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Media Update - July 7, 2008

1. Max Mosley Tells Court Sex Video Had No Nazi Elements
2. Baltimore Erotic Arts Festival
3. Swingtown, California Judges Break Rules on Marriage and Civility
4. In Madison, It's Easy to Be Kinky: The Community
5. Stuff so raunchy, it's illegal
6. Porn peddlers guilty
7. I Can't Believe I'm Still Single From Portland to Portland: Episode One
8. What's obscene? Google Could Have an Answer?


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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.

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Max Mosley Tells Court Sex Video Had No Nazi Elements
by Caroline Byrne
Bloomberg News Service
July 7, 2008

Max Mosley, president of Formula One's ruling body, told a London court
today there were no Nazi overtones in excerpts of a sex video he appears
in published by the U.K. News of the World newspaper.

Mosley, 68, is suing the British tabloid for saying he and the women in
the video were dressed as concentration camp guards and prisoners. Mosley
testified on the first day of the trial today in London that there weren't
any Nazi elements during the sadomasochistic sex depicted on the tape.

``Never. Absolutely not,'' Mosley said. ``I can think of few things more
un-erotic than Nazi role play.''

A lawyer for News of the World, Mark Warby, said the story was legitimate
and in the public interest given that whipping or beating a person is a
criminal offense regardless of whether they consent. Mosley said he was
whipped until he bled.

Society ``draws a line at causing people injury for the purpose of sexual
gratification,'' Warby said. ``S&M doesn't promote human dignity,
demeans it.''

Just because the sexual activity was behind closed doors doesn't guarantee
it was a private act under the European Convention on Human Rights, Warby
said. Under questioning this afternoon, Mosley agreed that the group were
dressed up as prisoners and that one woman wore a uniform. He denied the
uniform was German military.


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Baltimore Erotic Arts Festival
by Daniel Rifkin
Metromix - Baltimore
July 5, 2008

Former porn stars, sex gurus, belly dancers and performers make an
appearance at this event, filled with drag and burlesque shows, orgasm
workshops, fetishism and more. The festival also includes an erotic arts
exhibit at Load Of Fun Studios, running through July.

Friday is dedicated to "before the edge" art: Things that are more
playful, teasing and implicitly sexual. This includes drag and burlesque
shows, as well as body painting and a human buffet. (To clarify, food is
served on humans, not made of humans.)

Saturday, aims to go "after the edge," with events leaning toward more
sexually explicit topics, such as fetishism and BDSM. Special guests such
as bondage and fetish model Klawdya Rothschild, pornography director and
photographer Julie Simone and others will be on hand.

"My goal was not to redraw the boundaries between sexual differences, [or]
decide what belongs [in eroticism] and what doesn't," said festival
sponsor and Load Of Fun Studios curator Suzannah Gerber. "My standpoint
was just to make this festival as erotic and eclectic as possible."


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Swingtown, California Judges Break Rules on Marriage and Civility
by Richard Nelson (appears to be opinion, listed as "News")
WKYX AM Paducah KY/WNGO AM Mayfield, KY
July 3, 2008

When CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler said in late 2006 that the
network was "going to throw out the rule book," she wasn't kidding.
case anybody was wondering just what rules she was talking about, the wait
is over. On June 5, CBS officially joined the marriage deconstruction
movement when it premiered Swingtown-an edgy sitcom that eviscerates
marriage in our postmodern culture.

Swingtown, named in part for the wife-swapping that occurs, features open
marriage and group sex as normal. Today's cultural elite hope Swingtown,
which also refers to the mid-70s as a watershed when the cultural and
moral tide turned, serves as a catalyst to turn the tide again.

Gay marriage revolutionaries, vangards of marriage deconstruction, claim
they're not attacking marriage but rather just seeking the same freedom
that everyone else has. Perhaps Swingtown could serve as the poster city
for that idea. It's no coincidence that in a scene of a wild July 4th
party, complete with drugs and group sex, one woman extols the grandiosity
of open marriage trying to convince her newfound friend that "opening our
relationship was the best thing that ever happened." Partygoers sang the
National Anthem, and then acted as though lavishing the marital benefits
of one's spouse to another is just as American as apple pie.

Swingtown is made-up. But the legal fiction recently imposed by the
California high court that marriage is whatever you want it to be has real
consequences for our culture. Without the opposite sex requirement of
marriage, there's no longer a logical basis against the number of
participants (polygamy,) open marriage (polyamory), and blood restrictions
(adult incest).

California's Supreme Four steamrolled the democratic process and, along
with it, the self-evident truths that gender differences matter and
contribute to healthy marriage; that children deserve to have their
biological mothers and fathers raising them in the same home; and that
man-woman marriage is foundational to social stability.


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In Madison, It's Easy to Be Kinky: The Community
by John Mendelssohn
July 2, 2008

Women wanting to be owned by men occupy only one of innumerable niches in
the world of kink, of course. For every woman who shares Frances's and
Hannah's predilection, there's a man who wants no less avidly to surrender
completely to a woman, or at least be "forced" to put on an item of her
intimate apparel and then cruelly ridiculed for having done so, or one who
wants to be spanked or flogged. There are men who ask only that their
lovers wear seamed stockings and high heels in the bedroom for them, and
others who require girdles, opera gloves, garish red lipstick, and false
eyelashes too, and others who ask that their lovers also regulate their
intake of oxygen. Just as there are women who... are thrilled to be
treated almost like pets, there are other women who delight in slipping
into gleaming latex catsuits and imperiously leading their naked spouses,
forbidden to address them as anything other than Goddess, or at all,
around on leashes.

How, if these people are telling the truth, does it make sense to condemn
as sordid or even pathological their erotic interactions while respecting
the homosexuality of their siblings or neighbors, as every enlightened
person has come to the past 30 years?

Having earlier lived in Iowa and Mexico, among less picturesque locales,
Mistress Jade -- Madison's go-to gal for submissive men whose wives or
girlfriends won't or can't play ball -- came to Madison seven years ago
because Chicago was too big and Madison was where her mother had grown up.
A virgin until age 19, if a scoffer at erotic taboos from earliest
pubescence, she is the co-proprietress, according to her Website, of The
Madison Dungeon, though such a place exists only in imagination. Local
fire and safety law preclude running an establishment in which clients are
routinely tied up; there are zoning laws to consider.

In a typical month, she'll do eight outcall sessions in the homes or motel
rooms of a clientele that, notwithstanding the classic conception of
submissive men as captains of industry yearning to relinquish power,
comprises a vast array of walks of life. "Put them all in the same small
town," she muses, "and only a couple would ever run into each other."
Along with movers and shakers, she also sees Joe Sixpacks who service
furnaces, who recondition carburetors. All they have in common is having
filled out a detailed questionnaire, the details of which Her Nibs
entrusts to an attorney for safekeeping.


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Stuff so raunchy, it's illegal
by Barry McDonald and John Stagliano (published debate)
Los Angeles Times
June 30, 2008

Today's question focuses on whether obscenity laws should continue to
exist in modern American society. To put this question in its proper
perspective, one must understand the relatively narrow scope of these
laws. Under a 1st Amendment test established by the U.S. Supreme Court
known as the Miller test (from the 1973 case Miller vs. California), only
sexually explicit materials that are designed to appeal to a morbid
interest in things sexual and are depicted in an extremely offensive way
-- all as determined by an "average" person of a given community -- can
made illegal by obscenity laws. Moreover, even works that meet these
criteria but also possess serious artistic or literary value cannot be
deemed obscene (such as a sex magazine with articles). Finally, works that
qualify for obscene treatment cannot be criminalized in the home (private
possession is legal). It is mainly the public sale, distribution or
exhibition of such materials that can be prohibited.

In short, obscenity laws generally target commercial distributors of
extreme pornography. And even there, obscenity prosecutions are rare
because of the difficulties prosecutors encounter in proving that
materials meet the Miller standards. One study found that materials that
have been deemed obscene by juries or judges usually contain explicit
depictions of sex acts involving human excretion, sex with human corpses
or live animals, acts of incest or violent, forced sex.

Because today's question asks us to assume that such extreme materials are
made without violating any laws (an assumption that would probably falter
in the real world), we must inquire whether even simulated depictions of
such acts should qualify for illegal treatment when they are publicly
distributed or exhibited. In other words, the standard way of putting the
question usually asks: "If no one is harmed by this stuff and someone
wants it, who is the government to say that he or she can't have it?"

It does not matter to you that pornography is now almost exclusively
consumed in the privacy of one's own home. In fact, to me this is not the
issue. The issue is about porn that is "extremely offensive." Some
individuals do not take offense to extreme porn, and those individuals are
protected by the Constitution. No one should be subject to the whims of a
group or "community" that does not like what you look at. And what is
wrong with being extreme? In today's culture, being extreme is revered. It
is the people on the extreme who move the world forward, who experiment
and find new ways of living. Technology has made extreme changes in our
lives. If we are not open-minded to change, we stagnate and wallow in
sanctimonious righteousness about the world.

From a legal standpoint, this comes down to your view of human nature and
society. Is it right, ethical or moral for one group of people to control
the thoughts of another group? Indeed, it is the thoughts that erotic
images arouse in the viewer's mind that those who would assume the power
to control others have a problem with. Just remember that if you would
assume such power, Barry, you personally are responsible for arresting me
because I sold images you didn't like. This is exactly what you allowed to
happen when I was indicted on nine counts of obscenity by the Department
of Justice last April.

Barry, your point is that people must be forced to not think things that
you don't like, and for that you'd have me put in jail. Your comment that
it "seems" to you that viewing images "to obtain sexual pleasure
cannot be
the healthiest way of experiencing sex" seems not a good enough reason to
imprison me for 39 years. In fact, using a proper concept of morality
based on individual rights, it is you and those who would put me in jail
when I did not infringe on anyone's rights who are behaving immorally.


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Porn peddlers guilty:
4 men avoid trial in case of X-rated Web site run out of Pensacola area
by Kris Wernowsky
Pensacola News Journal
June 25, 2008

The final curtain dropped Tuesday on a multimillion-dollar adult
entertainment enterprise B- featuring X-rated movies shot in Pensacola and
Pace - as its key players pleaded guilty in court.

- Clinton Raymond McCowen, 47, of Navarre, also known as Ray Guhn, pleaded
guilty to unlawful financial transactions.

McCowen will be sentenced to from three to five years in state prison.

- Andrew Craft, 40, of Pensacola, and Kevin Patrick Stevens, 38, of
Pensacola each pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering. They face two
to four years in state prison.

- Thomas Dwyer, 41, pleaded guilty to wholesale promotion of obscene

All four men remain free on bond until their Aug. 11 sentencing hearing
before Circuit Judge Ron Swanson. Each defendant left the courthouse
without comment.

"Ray Guhn Productions" featured a Web site with more than 5,000
subscribers who could view films featuring group sex and other acts for
$30 a month.

The company made $10 million in its five years of operation, prosecutors

The films were made at homes throughout Pensacola and Pace; at least five
hotels in Pensacola; along Interstate 10 and Interstate 110; in wooded
areas and in other public places.

Tuesday's pleas helped attorneys avoid a three-week obscenity trial that
was expected to begin Monday with jury selection at the Santa Rosa County

Assistant State Attorney Russ Edgar prosecuted the two-year-old case that
began with arrests in summer 2006.

The veteran prosecutor heralded Tuesday's pleas as a major victory against
obscenity in the Panhandle and the state of Florida.

"We have this problem statewide. I hope prosecutors will take our lead and
enforce our law," he said.

But McCowen's attorney thought otherwise.

Altamonte Springs attorney Lawrence Walters, one of McCowen's three
attorneys, is known for representing clients in the adult-entertainment
industry. He said that he doesn't expect Tuesday's outcome to result in
rash of charges filed by Florida prosecutors.

"There was no finding of obscenity by a jury," Walters said. "The
of the state attorneys in this state have come to recognize that the
communities don't want publishers sent to jail for sexual expression."

To prove that material is obscene, and not protected by the First
Amendment, it has to fall below the community standards. In this case,
that standard is defined by the 1st Judicial Circuit of Florida.


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I Can't Believe I'm Still Single From Portland to Portland: Episode One
by Paul Goebel
June 23, 2008

The good thing about this new series is that you know in the first two
minutes whether or not you are the audience the show is looking for. All
you have to do is ask yourself, "Am I interested in seeing a man forced to
go down on a dildo being worn by a dominatrix?" If the answer is yes, keep

The premise of the show is quite simple. Eric Schaeffer wrote a book about
being single and trying to find love. When he went on his book tour he
decided to make stops along the way, talk to different people about love
and relationships and film it all for this documentary.

The show is rife with too much information. I'm sure Schaeffer finds a lot
of humor in his stories about masturbation and being anally violated but
for me it's sort of like having a friend who you've known for a short
while tell you something personal you never wanted to know, like he enjoys
being anally violated.

Another annoying part of the show are the multiple interviews Eric has
with his longtime dominatrix. I suppose if I had an interest in S&M, I
might like hearing her talk about their activities but while I enjoy many
colors of the sexual rainbow, that particular shade doesn't appeal to me,
Moreover, I don't have much interest in the sexual habits of a guy as
desperate as Eric Schaeffer, therefore those conversations are of no value
to me.


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What's Obscene? Google Could Have an Answer
by Matt Richtel
New York Times
June 23, 2008

Judges and jurors who must decide whether sexually explicit material is
obscene are asked to use a local yardstick: does the material violate
community standards?

That is often a tricky question because there is no simple, concrete way
to gauge a community's tastes and values.

The Internet may be changing that. In a novel approach, the defense in an
obscenity trial in Florida plans to use publicly accessible Google search
data to try to persuade jurors that their neighbors have broader interests
than they might have thought.

In the trial of a pornographic Web site operator, the defense plans to
show that residents of Pensacola are more likely to use Google to search
for terms like "orgy" than for "apple pie" or "watermelon".
The publicly
accessible data is vague in that it does not specify how many people are
searching for the terms, just their relative popularity over time. But the
defense lawyer, Lawrence Walters, is arguing that the evidence is
sufficient to demonstrate that interest in the sexual subjects exceeds
that of more mainstream topics b and that by extension, the sexual
material distributed by his client is not outside the norm.

It is not clear that the approach will succeed. The Florida state
prosecutor in the case, which is scheduled for trial July 1, said the
search data may not be relevant because the volume of Internet searches is
not necessarily an indication of, or proxy for, a community's values.

But the tactic is another example of the value of data collected by
Internet companies like Google, both from a commercial standpoint and as a
window into the thoughts, interests and desires of their users.

"Time and time again you'll have jurors sitting on a jury panel who will
condemn material that they routinely consume in private", said Mr.
Walters, the defense lawyer. Using the Internet data, "we can show how
people really think and feel and act in their own homes, which,
parenthetically, is where this material was intended to be viewed", he

Mr. Walters last week also served Google with a subpoena seeking more
specific search data, including the number of searches for certain sexual
topics done by local residents. A Google spokesman said the company was
reviewing the subpoena.

Mr. Walters is defending Clinton Raymond McCowen, who is facing charges
that he created and distributed obscene material through a Web site based
in Florida. The charges include racketeering and prostitution, but Mr.
Walters said the prosecution's case fundamentally relies on proving that
the material on the site is obscene.

Such cases are a relative rarity this decade. In the last eight years, the
Justice Department has brought roughly 15 obscenity cases that have not
involved child pornography, compared with 75 during the Reagan and first
Bush administrations, according to Jeffrey J. Douglas, chairman emeritus
of the First Amendment Lawyers Association. (There have been hundreds
involving child pornography.) Prosecutions at the state level have
followed a similar arc.


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