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Queensland drags heels on anal sex law changes

Queensland drags heels on anal sex law changes | Let's Get Sex Positive | Scoop.it

The Palaszczuk Government has taken more than six months to bring a discriminatory Queensland law that has stood on the law books since 1899 to the consultation phase, with any action likely to still be months away.


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Bans on Bondage and Spanking During Sex Could Be OK, Says Federal Court - Hit & Run : Reason.com

Bans on Bondage and Spanking During Sex Could Be OK, Says Federal Court - Hit & Run : Reason.com | Let's Get Sex Positive | Scoop.it
The Constitution "does not prohibit the regulation of BDSM conduct," according to a U.S. District Court.
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Phoenix Goddess Temple Proves Need For Sex Worker Solidarity

Phoenix Goddess Temple Proves Need For Sex Worker Solidarity | Let's Get Sex Positive | Scoop.it
"As long as the law can come for some of us, they can come for all of us."
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Creepy & Complex Sexual Discussions Regarding David Bowie

Creepy & Complex Sexual Discussions Regarding David Bowie | Let's Get Sex Positive | Scoop.it
It wasn’t until David Bowie passed that I heard about how he had slept with an underage girl.

At the age of 15, Lori Mattix was a self-described groupie in the 70s ~ a groupie who lost her virginity to David Bowie. Last November, in an interview at the Thrillist, the adult Mattix seemed fine about it. Even when Thrillist reporter Michael Kaplan pressed her about it, she seemed dreamily happy, gushing, “Who wouldn’t want to lose their virginity to David Bowie?”

Mattix’s stories of her groupie years, deflowering, and age have varied over the years ~ which is not stated here to cast doubt on her claims, but to point out that she clearly hasn’t viewed her sexual activities with Bowie (or others) to be rape or anything remotely close to it. But, as told in the Thrillist piece, Mattix was a minor and Bowie was not. So even with Mattix agreeing and desiring to have sex with Bowie, her age removes her legal ability to consent. This would make Bowie guilty, ethically if not legally, of statutory rape.

Yes, I know; we all took David Bowie’s death pretty hard. But I’m not posting this about Bowie per se…. I mean, sure, there are definitely implications and conversations we should be having regarding celebrities and abuse. And we do have some consumer power we can wield. But the real issues I am looking at in this conversation are the rights of young people to have any sexual autonomy, who decides who is victimized, and how autonomy and victimization impact one another.
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Ten Reasons to Fight for the Decriminalization of Sex Work

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Ten Reasons to Fight for the Decriminalization of Sex Work
This is a great resource however the first slide that implies trans people are a third gender category is cissexist, transphobic and...
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Ziggi Ivan Santini's curator insight, April 19, 2015 3:22 PM

There will always be a demand to purchase sex. Criminalization has never and will never eliminate this demand.

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Porn In The UK

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You've probably heard about the new acts of censorship that went into effect Tuesday (December 1, 2014) in the UK. Part of the pornocalypse, these latest porn regulations were made via an amendment...
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David Cameron, don't block porn, disrupt it (Wired UK)

David Cameron, don't block porn, disrupt it (Wired UK) | Let's Get Sex Positive | Scoop.it
Cindy Gallop, founder of Make Love Not Porn, on why David Cameron's approach to porn is misguided. We need to open up to solve the porn problem
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This Is The Way The War On Pornography Ends

This Is The Way The War On Pornography Ends | Let's Get Sex Positive | Scoop.it
The nation's leading anti-pornography organization believes "The resignation of Attorney General Holder can only give hope to those suffering the ravages of the pornography pandemic in America. Holder was all that stood between that pandemic and its destruction.” They are wrong.
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Decriminalizing Prostitution | Criminal Law

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Prostitution is illegal in 49 of the 50 states, Nevada being the sole exception. But, some people believe that paid sex is so entrenched in our society that the focus should not be prosecuting it, but rather keeping it clean and safe. Others argue that it’s impossible to strip prostitution of exploitation, harassment, and violence, and that outright prohibition is the only tenable approach.

Is Prostitution Any of the Government’s Business?

In 2003, the Supreme Court acknowledged an adult's right to engage in private, consensual sex, by ruling that adults have a constitutional right to engage in private, homosexual conduct if they so choose. (Lawrence v. Texas, 539 U.S. 558 (2003).)  Although the Supreme Court was careful to state that its ruling didn’t apply to prostitution, some argue that this ruling should be extended—that private, consensual sexual conduct should be allowed even where money changes hands.

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Woman sues Georgia city for requiring doctor’s prescription to buy a vibrator

Woman sues Georgia city for requiring doctor’s prescription to buy a vibrator | Let's Get Sex Positive | Scoop.it

Did you know that there are places in these here United States–land of the free and home of the brave–where it is actually illegal to purchase or sell vibrators or other sex toys? Like the entire state of Alabama and several municipalities elsewhere? And people still live there? I did, but I continue to be amazed. I understand this even less than I understand “dry counties.” What kind of sheer madness drives people to stand in opposition to orgasms?


One such place is Sandy Springs, Georgia, which prohibits the sale of vibrators without a doctor’s prescription. They are banned, except for “bona fide medical, scientific, educational, legislative, judicial or law enforcement purpose.” For serious. Can you just imagine having to ask your doctor to write you a prescription for a Hitachi Magic Wand? I cannot.


Melissa Davenport and her attorney Gerry Weber are...


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Sex Laws In America


Deep In The Heart Of Texas, Stupid Sex Toy Laws


Keep The Laws Out Of Our Bedrooms

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CONSENT and BDSM: The State of the Law

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BDSM activity, even where clearly consensual, can be and frequently is prosecuted under state criminal laws dealing with assault, aggravated assault, sexual assault or sexual abuse. Such criminal prosecution can arise in various circumstances, including

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Virginia Bill to Decriminalize Sex Outside of Marriage Stalls

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Virginia isn’t for all lovers.

An antiquated state law that makes it a crime to have sex outside of marriage remains on the books after an effort to decriminalize it failed to move out of a House subcommittee

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Joyous ruling for gay, lesbian New Mexicans

Joyous ruling for gay, lesbian  New Mexicans | Let's Get Sex Positive | Scoop.it

With that, these married persons will be able to sit at their partners' bedside during their final days and make medical decisions for them, officially share parenting, get federal benefits and enjoy the right of inheritance -- and many other things that straight couples take for granted.

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Utah Judge “Agrees with Scalia,” Strikes Down Gay Marriage Ban

Utah Judge “Agrees with Scalia,” Strikes Down Gay Marriage Ban | Let's Get Sex Positive | Scoop.it

Judge Shelby’s opinion remains a delightful read, primarily for its willingness to take Justice Antonin Scalia at face value. Shelby sprinkles his opinion with Scalia’s doomsday dissents from Lawrenceand Windsor, when the justice famously warned America that the rulings were mere Trojan horses for legalized nationwide same-sex marriage. To Scalia, these predictions were ominous and minatory: Fight back, the justice seemed to be saying, lest the terrible consequence of gay marriage blight our nation from coast to coast.

 

Judge Shelby has a similar reading of the court’s rulings in Lawrence and Windsor, though he casts it in a more positive light than Scalia’s dark prophecies. In fact, Shelby seems to be teasing Scalia at times in his opinion.

 


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Pete's curator insight, December 20, 2013 9:05 PM

I love this aspect of the judge's decision.  Justice Scalia must be fuming and frothing at the mouth today (even more the usual).

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MISTRESS APPEALS MARRIAGE WRECKING CASE AND WINS - The Voice Online (blog)

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MISTRESS APPEALS MARRIAGE WRECKING CASE AND WINS
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In a decision that sets a legal precedent the customary court of appeal has overturned a charge of marriage wrecking arguing that the cheating husband must share the blame.

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Sex, Lies and HIV: When What You Don’t Tell Your Partner Is a Crime

Sex, Lies and HIV: When What You Don’t Tell Your Partner Is a Crime | Let's Get Sex Positive | Scoop.it
People with HIV have been sentenced to years or even decades in prison for having sex without telling their partners they’re infected, even when they practiced safe sex.
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You're going to have to put all the disclosures in writing and have partners sign-off too soon I bet.

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The Merseyside Model–Why Crimes Against Prostitutes Are Hate Crimes

The Merseyside Model–Why Crimes Against Prostitutes Are Hate Crimes | Let's Get Sex Positive | Scoop.it

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Promoting Human Rights versus Promoting Prostitution

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People have always bought and sold sex, sometimes risking shame or punishment. But these days, simply helping a sex worker can have costly legal and financial consequences.

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Rhode Island Senate Republicans Unanimously Back Marriage Bill

Rhode Island Senate Republicans Unanimously Back Marriage Bill | Let's Get Sex Positive | Scoop.it

Today the Rhode Island Senate Republican Caucus announced its support for a bill that would grant marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples, becoming the first unanimous decision by a legislative caucus of either party in the nation to back marriage equality legislation. The State Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to approve the legislation later today.

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You read that right ~ the Right backed, not blocked, this!

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French lawmakers approve same-sex marriage bill

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French lawmakers voted to legalize same-sex marriage Tuesday, despite vocal protests from some conservatives opposed to the step.
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Litigation for Emancipation | Cult of Gracie

Litigation for Emancipation | Cult of Gracie | Let's Get Sex Positive | Scoop.it

Litigation for Emancipation is a GoFundMe project to raise enough funds to begin a federal court case proposed by Erotic Service Providers Legal, Education and Research Project (ESPLER). ESPLER’s legal battle aims to advance our sexual privacy rights by attacking the prostitution law of the state of California on the grounds that morality is not a basis for legislation.

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Gracie Passette's curator insight, April 22, 2013 5:42 PM

In the video, you'll hear from First Amendment and constitutional rights attorney H. Louis Sirkin about the legal issues and history of prostituion involved in this case.

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Arizona Bathroom Bill Reworked, But Still Discriminatory Against Transgender Individuals

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The new version of the bill would no longer make going to the "wrong" bathroom a criminal act, but it would allow business owners to tell transgender individuals "You can't go in there," in the words of the bill's sponsor.
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How common is 'The John Next Door'?

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While the media is replete with examples of "normal" men who seek out prostitutes regularly, how common are prostitute-seeking men and how much do they differ from men in the normal population? According to a new comparison study by Dr. Martin A. Monto, University of Portland, and Dr. Christine Milrod, only about 14% of men across the U.S. have ever paid for sex in their lives and only 1% of those men had done so in the previous year. In addition, the majority of these men do not possess any "peculiar" qualities that distinguish them from the normal population. The study was published in the SAGE journal International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology (IJO).

 

...Dr. Milrod discussed the implications of this finding, "Privileged men, such as our wealthier sample of review website clients, are generally not marginalized or threatened due to their sexual behavior. In contrast, customers associated with street prostitution are likely to have fewer financial and social resources and it could be argued that these men are explicitly targeted by law enforcement in marginalized areas or transitional neighborhoods. The emphasis on teaching about 'sex addiction' and 'healthy relationships' to arrested men further supports the notion that customers of street prostitutes are endowed with some form of psychopathology that needs reorientation toward more accepted forms of sexual relations. The focus on treatment fails to separate paying for sex and being psychologically impaired."

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Kansas Bill Would Protect Doctors Who Mislead Women About Their Pregnancies

Kansas Bill Would Protect Doctors Who Mislead Women About Their Pregnancies | Let's Get Sex Positive | Scoop.it

The Kansas Senate Judiciary Committee recommended a bill yesterday that would effectively allow doctors to lie or withhold information about debilitating genetic conditions or birth defects in order to influence women’s decisions about their pregnancies.

 

Kansas SB 142 provides blanket protection from “wrongful birth” lawsuits to doctors, with section 1(a) reading:

 

“No civil action may be commenced in any court for a claim of wrongful life or wrongful birth, and no damages may be recovered in any civil action for any physical condition of a minor that existed at the time of such minor’s birth if the damages sought arise out of a claim that a person’s action or omission contributed to such minor’s mother not obtaining an abortion.”

 

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Another example of bad anti-choice laws ~ and how some people (in the comments) are unaware of what is really going on in this country.

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BethBrown's comment, March 4, 2013 1:16 PM
This bill does not protect doctors who lie or misinform patients. We can't expect doctors to be able to identify and predict 100% of birth defects. If you aren't willing to take the child that nature gives you, then adopt one of the many already born children who needs a home and fits your idea of the perfect child.
Deanna Dahlsad's comment, March 5, 2013 12:32 AM
This bill is not about protecting doctors from the inability of science to see or identify birth defects; it fundamentally exists to pave the way to limit and restrict abortions. That is abundantly clear. And, should you be willing to accept facts, note that most women opting for abortions, including, but not limited to, those seeking to end pregnancies for a child with a birth defect -- those women do so not because they wish to defy nature or abhor it, but rather do so for the awareness that they cannot emotionally, physically, and (perhaps most painfully real) financially endure what they would be responsible for as a parent. These women know who would suffer the most in this society which abandons and judges so harshly -- the future child. AND, these people, despite their good judgement based on pragmatic self-awareness are the very same people who are least likely to be allowed to adopt in this country based on their soci-economic class. So your comments are both ill-informed and overly-simplistic.
Marilee Ritchie Hird's comment, March 5, 2013 10:05 AM
Exactly, Deanna.
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Condoms As Evidence

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In San Francisco and other cities across the US, possession of condoms, condom wrappers and conversations about safe sex are used as evidence against sex workers to justify arrest for prostitution and prostitution related charges.

 

The routine use of condoms as a tool to violate our basic human right to protect ourselves from HIV and sexually transmitted infections, as well as prevent unwanted pregnancies, is unjust and counter to sound public health.  The Human Rights Watch released a report chronicling this absurd practice in four cities:  New York, Washington DC, San Francisco and Los Angeles.


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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, February 22, 2013 9:38 PM

While primarily about the issue of sex work, the assumptions about condoms as moral negatives instead of health imperatives is dangerous to us all.

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