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Virginia Church Holding ‘Porn Sunday’ Events

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via Mediaite:

The Church at Hampton Roads in Virginia is holding something called Porn Sunday. And no, it’s not what you’re thinking, you people with your dirty, filthy minds…

No, this Porn Sunday is about warning people that porn is sinful and dangerous and all that other stuff. But the fact that the church is advertising it with signs that just read “PORN SUNDAY” everywhere is a little off-putting.

Pastor Joel Brown explains, ““Pornography baits and switches you. It’s an addiction that will kill your business, your family, your relationships… It might be uncomfortable, but I think the best thing for us to do, if we truly love our kids, is to equip them before they go and see the collateral damage of an addiction.”

And on their website, the church explains the purpose of their Porn Sunday events:

We understand the devastation that pornography is having on our society– Marriages, relationships, our careers and our kids.

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An Oral History of Porn: The Rialto Report

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I spoke with Ashley West, the man behind the Rialto Report (Editor’s Note: This website contains graphic images).

RR-image1Why an oral history of porn?

The birth of modern porn has been chronically under-served by chroniclers so far.

As a result, history has been entrusted to self-important academics whose principal talent is to suck all life out of a subject, or the sex media whose mission is to sell more product by titillation, or well-meaning fans who believe that every film is an undiscovered classic, or the mainstream media who have a monotonous need to find a narrative of abuse.

We wanted to give a voice to the original pioneers, the cowboys of the industry back when it was the Wild West, and ask them the obvious questions: Why did you do it? What was it like? And what effect has it had on the rest of your life?

The fact that most of the people we speak to are now in the autumn of their lives adds a huge amount of poignancy, pathos and value to their perspectives.… Read the rest

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Pope Pius II Wrote an Erotic Book

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You are in luck, Disinfonauts! I was looking around in our storage room and I came across 5 extra editions of 50 Things You’re Not Supposed to Know Vol. 1 by Russ Kick. It had previously been sold out of our store. SRP price is $9.95, but we’re selling them for $7.98. Get ‘em while you can.

In the meantime, enjoy this excerpt from the book itself.

Before he was Pope Pius II, Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini was a poet, scholar, diplomat, and rakehell. And an author. In fact, he wrote a bestseller. People in fifteenth-century Europe couldn’t get enough of his Latin novella Historia de duobus amantibus. An article in a scholarly publication on literature claims that Historia “was undoubtedly one of the most read stories of the whole Renaissance.” The Oxford edition gives a Cliff Notes version of the storyline: “The Goodli History tells of the illicit love of Euralius, a high official in the retinue of the [German] Emperor Sigismund, and Lucres, a married lady from Siena [Italy].”

cover1It was probably written in 1444, but the earliest known printing is from Antwerp in 1488.… Read the rest

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Does Watching Porn Make You Stupid?

F2_jordy_porn_550Poor Jordy.

Something about this sets off my bullshit detector, but I’m no scientist. However, I do know that most guys watch porn or at least have at one time or another. It’s hard to find statistics without dredging up a bunch of crap from the usual purveyors of moral outrage, but what little I could find suggested between 70% and 77% of American men watch porn. (and I bet a healthy slice of the one’s who say then don’t are lying.)

Anyway, this reminds me of all of the anti-masturbation stuff people used to believe… Wait. Used to? Forgot about this.

Researchers found less grey matter in the brains of men who watched large amounts of sexually explicit material, according to a new study.

The research, which appears in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, could not determine if porn actually caused the brain to shrink however, and the authors called for additional study on the topic.

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NSA’s Secret Plan To Spy On Radicals’ Internet Porn Habits

In the recently published satirical novel by Dave Eggers The Circle, any politician or opponent of the omnipotent social media monolith that is at the center of the plot is derailed with revelations of their Internet porn habits. As it turns out, that was exactly the plan of the good ole NSA (National Security Agency), at least until Edward Snowden screwed things up. From Huffington Post:

The National Security Agency has been gathering records of online sexual activity and evidence of visits to pornographic websites as part of a proposed plan to harm the reputations of those whom the agency believes are radicalizing others through incendiary speeches, according to a top-secret NSA document. The document, provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, identifies six targets, all Muslims, as “exemplars” of how “personal vulnerabilities” can be learned through electronic surveillance, and then exploited to undermine a target’s credibility, reputation and authority.

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The Rise of Microporn

Vine_apps_logoOK Vine users, now we know your dirty secret, courtesy of New York Magazine:

David is a 21-year-old guy from London who listens to Kendrick Lamar, obsessively watches the British TV drama Top Boy, and tweets about grades and drugs. Whenever he feels like it, he pulls down his pants, points his phone toward his crotch, and tapes himself masturbating for six seconds. He publishes the results on Vine, a microvideo app dedicated to the quick and easy sharing of Internet catnip: pets acting cute, skateboarders falling down, and — inevitably — porn.

In the first eleven days after David joined Vine, he racked up 47 explicit videos, 50 followers who liked what they saw, and — he says — three women who wanted to meet up with him in real life. Unlike a professional porn star, David never needed to show up on set, ejaculate on cue, or show his face.

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How The Internet Is Rebuilding The Porn Business

Screen Shot 2013-08-15 at 9.09.18 AMApparently the pornography industry is broken. The Kernel‘s James Cook details how the Internet is fixing porn’s problems:

In 1972, the film Deep Throat heralded a dramatic change in the way that pornography was viewed by the general public. Here was a pornographic film that was beloved by America’s rich and famous: John Lennon, Martin Scorsese, Gore Vidal, Truman Capote – all had been charmed by a new twist on a hackneyed format.

But watching Deep Throat today, it feels twee and over-produced. The soundtrack rises to the fore, with the director cutting sex scenes to meet musical cues. But it’s this strange film from 1972 that commences with a jazz cover of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” that is symptomatic of excesses of the porn industry that are now being stripped away.

According to a post on prominent anti-porn activist Gail Dines’ website, men who become addicted to porn “increasingly seek out more extreme material – the kind of material that in the past disgusted them”. Porn addicts are seeking out something that they feel is missing.

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UK to Require Registration to View Porn on Internet

Talk about the nanny state! From the Telegraph:

The Prime Minister is to announce that in future, every internet user in the country will be asked whether they want to have access to pornography.

A joint British and American “task force” will be created to tackle obscene websites, while Google and other search engine providers will be required to draw up a “blacklist” of the most depraved and illegal search terms, Mr Cameron will announce.

The initiatives will also include new measures to stop children accidentally stumbling across explicit but legal pornographic images in public places, according to well-placed sources. The six biggest companies providing access to wireless internet in cafés and railway stations have all signed a deal to block legal pornography where children could view it. The roll-out of “family friendly Wi-Fi” is expected to begin from the end of August.

The moves follow concern that hardcore and violent images are damaging children’s lives while access to illegal child pornography has been linked to high profile crimes…

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