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Media Update - December 1, 2008

1. An Interview With A Real Life NYU Dominatrix
2. Modern Sex: Power-Play 101
3. Bloggers Strike Back over KOMO's Sexphobic Smear
4. Behave! Toeing the legal line with a dominatrix
5. Rape or consent to sex?

National Coalition for Sexual Freedom -- Media  Update
December 1, 2008
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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.

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An Interview With A Real Life NYU Dominatrix
by Jessica Roy
NYU Local (NY)
December 1, 2008

Some people spend hours at shitty work-study jobs pretending to look busy
while actually browsing Facebook, but one NYU student - who goes by the
name Mistress Ava - wears leather, humiliates people and gets paid for it.
Here's what she had to say about working as a dominatrix this summer.

JESSICA: What made you decide to work as a dominatrix?

AVA: I've always considered myself sexually open and so when, several
summers ago, I found myself living with a seemingly normal girl who worked
in this line of business, I was quick to become fascinated. I asked a lot
of questions and wasn't freaked out by any of it and thus my curiosity was
piqued. When I came back to NYC, I started making a few bucks here and
there off Craigslist and when classes ended and I was without a job, I
made the decision to apply to dungeons and make it official.

J: How easy was it to break into the business?

A: It was rather easy because I fit the role, but emotionally it was
incredibly taxing. First I had to be sure that, with every possible tool
of the trade suddenly at my whim, I was really comfortable with what could
possibly happen and then, when I started and I was actually okay with it,
I had to really look into myself and figure out what the hell was wrong
with me that I wasn't freaked out. Sure, I got a great job right away, but
it wasn't easy on my demeanor.

J: What kind of things did your job entail?

A: One of the first things I did was sit down and write out my bio and a
list of do's and dont's. According to my boss, I had a very open mind but
there were a lot of things I wouldn't do because I found them sexual. My
do's were all things that, though I might do in my private life, I knew I
could mentally disconnect from and find completely un-erotic. My dont's
were those things that were too close to actual sex for me not to see them
that way. For instance, anything involving penetration on a male. There is
no sex involved whatsoever but they can ask for strap-on play and that was
never on the menu with me. I also avoided any touching with my hands
because that felt a bit too "real sex" for me. A lot of girls are
genuinely into dominating a man and while I find it extremely fun, it is
not a sexual thing for me, which is why I couldn't stick with it.

[continued]

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Modern Sex: Power-Play 101
by Kama Yama
The Bi-College News (Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges)
November 30, 2008

Have you ever wanted more? Wanted it harder, faster, and more aggressive?
Or did you want to be dominating, pushing and testing your lover's limits?
Or the other way around - wanting your partner to push your limits?

Power-play, also known as bondage, S/M, discipline, and role-playing,
among other names, can be extremely erotic. Sexual power-play can be mild
with light nibbles to extreme with hard bites. It can range from light
spanking to whipping. It can involve special equipment, or it can be done
with everyday items.

Power-play is not about pain, humiliation, degradation. Power-play is
always consensual and about trust. The dominant person does not want to
hurt or harm the submissive partner. The dominating partner trusts that
the submissive partner will communicate vocally or through expressions
what they are feeling.

Meanwhile, the submissive partner trusts that the dominant partner will
pay close attention to every detail of every expression, both vocally and
physically, and act in an appropriate manner. It's about communication and
lust. When aroused, what would normally be painful is pleasurable and
heightens the arousal level. Power-play can also be about empowerment and
doing something you would not ordinarily do, just to do it because you
want to try it.

The draw to power-play is often about stepping outside of one's daily role
and trying something different, and afterwards, not having any expectation
from your partner to be on top or to be on the bottom. It is not referred
to or brought into daily life, except in its own context. It is an escape
from reality. Some people follow a specific script or a predetermined
scenario, while others just go with the flow. No matter what the situation
is, it is always a good idea to have a safety word, phrase, or gesture
that signals the other partner to stop. Both partners must trust each
other to communicate any pain or discomfort during play.

Another point about power-play is that it does not necessarily involve
penetrative sex, even among heterosexual couples. It can be about either
partner's pleasure, or enjoying your partner's pleasure at what you do for
them in either a dominant or submissive position. Sometimes, the
dominating partner does everything possible to bring the submissive
partner to orgasm but then stops just before the orgasm, thus torturing
the submissive partner until they experience an explosive orgasm.

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Bloggers Strike Back over KOMO's Sexphobic Smear
by Dominic Holden
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
November 25, 2008

Until recently, a TV station could hype an erroneous news story about a
raunchy controversy, grab a few viewers at 11:00 p.m., and titillate them
with scandal - without any re-percussions from anybody. But lately, thanks
to the internet, the mainstream media is finding it harder to get away
with hack reporting.

Case in point: On November 17, KOMO 4 News ran a "Problem Solvers" segment
about the Center for Sex Positive Culture, a private sex club with 2,500
active members and a sister organization that teaches classes on having
better sex. News anchor Dan Lewis announced that Allena Gabosch, the
organization's executive director, "is seeking state and federal money
to
finance part of her sex organization."

Cut to KOMO's Marlee Ginter - the aforementioned "problem solver"
- taking
a tour of a windowless sex room. "I went to the club on one of its busiest
nights. I saw people naked, fondling, flogging," says Ginter. Then,
lilting her voice: "And even having sex."

But the problem for this "problem solver" was supposedly with the center's
funding. The organization's club is a 501(c)(7) nonprofit. Its tax
exemption, Ginter argued, is the equivalent of a government giveaway.

"She obviously found a way around the system," says a random woman in
Ginter's report - included, presumably, to demonstrate public outrage
about the center's finances.

However, Gabosch tells The Stranger, "We do not get money from the
government or from tax dollars" to fund the club or the organization's
sex-education wing. Indeed, IRS rules for (c)(7)s state that "a club
should be supported solely by membership fees, dues, and assessments,"
which are not tax deductible. And the sex-education wing of the
organization is a separately funded 501(c)(3), which also receives no
government funding.

In her report, unsurprisingly, Ginter never cites IRS rules. Instead, she
focuses on sexual taboos like bondage beds. In an apparent effort to prove
the state is failing to regulate the club, she interviews Tabitha
Blacksmith, a spokeswoman for the Charities Program of the Washington
Secretary of State, which only tracks nonprofits' contributions. Ginter
asks, "So you guys won't even determine... you're not a charity, you're
a
sex club." Blacksmith explained to Ginter that was outside the state's
purview.

"We don't have anything to do with [verifying] the (c)(3) or (c)(7),"
Blacksmith told The Stranger a week after the interview. "That's the IRS."

According to IRS rules, in order to qualify as a 501(c)(7), organizations
must maintain "personal contact, commingling, and face-to-face fellowship.
Members must share interests and have a common goal directed toward
pleasure, recreation, and other nonprofitable purposes."

By the IRS's standards, in other words, it practically has to be a sex
club.

But Ginter never brings up the tax rules governing groups like the center
- probably because citing what those rules actually say would undermine
the premise that there is a "problem."

The morning after KOMO's sexposC) aired, Stranger editorial director Dan
Savage launched an online assault on KOMO for its "sex-negative posturing"
and called on readers of Slog, The Stranger's blog, to e-mail complaints
to Ginter. The post was linked on numerous websites. Meanwhile, the video
of the segment went up on YouTube.

KOMO pulled the piece from its website the next day. But the controversy
was a dozen blog posts and thousands of YouTube views from being over.
"KOMO's Marlee Ginter Might Be Sucking Off Goats," two headlines readba
reference to Ginter's insinuation that the center "might be" getting
money
from the government. After all, it was just as true that Ginter "might be"
blowing goats as it was that the Center "might be" getting government
funding.

Within a day, that headline became the second Google result for Ginter's
name.

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Behave! Toeing the legal line with a dominatrix
by Briam Alexander
MSNBC
November 24, 2008

Is it legal to hire a dominatrix as long as you don't actually have sex?
And what does it mean exactly when a woman happily partnered with a
longtime boyfriend suddenly starts longing for a lady lover? Sexploration
answers your most intimate queries. Got a question? E-mail us.

Q: Paying for sex is illegal in most of America, but what about paying for
fetish services? Can you legally hire a dominatrix or escort for any of
the countless things besides intercourse? Where is the line drawn?

A: If you have a hankering to strap on a codpiece and pay a woman for the
privilege of scrubbing her floors while she drips hot wax on your back,
the legal line is drawn at the border of the state or country in which you
live.

If you live in the United Kingdom, you can scrub away. Formula One
president Max Mosley may have been embarrassed when spy pictures taken of
his professional interactions with dominatrices popped up in a British
tabloid, but he wasnbt doing anything illegal by paying them for a stern
scolding and a little spank.

But if you live in Arizona, where the law defines paying for "flagellation
or torture by or on a person who is nude or clad in undergarments or in
revealing or bizarre costume or the condition of being fettered, bound or
otherwise physically restrained on the part of one so clothed" as illegal,
you can wind up in trouble.

In New York City, you probably wouldn't. But across the river in New
Jersey, you would. Get the picture? Even within states, laws can vary from
town to town, says Susan Wright, spokesperson for the National Coalition
for Sexual Freedom. "It is a big gray area", Wright explains. Often, she
says, "it depends on how the district attorney wants to interpret the
prostitution laws and how they define sexual conduct".

Some states are so specific they make sex read like an instruction manual
for assembling an IKEA bookcase. But some leave it vague. Generally, if
money is changing hands and somebody is inserting anything into anybody
else or touching genitals, it's probably against the law. Beyond that,
though, you have to research the laws where you live. You may wish to skip
the money and get to know people happy to participate free of charge by
attending a convention, or searching the Web. Many fetish enthusiasts I
have interviewed found each other on social networking sites.

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Rape or consent to sex?
Prosecution: Man had history of bondage with 2 women
by Ed Palattella
The Erie Times-News
November 20, 2008

A Venango County man is claiming he and a woman were engaged in consensual
sex when he bound and gagged her with duct tape inside a Millcreek
Township motel room on March 6.


The Erie County District Attorney's Office is contending that the
defendant, Paul J. Sweetapple, 29, committed rape. And the prosecution --
at a trial that continues with jury deliberations today -- presented
evidence from two women to try to prove its case.

The first was the woman in the March incident, who was 27 at the time and
is the mother of Sweetapple's son.

The second was a woman who said Sweetapple engaged in similar behavior
with her in Franklin in 2004, when she said he tied her up with a
telephone cord during what the prosecution also characterized as forced
sex.

"It's a common plan," Assistant Erie County District Attorney Erin
Connelly told the jury of Sweetapple in her closing argument on Wednesday.
"He's going to get his sex however he can. He's into bondage.

"He did it once, and he did the same thing again."

Judge John Garhart, who is presiding, agreed with the prosecution and let
the jury hear about the other woman's experience with Sweetapple, which
she had documented in a protection-from-abuse complaint.

Connelly told the jury the testimony of both women supported physical
evidence that showed the woman in the March incident suffered from
reddened and damaged skin and genital bleeding shortly after Sweetapple
had sex with her at the El Patio Motel, 2950 W. Eighth St., where he was
living, on March 6.

Sweetapple, of Kennerdell, south of Franklin, took the stand in his own
defense and said the sex was consensual, and that he and the woman had
participated in bondage during sex before.

"It was our thing, ma'am," he told Connelly during cross-examination.

Sweetapple said he was paying child support to the woman -- she said he
was behind -- and that he would pay her extra money if she performed
sexual favors on him. He denied that woman's testimony that he bound the
woman, stuffed her underwear into her taped mouth and that he threatened
to put a plastic bag over the woman's head and kill her if she did not
have sex with him on March 6.

"The whole thing is not true, ma'am," Sweetapple testified.

The trial, which started Tuesday, was filled with jarring testimony of
what the prosecution said was Sweetapple's violent and extreme sexual
behavior.

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    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…






    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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