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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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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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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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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  • 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

Federal judge charged with buying drugs from stripper

FL: 8 face charges after raid at Cocoa strip club

VA: Adult store protest planned in Manassas

7th Circuit: SOB crime study does not support hours-of-operation ordinance

    Annex Books v. City of Indianapolis, No. 09-4156 (7th Cir. Oct. 1, 2010)

    SOB crime study does not support hours-of-operation ordinance

    Before Easterbrrok, Chief Judge, and Flaum and Rovner, Circuit Judges. Per Curiam.

    The 7th Circuit held that the study, Do ‘Off-Site’ Adult Businesses Have Secondary Effects? Legal Doctrine, Social Theory, and Empirical Evidence, 31 L. & Policy 217 (2009) by Richard McCleary & Alan C. Weinstein [SSRN | PDF] does not adequately support an Indianapolis ordinance requiring “adult bookstores to be closed all day on Sunday and between midnight and 10 a.m. on other days.” According to the court, the study “suffers [two] shortcomings . . . it concerns a dispersal ordinance rather than an hours-of-operation limit, and the authors did not attempt to control for other potential causes of change in the number of arrests near adult establishments.” Annex Books offered local evidence “suggesting [the] number of arrests near plaintiffs’ stores did not go down when the revised ordinance took effect, and in some areas arrests rose.” Therefore, the 7th Circuit upheld the district court’s grant of a preliminary injunction against Indianapolis.


  • Posted: 10/01/2010
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MA: Public hearing on adult entertainment Tuesday night in Lynn City Hall

More activists band together to fight child sex trafficking

VA: Manassas pursues rules for sexually oriented businesses

KY: Lap dances, nudity to end at Louisville strip clubs

    Fox 41: “After years of legal battles, big changes are coming to Louisville strip clubs. The adult entertainment ordinance will soon be enforced . . . The ordinance requires dancers to stay at least six feet away from customers and they must be on at least an 18-inch platform. Lilly says they can no longer offer lap dances. Clubs must also be closed from 1 a.m. to 9 a.m. And they can no longer serve alcohol once their license is up for renewal.”


  • Posted: 09/30/2010
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Maine: Owner of strip club in Westbrook sues the city

Which words does Google Instant blacklist?

    CNN: “Google has opened itself up to a potential PR problem, because some of these omissions will be at best bewildering and at worst offensive to particularly sensitive (or progressive) users who don’t understand how Google Instant actually works. For example, ‘bisexual’ and ‘lesbian’ are among the restricted words. Type them in to Google and the instant search will immediately stop delivering new results. You have to hit enter to confirm, yes, you really do want to know about something in some way related to bisexuals or lesbians.”


  • Posted: 09/29/2010
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  • Source: edition.cnn.com

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OH: Galion City Council reviews sexually oriented business regulations

Kindlerotica: The strange but inevitable rise of e-reader pornography

    James Ledbetter writing at Slate: “There’s no point in dancing around it: Amazon is distributing men’s erotic fiction, and its bargain-basement Kindle pricing—in many cases, this material, too, is given away for free—means that some of it shows up on ‘best-seller’ lists . . . How comfortable is Amazon with being identified with this material? There are thousands of pornography sites on the Web (paid and free), and while you can’t access them without some kind of device and software, you’re not pointed toward them in any meaningful way. The Kindle, however, pushes Amazon over the line from mere enabler of erotica to promoter and producer.”


  • Posted: 09/29/2010
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  • Source: www.slate.com

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Canada: Tories to appeal prostitution ruling

Singapore keeps website ban

VA: Loopholes could allow strip club in Pittsylvania County

Ontario prostitution decision could impact Manitoba

Canada: Prostitution law decision could affect Saskatoon case

Canada’s prostitution laws unconstitutional, court rules

MN: St. Paul’s last sexually oriented bookstore quietly closes

Recovery from porn addiction is possible

    Deseret News: “Sometimes there are relapses. You need to be patient. But healing is absolutely possible and we see it all the time. We see many people who overcome this problem and become better people because of it. We see relationships heal. They feel free from the bondage of this — no more lies, no more deception, no more shame. When they start to taste how good it feels to be free from the bondage of these chains, there is a sense of well being. It is a wonderful thing to see that freedom.”


  • Posted: 09/28/2010
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  • Source: www.deseretnews.com

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Is Powell’s Bookstore a criminal pornographer? 9th Circuit panel says no

Law Review: Teens, Porn and Videogames: Time to Rethink Ginsberg?

    John A. Humbach, Teens, Porn and Videogames: Time to Rethink Ginsberg? (September 26, 2010). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1682982

    “This term the Supreme Court will decide whether states can constitutionally ban sales of violent videogames to minors. In reaching its decision, the Court will inevitably be faced with how to deal with Ginsberg v. New York, the case that allowed states to forbid sales of non-obscene (constitutionally “protected”) pornography to persons under age 17.

    The opinion in Ginsberg, if not the result, is an odd duck in First Amendment jurisprudence. It is a case that applied ‘rational basis’ review in an area where the Supreme Court now insists on strict scrutiny. But the Court predicated its use of rational basis review on reasoning that was analytically flawed. Not only was the reasoning circular but it was founded on the startling idea that states have the power to modify the scope of a constitutional concept (i.e., obscenity) and, therefore, to cut down constitutional rights.

    It is doubtful that Ginsberg could be decided on the same reasoning today and, on its record, it probably could not have the same outcome. Rather than gloss over or ignore the analytical flaws of Ginsberg, the Court should take the occasion to rethink Ginsberg and to place this area of law, and minors’ constitutional rights, on a sounder footing that is in harmony with the rest of First Amendment law.”


  • Posted: 09/27/2010
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IA: Judge says strip club can open immediately

Porn creates devastating emotions in most women

    Mormon Times: “For women who learn their husbands have a pornography problem, emotions come rushing in, sometimes out of the blue and other times as an explanation for behavior that was never adequately explained . . . Research shows the majority of people grappling with Internet porn are married heterosexual men with an average age of 38, according to Jill Manning, a researcher and author who has examined the impact of pornography on marital relationships. ‘The majority of spouses impacted by this problem are women,’ she said.”


  • Posted: 09/23/2010
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