Ogi Ogas on the Women's Preferences for Online Erotica. Ogi Ogas and his colleague analyzed a billion of web searches from adult sites to see the differences between what men and women searched for to satisfy their sexual curiosity. "All across the planet, what most women seek out, in growing numbers, are not explicit scenes of sexual activity but character-driven stories of romantic relationships... Whereas two-minute video clips are the most popular form of contemporary erotica for men, the most popular form for women remains the romance novel, an artifact that takes many hours to digest." In fact, women account for only one out of 50 purchases of porn-site subscriptions, leading the main billing company for porn sites to flag female names as potential fraud. The world's most popular "erotic" site for women is actually FanFiction.net. "Consider these terms from one woman's AOL search history concerning the actor Orlando Bloom: 'orlando bloom as vampire fanfiction,' 'gossip on orlando bloom,' 'legolas erotica'."
Dana Milbank on the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner. In anticipation of tonight's White House Correspondents' Association Dinner, Dana Milbank argues that the Washington Post's controversial decision to invite Donald Trump to the affair is "just one of the many problems with the annual dinner and its satellite events." The event results in journalists "serving as pimps: We recruit Hollywood stars to entertain the politicians, and we recruit powerful political figures to entertain the stars... I don’t fault any one host for throwing a party or any journalist for attending... But the cumulative effect is icky... Washington journalists give Americans the impression we have shed our professional detachment and are aspiring to be like the celebrities and power players we cover." It seems that Milbank himself is boycotting the affair: "I thought about what our hard-bitten journalistic forebears would make of Cee Lo and SamRo and the Donald. Then I made other plans for the weekend."
Charles M. Blow on Far Right Racism. Charles M. Blow describes how President Obama "buckled" in showing his long-form birth certificate, only to have the far right pick up the issue of his college grades. "This is not to say that all Republicans are tolerant of this behavior... But the party has taken the strategic position that in some cases it’s politically advantageous to allow demagogues and xenophobes, sectarians and homophobes to not only see the party as a sanctuary but as a place to rise to its top." Blow goes on to document some of the most "reprehensible" things said by the Republican party lately on Hispanics, gays and blacks. Donald Trump has given this agenda of the right a new boost of energy. But while Trump may congratulate himself on promoting his own brand, "his point of pride is the right’s mark of shame."
Governor Nikki Haley on Obama's Silence on Boeing. In 2009, Boeing announced that it would produce the second line of 787 Dreamliners in South Carolina, a right-to-work state, where workers cannot be required to join a labor union as a condition of employment. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley writes, "We don't want [unions] forcefully inserted into our promising business climate." However, the National Labor Relations Board has asked the courts to intervene, so that Boeing will produce the planes only in Washington state, where its workers must belong to the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. Obama so far has been silent on the subject. Haley writes: "While silence in this case can be assumed to mean consent, President Obama's silence is not acceptable—not to me, and certainly not to the millions of South Carolinians who are rightly aghast at the thought of the greatest economic development success our state has seen in decades being ripped away by federal bureaucrats who appear to be little more than union puppets."
Roger Cohen on Libya and Flawed Foreign Policy. Qadaffi always thought he could lose his power in Libya, writes Roger Cohen, even 42 years into his rule. "Strange, then, that the United States and Europe never thought this could happen — not to Qaddafi, or Mubarak, or Ben Ali, or any of the other murderous plunderers... Policy was based on the mistaken belief that these leaders would last forever." But this policy was not only rooted in the belief of these despots' permanence, but was "a cynical decision to place counterterrorism and security at the top of the agenda and human rights — in this case Arab rights — at the bottom. It was about Big Oil interests. And, to some degree, it was about the perception of what served the security of America’s closest regional ally, Israel." Now, according to Cohen, there is a debt to repay to the Libyan people.