Public News Service: New Online Map Shows Sexual-Health Resources in Appalachia. “The traveling sex-education workshop that teaches about consent and anatomy in rural Appalachia has created a unique new online map that shows the locations of reproductive-justice-related organizations and health-care providers in the region.”
Adam Matthew: Adam Matthew Digital and The Kinsey Institute announce publication of Sex & Sexuality digital archive. “The Kinsey Institute’s Archives and Special Collections is one of the largest and most important collections in the world for the study of human sexuality. This resource provides unprecedented digital access to the Kinsey’s most important research collections, covering the work of prominent sex researchers such as Dr Harry Benjamin and Dr John Money, as well as the work of the Institute itself during the tenures of its first three Directors: Dr Alfred Kinsey, Dr Paul H. Gebhard and Dr June Reinisch.”
The Guardian: British Library’s collection of obscene writing goes online. “Together with an 18th-century directory of sex workers in the Covent Garden area of London, and the violent erotic works of the Marquis de Sade, the Merryland books are among the 2,500 volumes in the British Library’s Private Case collection. The volumes have now been digitised, and are being made available online by the publisher Gale as part of its Archives of Sexuality and Gender academic research resource.”
New York Times: Facebook Lets Ads Bare a Man’s Chest. A Woman’s Back Is Another Matter.. “When Krista Venero, an author who writes under the pen name K.L. Montgomery, bought ads on Facebook for a romance novel she published last year, she thought her marketing fell well within the bounds of the social network’s policies. The ad showed an image of a woman photographed from behind with a portion of her upper back exposed…. Facebook rejected her ad, however, and when she disputed the decision, a representative told her that it implied nudity and that the company did not allow ads ‘with a sexual undertone.'”
New-to-me: an online archive cataloging “queer” video games. “There are two key reasons why Queerly Represent Me is an important and valuable resource. Firstly, the database allows members of the queer community to familiarise themselves with and access more texts that represent them. This can act as a supportive gesture to those who are comfortable with their identities, or can assist in the formation of self-identity for those who are questioning their sexuality or gender. Secondly, the site allows those who do not identify as queer to broaden the pool of games that they play or to form new understandings of games that they have already accessed, while developing empathy for the queer community and the issues we face.” In this case, the word “queer” seems to be encompassing an entire array of non-hetero sexualities. This is not the same archive I mentioned last May, though it looks like there might be some overlap.
KICKSTARTER CORNER: A new Kickstarter is attempting to fund an online museum of lingerie. “Our aim is to create a website that catalogues (initially!) Karolina Laskowska’s current extensive collection of lingerie, offering detailed imagery of every garment and valuable historical contextual information. All of this will be supplemented with specially curated exhibitions, blog posts and constant new additions. In short, the closest digital thing to the experience you’d get in an actual museum, and even a bit extra!” Considering that the fundraising goal is less than $9000 US, and the project has already raised more than $3500 US with 28 days to go at this writing, it has an excellent shot. You may find this site offensive depending on how salaciously you view underwear.