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How the Steampunk Community Was Rocked By Its Own #MeToo Scandal

on Thursday, 29 March 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Daily Beast Mach was famous not only because his conventions were some of the biggest and best-attended, but because he had a cult of personality, a well-cultivated brand. He also blogged and spoke publicly about good sexual consent practices, claiming to be a builder of safe spaces. So when Mach was publicly accused of personal and professional abuse, the fall-out was huge.

Walmart is pulling Cosmopolitan from checkout lines in response to #MeToo — but it's an embarrassing perversion of the movement

on Thursday, 29 March 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Business Insider On Tuesday, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, an anti-pornography organization, said Walmart had responded to its campaign to pull Cosmopolitan from the shelves in checkout aisles. The change will affect the roughly 5,000 Walmart locations where Cosmopolitan is stocked. "That's over 5,000 stores where families and individuals will no longer be automatically exposed to Cosmo's hypersexualized and degrading article titles that regularly promote pornography, sexting, BDSM, group sex, anal sex, and more, all while marketing toward young teens with Disney star cover models," the center said in a statement.

Founder of the secretive self-help group NXIVM charged with sex trafficking

on Wednesday, 28 March 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

ABC News As outlined in the Department of Justice press release, the complaint, which was unsealed today, alleges that “in 2015, Raniere created a secret society within Nxivm called ‘DOS,’ which loosely translated to ‘Lord/Master of the Obedient Female Companions,’ or ‘The Vow.’ DOS operated with levels of women ‘slaves’ headed by ‘masters.’ Slaves were expected to recruit slaves of their own (thus becoming masters themselves), who in turn owed service not only to their own masters but also to masters above them in the DOS pyramid. Raniere stood alone at the top of the pyramid. Other than the (sic) Raniere, all members of DOS were women.”

Hours After FOSTA Passes, Reddit Bans 'Escorts' and 'SugarDaddy' Communities

on Tuesday, 27 March 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

The great content crackdown has begun.

FOSTA seriously chips away at Section 230, the federal provision that protects web publishers from being treated as the speaker of user-generated content. Proponents of FOSTA have insisted this is just a renovation of Section 230, not a demolition. But as Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.)—who coauthored the Section 230 language in the '90s—noted yesterday, once you carve out a loophole for one bad thing (in this case, the change is allegedly meant to stop sex trafficking), it's easy for legislators and courts to carve out loopholes and justifications for everything.

How a New Senate Bill Will Screw Over Sex Workers

on Tuesday, 27 March 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

If SESTA becomes law, victims of human trafficking will be able to sue the websites their abusers may have used to communicate with one another. The implications reach beyond justice for survivors, however, as consensual sex workers may be charged with facilitating prostitution if they use an online forum to exchange safety information such as bad date lists. The threat of prosecution has already led such forums to simply shut down rather than face potential legal liability. When sex workers don't have access to digital resources – such as Craigslist, Backpage, Rentboy or MyRedBook – they often engage in high-risker street work.

Checklists, Safe Words, and Interrupted Orgasms: How Directors Are Navigating Consent During 'Rough' Porn Shoots

on Saturday, 24 March 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Jezebel While acting as an on-set advocate for Wasteland, Rowntree once canceled a scene when a female performer seemed to be in pain while performing with a particularly well-endowed male performer. “She held her breath and closed her eyes and did a hiccup kind of thing,” she said. “I stopped it right away and I said, ‘You don’t need to do this.’ She said, ‘No, no, no, I really want to do this.’” Ultimately, though, Rowntree felt that the performer was in too much discomfort and brought things to a halt. That is in part because she knows that performers can feel pressure not to speak up. “I think that they’re scared that they’re not going to be asked back, that they will get a reputation that they don’t follow through,” she says.

This queer student explains polyamory is 'all about love'

on Saturday, 24 March 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Gay Star News Queer student Ella explains her polyamorous relationship is ‘all about the love.’ Her polyamorous relationship started a year and a half ago. Ella explains: ‘We met a girl we’ve been friends with for a long time, and it all just kind of clicked. We ended up in a relationship together. That came very naturally.’

‘I’m In A Polyamorous Relationship—Here’s How It Works’

on Tuesday, 20 March 2018. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Women's Health For Nico and I, the benefits far outweigh the challenges. I feel safe in our relationship. In monogamy, there’s often this fear of “But what if they leave me?” With polyamory, that fear is gone because no one needs to cheat or lie, and we’ve built this place of trust where we can really talk about what’s working and what’s not working. And that feels like a better place for me. Being poly allows us to be authentic and explore what makes us happy in our lives in a way I didn’t feel like I could in monogamous relationships.
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