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Data Privacy Is Tightening Up in the E.U.

Data Privacy Is Tightening Up in the E.U.
Have you begun preparing for GDPR? If you are like most, you haven’t even heard of GDPR, but also if you are like most, it is going to affect your business, starting May 25, 2018. The GDPR, or General Data Protection Regulation, was first introduced to the European Union Parliament in 2012 an... More »

2017 XBIZ Trans Performer of the Year Reigns Supreme

2017 XBIZ Trans Performer of the Year Reigns Supreme
It’s easy to see Aubrey Kate now — the modelesque, blonde bombshell — and dismiss her recent awards in the erotic arts as inevitable. It’s easy to say that she was simply born with something other models weren’t, like her photogenic physique and a preternatural ability ... More »

Preventing Legal Problems Before They Start

Preventing Legal Problems Before They Start
Dentists typically recommend that a person’s teeth be cleaned every six months and that oral X-rays be taken at least once every year. Internists recommend that a person receive a physical examination annually. Pets visit the veterinarian for vaccinations and well-care appointments. Vehicles n... More »

Retailers Talk BDSM Shopping Trends

Retailers Talk BDSM Shopping Trends
These days, BDSM is so mainstream that it is being depicted in everything from beer commercials to telenovelas. Floggers, paddles, ball gags and handcuffs were once considered the bad boys of adult retail; now, they are displayed prominently — and pleasure product distributors and retailers kn... More »

Could Adult Content Be Banned?

Could Adult Content Be Banned?
Earlier this month, I met with the Free Speech Coalition’s board of directors for our annual review. Despite the headwinds our industry faces, politically and economically, we are, as an organization, on firmer footing than we have been in years. In the past year, we’ve stabilized our b... More »

Cutting Costs in the Spirit of Entrepreneurship

Cutting Costs in the Spirit of Entrepreneurship
Adult website owners are comprised of two groups: One is comfortable giving up 30-50 percent of their site’s gross sales revenue (aka profit) in exchange for software, hosting and services despite being able to obtain them for as little as a few hundred bucks a month. I envy this group becaus... More »

Specialty Manufacturers Talk Popularity of Handcrafted BDSM Gear

Specialty Manufacturers Talk Popularity of Handcrafted BDSM Gear
The proverbial cat is out of the bag for fetishes — and the dog, and the dragon, and a whole other slew of kink accessories that put blindfolds and handcuffs to shame. “Fifty Shades” earns way more credit than is deserved for a movie that was painfully tame in comparison to what r... More »

Technological Advances Typically Meet Wall of Resistance

Technological Advances Typically Meet Wall of Resistance
Our lives have changed immeasurably in the past 100 years. Think of the wealthiest, most powerful person 100 years ago. It was probably John D. Rockefeller. In inflation-adjusted terms he is the wealthiest businessman in history. He had something like $320 billion in today’s dollars. That&rsq... More »

Mainstreaming of BDSM Broadens Category, Consumer Reach

Mainstreaming of BDSM Broadens Category, Consumer Reach
It’s been just more than 30 years since Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke lit the silver screen on fire in “9 ½ Weeks” with the film’s underlying themes of BDSM. And more than a decade since a young and unknown Maggie Gyllenhal was spanked by her boss James Spader in &ldq... More »

WIA Profile: Carmen Miller-Branch

WIA Profile: Carmen Miller-Branch
Each month, industry news media organization XBIZ spotlights the career accomplishments and outstanding contributions of Women in Adult. WIA profiles offer an intimate look at the professional lives of the industry's most influential female executives. With a charming, vibrant personality that ligh... More »

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