The ‘free speech’ site isn’t the first to lose its web hosting. Here’s how the adult industry works around similar sanctions.

In the wake of the Capitol riots last week, technology companies cracked down on Parler, a self-proclaimed “free speech” social media network, saying it failed to take down calls for violence. These measures extended further than the social media content warnings and suspensions that are usually at the heart of…


Politicians are finally talking about sex work, but they still don’t really get it

For decades, politicians have debated the laws governing sex work without including many actual sex workers in the conversation. But that dynamic has begun to change. In recent years, sex worker rights movements have become more visible than ever before; not just on the streets or in the media, but…


Whatever precautions I’ve felt necessary to protect my privacy, hiding my face from the world has never been one of them

Almost 20 years ago, I started a new life for myself. …


Improvements in access enabled by telemedicine can literally be a matter of life and death

Over the past few years, telemedicine — a term broadly used to describe any method of remotely accessing medical care, including over the phone, through email, or via video chat — has gone from a sci-fi proposition to an increasingly ordinary part of health care.

In many parts of the…


Andrea Barrica, who launched one of the industry’s most popular sextech startups, wants to usher in a revolution to upend the oppressive mores of Silicon Valley

Andrea Barrica never expected to have a career in sextech — or even a career in tech, period. She grew up in a strict Filipino Catholic household, where sex was only discussed as something harmful. …


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These two deeply divergent attitudes towards sex and romance could be seen as symbolic of a real-world schism

A few years back, I fell really hard for one of my friends. Though we never quite reached a level of intimacy that one might call dating, on more than one occasion an evening of drinking would land the two of us in bed together, and my passions for him…


Sex will never be safe. Use protection.

For most of human history, sex has been unavoidably risky. Until the advent of modern biology, the mechanisms behind pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) were poorly understood. …


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While some activists hope amending Section 230 would end revenge porn, doing so could also take away safe spaces

In the mid-1990s, when the internet was still relatively new, Congress passed a 26-word provision as part of the Communications Decency Act that has shaped social media and online platforms ever since.

The provision, known as Section 230, says that internet companies are not liable for their users’ content. It…


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Erotic deepfakes are only going to make the question of sexual ethics muddier and more confusing

In a 1990 episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, a socially anxious crew member named Reginald Barclay manages his fears and insecurities by retreating to the holodeck, where he programs fantasy versions of his fellow crew members. His male colleagues are recast as his adoring acolytes, while his female…


By design, telemedicine offers flexible appointment schedules, low-cost care, and the ability to discreetly access health care

When Sheila first got married, she was a serious Catholic who believed using contraception was a sin. But after seven years of marriage, three kids, and giving up her beliefs to become an atheist, birth control began to seem much more appealing. …

Lux Alptraum

OneZero columnist, Peabody-nominated producer, and the author of Faking It: The Lies Women Tell About Sex — And the Truths They Reveal. http://luxalptraum.com

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