Have you ever opened a box or some sort of mega intense blister packaging, the contents of which was something “plastic”? And have you ever smelled that smell – that plastic, synthetic, new-but-kinda-meh smell? That smell was phthalates, wafting into the air. Phthalates make hard plastics (primarily PVC) more flexible. They
Girlfriends Films’ Paint (2013)
A few months ago, I reviewed Girlfriends Films’ first foray into boy-girl content – Voilà (2012), a collaborative effort with director B. Skow. Though the project had some high points, I really didn’t care for it… …but I was still excited to see where the “Skow for Girlfriends” collaboration would go. Both parties are
From Pony to Person
When I was a kid, I *loved* My Little Pony ponies. Now granted, I may not have played with those ponies in the way Hasbro intended, but I still loved them. Because they were little horses. Apparently though, since my childhood in the 1980s, My Little Ponies have turned into
An Assessment of the Damaged Goods Hypothesis (2012)
So this study came out recently – “Pornography Actresses: An Assessment of the Damaged Goods Hypothesis.” What to make of it? First and foremost – the study is published in the Journal of Sex Research, a peer-reviewed academic journal. The research team behind this work is made up of: James Griffith, Lea Adams,
Oriana Small’s Girlvert (2011)
I love memoirs, and I love autobiographies. It’s because I’m nosy, and it’s because I’m a sociologist. As a sociologist, I know that all narrative accounts – memoirs, autobiographies, biographies, documentaries, and more – are both useful and need to be taken with a grain of salt. This is because individual versions
Lena Dunham, “REAL” Lesbians, and Authenticity… again
Dr. Chauntelle’s Note: Some of you asked why my dislike of “Girls” (a la my Hot Holiday Gift Guide). Here’s some of why… As some of you may know, the idea of authenticity – of realness and fakeness, what (allegedly) constitutes what, and everything in between – both compels and
Presented without Comment: “Bro Porn”
In yet another example of invoking “porn” for clicks (read: sensationalizing for traffic/attention, so all the cool kids look at you, click baiting, etc), I recently came across this piece – “Bro Porn: Heterosexualizing Straight Men’s Anti-Homophobia Stances” by sociologists C.J. Pascoe and Tristan Bridges. le sigh I am not
Who’s Afraid of Peer Review?
I recently came across this article “Who’s Afraid of Peer Review?” by John Bohannon in the October, 2013 issue of Science (Vol. 342, no. 6154, pp. 60-65). In this piece, John explores what would happen if he (with the help of Science) concocted a spoof research article and submitted it to several open access (OA)
Madness Pictures’ Asian Mouth Club 7 (2013)
A while back, I got to review two titles from Madness Pictures – Latin Mouth Club (2012) and Young Mouth Club (2011). Both were POV blow job movies wherein some self-proclaimed “average guy” named Mo got sucked off by five different “latin” and “young” ladies, respectively. I honestly wasn’t expecting too much from either title.
Follow me, Brad Pitt!
I recently read this op-ed type piece in Jezebel, a site that I’m generally on the fence about, called “Follow Me? How Obsessed Fans Use Twitter to Hold Celebrities Hostage” (here). It really bothered me. Basically, the author is discussing how social media has intensified the “I know and deserve