All Week in Review installments for this month are dedicated to Joani Blank, founder of Good Vibrations, who passed away at the age of 79 on August 6, 2016. We are incredibly thankful for Joani’s life-long dedication to promoting sexual health, education, pleasure, and empowerment; as well as for her work toward creating safe and inclusive sex shops for all consumers.
Every Friday, The CSPH shares stories, reports, and headlines focusing on sexuality, gender, sexual health, sexual politics, and more that we’ve come across during the week. These may be stories we found to be controversial, thought-provoking, or just plain interesting. Without further ado, here is the roundup for the week of September 16th, 2016!
Firstly, we have a couple of exciting events coming up at the center! Next Saturday, September 24, erotica writer and editor Annabeth Leong will be leading a Writing About STIs workshop in conjunction with Coming Together: Positively Sexy, a charity anthology with this theme that she’s putting together to benefit the CSPH. Then on October 1 is our Jumpstart Your Career in Sexuality ONLINE workshop; which breaks down the different careers available today, allowing participants to understand the sexological job market, higher education options and finally, how to submit successful certification applications. Registration is $50 and can be done at this link.
Just last week, the House of Representatives voted unanimously in favor of passing the Survivor’s Bill of Rights Act; guaranteeing that survivors of sexual assault will have access to gathering and preserving physical evidence without having to pay for those essential services. The bill also sets universal guidelines for protecting the rights of survivors of sexual assault at the federal level.
Life imitates art! I think it’s safe to say that for most of us who have seen the eggplant emoji, we all thought about what the little purple veggie REALLY looks like… well, somebody else out there agreed and just last month the scandalous emoji officially hit the sex toy market as a 10 speed, watertight vibrator made of medical grade silicone.
Earlier this summer, a reddit user who purchased an old Macintosh computer from Craigslist was surprised to discover pixelated smut on it in the form of some good ol’ fashioned 1980s “interactive erotica”. The very dated flash animation game, called MacPlaymate, because it’s on the Mac (HAH!), actually spurred immense public backlash in the late 80s for what many felt were sexist themes and disturbing depictions of sexual violence toward women. The game also started a lot of conversation on the evolution of technology and how it will factor into our sex lives, not unlike the discussions occurring today around sexual activity with intelligent robots.
Speaking of technology and high-tech sexy times: Ela Darling, creative director and co-owner of VRTube, is on track to become the very face of virtual reality porn as she paves new ground developing holographic 3D porn for the Occulus Rift system.
Finally, in case you missed it, you should check out Laci Green’s video highlighting some creepy, low calorie facts about the practice of circumcision in North America.