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Media Update - April 16, 2009


1. Wanna Race?
2. U.S. Postal Services Refuses to Mail Anchor Bay "Look" Postcards
3. San Francisco hosts celebration of kink
4. Kink, taboos & fetishes, Oh my!
5. 'Superman' wasn't Shuster's only comic, book reveals

National Coalition for Sexual Freedom -- Media Update
April 16, 2009
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Wanna Race?
by Mistress Matisse (via opinion column "Control Tower")
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
April 7, 2009

There are taboos in kink - and then there are taboos in kink. You want to
make kinky people unhappy? Be a white dominant with a black submissive and
use the word "nigger" in your BDSM scene. The edgiest pervert in town will
be up in your face, telling you you've gone too far.

And they'd be right, wouldn't they? I've been asked to be the dominant in
race-play scenes, but I have firmly declined. I'm perfectly comfortable
being a bitchy sadist, but to pretend to be superior to someone of color
just because I'm white? Utter hateful racist epithets or hold a mock slave
auction? No way! What kind of girl do you think I am? That's just wrong!

But Mollena Williams (www.mollena.com) sees it differently. Williams is an
African-American writer, performer, and BDSM educator. She's also a
submissive who does BDSM race-play scenes, and she's challenging BDSM
people to examine that taboo. I asked her to tell me her take on it.

How do you do race-play scenes and feel okay about it afterward? "You have
to know why you want to do this play. If you, as a white person, are
overeager in approaching me with your fantasy of domination and
oppression, my hackles go up. As the person taking the hit, I need to feel
in control of the process up until I relinquish control... Those who do
not know why they want this scene, who want 'payback,' who have deep
hatred - I see them as very risky partners in a race-play scene. Open
communication, plenty of negotiation, and lots of aftercare are
essential."

Doesn't it trivialize racial inequalities to do a BDSM scene around them?
"Some kink is light and fluffy, but a great deal of kink revolves around
taboos, pain, and triumphing over adversity. If you think that doesn't sum
up the human condition, then you aren't paying attention... Trust your
partner enough to let him or her into your darkest fantasies. Of course we
should do what feels dangerous and risky! Surviving danger galvanizes the
soul."

Don't you feel that doing race scenes keeps negative stereotypes alive?
"Absolutely. That is one reason I dive into those waters. I am of the
post-Jim Crow generation. I didn't live when racism was institutionalized.
However, I live in a society where racism is endemic. It is absolutely
vital to tap into the past in order to handle the present and remain open
to the future."

[continued]

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U.S. Postal Services Refuses to Mail Anchor Bay "Look" Postcards
by Chris Tribbey
Home Media Magazine
April 7, 2009

Neither rain, nor sleet, nor gloom of night prevents the United States
Postal Service from delivering the mail - unless that mail is considered
too sexually suggestive.

Anchor Bay Entertainment and Sue Procko Public Relations found that out
this week after the USPS refused to mail 800 postcards promoting the May 5
DVD release of Look. The postcards feature a man in his boxers with his
pants around his legs, a woman's legs wrapped around him, as they fool
around in a retail warehouse. There is no nudity in the scene, which has
"It is LEGAL for your company to get permission to install HIDDEN CAMERAS
IN THE WORKPLACE!" written above it.

The mailing house that was sending the cards received a letter from the
USPS, telling them the postcards could only be mailed in envelopes, citing
United States Code Title 39, Section 3010, Paragraph D, which prohibits
the mailing of any "sexually oriented advertisement, meaning any
advertisement that depicts, in actual or simulated form, or explicitly
describes, in a predominantly sexual context, human genitalia, any act of
natural or unnatural sexual intercourse, any act of sadism or masochism,
or any other erotic subject directly related to the foregoing".

[continued]

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San Francisco hosts celebration of kink:
International Ms. Leather 2009 event draws quirky participants
by Courtney Nuding
The Mills Campanil (Mills College, Oakland, CA)
April 6, 2009

Windbreaker-clad and comfort sneaker-wearing tourists at the Holiday Inn
on Van Ness Avenue were overtaken Mar. 19-21 by the corseted, studded,
bare-assed, booted, crop-toting and pasty-wearing kink congregants of
International Ms. Leather and Ms. Bootblack 2009.

Leather encompasses a wide array of fetishes and kinks associated with
BDSM: Bondage and Discipline (B/D), Dominance and Submission (D/S) and
Sadism and Masochism (S/M). It includes all gender and sexual
orientations, say its adherents. What unifies the community of "players"
is the erotic exchange of power, as well as ideals of integrity and
camaraderie.

Glenda Rider, the executive producer of what everyone calls IMsL (which
stands for for International Ms. Leather and is pronounced "im-zuhl"),
said the community "focuses on honor and respect, these really
old-fashioned values, but expressed in edgy, kinky ways. We have a thing
for ceremony and rituals."

The centerpiece ceremony of the weekend was the competition for
International Ms. Leather, in its 23rd year, and the 11th annual
International Ms. Bootblack. Both serve as representatives of the leather
community at events in the U.S. and abroad, educating outside groups about
their community, and raising awareness and money for causes important to
the community.

A person who goes by "Olga's blu boi" said those who compete for the
titles have proven themselves to be community service leaders and have
raised money for services for all kinds of groups, including those
advocating for children, AIDS and cancer patients and survivors of abuse.

Slave Tabitha, who competed for the bootblack title, explained
bootblacking as the expert and devoted cleaning and care of leather boots
as service, eroticism, or both. A bootblack can be a top (one who "does")
or a bottom (one who "is done to") in sexual or BDSM play.

Boi Moe, who taught Slave Tabitha how to bootblack, said, "I want to
connect with the person in the chair through their leather."

The title went to Pony, who is also an ordained Christian minister.

Winning titles, and their accompanying studded Leather sashes, were
certainly a focal point, but the weekend was also about learning through
workshops on safety, recovery, play principles and techniques. Maybe more
importantly, it is "a family reunion," according to Mina De Sade-Fatale, a
Ms. Leather competitor this year.

"We come from different countries, different states, to find people like
ourselves," she said. "It's a family environment."

[continued]

To read this entire article, go to:
http://media.www.thecampanil.com/media/storage/paper936/news/2009/04/06/Art/San-Francisco.Hosts.Celebration.Of.Kink-3697300.shtml
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Kink, taboos & fetishes, Oh my!
by Judy Barton
The Examiner
April 3, 2009

Let's face it we have all had thoughts, dreams and fantasies of kinky
unconventional, atypical sexual experiences. Our weakness for the
forbidden dates back to the beginning of time, yet no matter how
intriguing and compelling our secret desires become, we usually hold them
captive in our unconscious mind. We allow our fears, pre- programming and
the prejudices of others to dictate permission to experience our ultimate
sexuality. Who made the rules and banned the good stuff? Whose rules are
broken if we choose to meet our sexual needs and desires through methods
deemed to be outside the box?

Kink is considered abnormal sex and is often seen as profane or deviant,
but kink is in the eye of the beholder. One man's kink is boring sex to
another. Most everyone has tried sex with one partner wearing a blindfold,
which can hardly be considered a profane or deviant act, but is held on
the list of kinky things to do. A blindfold offers the excitement and
thrill of anticipation, a sensual feeling of vulnerability and lends
itself to a subtle but effective power exchange. It's erotic and provokes
intense and powerful orgasms. Is it kinky or an aberrant sex practice?
Actually it's just hot, steamy fabulous sex without any evil attached.

Kink offers a higher level of sensuality, eroticism and increased arousal.
The added spice allows us to visit the many different levels of altered
states. The list of kink ranges from the subtle to the serious and
includes such activities as masturbation (mutual or solo), bondage and
restraints, spanking, role-play, BDSM activities and the use of toys and
gadgets to tweak and incite the body and mind. Each adaptation provides
its own set of valuable assets. Sexual experiences spiced with kink reach
far beyond missionary style sex and a kiss goodnight to create a memorable
sexual happening.

[continued]

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http://www.examiner.com/x-3719-Denver-Sex--Relationships-Examiner~y2009m4d3-Kink-taboos--fetishes-Oh-my
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'Superman' wasn't Shuster's only comic, book reveals
by Michael Sangiacomo
The Cleveland Plain Dealer (Celeveland, OH)
April 2, 2009

Wait a minute.

Is that a shirtless Superman chained to a table being whipped by a Lois
Lane in lingerie?

Yes and no.

It's the cover of "Secret Identity: The Fetish Art of Superman's Creator,
Joe Shuster" ($24.95, Abrams ComicArts) and one of the book's more mild
art works.

Shuster, the former Glenville boy who created Superman with Jerry Siegel
in the 1930s, drew for a limited-edition publication called "The Nights of
Horror" in the mid-1950s under a pseudonym. The undersized magazine
contains stories of sex, sadism, torture and any other kind of kink
imaginable.

Shuster drew illustrations to accompany the sordid words.

It came at a time when Shuster's eyesight was failing and he was
struggling. The co-creator of the most recognized fictional character in
the world was barely surviving working as a delivery man in New York. He
had lost his battles with DC Comics over the rights to Superman. He needed
the money, and a job was a job.

"The Nights of Horror" was an amateur publication run out of a guy's
basement in Queens. It was sold in New York newsstands, or under them, for
$3 and lasted 16 issues. The magazines, smaller than a modern comic book,
are among the rarest of "comics."

In fact, few even knew they existed.

It must have given Shuster a bit of a thrill to use his skills to make the
characters in the sado-masochistic drawings resemble Superman, Lois Lane,
Jimmy Olsen and Lex Luthor. Perhaps it was a way to strike back at the
comics company he felt had wronged him.

[continued]

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CDA Media Reports

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  • Ynot News - January 2, 2002

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    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…






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  • 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
  • Govt Motion to Affirm Nitke and NCSF Reply (PDF)

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