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The “Wankband” Will Harness The Power Of Masturbation To Charge Your Electronics

Clean, renewable energy could be as simple as charging up while getting off.

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If "Turn on, tune in, and drop out" was the rallying cry of 1960s counterculture, will "Log on, jerk off, and power up" become its modern-day equivalent?

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It doesn’t get more sex positive than Cindy Gallop. The advertising maven turned startup queen is on a mission to depornify sex. Her MakeLoveNotPorn platform provides a forum for people to discuss sex. Real sex. Not that lights, camera action stuff.

“We live in a puritanical double standard culture,” explained Gallop during her 2009 TED Talk. “Where people believe that a teen abstinence campaign will actually work. Where parents are too embarrassed to have conversations about sex with their children. And where educational institutions are terrified of being politically incorrect if they pick up those conversations. And so it’s not surprising that hardcore pornography defacto has become sex education.”

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A Hotline Helps Porn Performers Get Out Of Uncomfortable Positions

A long-running non-profit advocates for adult film stars’ wellbeing through thoughtful industry reforms and resource sharing.

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Back in 1998, David Foster Wallace (working under a pseudonym) dissected the late-20th century world of pornography for Premiere magazine in an article entitled “Neither Adult Nor Entertainment.” Later published in 2005’s Consider the Lobster essay anthology as “Big Red Son,” the cheeky bit of anthropology is at turns funny, disturbing, and downright sad. In one of the story’s darker areas, Wallace recounts a string of recent suicides and breakdowns amongst pornographic actors and actresses, who have cracked under what the author sees as an increasingly predatory and extreme industry. In this context, he name-drops a little-known social service, the Protecting Adult Welfare (PAW) hotline, one of the few resources adult performers have to voice their concerns, learn about their legal protections, and seek support and guidance.

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How to Market Plastic Vaginas: Don’t Call Them Vaginas

Inside the marketing world of the Fleshlight.

If you ask Brian Shubin what he does for a living, he’ll tell you he’s in plastics manufacturing. If you press him further, he’ll say his work involves injection molding. Ask again and he’ll tell you what he molds: vaginas.

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