With Pride Month right around the corner, Marvel Comics has revealed its first-ever transgender mutant, Escapade, set to appear in Marvel’s Voices: Pride #1.
The superhero, whose real name is Shela Sexton, has the power to trade places with anyone. Accompanied by her sidekick “genetically engineered flying turtle” Hibbert, she will be embarking on a journey with her “best friend and fellow trans mutant” Morgan Red, as explained by Marvel in a blog post.
“I wish I could hang out with Shela in real life. She is a total goofball, a cool weirdo who has a super strong sense of justice and a profound loyalty to her friends,” co-creator Charlie Jane Anders spoke of Escapade. “Until recently, she believed that everything would always be okay as long as she and Morgan were there for each other, but lately she’s been realizing life is more complicated than that.” She additionally commented on Morgan Red and her relationship with Escapade: “I wanted Shela to have a really strong relationship that she could be anchored to. I spent a lot of time thinking about Morgan and how they and Shela had grown up together. I eventually arrived at the thing where Morgan was there for Shela when she was first transitioning, and the two of them kind of supported each other through their transitions when they were kids.”
Anders added that she wanted to make sure the story is inclusive. “It was really important to me to have a whole community of trans mutants in this comic — not just Shela and Morgan, but others… I wanted it to be super clear that being a mutant is not a metaphor for being trans, and vice versa.”
Marvel’s Voices: Pride #1 will release on June 22, with a continued New Mutants story currently in the works. Read more about Escapade here.
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Paedophiles Admit: Abusing Children in Virtual Reality is ‘Stupidly Easy’
The NSPCC has highlighted the disturbing ease with which predators exploit children in virtual reality (VR) worlds, following an in-depth investigation supported by the National Crime Agency (NCA). The study revealed that inadequate age verification and regulation have allowed offenders to craft scenarios, like VR strip clubs, to exploit children.
The immersive nature of VR, paired with avatar use, often desensitizes both the child and the perpetrator, facilitating abuse. An individual, convicted of abusing children through VR, described the ease of accessing servers that cater to such criminal activities using VR headsets.
The rise of advanced technologies, including “phantom” or “simulated” touch, which replicate physical sensations, further entices abusers. James Babbage from the NCA voiced concerns about the technology, especially “haptics” – tactile sensations in VR that mirror real-life touch.
The Online CSA Covert Intelligence Team (OCCIT) stated, “Virtual reality and the metaverse present significant challenges for law enforcement and the safeguarding of vulnerable individuals.”
While only 6% of households possess VR, its popularity among teenagers in the US suggests future demand in the UK. There have already been instances of UK children being groomed, notably through VR environments.
The report remarked, “VR’s unique blend of physical presence, online anonymity, and often sexualized ambience makes it a haven for offenders.” Some platforms also discreetly set lower age limits, and the kid-friendly appearance of many VR games can mislead parents. The absence of rigorous identity checks in VR allows offenders to operate without fear of repercussions.
Highlighting the severity, the study cited a user review that labeled a major platform as a hotbed for predators. The NSPCC warned of the potential manipulation by sexual predators using seemingly innocent avatars, like the reported case of an offender posing as a cartoonish ginger cat.
Richard Collard of the NSPCC stressed the importance of integrating emerging technologies into the Online Safety Bill and advocated for a collective effort from educators, parents, policymakers, and tech industries to ensure child safety.
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Step into a world where August’s warmth envelops captivating stories of grace, resilience, and charm embodied by sizzling models. Immerse yourself in their life narratives, uncover the secrets behind radiant skin, and find inspiration in the latest fashion trends. This issue seamlessly blends beauty insights with empowering tales, becoming your essential summer companion.
In a branding-driven era, witness an unexpected clash between a New York eatery and adult industry titan Mindgeek over a disputed logo. This clash highlights businesses’ efforts to protect brand identities. Simultaneously, the digital landscape of live webcam performances evolves with platforms like XloveCam.com and Sex.Cam offering a dance between intimate premium shows and expansive freemium content. Empowering performers through a unified signup, these platforms optimize visibility, engagement, and earnings.
Amid self-expression and digital progress, emerge two subcultures spotlighting human passions. “Dollification” unveils individuals embracing transformation as life-sized dolls, transcending gender norms. Simultaneously, the rise of cosplay showcases modern women’s shift from passion to profitable profession, uniting through the capacity to reimagine oneself.
Navigate the dynamic landscape of human sexuality where personal inclinations meet societal discourse. Enter Toronto’s ‘Come As You Are’ store, championing bespoke pleasure. Explore the complexities of the “free use” fetish, igniting debates about consent and the digital shaping of desires. On platforms like X, the fusion of meme culture and NSFW content explores the duality of exploitation and empowerment, delving into the connections between morality, technology, and society in the digital age.
Clash of Logos: Pornhub’s Legal Battle with a New York Eatery
In a quirky clash that underscores the importance of branding and trademark protection, adult site Pornhub’s parent company, Mindgeek, has set its sights on a small New York eatery’s logo, raising concerns of potential customer confusion. The legal dispute revolves around Döner Haus, a charming German restaurant, and its logo which, according to Mindgeek, strikingly resembles their own, and has the potential to befuddle users.
A Bizarre Battle Unfolds
Mindgeek’s latest legal escapade comes in the form of a trademark skirmish with the modest yet well-loved Döner Haus. The heart of the matter lies in the uncanny resemblance between the two entities’ logos and names. Mindgeek asserts that this likeness poses a legitimate threat of confusion among its users, who may mistakenly associate the restaurant with the explicit content it provides.
Döner Haus, a fast casual dining spot with a focus on authentic German flavors and family-friendly ambience, was left bemused by the accusation. Its logo features a similar aesthetic but incorporates a German umlaut over the “o” in “Döner,” making it distinct from the adult site’s branding. Despite the clear differentiation and the restaurant’s unrelated nature, the legal gauntlet was thrown.
The Cease and Desist Letter
Mindgeek’s legal team issued a cease and desist letter to Döner Haus, pressing for a change in logo and name. The letter underscored the potential confusion that could arise among Pornhub’s clientele, urging the restaurant to align with their demands before August 7th, 2023. If the request remains unmet, Mindgeek threatens to escalate the matter to the legal arena.
A David vs. Goliath Narrative
In a classic David vs. Goliath scenario, Döner Haus finds itself in a position of disbelief and frustration. The restaurant’s representative, Pauline Phan, expressed incredulity at the suggestion that diners might confuse savoury German cuisine with explicit content. Phan dismissed the notion as “comical as it is preposterous,” emphasising the substantial differences between their establishments.
Stephen L. Baker, the attorney championing Döner Haus’s cause, raised valid doubts about the legitimacy of Mindgeek’s claims. He questioned the evidence supporting the assumption that consumers in the United States would associate a family-oriented eatery with a risqué website.
Trademark Tussles in the Business Landscape
This dispute is hardly an anomaly in the world of business, where companies of all sizes zealously protect their intellectual property. Trademark battles are commonplace as they can lead to detrimental customer confusion, potentially granting undue advantages to one party at the expense of the other. In a global marketplace where ideas and identities are shared and often replicated, safeguarding intellectual property has become paramount.
Conclusion: Defending Distinct Identities
As the clash between the playful Döner Haus and the powerful Mindgeek unfolds, it brings to light the significance of visual identities and the lengths companies go to protect their brands. In a world where even the most unlikely contenders can end up in legal duels, the need to differentiate and defend one’s identity remains crucial. Time will reveal whether Döner Haus can preserve its distinct character in the face of a titan’s claims or if a truce will be reached to satisfy both parties’ unique appetites for recognition and success.