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The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health Wins!

on Tuesday, 02 February 2010. Hits 311

Contact Person: Megan Andelloux @ 401-345-8685

Pawtucket, RI February 2nd, 2010 – The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health (CSPH), the first non-profit sexuality resource and information center on the East Coast, has won the right to open its door and provide sex education for adults.

The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health will provide one on one coaching services, group classes, drop-in hours, teaching resources, access to sexuality journals and in the fall, start an internship program and conduct sexual health studies. Megan Andelloux, a board certified Sexologist and Sexuality Educator is the founder and director of the non-profit Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health.

On Monday evening, February 1st, after applying for a “special use variance," The CSPH was granted unanimous permission to provide education from the Pawtucket Zoning Board. George Shabo, Zoning Board member, made a special note from the Pawtucket’s Planning Board who had also wanted to recommend approval, saying that the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health fit in with the master plan of “revitalizing the downtown.” 

This is a huge victory for the field of civil liberties, sexuality education and advocacy",  Andelloux stated.  “For the past five months, The CSPH has demonstrated to the public what sexuality professionals all over the country experience on a daily basis: roadblocks from politicians to open legit businesses, requirements to masquerade conversations about sex and fear of coming under personal attack for publicly acknowledging the simple fact that people are sexual and it’s ok to talk about it.” 

The battle to open the CSPH was closely watched and discussed by lawyers, university professors, The ACLU, news sources and sexuality professionals all over the country.  While the introduction of The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health started off rocky, and false rumors swirled about what the CSPH would be providing, members of the conservative, liberal and libertarian," community eventually stated that The CSPH mission, to provide adults with a safe space to access information about sex, did indeed fit in with their community values.   

The CSPH will meet with its first client today.

Kinky is NOT a Diagnosis - 2010-02-02

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Kinky is NOT a Diagnosis

NCSF is proud to announce that 3,241 people signed the DSM Revision Petition from June 2008 to December 2009. The petition is now closed and has been sent to the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the members of the Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders Work Group for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM V). Thank you to everyone who participated in this historic effort!

The diagnoses in the DSM-TR-IV subject people who practice BDSM, fetishes and cross-dressing to bias, discrimination and social sanctions without any scientific basis. NCSF often sees individuals who suffer distress and impairment in their social and occupational lives (ie. interpersonal difficulties) because their desires conflict with current societal standards. These standards stem in a large part from the DSM. itself: pathologizing unusual sexual interests has led to more discrimination and discouraged individuals from seeking treatment for physical and mental health problems. This codification of "cultural aversion" was the same reason that ego-dystonic homosexuality was included in the DSM, and then removed when it was finally recognized as such by the APA.

Some of the comments made on the petition include:

#604: "BDSM is no more an illness or dysfunction than boxing, skydiving or participating in any extreme sport."

#1680: "I am all for removing these biases from legitimate psychiatry. It has ruined a friend of mine as for 8 years he has felt ashamed, depressed and self destructive because some "therapist" diagnosed him as sexually deviant and egodystonic and told him to repress his urges."

#1902: "Psychiatry should serve human wellness, not police human diversity."

#2224: "Historically, diagnoses of insanity have been used to marginalize those with unusual sexual preferences. This has to stop."

#2566: "I just had an acquaintance lose custody of her child to her now-vengeful ex due to "kink" and a bad judge. It's time to take more bias out of the DSM."

"The politicization of sexuality is common in this country," says Leigha Fleming, Board Chair of NCSF. "There is no basis in scientific fact for the categorization of BDSM and affiliated behaviors as inherently pathological or unhealthy. Social conservatives shouldn't be allowed to carry their agenda into the DSM. It wasn't appropriate when homosexuality was classified as a disorder by the APA and it's not correct now for the DSM to classify consensual adult sexual expression like BDSM, cross dressing, etc. as disorder. The DSM was never meant to be a political weapon used to marginalize sexual minorities. The overwhelming response by our constituents necessitates our involvement in this critical issue."

To see the hundreds of comments that petitioners made on the petition, click here: www.thepetitionsite.com/1/DSMrevisionpetition

To find out more about the DSM and the Paraphilias section, read the NCSF & ITCR: The Foundation for NCSF's "White Paper on the DSM Revision" at www.ncsfreedom.org

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Media Update - 2010-02-02

on Tuesday, 02 February 2010. Hits 240


CU Columbia Spectator

Trans, BDSM, and other groups deserve to gain the support and acceptance of the ... Conversio Virium is the oldest BDSM student group in the nation, 

Media Update - 2010-02-01

on Monday, 01 February 2010. Hits 278


UNR The Nevada Sagebrush

First and foremost, let's liberate and illuminate our minds with the definition of sadomasochism, also known as “S&M.” Sadism is the joy of inflicting 

Media Update - 2010-01-28

on Thursday, 28 January 2010. Hits 240


Creative Loafing Tampa (blog)

On the radio this morning, 97X attempted to broach the long running feud between nudists and swingers at Caliente (a clothing optional resort). 

Media Update - 2010-01-27

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WSAW

A representative from a hotel in Stevens Point that was set to host a 'sexual freedom' party organized by a swingers group called Club NCN says they've 


Tampabay.com

Back in 2008, some residents began complaining about the resort events, some of which were put on by outside "lifestyle" or swingers groups, 

 

Media Update - 2010-01-26

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WSAW

Wisconsin

An adult group that says they're dedicated to the 'swing lifestyle' says they plan to hold a private hotel party in Stevens Point, despite threats from the 

Media Update - 2010-01-21

on Thursday, 21 January 2010. Hits 165

Hump Day: BDSM gatherings alter perspective on whips, chains

UT The Daily Texan

By Mary Lingwall 

Editor's Note: This is the first in a two-part series exploring the BDSM lifestyle. In order to ensure the privacy and safety of all 

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