A brief overview of what’s happened over the last week #InSearchOfPleasure.
Dipsea: immersive audio erotica experience for women’s ears
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Launched on December 5, Dipsea is the new app providing an immersive erotic experience by offering a library of short audio stories.
It’s a steamy version of Headspace designed to turn women on: if Headspace is meditation made simple, then Dipsea is arousal made simple.
Dipsea is a safe, carefree space that provides women with a context that helps them to silence the noise of everyday life, dive into a whole new comfortable ambience and get carried off to intimate experiences of pleasure.
Stories are 5-to-20-minutes long, written by women, men, and non-binary people, and are expressed through a “feminist, inclusive, and relatable” lens.
Some of the stories are first-person narratives and meant for solo sex, some are designed to feel more connected to a partner, and others are full-on fantasies. They are sorted into categories and are intended to make women feel more in touch with their body or their partner, to get them ready for a date or to dive into masturbation.
Dipsea is available on a subscription basis and costs $8.99 per month ($5.99 a month if you choose an annual subscription).
If you are a podcast consumer you probably know there are plenty of podcasts about real-life sexual adventures and romantic adult stories out there. But unlike them, Dipsea doesn’t look like those independent projects catered to a few niche listeners, it rather has that visual aesthetics of the enthusiastic San Francisco’s next-generation startups, catered to mainstream women’s ears.
According to Vox, Dipsea was born from a conversation between two friends – Gina Gutierrez, a brand and design strategist, and Faye Keegan, a technical product manager – who would often stay up late talking with their group about sex stuff.
Tumblr: censorship and the war against sex
Tumblr announced it will permanently ban adult content from its platform, starting on December 17th: after that day, any explicit posts will be flagged and deleted.
The auto-detecting algorithms already started flagging contents featuring porn and nudity. Problem is, the “adult content” cauldron is being filled with innocent, inoffensive posts like images of vomiting unicorns, raw chicken, a picture of Batman eating frankfurters and one of Gordon Ramsay showing a rice cake as if it was a boob.
In response, users have been sharing some of the flagged posts using the hashtag #TooSexyForTumblr, showing how ridiculous is this kind of censorship.
no boob allowed pic.twitter.com/D9aCCVSodo
— Noelle Stevenson (@Gingerhazing) December 3, 2018
But there are other consequences that are way worse than that: Tumblr was a safe, sex-positive inclusive space for many people of the online kink and queer community.
Entire blogs will be heavily censored and the work of people like erotic and adult content creators, sex workers, LGBT activists, sex educators and anyone else who might have cause to display what Tumblr considers to be a “female-presenting nipple”, will be dramatically impacted.
This ban is yet another attack on sex workers such as escorts and cam performers who used the site to build an audience, advertise for-pay adult content, build a community and vet clients. It comes after another major attack carried out by the US government with the FOSTA-SESTA law that holds online platforms responsible for content deemed to be related to sex trafficking and prompted the closure of many online small ads sites for escort and sex work listings. There’s also a viral misogynistic harassment campaign known as #thotaudit going on: trolls are threatening to report sex workers to the IRS – Internal Revenue Service.
These actions are marginalising sex workers who are left with extremely limited and unsafe options, including going back on the streets where it’s much more dangerous to work.
It’s ironic, but not funny at all, that Tumblr will institute the change on December 17, the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.
Knights of the Zodiac with a gender-swapped Andromeda Shun
Netflix is about to release yet another version of the Knights of The Zodiac, which is due out in the summer of 2019 and has already left fans disappointed.
Aside from the unfortunate 3D adaptation of an anime, the major issue is the producer’s choice to swap Andromeda Shun from a dude into a girl so to follow changes in society and show guys and girls working side-by-side to save the world.
Since the very beginning, Andromeda has been the only subversive, effeminate and sensitive male character with a gentle disposition and reluctance to resort to violence, who also became an LGBT hero.
The gender swap turned the original character into a poor cliched and stereotypical representation.
YouTube hosts erotic hypnosis videos that promise hands-free orgasms on command
I’ve been at the last Torture Garden event last Friday and the first person I happened to talk to was an erotic hypnotist claiming an ability to make you orgasm on command. Back home, while I was looking for this week’s sex news, my eyes set fell upon an article about YouTube videos using erotic hypnosis to lead you to hands-free orgasm.
Most of them feature hypnotic spirals spinning endlessly, dreamy voices and binaural beats.
If you think about that, it just makes sense: pleasure is generated in the brain, not in the genitals; the body just senses the stimulation of the brain. But it’s not enough: you have to cooperate and learn to give over control.
I did my research and apparently, there are two types of orgasms on command:
– instant orgasms known as “dry orgasms,” where the pleasure signals will come directly from the brain and not as much from the sensory nerves in the genital region and the muscles of the body, once triggered, will contract in exactly the same manner as they would during a natural or normal orgasm;
– “true orgasms,” achieved using trigger words, phrases, or – in case of hypnotist available – touches able to cause erotic arousal, lubrication, and, finally, orgasm.
I’m still sceptical, but it’s one of those things that are worth a try.
Netflix Canada just threw shade at the Ontario government’s sex ed curriculum
Last summer Ontario government decided to scrap the modernized 2015 sex-ed curriculum, which included information about online bullying, sexting and gender identity, and to temporarily revert to the previous program which had been formulated in 1998.
The controversial announcement caused debate and divide, since last Wednesday, when Netflix Canada took a political stance with a tweet that proved wildly popular, saying:
“since the Ontario sex-ed curriculum has gone back in time, you can “learn” about sex the way teens in the ’90s did: all the American Pie movies are now on Netflix.”
since the Ontario sex-ed curriculum has gone back in time, you can “learn” about sex the way teens in the ’90s did: all the American Pie movies are now on Netflix
— Netflix Canada (@Netflix_CA) December 5, 2018
On the subject of sexuality, Netflix has certainly something better than America Pie to show: a new series titled Sex Education is due for release on Netflix on 11th January 2019. All eight episodes will drop in one go. The coming of age drama comedy stars Gillian Anderson, The X Files’ Dana Scully, who will play a sex therapist and mother of protagonist Otis who will team up with a whip-smart bad-girl to set up an underground sex therapy clinic to deal with their fellow students’ weird and wonderful problems.
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This year’s Bad Sex in Fiction Award goes to yet another man
— The Independent (@Independent) December 5, 2018
Each year since 1993, the UK’s Literary Review has presented the Bad Sex in Fiction Award to “an author who has produced an outstandingly bad scene of sexual description in an otherwise good novel”. The prize is intended to “draw attention to poorly written, perfunctory or redundant passages of sexual description in modern fiction.”
In the award’s 25-year history, only three women have won the award and this year’s nominees were men.
Eventually, American author James Frey won the award for his novel Katerina and commented “I am deeply honoured and humbled to receive this prestigious award. Kudos to all my distinguished fellow finalists – you have all provided me with many hours of enjoyable reading over the last year.”
The award’s judges mentioned several bad sex scenes in the novel, including encounters in a car park and in the back of a taxi, and an especially bad extended scene in a Paris bathroom that features eight references to ejaculate.
James Frey found fame in 2004 with the publication of A Million Little Pieces. Then he was nominated for the bad sex award in 2011 for his novel The Final Testament of the Holy Bible.