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Self-isolation can be boring and lonely. Annie Spratt/Unsplash

Porn use is up, thanks to the pandemic

Online pornography is one business that's booming during the coronavirus pandemic. A psychology researcher explains its pull and whether there are likely to be longer-term effects of this surge in use.
Paul Maginn

What happens in Vegas … why consent matters in ‘Sin City’ and other sex tourism cities

Just because a space is hyper-sexualised doesn't mean consent doesn't matter. In fact, it becomes even more important that everyone understands and observes agreed boundaries.
With the ubiquity and availability of devices connected to the internet, access to pornography is easier than it has ever been. (Charles/Unsplash)

Watching pornography rewires the brain to a more juvenile state

Cognitive neuroscience finds that regular consumption of pornography affects the centres of the brain responsible for will power, impulse control and morality.
Fans take photos of adult film actress Ange Venus at the Adult Video News Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas. Reuters/Steve Marcus

How male ‘porn superfans’ really view women

There's a strand of radical feminist thought that claims porn causes misogyny. So four researchers decided to test this idea – and descended on a porn expo to study the beliefs of the male attendees.
Pornography can give women new sexual ideas and make them feel like their body and their sexual preferences are normal. But there are downsides too. Claudia van Zyl

Many young women find pleasure in sexually explicit material but it still reinforces gender inequality

Most young women we interviewed said they gained pleasure watching sexually explicit material, but their focus was often on their male partner's needs, desires and expectations, rather than their own.
The body plays a crucial role in Instagram influencers’ selfies. https://pixabay.com/photos/adult-body-bra-woman-lingerie-1869735/

How highly sexualised imagery is shaping ‘influence’ on Instagram - and harassment is rife

A study of Instagram influencers has found most employ a highly sexualised aesthetic drawn from mainstream adult film. And many are subject to sexual harassment, ranging from aggressive comments to physical threats.
Tumblr’s new rules will likely shut much of the LGBTQ youth activity. Here a chaptered LGBTQ youth themed comic on Tumblr. Akshay Varaham

Why Tumblr’s ban on adult content is bad for LGBTQ youth

LGBTQ youth use Tumblr more frequently than others. The platform has provided a safe space for youth to explore sexual identities and find crucial support. A new regulating policy may change all that.
Trans porn star Korra Del Rio camming from her room in Las Vegas. Sophie Pezzutto

Why adult video stars rely on camming

With pirated and amateur pornography widely available online, porn no longer provides a steady income for many working in the adult industry.

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