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Man up: The world of the 'drag king' - The Independent

Man up: The world of the 'drag king' - The Independent | Let's Get Sex Positive | Scoop.it
Man up: The world of the 'drag king' The Independent She's a drag king – a woman who performs masculinity – and she's been helping me find my alternative male persona, donning men's clothing, sticking hair on my face and socks down my pants, as...

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The Clitoris: Nature's Rubik's Cube

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Utah lawmakers kill sex-ed for parents bill

Utah lawmakers kill sex-ed for parents bill | Let's Get Sex Positive | Scoop.it
Amid laughter and joking, lawmakers crushed a bill Wednesday aimed at helping parents educate their children about sex. The House voted 16-50 against SB39, which would have required the state school board to develop and ...
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From Boudoir to Dudoir, Turnabout Is Fair Play | Sex~Kitten.net

From Boudoir to Dudoir, Turnabout Is Fair Play | Sex~Kitten.net | Let's Get Sex Positive | Scoop.it

The concept of women posing for sexy, but tasteful, boudoir photos has not only been around for ages... So it was just a matter of time before someone would seize this empowerment idea and capitalize on it for men.

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“We have the right not to b ‘rescued’...”: When Anti-Traffickin Programmes Undermine the Health an Well-Being of Sex Workers (pdf)

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movement emerging out of the United States. This U.S. based anti-trafficking movement works in partnership with domestic Indian anti-trafficking organisations to raid brothels to “rescue and rehabilitate”sex workers. Contrary to the purported goal of assisting women, theanti-trafficking projects that employ a raid, rescue, and rehabilitatemodel often undermine HIV projects at the local level, in turn causingharm to women and girls. We examine the experience of one peereducator in Sangli to demonstrate and highlight some of the negativeconsequences of these anti-trafficking efforts on HIV preventionprogrammes.
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The Trouble With Bondage: Why S&M Will Never Be Fully Accepted

The Trouble With Bondage: Why S&M Will Never Be Fully Accepted | Let's Get Sex Positive | Scoop.it

Is S&M going mainstream? ...

Political advocates for BDSM see themselves as successors to the gay rights movement. They citeLawrence v. Texas. They call themselves “sexual minorities” and depict kink as a “sexual orientation.” They seek “legitimacy” by bringing BDSM “into the mainstream eye.” They ask to be “accepted,” “validated,” and “normalized.” They wonder, according to the Times, whether “they are approaching a time when they, like the LGBT community before them, can come out and begin living more open, integrated lives.”

Don’t count on it.


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Could 'LGBT" Become 'GSD'? London Therapists Fight For More Inclusive Labels

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Could "LGBT" one day become "GSD"? A London-based advocacy group certainly hopes so.

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Kinkchester: Manchester bondage lovers forced to hit out against BDSM being dismissed as 'mental illness'

Kinkchester: Manchester bondage lovers forced to hit out against BDSM being dismissed as 'mental illness' | Let's Get Sex Positive | Scoop.it

Dominants, submissives and bondage obsessives, across Manchester have less than 24 hours to support a storm whipped up over the classification of their kinky bedroom habits as a mental illness.

 

An e-petition has been lodged against the Department of Health, arguing Bondage and Discipline, Dominance and Submission, or Sadism and Masochism (BDSM) is a sexuality, not a deficiency.

 

The International Classification of Diseases lists fetishism and sadomasochism as psychiatric illnesses, much to the chagrin of the BDSM community.

 

A late flurry of support from Manchester’s community of kinksters, usually referred to as ‘Kinkchester’, could be decisive – the BDSM scene here is second only to London’s in the UK.

 

BDSM has risen in prominence recently, with erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey – the fastest-selling paperback ever – heavily featuring submission and domination.

 

The exposure has made BDSM more acceptable than ever before, something organised ‘munches’ and kinky club nights held regularly across Manchester are testament to.

 

Munches refer to non-sexual social gatherings of BDSM fans – designed so more withdrawn people with exacting and unusual sexual tastes can meet like-minded individuals easily.

 

They began in California when some BDSM lovers met at a Santa Clara burger restaurant – leading the group to be called ‘burger munch’.

 

Manchester Munch – the oldest of its kind in Britain – turns 15 in February and meet on the second Saturday of each month at FAB Cafe in Portland Street.

 

They welcome interest from ‘general kinksters’ – of any gender, age, kink or sexual orientation – and their organiser, Cleric, is a self-confessed dominant BDSM enthusiast.

 

“I have set about making it the friendliest, most community-oriented kink event in the North West,” said Cleric.

 

“We pride ourselves on providing a warm welcome if you are new or a little nervous.”

 

They even have a ‘munch etiquette’, which demands participants do not treat meetings like play parties – BDSM orgies – and, somewhat cryptically, are ‘excellent to each other’.

 

Greater Manchester also boasts munches in Oldham, Rusholme and Bolton, with the latter’s next meeting set for January 20 at the Star and Garter pub.

 

Peter Rossi, who runs alternative group Manchester Spanko Munch, who mostly cater for sadomasochists, said: “Munches are a great way to meet like-minded people in a bar lounge environment.

 

“No play, just making new friends.”

 

Such gentle undertones do not reflect the entire BDSM community, however, which in Manchester alone has a sordid, sinister underbelly.

 

Firstly, and comparatively innocently, the club Alter Ego hosts frequent ‘lash’ nights, the next of which is this Friday.

 

That night has a Roman theme – and the lash team promise sexy slave girls, photographers to catch revellers in their ‘perverted finery’ and a ‘play’ area for people to create their own entertainment.

 

Meanwhile, a BDSM blogger, Flique the Switch, crudely asks in a post why Stockport has no organised munch as ‘surely enough pervs live there’.

 

A Manchester Munch twitter follower, Drew Heller, highlights the nasty side to BDSM with this self-description: “Sadist. Tea drinker. Has a penchant for sex, violence and armadillos. Fucktards and hypocrites fuck off.”

 

Users of Informed Consent – the UK’s chief BDSM forum – hardly come across as shy and retiring either.

 

A Manchester girl, Jessica Hexy Sub, reveals the submissive desires suggested in her name by saying she wants to be a ‘daddy’s little girl’.

 

Most sinisterly, the New Manchester Dungeon auctions off kinky, leather-clad women for online bondage lovers to salivate over, posting mobile numbers for people to ring for private appointments.

 

One available ‘mistress’, Salome Sin, lists among her favourite activities sissy slut training, puppy play, sploshing, spanking, humiliation and toilet training.

 

These latest BDSM practices – in particular those involving whips and restraints – stem from the gay leather movement which grew after the Second World War.

 

In the 1980s, the internet caused an explosion of interest in BDSM, with curious minds exposed to a more readily available, diverse and experimental porn industry.

 

Now, in this generation set to be synonymous with the Fifty Shades trilogy, BDSM is gaining more support.

 

Risqué high street retailer Ann Summers reported sales up 60 percent in Manchester last year, with their stocks of lingerie, erotic fancy dress and mainstream sex toys supplemented by whips, restraints, handcuffs and blindfolds.

 

Ebay also proves a kinkster’s paradise, stocking gags, penis rings and, most intriguingly, a £19.99 Fifty Shades start-up kit, which includes bondage rope, nipple teasers, jiggle balls, silver handcuffs and a red flogger.

 

The e-petition will close at 8am tomorrow morning. Were it to succeed, left-field carnal desires would acquire even more credibility.

 


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Walt Disney, Viacom and CBS Join Friend-of-the-Court Brief Opposing DOMA

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Walt Disney, Viacom and CBS are among the 278 companies and firms that joined an amici curiae brief asking the Supreme Court to overturn the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

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AIDS journal publishes findings of two important studies in March 2013 issue

AIDS journal publishes findings of two important studies in March 2013 issue | Let's Get Sex Positive | Scoop.it
The results of two important studies have been published in the March issue of AIDS, the official journal of the International AIDS Society.
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All-Inclusive Sex Ed: The Importance Of Learning About Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity At A Young Age

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I think it is important for school districts to implement sex education that addresses sexual orientation and gender identity starting in kindergarten.
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Kansas Bill Would Protect Doctors Who Mislead Women About Their Pregnancies

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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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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.
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Exactly, Deanna.
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Unethical, Cruel, and Likely Illegal: Anti-Choicers Make Family's Tragedy Public Without Their Consent

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Anti-choice activist Jill Stanek recently published online the name and photo of a woman who passed away following a late abortion at the Maryland clinic of Dr. Leroy Carhart. The name and picture of the woman, I’ll call her Marie, along with information about her job, marriage, and pregnancy were soon all over the internet.


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If we are going to be sex positive, we need to understand the realities ~ including just how far the fundamental extremists are willing to go. Please read the comments!

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BethBrown's comment, March 4, 2013 1:22 PM
I agree that it would have been more appropriate to protect the victom's privacy in this incident, but perhaps the thought was to put a real face on a tragedy that is happening in our country? I don't know Jill Stanek, but I respect her concern that women are dieing due to complications from abortions! We need to seriously consider regulations to the abortion providers that prevent this from happening again.
Marilee Ritchie Hird's comment, March 4, 2013 6:42 PM
That isn't really why she did it. And appropriate doesn't begin to cover it. What Jill Stanek did was, as the author said, immoral. I is beyond me how people who call themselves Christian can have so little compassion.
Deanna Dahlsad's comment, March 5, 2013 12:41 AM
The only concern Jill Stanek has regarding "the complications women have from abortions" is that she believes these women do not suffer enough. It's not just that she doesn't want women to have abortions (I think that's a prayer every person has), but Stanek works to create a world in which no woman would be allowed to have one. Removing choice isn't just removing our fundamental right under the United States Constitution, it isn't just a matter of socio-economic class (i.e. the wealthy go elsewhere to get them), but taking away Choice is to work towards the death of more women. The next time some pro-lifer goes to vote that platform, they should accept the fact that they are voting for more women to die.
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Rush Limbaugh Still Toxic For Advertisers One Year After Fluke Attacks

Rush Limbaugh Still Toxic For Advertisers One Year After Fluke Attacks | Let's Get Sex Positive | Scoop.it

RT @mmfa Rush Limbaugh is so toxic that he's damaging all of talk radio. They're losing *millions* in advertising.

 

When advertisers began fleeing from his program, Limbaugh dismissed the losses as akin to losing a "couple of French fries" and insisted that "nobody is losing any money here." This position seemed less tenable after Limbaugh employed the services of a crisis manager to handle the fallout, and the right-wing talker's protestations were proven false once financial reports started rolling in.

 

 

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Bombastic is as bombastic does.

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Sundays With The Christianists: Sex Education For Your Date With Jesus

Sundays With The Christianists: Sex Education For Your Date With Jesus | Let's Get Sex Positive | Scoop.it
Greetings once again, you filthy sex poodles! Did you know that Jesus is really concerned about that pagan you’ve been palling around with?
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How Do You Feel about Fisting? | Dyke Culture in Bloom

How Do You Feel about Fisting? | Dyke Culture in Bloom | Let's Get Sex Positive | Scoop.it

On Fisting and Being Afraid to do things.

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Censorship at a Hacker Conference? Violet Blue’s Sex Ed Talk at B-Sides Cancelled

Censorship at a Hacker Conference? Violet Blue’s Sex Ed Talk at B-Sides Cancelled | Let's Get Sex Positive | Scoop.it
The amount of furor that can erupt from a single technical conference never ceases to amaze. The latest installment: Sex educator and CNET columnist Violet Blue was supposed to give a talk earlier this week at the security conference B-Sides San...
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Your Nostalgia May Not Be My Nostalgia: An Aesthetic Response To Vintage Smut

Your Nostalgia May Not Be My Nostalgia: An Aesthetic Response To Vintage Smut | Let's Get Sex Positive | Scoop.it

I believe in the empowerment of aesthetic response. I believe it’s just as important — perhaps even more so –to do with porn and erotic materials than it is with Art.

 

Understanding your reactions, positive and negative, makes you a more self-aware human being. A wiser human being. To me, this is the intellectual version of an opposable thumb because it separates us from the simple wankers. And when it comes to our relationships, it is just as important to be able to articulate our reactions so that we can share them with our partners. Having struggled to do this for ourselves, we become aware just how difficult the process is and therefore we have greater understanding when our partners share their struggled-to-arrive-at reactions. Simply put, talking about turn-ons, turn-offs, and why we have them means not only increased intimacy, becoming better lovers, but we can then select erotica materials for mutual enjoyment.

 

In the case of this photo, and those like them, my negative feelings are deeper than the words “tacky” and “silly”. Deeper and more painful.

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...34 years later it is still a #@%&ing debate.

...34 years later it is still a #@%&ing debate. | Let's Get Sex Positive | Scoop.it

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"Safe abortions have always been available to the rich, Dan. You simply want to deny them to the poor, and if you succeed, poor women will be forced to get them anyway. They’ll be forced into the alleys with hangers, plungers and vacuum cleaners, risking death or mutilation. But you’d like that, wouldn’t you, Dan? You sadistic, elitist, sexist, racist, anti-humanist pig!" - Saturday Night Live 3x18 .This aired in 1978. Thirty-four years later, it’s still a f*ing debate.

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Issue 2 - March 2nd 2013 Miss Delaware Teen USA Gives Up Her Crown in Porn Scandal. But Are Porn and Pageants So Different?

Issue 2 - March 2nd 2013 Miss Delaware Teen USA Gives Up Her Crown in Porn Scandal. But Are Porn and Pageants So Different? | Let's Get Sex Positive | Scoop.it
When Melissa King entered the Delaware foster care system at age 12, she weathered anxiety, depression, and frequent court-mandated hearings as she made the transition to a new school, a new family, and a new social life.
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Bondage, Domination and Kink Sex Communities Step Into View

Bondage, Domination and Kink Sex Communities Step Into View | Let's Get Sex Positive | Scoop.it

Paddles is not another trendy table tennis emporium, but a “safe space” to live out erotic fantasies, specifically BDSM (bondage/discipline, domination/submission, sadism/masochism), OTK (over the knee; in other words, spanking), and an alphabet soup’s worth of other sexual practices that, until recently, have gone largely unnoticed and undiscussed by the mainstream world.

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As more articles like this hit the mainstream, expect more customers for kink.

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Sexual Health Education Advocates and ACLU Join Effort for Accurate Comprehensive Sex Education

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Moving the Ball Forward on Comprehensive Sex Education American Civil Liberties Union News and Information (blog) This legislation provides grants and guidelines for education that will help young people make healthy, responsible decisions about...


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Sexual Health Education in Chicago Public Schools Propose Changes to Include Sexual Orientation and Comprehensive Education Through all Grades

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ThinkProgress Proposed CPS sex ed program would add sexual orientation, gender identity Chicago Phoenix Chicago Public Schools is considering a new sexual health education program that would for the first time address sexual orientation and gender...

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