Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Being a Cam Girl But Were Afraid to Ask

Photos by Nate "Igor" Smith
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At the end of a winding road within a nondescript corporate park in Edison sits the New Jersey Convention and Expo center, a grim gray building with an illuminated quick-change sign out front, the kind that usually shouts "GO TIGERS" or "2 FOR 1 WELL DRINKS." This one reads "WELCOME TO EXXXOTICA 2014." The building seems like the sort that hosts SATs -- until you open the doors and are hit by a wave of deafening techno and ass cheeks as far as the eye can see.

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Power Rankings: The Worst Catcall Parody Videos

With more than 35 million views, the video of Shoshana Roberts walking through Manhattan and being subjected to dozens and dozens of catcalls from men about her appearance and figure pulled back the curtain on an uglier part of our culture. It also spawned several cringe-inducing parodies by enterprising dudes (mostly dudes, anyway) who wanna hop on the pageview train by offering comparisons between getting catcalled as as a woman alone in New York to, oh, trash-talk you might hear as an unshaven Jets bro walking through Union Square on a Sunday. Here are the worst, from worst to least-worst.

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Let's Try to Guess These Internet Meme Costumes From the 2014 HallowMeme Party

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Play 'em off.
Is your meme game slipping? It's OK, because unless you're just skating by at work or school, you likely aren't all spending your free time on the internet, chortling at viral videos and photos, your eyeballs filled with snark spelled out in 48-point Impact font over some photo. So, together, let's try to guess some of these costumes and their accompanying memes from the annual HallowMeme party, which went down on Thursday night at the Bell House in Brooklyn. We'll go first. (If you can name one, leave a comment.)

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Zeroing In On Adolescent Girlhood, Petra Collins Shoots From the Hip

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Petra Collins
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Petra Collins is a wreck. She's calling from upstate New York, and the first thing she says is that she's had a sinus infection for weeks and the previous day dislocated her knee. "I was doing this shoot and dancing, and it just popped out," she tells the Voice. "But I guess it happened at a good time." A few days before, Collins opened her first solo exhibition — on view at Capricious 88 — and though the event is behind her, she's curating a group show the following weekend, just signed a book deal, is planning a move to NYC, and shows no signs of slowing down. For the present moment, however, she's on pause, fielding texts from friends while she prepares for her next step. Her enthusiasm is enough to make a jaded arts writer feel old, and some of her works are bound to make a gallery-goer older than 30 feel dated. Collins's exhibition features neon text works, two of which include the abbreviation "rn." What does that mean? "Right now!" she says, laughing. "It's something that's so of our generation that we just get it."

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NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Targets Astroturfing: Fake Reviews of Hair Removal Services, Strippers, and More

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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman
We truly hate to be the ones to tell you this, but sometimes people say stuff on the Internet that is ... not true. Take a moment to collect yourselves. Case in point: 19 companies were scolded and fined yesterday by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for so-called Astroturfing: the practice of posting fake reviews on sites like Yelp, Google Local, and CitySearch. According to the AG, the companies hired freelance writers to write the fake ads from as far away as the Philippines, Bangladesh, and Eastern Europe, paying $1 to $10 per review.

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The New York Times's Website Is Down, and Everyone Is Losing Their Shit

Around noon today, the New York Times's website went down. It's still down. Nobody seems to know what's causing the outage, except for FOX Business, who claim "sources" told them it was a major cyber attack. (The big news there is that FOX is pretending to have sources. Adorable.) The Times tweeted a little while ago that they believed the outage was the result of "an internal issue," which they're saying will be resolved soon. According to the AP, e-mails sent to NYT addresses are also being returned as undeliverable.

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We All Wish We Attended the Internet Cat Video Festival in Minnesota

If you have scoured the Internet over the past five years or so, there is a 85% chance (yeah, I did the math) that you've come across this video. You are looking at Keyboard Cat - a video that defines the Internet cat phenomenon, with over 27 million views worldwide. And it's just a cat playing a keyboard.

However, you are also looking at the winner of the lifetime achievement award given at the Internet Cat Video Festival that went down this weekend at the neo-modern Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. And, from what we've read, it's a damn shame it was seven or so states away.
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Try Googling 'Gay Pride Parade' Right Now


Do it now. Go to Google.com, and type in "gay pride parade," before the parade passes by. As Voice web editor Nick Greene just pointed out to us, something fun and unexpected will happen when you do.

Happy Pride Week!

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Orthodox Jews Rent Citi Field For (Women-Less) Meeting About How Scary The Internet Is

Thousands of male Orthodox Jews will make Citi Field seem like a 10-year-old's tree house this weekend, when they hold a women-less meeting about the risks of the Internet.

Orthodox Jews, as you may know, have a practice of strict gender separation, so woman will be able to watch the conference, but they have to do so on televisions at schools and event centers in Borough Park and other Orthodox neighborhoods, according to Hamodia, an Orthodox newspaper.

More than 40,000 Orthodox Jewish men are expected to pack the stadium -- and nearby Arthur Ashe Stadium -- to discuss the "dangers" of the Internet, and how to use it in a religiously responsible way.

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How To Pretend You're At SXSW: A Brief Field Guide

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Is your Twitter feed feeling a little extra insufferable today? Do you hear the sort of "I'm at a really cool event and you're not" echo running through the Internet? Are you suddenly craving Tex Mex and you're not sure why? That's because the South by Southwest Conference has begun! And you're not there! (We're certainly not.) So, we've come up with a couple of ways to pretend you're at the annual pilgrimage of media, tech, music and entertainment types to Texas, or at least some ways to mitigate the pain of not being there.

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