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Friday, 22 June 2007 00:34

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 few blocks northwest of the Capitol itself [~] and their objective is to protect freedom of expression among consenting adults, which for them includes a large number of citizens who practice "alternative sexual lifestyles."

The group, and one of its members, Barbara Nitke, filed suit on December 10 to challenge one portion of the 1996 Communications Decency Act (CDA) that the ACLU never got around to [~] some would say, "didn't have the balls to consider" [~] challenging when they filed their suit in 1997, which suit resulted in the term "indecent" being struck from the law as an unconstitutional restriction on Internet free speech.

But the CDA also criminalized Internet "obscenity," and that taboo remains in the law. And as far as plaintiffs' attorney John F. Wirenius is concerned, that's equally unconstitutional.

"Obscenity is unprotected speech, but not all material is obscene from jurisdiction to jurisdiction," Wirenius told Wired News. "Material may be considered obscene in Utah, for example, but not in New York. Whose standards are supposed to be applied to the Internet?"

The problem is the Supreme Court's Miller test for obscenity, which may or may not be implicated in the Child Pornography Prevention Act (COPA) case which was argued by the ACLU before the high court in late November. In order for a work to be obscene, it must appeal to the prurient interest of the average citizen; be completely devoid of any literary, artistic, political or scientific value; and must offend the standards of the community in which the work is being prosecuted, which for most jurisdictions is the state in which the charges are brought.

The trouble with the test is, the Internet has no "community" [~] or, to put it another way, it is its own worldwide community, a "problem" faced by every country whose government finds offensive some material on some Website based abroad and out of that government's control. For instance, it is universally agreed among adult webmasters that no matter what laws are passed to limit the adult content of American Websites, the same or harder material can easily be found on (and downloaded from) Websites based in Europe or the Far East.

"The Internet is not a physical or tangible entity, but is rather a giant network which interconnects innumerable smaller groups of computer networks," argues the lawsuit. "It is thus a network of networks, linked up for communications and data-sharing purposes. The Internet links networks of computers from around the world, forming what is in essence a global network of private and public computers, not regulated by the government of any nation or other central governing body.

"Through devices such as links, or more formally by explicit affiliation, Users of the Internet commonly form 'virtual communities,' loose associations of individuals or groups of similar value systems and/or interests to promote discussions of various topics."

What Nitke and the NCSF are concerned about is maintaining their abilities to engage in frank sexual discussions and to view and exchange "erotic content whether fictional, reminiscence or pictorial" on the Web.

"The websites of various NCSF members, both organizational and affiliate, and associates and affiliates of NCSF Foundation, are strongly sexual in content, but observe the mores of the communities in which they serve [~] that is, they respect the notion that sexual conduct between consenting adults should be 'safe, sane and consensual.' While they may be graphic in a manner that might be offensive to more traditionally-minded communities, members' websites are not patently offensive to the communities they serve. Moreover, members' websites uniformly require a declaration that any person accessing their content is of legal age, and provide advisories as to the nature of the matters discussed therein that are clear without being  themselves explicit."

Moreover, "Plaintiff Nitke, as the proprietor of the website www.barbaranitke.com, publishes an array of erotically-oriented and themed images. Such images, while potentially offensive to members of more traditionally-minded communities, are not offensive to the members of the community to which plaintiff Nitke belongs."

That "community," according to the suit, is the group of voluntary Internet users who choose to access adult material on the Web. However, "The CDA does not provide any definition of 'local community standards' as an element of obscenity," argues the lawsuit. "Because of the indeterminate nature of what community standards would be employed to judge speech employing the medium of the Internet, plaintiff Nitke, members of plaintiff NCSF, and associates affiliates and board members of plaintiff NCSF Foundation have been chilled in their expression... By subjecting all speech on the Internet to potential liability under the local community standards of the most restrictive jurisdiction in the nation, the CDA is unconstitutionally overbroad."

The NCSF and Nitke aren't seeking any monetary damages through the suit. They are, however, asking the high court to define what the "community" of the Internet is.

"All the laws that we have on obscenity are based on local geographical standards," Wirenius notes. "It's a pre cyber-law world. The very definition of obscenity assumes the content provider can control where the content is viewed, and by limiting distribution he or she can limit the content's exposure. That's no longer true in an Internet age."

It's a case [~] Nitke v. Ashcroft [~] that adult webmasters should be watching at least as closely as ACLU v. Ashcroft, since both cases have the potential to enable free speech, even sexual speech, to the extent contemplated by an unfettered reading of the First Amendment [~] or, alternatively, to mire the Internet in such a morass of regulation that purveyors of adult material may have no choice but to relocate their servers offshore or in Europe.

The case, by virtue of provisions in the CDA itself, is on a "fast track," which means that once the Southern District of New York rules on its merits, any appeal will be taken directly to the U.S. Supreme Court. Still, the timetable of such action is currently indeterminable, but there's a better-than-even chance that an opinion in this case may come down even before COPA's. In any case, the whole adult community will be watching.

Published in CDA Media
Friday, 22 June 2007 00:26

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 that the remnants of the Communications Decency Act of 1996, much of which was declared unconstitutional in 1997, could conceivably put her in hot water if her work was considered obscene in some communities. She feared she could be charged with a crime and be forced to take the work down.

So Nitke, along with the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, a group described on its Web site as "committed to protecting freedom of expression among consenting adults", filed suit against Attorney General John Ashcroft and the U.S. government, challenging the CDA's use of "local community standards" to define what can be considered obscene on the Internet.

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Published in CDA Media
Tuesday, 22 May 2007 11:32

Media Outreach Program

The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom does media advocacy for the millions of Americans who suffer discrimination and persecution because of their interest in BDSM, fetishes, polyamory, and non-monogamy. Bigotry and discrimination are fed by media stereotypes and negative depictions. NCSF offers resources for both the media and group/individuals who would like to speak out.

NCSF offers Media Training on request which includes Interview Tips for speaking with the media, Crisis Management, and sample Sound Bites for BDSM, Polyamory and the Lifestyle. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to set up a training.


2017 Media Report

By Susan Wright

 

It was the year of Wonder Woman, with her kinky and non-monogamous origins. Current television shows that feature non-monogamy include: House of Cards, Girls, I Love Dick, Orphan Black, Transparent and The Magicians. According to Google, the topic of polyamory saw a 130 per cent rise in search frequency in 2017 - https://www.femina.in/relationships/love-sex/most-googled-relationship-questions-of-2017_-71688-5.html

 

Susan Wright is the Director of the Media Outreach project, and gives interviews along with Judy Guerin and Keira Harris. The media team also includes our Twitter volunteer Rachel. Jaki creates our Media Update Digests every two weeks for broadcast to our mailing listt.

 

NCSF published 10 Guest Blogs in 2017 by experts in various fields, including 1 interview by Inara de Luna with an NCSF Kink Aware Professionals. One example of a Guest Blog was by NCSF’s IRR volunteer for poly child custody consultations, Benjamin Schenker, Esq: http://www.ncsfreedom.org/press/blog/item/guest-blog-protecting-your-privacy

 

NCSF released 1 Action Alert in 2017: EFF’s Call to Action about removing the safe-harbor in the CDA if content involves “sex trafficking” – https://act.eff.org/action/don-t-let-congress-censor-the-internet

 

Interviews

In 2017, NCSF gave 17 interviews to reporters from mainstream media to blogs and podcasts, compared to 19 in 2016. NCSF also received 10 mentions in articles without doing an interview with the media outlet.

 

Time Magazine did an article about our Joint Statement on Sex Addiction with the Center for Positive Sexuality and TASHRA - http://time.com/5016058/sex-addiction/ NCSF also received coverage by: BuzzFeed, Psychology Today, Bay Area Reporter, VICE, Fox News, Cosmopolitan, Broadly, Daily Beast, Huffington Post, Reason and Mic magazine.

 

Yearly interview stats:

2017 – 17 interviews
2016 – 19 interviews
2015 – 38 interviews
2014 – 32 interviews
2013 – 42 interviews
2012 – 63 interviews (Fifty Shades bump)

Media Updates

NCSF released 206 Media Updates total in 2017:

102 - Kink

81 - Polyamory

11 - Sex laws and public policy

6 - Sex work

6 - Sex addiction

 

The following are the stats on non-monogamy coverage from 2010-2017:

2010 - 16% positive (50 articles: 8 positive and 42 negative)

2011 - 30% positive (33 articles: 10 positive and 23 negative)

2012 - 62% positive (21 articles: 13 positive and 8 negative)

2013 - 81% positive (42 articles: 34 positive and 8 negative).          

2014 - 77% positive (53 articles: 40 positive and 13 negative)

2015 - 81% positive (64 articles: 52 positive and 12 negative)

2016 - 99% positive (80 articles: 79 positive and 1 negative)

2017 – 986 positive (80 articles: 77 positive and 3 negative)

 

Social Media

 
NCSF’s social media stats at the end of 2017:
NCSF mailing list: 6,528, up from 6,004
Facebook (www.facebook.com/NCSFreedom) 4347 page likes, up from 3,682
Twitter (https://twitter.com/NCSF) 9,631 members, up from 8,804 followers
NCSF FetLife News (https://fetlife.com/groups/439) 5,642 members, up from 4,798 members
NCSF Consent Counts (https://fetlife.com/groups/46202 ) 2,243 members, up from 1,727
Recursos NCSF en espanol (https://fetlife.com/groups/155566) 17 members, up from 9 members

Published in MOP Articles
Tuesday, 31 July 2007 02:14

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Commit to as much or as little as you'd like, but please, make a decision today to help make a difference.

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Published in Volunteers
Wednesday, 09 December 2009 12:17

Media Update Digest - December 9, 2009

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 email 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. This, they emphasize, was why the A.P.A. finally removed a last remnant of the homosexuality
diagnosis what was known as "ego-dystonic" homosexuality in 1987.

To read the rest of this article, go to:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/29/magazine/29sex-t.html?_r=1&pagewanted=1


Swinging one's vows to the limit
Minnesota Daily

A simple Google search led me to Club H, a local swingers' organization in Minneapolis. When I called, I
was politely asked by the associate on the other ...

To read the rest of this article, go to:
http://www.mndaily.com/2009/12/06/swinging-one%E2%80%99s-vows-limit

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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 rights of consenting adults who practice forms
of alternative sexual and relationship expression. NCSF advances the rights and advocates for consenting
adults in the BDSM-Leather-Fetish, swing, and polyamory communities. We pursue our vision through direct
services, education, advocacy, and outreach in conjunction with our partner organizations to directly
benefit these communities.

National Coalition for Sexual Freedom
media: (917) 848-6544
office: (410)539-4824
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
www.ncsfreedom.org
www.twitter.com/ncsf
http://ncsf.wordpress.com

Published in Media Updates Archive
Friday, 13 November 2009 16:27

Media Update - November 13, 2009

National Coalition for Sexual Freedom -- Media Update Digest
November 13, 2009
www.ncsfreedom.org
This email 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 -- quiet New ...

To read the rest of this article, go to: http://www.wlwt.com/news/21531473/detail.html


Lawsuits filed over professor posing on sex site
UNM Daily Lobo
Albuquerque, NM

In-person meetings consist of legal BDSM activities. PEP has been in business for over 20 years. Would
PEP still be operating particularly after the last ...

To read the rest of this article, go to:
http://www.dailylobo.com/index.php/article/2009/11/lawsuits_filed_over_professor_posing_on_sex_site#


Donn Esmonde: Hands off swingers weekend
Buffalo News
New York, NY

The doors are swinging open for bEntice the Falls,b an annual swingers convention billed as bFour Days
of Wicked Temptation.b There is a predictable cry of ...

To read the rest of this article, go to: http://www.buffalonews.com/cityregion/story/829464.html?imw=Y


Sex positivity finds a social 'center'
Seattle University Spectator
Seattle, WA

The group was originally conceived as a safe space for the adult BDSM (bondage, discipline, sadism and
masochism) community, but according to Gabosch, ...

To read the rest of this article, go to:
http://www.su-spectator.com/features/sex-positivity-finds-a-social-center-1.895742

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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 rights of consenting adults who practice forms
of alternative sexual and relationship expression. NCSF advances the rights and advocates for consenting
adults in the BDSM-Leather-Fetish, swing, and polyamory communities. We pursue our vision through direct
services, education, advocacy, and outreach in conjunction with our partner organizations to directly
benefit these communities.

National Coalition for Sexual Freedom
Media: 917-848-6544
Office: 410-539-4824
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
www.ncsfreedom.org
www.twitter.com/ncsf
http://ncsf.wordpress.com

Published in Media Updates Archive
Tuesday, 03 November 2009 12:56

Media Update - October 28, 2009

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

Published in Media Updates Archive

Award deadline March 31st

For immediate release: March 6, 2009

Contact: Susan Wright, 917-848-6544 or Miriam Axel-Lute, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


For more details: www.sexies.org

Read anything in your local (or national) paper that reported on sex in a surprisingly informed, non-hysterical way? The Sex-Positive Journalism Awards want to know about it.

Last's year's winners were selected from over 100 entries submitted by both writers and readers, and they covered subjects from sex in nursing homes, prostitution, and sex in Iran to Kink.com and panics over Internet sex. The winning articles were published in a dozen states in all corners of the United States (and one Canadian province), and represent a range of genres, from news to advice columns.

What they all have in common, however, is that they succeed in embodying the Sex-Positive Journalism Award's criteria (www.sexies.org/criteria.html) for responsible sex journalism far better than the vast majority of their counterparts, helping to improve the quality of dialogue around sex and create a more well-informed reading public.

But there's a long way to go. "Mainstream journalists are generally hopeless at covering sexuality. It's not entirely their fault, but it would be great if this award managed to offer both support to
journalists who'd like to do a better job, as well as some needed legitimacy for the subject matter,"
wrote About.com's Sexuality Guide Cory Silverberg when the awards were first announced.

"The media's frequent failure to apply balanced journalistic standards to sex-related topics affects
real people's lives," adds Carol Queen, PhD, co-founder of the Center for Sex and Culture.

The winners of the 2009 Sexies will be chosen by an outstanding panel of judges, who have expertise in both journalism and sex-positive advocacy: Dan Savage, author of the popular sex-advice column "Savage Love"; Carol Queen, PhD, writer, speaker, educator, and activist with a doctorate in sexology; Debby Herbenick, PhD, MPH a research scientist and associate director for the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University and sex columnist; and award-winning journalists Doug Henwood, Liza Featherstone, Amanda Robb, and Kai Wright. (See full bios at www.sexies.org/judges.html).


The Sexies will be given for articles in four categories: news, feature, opinion, and regular column,
plus "unsexy" (the most egregious violation of the Sexies' criteria). Articles must have been published in 2008 (2009 articles can be submitted now for next year though) in an edited print or online publication in the U.S or Canada (personal blogs do not quality). Submissions are due by March 31, 2009.

Both writers and readers can submit articles for consideration. For full guidelines see
www.sexies.org/criteria.html
. To make entries please use our entry form at www.sexies.org/submit.php

The Sexies' board is composed of journalists Miriam Axel-Lute and Doug Henwood, The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, The Center for Sex and Culture, and the Coalition for Positive Sexuality. We are sponsored by Babeland, UltraVirgo Creative and the David Weinbaum Memorial Foundation. We are seeking additional corporate sponsors and individual donations to support our mission. Donations can be made at www.sexies.org/support.html

 

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The Sex-Positive Journalism Awards Criteria


We are seeking pieces of journalism that:

* touch on sexbsexual practice, health, or behavior--in some manner (stories just about sexual
orientation do not qualify)
* are intended for a general audience
* meet high overall standards of reporting, fact-checking, and writing

and do at least one of the following:

* show evidence of fairness in seeking sex-positive sources to respond to sex-negative ones
* ask hard questions about the motivation and background of sources who rely on sex-negative soundbites
* avoid biased or sensationalistic language
* cover newsworthy topics, events, or issues that might tend to be swept under the rug because of
controversial sexual content
* report accurately, respectfully and with nuance on sex research results
* contain fair, accurate, and non-sensational portrayals of sexual subcultures
* keep a clear separation between sex crimes, such as sexual assault or pedophilia, and things that
merely make people uncomfortable, such as consensual kink, teen sexuality or gay priests; and help
readers who may not be familiar with the issues make the distinction
* specifically challenge sex-negative assumptions or practices in society at large or in a specific
community
* educate the public as to the diversity of sexual behavior without sensationalizing
* celebrate sexuality as a positive force in human lives

We are not looking for racy or sensationalistic stories. The awards will be something any traditional

journalist should be proud to hang on his or her wallba testament to journalistic standards of fairness
and accuracy about a charged and controversial subject.

Published in Press Releases
Sunday, 28 September 2008 19:08

Media Update - September 21, 2008

1. Pennsylvania Town Says Couple Runs Swingers' Club Inside Church
2. Shrinks: Kinky Sex is a Mental Disorder
3. Duncanville court postpones trial for 'Cherry Pit' swingers club owners
4. Duncanville police arrest co-owner of Cherry Pit swingers club
5. Tribeca S&M palace raided; owner, 'Domina' held on prostitution raps

National Coalition for Sexual Freedom -- Media Update
September 21, 2008
www.ncsfreedom.org
This email 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.



"Pennsylvania Town Says Couple Runs Swingers' Club Inside Church"
by Todd Connor
Fox News
September 19, 2008

PITTSBURGH - A Pennsylvania couple is fighting to maintain a church they
run from a Huntingdon Township home, which officials say is really a
raunchy swingers club where single men have to pay for access but women
come for free.

John and Kim Ondrik say they worship nature at the Church for Spiritual
Humanism. But midnight mass at the Spiritual Palace is on hold as the Rev.
John and his wife fight for a variance to continue practicing their
religion in a residential area just outside of Pittsburgh.

Opponents of his church, including neighbors and North Huntingdon Township
officials, say what's really behind those closed doors is a club called
the "Swinger's Palace."

Township commissioner Richard Gray said it's been an open secret that a
swingers club has operated out of the two-story house since the 1970s, but
they finally have the evidence to shut it down.

Gray said the dispute is not about church or sex ? it's about having a
business operating in a residentially zoned area.

"The mere fact that they were charging a mandatory fee to get in, in my
opinion, would constitute a business," he said.

An attorney representing John Ondrik told FOX News that members in the
private church give a donation and aren't charged to get inside the
midnight masses, which typically take place on Friday and Saturday nights.

"You have a right to run a church in a residential area not because of
your free exercise rights under the Constitution, but simply because
churches are not primarily commercial," said Bruce Ledewitz, a law
professor at Duquesne University.

Ledewitz said the Ondriks might have a case if they can convince
authorities they're sincere about their religion and that they truly
believe in their church.

But keeping the Palace open might be a tough sell. Its Web site, which was
recently taken offline, showed that couples were charged an admission of
$50 while single men had to pay $75. Single women could attend free of
charge.

Self-described swinger "Dave" said he and his partner paid money to get
into the club. "You didn't get in without paying money. If you didn't pay
your money you were going back out the door."

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"Shrinks: Kinky Sex is a Mental Disorder"
by staff writer
MomLogic.com
September 19, 2008

According to doctors, people who engage in kinky sex are just plain nuts.
Find out why --- and what's being done about it.

People who engage in adventurous sex are now being labeled with a "mental
health illness," according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of
Mental Disorders or DSM. Yup, that's right, the official handbook of
psychiatry has now added kinky sex to its list of mental disorders.

In other words, if you indulge in role-playing, enjoy the feel of hot
candle wax, or use handcuffs (even the furry kind!) you're considered
someone who has a "mental disorder characterized by a preference for or
obsession with unusual sexual practices." The shame!

This isn't the first time the DSM has stirred controversy: Until 1974,
homosexuality was listed as a mental disorder. And now engaging in "wild"
sex which, for some people, that just means "normal," is a sign one has
lost their marbles.

?A group called the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom has launched a
petition to get "BDSM" (bondage, role-playing, punishment, discipline, and
fetishes, just to name a few) out of the DSM. In fact, they published a
paper on the topic here, and invite people to support their endeavor. They
are also asking that APA to base its conclusions on science, not on the
mainstream idea of what's considered "normal."

Why is this so important? If you meet the criteria for a DSM-approved
disorder, it could affect you at the workplace -- and even in child
custody agreements.

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"Duncanville Court Postpones Trial for 'Cherry Pit' Swingers Club Owners"
by Jon Nielsen
The Dallas Morning News (Texas)
September 18, 2008

Duncanville's municipal court postponed a trial date today for the Cherry
Pit owners accused of violating the city's sexually oriented business
ordinance.

The cases will be heard Oct. 27. The original date was set for Monday.

At issue in the municipal court case is about a dozen citations issued to
owners Julie M. Norris, 30, and Jim Trulock, 59, for running the swingers
club out of their home. The city has targeted the home, which sits on a
wooded residential lot on North Cedar Ridge Drive near Interstate 20, for
operating a sexually oriented business without a license and in a
residential neighborhood. City leaders and investigators maintain that the
home is a business because patrons are asked for a donation to attend
weekend and holiday parties.

Further complicating the case are the recent arrests of Mr. Trulock and
Ms. Norris on suspicion of serving alcohol at an unregistered club. The
Class A misdemeanor carries up to a one-year jail sentence or a fine up to
$4,000.

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Duncanville police arrest co-owner of Cherry Pit swingers club
by Jon Nielsen
The Dallas Morning News (Texas)
September 17, 2008

Duncanville police arrested the co-owner of a swingers club known as the
Cherry Pit on Wednesday.

The arrest of Julie M. Norris, 30, comes a day before a scheduled pretrial
hearing in the case against the notorious Duncanville sex club. Mrs.
Norris was charged with violating the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code for
operating an unregistered club, a Class A misdemeanor. If convicted, she
can serve up to one year in jail or a fine of up to $4,000.

The co-owner of the Cherry Pit, 59-year-old Jim Trulock, was arrested on
the same charge earlier this month.

Duncanville city officials have said that the couple is illegally
operating an unlicensed club in a residential neighborhood near Interstate
20 and North Cedar Ridge Drive. The City Council issued a ban in November
on sexually oriented businesses, but police documents show parties
continue at the home. City leaders say that patrons to the home are asked
to donate money to get into the home where alcohol is served.

During a pair of July raids at the home, authorities confiscated large
amounts of alcohol and "fun money" used to purchase sex acts.

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"Tribeca S&M Palace raided; owner, 'Domina' Held on Prostitution Raps"
by Barbara Ross, Kerry Burke, and Alison Gendar
The New York Daily News (New York)
September 17, 2008

A Manhattan S&M club that billed itself as the "Leading House of
Domination in NYC" was put out of business Wednesday after the NYPD busted
its manager and seized its business records.

The ladies at the Walker St. club, Rapture, all had "extensive and
rigorous" training in the art of bondage, and customers of the Tribeca
dungeon were whipped and poked by professionals, its advertising claimed.

"Each Domina is uniquely qualified to deliver the fantasy," the club's Web
site boasted.

Rapture promised "immaculately clean" and fully equipped rooms capable of
offering everything from "light play" to "heavy suspension and complex
medical sessions."

The NYPD had received numerous complaints from the club's unamused
neighbors that the third-floor operation was a straight-up house of
prostitution - despite the club's claims to the contrary.

"We do not engage in any form of prostitution whatsoever, so don't even
ask!" the ads claimed.

The NYPD's Manhattan South vice unit busted Collin John Reeve, 35, on
Tuesday for promoting prostitution and collared one of his ladies, Gina
Noto, 21, for prostitution, police said.

Noto, who is studying to become a nurse-practitioner, allegedly offered an
undercover vice cop a "prostate massage" for cash, court records stated.

On the walls of the club were lists of at least 17 dominatrices - and a
list of their special skills.

Whips, chains, hoists and sex toys filled the rooms.

Cops went back to the club Wednesday with a search warrant and seized
Rapture's business and payroll records, said Capt. Steven Braille,
commanding officer for the vice squad.

Braille said the investigation was ongoing and declined to discuss whether
other arrests were pending or whether customers were also under scrutiny.

Reeve's lawyer said his client was no pimp but a war veteran from the 82nd
Airborne Division who was honorably discharged.

"The NYPD does not know the difference between prostitution and freedom of
expression," said Reeve's attorney Salvatore Strazzullo.

"There is nothing on the books that states S&M is illegal," Strazzullo
said.

"The City of New York should know the difference between prostitution and
a perfectly legal S&M dominatrix house," he added.

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