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    WAVE OF THE FUTURE

    Vagercise With the Wii

    The hands-free game controller, developed by physicist Tom Chen, allows you to control a character by flexing your lady parts and is set to launch this January.

    It's the workout no one wants to discuss in public—incredibly boring and with physical benefits that can't be admired in the mirror or photographed for Facebook. Yes, I am speaking of the dreaded Kegel workout. As far as exercise routines go, this one isn't on many ‘favorites’ lists. But new technology hopes to change all that.

    SKEA (Smart Kegel Exercise Aid) is a hands-free game controller that probably won't give Microsoft's Kinect a run for its money, but it might end up in a lot of ladies’ purses. Inserted into the vagina, this particular controller is operated with the pelvic muscles, requiring the user to squeeze in order to play the game. Thanks to a Kickstarter campaign launched last summer that exceeded its goal, physicist Tom Chen’s innovative product is already in production with plans to launch by the end of January.

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    Free-Range Feminist Porn?

    Feminist porn is ethically produced and authentic adult entertainment shattering sexual stereotypes. It’s not all about the orgasm—it’s about letting your inner pervert out.

    Unlike the fair trade certified coffee beans you buy at Whole Foods—you know, the ones with the sticker on the box that say “FAIR TRADE”—it’s not easy to see what “feminist porn” is. Maybe there should be a gold sticker denoting certifiable feminist porn. But for that to happen, we need to establish clear guidelines.

    Feminist pornographers define their craft as “ethically” produced authentic porn that conquers the vast diversities of people and sexuality, while simultaneously challenging stereotypes and identity markers. If that sounds like a lot of jargon, that’s because it is. Basically, people on set aren’t there to fake an orgasm for the sake of a movie; they’re there to let their inner pervert out.

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    Porn for Feminists

    Yes, it exists. A new list ranks the best of it.

    Porn often gets a bad rap for catering only to the desires of straight males, but with the help of sex-positive feminists and self-identified feminist pornographers, porn and erotica for women have been on the rise.  Sex therapist Moushumi Ghose rounds up her picks for the best woman-friendly porn and erotica of the past year, from instructional films on female ejaculation to sexy supernatural stories to good old-fashioned narrative movies, many sporting female directors. The list was curated with attention to exploitation-free treatment of performers and an emphasis on consent and female pleasure, so feminists can indulge guilt-free.

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    Feminists Torn on Porn

    A proposed ban in Iceland sparks debate.

    Iceland’s interior minister, Ögmundur Jónasson, proposed criminalizing hard-core, violent porn on the Web in February, and since then, feminists have taken stands all across the map. It combines sex with “abuse or degradation,” says Diana Russell, one of the first women’s-studies professors. She distinguishes porn from erotica—“arousing material that is free of sexism, racism, and homophobia.” Maxine Holloway makes “feminist porn,” which she says is OK as long as it’s for-and-by both men and women (it can still be violent, though). Professor Mireille Miller-Young says a ban would just push the operation underground, making working conditions more dangerous, especially for women of color. Similar legislation is unlikely to pass in the U.S. any time soon, but it’s worth considering the nature of the beast: 93 percent of males admit to having seen pornography online by age 18.

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