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Cloudflare: FOSTA Was a 'Very Bad Bill' That's Left the Internet's Infrastructure Hanging

on Sunday, 22 April 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Motherboard “[Terminating service to Switter] is related to our attempts to understand FOSTA, which is a very bad law and a very dangerous precedent,” he told me in a phone conversation. “We have been traditionally very open about what we do and our roles as an internet infrastructure company, and the steps we take to both comply with the law and our legal obligations—but also provide security and protection, let the internet flourish and support our goals of building a better internet.”

Smallville Star Allison Mack Arrested and Charged With Sex Trafficking

on Saturday, 21 April 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

E News

Mack has been accused of recruiting slaves by telling them they were joining a women-only organization that would empower them. She allegedly required her slaves to engage in sexual activity with Raniere in exchange for money or other benefits. If the alleged slaves did not participate, it was thought that damaging information about them and their families and friends would be released. According to court documents, Mack's alleged behavior took place approximately between February 2016 and February 2017.

Students, business people unpack the 'safe, sane and consensual' world of BDSM

on Thursday, 19 April 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

The Vermilion “You can try yourself,” Menard added, “but the time required to understand BDSM can be greatly lessened by getting involved with the community. “It’s like Ollivander's, the wand shop in ‘Harry Potter:’ you gotta find the right one,” David said of the various leather and BDSM related items. “I hope that people who are interested in kinks take the time to find resources that will take that journey along,” Menard said.

17 DOs and DON'Ts of Open Relationships

on Wednesday, 18 April 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

The Advocate I used to live in a large house with three gay men. They were a triad, a “throuple.” I was the guy upstairs. When one of them got cancer, none of us knew how to proceed. Do I stay? Do we fight? Do we simply live? Do we make plans? Do we stop making plans? In his last weeks, his partners grew quiet, ready. No one is ready when this happens, and no one deserves it. But there is one essential payoff: Cancer reveals, from life’s myriad connections, the ones that matter most. Like sifting gold out of dirt, pain reveals which loves are real. Theirs was.

What Facebook should fear most isn’t future regulation—it’s what’s already here

on Wednesday, 18 April 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Quartz

The new 230 restrictions, however, will not only affect sex sites. “The newly enacted law holds all internet services accountable for some portion of user content,” Goldman says. “And because internet services can’t figure out which content complies and which doesn’t, the law is actually regulating everything.” Without adequate AI tools or enough people to review content, the law is forcing all websites into self-censorship. “That is why it is so pernicious,” Goldman added. He predicts smaller websites will either go out of business or never start up.

Love All: The Art Of Polyamory

on Sunday, 15 April 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Vogue UK

Proper polyamory involves a lot of fiercely honest negotiations and tenderness for all concerned. I recently attended a conference where I fell into conversation with a married African-American arts practitioner from New York who professed himself polyamorous. We discussed the fact that a strong, long-lived partnership can often accommodate a lover better than lies, scorn or unkindness – provided a couple’s soul-bond is not threatened. I said I wasn’t sure about the term polyamory, which smacks too much of a formal movement to me – something you sign up to, like Scientology or the Lib Dems. My own sense of the matter was that quite a few couples in my circle had quietly evolved to a place where they could accommodate the occasional negotiated exception. “Say that again,” said my new artist friend, turning the phrase over. “Negotiated exceptions. Yeah, I like that.” I told him about two friends who got hitched in their forties, after previous marriages. They agreed early on that the chances of them being faithful “till death do us part” were negligible, so made a pact that if either ever felt tempted to stray they’d announce it at once. A decade later the wife started a side relationship with one of her spouse’s closest friends, which ran for several years. Meanwhile, neighbours and family had no clue. As the wife said to me, “You don’t open up about this sort of thing when you live in a village and do the flowers at your parish church. Devon isn’t Soho.”

Atlanta Leather Pride focuses on family bonding, giving back and BDSM education

on Saturday, 14 April 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Georgia Voice

Jonathan Fenrir, the current reigning Mr. Atlanta Eagle, is very much aware of the family component. “There’s a growing number of Pride celebrations around town, [but] Atlanta Leather Pride is a chance for people of all walks of life to come out and be a part of something that sees past gender or sexuality,” he said. “It’s a perfect time for those that might have questions or want to hang out on the edges to see leather and the leather lifestyle celebrated so openly and free of judgement.”

A new law intended to curb sex trafficking threatens the future of the internet as we know it

on Friday, 13 April 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Vox

The bill’s language penalizes any websites that “promote or facilitate prostitution,” and allows authorities to pursue websites for “knowingly assisting, facilitating, or supporting sex trafficking,” which is vague enough to threaten everything from certain cryptocurrencies to porn videos to sites for perfectly legal escort services. (In fact, one of the bill’s main supporters, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, is arguably using the bill as a path to attack consensual adult pornography, which it has characterized as “violent,“ “degrading,” and “a public health crisis.”)

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