When NSFW Is Your Work

Now that Facebook, YouTube, and their ilk employ some 100,000 “content moderators” who spend their days on the lookout for gore and porn, Adrian Chen suggests “it’s worth pondering just what the long-term psychological toll of this work can be.” He considers the case of “Rob,” a onetime moderator for YouTube: For the first few months, Rob didn’t mind his job moderating videos … Continue reading When NSFW Is Your Work

This Octopus Is NSFW

Rachel Nuwer drops some knowledge gleaned from Octopus! The Most Mysterious Creature in the Sea, a new book by Katherine Harmon Courage. She addresses the cephalopods’ allure: Octopuses, to some, are erotic muses. Japan’s notorious “tentacle erotica” traces back to an 1814 woodblock print (potentially NSFW [pictured above]) titled Tako to Ama, or “Octopus and the … Continue reading This Octopus Is NSFW

The Dish’s NSFW Saturday Night

Yesterday, I declared that, “in deference to the readers, this blog will henceforth censor itself in one area: no more non-pornographic, non-sexual depictions of any faintly naughty bits of the actual human body.” A reader pushes back: The reason I subscribe to The Dish is because I love the range of issues you cover.  Politics and poetry, … Continue reading The Dish’s NSFW Saturday Night

Your Moments Of Dishness

Yesterday we made one final bleg requesting “your favorite moment of Dishness” – and you delivered in spades, as you always do. It’s hard to disagree with this reader’s pick: Your wedding, plain and simple. The photos, the setting, the dogs, the look in your faces: I’ve been reading you for 10+ years and you kept me looking forward and to … Continue reading Your Moments Of Dishness

Hathos For Herzog

Werner Herzog narrates one of Klaus Kinski’s outbursts on the set of Fitzcarraldo (language is NSFW, especially for German speakers): Kinski appears to have experienced the “compulsion of revulsion” for the director. Charlie McCann, who recently saw Herzog speak at the New York Public Library, elaborates: At one point [event director Paul] Holdengräber read a particularly vivid … Continue reading Hathos For Herzog

Taking A Stand On The Can, Ctd

A reader sends the above image: “The art teachers at this school had an enjoyable retort to bathroom graffiti.” Another adds two examples of latrinalia to the long thread: My personal favorite, from a stall in the University of York in the UK (my alma mater): There is nothing in life so overrated as a bad shag. And … Continue reading Taking A Stand On The Can, Ctd

The View From Your Window Contest: Winner #238

Chini comes clean: Canada. My first guess was Canada. That’s how bad my gut is at this. It’s as if my subconscious took one look at the image and said, “Well, let’s see. Lots of snow. Looks real cold too. Probably north of here. Yup, definitely Canada.” Having disregarded that brilliant bit of instinctual wisdom, … Continue reading The View From Your Window Contest: Winner #238

Sexting Just Got Easier

  Flirtmoji is a new “visual language designed to empower people of all sexualities to communicate their desires, concerns, and of course, flirtations”: The often NSFW icons include anatomically accurate genitalia, whips, chains, fuzzy handcuffs, and even some sexually-suggestive fruit. There are also special, specific collections like BDSMS, Snow Bunny (holiday appropriate), and Safe Sext. … Continue reading Sexting Just Got Easier

Waters’ World, Ctd

by Dish Staff A NSFW clip from Pink Flamingos: Jerry Saltz celebrates John Waters as not only “one of America’s best moviemakers, [but] also an outstandingly original artist”: No one gets the cross-section of showbiz and fandom like him. In giving us these extraordinarily particular individuals and distinct visages — both psychological and visual — Waters gets … Continue reading Waters’ World, Ctd

Everybody Loves Edu-Porn

Rose Eveleth flags new research suggesting as much: When [researcher Katrina] Pariera looked at the results, she saw a striking difference between how people thought about instructional and non-instructional pornography. The usual perception of pornography being worse for someone else was flipped. People actually thought that viewing instructional porn had the same impact on adults (both … Continue reading Everybody Loves Edu-Porn