Getting Down in the age of Tron

9780865478794 Photo credits: MacMillan Publishing Co.

 

Let’s be real here, the song featured in the Broadway play, Avenue Q aptly named, “The Internet is for Porn” (and cat videos, of course) is onto something, or at least it was… considering that in the 1990’s closer to 30% of internet traffic was of an erotic nature (Even if it wasn’t HD, but hey, perhaps the sound of dial-up works in a Pavlovian manner to get those folks wet).  However, according to a more recent comprehensive study in 2010, “Out of the million most popular (most trafficked) websites in the world, only 42,337 were sex-related sites.” That’s down to roughly 4%.  The point being, is while we use technological advances much more for everyday life, such as checking our email on a smartphone, there will always be others trying to figure out how to make tech better, for the sake of sustainability or sexual desire.

Some of the most expensive robots to ever be created, and certainly the only ones we seem comfortable with taking on a semblance to the human form are made primarily for sex.  Of course, some people may just want a companion. May I suggest to instead see Lars and the Real Girl (and then a good therapist).  They are also leading the front on research regarding characteristics in AI that most closely simulate Love, and Matt McMullen, RealDoll’s CEO and Founder, made a recent announcement on Reddit saying they “are building an AI system which can either be connected to a robotic doll OR experienced in a VR environment.”  While some of these creations feel like a slippery slope in a generation that reports feeling more disconnected from peers, but can’t seem to leave the comfort of Facebook or Tinder (the ubiquitous fast-dating app that was recently valued at 1.6 Billion) despite all of these things lacking the pheromones and other hormone releases we experience when touching another real, live, breathing person. That said, there are bound to be greater understanding of what drives us, hard-built Evolutionary aspects of sex, play and love as this sort of research continues in the name of Tech, as well as some players that are looking to give back.

It’s a well known fact, that those in Puberty are looking at Porn, with a wild cocktail of sexual hormones swimming inside them (I’m certainly guilty of doing such at that age, even if porn was still in print back then).  The issue at hand is your average porn isn’t going to show the conversations regarding consent, testing and protection that should happen beforehand, even if those things are happening via contract, etc. It just isn’t sexy. Now, Americans are in the wake of a terrifying President and a Head of the Department of Education that believes in “abstinence only” Christain teaching in public school, and defunding current Sex-Ed health programs alongside gutting protections and reporting for sexual assault in schools. So, let’s all give a brief applause to the makers of PornHub, who have taken up the task of aiding in sexual knowledge for all via free Sex Education videos on their website. Who knows where we will go next and if tech belongs in the bedroom, or better left at work, but let’s keep the positivity, femme-designed vibrators, safety and education coming!

 

 

Sources:

The Internet is For Porn, Duh.
https://theindex.generalassemb.ly/sex-tech-industry-predictions-8ce871b47d4b#.r2dgze8wl
http://www.forbes.com/sites/julieruvolo/2011/09/07/how-much-of-the-internet-is-actually-for-porn/#a8f27ca61f72
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2017/01/18/under-devos-education-department-likely-to-make-significant-shift-on-sexual-assault/?utm_term=.448fe7a6c543
http://www.pornhub.com/video/search?search=sex+education
Also, please check out the wonderfully written exploration of Emily Witt, Future Sex, with Cover Art Seen Above.

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Aphrodisiacs, Pheromones & Fungi

While I’m sure most of us have read lists of proposed “aphrodisiacs”, and maybe even tasted a few, because who doesn’t like chocolate or the very real possibility of dying from eating ill-prepared Japanese blowfish?  Aphrodisiacs around the world include a majority of things that are pure placebo effect and truly bizarre, but it seems a select few may have a basis in sex science.

These lists may include Rhino Horn, Shark Fin and Cobra meat/blood. These ingredients are all matters of myth in the sack and most sourcing of is quite harmful as it can contribute to poaching. Currently, both Rhinos and apex Sharks have dwindling numbers in their native ecosystems and only some parts are prized while meat and the carcass are often left behind.  Also on the list: Baboon urine, which is another thing entirely… as they may be getting high on whatever that animal had eaten earlier or the ammonia it excretes, much like some methamphetamine addicts in the U.S. did with their own extracted urine to better “recycle” the crystal with an added chemical high.  I personally don’t recommend any of that…

On to the more exciting scientific discoveries, far better than the ones that just give you a jolt of energy, like caffeine, maca or cacao, or mere relaxation from social anxiety like red wine, but can instantly make you come to orgasm. Yep, you read that right, there is are few things that can give hands-off excitement better than pheromones, and while every person gives off thier own cocktail of such, women are the most sensitive to them.  While there is still a lot of controversy over whether pheromones can cause women to all have synchronized menstrual cycles, it is proven that women around primer pheromones, even if they aren’t doing the hanky panky will ovulate 90% of the time, but if they live a sexless life only surrounded by their own sad pheromones, they can menstruate without the ovulation of an egg- in fact, they ovulate only about 50% of the time.  We are even more attracted to those who do not share a large chunk of genetics to ourselves, something that can be subconsciously detected by simply smelling sweat.  It’s a marvel of evolution, but what is even more intriguing is a discovery that a specific mushroom, known as (don’t laugh) Phallus indusiatus, and perhaps those scientists who discovered and named the bamboo pith knew something we couldn’t confirm until a 2001 study was published, or maybe it is really just a Freudian world and we simply name everything vaguely erect a phallus. In any case, it earned that name when it gave multiple women spontaneous orgasms.   Spontaneous in that there was no internal or clitoral stimulation, and yet 6 out of 16 women just took a good whiff of this pungent mushroom’s spore-covered slime and came right then and there! All reported being deeply aroused after inhalation. Men however thought it smelled like a rotting bucket of semen and did not elicit similar chemical reactions.  Field notes from the study claim one woman said she wanted to just “gobble it up”…

So perhaps amidst whatever other kinky things you like to get your lady (or get as a lady) a trip to find this stinky mushroom may just be worth it.


For Further Knowledge Seekers:

  1. Kristen Droesch, http://www.yourtango.com/2013195157/sex-10-weirdest-aphrodisiacs-around-world

2. Christian Nordqvist, “What are pheromones? Do humans have pheromones?” Medical News Today, 2014.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/232635.php

3.The secret language: Pheromones in the animal world, Rebecca Johnson;1989

4.Holliday JC, Soule N.;2001).”Spontaneous female orgasms triggered by smell of a newly found tropical Dictyphora species”. International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms 3 (2–3): doi:10.1615/intjmedmushr.v3.i2-3.790. ISSN 1521-9437.

A Few Particularly Fun & Helpful Resources for Women:

Copyright Sophia Wallace

A Public Art and Performance Project headed by Sophia Wallace that is now finished touring, but has a lot to offer:

“It’s appalling and shocking to think that scientifically, the clitoris was only discovered in 1998”

– Cliteracy 101 Interview

 

For those concerned about the way their labia look or simply want to know more:

– The Labia Library

As a side note, Pornstars are certainly not a good comparison sample! If you have been comparing yourself to such, it’s time to exhale in relief, as in many cases they are not an average shape or color due to surgical procedures, bleaching and standards of the industry, much like most men do not have a horse-sized penis.

**I will be continually be adding to this list as I see fit.  Feel free to add suggestions or ask if there is a subject I have yet to post about.

A Brief Introduction.

To begin, I will deconstruct the very idea(s) behind naming a blog “Cake” that has so much more to do with human bio-chemistry than that of baking particular dessert.

Though it could be said yeast has been found in both subjects on occasion, that is exactly not what I had in mind here.  There is certainly a relationship that has been made evident in pop culture between genitalia of both sexes and sweets that I find interesting.  One that shames direct discussion of one’s anatomy, perhaps for sake of keeping Victorian-age ideas about innocence since it seems to creates a child-like allure while giving little information to the actual thing being referred to.  Admittedly, having too much sugar can be naughty, and rather addictive, which is another one of the connotations that come with hip-hop songs, such as Rihanna’s Birthday Cake, which chants “Bet you wanna put your name on it. Bet you want to put your name on it. It’s not even my birthday, but he want to lick the icing off… Cake Cake Cake. “ or Lil Wayne’s Lollipop, which topped charts and won a Grammy in 2009, there are countless other references of similar nature which all beg to question, is this playful or dangerous?

Though this is a topic to be further addressed in future posts, it seems that the female anatomy is rarely discussed by it’s literal name(s) as even the word vagina is often wildly inaccurate as it is daily use, as it is only the internal reproductive canal, but used as a blanket-term for the external area which includes the Labia, Vulva, Clitoris and Mons Pubis. This would be as if we negated education or discussion of the entire head of the penis, the greatest area of nerve endings, and thus pleasure. The metaphorical terms we are left with are either sickeningly sweet or just plain sickening which begins to place a complicated stigma in many women, both young and fully developed.

Furthermore, if you haven’t already started formulating ideas, I am in fact a woman, but I have no intentions on restricting this blog to any gender or sex as long as all submissions and those reading are respectful and just as excited in learning more about the intersections of life sciences (anatomy & physiology as well as biology) and social sciences and how they come together. Specifically human sexual acts/attraction in relation to American Culture.  Even more importantly, is that we all have fun and ask questions freely.  Knowledge is power! And perchance, someday you can have your cake… and eat it too.