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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


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.”)

Trump signs anti-trafficking law that weakens online free speech protections

on Wednesday, 11 April 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

The Verge We also don’t know how greatly FOSTA will supplement existing anti-prostitution and anti-trafficking law. The Justice Department shut down Backpage and filed criminal charges against its founders last week, before FOSTA was signed. The owner of, another sex work site, was sentenced to prison for promoting prostitution last year. And FOSTA conflates stopping sex trafficking with stopping consensual sex work, making it difficult for sex workers to screen clients or build communities through online services. Now that the bill is signed into law, we’ll see exactly how web platforms — and sex workers who operate online — respond to this new legal liability.

For these young romantics, 3 (or more) is the perfect company

on Wednesday, 11 April 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

CBC Canada

"No one is cheating here," Lynch said. "Everyone is on the same page, there's good communication constantly. Partners are always talking."'s Founders, Employees Indicted on Charges of Facilitating Prostitution

on Tuesday, 10 April 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Rolling Stone The indictment accuses the executives – Lacey, 69, and Larkin, 68 – of presenting Backpage as a site to advertise escort services while knowing that "the overwhelming majority of the website's ads involve prostitution." Backpage's executive vice president Scott Spear, chief financial officer John "Jed" Brunst, sales and marketing director Dan Hyer, operations manager Andrew Padilla and assistant operations manager Joye Vaught were also charged.

Straight men need to stop using polyamory as an excuse to manipulate women into casual dating

on Tuesday, 10 April 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Independent UK

People who identify as polyamorous sometimes argue it is a sexual orientation akin to being gay or straight, while others see it as a lifestyle choice. Either way, polyamorous relationships are typically characterised by an intense sense of commitment – both to one’s primary partner and any additional relationships. It is about constant communication and respect, which allows for the fact that there is such a thing as ethical, consensual non-monogamy.

Kink’s Armory Club Will Stay Put Amid Sale

on Tuesday, 10 April 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Eater SF While Kink sells its naughty furnishings at an estate sale this weekend — auctioning off items like an examination table and a human hamster wheel — The Armory club is busy adding naughty events to its calendar, include polyamory workshops, bondage classes, and demonstrations dedicated to fetish accoutrements hosted by local sex educators. “It’s a bit more modest, of course, than what you might have seen in the Armory,” Humberstone says, “but in keeping with our heritage just the same.”
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