Observations • 05.11.12
China Bans Gen-Xers from Sex on Gondolas
Between censoring anything that has to do with my livelihood (porn) and cracking down on my interests (artistic pursuits and individual rights) China’s someplace I might want to visit but not really someplace I’d want to live.
But if there’s anything that proves that people are the same no matter where you are, it’s their need to have sex. I suppose if you’re in a country with over a billion people, it could be pretty hard to find someplace to get a little alone time.
Thirty-somethings in Henan province are resorting to wire gondolas for their nooners. The gondolas are suspended fairly high in the air, so it’s a cheap way to get into the mile high club without having to deal with contorting your body in an airplane’s bathroom. The problem’s so bad that signs have been posted to ban the coitus.
That’s not the strangest detail, though — the signs specifically name people born in the ’90s to stop their sexing. I suppose coming of age during the time of grunge music and being a slacker contributes to a higher libido.
Is that a Vibrator on your Facebook Newsfeed, or Are You Just Happy to See Me?
Thanks to social networking, we live in public.
Whether you’re someone who argues that it’s creepy and gives government agencies with three letter acronyms carte blanche access into your life, or you’re someone who thinks that there’s really no such thing as privacy, there’s no way to completely avoid Facebook.
But talking about the bowel movement you just had is just the start. Social News Apps, or apps on Facebook that broadcast what you’re reading, watching or listening to, is the latest way to prop up your feeling of inflated self-worth. News organizations like The Washington Post and The Guardian are on board with this, so you can let your friends know that you really do care about those poor factory workers in China you read about on your iPad.
There’s a downside to all this sharing — sharing too much. People are discovering that when they’re browsing or reading about adult material, the fact that they’re looking at this stuff is posted on their Facebook account.
As one person emailed to The Consumerist: “I logged onto Facebook and first thing in my newsfeed is that my friend happened to be reading about vibrators. I already think this feature is annoying, now it seems to be getting very TMI.”
Religious Websites Have more Malware than Porn Sites, Study Finds
The next time some holy roller takes on a holier than thou attitude about your porn surfing habits and ends it with that often-heard acorn about XXX rated sites being a cesspool of viruses and malware, throw this back in their face: religious sites actually have more security threats than porn.
That’s the finding of a security report released by Symantec (you know, the guys who make that anti-virus you keep on meaning to renew).
“We hypothesize that this is because pornographic Web site owners already make money from the Internet and, as a result, have a vested interested in keeping their sites malware-free — it’s not good for repeat business,” the report states.
It makes sense to anyone who thinks it through. The last thing any adult webmaster wants is a site that’s a known threat to customer security. With the anti-virus and firewall software that’s available, people do find out about this sort of thing. Porn consumers are also generally more savvy than most when it comes to computers and networking.
A guy’s got to get his porn somehow, right? Salvation, well, you can take care of that tomorrow.
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