly detaches the breast ligaments from the chest muscles and directs the fats back to where they belong, restoring shape, while Oppai Yurashi resets the tension in the ligaments holding up the breasts, thus regaining elasticity and perkiness. The massage also improves blood circulation, which promotes healthier, beautifully shaped breasts.
Alas, Takiko Shindo only has one pair of hands, and there’s no way that’s enough to go around! That’s where this dubiously pink Oppai Taisou Hand comes in handy, allowing women to achieve similar effects in the comfort of their own homes. The Oppai Taisou Hand measures 30cm lengthwise (including the “hand”), and has “fingertips” covered with elastomer to ensure that it is gentle on the skin.
We’re not entirely convinced that this pink plastic device can conjure the same magic as the skilled hands of the “oppai goddess” Takiko Shindo, but it’s definitely a healthier, safer and cheaper method than getting implants. Obviously it’s not going to dramatically enlarge your boobs overnight, but at least it doesn’t involve introducing foreign substances into your chest, and if it fails, you can still use it as a back scratcher. Or a scalp massager, maybe.