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Media Update – March 23, 2006

   1. Is S&M sex with my husband kinky?

   2. What's Obscene, Anyway?

   3. Supreme Court Declines to Hear Obscenity Case

   4. Woman tells of spanking from professor

   5. Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Online Obscenity Appeal

   6. Council targets swinger clubs

   7. Supreme Court Affirms Lower Court's Ruling in Nitke Appeal

   8. Frazier gets award for lifetime of work

   9. $1500 Worth Of Sex Toys Stolen At Convention

   1. Is S&M sex with my husband kinky?

   2. What's Obscene, Anyway?

   3. Supreme Court Declines to Hear Obscenity Case

   4. Woman tells of spanking from professor

   5. Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Online Obscenity Appeal

   6. Council targets swinger clubs

   7. Supreme Court Affirms Lower Court's Ruling in Nitke Appeal

   8. Frazier gets award for lifetime of work

   9. $1500 Worth Of Sex Toys Stolen At Convention

 

Is S&M sex with my husband kinky?

 

by Dr. Gail Saltz (commentary and advice)

MSNBC

March 23, 2006

Q. Recently, I discovered a side of myself I never knew existed: submission. My husband and I have begun to live a dominant-submissive lifestyle. We have educated ourselves on the topic and are very respectful to one another. This is voluntary submission on my part and should not in any way be confused with domestic violence.

 

I am a professional businesswoman, have been married 10 years, and have three children. But as far as submission goes, I find satisfaction waiting on my husband, whom I do consider my master. I enjoy being punished (not violently) and serving him. I have never felt more "normal" in my life. But I am extremely aware of society's views about "kinky" relationships. Do I have a mental defect because I live – and enjoy – a lifestyle that most people would probably find repulsive?

 

A. As long as there is no physical injury involved, and as long as you are not letting this dominant-submissive behavior pattern spill into your relationship outside the bedroom, I say this is perfectly fine. It is not unusual for people to have sadomasochistic fantasies. Women often have fantasies of being raped or forced to have sex against their will. Not everyone enjoys acting out these fantasies. For some people, though, it is highly erotic to enact a fantasy involving dominance, submission, sadism, or masochism. It is not a mental illness.

 

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What's Obscene, Anyway?:A Supreme Court decision leaves questions about what Internet content is protected speech unanswered

 

by Alex Koppelman

Justice Magazine

March 22, 2006

With just four words – "the judgment is affirmed" – the Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear Nitke v. Gonzales. Those four words may be the most important Internet purveyors of sexual content hear for quite some time.

 

Even in our federal system of government, the law concerning obscenity is a legal oddity. A photograph that in New York would be considered protected speech under the First Amendment could in Alabama be considered obscene, making the photographer and distributors subject to felony charges. That's a consequence of the Supreme Court's landmark 1973 case, Miller v. California, in which the court ruled that obscenity was essentially a subjective judgment, and called for prosecutors, judges and juries to apply "community standards" in determining what speech was obscene and what was protected. In the age of the Internet, a new issue has been raised – if something considered free speech in New York is accessible in Alabama, where it's considered obscene, what standard should be used? By rejecting the case, the Supreme Court has left that question open.

 

"We have this Balkanization under the 1st Amendment in regards to sexual speech," says John Wirenius, a lawyer for the plaintiffs in the case. "It's the only part of the 1st Amendment where there's no national standard. In obscenity alone, material can be free and protected in 49 of 50 states, but in one portion of one state it can be considered obscene and you can be prosecuted."

 

The case was brought by Barbara Nitke, a photographer whose work often focuses on sexual matter, including so-called "deviant" acts such as sadomasochism. Nitke, who is president of the world-renowned Camera Club of New York and a faculty member of the School of Visual Arts, sued the federal government in late 2001, arguing that the Communications Decency Act of 1996, which provides federal penalties for distributing obscenity to minors through the Internet, was an unconstitutional violation of her First Amendment rights because it made her fear prosecution for publishing her work on the Internet. The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, an activist organization dedicated to "[advancing] equal rights of consenting adults who practice forms of alternative sexual expression," joined Nitke in the suit.

 

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Supreme Court Declines to Hear Obscenity Case

 

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March 22, 2006

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Woman tells of spanking from professor

 

by Paul Brooks

The Times Herald-Record (NY)

March 22, 2006

Kingston – The graphic and excruciating details of the sexual encounter between a student and former SUNY New Paltz professor Wade Thompson, 82, poured out in court yesterday.

 

But defense lawyers attacked the woman's credibility. Ben Ostrer of Chester pointed out that the woman had hired a lawyer to file a civil suit against the college and Thompson even before speaking to police. She never told the district attorney about the lawsuit, Ostrer said.

 

Dressed in a prim blue dress, the 42-year-old student was the first witness called by Assistant District Attorney Julian Schreibman.

 

Thompson faces felony charges of sexual abuse and assault and a misdemeanor charge of forcible touching.

 

Thompson took the woman to his New Paltz house on April 19.

 

"He said 'If you're a good little girl, you're going to lift up your dress and come over my lap and let me spank you.' He mentioned my grades. … All I could think of is what am I going to do now? … He has been there the longest time … and nobody is going to believe me, and I did it."

 

Between tears, she testified that Thompson made her remove her clothing and lay down on the floor. Then he started beating her on the buttocks with a belt, first with the strap and then with the buckle. She said he made her count out loud and if she missed a count, that he started over from the beginning. She was crying and asking him to stop. He hit her 64 times, she said.

 

She asked why he was doing it. His reply was" "It's like putting salt and pepper on food. It enhances the pleasure for me," she said.

 

The garish red and black bruises on the student's bare buttocks splashed across a large projection screen at one point. The prosecution also played a dramatic recording of the student's April 22 call to Thompson. She pressed him about why he had struck her.

 

"I thought that was what you wanted, that it excited you," Thompson said in the recording. "I thought that was what you liked. … I didn't hear you tell me to stop. … I am very sorry I misunderstood."

 

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Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Online Obscenity Appeal

 

Associated Press report

Fox News

March 21, 2006

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court turned back an appeal on Monday from a photographer who claimed a federal decency law violated her free-speech rights to post pictures of sadomasochistic sexual behavior on the Web.

 

Justices affirmed a decision last year by a special three-judge federal panel upholding the 1996 law which makes it a crime to send obscenity over the Internet to children.

 

The court could have used the case to set online obscenity standards. The subject of children and indecency has gotten more attention recently.

 

Last week the government renewed its crackdown on indecent television by proposing nearly $4 million in fines for controversial broadcasts.

 

The Supreme Court appeal was brought by photographer Barbara Nitke, whose work is featured in the book "Kiss of Fire: A Romantic View of Sadomasochism," and by the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom.

 

Material that is obscene is not protected by the First Amendment, but Nitke's lawyer contends her work is art that is not obscene.

 

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Council targets swinger clubs:

 

Schenectady considers what, if anything, to do about controversial B&B

by Mike Goodwin

The Albany Time Union (NY)

March 21, 2006

SCHENECTADY — Schenectadians, if you have an opinion — and who doesn't? — about the racy goings-on at a bed-and-breakfast, City Council wants to hear from you.

 

Lawmakers, weighing a ban on sex clubs, plan to hold a public hearing to gauge public opinion about the Union Street Bed & Breakfast, a Northside inn neighbors recently revealed as the home base for a local swingers club.

 

When the club's existence was disclosed in January, owner Bob Alexson spoke out about his right to host adult parties. The controversy triggered a loud debate in the city about whether such clubs should operate in residential neighborhoods and whether the public has a right to regulate what goes on inside the B&B.

 

The City Council is poised to strengthen its noise ordinance so that the owner of the inn, or other businesses, can be cited when guests or customers become disruptive anywhere on the property. But at the same time, lawmakers say they want to hold the public hearing as a possible precursor to a citywide ban on sex clubs.

 

"I want to make sure everybody's rights are protected, and that includes Mr. Alexson's," said Frank Maurizio, chairman of the City Council's Development and Planning Committee.

 

Assistant Corporation Counsel L. John Van Norden told the council on Monday that a ban on sex clubs in Phoenix has so far withstood legal challenges and a similar prohibition in Schenectady could be modeled after that legislation.

 

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To read this entire article, go to: http://timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=463040&category=SCHENECTADY&BCCode=LOCAL&newsdate=3/22/2006 To respond, write to: the author at [email protected] or the editors at [email protected]

 

 

Supreme Court Affirms Lower Court's Ruling in Nitke Appeal Without Hearing Oral Arguments

 

by Q. Boyer

Ynot.com

March 20, 2006

WASHINGTON, DC – The Supreme Court today denied an appeal by photographer Barbara Nitke and the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) in the case of Nitke v. Gonzalez. The appeal challenged the constitutionality of the Communications Decency Act on the grounds that the obscenity provision of the CDA is overbroad.

 

Last year, a three-judge panel in New York's Southern District had dismissed Nitke's lawsuit, ruling that there was "insufficient evidence" to show that the CDA was overbroad. In affirming that ruling today, the Supreme Court did not hear oral arguments in the case, instead issuing a four-word decision which reads simply: "The Judgment is Affirmed."

 

According to comments posted by attorney Alan R. Levy to his Live Journal blog, since the case had been decided by a three-judge panel, Nitke and the NCSF had an "appeal of right to the U.S. Supreme court," which meant that the court could not "deny certiorari and had to take the case." Levy is a senior associate with the law firm of Lester, Schwab, Katz and Dwyer in New York, and a member of the NCSF.

 

"Unfortunately, the Supreme Court's decision consisted of four words: 'The Judgment is Affirmed'," Levy wrote. "Hence, it appears that the 'Nitke' case is at an end."

 

The NCSF was clearly disappointed with the Court's decision and even more disheartened by the lack of any hearing or opportunity to present further arguments.

 

"The Supreme Court has affirmed the lower court's decision without hearing oral arguments, sending a clear signal that the court will not protect free speech rights when it comes to sexually explicit materials," the NCSF stated in a press release issued today.

 

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Frazier gets award for lifetime of work

 

by Tammye Nash

The Dallas Voice

March 16, 2006

Dallas businessman and activist Mark Frazier said he thinks his Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2006 Pantheon of Leather Awards last month was a little premature.

 

"Why did they give me this award? I have no idea," Frazier said in a telephone interview this week.

 

"People joked and said they gave it to me so maybe I will slow down. But I said if that was the reason, they should have waited to give it to me for about 20 years, when I might be ready to slow down a little," he said.

 

The Pantheon of Leather Awards are the annual community service awards and recognitions presented for and by the international leather/BDSM community. About 25 to 30 awards are presented each year. The top awards are man of the year, woman of the year, couple of the year, club of the year, the International Award, business of the year and the Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

About 10 regional awards are also presented.

 

Frazier was one of two Dallasites to receive one of the top awards at the 2006 Pantheon of Leather celebration, held Feb. 17-19 in Chicago. Shannon Short, co-owner of Second Skin Construction Company was named Businessman of the Year.

 

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$1500 Worth Of Sex Toys Stolen At Convention

 

by Christina Ficara

All Headline News

March 16, 2006

Jacksonville, FL (AHN) – Local police are investigating the theft of more than $1,500 worth of sex toys stolen during the Southeastern Erotic Cultural Conference in Jacksonville over the weekend.

 

The victims are three women who were selling the adult novelties at the convention being held at the Radisson Riverwalk Hotel.

 

The vendors told police someone took two pairs of leather and metal bondage suspension cuffs, a 28-inch-long leather whip, bath salts, rainbow pot holders and an electrical stimulation device.

 

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