Warnings From the Queer History of Modern Internet Regulation

Warnings From the Queer History of Modern Internet Regulation

Whether it is the “indecent” provision of the CDA or the sex work crackdown in the later Fosta-Sesta law, the brunt of laws that make internet service providers liable for certain categories of posts has inevitably fallen on marginalized users.

What My Dialup Youth Taught Me About Sex and the Internet

What My Dialup Youth Taught Me About Sex and the Internet

When it comes to sex, the internet underscores the gap between what young people want to know and experience, and what adults are comfortable with them knowing and experiencing.

This Year I Found Pleasure in the Work of Looking

This Year I Found Pleasure in the Work of Looking

Today, our main access points to the people around us, and to the larger world, happen through screens—in the last 10 months, Zoom became the primary spillway for how we reconstructed IRL traditions digitally: birthdays, game nights, weddings, funerals, work meetings, therapy sessions, happy hours, group workouts, dance parties (and even sex parties ) took place through a fuzzy rectangular screen.

Cyberpunk 2077 and the Meaning of Its Deadly Dildos

Cyberpunk 2077 and the Meaning of Its Deadly Dildos

“We're going to adjust them so that the dildos don't appear too out of place/context and distracting.” Meanwhile, a designer at the company who told me that he wished to remain anonymous an account of the “tumultuous PR” around the game said they’d put in all the dildos for two reasons: to be controversial, and also “to represent the cyberpunk future as sex-positive.”.

When Sex Toys Get the Tech-Startup Treatment

When Sex Toys Get the Tech-Startup Treatment

Lora DiCarlo, who runs the eponymous startup that won the award, quickly became a kind of spokesperson for both her own company and the broader category of sex-toy entrepreneurs trying to create better, smarter, well-designed products.

34 Best Cyber Monday Video Game Deals (2020): Switch, Xbox, PlayStation

34 Best Cyber Monday Video Game Deals (2020): Switch, Xbox, PlayStation

Well before Cyber Monday, there were tons of gaming deals swirling around the internet, like dust kicked up by the release of two new consoles: the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X .We hope our favorite Cyber Monday video game and accessory deals will help in these trying times.

The Best Black Friday Deals If You Work From Home

The Best Black Friday Deals If You Work From Home

Fully Jarvis Bamboo Standing Desk (30x24) for $475 ($44 off).This is one of the lowest prices we've seen on Fully's standing desk.Fully's Jarvis EcoTop Standing Desk is also on sale, and is slightly cheaper at $441 ($78 off).

31 Black Friday Phone and Tablet Deals We Love (2020)

31 Black Friday Phone and Tablet Deals We Love (2020)

And please note that our favorite Android phone is the Google Pixel 4A ($350).It's not discounted further for Black Friday but is still the best deal going.

One Woman’s High-Touch Bid to Upend the Sex-Toy Industry

One Woman’s High-Touch Bid to Upend the Sex-Toy Industry

By the time she rolled back into Vegas nine months ago, with her truck of robot dildos on the Strip, DiCarlo was more than a CEO: She was a conference-hopping activist, an icon on a mission to erase the shame around women's sexuality.

With VP Pick Kamala Harris, Joe Biden Gets a Digital Juggernaut

With VP Pick Kamala Harris, Joe Biden Gets a Digital Juggernaut

“I think especially when we think about operating in this new reality that we’re in, where you really need to build compelling digital experiences for people,” says Alfred Johnson, cofounder of Mobilize, an organizing platform used by Democratic and progressive campaigns.

A Study Finds Sex Differences in the Brain. Does It Matter?

A Study Finds Sex Differences in the Brain. Does It Matter?

Nevertheless, Raznahan has continued to study sex differences, in the hope that they could help us better understand neurodevelopmental disorders.

Covid Kills More Men Than Women. Experts Still Can’t Explain Why

Covid Kills More Men Than Women. Experts Still Can’t Explain Why

“We were all struggling with the circumstances of living under Covid and wondering how we would continue to work together,” says Sarah Richardson, a professor of the history of science at Harvard University and the lab’s director.

Coronavirus Has Created a Sex Boom—but Maybe Not a Baby Boom

Coronavirus Has Created a Sex Boom—but Maybe Not a Baby Boom

This story originally appeared on WIRED UK.Lelo, a Swedish luxury sex toy brand, says it has seen sales increase by 40 percent.Illicit Encounters, a dating website for those seeking extra-marital affairs, has experienced a 15 percent increase in activity based on this time last year.

Do Fans of Cartoon Porn Stars Hate (Real) Women?

Do Fans of Cartoon Porn Stars Hate (Real) Women?

A week and a half ago, Melody appeared on Chaturbate, a site that allows cam models to livestream sexually explicit videos and chat with fans.By the time Melody started streaming on Chaturbate, Digitrevx had imbued the character with a better command of English and an unquenchable sex obsession.

Deepfake Porn Harms Adult Performers, Too

Deepfake Porn Harms Adult Performers, Too

Sex worker Sydney Leathers hasn’t come across any deepfakes based on her porn scenes, but she is intimately familiar with what it feels like to have her work used to harass and debase another woman.

The Future of Sex Work Slams Up Against Big Tech

The Future of Sex Work Slams Up Against Big Tech

“As has been the trend, sex-positive imagery of any kind is slowly being washed away from social media,” Ford said, adding that he can imagine a future on these major platforms where adult content is forbidden completely.

‘Epstein Didn’t Kill Himself’ and the Meme-ing of Conspiracy

‘Epstein Didn’t Kill Himself’ and the Meme-ing of Conspiracy

See, despite its popularity among staunch Trump supporters like Gosar, the “Epstein didn’t kill himself” meme , while political, isn’t actually partisan.In fact, it’s because it’s so weird that it's become a widespread meme in the way other Trump-era conspiracy theories (like Pizzagate) have not.

All Hail the Blob, the Smart Slime Mold Confounding Science

All Hail the Blob, the Smart Slime Mold Confounding Science

And despite having no mouth, eyes, or brain, slime mold can remember things and solve simple problems.Slime molds reproduce by releasing spores that develop into sex cells, and for successful reproduction to take place then all that needs to happen is for two sex cells containing different variants of those sex genes to meet.

The Female Founders Disrupting the Vagina Economy

The Female Founders Disrupting the Vagina Economy

Again, the array of products on the market was making people having a perfectly normal experiences feel like icky outliers."We were hearing that people wanted a fully reusable product but were getting stuck on the difficulty of removing the cup," Wang says.

You Are Already Having Sex With Robots

You Are Already Having Sex With Robots

John Sullins, who studies the philosophy of robotics and artificial intelligence at Sonoma State University, thinks that virtual influencers like Lil Miquela are the “sexbot” most people are likely to interact with in the near future.

WIRED Takes a Good Hard Look at Dick Pics

WIRED Takes a Good Hard Look at Dick Pics

According to Cory Pedersen, a psychologist and human sexuality researcher at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, about 50 percent of the dick pic senders she interviewed had no qualms sending an unsolicited photo of their genitals.

Whitney Cummings—and Her Sex Robot—Take on Modern Womanhood

Whitney Cummings—and Her Sex Robot—Take on Modern Womanhood

In her new Netflix special, comedian Whitney Cummings shares the stage with an ultra-modern version of one of the most outdated comedy props imaginable, the ventriloquist dummy: a laughing, talking sex robot that looks just like her.

The Strange Saga of the Butt Plug Turned Research Device

The Strange Saga of the Butt Plug Turned Research Device

You might be thinking a lot of things at this point, hopefully among them: Why, in 2019, did a sex researcher have to go to such lengths to detect the physiological signals of orgasms?

Inside Backpage.com’s Vicious Battle With the Feds

Inside Backpage.com’s Vicious Battle With the Feds

On January 8, 2017, the Senate subcommittee released its final report, titled “’s Knowing Facilitation of Online Sex Trafficking.” It pushed the theory that Lacey, Larkin, Ferrer, and their employees had invalidated their liability protections under Section 230: Rather than removing illegal and obscene content, the Senate said, Backpage had helped develop it, using clever moderation practices to “sanitize the content” and conceal it from the eyes of the law—all in the name of earning a few extra dollars.

Caster Semenya and the Twisted Politics of Testosterone

Caster Semenya and the Twisted Politics of Testosterone

Joanna Harper, a trans woman and biophysicist who testified on IAAF’s behalf in the Semenya case, argues that testosterone levels are the most important metric for deciding sex because sports divisions are ultimately split between male and female, and a distinction needs to be made somehow.

First Big Survey of Births Finds Millions of Missing Women

First Big Survey of Births Finds Millions of Missing Women

But a massive effort to catalogue the sex ratios at birth, for the first time, for every country, shows that’s not such a smart strategy after all.“For so long people just took that number for granted,” says Fengqing Chao, a public health researcher at the Institute of Policy Studies in Singapore.

It's Either the Best Time or the Worst Time to Have a Baby

It's Either the Best Time or the Worst Time to Have a Baby

How Big Data Could Help Prevent Premature Births You Know What Else Can Reproduce Now? Robots Gadgets and Gear for Making (or Not Making) Babies Coming later this week: The Tricky Ethics of New, Noninvasive Prenatal Testing Childfree on Reddit—Because Apocalypse, That's Why Inside the Secret Facebook Egg Donation Groups The New Science of Male Contraception

Women's Pain Is Different From Men's—the Drugs Could Be Too

Women's Pain Is Different From Men's—the Drugs Could Be Too

Tailoring new medicines to men or women would be revolutionary, particularly considering that it took many years for women (and female animals) to get included in pain research at all.

Love, Death & Robots and the Rise of NSFW Netflix

Love, Death & Robots and the Rise of NSFW Netflix

Most of the episodes adapt science-fiction and horror short stories from the likes of John Scalzi (three episodes derive from his work, including "Alternate Histories" and "Three Robots") and Joe Lansdale (two episodes).

Don’t Get Your Valentine an Internet-Connected Sex Toy

Don’t Get Your Valentine an Internet-Connected Sex Toy

“Even simply opening the Bluetooth explorer on your phone will reveal nearby smart adult devices that are powered on.” When Bluetooth is used to hack into and take over a sex toy, it’s called “screwdriving”—a term coined by Pen Test Partners in 2017, when its researchers discovered that the Lovense Hush butt plug could be found and remotely controlled via Bluetooth.