Q: What is ‘bandwidth’ as it relates to watching videos?

‘Bandwidth’ refers to the speed of your Internet connection. The higher the speed, the more video data that can be delivered to you per second. The amount of video data determines the size and/or quality of the video picture, so it is desirable to have as much bandwidth available as possible.

Premium service from an ISP (Internet Service Provider) can offer 5 or more Mbps (Megabits per second). Less robust services may only give you 1 – 1.5 Mbps (what I consider ‘medium’ bandwidth). Note that due to local service conditions, your effective speed may be substantially less than the quoted speed.

Naomi Wolf on Porn

This interview with Naomi Wolf in The Sydney Morning Herald is very enlightening. It’s hard for me to deny her main points. For example,

“The onslaught of porn,” she wrote, “is responsible for deadening male libido in relation to real women … Far from having to fend off porn-crazed young men, young women are worrying that as mere flesh and blood, they can scarcely get, let alone hold, their attention.”

and

In the past few years I’ve spent a lot of time talking to women in their teens and early 20s about porn, sex and body image. There is a profound difference in the context in which these women have come of sexual age compared to that of my adolescence only a decade earlier. The difference is that most young people now have witnessed countless sex acts long before they even get naked with another human being.

It could be argued that such exposure is educational, but only if you’ve never seen any mainstream porn, which is, most industry insiders and observers agree, getting more and more extreme. This may be, at least in part, a reaction to the adoption of soft-porn aesthetics by mainstream popular culture. Porn needs to be nastier and more hard-core to differentiate itself from beer ads and music videos.

(This opinion belongs solely to the author and does not necessarily reflect the views of The Good Sex Network.)

The Secret Powers of Time

In this marvellous video, Professor Philip Zimbardo (of the famed Stanford Prison Experiment) “conveys how our individual perspectives of time affect our work, health and well-being. Time influences who we are as a person, how we view relationships and how we act in the world.”

(This opinion belongs solely to the author and does not necessarily reflect the views of The Good Sex Network.)

The Atrocities of Female Circumcision

Female genital mutilation: the facts

■ Female genital mutilation, also known as cutting, is practised in 28 African countries. The prevalence rate ranges from 98% of girls in Somalia to 5% in Zaire. It also takes place among ethnic groups in the Middle East, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, Canada, the US and New Zealand.

■ Until the 1950s FGM was used in England and the US as a “treatment” for lesbianism, masturbation, hysteria, epilepsy and other “female deviances”.

■ A survey in Kenya found a fourfold drop in FGM rates among girls who had secondary education.

■ Reasons for the practice include conforming to social norms, enhancing sexual pleasure for men and reducing it for women, cleanliness and chastity.

■ No European country accepts the threat of FGM as a reason for asylum.

■ In Sudan, 20%-25% of female infertility has been linked to FGM complications.

■ In Chad, girls have begun to seek FGM without pressure from their immediate family, believing that to be “sewn up” proves they are virginal and clean. The fashion has led to uncircumcised girls being labelled “dirty”.

From “British girls undergo horror of genital mutilation despite tough laws” in The Guardian. Watch the disturbing video.

(This opinion belongs solely to the author and does not necessarily reflect the views of The Good Sex Network.)