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Jersey City Briefs

on Monday, 21 May 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Hudson Reporter “As it was previously written, the definitions of obscenity within the municipal code proved to be outdated, and ended up putting unfair restrictions on the expression of our artists and performers whose work is far from what would typically be labeled ‘obscene’,” said Mayor Fulop. “During the past few weeks, we have worked our team and community members on updating this law to reflect contemporary community standards and prevent future confusion.” Read more: Hudson Reporter - JERSEY CITY BRIEFS

Sex Ed Vloggers Say YouTube Is Censoring Their Videos

on Thursday, 17 May 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Broadly

“If you're going to consume any content online, what is more enticing? A pixelated icon in search that has very unflattering faces, or an icon that looks thoughtful, put-together and makes it clear what the video is about?” asks Amp Somers, the co-founder of YouTube channel Watts the Safe Word. With videos including “Negotiating sex and kink” and “Lube 101 – which do I choose?”, Watts the Safe Word specializes in a light-hearted, humorous approach to LGBTQ sex education.

Six Queers on Polyamory and Identity

on Thursday, 17 May 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Autostraddle

I’m actively not ashamed of how different relationships allow me to perform gender differently, or give me a way to build love and acceptance with someone based on our similar life experience with race or any other mutual point of interest, really. When I realized that other people had always partially defined what categories I did or didn’t have access to, I decided to actively resist that.

How To Make An Open Relationship Work

on Wednesday, 16 May 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Complex

Like any relationship, open unions don’t follow stringent guidelines. But when venturing into non-traditional territory, something like a rule book is more necessary than not. “Set the ground-rules for what actions and behaviors are allowed and disallowed under your open arrangement,” Courtney Clemen, founder of The V. Club, tells Complex. “It’s very important to think through all the scenarios and circumstances that could arise.” Couples should have a crystal clear understanding of what they are permitting each other to do, because the concept of sex is a broad spectrum and what’s OK and what’s not is subjective. Having agreeable rules ultimately minimizes feelings of insecurity, fear, and jealousy that can arise in an open relationship.

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A Call to Action on June 1st—The First Ever Sex Worker Lobby Day

on Tuesday, 15 May 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, NCSF News

The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom urges everyone in our communities to join us in supporting the first ever Sex Worker Lobby Day on June 1st in Washington, D.C. NCSF will be participating with sex workers in Federal lobbying with Members of Congress. We are also supporting direct action activities that are planned around the country on June 1st and June 2nd.

The recently enacted FOSTA-SESTA laws have directly impacted many people because of the effect on sexual content on the Internet, with platform providers already removing sexual content for fear of criminal prosecution. Sex workers, in particular, have been placed in even more serious danger by the harmful effects of these laws.

All of us want to protect victims of sex trafficking. However, this legislation does not protect victims of sex trafficking and actually places them at greater risk by making it more difficult for them to access sex worker advocacy groups to get help.

The Sex Worker Lobby Day in Washington D.C. is a great opportunity for individuals to discuss important sexual freedom issues with their elected Members of Congress. It is also an opportunity to learn how to advocate to legislators. Lobbying is not a complex or difficult process. With a little training, anyone can do it and we will provide that training. You also don’t have to be out as kinky or a sex worker to join in.

For those of you who have not done lobbying before, this is truly a fascinating experience. You will enjoy it. But more importantly, this is an opportunity for you to make a real difference on issues that affect all of us and that are critically important for sex workers.

For additional information on how to sign up for Sex Worker Lobby Day in Washington D.C., contact Judy Guerin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her at 202-494-9555. For additional information on direct actions and activities planned around the country and in Washington D.C., visit www.survivorsagainstsesta.org.

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BDSM and consent: How to stop rough sex crossing the line into abuse

on Monday, 14 May 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

BBC News

"Consent should be freely given, and it should be reversible at any point," said Ms Martin, who is also executive director of the World Association of Sex Coaches. "Many people think that if you consent, that you agree until it's done, but that's not at all how it's done."

How to Have BDSM Sex That's Safe and Consensual

on Sunday, 13 May 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Life Hacker

Here are some important consent ground rules to follow:

Your partner must clearly affirm their desire to engage in sexual activities with you. In other words, a lack of a “no” is not a “yes.”

Your partner must consent to every single activity that you engaged in together. Saying “yes” to having intercourse doesn’t imply that someone is also saying “yes” to being slapped in the face.

I like using the term “enthusiastic consent,” which means that not only is your partner willing to engage in these activities with you, but they’re also excited about it.

Your partner consents willingly, without pressure or coercion.

Consent can be revoked at any time.

Guest Blog: Polyamory and BDSM researchers need your help!

on Friday, 11 May 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, NCSF News

by Chris Deaton
 

We are two graduate researchers out of Arizona State University who are working on BDSM related projects and are looking for additional input from the community. The projects have multiple phases depending on respondent’s status and desire for additional involvement.

 

There is a survey for the polyamorous community looking at various subculture intersections and some basic relationship structure and behavior information. There is also an additional interview component open to polyamorous couples that have been together for more than 10 years. There is a limited amount of participants allowed for this phase and it is focused on two distinct groups; self-identified BDSM members and those that are not. We want to know what you think makes you successful!

 

More information and the survey can be found at can be found at http://polyamory.education.

 

The second project is related to the intersection of BDSM and yoga and the benefits of each. The project is looking at the perceived benefits of both yoga and BDSM; specifically, improved body image, reduced anxiety and depression, and altered states of consciousness. There is an additional interview component open to women who have been practicing yoga and/or BDSM for 2 years or more. 

The survey and contact information can be found at http://links.asu.edu/yogabodysurvey.

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