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Media Update - 2009-12-09

on Wednesday, 09 December 2009. Posted in Media Updates


New York Times Magazine

by Dan Bergner

The section on deviant desires, to take one example, is denounced by advocates for alternative sexuality as stigmatizing those whose lusts, no matter how unusual, are harmless, or those whose erotic play, no matter how unsettling, is consensual. Should a man with a foot fetish be branded as mentally ill? Should a woman who finds ecstasy in being elaborately bound and enduring denigration or pain? Should such people be labeled with psychiatric diseases, though the rest of their lives have no serious dysfunction? Until 1973, homosexuality was among the D.S.M.’s disorders, and critics of the present chapter point to the condemnation the volume once inflicted on gay men and lesbians — condemnation that both reflected and bolstered the prevailing cultural perspective — by way of arguing that the current manual, the D.S.M.-IV, is full of unfounded and damaging sexual judgments. Many on the panel, which probably won’t, in the end, do much in the way of deleting conditions, maintain that the chapter on sexuality and gender identity doesn’t brand people too readily with disease. They note that, aside from exceptions like patients with pedophilia, only those who are distressed meet the threshold for diagnosis. In turn, the critics respond that such distress stems not from within the individual but from the infliction of societal standards, from the culture’s disapproval and aversion and therefore, in part, from the D.S.M. itself. This, they emphasize, was why the A.P.A. finally removed a last remnant of the homosexuality diagnosis — what was known as “ego-dystonic” homosexuality — in 1987.



Media Update - 2009-12-08

on Tuesday, 08 December 2009. Posted in Media Updates


Minnesota Daily

A simple Google search led me to Club H, a local swingers' organization in Minneapolis. When I called, I was politely asked by the associate on the other 

Media Update - 2009-12-02

on Wednesday, 02 December 2009. Posted in Media Updates


New York Times

Mr. Lambert's context was different, mostly because he is gay and his song “For Your Entertainment” is graphically sexual, with intimations of sadomasochism 

NCSF Applauds Federal Lawsut Filed against Atlanta Police

on Friday, 27 November 2009. Posted in NCSF News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
National Coalition for Sexual Freedom

NCSF APPLAUDS FEDERAL LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST ATLANTA POLICE

November 25, 2009 - Federal lawsuit filed yesterday! Check out http://atlantaeagleraid.com

NCSF is actively involved in supporting the Atlanta Eagle and the plaintiffs in this suit. In the case filed by Lambda Legal, Southern Center for Human Rights, and Dan Grossman as representation for the plaintiffs, a federal law suit alleging multiple civil rights violations was filed November 24, 2009.

In speaking with Leigha Fleming NCSF Board Chair, Wednesday afternoon, attorney Dan Grossman said, "NCSF's publicity and support is very welcome and needed in this effort."

Said Ms. Fleming, "We need everyone in the Alanta community getting involved in this. There's a mayoral election coming up. Ask your candidates their opinions of the police action at the Eagle and whether or not they support the kind of bigotry and discrimination exhibited. Blog about it. Talk about it. All the various Eagle's around the country should link to this. Support this lawsuit and support NCSF."

Said Grossman, "The police believed that they could violate the rights of these men precisely because they were in a gay _leather_ bar."

NCSF is committed to creating a political, legal and social environment in the US that advances equal rights for consenting adults who engage in alternative sexual and relationship expressions. The NCSF aims to advance the rights of, and advocate for consenting adults in the BDSM-Leather-Fetish, Swing, and Polyamory Communities. We pursue our vision through direct services, education, advocacy, and outreach, in conjunction with our partners, to directly benefit these communities. Donate to NCSF now at www.ncsfreedom.org

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Media Update - 2009-11-23

on Monday, 23 November 2009. Posted in Media Updates


Straits Times

TEHERAN - IRAN'S moral police have arrested a dozen couples for engaging in illicit sexual acts, including swapping of partners. Extra-marital sex is illegal in Iran where Islamic sharia law is the principal source of legislation. If found guilty of adultery, those arrested in the crackdown face being stoned to death. 

Media Update - 2009-11-21

on Saturday, 21 November 2009. Posted in Media Updates


Hillsboro Argus - OregonLive.com

“If you know anything about (sadomasochism), both parties are getting pleasure,” Knapp said. “I don't believe it was sadomasochistic at all. 

Media Update - 2009-11-20

on Friday, 20 November 2009. Posted in Media Updates


New York Times

For me, having found BDSM it's not just about sex. I find very fulfilling that I can educate people, because it's something I needed. So many people have come to tell me that I made them feel 'not guilty'

 
Chicago Reader

But he says he raised $1800 at one leather party, and he pitched members of the Next Generation Chicago, a pansexual BDSM group for the 18-34 set, 


Chicago Reader

He wrote for Gay Chicago magazine for 17 years, penning a “Leather Views” column under a pseudonym. Expect the content of those articles to be a huge campaign issue. 

 

 

 

Media Update - 2009-11-17

on Tuesday, 17 November 2009. Posted in Media Updates

Progress Through Education
Justice, Brandeis University

Transgender, polyamory, sadomasochism and asexuality are topics that still need to be introduced into the dialogue. "There's no overt prejudice, 

Shackle your judgment: BDSM deserves respect

UNH The New Hampshire, Durham, NH

It is a little hard to imagine the person sitting next to you in class choosing to wear a diaper and roll around like a baby, but BDSM is just as unique as ...

Playing with Desire: UNH students push sexual boundaries.

UNH The New Hampshire, Durham, NH

Courtney Jane, or CJ, is the creator and coordinator of UNH's BDSM group; ... CJ, a grad student at UNH, began exploring BDSM last January on her own,

Getting into the swing of things

Las Vegas Weekly

After a few minutes of trying to remember which men were emotionally committed to which women, I remembered something more important: I was at a swingers 
 

News Observer, Durham, North Carolina

At Duke University, a school that likes to tout its cutting-edge research, a sex toy study being conducted by a behavioral economist and student health workers has roused criticism. For much of October, researchers recruited female Duke students to take part in a "sexually explicit" study on Tupperware-style parties in which sex toys, not kitchenware, are the draw.


CNN

For some, even serial monogamy seems too restrictive. The 1970s introduced the concept of "open marriage" in which couples stayed married but were free to date other people.More recently, polyamory -- the practice of having romantic relationships with multiple people at the same time with the full knowledge and consent of all involved -- has been getting a lot of attention.


 
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