Thursday, November 08, 2007

Sexuality in the 21st Century?

A compilation of quotes and ...

Internet Porn - The Lucrative Business of Online Sex
Video by Max Joseph, Jon Miller, Cameron Cohen, Music by Don C, GOOD Magazine

  • China is the world’s largest exporter of sex toys and novelties, with an estimated 1,000 factories involved in the manufacture of “adult healthcare products”. The Chinese government estimates that about one-third of all adult products and 80 percent of sex toys and condoms sold worldwide are made in China, with annual revenues from sales of Chinese adult products reaching RenMinBi 50 billion ($6.7 billion) in 2006.
  • A study found that both men and women reported experiencing an orgasm in about four percent of their sexual dreams. Orgasms were described as being experienced by another dream character in four percent of the women's sexual dreams, but in none of the male dream reports. Current or past partners were identified in 20 percent of women's sexual dreams, compared to 14 percent for men, and public figures were twice as likely to be the object of women's sexual dream content. Multiple sex partners were reported twice as frequently in men's sexual dreams. - ScienceDaily
  • Many older Americans routinely engage in vaginal intercourse, oral sex and masturbation, reported a landmark study into a long-taboo subject. Sexual activity reported among the 3,005 men and women who participated in the survey did decrease with age, particularly among the oldest participants -- from 73 percent among those 57 to 64 years of age to 53 percent among those 65 to 74 years of age to 26 percent among those 75 to 85 years of age. ... "Hopefully, this opens the door for conversation that might counter stereotypes," Lindau told reporters in a conference call. "If we regard older people as asexual, particularly as physicians, we really miss an opportunity to do important counseling and interventions for people who may benefit from them." - CNN

  • Virtual porn can be just as, if not more, satisfying than the real thing, asserts Sadako Shikami, a "Second Life" escort, putting emphasis on Second Life's sex-related users, scripts and objects as being the pinnacle of today's virtual, interactive sex. Regarding the current state of virtual porn online, "even though a real person created it, it's just a picture, a painting, a special effect. The main difference between hentai anime or Poser porn and Second Life porn is that there's a real person behind the avatar, or the furry, or the cartoon," maintains Sadako. "You can live out your wildest fantasies with a real person who shares them."
  • Development agencies have conventionally viewed sexuality as a health issue. Sex has been regarded as a source of danger, harm and disease. The words `love', `desire' and `pleasure' are absent from the development lexicon. - Institute of Development Studies, Sussex
  • Germany’s legal sex industry is estimated to make $18 billion annually [2006].
    Meaningful sex has to be value based. Values are personal. Each situation that has sexual energy in it, involves the whole human being and their entire value system. My values may be different from yours, and I have no right to be the moral judge of anyone's values. It is important, however, to have core values, and respect them. Without values, we become spiritually bankrupt. Sexual experience will never cause problems and will always be joyful, if lovers share the same values. - Deepak Chopra
  • The growth of electronically mediated sex will presumably reduce the number of flesh-to-flesh sex acts. There are millions of people in the industrialized world who spend significant amounts of time and money on Internet porn, sex chat, voyeur cams and interacting with sexual partners through Web cams and audio interfaces.

    These media will soon be joined by "haptic" and "teledildonic" equipment that will communicate a partner's caresses and allow you to feel them. Extrapolating to the latter 21st century, when full nanotechnology-based virtual reality is in use, we will be able to have as high-bandwidth a sexual relationship electronically as in the flesh. That will probably mean a lot more casual e-sex and more commercial e-sex. But for those special someones it will also mean more profound sex.

    Direct control of our brains will also mean that masturbation will be a lot more direct than the current manual methods. We will be able to directly stimulate our sexual pleasure centers pretty much invisibly, and as often as we like. Luckily we won't have to drive our cars manually anymore, or things could be very dangerous on the road. - James Hughes, Executive Director, IEET, bioethicist and sociologist
  • Catching sight of a pretty woman really is enough to throw a man's decision-making skills into disarray, a study suggests. The men's performance in the tests showed those who had been exposed to the "sexual cues" were more likely to accept an unfair offer than those who were not. Dr Siegfried DeWitte, one of the researchers who worked on the study, said: "We like to think we are all rational beings, but our research suggests ... that people with high testosterone levels are very vulnerable to sexual cues. The researchers are conducting similar tests with women. But so far, they have failed to find a visual stimulus which will affect their behaviour. - The Royal Society

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Thursday, November 29, 2007
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