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Teen says parents installed cams to keep him from masturbating

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A teenager from Alaska took to Reddit to ask for legal advice after his parents installed security cameras in his bedroom and bathroom. The 15-year-old was caught masturbating by his dad after which his parents made him promise that he would no longer touch himself.

According to the teen his family has a rather outdated attitude towards sexuality. They believe that any sexual activity before marriage is taboo. He was also not allowed to participate in his school’s sex ed classes.

His dad told him that he will check the cameras daily to hold him to his promise that he would no longer masturbate. Something that, if true, would be illegal in most countries of course.

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Four conclusions from studying the most popular gay porn

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Dr. Joseph Brennan is a media and communications professor at the University of Sydney and has done an extensive amount of research on gay porn, particularly how it’s marketed and its reception.

“Beyond talk of the ‘pornification’ of gay culture or the mainstreaming of gay porn,” he said in an interview, “I believe more simply that gay porn has played a historically important part in our community.” He has published a handful of papers on the topic. Here are four things he has learned during his research.

1. Guys with smaller penises tend to be marketed as ‘feminine’ bottoms in porn.

This matters for two reasons: First, it stands in opposition to reality, in which desire — rather than penis-size — determines a partner’s sexual role.

Second, Brennan found that tops in porn are frequently described as “masculine,” “aggressive” or “take-charge,” while bottoms are described as “boyish,” “slutty” and even “hysterical.” These descriptions reinforce gender stereotypes that depict bottoms as more feminine. Such stereotypes affect the perceptions of gay porn viewers and perpetuate porn scenes that exhibit the same sexual dynamics over and over again.

2. Viewers like “abuse” and “exploitation” porn, unless it’s too real-looking.

While researching gay porn news sites, Brennan found that “sites with graphic rape simulations and themes of exploitation seem to thrive online.” One such site is Boys Halfway House, a site where the camera uses a first-person point-of-view to put viewers in the role of a predatory social worker preying on poor, younger boys in need.

Gay porn viewers get turned on by taboo power dynamics, but Brennan adds, “Viewers make distinctions between ‘good’ (stylised) and ‘bad’ (uncomfortably realistic) abuse porn.” A recent article on this study concluded, “There seems to be a fuzzy line that, when crossed, makes viewers feel like they’re participating in rape culture.”

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What to do with your ex’s nudes

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ou’ve spent the last 20 minutes contorting your body into weird, hopefully flattering positions and praying that the sweat you’ve worked up translates as a seductive glow. You’re thinking about arching your back and angles, making sure nothing distracting is in the background, and what kind of facial expression says this was effortless and now you want to fuck me.

What you’re not thinking about is what the lucky receiver of your nudes is going to do with them weeks, months, years later—once the two of you are no longer a thing, sexually speaking at least.

Many people assume, or at least hope, that once they end a relationship or fling with someone, their nudes perish—meeting their fate as their exes’ fingers smash that delete button.

Unfortunately, though, your nudes gifted to lovers past are likely alive and well, forgotten and floating around someone’s iCloud at best, or remembered and retaining the potential to ruin your life publicly at worst.

By now, we’re all familiar with the cyber crime of revenge porn, which one in 25 Americans have been victims of, according to a study published by the Data & Society Research Institute. But what about nudes from former flings and relationships that don’t end up distributed online or elsewhere? Where do they go? Read on…

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PornHub wants to buy Tumblr

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Yahoo pretty much managed to drive every single company they acquired into the ground. Tumblr is no exception. After the site banned nudity in December to attract more advertisers, the platform’s traffic crashed in record time. Now Tumblr is allegedly up for sale. If only someone would have told Yahoo that advertisers don’t particular care for sites with no users.

And according to BuzzFeed there’s at least one party that’s very much interested in buying it: PornHub. If this sale actually happens this would of course mean a complete 180° on Tumblr’s stance on nudity seeing how PornHub is all about spreading, well, porn.

PornHub Vice President Corey Price told BuzzFeed: “Tumblr was a safe haven for those who wanted to explore and express their sexuality, adult entertainment aficionados included. We’ve long been dismayed that such measures were taken to eradicate erotic communities on the platform, leaving many individuals without an asylum through which they could comfortably peruse adult content.”

Tumblr was sold to Yahoo for $1.1 billion in 2013. Yahoo then was bought up by Verizon. But by 2016, Yahoo had written down the blogging platform’s value by $230 million. With the massive exodus of angry users after the nudity ban, the site would probably cost a lot less nowadays.

Spanish Nazi party tries to show how scary gays are, accidentally creates adorable queer mascot

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Spain elected a new parliament a few days ago and while the socialists won by a big margin there is also reason for concern: Vox, a (very) far-right party made it into the parliament for the first time with more than 10% of the vote, gaining 24 of the 350 seats.

Among many other shitty opinions Vox is, of course, extremely anti-queer. In an attempt to rally their supporters to “defend Spain” they posted a hastily put-together image showing a Lord of the Rings character representing Spain in the fight against evil.

None of these bogeymen were a surprise but the way they decided to represent queer people stood out because whichever intern was tasked with finding a symbol to show how scary The Gays™ are did a terrible job and picked the most adorable little ghost (probably from this artist).

Queer folks in Spain promptly adopted and reclaimed the lil spook. They named him Gaysper (personally I would have voted for Rainboo) and it didn’t take long until the memes started flooding social media. He even got his own Twitter account.

Gaysper: They’re afraid of me because I’m a ghost. Right, mom?
Mom-sper: No, my darling.
Mom-sper: They’re afraid of you because you’re free.
Gaysper: ✨

 

The Trevor Project supports queer kids via text & chat 24/7 now

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As of today, the Trevor Project’s suicide prevention and crisis intervention services for queer kids are more accessible than ever. The organisation has long provided a 24/7 phone line, but now its text and chat services have gone 24/7 as well, for the first time in the Trevor Project’s 21-year history.

The Trevor Project made the move with Generation Z in mind – kids who grew up owning smartphones They are more comfortable with text and chat services than with speaking on the phone or in-person interactions, according to Trevor Project officials. A third-party evaluation of the group’s services found that 63% of those who used its text and chat services reported doing so because they felt like it was easier to be themselves on those platforms.

Converse Pride collection got a bit queerer with new trans sneakers

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Pride sneakers have become a common sight around the season and Converse is the first out of the gate this year with a new collection. The popular brand is currently advertising the line on social media. The shoes are available for purchase now. They’ll set you back $60-80 (including shipping).

For the first time, trans-themed sneakers are also available. Most other releases have been rainbow-themed as a nod to the pride flag. Converse’s lineup includes eight different designs. All designs have rainbow-flags on the bottom of the soles. They’re available in both adult and children’s sizes.

The latest line doesn’t seem to be accessible in Europe yet but it’s probably just a matter of time before retailers across the pond start stocking them. In previous years, they have been available for purchase from places such as Schuh and Office. The former is actually stocking LGBT-themed Vans at the moment.

Rest in Peace, Nigel

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Nigel Shelby, a 15-year-old Hunstville, Alabama took his own life last week after he was bullied for being gay at his high school. He was in 9th grade.

Since his death, friends and family have spread messages of love and tolerance across social media. A fellow schoolmate of Shelby, Nadia M. Richardson, started a mental health awareness campaign called No More Martyrs.

“I am still processing this loss, we have so much to understand and so much work to do. Racism, sexism, homophobia, classism; all of this plays a part. Bullying is a by-product of a world ill-equipped to include that which is deemed different. As a result, psychologically damaging othering occurs and leaves many isolated, self-loathing and depressed. Don’t shy away from the necessary conversations around this. The cost is too high.”

And the bullying didn’t stop after his death. A police officer was suspended after writing an anti-gay post on an article about the suicide. Deputy Jeff Graves wrote the comments on a post shared by a TV station from Nigel’s hometown.

He wrote: “Liberty, Guns, Bible, Trump BBQ. That’s my kind of LGBTQ movement. I’m seriously offended there is such a thing such as the movement. Society cannot and should not accept this behavior.”

Recommended Reading: Our culture of shame is failing LGBTQ+ youth. Nigel Shelby’s story is a tragic reminder of how we’re failing our most at-risk young people.