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Meet 'Abstinence Bar,' the Homegrown Chinese Version of #NoFap

A new article by a Chinese academic sheds light on “Abstinence Bar,” China’s homegrown version of the #NoFap semen-retention movement, which also endorses the scientifically discredited, Medieval/Victorian idea that cis men lose a kind of masculine “vital energy” whenever they ejaculate.

'Nude Dancing' Puts a Conservative Oregon Town in a Political Dilemma

After last month’s soft opening of a new adult entertainment establishment in Drain, Oregon, the conservative small town became yet another battlefield in the nationwide moralistic crusade against sex-oriented businesses and sexual expression.

German TV Clones British 'Porn Panic' Reality Show 'Mums Make Porn'

The first episode of a new German version of the mainstream franchise “Mums Make Porn” —  a reality show where women who are not part of the adult industry, and are mothers, are coached into making a porn scene that they would approve of — aired last night.

Twitter Hack Offers Rare Glimpse Into Anti-Porn Shadowbanning Practices

Yesterday’s hack of a large number of prominent Twitter accounts — which led to the company’s disabling of “blue checkmark” (i.e., verified) accounts for part of the day — also resulted in the unexpected confirmation of the practice known by users as “shadowbanning,” and by Twitter as “blacklisting.”

Strike 3 Case: Appeals Court Rebukes D.C. Judge for Anti-Porn Bias

A three-judge panel at the D.C. Circuit court ruled yesterday in favor of Strike 3 Holdings’ appeal, allowing them to be granted subpoenas in copyright cases they were filing. This reversed a lower-court ruling where a judge had taken the unusual step of lambasting the adult entertainment company for the nature of its content.

China Boasts of Paying Rewards to Citizens for Snitching on Adult Websites

Another report from China about their anti-porn investigations of the first half of 2020 claims that their censorship agencies handled over 140,000 reports from members of the public during that period, and that the Chinese government handed out over $147,000 as rewards for snitching on “pornography and other online harms.”

New Study Debunks Myth About Men Who Watch Porn

A new study by a neuroscientist from the Kinsey Institute found no scientific basis to the persistent myth, peddled by religiously inspired War On Porn crusaders and #NoFap semen-retention cultists, claiming that watching porn can cause erectile disfunction in men.

Chinese Government Celebrates Massive Removal of 'Pornographic, Harmful' Online Content

China’s main censorship agency, the National Office Against Pornographic and Illegal Publications, released a statement today announcing the removal of over 8 million “pieces of pornographic and other harmful material” during the first half of 2020.

Italian Parliament Puts Roadblock on Far-Right's Attempt to Censor Adult Content

The Italian Camera, their equivalent to the U.S. House of Representatives, has approved an agenda item to prevent the passage of a controversial amendment that would have required all adult sites to be automatically blocked by device manufacturers, and at the ISP level, with the proposal that subscribers would be required to individually request the block to be lifted.

Georgia Towns Target Tokyo Valentino Owner Via Zoning, Licensing

The saga of Georgia municipalities targeting adult retail businessman Michael Morrison through supposed zoning and license violations continued this week with the revocation of the license for one of his Tokyo Valentino stores in Marietta.

Cyberspace Administration of China Penalizes Platforms for Porn, Other 'Chaotic' Content

The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) announced today it has decided to “punish” 10 livestreaming platforms for "chaotic content,” including “pornography,” “revealing clothing on female cam stars” and "vulgar hot dances.”

Kenyan Official Blames Online Porn for Teen Pregnancy Crisis, Asks for Ban

The Kenyan cabinet official in charge of education, George Magoha, has called for the banning of all porn sites, blaming them for the African nation’s teenage pregnancy crisis.

Instacart Pressured Into Confusing Partnership With Anti-Porn Group NCOSE

Last week, the National Center On Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE), a leading War On Porn organization, pressured grocery-delivery giant Instacart to add the religiously inspired activist group as a “safety resource” to its popular app.

Is Trump's 'Online Censorship' Executive Order Good or Bad for Adult? An XBIZ Explainer

Trump's executive order issued yesterday bears the title “Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship.” The wording might suggest to the adult entertainment business that the president is taking a stance on Free Speech, which could be beneficial to open sexual expression.

Trump Executive Order Targets Section 230, the 'First Amendment of the Internet'

A draft of the executive order announced yesterday by Donald Trump via Twitter in response to the platform’s attempt to fact-check his tweets proposes a radical modification of Section 230, the so-called “First Amendment of the Internet.”

Slate Shines a Light on 'Porn Addiction' Industry, #NoFap Movement

Slate magazine has published a detailed account of the current trend of evangelical men becoming convinced that they experience “porn addiction,” and how this feeds into both a lucrative cottage industry to “cure” them and also into War On Porn propaganda and myth-based campaigns like the Reddit-driven #NoFap.

Michigan Judge: These Are 'No Ordinary Times' to Discriminate Against Adult Businesses

An Eastern Michigan court decision on Monday established that local strip clubs should be eligible for the Payment Protection Program (PPP) administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA) as part of the U.S. Congress-approved COVID-19 relief package, regardless of the “prurient clause” included as part of the application.

Chicago's Iconic Admiral Theatre Suing SBA Over 'Prurient' Clause

A popular Chicago adult entertainment venue is suing the Small Business Administration (SBA) over the “prurient clause” in its loan application for pandemic relief.

Catholic Bishops Pressure Justice Department to Revive Obscenity Task Force

A group of Catholic bishops wrote a letter to the Department of Justice last Thursday urging Attorney General William Barr to revive its Obscenity Prosecution Task Force to target the legal adult entertainment industry in the U.S.

Anti-Porn Lobby NCOSE Amps Up Pressure on Credit Card Companies

Religiously inspired anti-porn lobby National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) is currently stepping up its pressure on credit card companies to force them to stop processing payments for sexually-oriented industries, according to documents reviewed by XBIZ.