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THE DECRIMINALIZATION OF SEX WORK IS EDGING INTO THE 2020 CAMPAIGN

on Sunday, 31 March 2019. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

The Intercept

“I do not believe that anybody who hurts another human being or profits off of their exploitation should be admonished or free of criminal prosecution,” Harris said in a recent interview with The Root. “But when you are talking about consenting adults, I think that you know, yes, we should really consider that we can’t criminalize consensual behavior as long as no one is being harmed.”

19 03 31

When the Dominatrix Moved in Next Door

on Saturday, 16 March 2019. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

The New York Times

But the battle on Quincy Street is about more than just sex. For Ms. Miller, it’s about trust and safety; for Ms. Taillor, it’s about respect and kink-shaming. As both women fought to protect their communities, what resulted was a culture clash and gentrification struggle all wrapped up into one fight.

19 03 16

Why Mental Health Practice Guidelines are Crucial for Working with Kink, BDSM, & Fetish

on Friday, 15 March 2019. Posted in Front Page Headline, NCSF News

As helping professionals, mental health workers have an ethical and a professional responsibility to provide culturally sensitive care to our clients. Sensitive care is especially crucial for individuals who are underserved and misunderstood in society, such as those involved in kink and fetish. When some find their way to mental health professionals for help, they may be fortunate to find a therapist who is knowledgeable and experienced with kink and BDSM. Yet, many more may find clinicians unfamiliar with kink who have unaddressed biases or may pathologize them. Due to this care gap and high likelihood of negative experiences, people involved in kink often fear being stigmatized and can experience the negative effects of minority stress.

To change this, in the Spring of 2018, a team of highly experienced clinicians gathered to explore what constitutes clinical best practices in working with those who are interested and/or involved in leather, kink, BDSM, and/or fetish eroticism.

Because our goal is to have this project be community-informed, we need YOUR input so our guidelines are culturally aware, clinically relevant, strengths-based, and useful. We invite community-members who are involved in kink/BDSM as well as clinicians, educators, and researchers familiar with the kink and fetish client experiences to share their ideas via our new 2019 Clinical Practice Guidelines Draft Survey. Your involvement will make these guidelines better informed,
more culturally appropriate, and inclusive.

Please invite others to participate as well. When we work together, we can create a safer world and better mental health resources for those who need them!

To feedback form directly: http://bit.ly/draftguidelines

Kink clinical guidelines

For more information:
https://www.kinkguidelines.com/

The NCSF Coalition Partners Met in Portland

on Monday, 11 March 2019. Posted in Front Page Headline, NCSF News

The 22nd Annual Meeting of the NCSF Coalition Partners took place in Portland, OR, on March 2-3rd. The Coalition Partner representatives elected the Board Members and discussed new and ongoing projects, like Consent Counts which aims to decriminalize sexual conduct between consenting adults. The Annual Reports on NCSF programs and our goals for the year were discussed by Coalition Partner representatives.

18 Coalition Partners attended the NCSF Annual Meeting in person, online or by proxy:

1st Capital Finance
Adventures in Sexuality
Arizona Power Exchange
Asylum Buffalo
Black & Poly
Catalyst
Columbus Space
F.I.R.E.
FLOG St. Louis
MAsT Boise
New Mexico Leather League
PanEros Foundation
PolyDallas Millennium
Satin Sheet Dreams
StL3, Inc
TES
The Red Chair (TRC)
The Woodshed Orlando

This year, 9 people ran for 5 elected Board seats, all of whom had excellent qualifications. The members of the new NCSF Board are:

Susan Wright – Chairperson
Keira Harbison – Vice-Chair
Ben Schenker – Treasurer
Tess Zachary – Secretary
Archer Shelton
Choc Trei
Elizabeth Newsom, LCSW-Supervisor
J. Tebias
Jackie “Bebe” Harris
Judy Guerin
Rich Richbart
Ruby B Johnson, LCSW, LCDC
Russell J. Stambaugh, PhD, DST, CSSP

Rubys workshop at Annual Meeting

NCSF thanks Ruby B. Johnson, LCSW, LCDC, for providing a Consent Workshop entitled Power: The Individual following the Annual Meeting for CP reps, NCSF Board Members, Advocates and Staff. By the end of the workshops, participants could evaluate coercion, capacity, and advocacy in negotiating power exchange.

Immediately following was a special meeting of the Portland Sex Positive Community Council that discussed the upcoming Northwest Consent Summit on October 5-6th. We hope to see you there!

 

I Suddenly Stopped Being Kinky and I’m Not Sure Why

on Friday, 08 March 2019. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

SELF

“Most people have some fixed erotic themes,” Kolmes told me, noting that some “are accustomed to things looking different in different relationships” while others get “surprised” by changes to those themes. They emphasized that the shift isn’t necessarily a cause for concern. “It’s my view that sexual desire and interest and practices can change and that’s normal and healthy,” they said. “But if someone’s upset about it, I want us to figure out what is upsetting for that person.”

19 03 08

Sex-Work Decriminalization Is Becoming an Issue For 2020

on Thursday, 07 March 2019. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Rolling Stone

Harris’s about-face on the issue of decriminalization speaks volumes about the increasing prominence of sex workers’ rights on the national stage, says Jessie Sage, a sex columnist for the Pittsburgh City Paper, an organizer with the advocacy group SWOP Pittsburgh and a cohost of the Peepshow Podcast, which covers the sex industry. “The sex work community doesn’t trust Harris or have a clear sense of what she means by [her stated support of decriminalization],” Sage says. “But I do think that the fact that she would find it politically advantageous to say this is important, and tells us something about changing attitudes.” And these changing attitudes are supported by hard numbers: a 2016 Marist College poll found that 49 percent of Americans supported sex work being legal, while six out of 10 respondents said they opposed prosecution of those arrested for sex work.

19 03 07 2

I Worked As A Dominatrix For Over 5 Years. Here’s What It’s Really Like.

on Thursday, 07 March 2019. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Huffington Post

One of the first things I learned at my new job was that men of all ages, social classes, and religious and ethnic backgrounds found the dungeon to be the only place they felt safe enough to take off their mask, remove their armor and reveal their vulnerabilities, traumas and pain, in an effort to heal and become better men. The surrender of their minds and souls was, and still is, one of the most beautiful things I have ever witnessed in my life. And it was all happening at the hands of powerful women.

19 03 07

“One of the Most Taboo Conversations” — New Yorkers Push to Decriminalize Sex Work

on Tuesday, 05 March 2019. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

The Intercept

“This is one of the most taboo conversations for us to be having as a society,” New York state Sen. Jessica Ramos told the Foley Square rally. “And we are not going to stop.” Ramos will be introducing the decriminalization bill this spring alongside newly elected democratic socialist Sen. Julia Salazar, Sen. Brad Hoylman, and Assembly Member Richard Gottfried, all Democrats.

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