TIME Google

Google Bans Porn Ads From Search Results

Updated July 2, 4:39 p.m.

Following an earlier announcement of the change, Google has begun banning pornographic ads from its search engine. As of Monday, the company now blocks explicit content from AdWords, the Google ad units that appear above users’ search results and across the Web, according to CNBC. Google now no longer accepts ads that promote “graphic sexual acts with intent to arouse.”

Google first announced the change to its advertising policy back in March. The new policy affects all countries. The company also bans ads promoting underage and non-consensual sexual content, as well prostitution and escort services. However, Google does allow ads for strip clubs and what it terms “adult and sexual dating sites.” The changes will not affect the organic results users see when conducting Google searches.

The search giant has made several moves recently to limit the amount of explicit content on its services. Earlier this year, the company issued new developer guidelines for the Google Play store that banned apps featuring erotic content.

[CNBC]

TIME World Cup

This Porn Star Won’t Have Sex Until Italy Returns From the World Cup

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Rocco Siffredi appears on the Chiambretti Night Italian TV show in Milan on Feb. 4, 2012 Stefania D'Alessandro—Getty Images

Rocco Siffredi says sex really doesn’t compare with the collective orgasm that comes with winning on football's biggest stage

Animals are being trusted with prophecy, and one of Italy’s most popular porn stars is refraining from sex — all in the name of football. Welcome to World Cup 2014!

Italian adult-film star Rocco Siffredi has pledged to refrain from sexual intercourse to support his national team during its stint in Brazil, according to a video published on the porn star’s Facebook fan page.

“Guys, I’ve had thousands of orgasms, but there is one I will never forget. The one I had together with all of you. Do you remember when we won the World Cup in 2006?” said Siffredi in the video. “So for that collective orgasm [to happen again] I am prepared to go without my orgasms.”

Italy is currently competing in the tournament’s Group D and play England in their first match on Saturday evening, local time.

TIME Television

The Sex Factor: America’s First Reality TV/Porn Hybrid

The culture has moved on

Like pretty much every other reality TV show, The Sex Factor appears to have the ridiculous conceit, the not-so-polished acting, and the obligatory dude with a British accent; who’s to say it won’t be a success?

If that weren’t enough, the winner earns $1 million and the chance to do a scene with Belle Knox (the Duke University porn starlet).

I’ve got nothing to say, really, other than the trailer isn’t quite safe for work. But you already knew that from the title, didn’t you?

TIME California

New Bill Would Require California Porn Stars to Wear Condoms

Some fear California's lucrative adult-entertainment industry would flee to other states, but the lawmaker behind the bill says it's a matter of workplace safety

“No glove, no love” is the basic translation of the California Assembly bill that passed on Tuesday, requiring porn stars to wear condoms during film shoots.

The bill, which now shoots over to the state Senate, would additionally require porn studios to provide regular testing for sexually transmitted infections and diseases.

Some industry workers say such regulations would cause the $6 billion adult-entertainment industry to flee California, but the assemblyman behind the bill called the issue a matter of workplace safety.

“Whether you work in agriculture, manufacturing, health care, food service or any other industry, all workers deserve a safe workplace to make a living,” said Isadore Hall (D-Compton), who has unsuccessfully tried to pass similar legislation twice before.

Los Angeles County voters approved a similar law in 2010.

[AP]

TIME Internet

Now You Can Help Save the Environment by Watching a Bunch of Porn

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In honor of Arbor Day, an adult site will plant a tree for every 100 videos watched

Finally, someone has figured out an answer to that age-old question: How do I stream porn while also saving the Earth?

PornHub announced today that for every 100 video streams viewed in one specific category on the site, they’ll plant a tree in celebration of Arbor Day. The site is keeping a running tally of how many trees will be planted, and as of Monday afternoon, more than 11,000 had already been logged. Well, people on the Internet do love the environment.

(h/t The Daily Dot)

TIME Porn

Duke Porn Star Belle Knox to Host The Sex Factor Reality Show

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Freshman Duke University student and porn star Belle Knox will be hosting a new reality show. Here she poses at a television studio in New York City on March 18, 2014. Dennis Van Tine—Geisler-Fotopres/AP

The Duke University student who made headlines when she claimed her adult movie career was "empowering" is set to host a web-based reality show that pits 16 first-time porn stars against each other for a $1 million prize

Porn star Belle Knox will be hosting a new web-based reality show called The Sex Factor.

Eight guys and eight girls will compete against each other for “porn stardom” and a cash prize of $1 million. None of the contestants have been filmed before.

Belle Knox, the Duke University student who made headlines after being outed as porn star earlier this year, will be hosting the show, while other famous adult movie actors — Tori Black, Lexi Belle, Keiran Lee and Remy LaCroix — have been recruited as judges.

Fans watching the show will be able to vote on challenges attempted, the contestants’ porn names as well as deciding the winner. The show will call for castings via Twitter to be held in California from May.

TIME Social Media

What Porn and Social Media Have In Common

Porn has changed our view of sex. Now the online world is skewing our expectations for relationships

When I was a kid, I had to work really hard to find porn, but today kids have to work really hard to avoid porn.

It’s not just on porn sites. There are more than 20 million porn sites, but now there’s more porn on Tumblr than there is on some of these porn sites. We live in a world where the number one app right now for teenagers is Snapchat – an app that allows you to take a photo or video of yourself and send it to your friends and in 10 seconds, it disappears.

Snapchat knows that the majority of their audience is under 16, and some are using it to send inappropriate pictures of themselves. Facebook just offered to buy Snapchat for $3 billion, just because they want that younger demographic. They know what Snapchat’s for. We live in a society that rewards companies like that, even though we know that they sometimes encourage bad behavior. The online world has skewed our expectations and our view of the world.

People watching porn have come to make that their expectation. They think, “That’s what sex is. That’s what sex should look like.” Similarly, we place more value on how many likes that is going to get or how many Facebook friends I have than our face-to-face interactions.

My 10-year-old son has a Twitter account, and he was 300 friends on Twitter. He only has five friends in real life. I find it odd sometimes that he’s more worried about what his followers think than his real friends. I tell him, “But that’s not real.”

We live in a world that is so connected. We can FaceTime with someone in a different country. Some say we are the most connected generation of all time. But I think we are the most disconnected. Because that image you just got from that girl on Snapchat that disappears doesn’t have a connection. While I don’t think these are all bad things – the Internet, social media – it’s created this desire in us for something that is a fantasy. It’s not reality.

As a parent, I’m thinking, “How do we deal with this?” My kids are asking me every day about something, and I don’t even know what it is, much less how to handle it. How do I handle a house that by 2016 will 16 devices connected to the Internet? How do we just be present with one another? How do we handle this with our kids?

Staying informed and involved in the social media world will become more and more important in the next few years. Eighty percent of parents say they have no idea how to monitor their kids’ social media activities, according to a study released by McAfee. If you don’t know what’s going on in their world, how can you help them make good decisions?

If we as parents aren’t telling our kids how to handle social media, someone else will – and those people don’t always have our kids’ best interests at heart. I’ll be honest, I feel pretty lost in the social media world sometimes, but I know it’s important, and I know other parents feel the same way. That’s why I worked with others who are experts in the field to create iParent.TV, a subscription-based service that keeps parents ahead of the tech curve through reviews, articles, and videos.

But even more vital than staying informed is teaching our kids to unplug and experience the “real world.”

I think something special might happen if we put the devices down, sit around the table and have conversations face-to-face – if we build connections that way. That’s a connection you’re not going to be able to get online.

Craig Gross is the founder iParent.TV and of the website XXXchurch.com, two efforts designed to help those addicted to pornography and to protect children from exposure to pornographic material.

TIME society

This Chart Shows Your City’s Favorite Porn Genres

PornHub Analytics broke down 24 American cities by their top 5 favorite search terms

Ever wonder if people in your city enjoy the same kind of adult material as you? Adult site PornHub’s analytics team has provided a deep dive into major cities’ top 5 search referrals.

Digg points out that “massage” is in the top 5 for 22 of the 24 cities listed, while Lisa Ann appears to be America’s favorite porn star. Click around the interactive below for more insights into America’s most embarrassing guilty pleasure.

TIME Pop Culture

The Porn Studies Journal Is a Real Thing — And I Read It

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With article titles like 'Why Internet Porn Matters,' you can't go wrong

Want your academic journal to get some attention? Just make it free and about porn to bring in the ever-desirable “free porn” readership. Case in point: Porn Studies, the academic quarterly that published its inaugural issue today.

I read through the issue and, for better or for worse, anyone looking for titillation is likely to be disappointed. (Unless what turns you on is sociological analysis, in which case — it’s your lucky day.) Despite the tantalizing nature of its title, it’s dense albeit fascinating academic content, with articles like “People’s pornography: sex and surveillance on the Chinese internet” and “Finding gender through porn performance.”

But the sophistication of the analysis doesn’t mean there’s nothing relevant to the average reader in the journal: porn, it turns out, is at a turning point — at least academically. In the introduction to the journal, Feona Attwood and Clarissa Smith (of Middlesex University, appropriately, and University of Sunderland, both in the UK) explain why they think Porn Studies is needed: it’s gotten a lot easier to study the topic, as pornography has grown more accessible and the media has developed an interest in covering it, but the field is still young. While academics from many fields, from cultural studies to psychology, talk about porn, they sometimes talk around each other. Porn Studies aims, among other goals, to be the place where they figure out how to talk about it and research it.

Porn is becoming an important part of increasing numbers of people’s lives, although what that means to them is something we still know very little about. The ways that porn is produced and distributed have undergone rapid, radical and incremental change, but much of the popular discussion about those changes is still based on guesswork… Academic work has begun to chart these developments and the field has taken on a new urgency and significance given the continued position of pornography at the centre of controversies around media, gender, sexuality and technology. Pornographies, their spread, their imageries, their imaginaries and their consumption always have a high profile, but in the past decade or so interest in pornography has grown exponentially – with a concomitant increase in claims about porn’s effects, both positive and negative.

If Porn Studies succeeds in that goal, research about porn won’t be twisted into click-baiting reports on how porn is destructive — unless the research actually shows that it is.

But that time isn’t here yet. So if what you’re looking for are weird sex facts, here’s one standout: An analysis of the tags used to search for porn online showed there’s something extra-appealing about Danes. Though the researchers found that search terms usually follow predictable clusters in the “porn semantic network” (“spanking” and “latex” go together, as do “upskirts” and “voyeur” — makes sense), some terms work as bridges between interest clusters. One of those terms is “Danish.” The researchers don’t go into why, and we don’t have any guesses either.

Also, there is such a thing as “fair-trade porn” and it’s not a joke; it describes content made with feminist ethics in mind. Also, there are ten distinct ways that consumers use pornography. Who knew?

One paper found, somewhat depressingly, that one of the major reasons users look at porn is because they have nothing better to do. Now, though, that reason is obsolete — anyone can just go read Porn Studies instead.

TIME Sex

The Duke Porn Star is Right: Kink Can Be a Feminist Choice

Duke adult film star student, Belle Knox, poses for a photo on March 5, 2014 in Los Angeles.
Duke adult film star student, Belle Knox, poses for a photo on March 5, 2014 in Los Angeles. Joe Kohen—Getty Images

The university student/adult film actress penned a controversial xoJane essay defending rough sex. She's right-- there's nothing un-feminist about kink

Duke porn star Belle Knox is back in action, this time with a long manifesto on XOJane about why loving kinky sex doesn’t make her a bad feminist. She also made her strip-club debut in New York this week, and announced on Fox that she’ll be returning to the Duke University campus this week despite the slut shaming and death threats.

Knox argues that she enjoys fantasies of sexual degradation (specifically rough oral sex) and that preference has no bearing on her feminist status.

The truth is: If a woman fantasizes about being dominated and degraded, it does not mean she actually wants or deserves to be dominated and degraded IN REAL LIFE. It does not mean she deserves to be name-called even though during a sexual act that might be the exact thing that turns her on.

Feminism means I can take ownership of what I enjoy sexually and that sexuality does not have to determine anything else about me. You might. But I will not.

Because feminism is not a one size fits all movement.

You tell ‘em, Duke porn star. She also says:

We play around with roles and identities while we are working out issues that are long buried in our subconscious. I’m an ambitious young woman. I’m a student at Duke. I’m a slut who needs to be punished.

Can you guess which one of those is a role?

Knox’s point would be better made if her whole porn career was some kind of long research experiment for a Women & Gender Studies paper. As it is, there are a few worrisome things about her essay, like the fact that 1) she is still a teenager, 2) she admits in the piece to a history of depression and cutting herself, and 3) defending porn as feminist is itself kind of problematic, because it’s often so dude-centric–despite a growing market for feminist porn. And some argue that violent sex fantasies inspire real life sexual violence, although there’s not a lot of scientific consensus on whether that’s true.

MORE: The Duke Porn Star Isn’t as Empowered as She Thinks

But she’s ultimately right that empowered women can also enjoy kink. Feminism is not a gulag– it’s not like there are guards that will shoot you if you try to escape for the night. Let’s get rid of this idea that feminism is an all-or-nothing pursuit that has to be 100% consistent because, as early feminist Margaret Fuller’s BFF Ralph Waldo Emerson put it, “consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.”

And last time I checked, penises and vaginas don’t have politics. Since when do our sex lives have to correspond with our political leanings? Some people (not me) might think Paul Ryan is hot, okay? And other people think Illinois Republican Rep. Aaron Schock is “schockingly” sexy. It doesn’t matter if our politics align, because this is a sex fantasy, not a voting booth.

Besides, isn’t the whole point of a fantasy to be an escape from what other people think is appropriate? If what you’re doing is “appropriate,” it’s probably not hot. I don’t even want to know what a politically correct sex life would look like, but it sounds boring.

Just because many of us can’t imagine anyone enjoying rough (consensual) oral sex, doesn’t mean it’s not possible that some women do. I can’t imagine anyone enjoying a tuna salad sandwich, but that’s still a popular lunch choice.

If the Duke porn star actually does love rough sex, good for her. The problem would be if she were just pretending to like it in order to fulfill some guy’s fantasy. Some women feel like they have to pretend to like kink because their boyfriends want to recreate the porn they watch. But she insists that’s not the case, and we should believe her.

We believe sexual assault survivors when they say the sex wasn’t consensual. We should also believe Belle Knox when she says it was.

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