Authorities take note of Pedobear

Californian cops think Pedobear is a mascot used by pedophiles to signal their predilections: "Disguised as innocence, this underground community that would make victims of our children teasingly reaches out in to the light of day." [Gawker] Read the rest

Secret Historian: "The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade"

(Warning: this post is for adults, and the video embedded contains sexual content)

I haven't read Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade yet, but it sure sounds amazing—BB mod Antinous just hipped me to it this morning. The new book by Justin Spring new book chronicles the contents of an archive he discovered in San Francisco a few years ago, including a thousand-page diary belonging to Samuel Steward, a man of many identities....

...including several that the subtitle of the book omits: pioneering sex researcher, collector of celebrity conquests, drug addict, masochist, Catholic (briefly), Navy enlistee (even more briefly), conquistador of vast provinces of America's pre-Stonewall homosexual subculture. Most fortuitously, he was apparently a graphomaniac who documented his long, dark, exuberant, sad, dangerous life in journals, an unpublished memoir, reams of letters, poems, erotica, semifictionalized short stories and even a 746-entry card catalog of his sexual history, scrupulously maintained over five decades and in some cases ornamented -- perhaps for future biographers? -- with what Spring decorously calls "DNA-verifiable" evidence of his liaisons.
That, from the New York Times review (which ran with a terrific title).

All told, Steward is reported to have had sex with 807 different people, a total of 4,647 times, including Rock Hudson and Rudolph Valentino. Regarding those impressive numbers, Adam at Butt Magazine opines,

However, the true value of his promiscuity lies not in the number of loads blown, but in what those loads can teach us.
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Bill O'Reilly reviews porno classic "The Devil in Miss Jones," 1974

The Boston Phoenix has unearthed quite a rarity from its archives: Bill O'Reilly interviewing Gerard Damiano, the filmmaker behind '70s adult film classics including Deep Throat and The Devil in Miss Jones, back in 1974. Yes, that Bill O'Reilly: Mr. frothymouthed hatebaiter, he of l'affaire falafel.

The novelty value of Bill O'Reilly having written it is interesting, and more so the fact that it was O'Reilly's first piece for the paper—ever the provocateur, old Bill. But more interesting still: some of the buried contents of the piece, which paint Damiano as a sort of of DIY, stick-it-to-the-man indie sex auteur who hates Jack Valenti and the MPAA, and loves both broads and sandwiches. Just like us, you guys!

Damiano paused to take a bite out of his sandwich and then related that The Devil In Miss Jones, his most successful picture, was conceived and made a few months after the release of Deep Throat. This time it took him a month to write the screenplay and he is proud that the film received some minor critical acclaim. He also enjoys achieving recognition from show business people: "I heard through the grapevine that many personalities are personal fans of mine and have all my films. Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Hugh Hefner, these people have all my films!

"I was in a restaurant in California recently and a waiter came over and said that if I didn't mind Mr. Cassavettes, John Cassavettes, would love to meet me. And here's a man who I have, throughout the years, admired for his talent; and here he was wanting to meet me.

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Wikirapes: Assange cleared in Sweden; Pentagon/CIA "sex trap" theories now limp, flaccid

The Associated Press reports that Wikileaks frontman Julian Assange has been cleared of all allegations of rape and "molestation" in Sweden. From all available reports, it sounds like the story involved a trip down the drama-hole between Assange and two female acquaintances, one of whom apparently volunteered with Wikileaks—not any act of physical coercion, and not any crime. Reason deftly debunks the conspiracy theories of Pentagon/CIA "dirty tricks," "smears," and "sex traps," which Assange himself blamed as the scandal spread this past weekend. Newsweek reports way, way, way more than I wanted to know about Mr. Assange's (alleged) intimate habits.

Wikileaks publishes CIA "Red Cell" memo on risks of US perceived as "exporter of terrorism" Swedish prosecutors issue, then cancel, arrest warrant for ... NYT debunks allegations of Pentagon "dirty tricks" behind ... Read the rest

NSFW tribute to Ray Bradbury

Rachel Bloom from Upright Citizens Brigade has a not-safe-for-work ode to the greatest sci-fi writer in history. Makes me want to do an answer song about Philip K. Dick.

F* Me, Ray Bradbury [also submitterated by teig]

Update: On August 19th, Rachel announced: "Just received a confirmation via e-mail that Mr. Bradbury ENJOYED THIS VIDEO!"

Update 2: The day before Mr. Bradbury's 90th birthday, Harry from Ain't It Cool News posted a momentous photo: "Here's Ray Bradbury's reaction to watching FUCK ME RAY BRADBURY..." Read the rest

To do in NYC Tuesday, Aug 17: Dr. Who-themed Burlesque Show

Boing Boing reader Jeff Simmermon says, "My friends and co-bloggers Cyndi Freeman and Brad Lawrence produce on a monthly burlesque show here in NYC called 'Hotsy Totsy.' It's always pretty fun, but this month's should be extra-special. The whole show is a tribute to Doctor Who." The pasties twirl Tuesday, August 17th. Read the rest

Canadian 'peter meter' youth program halted; tester charged with sexual assault

I've covered Canadian psychology hijinks before, and how a handful of them are leading the push to expand which sexual interests are mental illnesses.

Now comes another scandal that's like something out of Clockwork Orange.

Late last month, Youth Forensic Psychiatric Services in Burnaby, British Columbia was forced to shut down a decades-old program where troubled youths had a device placed on their penises while they were subjected to media depicting stuff like rape and child pornography. The final straw was when one of the test administrators was arrested for a sexual assault allegedly committed during leisure time.

The whole sordid story follows.

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iPhone users have more sex

The takeaway from this OKCupid blog post (sort of a followup on this one, previously Boinged) might at first appear to be that iPhone users are sluts. Or, that Panasonic cameras make you sexier than Nikons. But dig in, and you'll see that it's basically a primer on how to take flattering portrait photos. (thanks, Dean Putney!) Read the rest

The science of the booty call

"As much as you want to escape your biology, there it is, in your face. Humans have the illusion that they can escape their biology, but we're just like any other animal, the difference is our leash is longer. It appears that we have all this freedom to make these choices, but we really don't."—University of South Alabama psychology professor Peter K. Jonason, author of the scientific treatise "Positioning the Booty-Call Relationship on the Spectrum of Relationships" [PDF], interviewed in Salon. (via Oxblood Ruffin) Read the rest

Former softcore porn actress Jodie Fisher identified in HP CEO sex scandal

Above, while it lasts: the video demo reel on YouTube for actress Jodie Fisher (not Jodie Foster!), who was today identified by the New York Times, USA Today, San Jose Mercury News, AP, Reuters, and the Wall Street Journal as the contractor at the center of the sex scandal that led to HP CEO Mark Hurd's recent ouster.

Ms. Fisher's film credits include a number of softcore adult films of the "Skinemax"/latenight HBO variety, filmed in the '90s: "Sheer Passion," "Body of Influence," and "Intimate Obsession," among them. She also performed in the television series "Silk Stalkings," and the noted B-schlocker "Blood Dolls."

Ms. Fisher, who is now 50, worked as a contractor with HP's marketing division from 2007 to 2009. She earned "up to $5,000 per event to greet people and make introductions among executives attending HP events that she helped organize," according to the AP. As an actress, her most recent role appears to have been on the NBC-TV reality dating show "Age of Love," in which twenty- and forty-something women desperate to make mortgage payments claw each other's eyes out for the affections of tennis star Mark Philippoussis.

She is now (wait for it! shocker ahead!) represented by attorney Gloria Allred. Following, a screengrab of her Facebook page, which reveals that she likes listening to Eminem.

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Sudan: 19 young Muslim guys get lashes for wearing false lashes

In happy-fun, gay-friendly Sudan, 19 young men were each sentenced to receive 30 lashes and a punitive fine for the crime of having been videotaped while cross-dressing. The men had no lawyers. Read the rest

Indonesian parliament pwned by porn

As noted earlier today, the government of Indonesia recently commanded ISPs to block all internet porn within the country by the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan—August 11— or else. Today, some sneaky prankster managed to broadcast hardcore porn inside the Parliament, during government sessions. "The X-rated footage was visible to staff and journalists for 15 minutes before security staff were able to turn off the stream, local media report. The TVs are used to provide information on the day's political schedule." (thanks, Antinous!) Read the rest

Indonesia finds it hard to rub out internet porn

"It's really a hard thing to do in technical terms. For me, it's almost an impossible task."—Indonesian Internet Service Provider Association member Valens Riyadi. He and fellow ISPs are tasked with banning internet porn in the predominantly Muslim country "by Ramadan or else." Read the rest

Colin Christian's "silicone lady art"

Above, two works by artist Colin Christian. Matthew Bone has a neat post up about this guy at Nerdist.

A hopeful idealist, the women of Colin's armada are the amalgams of the many beautiful icons that he grew up worshiping, sanded and painted to a shiny perfection to match the streamlined clothing and provocative space gear that adorn his ladies. Though one could dismiss the work as being too sexy or kitschy, these sculptures embody what it's like to be a child, to see the world as a beautiful shiny egg to crack, one where sexuality, cooperation, and advancement are not hindered by closed mindedness or cynicism; basking in the embryonic glow of cinema and television has allowed Colin to create a 3-dimensional manifestation of how he sees, or hopes to see where technology, art, and science can take us. "As a species we must embrace technology in the right way, and leave this planet... When we leave our genitals will come with us, eventually spacesuits will get sexier."
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South African doctor invents "anti-rape" female condoms with "teeth"

Sonnet Ehlers, a doctor in South Africa, has designed, patented, and manufactured an "anti-rape female condom" with the unambiguous brand name Rape-aXe. Women who believe they are at high risk of being raped insert the device into themselves like a tampon, and wear it around indefinitely as a form of protection when anticipating risk. The "teeth" inside cause intense pain and potential injury to a male upon penetration, and basically clamp down, making exit from the device painful. The thing does leave damage. Snip:

Ehlers said she sold her house and car to launch the project, and she planned to distribute 30,000 free devices under supervision during the World Cup period. "I consulted engineers, gynecologists and psychologists to help in the design and make sure it was safe," she said. After the trial period, they'll be available for about $2 a piece. She hopes the women will report back to her.

I'm not sure how I feel about this. The design is ingenious, and it's certainly an interesting thing to talk about in a blog post. But I think I agree with the concerns of critics who say the device isn't a real solution to the problem of rape, and I worry that it could place the women who use it at higher risk for violence from men who find their "parts" trapped in the thing. Without getting too graphic here—other forms of sexual assault are still possible. And beyond that, the idea of carrying this thing around inside one's body is very strange:
It's also a form of "enslavement," said Victoria Kajja, a fellow for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the east African country of Uganda.
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