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Media Update - July 7, 2008

1. Max Mosley Tells Court Sex Video Had No Nazi Elements
2. Baltimore Erotic Arts Festival
3. Swingtown, California Judges Break Rules on Marriage and Civility
4. In Madison, It's Easy to Be Kinky: The Community
5. Stuff so raunchy, it's illegal
6. Porn peddlers guilty
7. I Can't Believe I'm Still Single From Portland to Portland: Episode One
8. What's obscene? Google Could Have an Answer?

 

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.



Max Mosley Tells Court Sex Video Had No Nazi Elements
by Caroline Byrne
Bloomberg News Service
July 7, 2008

Max Mosley, president of Formula One's ruling body, told a London court
today there were no Nazi overtones in excerpts of a sex video he appears
in published by the U.K. News of the World newspaper.

Mosley, 68, is suing the British tabloid for saying he and the women in
the video were dressed as concentration camp guards and prisoners. Mosley
testified on the first day of the trial today in London that there weren't
any Nazi elements during the sadomasochistic sex depicted on the tape.

``Never. Absolutely not,'' Mosley said. ``I can think of few things more
un-erotic than Nazi role play.''

A lawyer for News of the World, Mark Warby, said the story was legitimate
and in the public interest given that whipping or beating a person is a
criminal offense regardless of whether they consent. Mosley said he was
whipped until he bled.

Society ``draws a line at causing people injury for the purpose of sexual
gratification,'' Warby said. ``S&M doesn't promote human dignity,
it
demeans it.''

Just because the sexual activity was behind closed doors doesn't guarantee
it was a private act under the European Convention on Human Rights, Warby
said. Under questioning this afternoon, Mosley agreed that the group were
dressed up as prisoners and that one woman wore a uniform. He denied the
uniform was German military.

[continued]

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Baltimore Erotic Arts Festival
by Daniel Rifkin
Metromix - Baltimore
July 5, 2008

Former porn stars, sex gurus, belly dancers and performers make an
appearance at this event, filled with drag and burlesque shows, orgasm
workshops, fetishism and more. The festival also includes an erotic arts
exhibit at Load Of Fun Studios, running through July.

Friday is dedicated to "before the edge" art: Things that are more
playful, teasing and implicitly sexual. This includes drag and burlesque
shows, as well as body painting and a human buffet. (To clarify, food is
served on humans, not made of humans.)

Saturday, aims to go "after the edge," with events leaning toward more
sexually explicit topics, such as fetishism and BDSM. Special guests such
as bondage and fetish model Klawdya Rothschild, pornography director and
photographer Julie Simone and others will be on hand.

"My goal was not to redraw the boundaries between sexual differences, [or]
decide what belongs [in eroticism] and what doesn't," said festival
sponsor and Load Of Fun Studios curator Suzannah Gerber. "My standpoint
was just to make this festival as erotic and eclectic as possible."

[continued]

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Swingtown, California Judges Break Rules on Marriage and Civility
by Richard Nelson (appears to be opinion, listed as "News")
WKYX AM Paducah KY/WNGO AM Mayfield, KY
July 3, 2008

When CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler said in late 2006 that the
network was "going to throw out the rule book," she wasn't kidding.
In
case anybody was wondering just what rules she was talking about, the wait
is over. On June 5, CBS officially joined the marriage deconstruction
movement when it premiered Swingtown-an edgy sitcom that eviscerates
marriage in our postmodern culture.

Swingtown, named in part for the wife-swapping that occurs, features open
marriage and group sex as normal. Today's cultural elite hope Swingtown,
which also refers to the mid-70s as a watershed when the cultural and
moral tide turned, serves as a catalyst to turn the tide again.

Gay marriage revolutionaries, vangards of marriage deconstruction, claim
they're not attacking marriage but rather just seeking the same freedom
that everyone else has. Perhaps Swingtown could serve as the poster city
for that idea. It's no coincidence that in a scene of a wild July 4th
party, complete with drugs and group sex, one woman extols the grandiosity
of open marriage trying to convince her newfound friend that "opening our
relationship was the best thing that ever happened." Partygoers sang the
National Anthem, and then acted as though lavishing the marital benefits
of one's spouse to another is just as American as apple pie.

Swingtown is made-up. But the legal fiction recently imposed by the
California high court that marriage is whatever you want it to be has real
consequences for our culture. Without the opposite sex requirement of
marriage, there's no longer a logical basis against the number of
participants (polygamy,) open marriage (polyamory), and blood restrictions
(adult incest).

California's Supreme Four steamrolled the democratic process and, along
with it, the self-evident truths that gender differences matter and
contribute to healthy marriage; that children deserve to have their
biological mothers and fathers raising them in the same home; and that
man-woman marriage is foundational to social stability.

[continued]

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In Madison, It's Easy to Be Kinky: The Community
by John Mendelssohn
Dane101.com
July 2, 2008

Women wanting to be owned by men occupy only one of innumerable niches in
the world of kink, of course. For every woman who shares Frances's and
Hannah's predilection, there's a man who wants no less avidly to surrender
completely to a woman, or at least be "forced" to put on an item of her
intimate apparel and then cruelly ridiculed for having done so, or one who
wants to be spanked or flogged. There are men who ask only that their
lovers wear seamed stockings and high heels in the bedroom for them, and
others who require girdles, opera gloves, garish red lipstick, and false
eyelashes too, and others who ask that their lovers also regulate their
intake of oxygen. Just as there are women who... are thrilled to be
treated almost like pets, there are other women who delight in slipping
into gleaming latex catsuits and imperiously leading their naked spouses,
forbidden to address them as anything other than Goddess, or at all,
around on leashes.

How, if these people are telling the truth, does it make sense to condemn
as sordid or even pathological their erotic interactions while respecting
the homosexuality of their siblings or neighbors, as every enlightened
person has come to the past 30 years?

Having earlier lived in Iowa and Mexico, among less picturesque locales,
Mistress Jade -- Madison's go-to gal for submissive men whose wives or
girlfriends won't or can't play ball -- came to Madison seven years ago
because Chicago was too big and Madison was where her mother had grown up.
A virgin until age 19, if a scoffer at erotic taboos from earliest
pubescence, she is the co-proprietress, according to her Website, of The
Madison Dungeon, though such a place exists only in imagination. Local
fire and safety law preclude running an establishment in which clients are
routinely tied up; there are zoning laws to consider.

In a typical month, she'll do eight outcall sessions in the homes or motel
rooms of a clientele that, notwithstanding the classic conception of
submissive men as captains of industry yearning to relinquish power,
comprises a vast array of walks of life. "Put them all in the same small
town," she muses, "and only a couple would ever run into each other."
Along with movers and shakers, she also sees Joe Sixpacks who service
furnaces, who recondition carburetors. All they have in common is having
filled out a detailed questionnaire, the details of which Her Nibs
entrusts to an attorney for safekeeping.

[continued]

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Stuff so raunchy, it's illegal
by Barry McDonald and John Stagliano (published debate)
Los Angeles Times
June 30, 2008

Barry:
Today's question focuses on whether obscenity laws should continue to
exist in modern American society. To put this question in its proper
perspective, one must understand the relatively narrow scope of these
laws. Under a 1st Amendment test established by the U.S. Supreme Court
known as the Miller test (from the 1973 case Miller vs. California), only
sexually explicit materials that are designed to appeal to a morbid
interest in things sexual and are depicted in an extremely offensive way
-- all as determined by an "average" person of a given community -- can
be
made illegal by obscenity laws. Moreover, even works that meet these
criteria but also possess serious artistic or literary value cannot be
deemed obscene (such as a sex magazine with articles). Finally, works that
qualify for obscene treatment cannot be criminalized in the home (private
possession is legal). It is mainly the public sale, distribution or
exhibition of such materials that can be prohibited.

In short, obscenity laws generally target commercial distributors of
extreme pornography. And even there, obscenity prosecutions are rare
because of the difficulties prosecutors encounter in proving that
materials meet the Miller standards. One study found that materials that
have been deemed obscene by juries or judges usually contain explicit
depictions of sex acts involving human excretion, sex with human corpses
or live animals, acts of incest or violent, forced sex.

Because today's question asks us to assume that such extreme materials are
made without violating any laws (an assumption that would probably falter
in the real world), we must inquire whether even simulated depictions of
such acts should qualify for illegal treatment when they are publicly
distributed or exhibited. In other words, the standard way of putting the
question usually asks: "If no one is harmed by this stuff and someone
wants it, who is the government to say that he or she can't have it?"

John:
It does not matter to you that pornography is now almost exclusively
consumed in the privacy of one's own home. In fact, to me this is not the
issue. The issue is about porn that is "extremely offensive." Some
individuals do not take offense to extreme porn, and those individuals are
protected by the Constitution. No one should be subject to the whims of a
group or "community" that does not like what you look at. And what is
wrong with being extreme? In today's culture, being extreme is revered. It
is the people on the extreme who move the world forward, who experiment
and find new ways of living. Technology has made extreme changes in our
lives. If we are not open-minded to change, we stagnate and wallow in
sanctimonious righteousness about the world.

From a legal standpoint, this comes down to your view of human nature and
society. Is it right, ethical or moral for one group of people to control
the thoughts of another group? Indeed, it is the thoughts that erotic
images arouse in the viewer's mind that those who would assume the power
to control others have a problem with. Just remember that if you would
assume such power, Barry, you personally are responsible for arresting me
because I sold images you didn't like. This is exactly what you allowed to
happen when I was indicted on nine counts of obscenity by the Department
of Justice last April.

Barry, your point is that people must be forced to not think things that
you don't like, and for that you'd have me put in jail. Your comment that
it "seems" to you that viewing images "to obtain sexual pleasure
cannot be
the healthiest way of experiencing sex" seems not a good enough reason to
imprison me for 39 years. In fact, using a proper concept of morality
based on individual rights, it is you and those who would put me in jail
when I did not infringe on anyone's rights who are behaving immorally.

[continued]

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Porn peddlers guilty:
4 men avoid trial in case of X-rated Web site run out of Pensacola area
by Kris Wernowsky
Pensacola News Journal
June 25, 2008

The final curtain dropped Tuesday on a multimillion-dollar adult
entertainment enterprise B- featuring X-rated movies shot in Pensacola and
Pace - as its key players pleaded guilty in court.

- Clinton Raymond McCowen, 47, of Navarre, also known as Ray Guhn, pleaded
guilty to unlawful financial transactions.

McCowen will be sentenced to from three to five years in state prison.

- Andrew Craft, 40, of Pensacola, and Kevin Patrick Stevens, 38, of
Pensacola each pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering. They face two
to four years in state prison.

- Thomas Dwyer, 41, pleaded guilty to wholesale promotion of obscene
materials.

All four men remain free on bond until their Aug. 11 sentencing hearing
before Circuit Judge Ron Swanson. Each defendant left the courthouse
without comment.

"Ray Guhn Productions" featured a Web site with more than 5,000
subscribers who could view films featuring group sex and other acts for
$30 a month.

The company made $10 million in its five years of operation, prosecutors
said.

The films were made at homes throughout Pensacola and Pace; at least five
hotels in Pensacola; along Interstate 10 and Interstate 110; in wooded
areas and in other public places.

Tuesday's pleas helped attorneys avoid a three-week obscenity trial that
was expected to begin Monday with jury selection at the Santa Rosa County
Courthouse.

Assistant State Attorney Russ Edgar prosecuted the two-year-old case that
began with arrests in summer 2006.

The veteran prosecutor heralded Tuesday's pleas as a major victory against
obscenity in the Panhandle and the state of Florida.

"We have this problem statewide. I hope prosecutors will take our lead and
enforce our law," he said.

But McCowen's attorney thought otherwise.

Altamonte Springs attorney Lawrence Walters, one of McCowen's three
attorneys, is known for representing clients in the adult-entertainment
industry. He said that he doesn't expect Tuesday's outcome to result in
a
rash of charges filed by Florida prosecutors.

"There was no finding of obscenity by a jury," Walters said. "The
majority
of the state attorneys in this state have come to recognize that the
communities don't want publishers sent to jail for sexual expression."

To prove that material is obscene, and not protected by the First
Amendment, it has to fall below the community standards. In this case,
that standard is defined by the 1st Judicial Circuit of Florida.

[continued]

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I Can't Believe I'm Still Single From Portland to Portland: Episode One
by Paul Goebel
TV Squad.com
June 23, 2008

The good thing about this new series is that you know in the first two
minutes whether or not you are the audience the show is looking for. All
you have to do is ask yourself, "Am I interested in seeing a man forced to
go down on a dildo being worn by a dominatrix?" If the answer is yes, keep
reading.

The premise of the show is quite simple. Eric Schaeffer wrote a book about
being single and trying to find love. When he went on his book tour he
decided to make stops along the way, talk to different people about love
and relationships and film it all for this documentary.

The show is rife with too much information. I'm sure Schaeffer finds a lot
of humor in his stories about masturbation and being anally violated but
for me it's sort of like having a friend who you've known for a short
while tell you something personal you never wanted to know, like he enjoys
being anally violated.

Another annoying part of the show are the multiple interviews Eric has
with his longtime dominatrix. I suppose if I had an interest in S&M, I
might like hearing her talk about their activities but while I enjoy many
colors of the sexual rainbow, that particular shade doesn't appeal to me,
Moreover, I don't have much interest in the sexual habits of a guy as
desperate as Eric Schaeffer, therefore those conversations are of no value
to me.

[continued]

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What's Obscene? Google Could Have an Answer
by Matt Richtel
New York Times
June 23, 2008

Judges and jurors who must decide whether sexually explicit material is
obscene are asked to use a local yardstick: does the material violate
community standards?

That is often a tricky question because there is no simple, concrete way
to gauge a community's tastes and values.

The Internet may be changing that. In a novel approach, the defense in an
obscenity trial in Florida plans to use publicly accessible Google search
data to try to persuade jurors that their neighbors have broader interests
than they might have thought.

In the trial of a pornographic Web site operator, the defense plans to
show that residents of Pensacola are more likely to use Google to search
for terms like "orgy" than for "apple pie" or "watermelon".
The publicly
accessible data is vague in that it does not specify how many people are
searching for the terms, just their relative popularity over time. But the
defense lawyer, Lawrence Walters, is arguing that the evidence is
sufficient to demonstrate that interest in the sexual subjects exceeds
that of more mainstream topics b and that by extension, the sexual
material distributed by his client is not outside the norm.

It is not clear that the approach will succeed. The Florida state
prosecutor in the case, which is scheduled for trial July 1, said the
search data may not be relevant because the volume of Internet searches is
not necessarily an indication of, or proxy for, a community's values.

But the tactic is another example of the value of data collected by
Internet companies like Google, both from a commercial standpoint and as a
window into the thoughts, interests and desires of their users.

"Time and time again you'll have jurors sitting on a jury panel who will
condemn material that they routinely consume in private", said Mr.
Walters, the defense lawyer. Using the Internet data, "we can show how
people really think and feel and act in their own homes, which,
parenthetically, is where this material was intended to be viewed", he
added.

Mr. Walters last week also served Google with a subpoena seeking more
specific search data, including the number of searches for certain sexual
topics done by local residents. A Google spokesman said the company was
reviewing the subpoena.

Mr. Walters is defending Clinton Raymond McCowen, who is facing charges
that he created and distributed obscene material through a Web site based
in Florida. The charges include racketeering and prostitution, but Mr.
Walters said the prosecution's case fundamentally relies on proving that
the material on the site is obscene.

Such cases are a relative rarity this decade. In the last eight years, the
Justice Department has brought roughly 15 obscenity cases that have not
involved child pornography, compared with 75 during the Reagan and first
Bush administrations, according to Jeffrey J. Douglas, chairman emeritus
of the First Amendment Lawyers Association. (There have been hundreds
involving child pornography.) Prosecutions at the state level have
followed a similar arc.

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  • CDA Fundraising Countdown!

    NCSF needs your help fighting our battle against increasing obscenity prosecutions. NCSF's Communications Decency Act lawsuit, filed with Barbara Nitke in Federal Court, is scheduled to go to trial this Fall! John Wirenius, our attorney, has graciously agreed to donate his services pro bono, but we need money to bring in expert witnesses to testify on our behalf (all of the expert witnesses are donating their time to this case).…







  • NCSF's IML Raffle a Success!

    The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom is pleased to announce the winner of our 2004 International Mr. Leather Weekend Giveaway Raffle. We would like to thank the producers of IML for the donation of the winner's event packages. The room at the host hotel and air transportation to Chicago is being provided by NCSF. NCSF netted approximately $2,000 after raffle expenses. LadyKuanYin from Florida was the winner, having purchased her…






    Tags: Raffle IML
  • NCSF Spearheads First National Swing Leadership Conference

    March 10, 2004 - Chicago, Illinois - The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom and Club Adventure, Inc. held a leadership conference for swing club owners in Chicago on February 28 and 29, 2004. The conference was attended by over 50 people, representing dozens of swing clubs across the country. Primarily focused on the rights of consenting adults in the SM-leather-fetish, swing, and polyamory communities, NCSF is committed to creating a…






    Tags: Swing
  • NCSF Calls for Reinstatement of Cuffs at Iowa State University

    The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom supports the rights of adults at Iowa State University to maintain their educational and social SM group, Cuffs. NCSF condemns any form of discrimination or persecution of consenting adults who engage in SM educational activities, and calls for Cuffs' organizational privileges to be reinstated and for the assault allegations to be dropped at the March 1st investigative hearing by Iowa State University. University-approved SM…






    Tags: Susan Wright SM
  • NCSF Announces Swing Leadership Conference

    The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, in conjunction with Club Adventure, is pleased to present a Leadership Conference for owners of swing clubs and community members, scheduled to take place in Chicago, February 28 and 29, 2004.







  • NCSF in Time magazine

    National Coalition for Sexual Freedom is proud to be mentioned by Time Magazine in an article entitled "Bondage Unbound" by John Cloud in the January 19th issue. National Coalition for Sexual Freedom is proud to be mentioned by Time Magazine in an article entitled "Bondage Unbound" by John Cloud in the January 19th issue. To read the article, go to: http://www.time.com/time/2004/sex/article/bondage_unbound_growing01a.html It is the policy of the National Coalition for…







  • PPF Fund Announcement

    The PPF Fund is an exciting way to support two fantastic organizations dedicated to protecting the past and future of our Community. Help support the cause by making a donation directly to either organization by snail mail (at the address listed below). Please make your check payable to either Leather Archives & Museum, National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, or send a check for each! You can also make a direct…







  • NCSF Call to Action

    A social and educational event, Fetish in the Fall, scheduled to take place in Kenner, Louisiana (part of greater New Orleans) has been attacked by the local police chief. Please see the press release below that was sent by the police to the New Orleans media.







  • NCSF Applauds U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on the Texas Sodomy Law

    WASHINGTON DC, JUNE 26, 2003 -- The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom applauds the U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down the Texas sodomy law. The justices voted 6-3 to overturn their 1986 decision on Bowers v Hardwick (GA), stating that the sodomy law is an unconstitutional invasion of privacy and that by singling out gay people, it violates the Constitution's guarantee of equal protection under the law.







  • Eden Sarfaty Named Executive Director of NCSF

    WASHINGTON DC, JUNE 24, 2003 -- The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) has named Eden Sarfaty as Executive Director. Sarfaty, a Washington, DC attorney, is an expert in the area of legislative and administrative law, with experience in the management of national associations, lobbying at all levels of state and federal government, and criminal defense. He will take the helm from Leigha Fleming, acting Executive Director, on July 1st,…







  • Hotel Outreach Project

    The religious extremist organization, Concerned Women for America, continues to attack hotels that host SM events. CWA has a petition up now targeting IML that will be sent to their host hotels (CWA Petition). An NCSF volunteer has kindly offered to head up the NCSF Hotel Outreach Project to counter their sensationalized rhetoric by gathering data and supporting evidence that SM events aren't dangerous and can be profitable for businesses.…







  • NCSF Reaches Agreement with Cendant Hotels on SM Events

    September 30, 2002 - Responding to concerns that it was prohibiting franchisees from hosting events for "sadomasochism enthusiasts," the Cendant Corporation Hotel Group, the world's largest hotel franchisor, has assured the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom that it will honor the right of franchisees to host the events of their choice.







  • 300 People Attend Barbara Nitke Photography Exhibit

    On July 10, 2002, the opening reception of Barbara Nitke: Twenty Years was attended by 300 people at Art @ Large. The Nitke show can be viewed until August 3rd at Art @ Large, 630 Ninth Ave, No. 707, New York, NY. On July 10, 2002, the opening reception of Barbara Nitke: Twenty Years was attended by 300 people at Art @ Large. The Nitke show can be viewed until…







  • NCSF Counters Attack by Radical Right on Sexual Minority Groups

    WASHINGTON, DC (February 14, 2002) The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF), a national organization committed to protecting freedom of sexual expression among consenting adults, today a launched a new initiative that provides support to sexual minority groups under attack by radical right wing groups.







  • Challenging Internet Obscenity Law, Historic Lawsuit is Filed by NCSF and Artist Barbara Nitke

    NEW YORK CITY (December 11, 2001) The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF), a national civil liberties organization, and Barbara Nitke, an acclaimed New York City artist who operates her own Web site (www.BarbaraNitke.com), today filed a court challenge that aims to overturn the last remaining Internet censorship provision of the flawed Communications Decency Act.







Action Alerts!

Action Alerts!

  • Action Alert - Take Action Californians!

    Our BDSM communities could be adversely impacted by a well-intentioned, but overly broad, piece of proposed criminal legislation that has been introduced by Senator Christine Kehoe in the California Senate.  NCSF is asking all of you to sign and send to NCSF letters (a draft is attached below) that we can introduce if necessary at a hearing likely to be held in April, 2011. The purpose of the bill, SB…





    Written on Sunday, 03 April 2011 21:11
    Tags: Consent Counts action alerts california SB 430
  • Action Alert: Atlanta Eagle Update

    Lawless cops are a threat to everyone in America NCSF joins state and local representatives in urging everyone to file a complaint if they were present at the Eagle on September 10th, when the Atlanta police illegally detained 62 patrons and 8 employees and searched them without a warrant, reasonable suspicion, or probable cause. You can file a complaint with the Atlanta Police Department and the Atlanta Citizen Review Board…





    Written on Thursday, 05 November 2009 10:17
    Tags: Susan Wright Action Alert Human Rights
  • Action Alert - DSM Petition 10/15/09

    Kinky is NOT a Diagnosis Help make history by signing the DSM Revision Petition now! The diagnoses in the DSM-IV-TR still subject people who practice BDSM, fetishes and cross-dressing to bias, discrimination and social sanctions without any scientific basis. We need 3,000 signatures, but we only have 2,200 now. If you don't speak up and call on the American Psychiatric Association to adhere to empirical research when revising the diagnoses…





    Written on Thursday, 15 October 2009 10:22
    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…






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  • 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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