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No ordinary love: Polyamorous partners celebrate Valentine's Day their way

on Thursday, 14 February 2019. Posted in NCSF in the News!, Media Updates

Chicago Tribune

“They enjoy the time and effort it takes to maintain relationships and enjoy spending time in them,” she said. “A lot of people associate negative stereotypes with polyamory and think it’s a sort of unstable ‘have your cake and eat it, too’ situation, and that’s not the case. Oftentimes people are practicing consent, which means they are upfront and honest with their partners. In reality, people in polyamorous relationships are actually putting a lot of work into maintaining and up-keeping their relationships.”

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SESTA/FOSTA: The Strangulation of Free Expression & Safe Sex Work

on Friday, 01 February 2019. Posted in NCSF in the News!, Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Sex+STL

by Jackie Harris

But why is any of this content considered as prohibited, especially for consenting adults? Is it specifically a result of SESTA/FOSTA? These laws were written with so much ambiguity that the platform providers, out of fear of being shut down or removed from app stores (think Apple App Store or Google Play) are prohibiting any content that could remotely be considered sexual. Frankly, I do not blame them for their fear. These regulations, applying to any content posted on their platforms, would be near impossible to police. And they can be held liable, fined or even prosecuted for said content. Even the much-touted new algorithms being used to scan for such content can’t handle the job, either erroneously tagging content, or letting others slip by that should be prohibited.

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BDSM and Polyamory

on Monday, 21 January 2019. Posted in NCSF in the News!, Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Firsthand looks at these lifestyle practices

Echo Magazine

The NCSF is a national organization whose mission is to fight for the sexual freedom and privacy rights for all adults who engage in safe, sane and consensual behavior. This often means educating professionals such as doctors, lawyers and the like about consensual kink practices. Recently, the organization has seen an uptick in people needing their help. Wright says much of that can be credited to discriminatory language that is now part of popular vernacular due to the current political climate.

 

Waterboarding for Pleasure: When Kink Violates the Geneva Convention

on Friday, 18 January 2019. Posted in NCSF in the News!, Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Rolling Stone

“A lot of people aren’t aware of the care going into shooting these scenes,” says Tommy Pistol, who has shot a handful of waterboarding scenes (link NSFW) for Kink.com. “We know what we’re walking into, and we don’t want anyone to walk away hurt [or to] put their lives at risk. Everything we do is to a point. It’s a fantasy.” But the fact that these conversations may be edited out of the final cut can pose a problem for kinksters interested in trying this type of risky play at home (despite the presence of strongly worded disclaimers from Kink urging viewers against doing so).

This 12-Step Group Meets in the Basement of a Fetish Shop

on Sunday, 30 December 2018. Posted in NCSF in the News!, Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Narrative

For kinksters, there are real risks involved with publicly outing oneself. One study conducted by the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom found that 37.5 percent of BDSM practitioners had experienced some form of harassment or violence due to the social stigma attached to their sexual behavior. Parents risk losing custody of their children, others put their jobs on the line.

“Everyone shares about their wives and family members in A.A. meetings,” Brother Wolf continues. “I can’t talk about my two partners. I love A.A., but I also need fellowship with people who understand what being a part of an alternative lifestyle is about.”

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Here's what Tumblr's adult content ban means for its loyal users

on Monday, 17 December 2018. Posted in NCSF in the News!, Front Page Headline, Media Updates

NY Daily News

Susan Wright, spokesperson for the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF), noted the impact Tumblr’s ban may have. “They are really missing the goal of being able to being able to talk about responsible sexuality, which is being to be able to talk about yourself... to get peer support and talk about what you want to do.”

Wright said initiatives like Tumblr’s go beyond finding community and exploring sexuality — they can create discrimination and cause problems like with child custody issues in the LGBTQ communities.

What the BDSM community can teach us about consent

on Friday, 16 November 2018. Posted in NCSF in the News!, Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Metro

Another survey published in 2012 by the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom also found that 85% of BDSM practitioners polled agreed with statements such as ‘a person can revoke consent at any time’, ‘consent should be an ongoing discussion in a relationship’, and ‘clear, overt consent must be given before a scene’. Over 93% of respondents endorsed the statement ‘consent is not valid when coerced’.

A Short History of Sexual Consent

on Friday, 19 October 2018. Posted in NCSF in the News!, Front Page Headline

Kinkly

Kinksters already faced so many barriers and concerns for creating a viable community that they determined that violations of consent could not be tolerated. More and more kink groups wrote rules on asking permission and assuring that all participants at events were of sound mind and body to be making informed decisions. In 1981, a leather collective in New York, Gay Male S/M Activists (GMSMA), formed and created a community that would write the first consent bylaws. The concept of safe, sane and consensual was coined by GMSMA and used as a holistic discussion and benchmark for best practices around consent in kink play spaces. Today, the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom continues this mission with its Consent Counts program and resources. While history may never tell us for sure, there is a wide perception that the seeds of the consent movement were sown in the kink community and were what ultimately inspired the policy changes that were later seen on college campuses.

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