Sex with the barista at Starbucks who is of indeterminate gender. A threesome with George Clooney and Angelina Jolie. Sex with a stranger. Sex in a public place.
These are just a few explicit female fantasies on full display yesterday on America Online’s main webpage in a feature item that urges women to maintain a “rich fantasy life.”
The headline is the latest example of an apparent change in the Internet company’s content since AOL acquired the liberal Huffington Post, whose founder, Arianna Huffington, now serves as AOL’s content boss.
“9 Sexual Fantasies of Real Women” was the title of the article, displayed yesterday on AOL’s front-page carousel of articles. The AOL site is accessible to Internet users of all ages.
“Our writer asked women about imaginary situations that turn them on, and sex in a public place was just one of the answers,” continues the story.
The AOL carousel item linked to an article at the Huffington Post by sexologist and author Logan Levkoff. The article was titled “Sexual Fantasies: Why Women’s Sex Lives Aren’t Complete Without Them.”
Levkoff began her piece by admitted that when she was a child, her fantasies included sex with a female supermodel.
“I’ve been having sexual fantasies for as long as I can remember,” Levkoff writes. “When I was in the fourth grade, I dreamed that I was making out with Christie Brinkley on top of my desk. By middle school, I was fantasizing about the athletics director at my sleep-away camp. And today, I still have torrid dreams about Huey Lewis (yes, that Huey Lewis).”
The article contends that besides a woman’s skin, the brain is the biggest sex organ.
“We are supposed to use them. We are supposed to have an active fantasy life. Sexual fantasies do not make us sluts. Nor do they suggest that we have trouble in our current relationship,” Levkoff writes.
Levkoff asserts fantasies “are our mind’s way of exploring that which we may or may never do in real life.”
The Huffington Post piece features a pictorial of nine female fantasies Levkoff says she collected from interview subjects.
The nine fantasies listed were:
- Sex with another woman
- Sex with a celebrity
- Being dominated
- Dominating your partner
- Sex in a public place
- Group sex
- Sex with the barista at Starbucks who is of indeterminate gender.
- A threesome with George Clooney and Angelina Jolie
- Sex with a stranger
In February, AOL agreed to acquire the Huffington Post for $315 million, approximately $300 million of which was reportedly paid in cash and the rest in stock. It was AOL’s largest acquisition since it was separated from Time Warner in 2009.
As part of the deal, Huffington was made editor-in-chief of AOL’s 1,200-person newsroom.
“Arianna represents what the future will look like for social news,” said AOL Chairman Tim Armstrong when the deal was first announced.
Since then, some have noticed a shift in AOL’s content toward the Huffington Post’s notorious liberal bent, with few headlines criticizing President Obama and Democrats. Headlines also have become more sexually explicit.
For example, as WND reported in July, AOL that month featured an item on its main page about how men fake orgasms, recommending any male engaged in the practice should masturbate to help “discover what stimulates you.”
Immediately following the acquisition, some critics were concerned about a change in AOL’s content.
“Fox and Friends,” the Fox News Channel’s popular morning show, featured a segment titled “Liberal Takeover” asking whether Huffington’s influence will push the site to the left politically.
A piece at the American Thinker opined the AOL-Huffington Post merger “destroys one media outlet that had plenty of conservative commentary and creates a potentially massive new liberal news portal that will reach as many as 100 million Americans a month.”
Brent Bozell, publisher of the media watchdog site Newsbusters, accused AOL of “sacrificing credibility and objectivity” in buying the Huffington Post.
“AOL News is fooling only itself in thinking there is no journalistic conflict in merging with a hate-filled, vicious, radically left-wing rag,” he added.
In 2007, Bozell’s Media Research Center released a study of the Huffington Post’s content, documenting how the site engaged in an ongoing campaign of profanity, crude sexual metaphors and hate speech against conservatives.
For her part, Huffington denied she would turn AOL’s content liberal. She was asked about the accusation in an interview on Bill Maher’s HBO show in February.
“This is so funny, such a red herring,” she replied. “First of all 95 percent of all the content on Huffpo is about entertainment, lifestyle and information. Not about politics.”