Mashable: What the hell is the Omegaverse, and why is it all over TikTok?

Mashable: What the hell is the Omegaverse, and why is it all over TikTok? “The phrase has been part of fanfiction communities for the better part of the last decade, but it gained mainstream traction on TikTok in the past month. The tag #Omegaverse has over 357 million views on TikTok, and corresponding keywords like alpha, omega, and beta have racked up views in the millions as well….With excruciating self-awareness, here is an explainer on the Omegaverse for a hapless millennial trying to understand yet another TikTok trend.” Lots of sexual content, though probably not in a way that will trip a Web filter. I found myself giggling a lot.

Daily Beast: Sex Parties Are Back. Vaccines Are Optional.

Daily Beast: Sex Parties Are Back. Vaccines Are Optional. “Welcome aboard the Cancun Boobs Cruise, an adults-only party where nudity is encouraged and topless women dance to club remixes. It’s not a sex party exactly, though some swingers do attend to meet like-minded couples. As the catamaran cuts through the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean Sea, people are ready to forget about the pandemic for a few hours. Guests aren’t required to wear masks (but staff do), which makes it easy to relax and unwind. But then, one moment brings everyone back to reality: the daily clap for essential workers who are vacationing on board. Consider it the X-rated version of New York City’s famous 7 p.m. applause.”

New York Times: People Are Still Having Sex. So Why Are S.T.D. Rates Dropping?

New York Times: People Are Still Having Sex. So Why Are S.T.D. Rates Dropping?. “For the first time in years, rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis, which had been on track in 2020 to hit record highs in the United States, have taken an abrupt downturn. This should be good news. The coronavirus pandemic has certainly kept more people away from bars, night clubs and large parties, reducing opportunities for unsafe sex, studies show. But the drop is more likely a harbinger of bad news, experts in reproductive and sexual health believe.”

The Guardian: ‘Smart’ male chastity device can be controlled by hackers, users warned

The Guardian: ‘Smart’ male chastity device can be controlled by hackers, users warned. “The maker of a ‘smart’ male chastity device has recommended using a screwdriver to break it open after warnings it can be locked remotely by hackers. The Bluetooth-controlled Cellmate device can only be unlocked via an app. Its manufacturer, the Chinese company Qiui, issued a video titled ‘When nothing else works’, showing the screwdriver fix.”

Your Full Guide To Virtual Sex: 23 Ways To Try It, Risks & Expert Tips (MindBodyGreen)

Feel a bit weird posting this, as I’m a prude. BUT IT’S IMPORTANT FOR YOUR HEALTH. MindBodyGreen: Your Full Guide To Virtual Sex: 23 Ways To Try It, Risks & Expert Tips. “Having sex using your phone, computer, or other technology with someone you may or may not know is a lot less taboo than it used to be. From sending a nude Snapchat photo to having phone sex to masturbating with your partner on video chat, here’s a crash course on what virtual sex is and how to have it safely.”

Mashable: The practical guide to mid-pandemic sex, because abstinence isn’t cutting it

Mashable: The practical guide to mid-pandemic sex, because abstinence isn’t cutting it. “It is, of course, true that solo play or virtual sex are the safest routes right now, but for many that simply is not a realistic or sustainable solution. Telling sexual adults to not have sex at a time when we’re not only socially isolated but also increasingly anxious and depressed is only going to result in shame — and perhaps even drive people to engage in riskier behavior if they feel the need to be dishonest for fear of ‘being found out.’”

People: Sociologist Says College Hookup Culture Is ‘Incompatible’ with Preventing Coronavirus

People: Sociologist Says College Hookup Culture Is ‘Incompatible’ with Preventing Coronavirus. “Several universities, including the University of Georgia and University of Maryland, have put forth guidelines to curb the spread of the virus. The University of Georgia guidelines say ‘You are your safest sex partner. Practice solo sex, or limit the number of sexual partners you have.’ They also recommend hand washing, wearing masks and communicating with your partner about the risk of COVID-19, as well as consent, contraception and sexually transmitted diseases.”

Mashable: The algorithms defining sexuality suck. Here’s how to make them better.

Mashable: The algorithms defining sexuality suck. Here’s how to make them better.. “Ever since porn was credited as one of the most innovating forces behind early internet technology, we’ve become obsessed with the idea of tech enhancing our sex lives. We’re so horny for it that we’ve helped build a $30 billion industry that’s expected to keep growing. Sextech often sells people on the promise that algorithms can optimize users’ sexual experiences. But a vast majority of algorithms built explicitly for pleasure remain rudimentary at best and harmful at worst — including those used in smart biofeedback sex toys and AI-generated porn deepfakes.”

Column: The pandemic bust: Anxiety means less sex, fewer babies (Chicago Tribune)

Chicago Tribune: Column: The pandemic bust: Anxiety means less sex, fewer babies. “The Brookings Institution predicts a baby bust in 2021, with 300,000 to 500,000 fewer births in the United States than in a usual year. Brookings puts this development down to economic hardship and existential insecurity. What can seem like a couple’s idiosyncratic moods and choices, then, may be a direct result of President Donald Trump’s ruinous response to the virus, and the many ways his government has refused to help the sick and suffering. From stiffing overwhelmed states to ignoring the unemployed, who can no longer afford rent or groceries, the Trump administration seems actively intent on making Americans sicker and crushing our hope for recovery. None of this cruelty is an aphrodisiac.”

Refinery29: The New Instagram Drama That’s Based On Real Women’s Sex Lives In Lockdown

Refinery29: The New Instagram Drama That’s Based On Real Women’s Sex Lives In Lockdown. “This is Sex Lives, a new project which asks women to share, anonymously, their experiences of sex in lockdown. Their stories, memories, fantasies and feelings have been made into a new online series of mini dramas, performed by a cast of British actors, filmed on Zoom and released weekly on Instagram.”

BuzzFeed News: New York’s Latest Coronavirus Sex Advice Basically Encourages Glory Holes And Zoom Orgies

BuzzFeed News: New York’s Latest Coronavirus Sex Advice Basically Encourages Glory Holes And Zoom Orgies. “Remember back in mid-March, right as the coronavirus pandemic was taking off in the United States, New York City officials issued some helpful advice on sex practices during the outbreak? The guide, issued by the New York City Health Department, advised residents on ‘how to enjoy sex and avoid spreading COVID-19’ by essentially sticking to masturbation and only having sex with people in your household, meaning your partner or consenting roommate (if that’s the deal you have with them — not wise, IMHO!!!). Well, get ready, you horny quarantinos, because the good folks at the health department are back, and they are feeling KINKY.”

Men’s Health: How OnlyFans Became the Porn Capital of the Pandemic

Men’s Health: How OnlyFans Became the Porn Capital of the Pandemic. “Kate Kennedy is a working performer in the adult entertainment industry, but she hasn’t had sex in months. ‘This is the longest I’ve gone without having sex in probably my adult life,’ she says. That’s because Kennedy is a new kind of porn star. Or maybe she’s a porn star in a new kind of porn: one led by a social media website called OnlyFans. The site is the latest shift in the adult industry, and Kennedy is among the legions of porn stars and social media influencers who are using it to sell sexy homemade content during the pandemic.”

Insider: Couples who aren’t quarantining together should wear face masks during sex to prevent coronavirus spread, according to a Harvard study

Insider: Couples who aren’t quarantining together should wear face masks during sex to prevent coronavirus spread, according to a Harvard study. “A new study from researchers at Harvard University in the US has found that having sex could spread coronavirus, and recommends that couples who are not quarantining together should take preventative measures in the bedroom — including wearing face masks. These preventative measures also include showering before and after sex, avoiding kissing, and ‘cleaning of the physical space with soap or alcohol wipes.’”

Filth in a time of handwashing: why lockdown erotica is the hottest trend in publishing (The Guardian)

The Guardian: Filth in a time of handwashing: why lockdown erotica is the hottest trend in publishing. “You can’t write traditional erotica now because it wouldn’t ring true. There are no chance encounters any more. The plumber doesn’t come to visit. Your personal trainer has to stay two metres from you. Your babysitter has been declared nonessential. Your child’s teacher now gives you feedback solely through Google Classroom. Erotica has to adapt, or it will die.”