A window display featuring Barbie and Ken in BDSM poses is turning heads in a Ottawa, Canada, this week, the Ottawa Sun reports.
Wanda Cotie, owner of Wicked Wanda's Adult Emporium, said a customer and local artist had approached her with the
idea of doing a BDSM doll holiday display:
[She] likes to do Barbie Stuff. She has a barbie fetish I guess, and she asked if she could do the window.
While never actually displayed in their full,
nude plastic glory, Ken and Barbie are shown engaged in whipping, bondage and oral and anal sex. It as, according to the Ottawa Sun's Denis Armstrong, about as raunchy and hard core as doll play can get.
A few nutters have been wound up by
the display but Portia Young, an employee at the sex shop, said that many people had voiced approval of the display. She said:
Our general response from the public has been positive. Most people are highly amused, and
many have stopped in just to say how much they appreciated it.
However in response to a few complaints, the bottom part of Wicked Wanda's window has been covered so as to prevent children from being able to see the display.
Less adult movies are passing through Canada's film censors. According to a new Canada.com report, although the approval process differs depending on the region of the country and the respective approving body, the count to date for 2012 showed that
2,046 films have earned the classification compared to 2,731 in 2011.
These figures reflect a slight downward trend from the peak porn times in 2003 when 4,492 films were given the green light.
However Board stats ashow that the trajectory
of approved adult movies in that region in the past 25 years since restrictions were lifted in 1991, show that despite the 2012 dip, adult DVDs are beginning to gain again.
The following is a brief look at some of today's top sources of, and destinations for, European traffic; along with how adult website owners can acquire and profit from these visitors, providing
insights into the European scene today.
Toronto city councillors have amended the no-touch rule by spelling out body parts that are off limits in lap dancing and strip clubs.
Under the changes approved Tuesday, council changed the bylaw to specify there be no physical contact with uncovered breasts, buttocks, genital, pubic, anal and perineal areas of a patron or any other person.
Council made a last-minute change at the request of Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam that city staff and the police consult with gay entertainers on how the bylaw will work.
Wong-Tam supported the changes in the no-touch provisions, which
carry a $250 fine for violators and said:
It's very difficult to police any kind of activity in these parlours. Should an entertainer or performer feel like they've been the recipient of unwanted touching, then they
would at least be able to point to a bylaw that protects them.
The director of reality show in which a Brazilian student sold her virginity on the internet could be charged with sex trafficking crimes, if a nutter Brazilian politician gets his way.
Catarina Migliorini is set to earn
£ 487,000 from the controversial sale after the online auction closed last Wednesday. She was taking part in a documentary by Australian film-maker Justin Sisely entitled Virgins Wanted . The winning bidder was
identified as a Japanese man named only as Natsu.
The pair will reportedly consummate the act on board a plane between Australia and the US, in a bid to avoid prostitution laws.
But Brazil's attorney general, Joao Pedro de Saboia Bandeira
de Mello, ordered an urgent investigation into the virgin auction, ludicrously claiming it amounted to people trafficking . And he called on authorities in Australia, where Ms Migliorini lives, to deported her back to Brazil and revoke her
visa for the exercise of prostitution .
Two days after Cinquante nuances de Grey, the French translation of Fifty Shades Of Grey, was released, the erotic novel has become the fastest selling book in the country's publishing history.
The astonishing sales figures - of
around 75,000 every day - come after the book was panned by French critics as crass pseudo-porn that reads like a Mills and Boon novel. One high-brow reviewer wrote: It's as close to literature as Whiskas cat food is to gastronomy.
spokesman for FNAC, which accounts for around a fifth of all book sales in France, said:
It is amazingly popular. We have never stocked a book that has sold so fast.
We sold 15,000 copies on the
day it was released. In some shops there were just none left.
The Japanese AV (adult video) industry, whose revenue comprised more than 20% of worldwide sales according to a 2006 survey, continues to grow every year. And with that growth comes an increasing number of young women who aspire to work in the industry,
as reported on RocketNews24 just a couple of weeks ago.
In an interview with Atsuhiko Nakamura, author of books such as The Nameless Women and interviewer of literally hundreds of AV actresses, Shuplay News uncovered some startling facts
about the sex industry in Japan, in particular the life of the women who become involved in making adult movies.
The Japanese AV industry reportedly sees an astounding 6,000 newcomers each year and 20,000 titles produced annually. Most contract
girls perform in three videos, two couples scene and one solo. The rates range from about $1,900 to $3,800 depending on the girl's experience and background. But most earn at the lowest end of the scale because of the competition.
But surely the
risk of being seen on a video would be enough to dissuade any self-respecting young woman from doing such a thing? Nakamura explains:
With the huge number of girls working in the industry, cases of AV actresses being
recognised while going about their daily lives are quite rare. There are plenty of cases of former AV girls who are now happily married and enjoying normal lives.
In many cases, girls do a short spell making XXX videos, and then,
perhaps having earned enough to support themselves financially, or simply deciding that they have had enough, choose to leave and pursue a more orthodox lifestyle. However some get more locked inti the industry. Nakamura explains:
A lot of girls find themselves unable to return to regular jobs after working as an AV model. They have worked in an often lucrative business, some for many years, so to go back to a standard job for a much smaller salary is not easy.
Around two thirds of retired AV models end up in the sex industry, working in hostess bars or even working as prostitutes in 'soap-land' bath houses.