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Media Update - January 13, 2009

1. Man of Steel, Woman of Bondage
2. At Pasco Clothing-Optional Resort, Hers Is A Well-Known Face
3. Recession romance, bondage bonding and addressing one's ass
4. N. Woodmere man in federal sex case out on bail
5. Appleton man faces sex charges
6. Establishment Owners Repond to Protesters

National Coalition for Sexual Freedom -- Media Update
January 13, 2009
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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 SM-leather-fetish, polyamory, or swing issues and topics.

These stories may be positive, negative, accurate, inaccurate - 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.



Man of Steel, Woman of Bondage
by Graeme McMillan
io9.com
January 12, 2009

It's not looking good for the Man of Steel. [Here] comes news of a book
that unveils his sordid fetish life, as chronicled by his creator.

The book in question is called Secret Identity: The Fetish Art of
Superman's Co-Creator Joe Shuster, and it's part of ComicArts, the new
graphic novel imprint from publisher Harry N. Abrams. Centering around
Superman co-creator Shuster's relatively unknown 1950s sideline at
illustrator for S&M magazine Nights of Horror, the heavily-illustrated
book is sure to make you think twice about what Superman does when he's
not saving the world.

Charles Kochman, Executive Editor of the imprint, explains:

"They are undoubtedly the work of Joe Shuster, but nobody connected the
dots at the time to say this looks like Superman, or Lois Lane, or Jimmy
Olsen, or Lex Luthor... The material was banned by the U.S. Supreme Court,
and although the publisher and the printer both went to jail, nobody came
after Shuster because somehow they never made the connection to Superman
or to Shuster as the artist... Also involved were a group of neo-Nazi
thugs called the Brooklyn Thrill Killers, who whipped innocent women and
set fire to vagrants and murdered them. These kids were interviewed by
[anti-comics crusader Dr. Frederic] Wertham when 'Nights of Horror'
magazines were cited as inspiration for their crimes. The whole story and
the art are revealed here by Craig Yoe for the first time. This is going
be an amazing book. If you like Lois Lane, wait until you see someone who
appears to be her whipping a man who looks very much like Clark Kent"!

[continued]

[editor's note: article contains illustrations that may not be safe for
reading at work]

To read this entire article, go to:
http://io9.com/5128494/man-of-steel-woman-of-bondage-%5Bnsfw%5D
To respond, write to: comment at the bottom of the article


At Pasco Clothing-Optional Resort, Hers Is A Well-Known Face
by Geoff Fox
The Tampa Tribune (FL)
January 12, 2009

LAND O' LAKES - Angye Fox wasn't sure she would be comfortable at a nudist
resort.

That was four years ago.

Now, she is public relations director for the opulent, clothing-optional
Caliente Resorts off U.S. 41 in Land O' Lakes. The owner of AdSizzle Inc.
Marketing & Public Relations in Odessa, Fox obviously enjoyed her initial
nudist experience.

"The mindset of a clothing-optional person is to be embraced," said Fox,
37, a Green Bay, Wisc., native. "It's very open-minded and friendly."

Caliente's high profile - it was once featured on "The Simple Life"
reality show that starred Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie - makes her one
of the most recognizable faces in one of the world's largest nudist
communities.

Pasco County is home to at least 14 nudist or clothing-optional resorts or
retreats - and about 12,000 "nude votes," state Sen. Victor Crist,
R-Tampa, estimated last year.

News out of Caliente isn't always light and fun, though.

Last year, the resort withdrew its membership with the American
Association for Nude Recreation, which offers lobbying and marketing
leverage to member resorts, after AANR began investigating rumors of sex
parties at Caliente.

Some residents and members also were angry that Fox spoke at Swingfest
2008, an adult trade show in Hollywood, Fla., where she led a workshop
promoting the co-existence of swingers and nudists.

To an outsider, nudists complaining about swingers might sound as
ridiculous as a homeowner's association grumbling about people keeping
their grass too short.

But many nudists have long sought to disassociate their lifestyle with
scenes from "Caligula," which is how many people who have never been to a
nudist resort probably assume they live.

Regardless, Fox defended the Swingfest appearance as a means of
introducing younger people to the clothing-optional lifestyle, which is
imperative if the industry hopes to survive.

[continued]

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http://www2.tbo.com/content/2009/jan/12/pasco-clothing-optional-resort-hers-well-known-fac/news-metro/
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Recession romance, bondage bonding and addressing one's ass
by Jamie Bufalino
Time Out New York
January 8, 2009

[Q] I'm a 19-year-old guy who's already pretty deep into the bondage
scene. I'm not sure where this came from, but I love being dominated by a
woman. Just last night, this girl I've been seeing strapped me to a table
and then fucked me with a strap-on. Hot, hot, hot. The sex part I've got
down cold, but it's the time after sex I have an issue with. I'm just not
into the cuddling thing. In fact, since I like my women to be strong and
domineering, it's kind of a turnoff to suddenly have them be all needy and
clingy. So I'm confused about what I could do after sex that wouldn't seem
too cold but that didn't involve a lot of hugging and heartfelt
conversations. Any ideas?

[A] So far I've heard about the things that you have done to you sexually,
but I haven't heard a thing about what you do to the women you're with. As
my mother used to tell me: Just because you've been table-fucked to orgasm
doesn't mean the sex is automatically over. If you're not into cuddling,
then the least you could do is take that strap-on out of your ass, bring
the woman over to a bed and do whatever it is she orders you to do with
your tongue, hands or whatnot. Now I know you're only 19, but if I were
you, I'd start working on those intimacy issues. At your age it's still
permissible to be all about the sex, but the day will soon be coming when
being that emotionally unavailable will make you an extremely unattractive
mate. I get that you like your women to be domineering during sex, but you
can't expect them to be completely emotionless sexual automatons. And
cuddling does not necessarily equal clingy. You've just had an extremely
intimate encounter on the kitchen table; frankly, I think a little huggy
time would make a nice counterpart to that. And by the way, why is it okay
for you to be so needy sexually ("Tie me up, fuck me, treat me like your
slave"), but when a woman wants something from you it suddenly becomes a
turnoff? I don't mean to get on your case, but instead of trying to figure
out ways to avoid those intimate postcoital moments, I think you should be
pushing yourself to expand your emotional horizons.

[continued]

To read this entire article, go to:
http://www.timeout.com/newyork/articles/sex-dating/70449/aint-sayin-shes-a-gold-digger
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N. Woodmere man in federal sex case out on bail
by Anthony M. DeStefano
Newsday (NY)
January 8, 2009

A North Woodmere man who was the central figure in a sensational federal
sadomasochism case was freed on bail yesterday to live with his parents
while his conviction is under review.

Glenn Marcus, 55, was let out of a federal jail after his parents put up
their home on Mulberry Place to secure a $1-million bond.

Marcus will be under home detention and electronic monitoring and will not
have access to a computer, said Magistrate-Judge Roanne L. Mann in
Brooklyn.

Dubbed by investigators as a "god" in the world of sexual bondage and
dominance, Marcus was convicted in 2007 of sex trafficking and sentenced
to nine years in prison.

Evidence at trial showed that Marcus dominated and abused a girlfriend
identified in testimony only as "Jody."

At the trial in Brooklyn, Jody testified that while her submissive
relationship with Marcus started out as consensual in 1998, he coerced and
tortured her into working on his sex Web site.

But last August a federal appeals court reversed Marcus' conviction and
ordered a new trial because some of the evidence introduced at the trial
involved actions that took place before the passage of the federal
Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000.

[continued]

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http://www.newsday.com/news/local/crime/ny-nysex08jan08,0,2066201.story
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Appleton man faces sex charges after leaving duffel bag with handcuffs,
straitjacket, diapers and wallet at Kimberly home of teenage girl
by staff writer
The Post-Crescent (Appleton, Wisconsin)
January 3, 2009

APPLETON - A man faces child enticement charges after he left a duffel bag
containing handcuffs, a gag and his wallet at the home of a Kimberly girl.

The girl told police the two arranged a date over the Internet.

Jason D. Lanser, 29, 1601 E. Roeland Ave., Appleton, was released from the
Outagamie County Jail on Monday after posting a $5,000 cash bond on a
charge of child enticement.

Lanser, who used the computer name "diaperboy73," struck up a conversation
with the 16-year-old Kimberly girl on the Internet and the two agreed to
meet at her home on Dec. 21, according to the criminal complaint.

Lanser and the girl gave differing accounts to police of what happened
when they met.

The girl told police she and Lanser had met two years previously at his
apartment, where he got her drunk and talked about sex before she "freaked
out" and left.

She said he contacted her by instant messaging Dec. 21, and she gave him
her address in Kimberly. The girl told police she and Lanser shared a
bottle of rum after he arrived, and the two talked about sexual matters,
including bondage. He then grabbed her by the hair, tried to kiss her and
touched her on the leg. She fled to the bathroom and locked the door, and
Lanser was gone when she finally opened the door.

She called police and turned over a duffel bag he left behind containing
five restraints, a set of handcuffs constructed of fabric, several
adult-sized disposable diapers, a ball gag, a roll of fishing line, a
blood pressure cuff and a white belt investigators think is part of a
straitjacket. Police also recovered a wallet containing Lanser's driver's
license and credit cards.

Lanser called police the same day to seek their help in recovering the
duffel bag, which he told them contained "bondage toys." He said he
thought he was meeting a woman in her 30s when he went to the home, though
he acknowledged the girl did not appear to be over 18. He said he did not
recognize her as the girl who had been at his apartment two years ago.

He said the girl agreed to put him in the straitjacket, then spanked him
at his request, and while doing so she took his wallet out of his back
pocket because it was in the way.

The girl then "flipped out" and began hitting him with a broom, he told
police, and he fled the residence. He told police he was able to free
himself from the straitjacket because it was not secured.

[continued]

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http://www.postcrescent.com/article/20090103/APC0101/901030483/1003/APC01
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Establishment Owners Repond to Protesters
by Patti Carter
KFDA TV (Amarillo, TX)
January 1, 2009

The owners of a downtown Amarillo establishment are responding to
protesters who say they are running a swingers club.

"Swinger" is a term typically used for couples who are openly intimate
with more than one partner.

About two dozen protesters stood outside the building last night where
they say deviant sexual behavior was going on.

The protesters say they plan to continue demonstrating each night a party
goes on until the establishment is closed down.

The building owners are responding with a written statement this
evening...

It says, "There is nothing illegal going on in this building.  The
donation at the door helps take care of building payments, utilities,
taxes, and the up keep on the building.

Activities that happen at the building during these parties is between
consenting adults. There is no pressure. It's a place for like minded
adults to meet and socialize without judgement."

[continued]

To read this enire article, go to:
http://www.newschannel10.com/Global/story.asp?S=9605797
To respond, write to: comment at the bottom of the article



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    Tags: DSM Leather Fetish
  • Action Alert - Stop the Arrests in NYC

    Action Alert National Coalition for Sexual Freedom SHERIDAN SQUARE RALLY Christopher St & 7th Ave SATURDAY February 21, 2009 4-5PM IN SUPPORT OF THOSE FALSELY ARRESTED FOR PROSTITUTION This is a big protest and rally at Sheridan Square this Saturday. Susan Wright, Spokesperson for NCSF, will be speaking out at the rally against the arrests of professional Dominatrices for prostitution. In order to help raise awareness of the arrests of…





    Written on Tuesday, 24 February 2009 07:48
    Tags: Action Alert Dominance Gay AntiViolence
  • Action Alert - Winter Wickedness

    Support the Holiday Inn - Worthington, OH!  February 4, 2009 Please make a phone call now to support the Holiday Inn Worthington, the host hotel for Adventures In Sexuality's (AIS) Winter Wickedness Event taking place February 6-8th. The religious extremist group, Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, along with a local religious radio station in the Columbus, Ohio, area are running a smear campaign against this pansexual BDSM event.  Peter LaBarbara of Americans…





    Written on Wednesday, 04 February 2009 11:22
    Tags: Winter Wickedness Action Alert
  • Action Alert - DSM Revision Petition






    Written on Monday, 15 September 2008 09:00

  • Action Alert - Religious political extremists attack The Task Force for "Leather Leadership Award"

    February 13, 2008 - The American Family News Network posted an inflammatory article condemning the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force for honoring Guy Baldwin with  their Leather Leadership Award at the 20th National Conference on LGBT Equality:  Creating Change, on February 6-10, 2008 (www.thetaskforce.org). According to the February 7th article: Peter LaBarbera, executive director of Americans for Truth commented that he is  not sure if he is more surprised…





    Written on Wednesday, 13 February 2008 11:12
    Tags: DSM Creating Change Conference Task Force Award Leather LGBT
  • Action Alert: Folsom Street Fair Needs Your Help

    October 12, 2007 - The Catholic League, Concerned Women for America and Americans for Truth have called for a boycott of Miller Brewing Company because they are one of the sponsors of Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco. "Miller is sponsoring an incredibly outrageous and palpably anti-Christian event," said Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League.  Miller is feeling the heat, and we need you to email Miller Brewing Company…





    Written on Friday, 12 October 2007 08:04
    Tags: CWA Folsom Street
  • Action Alert - Support the Palmer House Hilton

    June 6, 2007 - Please write a short note of support for the Palmer House Hilton, host hotel for International Mr. Leather, thanking them for not discriminating against any guests or groups based on their sexual orientation. The anti-gay group, Americans For Truth, posted an action alert calling for people to protest the "homosexual orgies" that take place at the "sadistic sexual perversion-fest known as International Mr. Leather."   NCSF…





    Written on Wednesday, 06 June 2007 01:00
    Tags: Leather
  • Action Alert - Kink.com

    March 8, 2007 - An informational hearing has been scheduled for March 8 at San Francisco City Hall from 10-12:30. Kink.com needs lots of people to show up and support Kink.com's right to be in business. NCSF recommends that you wear business or casual clothes so that our community looks like the neighbors – we need to show them that we won't abide discrimination and persecution against alt sex practices…





    Written on Thursday, 08 March 2007 01:00
    Tags: Action Alert Kink.com
CDA Media Reports

CDA Media Reports

Media reports covering the Communications Decency Act lawsuit launched by co-plaintiffs NCSF and Barbara Nitke.

  • NEWSBYTES - December 19, 2001

    Net Obscenity Provisions Revocation Sought NEWSBYTES By David McGuire http://www.NEWSBYTES.com December 19, 2001, Washington, DC -- A small civil liberties group has asked a federal judge in New York to revoke what remains of an Internet pornography law that was gutted by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1997. In a complaint filed in a New York City Federal Court [http://www.USCourts.gov ] last week, the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom [https://ncsfreedom.org…






    Tags: Media News
  • San Francisco Bay Guardian - January 14, 2002

    Techsploitation By Annalee Newitz San Francisco Bay Guardian, January 14, 2002   HERE'S YET ANOTHER wacky fact you probably didn't know about the Communications Decency Act ole Bill Clinton signed into law way back in 1996: the good citizens of some small town in Arizona or southern California might have the power to send you to jail if they think the contents of your Web site are "obscene." The CDA…






    Tags: Media CDA
  • San Francisco Frontiers - January 23, 2002

    Communications Decency Act A Lingering Coup de Grace? By Tim Kingston   January 23, 2002   You may dimly recall the Communications Decency Act of 1996, which unsuccessfully attempted to define and proscribe "indecency" on the Internet. That law's legal core--its indecency provision--was immediately challenged and rapidly struck down as unconstitutional by free- and electronic-speech advocates. But, what many may not know is that another portion of the law, prohibiting…






    Tags: Media CDA
  • Ynot News - January 2, 2002

    Can David Beat Goliath in the Battle of Obscenity? Part 2   By Judd Handler   Ynot News, January 2, 2002   Last week's editorial featured an interview with John Wirenius, lead counsel for the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom and Barbara Nitke, an adult content photographer. Wirenius, on behalf of the NCSF and Nitke, filed a lawsuit on December 11 against Attorney General John Ashcroft seeking to overturn Internet…






    Tags: Media CDA
  • Ynot News - December 20, 2001

    Can David Beat Goliath in the Battle of Obscenity? By Judd Handler   Ynot News, December 20, 2001   One would think it would take the giants of the industry to force the government to rethink existing, not-applicable-to-the-Internet obscenity laws. On the contrary, the little players may be the ones who are successful in getting the federal government and the Supreme Court to throw out irrelevant local community standards when…






    Tags: Media CDA
  • Wired - December 12, 2001

    New Suit Targets Obscenity Law By Julia Scheeres Wired, December 12, 2001    A national organization that promotes sexual tolerance and an artist who photographs pictures of couples engaged in sadomasochism filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to overturn Internet obscenity laws. The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom and photographer Barbara Nitke argue that the obscenity provision of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) is so broad that it violates free speech.…






    Tags: Media CDA
  • Spectator Magazine - January 11, 2002

    STANDING UP TO BE COUNTED: BARBARA NITKE CHALLENGES JOHN ASHCROFT ON S/M AND INTERNET OBSCENITY By David Steinberg Spectator Magazine, January 11, 2002 "No matter how we're wired to express love, freedom is having the courage to be who we are." - Photographer/plaintiff Barbara Nitke On December 11, Barbara Nitke and the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom brought suit in New York City's Federal District Court, seeking to have the…






    Tags: Media CDA
  • New York Press - August 28, 2002

    What's Obscene in Podunk By John Strausbaugh New York Press, August 28, 2002   Barbara Nitke is a well-known and much-seen photographer in her field. She's president of the New York Camera Club and teaches a course in darkroom technique at SVA. A nice, neat, sweet individual, she's the very very last person in New York City you'd suspect of being a pornographer. Which she's not, not exactly. She's more…






    Tags: Media CDA
  • New York Newsday - July 25 2005

    New York judges refuse to say Internet obscenity law is unconstitutional By LARRY NEUMEISTER Associated Press Writer, July 25, 2005, 7:58 PM EDT  NEW YORK -- A special three-judge federal panel on Monday refused to find unconstitutional a law making it a crime to send obscenity over the Internet to children. The Communications Decency Act of 1996 had been challenged by Barbara Nitke, a photographer who specializes in pictures of…






    Tags: Media CDA
  • New York Daily News - July 15, 2002

    Fotog vs. Feds in Obscenity Law: Files suit to keep photos on Web by Veronica Vera New York Daily News, July 15, 2002 Photographer Barbara Nitke is used to being behind the lens, but if legal matters heat up, she may soon find the government focusing on her. Nitke is ready to step into the foreground as the chief plantiff in Barbara Nitke and the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom…






    Tags: Media CDA
  • Nerve - December 11, 2001

    Nerve December 11, 2001 Photographer Barbara Nitke and the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) filed a lawsuit today, claiming the Internet censorship provision of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) violates the First Amendment right to free speech. The provision stipulates that "local community standards" will judge whether or not something is indecent. Yet attorney John Wirenius argues that "By allowing the most restrictive jurisdiction to define what speech can…






    Tags: Media CDA
  • CNN - December 20, 2001

    Lawsuit targets last scraps of Net-obscenity law By Sam Costello (IDG News) CNN, December 20, 2001 The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) and artist Barbara Nitke have filed a lawsuit challenging the remaining provisions of the Communications Decency Act, much of which was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1997. The act, or CDA, was passed in 1996 and was the first U.S. law designed to allow…






    Tags: CDA Media
  • Adult Video News - February, 2002

    NCSF Tackles "Community Standards" For The Web By Mark Kernes Adult Video News, February Issue Washington, DC The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom may not be a household name, even in the adult entertainment industry, but if their recently-filed lawsuit succeeds, they may go down in history as the first group to secure Americans' core constitutional speech rights.  NCSF is based in the nation's capital [~] in fact, only a…






    Tags: Media CDA News
  • ABC News - July 29, 2002

    Love or Obscenity? S/M Photographer Challenges Internet Decency Standards By Dean Schabner ABCnews.com, July 29, 2002 When Barbara Nitke wanted to put her photographs of loving couples on the Internet, she thought she should check into the laws first. That's because Nitke's recent photographs have been focused on how some couples express their love through sado-masochism. What Nitke found after reading up on Internet law and talking to lawyers was…






    Tags: Media CDA
NCSF Newsletters

NCSF Newsletters

A quarterly newsletter produced by the NCSF staff to inform our communities about the important work our coalition is doing.

  • NCSF Newsletter: 1st Quarter 2012

    NCSF Newsletter 1st Quarter, 2012 In this issue The NCSF Annual Meeting is the 3rd Weekend of March! Sexual Freedom Stories in the News What happened at Spanksgiving? Spanksgiving, an Addendum Coalition Corner - The Eulenspiegel Society Meet Your Board! Returning Member- Vivienne Kramer The NCSF Annual Meeting is the 3rd Weekend of March!  Join us in St. Paul Minnesota this spring! We are pulling out all the stops for a…





    Written on Wednesday, 01 February 2012 00:24
    Tags: Newsletter News newletters
  • NCSF Newsletter: 4th Quarter 2011

    NCSF Newsletter 4th Quarter, 2011   In this issue NCSF Annual Meeting, March 2012 in Minnesota Consent Counts: Report & Looking to the Future Consent Counts: Words from Our Board Chair Coalition Corner: Siege Works Meet Your Board! Returning Member- Mercury  NCSF Annual Meeting, March 2012 in Minnesota  By: Sassy, CP Rep - Minnesota Stocks Debentures & Bonds March is known for "March Madness" in Minnesota. It's a time of high school…





    Written on Friday, 11 November 2011 02:28
    Tags: Newsletter News Newsletters
  • NCSF Newsletter: 3rd Quarter 2011

    NCSF Newsletter 3rd Quarter, 2011    In this issue Membership Drive...Keep that Independence Day Spirit Minnesota Welcomes NCSF next March! Meet Your Board!...New Member- Julian Wolf Update: Kinky is NOT a Diagnosis Consent Counts Expands Educational Focus Coalition Corner - Meet the New Mexico Leather League Membership Drive Keep that Independence Day Spirit and become a freedom fighter by joining NCSF! NCSF is having a membership drive until July 31st! NCSF is…





    Written on Wednesday, 20 July 2011 00:52
    Tags: Newsletter News
  • NCSF Newsletter: 2nd Quarter 2011

    NCSF Newsletter 2nd Quarter 2011 In this issue NCSF's Coalition Partners Meet in Cambridge Annual Meeting Letter From the Chair Hosting the Annual Meeting New Coalition Partner, FetFest, Launches Ticket Donations Creating Change at Creating Change Why KAP (Kink Aware Professionals) Affecting the Law In California NCSF's Coalition Partners Meet in Cambridge The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom held its annual Coalition Partner meeting in Cambridge, MA from March 26-27,…





    Written on Wednesday, 11 May 2011 15:07

  • NCSF Newsletter: 1st Quarter 2011

    NCSF Newsletter: 1st Quarter 2011 In this issue   Letter from the Chair Boston Annual Meeting Interview with a Coalition Partner DSM Revision Project a Success Why support the NCSF?   From the ChairBy: Leigha FlemingNCSF Board Chair Hello to all of you and an especially warm greeting to all of our supporting and coalition partners. 2010 has been an exciting year for NCSF. We had some major successes with…





    Written on Friday, 25 March 2011 14:28

  • NCSF Newsletter: 4th Quarter 2010

    Winter: January 2010 In this issue   NCSF Publishes Two Important Mental Health Guides NCSF Protests Raid on Atlanta Eagle Consent Counts- Get Involved! Coalition Partner Stewardship NCSF Publishes Two Important Mental Health Guidesby: Susan Wright NCSF and the Foundation are thrilled to announce two new and valuable additions to its line of publications. The first is A Guide to Choosing a Kink-Aware Therapist , created by Keely Kolmes Psy.D.…





    Written on Friday, 25 March 2011 14:23
    Tags: Newsletter Notes
  • NCSF Newsletter: 3rd Quarter 2010

    NCSF Newsletter: 3rd Quarter 2010   In this issue Next Annual Meeting AASECTH NCSF & FetLife NCSF Comes to You Tube Next Annual Meeting in BostonBy: Opn Heartd CP Rep, MOB New England New Englanders, maybe you belong to a NCSF Coalition Partner group like NELA or NE-DS or Mob New England or you are an individual supporting member of NCSF.  Maybe you've attended an event that donated to NCSF,…





    Written on Tuesday, 22 March 2011 14:40
    Tags: Newsletter Notes
  • NCSF Newsletter: 2nd Quarter 2010

    NCSF Newsletter Spring: May 2010 In this issue Annual Meeting Board of Directors Volunteer of the Year New Papers ___________________________________________________________________________________ Annual Coalition Partner's Meeting  The Annual Coalition Partner's Meeting was held in Seattle this year. It was the NCSF's first time in the city of Seattle and this could not have been done without the efforts of the Seattle community - particularly Jim Duvall and Allena Gabosch. We would like…





    Written on Sunday, 20 March 2011 15:35
    Tags: Newsletter Notes
  • NCSF Newsletter: 1st Quarter 2010

    NCSF Newsletter: Winter January 2010 In this issue NCSF Publishes Two Important Mental Health Guides NCSF Protests Raid on Atlanta Eagle Consent Counts- Get Involved! Coalition Partner Stewardship  _____________________________________________________________________________ NCSF Publishes Two Important Mental Health Guides by: Susan Wright NCSF and the Foundation are thrilled to announce two new and valuable additions to its line of publications. The first is A Guide to Choosing a Kink-Aware Therapist , created by…





    Written on Sunday, 20 March 2011 14:58
    Tags: Notes Newsletters
  • NCSF Newsletter: 4th Quarter 2009

    Download NCSF Notes Winter 2009-2010





    Written on Thursday, 14 January 2010 07:12
    Tags: Newsletter Notes
Media Activity Reports

Media Activity Reports

Reports about the activities of the NCSF Media Committee.

  • NCSF Media Activity Report - 2007

    September 2007 to August 2008 The NCSF Media Committee reviews, edits, and refines the documents that NCSF distributes. The media committee is chaired by Susan Wright, spokesperson for NCSF, and consists of Levi Halberstadt, Keith Richie, Lisa Vandever, Lolita Wolf, and Howie Z. Over the past year, Susan gave five media trainings including one for the board of a national event, and one at the annual CP meeting for CP…






    Tags: BDSM Susan Wright Task Force
  • Media Activity Reports

    Reports about the activities of the NCSF Media Committee NCSF has an active media committee which provides interviews for print, radio, and television. We creates press releases, action alerts, and entertainment media updates. The Media committee also provides media training and coaching to coalition partners, advocacy groups and responds to hundreds of media related queries. With the action around the CDA lawsuit as well as other media events, this has…






    Tags: Activist Media Coalition Partners
  • NCSF Media Activity Report - 2006

    September 2005 - September 2006 The NCSF Media Committee reviews, edits, and refines the documents that NCSF publicly distributes. The media committee consists of Susan Wright, Allena Gabosch, Anita Wagner, Lisa Vandever, Lolita Wolf, Howie Z., and Keith, who creates and distributes the NCSF Media Updates. Interviews Susan Wright gave 57 interviews with most of the media outlets contacting NCSF, indicating that NCSF has much higher profile than before the…






    Tags: Susan Wright Media CDA
Press Releases

Press Releases

  • NCSF: Moving Forward

    What is the difference between NCSF and the NCSF Foundation?   The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom is a 501c4 nonprofit membership organization that advocates for those in the kink and polyamory lifestyles. The Coalition Partners oversee NCSF’s Board of Directors, who in turn run the projects and programs of both organizations. The NCSF Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit charitable organization that educates about BDSM, swinging and polyamory to destigmatize…





    Written on Monday, 10 March 2014 00:56

  • 2013 Advocacy Roundup

    National Coalition for Sexual Freedom 2013 Advocacy Roundup NCSF faced some difficult challenges in 2013, but the dedicated volunteer staff worked hard to advocate for the BDSM, swing and polyamory lifestyles: Kink is Okay                   The biggest news of 2013 was that the American Psychiatric Association depathologized consensual sadism, masochism, cross-dressing and fetishes in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). NCSF’s DSM-Revision project began in April…





    Written on Thursday, 06 February 2014 00:52

  • Take the Consent Violations Survey!

    Please take this survey even if you’ve never had a consent violation. We want to know what are your power exchange and sexual identities? Are you “out” about being kinky? How often do you go to BDSM groups and online communities?   NCSF will use these results to help perform its advocacy, such as helping law enforcement, prosecutors and health care professionals understand the experiences of kinky people and provide…





    Written on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 00:47

  • The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom and Leather Archives & Museum proudly present: “BDSM? Erotic Play? What Are the Legal Risks?”

    Where: Leather Archives & Museum6418 N. Greenview AvenueChicago, IL 60626 When: Saturday, October 19th from 2:30-5 p.m.followed by awine and cheese reception for the benefit of LA&M and NCSF from 5-7 p.m.Presentation is free of charge.Wine and cheese reception has a suggested donation of $20 and is open to the public.   Program description:You and your BDSM partner may be having a great time, but you need to know about…





    Written on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 00:42

  • The DSM-5 Says Kink is OK!

    The DSM-5 Says Kink is OK!   The American Psychiatric Association has depathologized kinky sex – including cross-dressing, fetishes, and BDSM – in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5). Now the paraphilias are considered to be “unusual sexual interests,” while those who have sex with children or people who haven’t consented, or who deliberately cause harm to themselves or others, may be diagnosed with a…





    Written on Saturday, 22 June 2013 00:32
    Tags: DSM
  • NCSF’s Coalition Partners Join Together for Consent Summit

    NCSF’s Coalition Partners Join Together for Consent Summit   The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom held its annual Coalition Partner meeting in Phoenix, Arizona from February 8-10, 2013. The Consent Summit took place Friday evening, and Coalition Partners were able to participate via streaming video to give their input on the new Consent Statement. Go to www.ncsfreedom.org to see the Consent Statement and comment on it.   “The Consent Statement…





    Written on Tuesday, 19 February 2013 00:22
    Tags: Consent_Counts
  • Office Fire Fundraiser

    Our Office Burned! We need YOUR help February 13, 2013 – The NCSF office in Baltimore, MD, was destroyed in a fire a few weeks ago. We’ve lost everything: computer, office supplies and furnishings, tee shirts, and all of our stored printed literature are gone.    Please donate to the NCSF Fire Recovery Fund drive:   https://www.wepay.com/donations/ncsf-fire-recovery-fund      Donations are tax deductible! In order to continue helping the BDSM-leather-fetish, swing…





    Written on Wednesday, 13 February 2013 00:15

  • NCSF Survey on Consent

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE National Coalition for Sexual Freedom NCSF Survey on Consent The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) wants to hear from you! Please take our Consent Counts survey and tell us what you think about consent: www.ncsfreedom.org/survey.html As part of decriminalizing BDSM in the legal codes, we need to be able to articulate a clear definition of consent that the BDSM communities believe in. The results of this…





    Written on Monday, 09 July 2012 10:19
    Tags: Survey Consent Counts consent fetlife
  • Mark Frazier Joins the NCSF Board of Directors

    Mark Frazier Joins the NCSF Board of Directors July 1, 2012 - The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom is pleased to announce the addition of a new board member, Mark Frazier. Mark will fill an appointed board seat until the 2013 Coalition Partner meeting. Mark Frazier is the owner and executive producer of the International LeatherSir/Leatherboy and community bootblack contests. He has been involved in the leather and kink lifestyle…





    Written on Tuesday, 03 July 2012 02:26

  • NCSF at AASECT 2012

      NCSF at AASECT  On behalf of NCSF, Jim Fleckenstein and Susan Wright attended the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) Annual Conference on June 8-10th in Austin, Texas. The NCSF booth in the Exhibit Hall featured free copies of NCSF’s newly refreshed guide: "What Psychology Professionals Should Know About Polyamory." 150 copies were given away to professional service providers courtesy of a grant by Alan of Polyamory…





    Written on Wednesday, 27 June 2012 01:33
    Tags: NCSF aasect

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