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Media Update - November 23, 2009

National Coalition for Sexual Freedom -- Media Update Digest
November 23, 2009
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1. Lolita Wolf: The Kinky Lover
2. A Kink in the Campaign
3. Hello Pell? Itbs Me Mell, and I am Really Mixed Up About This Election Thing
4. Swingers arrested in Iran
5. Sex game beatings bring long prison term
6. Progress Through Education
7. Shackle your judgment: BDSM deserves respect
8. Playing with Desire: UNH students push sexual boundaries
9. Getting into the swing of things
10. Sex toy research causes a stir at Duke
11. Mate debate: Is monogamy realistic?


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NCSF Media Updates represent a sampling of recent stories printed in US newspapers, magazines, and
selected websites containing significant mention of BDSM-leather-fetish, polyamory, or swing issues and
topics.

These stories may be positive, negative, accurate, inaccurate b or anywhere in between. NCSF publishes
the Updates to provide readers a comprehensive look at what media outlets are writing about these
topics. NCSF permits and encourages readers to forward these Updates where appropriate.


Lolita Wolf: The Kinky Lover
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'...

To read this article, go to: http://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/nyregion/1-in-8-million/index.html#/lolita_wolf


A Kink in the Campaign
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, ...

To read this article, go to:

http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/joe-laiacona-challenges-deb-mell-in-democratic-primary/Content?oid=1236242


Hello Pell? It's Me Mell, and I am Really Mixed Up About This Election Thing
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. ...

To read this article, go to: http://www.cdobs.com/archive/featured/hello-pell-its-me-mell-and-i-am-
really-mixed-up-about-this-election-thing,92492


Swingers arrested in Iran
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. ...

To read the rest of this article, go to:
http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/World/Story/STIStory_457999.html


Sex game beatings bring long prison term
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. ...

To read the rest of this article, go to:
http://blog.oregonlive.com/hillsboroargus/2009/11/sex_game_beatings_bring_long_p.html


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,...

To read the rest of this article, go to:


http://media.www.thejusticeonline.com/media/storage/paper573/news/2009/11/17/Features/Progress.Through.Education-3834004.shtml


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 ...

To read the rest of this article, go to: http://www.tnhonline.com/opinion/shackle-your-judgment-bdsm-
deserves-respect-1.898694


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, ...

To read the rest of this article, go to:

http://www.tnhonline.com/playing-with-desire-unh-students-push-sexual-boundaries-1.898361#5


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 ...

To read the rest of this article, go to: http://www.lasvegasweekly.com/blogs/the-
playground/2009/nov/16/swingers/


Sex toy research causes a stir at Duke
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.

To read the rest of this article, go to: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/story/177501.html?
story_link=email_msg


Mate debate: Is monogamy realistic?
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 b
the practice of having romantic relationships with multiple people at the same time with the full
knowledge and consent of all involved b has been getting a lot of attention. ...

To read the rest of this article, go to:
http://www.cnn.com/2009/LIVING/10/28/monogamy.realistic.today/index.html


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Because your sexual expression...
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  • Can cause you to lose your job or your income
  • Can lead you into a maze of antiquated laws and regulations you never even knew existed
  • Is arbitrarily criminalized by state and local authorities
  • Is used by the radical right to marginalize minority groups
  • Can result in the invasion of your privacy by the government, both within your own home or in educational, social and group environments