New data reveals that porn producers are ignoring a huge market: women

Culture feminism Pornography Amy Schumer The American workforce is still lightyears away from achieving equal pay for women, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that our culture hasn't picked up on what women want in the bedroom either. According to Pornhub Insights, the pornography streaming service's data analysis blog, more women than usual came to the site on Thursday, which was International Women's Day. Perhaps empowered by all the feminist content popping up online, these women drove up Pornhub's "gaining searches" in specific ways, making keywords typically not used by male Pornhub viewers very popular for just a day. Pornhub Insights shows an increased number of women watching pornography on International Women's Day, before work and late at night. Pornhub Insights See all of the best photos of the week in these slideshows While some women searched simply for "women's day," many others searched for videos of men performing oral sex on women—they worded this request in many different NSFW ways, but the core idea remained the same. The only celebrity to gain Pornhub popularity among women viewers on Thursay was Amy Schumer. There are no pornographic videos of Schumer on the site, but it's possible that women were searching for a look-alike. That's a popular strategy among men, too. The rate of Schumer searches was unusually high, but they were followed by searches for "curvy" and "feminist" pornography. Overall, Pornhub requests made on International Women's Day by women can be broken down into two categories: specific behaviors and genres ("lesbian" porn is popular among women, as well as "rough sex" and "threesome"), and an amorphous call for pornography that just isn't popular yet. Searches in the latter, more hopeful, category include "feminist," "porn for women," "female friendly," "romantic couple," and "femdom" (porn featuring a dominant female performer). The demand for pornography of this ilk is extremely high; Continue Reading

‘Three Billboards,’ ‘Lady Bird’ win big as women spotlight Globes

Movies about a mother’s relentless protest, and a high school girl’s coming of age took center stage at Sunday night’s Golden Globe along with the #MeToo movement that pulled back the curtain on sexual harassment in Hollywood and beyond. “Three Billboards,” which follows a mother seeking answers to her daughters unsolved murder, took the prize for Best motion picture, drama, while “Lady Bird,” which explores themes of sexual manipulation, won for Best motion picture, musical or comedy. The films also led to awards for Frances McDormand, who won Best performance by an actress in a motion picture, drama, for her “Three Billboards” performance, and Saoirse Ronan, who won Best performance by an actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy for her “Lady Bird” performance. But it was the show behind the show that had the entertainment world buzzing. The 75th annual Golden Globes in Los Angeles — the first major awards show since the sexual harassment scandal surrounding Hollywood royalty, including producer Harvey Weinstein and actor Kevin Spacey, broke during the fall — was not shy about addressing the topic. A parade of stars made bold political and fashion statements with stunning black ensembles. Other winners included James Franco, best actor in a comedy or musical for playing a legendarily bad director in “The Disaster Artist,” and Guillermo Del Toro, best director for “The Shape of Water.” “Big Little Lies” picked up the award for best TV limited series, along with cast members Nicole Kidman getting best actress and Laura Dern honored as best supporting actress. Dern ended her acceptance speech with a message to the women who have come forward with their stories of sexual abuse. Golden Globes 2018: Stars shine on the red carpet “Many of us were taught not to tattle,” Dern told the crowd. “It was a culture of Continue Reading

Career advice: 5 job trends to watch for in 2018

While some industries and many individuals continue to struggle, 2017 saw the job market get even stronger.Unemployment reached record lows and despite two major hurricanes and an uncertain political landscape, the economy added 1.9 million new jobs as of November.In some professions (though not all), this has led to what could be described as a war for talent. That's true in some technology jobs, healthcare, e-commerce, and key professional services, according to data from Glassdoor. In fact, as the year comes to a close, the jobs and recruiting site reported that there are a record 6.1 million open jobs in the United States today.That does not mean the labor market is all good or in any way stagnant. The types of workers needed has begun to change. That's something Glassdoor's Chief Economist Andrew Chamberlain addresses in the company's What's Ahead for Jobs? Five Disruptions to Watch in 2018 report."Although the nation's labor market is strong heading into 2018, average wages for many remain stubbornly flat and a stark divide remains in who benefits from continued job growth, with tech skills earning a premium and many other jobs facing significant changes with the rise of AI and automation," said Chamberlain.If you are currently in the workforce or plan to enter it or change jobs in 2018, there are some things you need to know. Not all of these will have an immediate impact in the new year. Some will take time while others are already becoming evident.It's also worth noting that in 2018 Glassdoor expects the growth of technology jobs to move well beyond the technology sector. Expect this to specifically impact retail, finance, manufacturing, consulting, and even healthcare. More: Why are financial expectations still lower for women than men? More: Workplace: How to stay focused at work during the holidays More: Walmart has invested heavily in its U.S. workforce. Is it working? It's important to conduct an honest assessment of your Continue Reading

Former victim teaches women to fight off attackers

Jackie Bruce was 18 when she was attacked by her then-boyfriend inside her home.As the two lay in bed, a disagreement suddenly turned violent when he held her down and assaulted her.Previously, he would make her feel insecure or guilty, but he had never shown signs of physical abuse.During the attack by her taller, stronger boyfriend, she was defenseless. She tried to scream, but no sounds came out. She had Mace, but it was on a keychain across the room. She had a knife, but it was in her purse.“I didn’t think that I was ever going to be attacked,” Bruce said. “I didn’t ever think my Mace or my knife wouldn’t work. I felt like I was prepared. I always had something on me. I had my protection. But I didn’t have my protection in my own home.”Years later, the assault has left emotional scars. But Bruce, now 23, uses that experience to help others know how to defend themselves.“When I was attacked, I had to manipulate my body to get somebody off the top of me and I didn’t know how to at the time,” Bruce said. “I feel as if women should know how to do so.”She runs a free class every Wednesday at the 302 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gym in Wilmington where she teaches women self-defense using Jiu-Jitsu.The recent serial attacks in New Castle County have brought more women to the class. Bruce said the training can show women how to break free from an attacker and either fight back or get away and call 911.In March, the attacker, who remains at large, tried to abduct a woman at gunpoint in a Pike Creek apartment complex, according to New Castle County Police, who believe the same man kidnapped, robbed and sexually assaulted two women in separate incidents in February.New Castle County Police described the attacker as a man about 5-feet-8-inches tall with a “distinct” accent.Almost a month has passed since the last incident was Continue Reading

6 trends to watch for at the Kentucky Derby Festival Fashion Show

The Macy's Kentucky Derby Festival Fashion Show is fast approaching on Thursday, March 30, at Horseshoe Southern Indiana. The annual event is the perfect opportunity to get ideas for your spring and Derby wardrobe.Ahead of the show, Terri Cardwell, a personal stylist at Macy's Oxmoor, offers these tips for both men and women as we shed our drab winter wear and head into the brighter months of spring.For ladies,"modern romance is in the air this spring, with wonderfully poetic and ultra femme fashion everywhere you look," according to Cardwell. These are the three must-have trends to update your wardrobe this season: ►MORE:  KDF fashion show tips, hat sales, gifts & more For men, Cardwell says, "this spring, revisit the classic idea of preppy, but through a uniquely modern lens." Men's must-have trends include:For tickets and more information about the Macy's Kentucky Derby Festival Fashion Show, visit You can also shop Cardwell's top spring trends at Macy's at Oxmoor Center, 7900 Shelbyville Road. Reach Kirby Adams at [email protected] or (502) 582-4336. ►MORE:  4 decadent Kentucky Derby fashion sales this week Continue Reading

Men, women surf the Web differently

Men surf Mars. Women surf Venus.A new study of Internet habits shows the sexes have very different approaches when it comes to the Web. While a majority of Internet users - 55% - said they "feel as strongly" about their online communities as they do about their real ones, men feel a stronger connection to their cyberspace friends and are more likely to meet up with someone they met on the Net. "It's not a surprise that women are more cautious meeting up offline," said Michael Gilbert, senior fellow at the USC Annenberg Center for the Digital Future who analyzed the data. "But the greater inclination of men to connect with their online community members is a trend we're watching." The study surveyed 2,000 American households and also found that men were three times more likely than women to admit their use of sites like Facebook or MySpace had "at least somewhat" reduced their offline interactions. And women still spend two hours more each week reading a book offline, while men spend an hour and a half more at their monitors reading online books, magazines and newspapers. "It seems women still enjoy the experience of curling up with a good book, leafing through the pages," Gilbert said. "Men want to get at the information." Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Women, seniors and immigrants lead the charge to entrepreneurship

"I'm aimless no more!" declared Susie. "I am going to open a convenience store of my own! I made hoagies faster than anyone else at the church fundraiser. If the Sheetz can do it," she said, referring to a local family-owned convenience store, "why not Susie?" Susie had been assigned to my workshop for the unemployed at the Job Center. In a previous class I had described as "aimless" several participants who, when asked to state their career goals, wrote down "anything." Hoping to get Susie to explore her new-found interest in self-employment, I suggested that she survey class members about their attitudes toward self-employment. Several classes later, she reported that a sizable portion of the participants believed self-employment was the way to go. One man who'd had difficulty getting a raise from his last employer was thinking of self-employment because there would be "no limit on income." A dislocated worker attending trade school wanted to open his own windshield repair shop to "start at the top, not the bottom, this time." A single mother said she wanted to work at home because she was tired of worrying about childcare. Other reasons the group gave for favoring self-employment included the desire to be their own boss, setting their own hours, increased security, the possibility for retirement income and the freedom that comes from running your own show. Perhaps all the reasons I heard in my workshop weren't thoroughly thought-out, but Susie and her classmates were on to something. People who choose to go into business for themselves are a trend that just won't quit. Small businesses are the leaders in job creation in the U.S. This trend began with the demise of the industrial economy and the rise of the knowledge-based economy. This small-business trend appears to be driven by three distinct groups: those 55 and older, women and immigrants. According to the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, an organization that encourages entrepreneurs, those in Continue Reading

Women’s march an ‘entry point’ for a new activist wave

There’s grief over Hillary Clinton’s election loss among the 200,000 women planning to march on Washington the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration Jan. 20, but those organizing the Women's March on Washington said the event is about far more than that.For the women coming as far away as California and Hawaii, there’s concern that women’s rights could be rolled back by Congress and the new Republican White House. These include some of the causes women fought for dating to the suffragette convention in 1848 in Seneca Falls, N.Y. — such as affordable health care.The women planning to gather in Washington on Jan. 21 haven't been corralled by an outside interest group. They started responding to a Facebook event page created by retired Hawaii attorney Teresa Shook on election night. They're coming on their own, mainly on chartered buses from large cities and smaller locales or are driving or flying themselves.Various women's groups, such as those supporting birth control and abortion rights, are coming to them.For many women, it’s the first time they’ve been involved in civic activism — among the dozens of independent coordinators at the state level are yoga teachers and fashion designers. That spontaneous outburst of activism has posed some of the event's early problems, as it has struggled to find a cohesive theme and organization.“This is not only historical for us and our generation,” said Carmen Perez, who will turn 40 on the day of the march, “but also the fact that this is the first mass mobilization after a president steps into office.”The march will begin with a rally near the Capitol building, and it’s among about 100 taking place across the country and internationally, including in London.The diversity of concerns driving participants to the nation's capital makes it unclear how much impact they’ll have on the agenda of Continue Reading

Hot Topic to sell Avengers clothing line for women

The Avengers are coming to a theater — and closet — near you. Punk fashion purveyor Hot Topic has unveiled an authorized line of Avengers-inspired clothing for female fans looking to channel their inner superhero. Gals can opt for dresses and jackets inspired by Thor, Iron Man, Captain America and Black Widow, as well as the nefarious Loki. Prices hover between $40 to $60. It's a far cry from official Avengers merchandise released last week, which hardly featured any nods to Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow character. Only three out of the 60 items on sale featured the sexy secret agent. The new line — a joint collaboration between Disney and women's pop culture brand Her Universe — includes designs from the winners of a Comic-Con fashion show contest. "Geek fashion is a trend that's here to stay," said Her Universe founder Ashley Eckstein. The collection will be unleashed in stores and online on May 12. "Avengers: Age of Ultron" hits U.S. theaters May 1, but has already made $201 million worldwide. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Is dyeing your armpit hair the next big trend? Miley Cyrus seems to think so

Forget about rainbow hair on your head — the latest place to dye is the armpit. The trend for technicolor underarms has been growing slowly but surely for a while, but was brought into the spotlight last week by pop singer Miley Cyrus. The star posted a picture to her Instagram account showing her wearing a white crop top, rolled down jeans and layers of beaded necklaces. However, she had accessorized the outfit with bright pink body fuzz, and wrote the caption "#PANK #dirtyhippie" alongside the photo. One woman who knows all about the trend is stylist Roxie Hunt, who dyed her co-worker's pits bright blue and then wrote a blog post about the topic which has attracted over 35,000 views. "More and more often, I am meeting women who unapologetically choose not to succumb to the societal pressure of scraping a razor against the soft skin of their bodies," writes Hunt. "If you recall, I want to celebrate pit hair." The process involves first bleaching the hair, before applying the color of choice. Bleaching pits can be tricky because although armpit hair tends to be coarse, the skin around the area is delicate. Beauty vlogger TheSassyElf highlights the importance of staying away from putting lightener on armpits in the case of particularly sensitive skin in her tutorial (video contains strong language). So wearing gloves to protect one's hands when dealing with bleach and developer is a must, and it's a good idea to wear clothes that you don't mind getting color stains on. Other tips include dyeing armpits when they are deodorant-free to avoid any freaky surprises. Armpit hair — bright pink or otherwise — has been creeping into the spotlight, with celebrities like Madonna and Lily Allen championing the fuzzier look. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Continue Reading