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"The surprising way my sex life changed after I was raped"

on Saturday, 12 January 2019. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Cosmopolitan UK

What I didn’t know then is that experimenting with BDSM and kink is actually not uncommon among sexual assault survivors. And, it can be a very healing experience for some. Sally Baker, a London-based therapist with 20 years of experience, says, “Submission and abdicating sexual responsibility within a safe framework can be useful role-playing for some survivors of sexual abuse. Equally, taking the dominant role and play-acting feeling in control can counter some previous experiences of powerlessness and vulnerability.”

A Grindr harassment suit could change the legal landscape for tech — and free speech

on Tuesday, 08 January 2019. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

NBC News

“When someone is injured, they and their families want recourse, but our legal system is woefully bad at delivering justice,” Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said in March as Congress debated creating an exception to Section 230 aimed at cracking down on alleged sex traffickers. One of the authors of Section 230, Wyden has warned the law may be weakened if tech companies don’t police their platforms more effectively.

Slixa Essay Contest - $10,000 for best essay about impacts from FOSTA/SESTA

on Sunday, 06 January 2019. Posted in Front Page Headline, NCSF News

Slixa, a leading online directory for adult entertainment services, is launching its first-ever $10,000 Essay Contest that will focus on sex and adult industry workers’ personal experiences eight months after the controversial FOSTA/SESTA "sex trafficking" bill became law.

The divisive legislation package that bills itself as a protective measure against victims of the sex trade has inadvertently created complications for the livelihoods of an entire community of legitimate industry professionals.

“With this essay contest, our goal is to learn more about the legal and political residual effects of FOSTA/SESTA on businesses at large and for providers personally,” said Slixa spokesperson Lee Jennings, “while also supporting and helping improve the collective lives of a community that is increasingly and alarmingly under fire.”

The contest, which opens on December 14 and runs to January 14, 2019 (Midnight EST) is open to active or previous industry service providers who can write a comprehensive, well-researched, in-depth essay between 1,500 and 2,200 words, analyzing the impact of FOSTA/SESTA, previously unpublished and written in English. One submission allowed per person.

The winning essay will be announced February 4 and published on Slixa.com with author credit (including a cash prize of $2,500, as well as $2,500 to donate to the service provider advocacy organization of the author’s choice). The First Runner-Up will receive $1,500, with a $1,500 donation, while the Second Runner-Up will earn a cash prize of $1,000, with a $1,000 donation to the essayist’s chosen charitable organization.

“We chose to hold the contest in December, as we would also like to take the opportunity to draw attention to the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers that falls on December 17, as well as the advocacy/charity groups that support the community,” added Jennings.

Kinky Sex and Fetishes: How to Talk to Your Partner About Them

on Saturday, 05 January 2019. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Fatherly

Chances are, you’ve fantasized about having kinky sex. Most people have, according to sex researchers and people who say words. It’s also likely that more people have enjoyed what might be considered “fringe” activities in the bedroom than we would likely assume. So, the window of what constitutes “normal” sexual behavior is expanding. But not everyone has jumped onboard. Although, maybe they should. Studies show that novelty is a major contributor to sexual satisfaction, especially in the context of a long-term relationship. And, honestly, kinks and fetishes are nothing to be ashamed of.

Want To Know Why Tumblr Is Cracking Down On Sex? Look To FOSTA/SESTA

on Wednesday, 02 January 2019. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Medium

So how does this affect you, the presumably non sex worker? The Tumblr and Facebook bans are just the start. As SESTA/FOSTA becomes more entrenched and more tech companies fall in line, I predict we will see other platforms begin to clamp down on any content related to sex for fear of being sued. It’s easier for them to ban all sex-related content than to try to screen for trafficking accurately. So do you watch porn? Do you like to discuss sex on the internet? Do you use the internet to get laid? Those days are short lived unless we fight to repeal this. And because most companies have operations in the USA, this will affect people all over the world. I live in the UK and this has already affected me, and this is without the version of the bill that the UK government wants to pass.

(Video) ‘Smart dress’ reveals 3 women touched 157 times without consent in 4 hours

on Tuesday, 01 January 2019. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

The Sun Daily

Swiss beverage company Schweppes recently teamed up with advertising agency Ogilvy Brasil to work on their new campaign called “Dress For Respect” to shed light on the sexual harassment of women in Brazil. “Dress for Respect” is a smart dress, designed with powerful sensors that are triggered when the wearer is touched.

This 12-Step Group Meets in the Basement of a Fetish Shop

on Sunday, 30 December 2018. Posted in NCSF in the News!, Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Narrative

For kinksters, there are real risks involved with publicly outing oneself. One study conducted by the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom found that 37.5 percent of BDSM practitioners had experienced some form of harassment or violence due to the social stigma attached to their sexual behavior. Parents risk losing custody of their children, others put their jobs on the line.

“Everyone shares about their wives and family members in A.A. meetings,” Brother Wolf continues. “I can’t talk about my two partners. I love A.A., but I also need fellowship with people who understand what being a part of an alternative lifestyle is about.”

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Abused then arrested: inside California's crackdown on sex work

on Friday, 28 December 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

The Guardian

But Alix Lutnick, a researcher with RTI International and expert on trafficking, said that there is growing recognition that john stings don’t actually help victims – and can instead lead to their arrest. “What we hear from people who are selling sex is that these type of ‘end demand’ initiatives end up resulting in more harms for the very people we are purportedly trying to protect.”

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