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Raise a Solidarity Fist!

Posted in Legal, News, Politics and Sex with tags , , , , on September 29, 2010 by paigetsindfw

Canada did it!

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As reported in the Huffington Post, a Canadian court has struck down many of the key provisions that effectively rendered their supposed freedom to engage in prostitution meaningless. Yes the government plans on a repeal, and yes there is a 30 day waiting period before the decision can take effect, but solicitation and operating a brothel will soon likely be entirely legal!

The news is NOT perfect. We can very much expect the problems of pimps to remain in some form (they have also been legalized), and an abusive employer is an abusive employer in ANY industry. But this is why decriminalization is so important and so much better than “legalization”, which implies regulation of behavior that is implicitly dangerous. Decriminalization says you are completely free to make your own decisions on this matter. Sex workers may now report safely on bad johns and abusive pimps. This clearly motivated the court, as shown in their opinion, which we hope so very much to become common sense around the world, that the laws banning prostitution and the like only serve to further harm and marginalize a huge segment of all societies, condemning them to further victimization and no voice to protect themselves.

Go Canada! May we learn from example!

Down Low at West Point

Posted in Legal, LGBT Rights, News, Politics and Sex with tags , , , , , , , , on August 25, 2010 by paigetsindfw

This photo was taken in 1980, representing the first women to graduate from America's most prestigious and demanding military school

And here, 30 years later, another batch of students is making a difference at West Point. This time, as the New York Times reports, those cadets are gay, lesbian, or bisexual. Most are “on the down low”, but now, more and more are coming forward, and facing military “justice” for deciding that their oath of honor means more to them than keeping their true selves hidden from the bigots and fearmongers who prattle about combat readiness and moral hygiene.

As one such student, Katherine Miller put it, “I have lied to my classmates and compromised my integrity and my identity by adhering to existing military policy. I am unwilling to suppress an entire portion of my identity any longer.”

And these are the people we think we can afford to lose with so many enemies abroad?

One Battle Down and a War Yet to Win

Posted in Activism, Legal, News, Politics and Sex, porn with tags , , , on August 3, 2010 by paigetsindfw

This little witch just hopped off her broom after a trip to the 2010 Desiree Alliance conference in fabulous Las Vegas! If you’ve never been a sex positive person surrounded by hundreds of people of like mind and spirit, overflowing with love and the zeal of activism against the forces of oppression, then honey, you ain’t lived.

And maybe you don’t know, or think it’s buried under all the hatemongering out there, but there are MANY organizations in this great country working for the rights of consenting adults. You probably know the big ones like the ACLU, but do you know about HIPS? Do you know about the St. James Infirmary?

Can’t find a SWOP chapter near you to support? Then by hell start one. I am.

The fight is long, but we’re in it to win it. New Zealand managed to decriminalize, and they’re also winning against the misinformation campaigns, relying on hard evidence and the testimony of real sex workers.

But here, we often have to take the small victories as inspiration. So here’s one:

AVN reports that the federal government just lost its first obscenity trial in decades against porn icon John Stagliano.

The report tells the story in great detail, with good humor to boot, so my job is pretty much already done. Go read it and give thanks that perverts are still assured of their right to name themselves “Buttman” and film themselves doing filthy shit with tons of willing men and women for stacks of filthier money ❤ ❤ ❤

Sneaky Bastards

Posted in Legal, News, Politics and Sex, porn with tags , , , , , on July 14, 2010 by paigetsindfw

Censorship abounds! Two stories today, first from Carnal Nation, where Dr. Marty Klein reports on a law hidden deep within federal funding intended for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, aid to Haiti, massive omnibus spending in general. The second from the Huffington Post, reporting on those old rascals at Apple, who no doubt have better things to do (like fix the iPhone) than scour the ‘Net for porn to cover up like a bunch of digital Keystone Cops.

For the nearsighted, that last line is a WAKE UP CALL TO DEFEND YOUR RIGHTS!

“None of the funds made available in this act may be used to maintain or establish a computer network unless such network blocks the viewing, downloading and exchanging of pornography,” is the teeny little evil addition reported on by Dr. Klein. Not to sound flippant, but just how fucking addicted are our “leaders” to collateral damage that they have to make so sweeping and casual an assault on our freedom of expression? Don’t they send enough unmanned drones to waste anyone with the misfortune of being near a suspected terrorist?

As for Apple’s contribution to the absurd, almost fetishistic compulsion to make people safe from porn, check here for just a tiny selection of some of the apps and e-books censored or outright denied distribution, because of the terrible sin of having “gay themes” or using the word “sperm”. That’s how Moby Dick’s electronic version wound up censored, believe it or not. My favorite has to be outright banning the Kama Sutra as thoroughly “obscene”. Well excuuuuuuuse a 6000 year old culture for having spiritual expressions that are sex positive and don’t conform to some kind of Silicon Valley Calvinism.

Get laid, people. Seriously. It helps.

like a dart in the face

Posted in Activism, Gender Issues, Legal, LGBT Rights, News, Politics and Sex, You Fucked Up! with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 17, 2010 by girlonpiano

 

The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) system is “updating” its non-discrimination policy to create a loophole that would allow GLBT people to be fired, or not even hired to begin with, based solely on their orientation or gender identity.

The “update” was proposed by Raymond Noah at Tuesday night’s closed board meeting. Here’s what it says:

“DART is committed to hiring, promoting and retaining the best qualified persons in all positions and, EXCEPT to the extent permitted by federal and/or Texas law, DART will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by law.”

I added the bold and all caps to the word except, ‘cuz here’s the thing: in Texas, it is permitted to discriminate against LGBT people! So, basically, what I’m hearing is “we won’t discriminate unless we’re allowed to, and we are allowed to, so we’re gonna go ahead and do it.”

Fuck you, DART! Fix this shit NOW!

How Could You Hate This Face?

Posted in Politics and Sex, Uncategorized with tags , , , on May 20, 2010 by paigetsindfw

I mean seriously, how? I could understand wanting to assault it with kisses. I could understand wanting to force chocolates or diamond studded tiaras. But hate?

Actually, it turns out to be easier than you might think to hate Miss Michigan, now Miss USA and contender for Miss Universe, Rima Fakih. All you have to be is on the extreme right wing (of the “Real America”, mind you, not the extreme right of the Muslim diaspora. They hate her too probably, but for different reasons), a paranoid delusional, and someone who makes pissing on the accomplishments of others a hobby.

From AlterNet comes this story of how miss Fakih, a Lebanese American, now has to contend with probably the first original criticism of beauty pageant winners in years, unless you count that Carrie Prejean nonsense. Sure, she’s under fire for the same old things: being a “poor role model” for having participated in an amateur pole dancing contest , participating in a beauty contest at all since they’re so fundamentally oppressive (google that one your damn self, because the attacks are LEGION), so on, all the usual suspects.

But you saw this coming didn’t you? Miss Fakih, proud of her win (rightly), and eager to use her newfound prominence to advocate for peace between cultures, to stand as a bridge linking East and West… now has to contend with maniacs trying to accuse her of actually being part of a Hezbollah plot to undermine America.

I’m so lucky I’m ugly as sin. Think what you want about pageants, strippers, or so on, but it’s this kind of WTF that almost makes me wish the right wing’s paranoid fantasies were right about just one thing: The detention camps set up just to reeducate them. In my version though, I’d be happy to just cede them Utah, build a nice fence (they make good neighbors, remember), and let ’em sort it out. Any tries to hop over that fence though, my monkeys are trained to fling poo at them.

Unofficially Raped

Posted in Legal, Medical, News, Politics and Sex with tags , , on April 17, 2010 by paigetsindfw

I have no jokes here. I barely have words. This story speaks for itself and sickens me with the kind of inarticulate rage usually reserved for genocide.

But if genocide is the act of obliterating an entire ethnic group, then this tragedy of errors is clearly the act of obliterating a person so completely, invalidating them, that her bravery in choosing to resist and live is simple incalculable.

Just a small handful of the tools and documents required for the average rape kit. I speak from experience here when I say getting one of these done is both time consuming and deeply humiliating.

For some statistics on just how many assaults there are every year, you can go here to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network. Among the important highlights? One in six women, on average, and one in thirty three men are sexually assaulted at some point in their life. College age women are at four times the national average risk. About 3/4 of victims knew their assailant beforehand, as a friend, colleague, peer, someone they interacted with on at least a few occasions.

But there’s more to this story … Continue reading