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Media Update - April 16, 2009

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

National Coalition for Sexual Freedom -- Media Update
April 16, 2009
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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.

Wanna Race?
by Mistress Matisse (via opinion column "Control Tower")
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
April 7, 2009

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Kink, taboos & fetishes, Oh my!
by Judy Barton
The Examiner
April 3, 2009

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

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

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


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'Superman' wasn't Shuster's only comic, book reveals
by Michael Sangiacomo
The Cleveland Plain Dealer (Celeveland, OH)
April 2, 2009

Wait a minute.

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

Yes and no.

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

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

Shuster drew illustrations to accompany the sordid words.

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

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

In fact, few even knew they existed.

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


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