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1. Community Standard or Double Standard? 2. Women Who Want to Want 3. Swinging one's vows to the limit   National Coalition for Sexual Freedom -- Media Update Digest December 9, 2009 www.ncsfreedom.org This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it To read NCSF Media Updates on a daily basis, visit our blog at: http://ncsf.wordpress.com NCSF Media Updates represent a sampling of recent stories printed in US newspapers, magazines, and selected websites containing significant mention of BDSM-leather-fetish, polyamory, or swing issues and topics. These stories may be positive, negative, accurate, inaccurate b or anywhere in between. NCSF publishes the Updates to provide readers a comprehensive look at what media outlets are writing about these topics. NCSF permits and encourages readers to forward these Updates where appropriate. Community Standard or Double Standard? New York Times Mr. Lambert's context was different, mostly because he is gay and his song "For Your Entertainment" is graphically sexual, with intimations of sadomasochism ... To read the rest of this article, go to:  http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/26/arts/television/26watch.html?_r=1 Women Who Want to Want New York Times Magazine by Dan Bergner The section on deviant desires, to take one example, is denounced by advocates for alternative sexuality as stigmatizing those whose lusts, no matter how unusual, are harmless, or those whose erotic play, no matter how unsettling, is consensual. Should a man with a foot fetish be branded as mentally ill? Should a woman who finds ecstasy in being elaborately bound and enduring denigration or pain? Should such people be labeled with psychiatric diseases, though the rest of their lives have no serious dysfunction? Until 1973, homosexuality was among the D.S.M.'s disorders, and critics of the present chapter point to the condemnation the volume once inflicted on gay men and lesbians' condemnation that both reflected and bolstered the prevailing cultural perspective by way of arguing that the current manual, the D.S.M.-IV, is full of unfounded and damaging sexual judgments. Many on the panel, which probably won't, in the end, do much in the way of deleting conditions, maintain that the chapter on sexuality and gender identity doesn't brand people too readily with disease. They note that, aside from exceptions like patients with pedophilia, only those who are distressed meet the threshold for diagnosis. In turn, the critics respond that such distress stems not from within the individual but from the infliction of societal standards, from the culture's disapproval and aversion and therefore, in part, from the D.S.M. itself.…
National Coalition for Sexual Freedom -- Media Update Digest November 13, 2009 www.ncsfreedom.org This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 1. Why enable pornographers? 2. Library employees fired over censorship of graphic novel 3. Courts Divide Over the Constitutionality of Sex Toy Bans 4. Sex toy research causes a stir at Duke 5. Suburban Swingers Club Outrages Neighbors 6. Lawsuits filed over professor posing on sex site 7. Donn Esmonde: Hands off swingers weekend 8. Sex positivity finds a social 'center' National Coalition for Sexual Freedom -- Media Update Digest November 13, 2009 To read NCSF Media Updates on a daily basis, visit our blog at: http://ncsf.wordpress.com NCSF Media Updates represent a sampling of recent stories printed in US newspapers, magazines, and selected websites containing significant mention of BDSM-leather-fetish, polyamory, or swing issues and topics. These stories may be positive, negative, accurate, inaccurate b or anywhere in between. NCSF publishes the Updates to provide readers a comprehensive look at what media outlets are writing about these topics. NCSF permits and encourages readers to forward these Updates where appropriate. Why enable pornographers? Washington Times Washington, DC At the time, as deputy attorney general, Mr. Holder boldly called for stronger enforcement of pornography and obscenity laws, saying: "Priority should be ... To read the rest of this article, go to: http://washingtontimes.com/news/2009/nov/01/why-enable- pornographers/ Library employees fired over censorship of graphic novel McClatchy Washington Bureau Washington, DC As to the charge about Cook's concern that the library was in violation of the state obscenity laws? Deborah Caldwell-Stone, acting director of the ALA's ... To read the rest of this article, go to: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/nation/story/78655.html Courts Divide Over the Constitutionality of Sex Toy Bans FindLaw Mountain View, CA In 1998, the Alabama legislature passed an amendment to the state's obscenity laws that made it a crime to distribute "any device designed or marketed as ... To read the rest of this article, go to: http://writ.news.findlaw.com/grossman/20091110.html Sex toy research causes a stir at Duke The News Observer Durham, North Carolina At Duke University, a school that likes to tout its cutting-edge research, a sex toy study being conducted by a behavioral economist and student health workers has roused criticism. To read the rest of this article, go to: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/story/177501.html? story_link=email_msg Suburban Swingers Club Outrages Neighbors WLWT Cincinnati, OH Cobra Cincinnati is not the first swingers club in the Tri-State area, but it has become one of the most controversial because of its location…
National Coalition for Sexual Freedom -- Media Update DigestNovember 23, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Lolita Wolf: The Kinky Lover2. A Kink in the Campaign3. Hello Pell? Itbs Me Mell, and I am Really Mixed Up About This Election Thing4. Swingers arrested in Iran5. Sex game beatings bring long prison term6. Progress Through Education7. Shackle your judgment: BDSM deserves respect8. Playing with Desire: UNH students push sexual boundaries9. Getting into the swing of things10. Sex toy research causes a stir at Duke11. Mate debate: Is monogamy realistic? To read NCSF Media Updates on a daily basis, visit our blog at: http://ncsf.wordpress.comNCSF Media Updates represent a sampling of recent stories printed in US newspapers, magazines, and selected websites containing significant mention of BDSM-leather-fetish, polyamory, or swing issues and topics. These stories may be positive, negative, accurate, inaccurate b or anywhere in between. NCSF publishes the Updates to provide readers a comprehensive look at what media outlets are writing about these topics. NCSF permits and encourages readers to forward these Updates where appropriate.Lolita Wolf: The Kinky LoverNew York TimesFor me, having found BDSM it's not just about sex. I find very fulfilling that I can educate people, because it's something I needed. So many people have come to tell me that I made them feel 'not guilty'...To read this article, go to: http://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/nyregion/1-in-8-million/index.html#/lolita_wolfA Kink in the CampaignChicago ReaderBut he says he raised $1800 at one leather party, and he pitched members of the Next Generation Chicago, a pansexual BDSM group for the 18-34 set, ...To read this article, go to: http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/joe-laiacona-challenges-deb-mell-in-democratic-primary/Content?oid=1236242Hello Pell? It's Me Mell, and I am Really Mixed Up About This Election ThingChicago ReaderHe wrote for Gay Chicago magazine for 17 years, penning a "Leather Views" column under a pseudonym. Expect the content of those articles to be a huge campaign issue. ...To read this article, go to: http://www.cdobs.com/archive/featured/hello-pell-its-me-mell-and-i-am-really-mixed-up-about-this-election-thing,92492Swingers arrested in IranStraits TimesTEHERANIRAN'S moral police have arrested a dozen couples for engaging in illicit sexual acts, including swapping of partners. Extra-marital sex is illegal in Iran where Islamic sharia law is the principal source of legislation. If found guilty of adultery, those arrested in the crackdown face being stoned to death. ...To read the rest of this article, go to: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/World/Story/STIStory_457999.htmlSex game beatings bring long prison termHillsboro Argus OregonLive.com"If you know anything about (sadomasochism), both parties are getting pleasure," Knapp said. "I don't believe it was sadomasochistic at all. ...To read the rest of…
1. Joe Laiacona takes on Deb Mell 2. Change of Subject: On second thought.... 3. Rep. Deb Mell may be off re-election ballot   National Coalition for Sexual Freedom - SPECIAL Media Update November 11, 2009 www.ncsfreedom.org This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it To read NCSF Media Updates on a daily basis, visit our blog at: http://ncsf.wordpress.com The following Media Update concerns the leather community's own Jack Rinella, who is running as a Democratic for a seat as a Delegate in the Illinois statehouse. He is running under his real name, Joe Laiacona, however he has been out about his writings as Jack Rinella. He has published LeatherViews for Gay Chicago magazine for the past 17 years and has written numerous BDSM books including the Master's Manual. His websites are: www.friendsforjoelaiacona.org and www.leatherviews.com "Joe Laiacona takes on Deb Mell" Windy City Times Joe Laiacona is taking on incumbent state Rep. Deb Mell in what is shaping up to a very intriguing race in the state's 40th District. Does Laiacona realize the magnitude of the task before him? Absolutely. Is he intimidated? Hardly. In a talk with Windy City Times, the openly gay Laiaconabwho teaches at Columbia College and is an amateur genealogistbdiscussed his platform, Mell's interview with this publication and his reason for not being more "out" on his campaign Web site. ... To read the rest of this article, go to: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/ARTICLE.php? AID=23220 "Change of Subject: On second thought...." Chicago Tribune When I wrote last week that sexual orientation is unlikely to be an issue in the upcoming Democratic primary race on the Northwest Side between incumbent Rep. Deb Mell and challenger Joe Laiacona (they're both gay, a first at this level of politics in Illinois) I did so having not pursued a tiny clue buried in the Windy City Times interview with Laiacona: that he formerly wrote a column under the pen name "Jack Rinella" for Gay Chicago magazine. Capitol Fax publisher Rich Miller called my attention to a brief article from the Windy City Times in June noting: "Laiaconabwho wrote the column "Leather Views" for Gay Chicago magazine for many years under the name Jack Rinella...is also on the board of directors of the Leather Leadership Conference, Inc." ... To read the rest of this article, go to: http://blogs.chicagotribune.com/news_columnists_ezorn/2009/10/on-second-thought.html "Rep. Deb Mell May Be Off Re-election Ballot" Chicago Tribune Another big piece of bad news is hitting Chicago's Mell/Blagojevich political clan. Northwest…
National Coalition for Sexual Freedom Media Update Digest October 28, 2009 1. In Defense of Extreme Pornography 2. Highlighting the blight of porn 3. New Swingers Club Raising Questions 4. Professor's lawsuit alleges cover-up, retaliation NCSF Media Updates represent a sampling of recent stories printed in US newspapers, magazines, and selected websites containing significant mention of BDSM-leather-fetish, polyamory, or swing issues and topics. These stories may be positive, negative, accurate, inaccurate b or anywhere in between. NCSF publishes the Updates to provide readers a comprehensive look at what media outlets are writing about these topics. NCSF permits and encourages readers to forward these Updates where appropriate. "In Defense of Extreme Pornography" Reason Online Los Angeles, CA Had Zicari and Romano stuck to just rape and murder, with some R-rated nudity to complement artful scenes of mutilation and dismemberment, as Hollywood does in movies like Hostel and House of 1000 Corpses, they couldbve avoided a lot of trouble. Likewise, had they focused on hardcore sex and kept the violence and puke out of it. Unfortunately, Romano and Zicari had the audacity to mix genres of entertainment that, while permissible on their own, are apparently not allowed to be combined. And thus they managed to achieve what not even John Waters ever accomplished: They were sent to prison for having bad taste. ... To read the rest of this article, go to: http://sitemail.hostway.com/sitemail/parse.php?redirect=http%3A%2F%2Freason.com%2Farchives%2F2009%2F10%2F27%2Fin-defense-of-extreme-porn "Highlighting the Blight of Porn" One News Now Tupelo, MS "[S]pecifically to get federal and state obscenity laws enforced," he states. "The white ribbon is intended to be a symbol of community standards of decency ... To read the rest of this article, go to: http://sitemail.hostway.com/sitemail/parse.php?redirect=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.onenewsnow.com%2FCulture%2FDefault.aspx%3Fid%3D739554 New Swingers Club Raising Questions WKRC TV Cincinnati, OH That business is a swingers club, an operation where people pay a fee to join and then can swap partners for sex. Local 12's Rich Jaffe joins us now with a ... To read the rest of this article, go to: http://sitemail.hostway.com/sitemail/parse.php?redirect=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.local12.com%2Fmostpopular%2Fstory%2FNew-Swingers-Club-Raising-Questions%2F6nq-scfzJE6GExFnoRZHgQ.cspx Professor's lawsuit alleges cover-up, retaliation KOB.com Albuquerque, NM Chavez posed on a sadomasochism website as "Mistress Jade" in sexually suggestive photos with at least one of her graduate students. ... To read the rest of this article go to: http://sitemail.hostway.com/sitemail/parse.php?redirect=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.kob.com%2Farticle%2Fstories%2FS1200035.shtml%3Fcat%3D504
National Coalition for Sexual Freedom -- Media Update DigestOctober 16, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Supreme Court To Hear Case About 'Sex Slave' Website2. Top Court To Review S&M Sex Trafficking Case3. Body Painting's Out, But Swingers Can Still "Swing" At Upstate Hotel4. "Swingers" Convention Coming To Grand Island5. Swingers Meet In The Southern Tier6. Swingers Convention Follows Town Codes7. Grand Island Holiday Inn Books Swingers Convention8. Swingers Go Wild For Bill Plympton9. Lytton: Sexual Lifestyles Deserve Respect To read NCSF Media Updates on a daily basis, visit our blog at: http://ncsf.wordpress.com NCSF Media Updates represent a sampling of recent stories printed in US newspapers, magazines, and selected websites containing significant mention of BDSM-leather-fetish, polyamory, or swing issues and topics. These stories may be positive, negative, accurate, inaccurate b or anywhere in between. NCSF publishes the Updates to provide readers a comprehensive look at what media outlets are writing about these topics. NCSF permits and encourages readers to forward these Updates where appropriate.SUPREME COURT TO HEAR CASE ABOUT 'SEX SLAVE' WEBSITECNN.com - Washington DCThe Supreme Court will delve into the shadowy world of sadomasochism next year as it looks into the case of a sex trafficker, known as the "S&M Svengali," whose criminal conviction had been set aside. ...To read this article, go to:http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/10/13/scotus.sex.trafficking/index.html TOP COURT TO REVIEW S&M SEX TRAFFICKING CASELeagle, Inc.During these visits, Marcus engaged in BDSM activities with Jodi and Joanna, and sometimes other women. These activities included branding Jodi, ...To read this article, go to:http://www.leagle.com/unsecure/news.do?feed=yellowbrix&storyid=1000038234BODY PAINTING'S OUT, BUT SWINGERS CAN STILL "SWING" AT UPSTATE HOTELUSA TodayThe Holiday Inn hotel in Grand Island, NY, became the center of controversy this week after residents learned that it's hosting a swingers convention this ...To read this article, go to:http://content.usatoday.com/communities/hotelcheckin/post/2009/10/68501081/1"SWINGERS" CONVENTION COMING TO GRAND ISLANDWGRZ-TV b Buffalo, NYMany residents on Grand Island are upset after learning a swingers convention will take place this weekend at a local hotel. The "Entice the Falls" event ...To see this video, go to:http://www.wgrz.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=70986&catid=13SWINGERS MEET IN THE SOUTHERN TIERWIVB - Grand Island, NY There's a lot of outrage in a small southern tier community where a veterans post is doubling as a hangout for swingers. It's a very controversial lifestyle ...To read this article, go to: http://www.wivb.com/dpp/search/Swingers_meet_in_the_southern_tier_20080221SWINGERS CONVENTION FOLLOWS TOWN CODESWIVB - Grand Island, NYThere's a greater effort Wednesday night to stop a swingers convention from coming to a Grand Island hotel. ...To read this article, go to:http://www.wivb.com/dpp/news/offbeat/Neighbors_fight_swingers_convention_20091014GRAND ISLAND…
National Coalition for Sexual Freedom -- Media Update DigestOctober 8, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . City spanks Power Exchange 2. Sex club spanked with lawsuit from patron injured during bondage play3. The Student Sex Column Movement4. Councilmembers hear community outrage over Eagle raid5. Social group visits board To read NCSF Media Updates on a daily basis, visit our blog at: http://ncsf.wordpress.comNCSF Media Updates represent a sampling of recent stories printed in US newspapers, magazines, and selected websites containing significant mention of SM-leather-fetish, polyamory, or swing issues and topics. These stories may be positive, negative, accurate, inaccurate or anywhere in between. NCSF publishes the Updates to provide readers a comprehensive look at what media outlets are writing about these topics. NCSF permits and encourages readers to forward these Updates where appropriate.CITY SPANKS POWER EXCHANGESan Francisco Bay Guardian , San Francisco, CA Power Exchange isn't just a venerable sex club, it's a popular gathering place for the transgender and BDSM communities and a hub for unfettered sexual fun ...To read this article, go to: http://www.sfbg.com/entry.phpentry_id=9253&catid=&volume_id=452&issue_id=453&volume_num=44&issue_num=01SEX CLUB SPANKED WITH LAWSUIT FROM PATRON INJURED DURING BONDAGE PLAYSF Weekly b San Francisco, CA A devotee of San Francisco's BDSM scene, Nevraumont was attending the Power Exchange sex club, then located on Otis Street; her male companion had strung ...To read this article, go to: http://www.sfweekly.com/2009-10-07/news/sex-club-spanked-with-lawsuit-from-patron-injured-during-bondage-play/THE STUDENT SEX COLUMN MOVEMENTThe Nation :New York, NY They can decide to thoughtfully address taboo topics like BDSM, fetishism and orgies, as Virginia Dalloway did in her Free Press column, ...To read this article go to: http://www.thenation.com/doc/20091012/dibrancoCOUNCILMEMBERS HEAR COMMUNITY OUTRAGE OVER EAGLE RAIDCreative Loafingby Thomas Wheatley Members of Atlanta's gay community came to City Hall Tuesday afternoon to voice outrage over and demand answers about the controversial Sept. 10 police raid at the Atlanta Eagle ...To read this article, go to: http://blogs.creativeloafing.com/freshloaf/2009/09/16/councilmembers-hear-community-outrage-over-atlanta-eagle-raidSOCIAL GROUP VISITS BOARDGlens Falls Post-StarBy Dayelin Roman Thurman.   After the leader of a so-called swingers club said club members are normal people, residents at Tuesday night's Town Board ...To read this article, go to: http://www.poststar.com/articles/2009/09/15/news/local/doc4ab055cbcf4f2839161663.txtTHE BIG MEETING IN THURMANGlens Falls Post-Star Thurman Supervisor Red Pitkin paid me a visit this week and invited me to attend Tuesday night's town board meeting. I was happy to oblige. ...To read this article, go to: http://www.poststar.com/blogs/?p=30964&cat=49###National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF)The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom is committed to creating a political, legal, and social environment in the United States that advances the equal…
1. Swiss court jails lover for murder of banker2. Exclusive: South Africa joins leather nation3. A kinky conference4. Bruce Willis Goes S&M With New Wife5. Kids attend prom from 'sexual hell' National Coalition for Sexual Freedom -- Media UpdateJune 21, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Swiss court jails lover for murder of banker2. Exclusive: South Africa joins leather nation3. A kinky conference4. Bruce Willis Goes S&M With New Wife5. Kids attend prom from 'sexual hell'NCSF Media Updates represent a sampling of recent stories printed in USnewspapers, magazines, and selected websites containing significantmention of SM-leather-fetish, polyamory, or swing issues and topics.These stories may be positive, negative, accurate, inaccurate - oranywhere in between.NCSF publishes the Updates to provide readers a comprehensive look at whatmedia outlets are writing about these topics. NCSF permits and encouragesreaders to forward these Updates where appropriate.Swiss court jails lover for murder of bankerby staff writerAFP (news service)June 18, 2009A Swiss court on Thursday sentenced the lover of a prominent French bankerto eight years and six months in jail for killing her partner during alatex clad sado-masochistic sex session.Cecile Brossard had faced a jail term of up to 20 years after she wasfound guilty on Wednesday of murdering 50-year-old high society figureEdouard Stern, a golden boy of the French financial world.But defence lawyers said after the high court announced the sentence thatBrossard could leave prison by the end of 2010 thanks to eventualremission.The jury said that it had taken account of Brossard's psychologicallyfrail personality and the "profound regret" she expressed during thetrial, which exposed a lurid, mutually manipulative and turbulentrelationship.She had pleaded guilty to killing Stern, whose circle of friends includednow-President Nicolas Sarkozy, during one of their passionate encountersat his flat on February 28, 2005.Stern's corpse was found the day after he was killed, dressed in afull-body latex suit with two bullet holes in his head and another two inhis torso.The court ordered the destruction of the weapon, photographs taken duringthe investigation as well as all the "accessories" and the latex suit thattransformed the story.The week-long trial made international headlines thanks to its headycocktail of sex, power and money.Geneva's chief prosecutor, Daniel Zappelli, had asked for an 11-year jailterm.But Brossard's defence team sought a "compassionate sentence" that wouldhave allowed her to leave prison swiftly after four years already spentbehind bars.While calling her crime "particularly cowardly," the 12 jurorsacknowledged the "tumultuous" nature of the relationship and Stern's"humiliating, harassing and occasionally cruel" behaviour.Yet, only the…
1. Real estate agents file $6-million suit over 'CSI' episode 2. Event Offers Sex Info, Activities, Free Condoms3. How Rough Is Too Rough Between the Sheets?4. Beyond Vanilla Sex5. Outside the bedroom, BDSM practitioners can't take punishment National Coalition for Sexual Freedom -- Media UpdateMay 24, 2009www.ncsfreedom.orgmedia@ncsfreedom.orgNCSF Media Updates represent a sampling of recent stories printed in US newspapers, magazines, and selected websites containing significant mention of SM-leather-fetish, polyamory, or swing issues and topics.These stories may be positive, negative, accurate, inaccurate - or anywhere in between.NCSF publishes the Updates to provide readers a comprehensive look at what media outlets are writing about these topics. NCSF permits and encourages readers to forward these Updates where appropriate.Real estate agents file $6-million suit over 'CSI' episodeby Harriet RyanThe Los Angeles Times (CA)May 23, 2009When married real estate agents Scott and Melinda Tamkin read about an episode of the hit crime drama "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" that featured dirty-dealing, S&M-loving real estate agents named Scott and Melinda Tamkin, they didn't need to consult a forensic expert for an explanation.A house sale involving the Tamkins and a "CSI" producer had fallen apart four years before, and the producer was listed, in the same online description, as the co-writer of the episode.On Friday the Tamkins filed a $6-million defamation and invasion of privacy suit against the producer, Sarah Goldfinger, saying she humiliated them and cost them potential business "by creating from whole cloth characters engaged in a reckless lifestyle of sexual bondage, pornography, drunkenness, marital discord, depression, financial straits and possibly even murder."The couple contacted CBS after Scott Tamkin did an Internet search for his name and discovered the "CSI" episode descriptions. The network tried to remove some of the postings, including pages where references to kinky sex ascribed to the fictional couple linked to pornography sites, said the Tamkins' lawyer, Anthony Glassman.[continued]To read this entire article, go to:http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-ct-csi-realtors23-2009may23,0,964767.storyTo respond, write to: the author at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or theeditors at letters@latimes.comEvent Offers Sex Info, Activities, Free Condomsby Jordanne PascualThe Daily Nexus (University of California, Santa Barbara)May 21, 2009Dildos, vibrators, whips and handcuffs adorned the Student Resource Building lawn yesterday for the annual UCSB Sex Affair, which cautions students against unhealthy sexual practices.Reaching its climax only once a year, the annual event is put on by Sex and Relationship Peer Health Interns to provide students with information on sexual health. Topics up for discussion ranged from available birth…
1. Wanna Race?2. U.S. Postal Services Refuses to Mail Anchor Bay "Look" Postcards3. San Francisco hosts celebration of kink4. Kink, taboos & fetishes, Oh my!5. 'Superman' wasn't Shuster's only comic, book reveals National Coalition for Sexual Freedom -- Media UpdateApril 16, 2009www.ncsfreedom.orgmedia@ncsfreedom.orgNCSF Media Updates represent a sampling of recent stories printed in USnewspapers, magazines, and selected websites containing significantmention of SM-leather-fetish, polyamory, or swing issues and topics.These stories may be positive, negative, accurate, inaccurate - oranywhere in between.NCSF publishes the Updates to provide readers a comprehensive look at whatmedia outlets are writing about these topics. NCSF permits and encouragesreaders to forward these Updates where appropriate.Wanna Race?by Mistress Matisse (via opinion column "Control Tower")The Stranger (Seattle, WA)April 7, 2009There are taboos in kink - and then there are taboos in kink. You want tomake kinky people unhappy? Be a white dominant with a black submissive anduse the word "nigger" in your BDSM scene. The edgiest pervert in town willbe 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 inrace-play scenes, but I have firmly declined. I'm perfectly comfortablebeing a bitchy sadist, but to pretend to be superior to someone of colorjust because I'm white? Utter hateful racist epithets or hold a mock slaveauction? 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 anAfrican-American writer, performer, and BDSM educator. She's also asubmissive who does BDSM race-play scenes, and she's challenging BDSMpeople 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 haveto know why you want to do this play. If you, as a white person, areovereager in approaching me with your fantasy of domination andoppression, my hackles go up. As the person taking the hit, I need to feelin control of the process up until I relinquish control... Those who donot know why they want this scene, who want 'payback,' who have deephatred - I see them as very risky partners in a race-play scene. Opencommunication, plenty of negotiation, and lots of aftercare areessential."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 aroundtaboos, pain, and triumphing over adversity. If you think that doesn't sumup…
1. LLAMA SUTRA: BDSM, Roommate Crush2. Sunrise Prostitution Sting Details Emerge3. Absolute Domination: Mistress Absolute Whips Through L.A.4. Whip Smart5. Attorney for Lynn 'dominatrix' lashes out National Coalition for Sexual Freedom -- Media UpdateMarch 5, 2009www.ncsfreedom.orgmedia@ncsfreedom.orgNCSF Media Updates represent a sampling of recent stories printed in USnewspapers, magazines, and selected websites containing significantmention of SM-leather-fetish, polyamory, or swing issues and topics.These stories may be positive, negative, accurate, inaccurate - oranywhere in between.NCSF publishes the Updates to provide readers a comprehensive look at whatmedia outlets are writing about these topics. NCSF permits and encouragesreaders to forward these Updates where appropriate.LLAMA SUTRA: BDSM, Roommate Crushby Dan Copulsky and Kat CorcoranThe Llama Ledger (Bard College at Simon's Rock, Great Barrington, MA)March 4, 2009[A] BDSM, often distinguished from "vanilla sex", is triple acronym thatstands for Bondage and Discipline, Dominance and Submission, and Sadismand Masochism. It is an umbrella term that includes a wide variety ofsexual activities that often overlap and can be practiced with a widerange of intensity, some of which may be erotized rather than overtlysexual. These activities usually take place within a defined "scene".Bondage is the use of tying up, handcuffs, or other restraints. Disciplineis the use of rules and punishment, which can include physical pain,humiliation, or loss of privileges. Dominance and submission is thecontrol of one party over another. Sadism is gratification from inflictingpain or humiliation. Masochism is gratification from receiving pain orhumiliation.BDSM usually involves unequal roles. Typically, those who are active andin control are known as dominants, doms, tops, or masters and those whoare passive and controlled are known as submissives, subs, bottoms, orslaves. Those who may take on both these roles are known as switches.To keep activities safe, participants in BDSM use pre-negotiation ofscenes, safewords, and heightened knowledge of the body's and mind'slimits. Many measure activities against the yardstick of "Safe, Sane, andConsensual" (SSC). Others hold a more permissive idea of "Risk-AwareConsensual Kink" (RACK), believing that anything done between fullyinformed consenting adults is acceptable.[continued]To read this entire article, click here.To respond, write to the authors at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or theeditors at news@llamaledger.comSunrise Prostitution Sting Details Emerge:Police Report Finding Sex Toys, Whips Chains, And A Human Cageby Carey CoddWFOR-TV (Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Fl)February 27, 2009SUNRISE (CBS4) -- A month after CBS4 cameras watched Sunrise police bustan alleged house of prostitution, we are learning the lurid details of thesex acts that allegedly took place there.The report details whipping and bondage and lists a…
1. Man of Steel, Woman of Bondage2. At Pasco Clothing-Optional Resort, Hers Is A Well-Known Face3. Recession romance, bondage bonding and addressing one's ass4. N. Woodmere man in federal sex case out on bail5. Appleton man faces sex charges 6. Establishment Owners Repond to Protesters National Coalition for Sexual Freedom -- Media UpdateJanuary 13, 2009www.ncsfreedom.orgmedia@ncsfreedom.orgNCSF Media Updates represent a sampling of recent stories printed in US newspapers, magazines, and selected websites containing significant mention of SM-leather-fetish, polyamory, or swing issues and topics.These stories may be positive, negative, accurate, inaccurate - or anywhere in between.NCSF publishes the Updates to provide readers a comprehensive look at what media outlets are writing about these topics. NCSF permits and encourages readers to forward these Updates where appropriate.Man of Steel, Woman of Bondageby Graeme McMillanio9.comJanuary 12, 2009It's not looking good for the Man of Steel. [Here] comes news of a book that unveils his sordid fetish life, as chronicled by his creator.The book in question is called Secret Identity: The Fetish Art of Superman's Co-Creator Joe Shuster, and it's part of ComicArts, the new graphic novel imprint from publisher Harry N. Abrams. Centering around Superman co-creator Shuster's relatively unknown 1950s sideline at illustrator for S&M magazine Nights of Horror, the heavily-illustrated book is sure to make you think twice about what Superman does when he's not saving the world.Charles Kochman, Executive Editor of the imprint, explains:"They are undoubtedly the work of Joe Shuster, but nobody connected the dots at the time to say this looks like Superman, or Lois Lane, or Jimmy Olsen, or Lex Luthor... The material was banned by the U.S. Supreme Court, and although the publisher and the printer both went to jail, nobody came after Shuster because somehow they never made the connection to Superman or to Shuster as the artist... Also involved were a group of neo-Nazi thugs called the Brooklyn Thrill Killers, who whipped innocent women and set fire to vagrants and murdered them. These kids were interviewed by [anti-comics crusader Dr. Frederic] Wertham when 'Nights of Horror' magazines were cited as inspiration for their crimes. The whole story and the art are revealed here by Craig Yoe for the first time. This is going be an amazing book. If you like Lois Lane, wait until you see someone who appears to be her whipping a man who looks very much like Clark Kent"![continued][editor's note: article contains illustrations that…
1. An Interview With A Real Life NYU Dominatrix 2. Modern Sex: Power-Play 1013. Bloggers Strike Back over KOMO's Sexphobic Smear4. Behave! Toeing the legal line with a dominatrix5. Rape or consent to sex? National Coalition for Sexual Freedom -- Media  UpdateDecember 1, 2008www.ncsfreedom.orgmedia@ncsfreedom.orgNCSF Media Updates represent a sampling of recent stories printed in US newspapers, magazines, and selected websites containing significant mention of SM-leather-fetish, polyamory, or swing issues and topics.These stories may be positive, negative, accurate, inaccurate - or anywhere in between.NCSF publishes the Updates to provide readers a comprehensive look at what media outlets are writing about these topics. NCSF permits and encourages readers to forward these Updates where appropriate.An Interview With A Real Life NYU Dominatrixby Jessica RoyNYU Local (NY)December 1, 2008Some people spend hours at shitty work-study jobs pretending to look busy while actually browsing Facebook, but one NYU student - who goes by the name Mistress Ava - wears leather, humiliates people and gets paid for it. Here's what she had to say about working as a dominatrix this summer.JESSICA: What made you decide to work as a dominatrix?AVA: I've always considered myself sexually open and so when, several summers ago, I found myself living with a seemingly normal girl who worked in this line of business, I was quick to become fascinated. I asked a lot of questions and wasn't freaked out by any of it and thus my curiosity was piqued. When I came back to NYC, I started making a few bucks here and there off Craigslist and when classes ended and I was without a job, I made the decision to apply to dungeons and make it official.J: How easy was it to break into the business?A: It was rather easy because I fit the role, but emotionally it was incredibly taxing. First I had to be sure that, with every possible tool of the trade suddenly at my whim, I was really comfortable with what could possibly happen and then, when I started and I was actually okay with it, I had to really look into myself and figure out what the hell was wrong with me that I wasn't freaked out. Sure, I got a great job right away, but it wasn't easy on my demeanor.J: What kind of things did your job entail?A: One of the first things I did was sit down and write out my bio…
1. Etiquette, Bigotry, and Fetish Modeling 2. Duncanville police arrest third person in Cherry Pit case 3. Pick your pleasure 4. Seminar To Whip Out S&M Truths National Coalition for Sexual Freedom -- Media Update November 18, 2008 www.ncsfreedom.org This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it NCSF Media Updates represent a sampling of recent stories printed in US newspapers, magazines, and selected websites containing significant mention of SM-leather-fetish, polyamory, or swing issues and topics. These stories may be positive, negative, accurate, inaccurate - or anywhere in between. NCSF publishes the Updates to provide readers a comprehensive look at what media outlets are writing about these topics. NCSF permits and encourages readers to forward these Updates where appropriate. Etiquette, Bigotry, and Fetish Modeling by Dan Savage syndicated column (via East Bay Express, CA) November 19, 2008 [Q.] For the past year, I've been a submissive in a D/s relationship with my boyfriend. I love him VERY much, and he is more respectful toward me than any other man I've been with. Lately, we've been toying with the idea of creating a fetish-modeling web site. I do not want to be shot nude or have sex on camera, but I LOVE the idea of bondage photos and pursuing this as a career, and so does he. From the photos I've done so far, I'm pretty sure this could pay off AND be more personally satisfying than a job at a newspaper. But I'm nervous about what my family and friends will say. [A.] Journalism or fetish modeling, journalism or fetish modeling ,gee, which career is right for you? If you bothered to read newspapers you would know that times are tough at daily newspapers. The Internet ate their business model, and right now, it's all layoffs and buyouts all the time. If you care so little about journalism that you're tempted to make a career of posting bondage pictures to a web site instead, KC, then don't go into journalism. Leave the few jobs that remain at newspapers to people who have some passion for the field. So it's fetish modeling for you, right? Not so fast, kinkster. Porn companies, large and small, are experiencing similar financial difficulties. Just as many people are willing to write for free online, many millions of people are willing to post everything from "tasteful" fetish shots to hardcore porn online for free. So while there may be a handful of people out…
1. First Person: Open (-Minded) Relationships 2. Hey Buckle Down! It's Time to Learn About K.C.'s Leather Community 3. An Adult Haunted House 4. Officials say it's no church 5. Suspected sex club no 'church,' board rules 6. Fircrest man's sex conviction overturned 7. Papers show Duncanville swingers' club organized, profitable NCSF Media Updates represent a sampling of recent stories printed in US newspapers, magazines, and selected websites containing significant mention of SM-leather-fetish, polyamory, or swing issues and topics.These stories may be positive, negative, accurate, inaccurate - or anywhere in between.NCSF publishes the Updates to provide readers a comprehensive look at what media outlets are writing about these topics. NCSF permits and encourages readers to forward these Updates where appropriate.First Person: Open (-Minded) Relationshipsby Madalene MandapThe Synapse (University of California, San Francisco)October 20, 2008As we first-years settle into our new lives here, I take a look around. Many of us come from diverse backgrounds and locales, even as far as the exotic lands of Southern California. A transplant myself, I've been getting comfortable testing the waters of this new city, resurrecting cold-weather clothes I haven't seen in years. Along with these necessities, many of us have managed to squeeze into the U-Haul the added load of relationships. Judging from my fellow classmates (with the help of Facebook relationship statuses), many are already "taken". Starting professional school and moving into The City is stressful enough. Throw in a significant other into the mix, and you've quite possibly got your work cut out for you.As for me, I don't do well with LDRs, and neither does my significant other. We knew this going into our relationship earlier this summer. In fact, we embraced the idea that, come September, I would leave, and that would be that. It was a way to keep things light-hearted and casual. No pressure to take things to the next level. But life, with its devilish sense of humor, decided to reveal how compatible and head-over-heels we were for each other. At summer's inevitable end, we were faced with a decision neither of us wanted to make: Break up or brave an LDR. Moving to be together was not an option. There was, however, another alternative - one I had never considered before."What about an open relationship?" posed my significant other.I only had a vague understanding of what this was, and "swinger" came to mind. Upon further inquiry,…
1. Binding Arbitration: S&M Gals Dig In Their Heels with Union Bid 2. 'The Lifestyle' -- The world or couples who swing 3. Police again arrest owners of Cherry Pit 4. St. Paul Man Charged with Murder in Kinky Sex Act 5. Thousands attend kinky San Fran festival 6. S.F. kinky naked romp a spanking success 7. Puppy play 8. Kink dreams 9. Swingtown National Coalition for Sexual Freedom -- Media Update October 6, 2008 www.ncsfreedom.org This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it       NCSF Media Updates represent a sampling of recent stories printed in US newspapers, magazines, and selected websites containing significant mention of SM-leather-fetish, polyamory, or swing issues and topics. These stories may be positive, negative, accurate, inaccurate - or anywhere in between. NCSF publishes the Updates to provide readers a comprehensive look at what media outlets are writing about these topics. NCSF permits and encourages readers to forward these Updates where appropriate. #### Binding Arbitration S&M Gals Dig In Their Heels With Union Bid by Rebecca Rosenberg The New York Post (NY) October 6, 2008 New York's dominatrixes have been getting spanked by the economy recently - and now, they're lashing back. Already reeling from a series of local prostitution raids, dommes have also had to grapple with disobedient clients who can't afford to pay for their punishments. To address the double-whammy hitting their industry, many of them want to form a political-action committee and union to represent their interests. "It's never been worse. Business is down 70 percent," said Mistress Johanna, owner of Chelsea's Le Salon DeSade. "We've had all these busts, and now the economy is out of control. The uncertainty is torturing us." On Thursday, 10 dominatrixes at DeSade were dressed to the hilt - in red corsets, latex minis and thigh-high boots - with no one to flog. On what used to be one of the house's busiest nights, only two customers came in, and the phone barely rang. The few clients who still trickle in have scaled back their sessions. Most houses on Dungeon Alley, the cluster of S&M clubs in Midtown, complain of similar woes. Mistresses say the economic downturn and recent spat of busts - namely of Rapture NYC, Rebecca's Hidden Chamber and Avalon - has created an atmosphere of fear and panic. More than a dozen dominatrixes and dungeon owners have retained John Campbell, partner of the Tilem and Campbell law firm. "This…
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SM Related Legal Research Resources

SM Related Legal Research Resources

  • Conducting SM Related Legal Research

    It is extremely important for members of NCSF constituent communities to understand the laws that may affect us.  Overview The law is interpreted – sometimes to our favor, and sometimes not. For example, while the NCSF firmly believes that consensual SM activity between adults is legal, there are those that have a differing opinion and will intentionally interpret the law in an unfavorable way. Therefore, it is extremely important for the SM-Leather-Fetish communities to have an understanding of the laws that may affect us. Knowing relevant laws will greatly assist our communities in safely organizing and maintaining SM-Leather-Fetish activities and functions. There are numerous laws, ordinances, and regulations at all levels of government - federal, state, regional, county and city. It's not easy to locate all of the laws that may affect us, but it's very important. You should make every attempt to thoroughly research your laws if your activities may come under the scrutiny of law enforcement or local authorities. In addition, NCSF recommends that thorough legal research should include consultation with a knowledgeable…






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Jovanovic Case (Consent)

Jovanovic Case (Consent)

  • Affidavit of Susan Wright in Response to Affirmation in opposition to motion to file

    Affidavit of Susan Wright in Response to Affirmation in Opposition to Motion to File a Memorandum of Law Amicus Curiae   N.Y. Co. Ind. No 10938/96 Cal. No. 98-10474   1. I, Susan Wright, am the Executive Director of the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) .   2. I write this affidavit in response to the DA's Brief in Opposition to the NCSF request to file an Amicus Curia…






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  • Affirmation of Michael Thomas Fois in response to opposition to motion to file

    SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK APPELLATE DIVISION: FIRST DEPARTMENT -----------------------------------------------------------------------X THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, Indictment No. Plaintiff-Respondent, 10938/96 -against-   OLIVER JOVANOVIC, Defendant-Appellant. -----------------------------------------------------------------------X   AFFIRMATION OF MICHAEL THOMAS FOIS IN RESPONSE TO OPPOSITION OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY TO MOTION TO FILE A MEMORANDUM OF LAW AMICUS CURIA Michael Thomas Fois, an attorney admitted to practice in front of this Court, affirms and…






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  • Affirmation in opposition to motion to file

    AFFIRMATION IN OPPOSITION TO MOTION TO FILE A -against- MEMORANDUM OF LAW   AMICUS CURIAE   SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK APPELLATE DIVISION: FIRST DEPARTMENT ------------------------------------------------------ THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK Respondent, AFFIRMATION IN OPPOSITION TO MOTION TO FILE A -against- MEMORANDUM OF LAW AMICUS CURIAE OLIVER JOVANOVIC, N.Y. Co. Ind. No. 10938/96 Defendant-Appellant. Cal. No. 98-10474 ------------------------------------------------------   MARK DWYER, an attorney duly…






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  • Memorandum of Law of Amicus Curiae, NCSF

    MEMORANDUM OF LAW OF AMICUS CURIAE  NATIONAL COALITION FOR SEXUAL FREEDOM  SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK APPELLATE DIVISION: FIRST DEPARTMENT ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------XTHE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, Indictment No. Plaintiff-Respondent, 10938/96-against- OLIVER JOVANOVIC, Defendant-Appellant.------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------X  MEMORANDUM OF LAW OF AMICUS CURIAE  NATIONAL COALITION FOR SEXUAL FREEDOM  PRELIMINARY STATEMENT   This brief is filed by the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom ("NCSF") as amicus curiae. Defendant Oliver Jovanovic…






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  • Affirmation of Michael Thomas Fois

    AFFIRMATION OF MICHAEL THOMAS FOIS   SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK APPELLATE DIVISION: FIRST DEPARTMENT ----------------------------------------------------------------------- x THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, Indictment No. Plaintiff-Respondent, 10938/96   -against-   OLIVER JOVANOVIC, Defendant-Appellant. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- x       AFFIRMATION OF MICHAEL THOMAS FOIS     Michael Thomas Fois, an attorney admitted to practice in front of this Court, affirms and states under penalty of perjury,…






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  • Notice of motion requesting leave to file memorandum of Law as Amicus Curiae

    NOTICE OF MOTION REQUESTING LEAVE TO FILE MEMORANDUM OF LAW AS AMICUS CURIAE   SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK APPELLATE DIVISION: FIRST DEPARTMENT -----------------------------------------------------------------------X THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, Indictment No. Plaintiff-Respondent, 10938/ -against-   OLIVER JOVANOVIC, Defendant-Appellant. -----------------------------------------------------------------------X   NOTICE OF MOTION REQUESTING LEAVE TO FILE MEMORANDUM OF LAW AS AMICUS CURIAE   Please take notice that, Upon the annexed Affirmation of Michael…






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Barbara Nitke Case (CDA)

Barbara Nitke Case (CDA)

  • CDA Expert Testimony in the Barbara Nitke Case

    UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK ------------------------------------------------------------------X BARBARA NITKE, THE NATIONAL COALITION FOR SEXUAL FREEDOM, and THE NATIONAL COALITION FOR SEXUAL FREEDOM FOUNDATION, Plaintiffs, -against- JOHN ASHCROFT, ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, and THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; Defendants. 01 Civ. 11476 (RMB) PLAINTIFFS' RESPONSES AND OBJECTIONS TO DEFENDANTS' FIRST SET OF INTERROGATORIES AND REQUEST FOR DOCUMENTS -------------------------------------------------------------------X   Plaintiffs Barbara Nitke ("Nitke") and…






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

    Govt Motion to Affirm Nitke 05-526 (pdf) (posted 3/2/06) NCSF Reply to Govt Motion to Affirm (doc) (posted 3/2/06)






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  • Justices Reject Photographer's Appeal

    The Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal yesterday from a New York photographer who said that a federal decency law violated her First Amendment rights to post explicit pictures of sadomasochism and bondage on the Web, The Associated Press reported. The justices affirmed a decision by a special three-judge federal panel upholding the Communications Decency Act of 1996, which made it a crime to post obscene materials on the…






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  • Supreme Court Affirms Lower Court's Ruling in Nitke Appeal Without Hearing Oral Arguments

    WASHINGTON, DC - The Supreme Court today denied an appeal by photographer Barbara Nitke and the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) in the case of Nitke v. Gonzalez. The appeal challenged the constitutionality of the Communications Decency Act on the grounds that the obscenity provision of the CDA is overbroad. Last year, a three-judge panel in New York's Southern District had dismissed Nitke's lawsuit, ruling that there was "insufficient…






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  • Supreme Court Decision in the Communications Decency Act (CDA)

      March 20, 2006 - Washington D.C. Today the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the Federal District Court's decision in Barbara Nitke and NCSF v. Alberto Gonzales, the challenge to the Communications Decency Act, #01 CIV 11476 (RMB). The Supreme Court has affirmed the lower court's decision without hearing oral arguments, sending a clear signal that the court will not protect free speech rights when it comes to sexually explicit materials.…






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  • Justices Pass on Internet Obscenity Case

    March 20,2006 | WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court turned back an appeal on Monday from a photographer who claimed a federal decency law violated her free-speech rights to post pictures of sadomasochistic sexual behavior on the Web. Justices affirmed a decision last year by a special three-judge federal panel upholding the 1996 law which makes it a crime to send obscenity over the Internet to children. The court could have…






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  • NCSF and Nitke vs. Gonzales Supreme Court Update

    March 3, 2006 - In documents filed with the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Justice Department did not contest NCSF's assertion that NCSF's Communications Decency Act challenge is properly before the Supreme Court on direct appeal. That is a big step forward because that means both sides agree that the Supreme Court should rule on the merits of NCSF and Barbara Nitke's case, and not on any procedural grounds. The…






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  • Communications Decency Act (CDA) Lawsuit

    July 26, 2005 - New York, NY - A three judge panel has made a decision in the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom and acclaimed photographer Barbara Nitke's challenge against the Communications Decency Act (CDA) which criminalizes free speech on the Internet. According to the court, the plaintiffs presented "insufficient evidence" to support findings that the variation in community standards is substantial enough that protected speech is inhibited by the…






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  • Expert Witness Reports Submitted in Nitke v. Ashcroft

    New York, December 18, 2003 - The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom has submitted expert witness reports for their landmark Communications Decency Act lawsuit, Nitke v. Ashcroft (Case No. 01 Civ. 11476). John Wirenius, attorney for plaintiffs NCSF and photographer Barbara Nitke, provided 31 expert witness reports and witnesses who will testify before the three-judge panel for the Southern District of New York.   The expert witness reports support the…






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Nea vs. Findlay Case

Nea vs. Findlay Case

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

    Govt Motion to Affirm Nitke 05-526 (pdf) (posted 3/2/06) NCSF Reply to Govt Motion to Affirm (doc) (posted 3/2/06)






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  • Case summary of Nea vs. Findlay

      Argued: March 31, 1998 Decided: June 25, 1998 Issue: Freedom of Speech -- Whether a law requiring the National Endowment for the Arts to consider "general standards of decency and respect for the diverse beliefs and values of the American public" before awarding grants to artistic projects is impermissibly viewpoint-based and unconstitutionally vague. Vote: 8-1; No, the law does not violate the First Amendment. Facts: In 1990, Congress amended…






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CDA Media Reports

CDA Media Reports

Media reports covering the Communications Decency Act lawsuit launched by co-plaintiffs NCSF and Barbara Nitke.

  • NEWSBYTES - December 19, 2001

    Net Obscenity Provisions Revocation Sought NEWSBYTES By David McGuire http://www.NEWSBYTES.com December 19, 2001, Washington, DC -- A small civil liberties group has asked a federal judge in New York to revoke what remains of an Internet pornography law that was gutted by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1997. In a complaint filed in a New York City Federal Court [http://www.USCourts.gov ] last week, the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom [https://ncsfreedom.org…






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  • San Francisco Bay Guardian - January 14, 2002

    Techsploitation By Annalee Newitz San Francisco Bay Guardian, January 14, 2002   HERE'S YET ANOTHER wacky fact you probably didn't know about the Communications Decency Act ole Bill Clinton signed into law way back in 1996: the good citizens of some small town in Arizona or southern California might have the power to send you to jail if they think the contents of your Web site are "obscene." The CDA…






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  • San Francisco Frontiers - January 23, 2002

    Communications Decency Act A Lingering Coup de Grace? By Tim Kingston   January 23, 2002   You may dimly recall the Communications Decency Act of 1996, which unsuccessfully attempted to define and proscribe "indecency" on the Internet. That law's legal core--its indecency provision--was immediately challenged and rapidly struck down as unconstitutional by free- and electronic-speech advocates. But, what many may not know is that another portion of the law, prohibiting…






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  • Ynot News - January 2, 2002

    Can David Beat Goliath in the Battle of Obscenity? Part 2   By Judd Handler   Ynot News, January 2, 2002   Last week's editorial featured an interview with John Wirenius, lead counsel for the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom and Barbara Nitke, an adult content photographer. Wirenius, on behalf of the NCSF and Nitke, filed a lawsuit on December 11 against Attorney General John Ashcroft seeking to overturn Internet…






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  • 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…






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  • 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.…






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  • 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…






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  • 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…






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  • 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…






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  • 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…






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  • 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…






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  • 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…






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

    Govt Motion to Affirm Nitke 05-526 (pdf) (posted 3/2/06) NCSF Reply to Govt Motion to Affirm (doc) (posted 3/2/06)






    Tags: Civil_Rights CDA

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