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Porn and the City

Some hate it, most watch it, but few ever think about it in academic terms. Sarah Schaschek came all the way from Germany to study pornography at UCSB. This blog reports on her findings as well as relays what life is like in Santa Barbara for a European newcomer.

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Approaching An End

Some people look forwards to the end of a quarter. Others are afraid that their relationship might end. As a scholar of seriality, the theory that denies beginnings and ends altogether, I am glad that even for me, sometimes, there is light at the end of a tunnel.

Inventing Orgasmic Misery

Who decides what is "normal" about sexual pleasure? Apparently, in America, pharmaceutical companies do. Thoughts on the movie "Orgasm Inc."

To bike or not to bike

Originally, it was not the porn that made me write this blog. It was the point of view of Santa Barbara that I got from riding my bike. Which is now gone. The bike, not the view.

I have to return some videos

Did anyone ever read American Psycho? All those times when Bateman says he has to "return some videos" (porn, of course) and instead leaves to kill someone? Well. Lately, I kinda know where he's coming from…

The Invisible Half

We all know: Women don't watch porn. They also don't like sex. Why is it that women cannot get rid of the myths about themselves?

Porn and my Parents

Does your Mom know about this? What went wrong in your childhood? People love to ask me about my folks' take on the porn research.

The 24 sex bus

Sexy Santa Barbara. I accidently created a new porn title at the downtown transit station.

Sharing Dreams

Every once in a while I come across a text which will not leave me alone until I tell someone about it. Here is an example of such a text.

My Mauerfall

On 9 November 1989, the Berlin Wall came down. I was six. I remember nothing. Twenty years later, my contribution is still a non-contribution.

Soccer and Thinking

I have an amazing professor. He could probably explain the most twisted philosophical concepts on twitter while killing his students in a ping pong game.

Capitalism - A story.

America's bookstores are out of books. I actually had to order an English translation of a French book from a German website.

Bad Bread

While California is suffering a budget crisis, I am facing an existential misery myself: 100 choices of bread and nothing to eat.

First Time

Blogging in a foreign language scares the crap out of me. Today, I am starting to overcome my nightmare.

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