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April 08, 2004 12:00am
AVNOnline Says Here Come the Sex Bloggers
Source: AVN Online
by: Company Press Release

Highlights From the April 2004 Issue of AVN Online Magazine:
* Watch Out! Here Come the sex Bloggers
* the Awful Cost of Proving you are not a Child Pornographer
* ScarleTeen - the safer sex, sex-education Website

Watch Out! Here Come the sex Bloggers --

There seems to be a dozen Weblogs, or blogs, for just about every subject imaginable, so it is not surprising that the adult industry should have its fair share of sites for enthusiastic amateurs. The April issue of AVN Online, the primary information resource for the adult Internet, spotlights the sex Weblogs in an essay by Mick Farren. Blogs are Websites stripped of technology that offer daily journals, information, opinion and personal reflections.

Says Farren: "quantum gigs of blogsite memory are devoted to depressed school girls complaining about their so-called lives, but needless to say, sex also occupies a major sector of the Weblog universe. Fantasists from every sexual preference are busy posting lurid reports of their real or imagined sex lives, and relishing the exposure of the most intimate details. All you need is a URL to visit the carnal circus.

A call-girl with the blog-handle Belle de Jour (BelleDeJour-uk.blogspot.com/) is already a cult figure with a spicier and more highly explicit version of Bridget Jones' Diary." Farren says the more advanced sex blogs are posting pictures and "The blogworld has become the major (and free) source of antique porn, retro-racy pulp covers, and even images larcenously lifted from commercial adult sites." (Page 66; interview available with Mick Farren)

Why Mike Jones Had to Prove He is not a Child Pornographer -

Three years ago adult photographer Mike Jones' home was raided by law enforcement and he was charged with distributing obscenity and, worse, possession of child pornography. How he beat the last charge and struggled to clear his name are the subjects of an investigative report in the April issue of AVN Online magazine.

Reporter Connor Young tells the dramatic story of how Jones turned a hobby into a legitimate business but ran afoul authorities in the small Illinois town of Greenwood and finally was arrested after an invasive police raid on his home and studio. "There was no evidence that Mike had ever sought out child porn, or intentionally stored it on his computer," according to Connor.

After three and a half years, his case appears to be near an end, with Jones close to being cleared of all charges. However, his business has been ruined and he and his family have had to leave their home town. (Page 100; interview available with Connor Young)

AVN Online Looks at ScarleTeen for Safer Sex -

AVN Online, the primary information resource for the adult Internet, takes a close look in its April issue at ScarleTeen.com, the safer sex, sex-education Website for young adults, educators, parents and mentors. Reporter Jackie Cohen interviews the site's level-headed founder, Heather Corinna, who started the site as a safe place to send under-18 web surfers who were being denied access to her erotic site, ScarlettLetters.com. She has no problem with younger Internet users viewing erotic sites, "But I do have a problem with teens looking at entertainment and thinking it's sexual information."

ScarleTeen.com solves that dilemma. Cohen quotes adult site reviewer Jane Duvall as saying, "I always liked ScarleTeen for conveying all aspects of a topic without making it seem clinical or condescending. In some ways teens today are more worldly than earlier generations, yet still don't know nearly enough about protecting their bodies and themselves when becoming sexually active."

Corinna does not moralize on ScarleTeen, she tells Cohen, because "age in years isn't a good way of judging whether someone is ready to have sex: she feels that emotional health and well-being are better gauges of readiness, because like it or not, the body is ready as soon as puberty kicks in." (Page 117; interview available with Jackie Cohen)

Patti Rogers, 212-338-0050, PR@AVN.com, for more information or press credentials.

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