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Last Madam of the Chicken Ranch Dies At 84

March 2, 2012 News No Comments

Chicken Ranch

The last madam of the Texas brothel best known for the Broadway show and movie it inspired “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” died last Saturday at the age of 84.

Edna Milton Chadwell, who owned and operated the Texan Chicken Ranch until it was shut down in 1973 had been hospitalized since October, following a car accident. … Continue Reading

Inside the Fear Mongering Anti-Gay Crusade

March 2, 2012 Freedom, News, Politics No Comments

Anti-gay fear-mongering continues

You don’t get any more anti-gay than the Family Research Center (FRC), which launched a new campaign recently to save marriage by combating “fake” (i.e., gay) marriages in the United Sates.

“2012 could be the ‘tipping point’ year in the battle for marriage,” their website reads. “The Left has launched the deceptive ‘Commitment Campaign’ to mislead Americans and impose affirmation of same-sex ‘marriage’ — fake marriage — on every state, county, city, school, and workplace. Family Research Council needs your immediate help to tip events for marriage by exposing and opposing the Left’s campaign, which could stop fake ‘marriage’ permanently.” … Continue Reading

The Future of Safer Sex Has Arrived

February 27, 2012 Feature, News, Technology 1 Comment

Chec-mate app by STFree

You’re out on the town. You see someone you like. You strike up a conversation, you buy the second round. They buy the third. You’re laughing, having a good time. You’re thinking you could take this conversation home and see what happens.

You pull out your phone. They pull out theirs. You bump phones and receive each other’s STI and HIV results. All clear. You step outside together and grab the next cab. … Continue Reading

The Legal Issues Engendered by the L.A. Condom Ordinance

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In a commentary on Forbes, Alexandre Padilla — an assistant professor of economics at the Metropolitan State College of Denver and a research fellow at Reason Foundation — details some of the legal problems that will arise as a result of Los Angeles’ new condom ordinance. … Continue Reading

Ninth Circuit Rules Prop 8 Unconstitutional

February 7, 2012 Culture, Freedom, News No Comments

Ninth Circuit rules Prop 8 unconstitutional

Today marks a small step forward for marriage rights. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled today that California’s Proposition 8, the amendment banning same-sex marriage, is unconstitutional. … Continue Reading

How Much Say Do Performers Have on a Porn Set?

February 7, 2012 Freedom, Local, News, Porn Valley No Comments

Jiz Lee speaks out against L.A. condom ordinance

In an article for the SF Weekly, porn star and adult activist Jiz Lee weighs in on the issue of consent among porn performers. … Continue Reading

National Education Association Rejects Donation from Porn Studio

February 6, 2012 News, Sex Work 1 Comment

NEA rejects porn studio donation

In November, Sasha Grey caused a stir after it was discovered that she had volunteered to read to kids at Emerson Elementary in Compton. No matter how poorly our kids are doing academically, how much funding schools have lost, or how much help the National Education Association could use, they refuse to stoop to accepting donations from persons or businesses of ill-repute. … Continue Reading

When You Go After Planned Parenthood, You Go After All of Us

February 3, 2012 Health, News No Comments

We found this cruising through Google+. Lori Friedrich saw this comment on the Susan G. Komen Facebook page on Thursday, February 2.

Outrage against Susan G. Komen's move to defund Planned Parenthood … Continue Reading

Adult Performer Lorelei Lee Speaks Against Condom Ordinance

February 3, 2012 Local, News, Porn Valley, Sex Work No Comments

Lorelei Lee

In an incisive piece on Salon, adult performer Lorelei Lee writes about her concerns with the condom ordinance that the city of Los Angeles recently passed. Like many in the adult industry, Lee questions the motivation of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which set into motion the events that would culminate in this ordinance. … Continue Reading

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Gamers Won’t Be Seduced, Will Stare At Random Cleav Instead

That Steam allows the objectification and sexualization of female characters in a variety of its games but refuses to accept a game about actually engaging with women in a more interactive fashion is astonishingly backward.

FetLife Is Not Safe for Users

That the site doesn’t take measures to protect user content and has shown incompetence or negligence in regard to user privacy, all the while prohibiting victims from warning others about predatory behavior creates an environment where it is nearly impossible for members of the community to take care of themselves and one another. By enabling FetLife to continue espousing a code of silence, allowing the spinning self-created security issues as “attacks,” and not pointing out how disingenuous FetLife statements about safety are, we are allowing our community to become a breeding ground for exploitation.

Why You Should Vote No On Prop 35

Should people who benefit (parents, siblings, children, roommates!) from the earnings of “commercial sex acts” (any sexual conduct connected to the giving or receiving of something of value) be charged with human trafficking? Should someone who creates obscene material that is deemed “deviant” be charged as with human trafficking? Should someone who profits from obscene materials be charged with human trafficking? Should people transporting obscene materials be charged with human trafficking? Should a person who engages in sex with someone claiming to be above the age of consent or furnishing a fake ID to this effect be charged with human trafficking? What if I told you the sentences for that kind of conviction were eight, 14 or 20 years in prison, a fine not to exceed $500,000, and life as a registered sex offender?

Pretty and Calls Herself a Geek? Attention Whore!

If you are a woman, you might be given a chance to prove yourself in this community. Since there is no standard definition of what a “geek” is and it will vary from one judge to the next anyway, chances of failing are high (cake and grief counseling will be available after the conclusion of the test!). If you somehow manage to succeed, you’ll be tested again and again by anyone who encounters you until you manage to establish yourself like, say, Felicia Day. But even then, you’ll be questioned. As a woman, your whole existence within the geek community will be nothing but a series of tests — if you’re lucky. If you aren’t lucky, you’ll be harassed and threatened and those within the culture will tacitly agree that you deserve it.

Cuddle Chemical? Moral Molecule? Not So Fast

Zak’s original field, it turns out, is economics, a far cry from the hearts and teddy bears we imagine when we consider his nickname. But after performing experiments on generosity, Zak stumbled on the importance of trust in interactions, which led him, rather inevitably, to research about oxytocin. Oxytocin, you might remember, is a hormone that has been linked previously to bonding — between mothers and children primarily, but also between partners. What Zak has done is take the research a step further, arguing in his recent book, The Moral Molecule, that oxytocin plays a role in determining whether we are good or evil.

How to Avoid Pissing off a Stripper

Let’s talk about the strippers. Whether they like to be half-naked or not, whether they enjoy turning you on or not, there’s one thing they all have in common: they’re working. Whether you think that taking one’s clothes off for money is a great choice of career is really beside the point (is it a possibility for you to make $500 per hour at your job without a law degree? Just asking). These women are providing fantasy, yes, but that is their job. And as a patron of the establishment where they work, you need to treat them like you would anyone else who provides a service to you.

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