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No ordinary love: Polyamorous partners celebrate Valentine's Day their way

on Thursday, 14 February 2019. Posted in NCSF in the News!, Media Updates

Chicago Tribune

“They enjoy the time and effort it takes to maintain relationships and enjoy spending time in them,” she said. “A lot of people associate negative stereotypes with polyamory and think it’s a sort of unstable ‘have your cake and eat it, too’ situation, and that’s not the case. Oftentimes people are practicing consent, which means they are upfront and honest with their partners. In reality, people in polyamorous relationships are actually putting a lot of work into maintaining and up-keeping their relationships.”

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An intimate chat with the couple selling the '50 Shades of Maple Glen' home

on Thursday, 14 February 2019. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Philly Voice

“It’s a sexy thing,” said Priscilla, explaining they were welcomed at the clubs, not seen as sexual tourists asking annoying questions but first-timers trying to find their way. "It was hard for me, but I never felt judged when we were there. They were so respectful," she continued. "There's nothing forced. No one's touching you. It was actually super fun because we learned so much and opened our minds even more, right?"

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Work The Kinks Out: Pittsburgh’s BDSM Community Has A Place For Everyone

on Monday, 11 February 2019. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Pittsburgh Current

That’s a common refrain throughout the community, though, one of wanting acceptance. When asked what’s one misconception they would like to lay to rest about BDSM it’s that people stop thinking of them as ‘other’ or weird. As Gelsomino said, most people feel something deviant. “It’s okay to feel the way you’re feeling,” Mistress Kye said. “There are places you can go, and our community is so welcoming. I always suggest people attend a munch to learn more.”

 

Is 2019 the Year of the Consenticorn?

on Monday, 11 February 2019. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

The New Yorker

When House of Yes opened at its current location, a few years ago, Kaywin thought that she would become a regular. Instead, every time she went she got groped. After she posted about an incident on social media, Jacqui Rabkin, the club’s marketing director, hired her as a consultant. Along with the House’s founders, Kae Burke and Anya Sapozhnikova, the women began proselytizing the ideal of a better party environment. The goal is not to police but to educate.

New Laws Forced Sex Workers Back On SF Streets, Caused 170% Spike In Human Trafficking

on Friday, 08 February 2019. Posted in Front Page Headline, NCSF News, Media Updates

San Francisco KPIX

Violent crime is way down in San Francisco, according to the latest police statistics. But one major category is bucking the trend: police recorded a 170 percent jump in reports of human trafficking in 2018.

The huge spike appears to be connected to the federal shutdown of sex-for-sale websites. The goal of shutting them down was to curb human trafficking. Instead, it seems to have had the opposite effect.

Pornography of adult consensual sex no longer taboo, says CPS

on Monday, 04 February 2019. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Material made by and for consenting adults will not face charges under obscenity laws

The Guardian

A CPS spokesperson confirmed the change, which followed a public consultation: “It is not for the CPS to decide what is considered good taste or objectionable. We do not propose to bring charges based on material that depicts consensual and legal activity between adults, where no serious harm is caused and the likely audience is over the age of 18. The CPS will, however, continue to robustly apply the law to anything which crosses the line into criminal conduct and serious harm.”

SESTA/FOSTA: The Strangulation of Free Expression & Safe Sex Work

on Friday, 01 February 2019. Posted in NCSF in the News!, Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Sex+STL

by Jackie Harris

But why is any of this content considered as prohibited, especially for consenting adults? Is it specifically a result of SESTA/FOSTA? These laws were written with so much ambiguity that the platform providers, out of fear of being shut down or removed from app stores (think Apple App Store or Google Play) are prohibiting any content that could remotely be considered sexual. Frankly, I do not blame them for their fear. These regulations, applying to any content posted on their platforms, would be near impossible to police. And they can be held liable, fined or even prosecuted for said content. Even the much-touted new algorithms being used to scan for such content can’t handle the job, either erroneously tagging content, or letting others slip by that should be prohibited.

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SF kink community grieves loss of Center for Sex and Culture: 'We've lost something enormous'

on Thursday, 31 January 2019. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

SF Gate

"It was a really, really rich time throughout the 1990s," Queen said. "And the Center for Sex and Culture really holds that history as a piece of our legacy in a significant way."

One way the center kept that history alive was through its extensive and one-of-kind archive, which held an extraordinary collection of queer literature, sex-positive, trans, and leather histories. Lady Katerina, the head librarian for the Center for Sex and Culture, said the center had at least 8,000 books in the library alone.

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