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Is Watching Porn Making Your Brain Shrink?

Bad news for “men who watch large amounts of sexually explicit material”: The habit has been linked to less cerebral gray matter. 

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What the Isla Vista Killings Have to Do With ‘Misogynist Extremism’

When violent eruptions like the killings in Santa Barbara on May 23 happen, discussions in the news often—as they have in this case—focus on individual culpability as well as the assumed (and often substantiated) mental illness of the perpetrator.

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How Porn May Be Changing Your Brain

Internet pornography can turn into a destructive spiral of addiction that becomes all consuming. The dopamine released and the fantasy created have the power to rewire our brains forever.

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Can Sex Make You Smarter?

Having trouble remembering key things due to the stress of the everyday grind? Forget your ginkgo biloba tablets, have some sex instead.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Larry Flynt

The man who made his fortune selling pictures of naked women demonstrates virtue unmatched by most of his peers by writing against the planned execution of the man who left him paralyzed.

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One App’s Art Is Apple’s ‘Pornography’

Apple’s late CEO Steve Jobs once told an irritated blogger that the iPhone offered “freedom from porn,” but what about freedom from artsy photography?

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Porn Industry May Quit L.A. Over Condom Policy

We will do our utmost to report this story without cheesy double entendres. Here goes: Southern California is associated with various people, places and phenomena—Hollywood, spray tans and bottle blondes, beachside homelessness, that stretch of the 101 highway that’s always featured in car commercial, and porn, to name a few.

Posted on Jan 19, 2012 READ MORE



Web Waylays Cable Porn Profits

Internet porn causes pay-per-view sales to fall; a new chip will make HIV testing easy, affordable and readily available; meanwhile, mobile phones become more essential than toilets in the developed world. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Research Finds Straight Men Like Looking at Fat Women, Penises

A couple of neuroscientists looked through a billion publicly available Web searches from about a million people and told Salon, “There are almost three times as many searches for fat women as there are for skinny women” and “men search for penises almost as often as they search for vaginas.”

Posted on May 15, 2011 READ MORE


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Ex-Editor of Playboy Indonesia Jailed

The former editor of Playboy Indonesia has begun a two-year prison stint for publishing images of scantily clad women. Playboy Indonesia began circulation in 2006, but Islamic hard-liners found issue with the magazine’s ethos and started legal proceedings against its editor.

Posted on Oct 9, 2010 READ MORE



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Penthouse Offers to Buy Playboy

Is it media concentration if no one reads the articles? The owner of Penthouse magazine has offered to buy rival Playboy for $210 million in a move that would bring two of the largest men’s magazines under the same ownership umbrella.

Posted on Jul 16, 2010 READ MORE



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SEC’s Dirty Little Secret

One wonders if there is a smutty equivalent to Nero’s fiddling while Rome burns. If there is, it might be applicable to the senior staffers at the SEC who spent hours watching pornography on government computers instead of policing the nation’s financial system.

Posted on Apr 23, 2010 READ MORE


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Flynt Peeking Into Presidents’ Bedrooms for New Book

If ever there was anyone cut out for the job of researching presidential peccadilloes—while also looking into the flings of our nation’s first ladies—it quite possibly would be esteemed porn purveyor Larry Flynt. The Hustler impresario is working on a book on America’s sexed-up presidents ... (continued)

Posted on Mar 17, 2010 READ MORE


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The Fat Line Between Free Speech and Defamation

When criticized, many followers of one faith or another mistakenly perceive a personal attack, and tend to elevate the sacredness of their own individual beliefs at the expense of universal free expression, thus sullying the discourse before it can even begin.

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China’s Anti-Porn Crusade

A highly publicized campaign against Internet pornography swept China in 2009, with 5,394 people arrested and 4,186 criminal investigations conducted against the circulation of “smutty and lewd pictures”—a fourfold increase in smut cases compared with 2008.

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The Victims of Pornography

Pornography does not promote sex. It promotes masturbation. It promotes the solitary auto-arousal that precludes intimacy and love. Pornography is about getting yourself off at someone else’s expense.

Posted on Oct 11, 2009 READ MORE


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Prancing With Tom DeLay

As “The Daily Show” recounts, some conservatives, at least the type who attended last weekend’s Values Voter Summit, officially have an issue with homosexuality (paging former Miss California Carrie Prejean). So Jon Stewart finds former GOP ringleader Tom “The Hammer” DeLay’s sassy cha-cha number on Monday’s “Dancing With the Stars” a bit puzzling.

Posted on Sep 23, 2009 READ MORE


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50 Casualties of the Internet

The Internet has introduced a whole host of new marvels to the world, but as this list compiled by the U.K.’s Telegraph demonstrates, the Web giveth and the Web taketh away. And it has taken away a few things from users’ lives that we might miss (see: “The art of polite disagreement”)—others, not so much (cf. “Sarah Palin”).

Posted on Sep 9, 2009 READ MORE



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Google Caves to Porn-Weary China

Is China experiencing a pornography epidemic? Beijing’s obsession with porn blocking now rivals its attempts to stifle political dissent. On top of censorship software soon to be packaged with every computer sold in the country, China has told Google to limit its search functionality for fear of accidentally helping Chinese users find the good stuff.

Posted on Jun 21, 2009 READ MORE


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China to Censor Online Porn, Possibly Basketball

Starting July 1, every computer sold in China will come bundled with software designed to block access to pornographic sites and whatever else parents—and, critics fear, the government—want to keep at bay. As one of the software’s developers explains, “If a father doesn’t want his son to be exposed to content related to basketball or drugs, he can block all Web sites related to those things.”

Posted on Jun 8, 2009 READ MORE


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Craigslist Bites Back in S.C.

Craigslist is seeking legal action against South Carolina’s Attorney General Henry McMaster after McMaster criticized the online classifieds site despite the removal of its erotic ads section. Craigslist is, amazingly, looking for “declaratory relief and a restraining order” from the vigilantly moralizing Southerner.

Posted on May 20, 2009 READ MORE


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Utah Shows Big Love for Porn

Where in this great nation would you think the per capita consumption of pornography would be at its highest? Perhaps a decadent coastal blue state such as California or New York? Guess again, people—the answer is Utah.

Posted on Mar 2, 2009 READ MORE


Addicted to Fake Outrage

One thing is obvious after Michael Phelps’ marijuana “scandal”: Our society is addicted to fake outrage—and to break our dependence, we’re going to need far more potent medicine than the herb Phelps was smoking.

Posted on Feb 13, 2009 READ MORE


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Cable Provider Apologizes for Porn Invasion of Super Bowl

Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction was nothing compared to this: Super Bowl viewers in the Tucson, Ariz., region were treated to an unexpected 30-second pornographic interlude on Sunday, for which the Comcast cable company was obliged to apologize on Monday.

Posted on Feb 2, 2009 READ MORE


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Moore May Face Lawsuit Over Iraq Photo

A photograph of an American soldier cradling a mortally wounded Iraqi girl in his arms has become the source of potential trouble for Michael Moore. Apparently without photographer Michael Yon’s permission to use the picture, the filmmaker featured the image on his Web site in a way that Yon found objectionable.

Posted on Jan 15, 2009 READ MORE


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Sex and the SEC

Turns out that certain employees at the Securities and Exchange Commission weren’t just asleep at the wheel, as it were, when they should have been paying more attention to Bernard Madoff’s worrisome investment activities.

Posted on Dec 19, 2008 READ MORE


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McCain’s Warped Worldview

The world according to John McCain is one in which America is triumphant at home and abroad thanks to the Bush legacy, rolling to victory internationally and mastering its domestic economic problems. If daily news would seem to deny such a rosy scenario, then that only shows skeptics lack the courage that sustained McCain as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.

Posted on Aug 19, 2008 READ MORE


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Court Victory for DIY Porn Enthusiasts

There’s been a slight shift in the regulation of pornography in America, thanks to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, that might appeal to those of-age-and-consenting types interested in creating racy footage of themselves without the goal of profiting (monetarily, anyhow).

Posted on Oct 24, 2007 READ MORE


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Israel Reaches Out to Horny U.S. Men

After market research revealed that young American men “have no feeling toward Israel one way or another,” the Israeli consulate in New York came up with a foolproof plan to get their attention: pin-up girls. The shande for the goyim will take place in the July issue of Maxim magazine, which will feature Israel Defense Forces veterans taking it off for the homeland.

Posted on Jun 20, 2007 READ MORE


Flynt Trolls for Capitol Hill Sex Tales

Hustler founder and rabble-rouser Larry Flynt is once again offering money—$1 million, to be exact—to anyone who can prove that they have had an illicit sexual encounter with a member of Congress—the same strategy he used to try to root out Capitol Hill philanderers during President Bill Clinton’s impeachment ordeal.

Posted on Jun 3, 2007 READ MORE


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Format War Heats Up

If you’ve been struggling to decide whether HD DVD or Blu-ray is right for your next-generation video needs, consider this: The porn industry has apparently chosen HD DVD as its preferred high-definition format. Sony, beware: The same people who probably gave VHS a win over Betamax in the last major format war have taken sides.

Posted on Jan 14, 2007 READ MORE


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JonBenet Confession May Be Bunk

UPDATE: Authorities are questioning the veracity of the supposed confession described below.
John Mark Karr, a 41-year-old schoolteacher, has admitted to kidnapping and killing JonBenet Ramsey.  The surprise confession comes after 10 years of dead-ends and false accusations in a mystery that gripped the American imagination?and airwaves.
UPDATE: Thai authorities said Karr told them he drugged and had sex with the child, and then realized he had “accidentally” killed her.

Posted on Aug 17, 2006 READ MORE


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Perversion for Profit

Check out this ultra-campy educational film from the 1960s about the rise of pornographic culture. Money quote: “We know that once a person is perverted, it is practically impossible for that person to adjust to normal attitudes in regards to sex.” (h/t: BoingBoing)

Posted on Aug 6, 2006 READ MORE


Porn Industry Beats Hollywood to Internet DVDs

Pornography titan Vivid Entertainment will sell adult films through the Internet that can be burned to DVDs and watched on TVs. “Leave it to the porn industry once again to take the lead on this stuff,” says a think-tank analyst.

Posted on May 15, 2006 READ MORE


Supreme Court: Obscenity Still in Eye of Beholder

The Supreme Court has decided to leave it up to individual communities to decide whether something constitutes pornography. But in the borderless Internet age, what really constitutes a community?

Posted on Mar 24, 2006 READ MORE


Judge Orders Google to Turn Over Some Data

A federal judge says he will require the search engine company to provide the government with some search-query data in connection with the Justice Dept.‘s attempts to revive an online child pornography law. It’s unclear what kind of and how much data the judge will order turned over.
That strange shifting underneath your feet? It’s the slippery slope we’re all sliding down, toward an Orwellian future.
Truthdig’s Google expert Mark Malseed has the skinny on the implications of this battle.

Posted on Mar 14, 2006 READ MORE


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You’ve Got Jail

In case someone in the Justice Department is reading this, let me hasten to explain why I just clicked on the Victoria’s Secret online catalog photo featuring a certain “Very Sexy Lace & Mesh Garter Belt.” AOL made me do it.

Posted on Jan 24, 2006 READ MORE


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Google Vows to Fight White House Over Porn Probe

The Bush administration wants to know how often porn turns up in searches. Google is fighting the subpoena. At a time when companies like Yahoo are turning over records to the Chinese government, bully for Google for standing firm. | story

Posted on Jan 19, 2006 READ MORE


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