Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Video: Julie Sunday's Nerd Nite Talk



Check out the video from my recent Nerd Nite talk, "Steers, Queers and Sex Toys."

Nerd Nite - Sextoys from Nerd Nite- Austin on Vimeo.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Tucker Max is Armed and Douchey

This crocodile-head boot holster oughta go real nice with my chaps.

Tucker Max
by mohawkjohn
According to my CHL class, deadly force can be used in TX for reasons ranging from "necessary to save ur life" to "that fella looked shady"

Good lord. Tucker Max has a GUN? Looks like I better be fixin' to git my Concealed Handgun License and start packing. One never knows when you could need to "save ur life" from a "shady" douchebag.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Frisco and Round Rock Full of Texans
Who Love Romance Novels, Sex Toys



Amazon.com released its list of the top 20 most romantic cities in America today, and two Texas towns made the cut. Frisco and Round Rock stood out for purchases of the following:


  • romance novels and relationship books (Kindle Books and print books)

  • romantic comedy movies (digital movies and DVDs)

  • Barry White albums (CDs and MP3s)

  • sexual wellness products
Only cities with at least 100,000 residents were considered, which ignores the widely recognized sexiness of the lone star state's sparsely populated cowboy towns. Hello, we have our own category of romance novels?

I love to imagine legions of Texans snuggling by the fireplace, reading "Texas Splendor" to eachother on their Valentine's Day Kindle, listening to Barry White's seminal album, "I've Got So Much To Give", watching "Romantic Comedy", and using one of the incredibly low-priced sex toys for sale on Amazon, like the We-Vibe for $55 , which includes many different vibration patterns to put you over the top, including "Rick Perry's Mustache Ride," "Texas Two Step," and "Rodeo."

Seriously though, I don't know anything about Frisco and maybe it's a really sweet place where the air is filled with the sounds of couples doin' it the Cowboy Way. And I do love the Round Rock Express, where I've seen at least one on-the-field marriage proposal happen during the 7th inning stretch tire pushing race, but I don't think that figured into Amazon's calculations.

Here's the complete list, which includes the city from which Julie hails, Arlington ("The ARL") Virginia. ITB, baby.

1. Alexandria, Va.

2. Knoxville, Tenn.

3. Orlando, Fla.

4. Miami

5. Ann Arbor, Mich.

6. Columbia, S.C.

7. Cincinnati

8. Murfreesboro, Tenn.

9. Gainesville, Fla.

10. Tallahassee, Fla.

11. Vancouver, Wash.

12. Round Rock, Texas

13. Pittsburgh

14. Salt Lake City

15. Arlington, Va.

16. Las Vegas

17. Clarksville, Tenn.

18. St. Louis

19. Dayton, Ohio

20. Frisco, Texas

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Julie Sunday to Argue for the
Missionary Position on Sunday

Not just for Sundays, folks! I'll be appearing at The Best of Everything this weekend at the Highball making the case for missionary.*

From the event's Facebook invite:
For our inaugural show, in honor of Valentine’s Day, the debate will address which sexual position is the tops, even for bottoms. Stand-up Seth Cockfield, sexpert Julie Sunday, improviser Jordan T. Maxwell and Alamo Drafthouse superstar Henri Mazza will “nail” whether it’s missionary, doggy style, 69 or cowgirl that most hits the spot.
The video below just about covers it.



*it should be noted that, like any great advocate, I am arguing the case which I was given. This should not be taken as an endorsement of any one position over another.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Texas Teen Sexting Bill: Now With
"Education" for Parents!

Good news for armchair parenting experts: the bill sponsored by both the epically anti-sex Attorney General Greg Abbott and Austin's state Senator Kirk Watson (D) now includes a provision allowing judges to mandate "sexting education" for parents! The program will teach "about the detrimental social and criminal aspects of texting explicit images."

With all his tireless work shutting down prostitutes on Craigslist, ending teen sexting, and solving the problem of human trafficking, it's a wonder Greg Abbott has any time left to, you know, represent the legal interests of the state of Texas against all those sluts getting abortions or, say, the neverending scourge of drug violence at the border. But nevermind all that--putting a stop to teenagers sending sexy pictures is definitely priority number 1.

Look, I agree with changing the law so that teenagers who send pictures of themselves do not wind up getting slapped with child porn charges--but a mandatory education program? Hopefully it'll be about as much fun as the Texas-sponsored celebrity cartoon "comedy" driver's safety courses, which promise success despite "No Reading. No Writing. No Arithmetic."
But hey kids, don't send any dirty texts for Valentine's Day, y'hear? This bill hasn't passed yet.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Incoming Prostitute Army Not
Coming Dallas, Actually

The Super Bowl XLV host committee estimates that 150,000-200,000 visitors will show up for the Big Game, and the conventional wisdom is that every Super Bowl sees a convergence of prostitutes, both underage and not. I've been skeptical about the assumed "influx of human trafficking" cited by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott since he announced last fall that the state was committing 12 (!) of his own staff to the Dallas/Arlington area to "combat" the apparently inevitable army of hookers, most of whom are probably underage, dontchaknow.

Except it's probably all a lie. The Dallas Observer ran a fantastic story debunking the "Super Bowl Prostitute Myth," and interviewed an official from the Tampa police department who said that there was literally no increase in prostitution arrests after Superbowl 2009. Same thing in Phoenix.

But it's not just sex negative conservatives who have jumped on the anti-prostitution train; progressive and feminist blogs have also rung the alarm bells about the increase in human trafficking and stripping in Dallas. Change.org claimed that the influx of child prostitution is "well documented" and, as evidence, linked out to a story about a single man who was arrested in Florida last year for bringing a 16 year old girl to work the Super Bowl.

In the same article, an FBI agent said the following: "Listen if any case exists out there in Hawaii it's one too many and fortunately it's not an epidemic problem here but we'd be lying to ourselves if we said it didn't exist." (emphasis added)

So what the hell is going on? Remember the bill, which passed the House and is waiting for Senate approval, which would authorize $15 million in grants for 6 states to provide services to combat child sex trafficking? That bill could be used to fund police officers' salaries and organizations that provide shelter and other services to victims and "outreach and education" programs. Texas is home to a variety of victims' services agencies.

But that bill hasn't made it to the president yet, so that money is hanging in the balance. Texas is surely positioning itself to receive funds and inflating the "influx of human trafficking" for the Super Bowl, despite evidence showing the panic is based on a myth.*

To be clear, I feel confident that the truth about prostitution and the Super Bowl lies somewhere in the middle. With a huge number of people with enough money to get to the big game converging on one location, it stands to reason that, considering the laws of supply and demand, that prostitution would increase. The XXX Bowl is one of surely many potentially sketchy parties happening during the week, but this event is advertised openly online, which makes me doubt that the AG isn't aware of it.

We need to be mindful that while helping women and girls who are trafficked against their will and forced into sex work are victims and deserve to be treated as such by the legal system, women who choose sex work are not and should not be forced to leave their livelihood in exchange for needed services. Those of us who support both the dignity of victims and the rights of sex workers need to be cautious about anti-sex public officials blowing the horn of "human trafficking" and not assume that they're on our side.

Enjoy the Super Bowl. I'll be at the movies.



*the "spike in domestic violence" during the Super Bowl is also a myth.




Thursday, February 3, 2011

Nerd Nite Was So Rad!

Thanks to everyone who made it out for the packed house at Nerd Nite last night--I had a blast giving my talk, "Steers, Queers and Sex Toys." If you missed it, you can check out my slides here.

Because I love nerds, I armwrestled both Babeland and into giving me a discount code for Nerd Nite attendees. So if you were inspired to replace that old, crappy, phthalate-leaching dildo with something new and fabulous, check out Babeland and snd I'm sure you'll find what you're looking for. (Babeland code: TEXAS, 10% off).

The questions I got afterwards were so great, including someone who had been an animal science major in college and explained what all the parts of the Electronic Bull Ejaculator (!) can do. Someone from Deviant Leather even came up to me and offered to get the Njoy Pure Plug for me at wholesale! Nerds are so nice!

I was called out as not being nerdy enough by someone who asked about the chemical nature of phthalates, a question I couldn't answer. But I did some homework, and the chemical structure is below. Don't ask me to explain what it means, but I do know a double bond when I see one.
And because I'm fair 'n balanced, here's the information on phthalates from the American Chemistry Council, the hilariously biased industry group.

I'd be happy to answer questions and help you find what you're looking for if you DM me on Twitter at @missjuliesunday.

Thanks again to everyone who came!

(zing!)