Degradation of women in porn

    Australian Broadcasting Corporation: “[T]he real revelation wasn’t the seedy, vulgar underbelly of hetero porn – that was no surprise to [David Foster Wallace]. It was the trend towards degradation porn, towards the mainstreaming of porn premised on male dominance and female subservience, towards sperm spatters used as evidence of dominance, towards simulated rape porn, sadism with paid consent. That was what really concerned Wallace. And it’s that trend which is the real problem with porn.”


  • Posted: 11/18/2010
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  • Source: www.abc.net.au

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Ann Coulter: Reduce TSA 90%, we know the terrorists are swarthy, foreign-born Muslim males

    Ann Coulter writing at Townhall: “Fortunately, that’s the one advantage we have in this war. In a lucky stroke, all the terrorists are swarthy, foreign-born, Muslim males. Only because the terrorists are Muslims do we pretend not to notice who keeps trying to blow up our planes . . . If the government did nothing more than have a five-minute conversation with the one passenger per flight born outside the U.S., you’d need 90 percent fewer Transportation Security Administration agents and airlines would be far safer than they are now. Instead, Napolitano just keeps ordering more invasive searches of all passengers, without exception — except members of Congress and government officials, who get VIP treatment, so they never know what she’s doing to the rest of us.”


  • Posted: 11/18/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: townhall.com

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Report: Online video providers not protecting kids

FL: Sanford Airport to opt out of TSA screening

    WDBO: “The backlash continues over those new TSA screening measures, and now one Central Florida airport has decided to go with a private security screening firm. Orlando Sanford International Airport has decided to opt out from TSA screening.”


  • Posted: 11/18/2010
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  • Source: wdbo.com

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UK: Concern over “pornographic” NHS videos aimed at kids

TSA: Religion offers no break on airport screening

Washington Times: Big Sister’s police state

Napolitano may exempt Muslims from airport pat-downs

Rutherford Institute sues Dept. of Homeland Security and TSA over scanners

    The Rutherford Institute: (links to the complaint) “In a case involving the continuing encroachment of modern technology upon personal privacy, The Rutherford Institute has filed a Fourth Amendment lawsuit in federal court against Janet Napolitano, secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and John Pistole, administrator of the Transportation Security Agency (TSA), on behalf of two airline pilots who refused to submit to airport security screening which relies on advanced imaging technology that exposes intimate details of a person’s body to government agents.”


  • Posted: 11/16/2010
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  • Source: www.rutherford.org

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Dedham, MA: Town meeting OK’s police contract, SOB district

Napolitano “open” to fliers’ gripes over screening

    USA Today: “Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Monday that the agency has an ‘open ear’ to any ‘adjustments’ to security measures in place at the nation’s airports, as some groups and individuals continued to call for a boycott of full-body scanning machines that they complain are invasive.”


  • Posted: 11/16/2010
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  • Source: www.usatoday.com

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TX: Weatherford City Council approves new SOB zoning code

Geneva, IL: Sexually oriented business zoning might be limited to city’s East side

MA: Dedham voters will decide on new brunch law, “adult” zoning

Law Review: Countering the Dangers of Online Pornography

    Julie Hörnle, Countering the Dangers of Online Pornography – Shrewd Regulation of Lewd Content? (October 1, 2010). Queen Mary School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 65/2010. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1686136

    “This Article will detail how the UK has responded to the greater risks posed by illegal online content by successively extending the reach of the substantive criminal laws and by taking preventative measures. It will focus on the example of laws on obscene content on the internet and associated online behaviour and in particular on the ‘grooming’ offences, the law on extreme pornography and virtual child abuse images. An assessment of these offences against the ‘harm principle’ is made and while the internet’s role in facilitating such offences is acknowledged, the article argues that in some respect the legislation has overshot the mark.”


  • Posted: 11/15/2010
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  • Category: Global: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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Amazon U-turn in face of pedophile guide fury; police investigate author

New York Times: Video games and the First Amendment

How obscene is video game violence?

Brent Bozell: The vast child-fattening conspiracy

Is the TSA fostering pornography and sexual assault? Will Americans accept strip-and-grope?

Law Review: Evaluating the Government Interest Behind Broadcast Indecency Regulation

    The Bogeyman of “Harm to Children”: Evaluating the Government Interest Behind Broadcast Indecency Regulation
    Jessica C. Collins, 85 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 1225 (2010)

    “Although the government’s interest in preventing harm to children has played a central role in justifying regulation of broadcast indecency by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), courts generally have failed to examine this asserted interest. In this Note, I argue that this failure has added great uncertainty to indecency regulation and that more thorough consideration of this interest may provide greater clarity on the boundaries of permissible speech. I first review the doctrinal history of the regulation of indecency, both within broadcasting and in other media, to demonstrate that the interest in preventing harm to children, though a central justification of the regulatory scheme, has been ill defined. I then examine the recent case of FCC v. Fox Television Stations, Inc. to illustrate that the vagueness of the current FCC indecency standard raises constitutional concerns. I contend that the vagueness may derive, at least in part, from courts’ failure to identify the type of harm to children that the government seeks to prevent through restrictions on indecent speech. Although the FCC’s structure may be inapt for identifying speech that is harmful to children, courts should undertake an investigation into the nature of the harm that indecency regulation seeks to prevent in order to provide limits on the scope of government authority. In the final Part, I therefore analyze five potential government interests, each stemming from a distinct potential harm that indecent broadcasting may create, and demonstrate how identifying the harm that indecency regulation is trying to address may restrict and define the scope of permissible government action.”


  • Posted: 11/09/2010
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FBI: 69 children, 99 pimps found in national bust

Annual event helping addicts overcome porn

Porn is the most dangerous threat in the culture war, says LifeSite editor

IA: Councilman suggests sexually oriented clubs for Mason City

ME: Sexually oriented businesses once again on Waterville plate

Ken Klukowski: Does First Amendment require selling violent video games to children?

Sex columns “revolutionize” college media?

    USA Today: “Daniel Remold, a journalism professor at the University of Tampa, says his passion is campus media. Can he help it if the big story over the last decade is about sex? His new book, Sex and the University: Celebrity, Controversy, and a Student Journalism Revolution (Rutgers University Press), provides insights gleaned from reading more than 2,500 student sex columns. He tells USA TODAY why they matter.”


  • Posted: 11/04/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.usatoday.com

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Female topless ballot question fails in Mass. city

Fighting porn via YouTube

Supreme Court argument recap: “Common sense” and violence

Calif. pushes to uphold ban on violent video games

Why is the Church Afraid of Modesty?

Zoning meeting; sexually oriented business in Ocean Springs, MS

Geneva, IL: Public hearing to be set on sexually oriented business use

IN: Crime to surreptitiously videotape one’s fiancee naked?

    Chiszar v. Indiana, No. No. 91A04-1004-CR-290 (Ind. App. Oct. 29, 2010)

    “It is the nature of the looking that is at issue here. The ‘looking’ that is proscribed under the statute is ‘any looking of a clandestine, surreptitious, prying, or secretive nature.’ There can be no reasonable purpose for that kind of looking since, by definition, it is without the other person’s knowledge, and, therefore, it is without the other person’s consent. To look at someone in a clandestine or secret manner is to hide that looking from the other person, and it is that act that is proscribed by the statute. We hold that individuals of ordinary intelligence would comprehend the statute adequately to inform them of the proscribed conduct and that the statute is not unconstitutionally vague.”


  • Posted: 11/01/2010
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Law Review: Comparative Legal Approaches to Pornographic Obscenity by the United States and the United Kingdom

    Two Nations, One Web: Comparative Legal Approaches to Pornographic Obscenity by the United States and the United Kingdom
    William T. Goldberg, 90 B.U. L. Rev. 2121 (2010)

    “Modern American obscenity law has developed over a period of approximately fifty years. The foundation of the law is built around a single test, the ‘community standards test,’ which tasks a trier of fact with gauging whether given materials would be considered obscene by the standards of the average member of the community in which they are made available. If that trier of fact deems those materials obscene, then the producer or distributor of such materials may face fines or imprisonment. The application of the community standards test has been refined, but never fully clarified. Thus, questions debated at the test’s first official implementation by the Supreme Court in the 1950s are still in question today: What types of materials actually fall within the scope of obscenity? What is the proper definition of the ‘community’ from which we should draw our standards? What role should individual privacy rights play? How do political pressures impact the application of obscenity laws? More recently, how should this standard apply following technological advances, like the internet, which have expanded the volume and variety of potential obscenity available in any given place at any given moment? This Note examines the underlying issues in U.S. obscenity law that raise these questions, yet primarily focuses on the impact of the internet on modern obscenity law in the United States and the United Kingdom.

    Part One examines these basic questions and explores their complexities. Part Two introduces and examines recent changes in U.K. law that address many of these same questions. Effective in 2009, the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 sharpened the United Kingdom’s definition of obscenity by imposing a strict liability offense for possession of ‘extreme pornography.’ Until this change, U.K. and U.S. obscenity laws were very similar, but this new Act imposes greater individual responsibility on consumers of such depictions, and also provides a far more precise definition of the prohibited materials. Part Three attempts to reconcile the tensions in U.S. law with the changes in U.K. law. The discussion focuses on the divergence in the laws and the consequence, if any, such divergence could, or should, have on American obscenity law.”


  • Posted: 11/01/2010
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Can states keep kids from violent video games?

Appeals courts criticize child porn sentencing guidelines

IRS raids sexually oriented business giant in Philadelphia

Geneva, IL looks to regulate sexually oriented businesses

OH: Norton Council considering regs for sexually oriented businesses

    Akron.com: “Sexually oriented businesses will come under more regulation if Norton City Council approves a resolution to amend Chapter 1292 of Title 6 of Part 12 of the city’s codified ordinances . . . If approved, the resolution would ‘prevent the deleterious location and concentration of sexually oriented business,’ according to the legislation.”


  • Posted: 10/29/2010
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  • Source: www.akron.com

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Sex.com sold for $13 million

Pornography still an ignored social ill

WRAP week: fighting pornography proliferation

Pornography and socially responsible investing

    Blake Robinson writing at Public Discourse: “Socially responsible investing, once associated with causes like combating South African apartheid, has the potential to become a serious way to combat the harms pornography causes in our society. The proliferation of Corporate Responsibility departments at corporations attests to the continued importance of socially responsible investing, a practice that has and continues to have a serious impact on America’s leading businesses. It’s now time to apply these principles to the issue of pornography.”


  • Posted: 10/27/2010
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  • Source: www.thepublicdiscourse.com

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Judge enjoins new Mass. obscenity law

2008 “Girls Gone Wild” lawsuit morphs into free speech test case

    “At issue before the appeals court are not the facts of the original case but whether attorneys for the women can keep their clients’ names private as they pursue the original litigation. The original complaint, which was filed in a Florida court in March 2008, identified the plaintiffs by their initials only. The women, who were filmed by GGW crews in Panama City, Fla., in March 2002, are now in their 20s.” Via How Appealing quoting AVN News. Complaint is here.


  • Posted: 10/27/2010
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Bloody video games may get same age curbs as porn in Supreme Court case

Law Review: Muslim women at the intersection of the First Amendment and full body scanners

    Rohen Peterson, The Emperor’s New Scanner: Muslim Women at the Intersection of the First Amendment and Full Body Scanners (March 6, 2010). Hastings Women’s Law Journal, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1684246

    “With the introduction of full body scanners, the United States has signaled an increasingly stringent approach to air travel. However, it has not full considered the implication upon Muslim women. While agencies within the United States, such as the Transportation Security Agency, have reacted to concerns from the Muslim community, it has yet to take a proactive role in constructing a method that accommodates the Islamic faith.

    This Note approaches Muslim women by identifying the sources of their faith in respect to modesty and clothing. Under the First Amendment, their faith is analyzed in context of airport security measures, particularly full body scanners. From this analysis, a better understanding of how full body scanners impact Muslim women, and the larger Muslim community, can be achieved while simultaneously promoting security and religious freedom.”


  • Posted: 10/27/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: ssrn.com

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WA: Jefferson County extends moratorium on sexually oriented businesses

Trafficking, sexual exploitation of Haitian children in the Dominican Republic on the rise

Sexualization of school-aged girls harms women of all ages, expert says

5th Circuit: Recipient of child pornography can challenge “sex offender” label prior to release and registration

The Rutherford Institute to represent pilot who refused virtual strip search

Sexually oriented business regulations proposed in Windsor, CO; San Antonio, TX; Menomonie, WI

    Windsor Beacon: “The new regulations proposed would limit the zoning areas the businesses could locate to only heavy industrial areas, with 1,500 foot buffers from schools, churches, residential zones, parks, cemeteries, playgrounds, child care centers and other adult businesses.”

    KENS 5 (San Antonio): “Under the current city ordinance, sexually oriented business must have a special permit and must operate within designated zones, away from schools and churches. But Clamp says some nightclubs and bars are employing women wearing pasties. Although the current ordinance doesn’t specify that as nudity, Clamp says they are now considering amending the ordinance to require more coverage.”

    WQOW: “The Menomonie City Council will have to wait before taking a vote that could keep an adult business out.”


  • Posted: 10/21/2010
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The real harms of prostitution

    MercatorNet: “The women explain to us how it feels to be treated like a rented organ. ‘It is internally damaging. You become in your own mind what these people do and say with you. You wonder how could you let yourself do this and why do these people want to do this to you?’ Women who prostitute have described it as ‘paid rape’ and ‘voluntary slavery’. Prostitution is sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, often worse. His payment does not erase what we know about sexual violence, domestic violence and rape.”


  • Posted: 10/21/2010
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  • Source: www.mercatornet.com

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Insiders Report: War on illegal pornography

Vancouver sex shop owner decries city ruling

Massachusetts campaign targets child prostitution

Groups challenge expanded Mass. obscenity law

FL: Judges to Rule on Child Porn Question in Stelmack Case

ME: Madison Strip club given cold shoulder

Strip club owners sue City of Milwaukee

OR: Adult businesses upset Beaverton residents

AZ: Former porn actress makes new start as Chandler mom

    Arizona Republic: “But Hayden ultimately decided her fame and earnings came at too great a cost. ‘The money ends up being spent on medical bills to pay for all the health problems you get from sleeping with so many people, drugs, pills, and alcohol to numb the pain, and lavish material items that make you feel a temporary high and happiness,’ said Hayden . . . ”


  • Posted: 10/08/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.azcentral.com

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Chillicothe, OH committee outlines restrictions on adult businesses

FL: Ormond Beach annexes new “bikini bar” despite litigation

South Dakota defends restrictions on sexually oriented businesses

SC: Hartsville considers sexually oriented business ordinance

UK: Teens just one click away from internet sex and porn

2 men arrested in Romania over child pornography

Los Angeles: Police seek possible young victims of alleged pimp