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First Congress Took Sex Workers’ Websites. Now It’s Coming For Their Bank Accounts.

on Tuesday, 29 May 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Huffington Post

“What a lot of organizers are worried about is how these broad anti-trafficking initiatives are often applied in a targeted manner that hurts more vulnerable people rather than helps them,” Liara Roux, a sex worker and producer of independent adult media, told HuffPost. “If this bill is passed in a climate where sex work is so stigmatized that no distinction is made between a trafficked individual and someone who is just trying to survive, you’re just as likely to see vulnerable people’s bank accounts closed as actual traffickers caught.”

Why More and More Married Couples Are Opening Up Their Relationships

on Sunday, 27 May 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Men's Health "Open relationships require so much communication just to survive," says Kevin. His previous monogamous relationships, by comparison, were on nonverbal autopilot. "We didn't feel we needed to talk about things, because all of our lessons came from TV shows and pop culture. Everything was just on a default setting." Antoinette agrees: "The moment we chose to step off the relationship escalator, we had to say, 'Okay, what are we doing?'"

This BDSM Dominatrix Says Vanilla People Could Learn A Few Things From Kink

on Saturday, 26 May 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates


“We live in a world where men can publicly prey upon and demean women and still become president, but if a man wants to kiss a woman’s foot and clean her apartment it’s considered deviant,” Mistress Yin says to Ken in one scene. This is the kind of subversive messaging Mercy Mistress creator Yin Quan was striving to promote with the show, which is based on her own experiences as a New York City dominatrix in the early 2000s. Mercy Mistress isn't just a show about BDSM (and certainly not the next version of 50 Shades Of Grey). It's a show that gives power back to those who need it: the submissive men, queer Asian-American women, the kink community, and many more. We sat down with Yin Quan, Poppy Liu, and Mercy Mistress director Amanda Madden to talk about demystifying BDSM, the healing power of art, and what vanilla people can learn from kink.

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The Boundary Between Abuse and B.D.S.M.

on Thursday, 24 May 2018. Posted in NCSF in the News!, Front Page Headline, Media Updates

NY Times

“People who are not interested in kinky sex find it hard to understand, but some of us are just wired to really enjoy extreme sensations, whether it’s emotional or physical or mental challenge,” said Susan Wright, the founder of the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, an advocacy organization.

Let’s Clear Up Some Misconceptions About Nonmonogamy

on Wednesday, 23 May 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

The Root

Are there people who have a “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in their relationship? Sure, and it is likely because they had a discussion and agreed that it would work for them within their relationship dynamic. But remember that every relationship is different. You have to make these types of agreements together.

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8 Hardest Parts About Being Polyamorous That No Tells You (But I Will)

on Tuesday, 22 May 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Elite Daily

"Someone who's polyamorous may have an anchor family they live with, a steady sweetie in another state, casual hookup buddies in their town, and friends they 'swing' with," Aida Manduley, sexuality educator and social worker, explained to Elite Daily earlier this month. The benefits of being polyamorous typically include more romantic flexibility, greater freedom of sexual expression, and less pressure to subscribe to norms like traditional relationship timelines.

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