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Consent counts: National Coalition for Sexual Freedom aims to decriminalize BDSM

on Monday, 25 October 2010. Hits 1393

"Consent counts: National Coalition for Sexual Freedom aims to decriminalize BDSM"
Examiner

Where does consent begin and end in the eyes of the law when it comes to rough sex involving dominance and submission play?

Should adults engaging in consensual sexual behavior be subject to criminal laws including assault and battery? What local, state, or federal laws could be used against you for engaging in consensual BDSM activity? What does consent mean, who can give it, and what are its limits? How do we distinguish between consensual BDSM and domestic violence or abuse when such matters come before our law enforcement officials and enter into the court system? What are the boundaries of consent and sexual freedom?

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"No porn in Pornotopia sex-film fest"

on Monday, 25 October 2010. Hits 1419

"No porn in Pornotopia sex-film fest: Zoning restrictions force censorship"

KRQE (Albuquerque)
The controversial sex film festival, Pornotopia, is being forced to censor its act after the city of Albuquerque said that type of adult entertainment is not allowed in the section of town where it booked a theater.
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"Zoning Issue Nixes Nudity, Pornotopia"
KOAT - Albuquerque
The provocative film festival “Pornotopia” has been postponed because the city doesn’t allow adult entertainment at the festival’s proposed site near downtown Albuquerque.
With months of planning, researching and now no place to go, Co-Director of Pornotopia Molly Adler said the film festival’s status is unclear.
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"NSFW: The St. Louis mom behind sex blog the Beautiful Kind is outing herself"

on Wednesday, 20 October 2010. Hits 1856

NSFW: The St. Louis mom behind sex blog the Beautiful Kind is outing herself

Riverfront Times
Kendra Holliday is a total slut. Go right ahead and say it — she does. She's not hiding from it anymore.

In some ways, she's always been honest about it. She's unflinchingly blogged every detail of her sex life for years — she's a bisexual, polyamorous, joyously partnered divorced mother, living and writing and fucking (and yeah, it's a lot of fucking) in St. Louis. Her blog, www.thebeautifulkind.com, details all of it. It has made her into a celebrity of sorts. It has cost her a job. She's called it her second partner.

But she's been hiding in plain sight, going to great pains to conceal her name, face and identity on the blog — even as she exhorts her readers to "be open and honest."
The blog has become a safe space for sex-positive readers in St. Louis and all over the world to come together. It's created a virtual community, and Holliday and some of her kinky friends want to take that momentum and push the Midwest forward into greater sexual freedom and openness.

And it's hard to do that when you're hiding. So Holliday is coming out. ...
The situation is definitely complicated. Susan Wright of the Baltimore-based National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, a nonprofit that helps protect the rights of people with alternative sexual interests, applauds Holliday's decision to out herself.

"When people knew people who were gay and were able to think of them as their friends and family, they could think of them outside the stereotype," she says. "We need to get the help of the bulk of Americans who really don't care about other peoples' sex lives, so we can fight against the people who want to legislate morality."
But Wright, along with others, can see the point in staying hidden.

"I would use as a caveat: If you are a parent of a child under eighteen, don't come out," Wright says. "You could have a great relationship with your ex — once you go public, they could get blowback from people in their lives and try to get custody. I would discourage it, but I admire it and support her wholeheartedly." 

"Paladino campaign hosted naked leathermen picture"

on Tuesday, 12 October 2010. Hits 1640

"Paladino campaign hosted naked leathermen picture"

Politerati

The Paladino for the People campaign of New York real estate developer Carl Paladino, who earlier on Monday called gay pride parades “disgusting” during an appearance on NBC’s “Today,” briefly hosted a picture of three nude leathermen on its blog as part of what the campaign manager is calling a computer hack.

Bloggers with regional cable network YNN’s Capital Tonight political roundtable took a screengrab of the blog, which is no longer loading, adding a black censor bar over the men’s behinds.

“It certainly wasn’t us doing it,” campaign spokesman Robin Wolfgang told Politerati. “We certainly had no intention of posting nude pictures on our web site.” The campaign manager for Paladino, Michael Caputo, told Capital Tonight the blog was hacked.

“Regardless of which side of the gay marriage debate one happens to embrace, I think a seperate debate can he held on the issue of whether or not children should necessarily be encouraged to attend gay parades?” the blog asked in the item with the photo before it went offline. “Are gay parade’s wild displays helping or hurting the struggle to win wider public acceptance?” 

http://www.whorunsgov.com/politerati/whos-news/paladino-campaign-hosted-naked-leathermen-picture/




The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom is coming to San Francisco!

on Tuesday, 05 October 2010. Hits 504

The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom is coming to San Francisco!

Please join us for an enlightening evening of discussion of NCSF’s Consent Counts project to decriminalize BDSM.  You’ll find out about the state of the law regarding BDSM and consent and how you can help support this important national project.

NCSF Speakers:

Judy Guerin, NCSF Consent Count’s Director &
Richard Cunningham, Esq., NCSF Consent Counts Advisor

Appetizers, wine & other beverages provided

Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at 7:30

The Law Offices of Alex Austin & Shannan Rapoport
799 Castro Street
San Francisco, CA. 94114

Please RSVP to Judy Guerin at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 202-494-9555

Richard O. Cunningham, B.S., M.A., J.D., has advocated for over 30 years on issues of gender, race and sex.  He has played a leading role in landmark legal cases, including being the supervising attorney on the Supreme Court Case regarding women in military academies and the initiating attorney for the lawsuit during the Vietnam War that resulted in equal media political coverage.  He has served as chair of the boards of both the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom Foundation (NCSF) and the Woodhull Freedom Foundation.  He is senior international trade partner at Steptoe & Johnson, LLP in Washington, D.C.  Dick is currently advising on legal and policy aspects of the NCSF Consent Counts initiative.

Judy Guerin is a well-known activist, writer, speaker and educator on issues of sexual freedom and gender expression and has been dedicated to activism on these issues for over 30 years.  She is a long-time member of the BDSM/leather/fetish community and currently directs the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom’s Consent Counts Project to decriminalize BDSM.  She is the former Executive Director of the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom and a former board member of the Woodhull Freedom Foundation and GenderPAC.  She is a former steering committee member of the National Policy Roundtable of GLBT & HIV/AIDS groups and an advisor to the European Union on issues of sexual freedom, gender expression and GLBT issues.

www.ncsfreedom.org

"The Alt-Sex Anti-Abuse Dream Team"

on Thursday, 30 September 2010. Hits 342

“The Alt-Sex Anti-Abuse Dream Team”
Feministe (blog)

I've written before about generally negative conceptions of BDSM — they can briefly be summarized as: 1) People of all genders who are abused are often ...

“Judge denies bond to abuse suspect”
Columbia Daily Tribune

Cook's attorney, Carter Law, said during the hearing that many people might consider the bondage, domination, sadism and masochism lifestyle — known as ...

“What's in your closet?”
Wire

With Kinky Con III on its way to Portsmouth, local kinksters discuss the region's growing BDSM community. Courtney Jane looks inconspicuous enough as she ...

“Professionalism in a BDSM shoot”
Examiner.com

Since after care is such a big part of BDSM, the Talent Department always checks in with the model after their shoot, either privately in person or with a ...

"Judge denies jail release for man accused of sex-trafficking"

on Tuesday, 28 September 2010. Hits 289

"Judge denies jail release for man accused of sex-trafficking"


Kansas City Star

He met Henry about 10 years ago on an Internet site that caters to the bondage and sadomasochism lifestyle, according to court records.

But when asked whether the woman could refuse to participate in such encounters, Henry was not certain, Benson said. “It was his opinion that she was afraid to say no,” Benson testified.

The King of Kink

on Monday, 27 September 2010. Hits 229

The King of Kink: An interview with bondage-porn power player Peter Acworth.

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Throughout his journey from Ph.D. student at Columbia Business School to CEO of a bondage-porn empire based in San Francisco, Kink.com's Peter Acworth has had his finger on the pulse of sexual proclivities in America. Here, we ask Peter a few questions about his unlikely rise to Internet-sex power player and what the future holds for a public seemingly addicted to online porn.

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