It has long since been argued that continued exposure to something over a length of time will reduce the shock value of whatever it happens to be, from violence in movies to swearing in public. Now according to a [URL="http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2007-12-12-porn-study_N.htm"]report[/URL] researchers at the Brigham Young University have suggested that the availability of 'pocket porn' via the Internet and mobile phones has led to a sea change in how women react to pornography. The full study is to be published in the Journal of Adolescent Research in January, but enough detail has been leaked ahead of publication for us to know …

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If you’ve ever checked out of a grocery store, you’ve seen [I]Cosmopolitan[/I], [I]Seventeen’s[/I] hussy mother, prominently on display in magazine racks next to packs of Juicy Fruit and 2-for-1 Heath Bars promising “7 New Ways to Satisfy Your Lover.” The editorials, which are laughable at best, have helped bring men from Mars and women from Venus past their relationship issues together on a mattress here on Earth. If you’re sick of paying for yearly subscriptions to the world’s leading estrogen journal to have to sift through 150 pages of perfume ads to learn "The Passion Pretzel" or the "Frolicking Fruit …

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Security researchers reveal ways that willy-waving Chatroulette users might be leaving themselves open to much more than accusations of just being dirty perverts as privacy attack scenarios are explored. [attach]15830[/attach]If you have ever been tempted, like so many male Chatroulette users, to show complete strangers the contents of your trousers new security research might persuade you not to join in this offensive nonsense. Video chat services such as Chatroulette enable random strangers to get virtually connected, but the lure of perceived anonymity and a somewhat ironic assumption of privacy has meant that it has attracted a somewhat unsavoury crowd of …

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The media seems to have been a-buzz this week following the release of the top search terms from 14.6 million searches picked up by parental control service OnlineFamily.Norton - mainly because it 'revealed' that kids are searching for sex online. I am a parent myself, of young kids, and while of course I was shocked to discover that 7 year olds were looking for porn (and that search term was in position number 4 in the 7 and under age group according to Symantec which operates the service) I certainly would not get my knickers in a twist over finding …

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At the start of the year, Barry Collins (news editor at PC Pro magazine) published an [URL="http://www.pcpro.co.uk/features/354457/whatever-happened-to-second-life"]interesting piece[/URL] on how he had recently revisited Second Life having three years earlier found it to be packed full of folk doing lots of things including having lots of virtual sex, only to find that the place was now virtually deserted. Except, that is, in those areas where people can have virtual sex of course, which were as busy as ever. Linden Lab CEO Mark Kingdon took issue with this image of Second Life being some kind of dirty virtual world where sex …

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It has been one of the great blogging success stories, not to mention literary mysteries. But now the true identity of the Diary of a London Call Girl blogger has been revealed, by Belle de Jour herself. The blog, based upon a secret life covering 14 months as a high class escort and prostitute in London, spawned a successful national newspaper column, a best-selling book and even a TV movie. For a number of years now speculation has been rife as to who Belle de Jour really was, with the media 'outing' everyone from the editor of the Erotic Review …

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The University of Central Florida is currently knee deep in $434,000 of federal tax money programming a video game for teenage girls which acclimates them to the pressures of sexual advances in social environments. Working with UCF’s Institute for Stimulation and Training, Dr. Anne Norris, statistician and methodologist for the College of Nursing’s Office of Research, hopes to implement her groundbreaking software into local middle schools as an aid in preventing teen pregnancies and encouraging abstinence amongst pubescent young adults. [ATTACH]16184[/ATTACH]“They have an opportunity to interact with the avatars and they'll earn points for particular social skills that they develop. …

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The Consumerist is currently running a [URL="http://consumerist.com/5160187/identifying-yourself-as-a-lesbian-gets-you-banned-on-xbox-live"]story[/URL] about how a gamer was first harassed by other players and then booted off Xbox Live by Microsoft. Her crime? Admitting she was a lesbian in her gamer profile. According to the report she was harassed online by other gamers and when she complained to Microsoft was told that gamers found her sexual orientation offensive and her suspension stood. Microsoft [URL="http://consumerist.com/5161145/microsofts-policy-regarding-identifying-sexual-orientation-on-xbox-live"]argues[/URL] that the terms and conditions of use for Xbox Live forbid the creation of a gamertag or use of text in other profile fields "that include comments that look, sound like, stand …

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For the longest time there has been an implied, some might even say explicit, connection between computer infection and online pornography. According to one developer of AntiVirus software that connection has now been well and truly broken. Ondrej Vlcek, the CTO at [URL="http://www.avast.com"]AVAST Software[/URL], has announced the results of research which suggests that for every 'adult' site that is infected in some way there are 99 sites with non-sexual content that are also infected. That's worth running by you again, websites with non-adult content outscore porn sites when it comes to being infected by a ratio of 99:1 "We are …

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Today the news has come through - some would say it's a good thing, some will be appalled - that the XXX domain has had approval from ICANN, the authority that sets things up. Personally I'm delighted, but not necessarily for the reasons you might think a 45 year old man might have. I'm first delighted because as long as the owners of these domains play ball, and as long as the adult entertainment industry moves itself to the new domain, it's going to be really easy to filter out. Second, although as a 17 years-married man the female body …

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If you see a message on Facebook, apparently coming from one of your friends, and promising a link to the 'sexiest video ever' then whatever you do, don't click on it. The video link messages promise a 'candid camera prank' seemingly involving a woman in a short skirt riding an exercise bicycle, but [URL="http://www.sophos.com/blogs/gc/g/2010/05/15/sexiest-video-facebook"]according to security experts at Sophos[/URL] actually delivers a malicious payload via a rogue Facebook application instead. Like so many scams of the type, this one will inform any Facebook who does click on the link that they need to install specific video player software to view …

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Plenty of people have done it, gone online pretending to be something they are not. Indeed, plenty of men have gone online into chat rooms, forums, virtual worlds and social networking sites pretending to be women. Usually it is for the attention, sometimes it is for the sexual kicks of a gay guy getting chatted up (or even engaging in [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry1057.html"]cyber-sex[/URL] with) an unsuspecting straight man. Most people do not enter into this game of false identity with blackmail and sexual assault in mind though. Yet that is precisely what an 18 year old teenager from Wisconsin is charged with …

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About a year [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story220410.html"]ago[/URL], three girls fought charges of child pornography -- of themselves -- for refusing to attend 10-hour class on pornography and sexual violence after they were arrested for taking pictures of themselves [I]en deshabille[/I]. Now, the district court not only barred the district attorney from initiating any criminal charges against the girls, but criticized the district attorney’s reliance on the girls’ presence in the photographs as a basis for the potential charges, noting that their presence did not prove they possessed or transmitted the photo, according to an [URL="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/18/education/18sext.html"]article [/URL]in the [I]New York Times[/I]. However, the Third …

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The issue of teens taking naked pictures of themselves with their cell phones and sending them to other teens has been an issue of increasing [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story220134.html"]concern[/URL], with teens being [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story220410.html"]slapped [/URL]with child pornography charges, simply by virtue of the fact that the subject of the picture was under 18 -- even if the photographer took the picture him- or herself. However, now there's a case where the pornography charge may be justified: An 8th grade boy in Massachussets allegedly sold nude "sexts" of his 8th-grade (presumably, now, former) girlfriend to his classmates for $5 apiece, according to press [URL="http://www.nydailynews.com/news/2010/03/09/2010-03-09_eighthgrade_boy_allegedly_sells_nude_sexts_of_girlfriend_for_5_a_piece.html"]reports[/URL]. The …

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Who could forget the saga of sex.com, the domain that just continues to keep giving? Indeed, it has had such a history that books have been written about it and kept many a journalist in beers for good measure. The rights to ownership of the sex.com domain were at the centre of a 10 year long legal fight, involving allegations of theft from the original owner and all sorts of shenanigans thereafter. Eventually the legal wranglings got sorted, the rightful owner got his hands on the domain certificate and eventually sold it. The last time it was up for sale, …

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I am old enough to remember the Westworld movie which starred Yul Brynner as a malfunctioning robot cowboy. It also featured sex robots, androids which allowed paying punters to indulge their every sexual fantasy. Of course, Westworld was a big hit in 1973 and I guess it was only ever going to be a matter of time until that fantasy became a technological reality. Some 27 years on and the world's first sex robot has made an appearance in Las Vegas at, perhaps somewhat fittingly, the recent AVN Adult Entertainment Expo. The Roxxxy TrueCompanion is said to be more than …

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Teens who take revealing pictures of themselves to send to other teens are getting more than embarrassment: They're getting a criminal record as a sex offender. The problem of revealing teen pictures has been getting a great deal of attention lately, with a [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3651.html"]recent survey[/URL] finding that 36 percent of teen females and 31 percent of teen males have posted or electronically sent nude or semi-nude pictures of themselves. But now, because both the senders and the recipients are underage, teens are starting to get slapped with child pornography charges -- charges that will, as the saying goes, be on …

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If it wasn't bad enough that someone is filing for a trademark to cover an adult-oriented games console called a SexBox, the world's largest adult entertainment company is seeking approval from Sony to turn its entertainment console into a PornStation 3. Silican Xtal Corp, a San Jose based integrated circuit manufacturing company, has filed a trademark claim with the US Patent and Trademark Office for a SexBox. The filing refers to a "Video Gaming System Console comprised of computer hardware with unique user controls which plays interactive Adult Only rated video game software titles." I cannot imagine that the Microsoft …

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It has not been the best of days for Google. First there were the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4339.html"]reports about Gumblar[/URL], a Google SERPs manipulation that is growing at an unprecedented rate. And now it seems that porn has been thrown into the Google mix, or at least into the Google Gadgets mix. I was first alerted to the problem by [URL="http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/AdSense/thread?tid=1f2a75fa61bc721e&hl=en"]a thread[/URL] which appeared the official Google AdSense support forums which revealed that the main [URL="http://www.google.com/ig/directory?synd=open"]Google Gadget Directory page[/URL] included not one, but two, explicit sex related Gadgets. One is called Akrosex Sex Videos and the other Beautiful Naked Women Pics. You could …

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Remember the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3821.html"]teenagers[/URL] getting charged with child pornography for taking revealing pictures of themselves with cell phones? They're fighting back. According to an [URL="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/26/us/26sextext.html?_r=1"]article[/URL] in the New York [I]Times[/I] by Sean Hamill, 17 students -- 13 girls and 4 boys -- accepted a plea bargain requiring them to attend 10-hour class on pornography and sexual violence, and accept random drug testing. Only the students in the pictures -- not the people distributing them -- were threatened with legal action. But three girls, who refused to attend the class even after they were threatened with a charge of sexual abuse of …

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That's what Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart is claiming as part of a federal lawsuit by the Illinois lawman. The lawsuit is seeking a ban on one part of Craigslist, namely the Erotic Services section, which is accused of acting as a clearing house for prostitution. According to [URL="http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article5856408.ece"]The Times[/URL] Dart is arguing that Craigslist facilitates prostitution because it has not put into place any method to block those who blatantly offer sex for money. Sheriff Dart, speaking at a press conference, insisted that "Craigslist is the single largest source of prostitution in the nation" and that "Missing children, runaways, …

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The usual image of a stalker is some creepy bloke obsessed by some TV star, following them around and making unwanted advances. When it comes to the online realm, however, it would appear that we might have to redraw that stereotype. New [URL="http://www.yasni.co.uk"]research[/URL] has revealed that while 50 percent of the Brits polled admitted to using search sites and social networks in order to spy on former partners and enemies alike, women were more likely to be doing the online stalking than men. Yes, some 62 percent of women 'fessed up to searching for an ex-partner using online tools while …

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The Chinese Government obsession with eradicating all 'lewd' and pornographic content from the Internet marches on. It all started back in 2007 when the authorities [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry1407.html"]declared war on porn[/URL] and setting a seemingly impossible target of purging the web of sexually-explicit images, stories and AV clips within a six month time scale. Of course, it proved to be exactly that, impossible. But that has not stopped the Chinese Porn Takeaway, indeed we reported recently how the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3853.html"]latest purge[/URL] has seen 41 people arrested in January, along with 1250 pornographic websites closed down. Some 3.2 million pieces of 'porn' have also …

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MySpace is many different things to many different people. To the young it is an online home where they can hang out, chat and discover new music for example. To Mum and Dad it is often seen as being something of a [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry1304.html"]parental nightmare[/URL]. To the tabloid media it is a hunting ground for perverts. Of course, the tabloid press have never really had what you might call a firm grip on the realities of the Internet since the get go, so that kind of attitude is often treated with a large measure of incredulity. However, now it would appear …

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Remember when China officially declared war on Internet pornography and set a target of just six months to purge the Web of sexually explicit images, stories and AV clips? No, well [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry1407.html"]read this[/URL] to refresh your memory. While you are at it, make a note of the date: that story was posted back in April 2007. A little more than six months ago, and yet porn is as much of a reality in China today as it was back then. In 2007 the Vice Minister of the Ministry of Public Security, Zhang Xinfeng, was quoted as stating that the [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/20625/53/"]boom …

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You cannot have missed the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3629.html"]story[/URL] this week about how a picture of a naked girl on an album cover led to Wikipedia being blacklisted by the Internet Watch Foundation in the UK. That blacklisting, which in turn prevented people from being able to edit Wikipedia posts depending upon their ISP, was [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3638.html"]lifted[/URL] after a global media protest about treating the virtual image differently to the real one. Being in possession of the original Scorpions album would be unlikely to lead to a prosecution, so how come the exact same image was being treated as 'potentially illegal' when found on …

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Sex on the Internet is nothing new, in fact it has been one of the great unspoken drivers of ecommerce and ecommerce technology over the years. Selling stuff on the Internet is nothing new, it too has been pivotal in driving online development. In particular, when you think of eBay and Craigslist, the development of communities where ecommerce and social networking mix. Now Craigslist and sex have driven straight into each other as the [URL="http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/southwest/orl-sexsting2008oct20,0,5583584.story"]Orlando Sentinel[/URL] reports. Apparently some thirteen people in Polk County have been arrested following a sting by the Sheriff's Office there which targeted people trolling for …

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File under the strange things that social networking sites think will stop sex offenders, or maybe that should be really stupid things because Faceparty has [URL="http://www.out-law.com/page-9136"]reportedly[/URL] deleted the accounts of most of its users who are over the age of 36 for just that reasoning. Yep, although it beggars belief, Out-Law.com says that Faceparty claims UK Government law is behind the move even though the particular legislation in question has yet to come into force. It reports that a "huge number of accounts" have been deleted for a number of reasons to do with filtering out the potential sexual predators, …

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Research by security as a service specialists [URL="http://www.scansafe.com"]ScanSafe[/URL] has proven something that pretty much everyone knew already: namely that people working at home are more likely to view online pornography than those stuck in an office somewhere. I mean, it hardly needed a survey to dig up that little gem, but I guess at least now there are figures to back up the belief. The survey results reveal remote users of company laptops are actually two and a half times more likely to visit porn sites. However, perhaps the really interesting statistics come when we, or rather those remote workers, …

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For the longest time, the Children’s Online Protection Act, signed off by President Clinton way back in 1998, has been a contentious issue in the US. It was originally kicked out of town, well Philadelphia anyway, after a federal district court banned the enforcement of the law, and a federal appeals court agreed, as did the Supreme Court in June 2005 when the ban was upheld. However, the Supreme Court did send it back to district court as part of a fact finding mission concentrating on the effectiveness of Internet filtering. Which is where my attention gets grabbed, as someone …

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