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Feature of Valentine and Ember in Crash Pad Series episode 188. All of the photographs in this NSFW Sunday come from CrashPadSeries.com. The inclusion of a photograph here should not be interpreted as an assertion of the model’s gender identity or sexual orientation. If you’re a photographer or model and think your work would be a good fit for NSFW Sunday, please email carolyn at autostraddle dot com.

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Valentine and Ember in Crash Pad Series episode 188

+ The twentieth-century writers, poets, artists, actors and musicians you love were all sleeping together:

“Maybe it’s because so many of them congregated in Paris, a city that retains its romantic allure long after others (New York, Berlin) usurped its place as hangouts for the world’s writers and painters and photographers. Maybe it’s because the old system of wealthy benefactors allowed for more freedom than today’s toxic combination of late capitalism and viral social media. Or maybe it’s because the effect of history is to draw out drama at the expense of vast examples of mundanity, and the ‘creatives’ of today will appear to have lived just as exciting lives as Simone de Beauvoir or Orson Welles. Whatever the reason, the biographies of 20th-century artists — the letters, the beguiling muses, the more or less agreed-upon non-monogamous trysts — challenge even the most cynical to resist the glamour of sepia-toned gossip.”

Nenetl Avril and Verta on top of each other on a bed and starting to undress

Nenetl Avril and Verta in Crash Pad Series episode 199

+ Abstinence-only sex education does not work. In Nigeria, sex-positive helplines have been working to counter a chronic lack of non-abstinence-related information:

“‘We make sure that social stigma doesn’t affect our services. We also don’t provide textbook answers but true medically accurate responses,’ explains Akinfaderin-Agarau. ‘A lot of sex education in Nigeria is focused on disease prevention which can be sex-negative and fails to address the real concerns young people have.’

Akinfaderin-Agarau also explains that sexual orientation and gender violence are taboo topics in Nigerian society, which makes it even harder for young people to get the answers they need from their parents, teachers and health administrators. ‘Consensual sex between same-sex partners is prohibited but we get questions about sexual orientation and same sex practices all the time.'”

Mistress Kara and Stefani Special in Crash Pad Series episode 220

+ Zinnia Jones reviewed the Magic Wand Rechargeable (and some attachments) at Hey Epiphora, writing about how hormone therapy changed the way she comes (and how long it takes) and how the Magic Wand Rechargeable’s lower, rumblier settings and forever battery have been a great solution.

+ At Oh Joy Sex Toy, TeMel writes about 24/7 BDSM, noting: “24/7 doesn’t mean we spend our entire time engaged in BDSM. We both have normal jobs and our daily life. 24/7 means: a consensual dom-sub situation can happen always and everywhere.”

+ What do you do if a partner dies during sex?

+ The genderless-nipples Instagram account has been messing with censors.

+ What can you do when antidepressants torpedo your sex drive? Tell doctors and partners what’s going on, consider whether it’s drive or orgasm, change the dose or medication and explore other types of sexual play.

+ Fetlife is the latest in a long history of sex-related companies being denied credit card processing. Under Trump, problems with credit cards are only the beginning.

Daisy Ducati and Jessica Creepshow in Crash Pad Series episode 214

+ BDSM porn company Kink.com will no longer film in the San Francisco Armory, the historic literal armory it purchased 10 years ago, and will instead turn the building into offices and a less sex-focused event space:

“The move is being driven by the weakening economics of the porn business as well as ambitions that Kink.com founder Peter Acworth has for the Armory, a 200,000-square-foot, Moorish Revival castle of a structure.

Over the last three years, as porn has migrated to free sites, membership groups like Kink.com have struggled to make up revenue, Acworth said. Kink.com’s membership has dropped from 50,000 to 30,000, and its revenues have dropped by 50 percent. The company laid off half its workforce a year ago and is focused on providing an Internet platform for BDSM entertainment, rather than creating content.

‘Porn is not nearly as profitable as it was,’ he said. ‘We have had to change our business model.’

Joey Minx and Jessica Creepshow on the edge of a bed

Joey Minx and Jessica Creepshow in Crash Pad Series episode 203

Carolyn Yates was the NSFW Editor (2013–2018) and Literary Editor for Autostraddle.com, with bylines in Nylon, Refinery29, The Toast, Bitch, Xtra!, Jezebel, and elsewhere. They live in Los Angeles and also on twitter and instagram.

Carolyn has written 1039 articles for us.

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