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WILL THE SEXUAL OPENNESS OF THE 'HOOK-UP' GENERATION CONFRONT THE CONCERNS OF #METOO?

on Saturday, 25 August 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Pacific Standard

Polyamory isn't going mainstream anytime soon. But to the extent that its growing acceptance portends a larger cultural shift away from the demands of monogamy (both within marriage and not), and to the extent that this shift is complemented by healthy communication over sexual issues, the conflicting cultural norms that plagued those raised in the 1960s and '70s may yield to a sexual culture that, while more exposed to graphic sex, is nonetheless less repressed, no more promiscuous, better able to discuss sexual desire, and, no matter how powerful a person is, cognizant that we all have boundaries.

#MeToo at Burning Man: The cracks in consent culture on playa

on Thursday, 23 August 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Reno Gazette Journal

"Often now, I will start with a handshake. I’ll put my hand up and either they’ll go in for a handshake, or they’ll open their arms. It used to be random that someone would offer a handshake. There has been this paradigm change," said Allen, the reverend of the Hug Church, which started at Burning Man. "There’s now a, 'Hey let’s talk about consent before we hug.'"

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I'm a Dominatrix, and Here's How I Can Help You Have Better Sex

on Monday, 20 August 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Men's Health

To an outsider, the dominant may appear in control, but it’s the submissive who holds the power. The sub agrees to, or rejects, any new ideas, and either party can stop everything with the mere mention of a safe word. When a sub hands over power to a dom, he or she does so willingly. Mutual trust is key, and benefits you both. If you want someone to submit to you, you have to show that person respect. That means you never push nonconsensual ideas. You give your partner what she wants, and to know what your partner wants, you have to ask.

I’m In A Polyamorous Relationship With My Boyfriend And His Girlfriend

on Saturday, 18 August 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Huffington Post

When Rob suffered a scare and was in the hospital recently (he’s fine), both of his girlfriends were there by his side, something the various interns seemed flummoxed by. Rob handled it like a pro. After they asked who was his actual girlfriend for roughly the 30th time, he just said, “I am with them both ― now can we talk about why I’m in this bed?

Fakir Musafar, Whose ‘Body Play’ Went to Extremes, Dies at 87

on Friday, 17 August 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

NY Times

“We were all excluded from regular society, so we had something in common,” he said in a documentary for French television. “We were fighting for a common goal, and that was to be let alone, to be able to do what we wanted to do, not be thrown into mental institutions, harassed, bothered by authorities.”

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Inside the intimate world of bondage, dominance and sado-masochism in Wales

on Thursday, 16 August 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Wales Online

No longer pushed to the corners of specialist outlets, BDSM, fetish or kink, as it is otherwise known, can be found in your local high street Ann Summers or released on the big screen for Valentine’s Day. As one member of the scene told me: "BDSM is my Sunday night."

Naughty in N’awlins 2018 – An Event I Will Never Forget

on Wednesday, 15 August 2018. Posted in NCSF in the News!, Front Page Headline, Media Updates

OpenLove101

By Jackie Melfi

This year’s NCSF Parade was off the charts! A sea of white wove its way down Bourbon Street as thousands of swingers donning white crowded the pavement in a show of solidarity, and hundreds of couples and singles proudly carried signs conveying the benefits of a more open relationship.

“My Wife Is My Wingwoman!”

“Our Marriage Works!”

“We Support Sexual Freedom!”

…are just a sampling of proud declarations written on poster board for all the world to see (or at least anyone walking down Bourbon Street).

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Leather cultural district cuts ribbon

on Sunday, 12 August 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Bay Area Reporter

by Liz Highleyman

"The queer and kink communities of SOMA have faced so many challenges over the last 70 years, and yet we have refused to let go of this little corner of the world," said Rachel Ryan, a member of the Stud collective who was part of the yearslong effort to obtain the designation.

 

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