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America's Sexuality Day: March 03, 2010

Doesn't your sex deserve a national day of recognition?

AMERICA'S SEXUALITY DAY is an exploratory collaboration initiated by The Comstockery Campaign.

The Comstockery Campaign seeks to promote broad and inclusive national honor and tribute to sexuality in America.

The Awards and public advocacy projects will be 501 (c) (3) compliant.  They welcome all organizations that promote sexual knowledge and free speech to utilize March 3 celebrations to benefit their own missions in diverse and meaningful ways.

The Petition for a Congressional Resolution for Sex will be a bi-partisan 501 (c) (4) public lobbying initiative for Congress to officially recognize the contributions of sexuality in our democracy and humanity.

Sex is unquestionably a primary, essential impulse for human survival and pleasure.  Yet, there is no date specifically designated to honor sex in America.

March 3, the historic anniversary of The Comstock Act of 1873-- America’s congressionally authorized national censorship laws against sexual free speech-- is the most advantageous date for celebrating the complex symbiotic relationship of sex, individuality, culture and our democracy.

What can you do?  Here are a few suggestions:

There is a swarm for this event, at Bloggers Unite.

Have sex.

Talk about sex.

Visit Congress and have sex.

What can you think of to promote acceptance and public respect for sex on March 3, 2010?

- arvan

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"We Want You To Think Outside The Box, but not THAT much".

Last night at dinner, I was chatting with a couple of guys from North Carolina. One of them mentioned his friend who applied to the North Carolina School of the Arts, and sent in a screenplay.

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Pawtucket Mayor Institutes Censorship for Sexual Health

Grand Opening of the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health Censored by Pawtucket, RI Mayor in Response to Anonymous Email

By Rebecca Chalker, author of The Clitoral Truth and articles on sexuality and women’s health.

The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health, new non-profit educational organization focusing pleasure and sexual advocacy issues, was scheduled to hold its Grand Opening in Pawtucket, Rhode Island on Saturday, September 26. 

The Center’s Director is Megan Andelloux, a graduate of the University of Rhode Island (1997) and a Certified Sexuality Educator of the American Association of Sexuality Education, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) and a Board Certified Sexologist by the American College of Sexologists.

Last week Andelloux, learned that the Pawtucket City Council had received an anonymous email “warning” about the Center’s opening and premier event.  “I was then informed that without proper zoning and event licenses, I would be arrested if I held the event in Pawtucket,” she says.  “Although I had landlord approval and the building is zoned for retail, business, entertainment, and office use, I was told that I had to get a special zoning application for ‘education’ and approval,” which typically takes up to two months.  She had to scramble to find alternative space in which to hold the Grand Opening event and retained a lawyer.

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Censorship And The Demise Of Personal Liberty

For some time, religious fundamentalist groups in SA have been campaigning to ban various things in this country. A few months ago, a massive crowd - all of 18 people - picketed outside the Sexpo in Cape Town, demanding a return to "traditional" and "family values" and the banning of pornography - much to the amusement of the 20 odd thousand people drawn to the sexpo by their very negative press, which unintentionally turned out to be very positive for the sexpo instead. Such groups have held numerous protests and mounted email campaigns against "soft-porn" on E-TV, "blasphemy" in student "rag" magazines and of course, marches against abortion. And of course, who can forget the thousands who marched in South Africa some years ago to oppose marriage equality - because people falling in love and getting married is just way too bad for "the family", and will cause our fragile civilization to collapse?

Add to that the announcement on the radio I heard a few days ago where a government minister announced an initiative to table a bill in Parliament, which would enforce a blanket ban on all pornography in public media. This announcement can be seen on the Home Affairs website: http://www.home-affairs.gov.za I am sure in retrospect, he meant wet blanket.

"“South Africa should explore an outright ban on pornography in the public media as is the practice in countries such as China and India.” To this extent, the Deputy Minister will approach the Law Reform Commission with a view to requesting them to investigate and advice on the possibility of such a move. "The increase of access to technology and mobile internet, with all its benefits, also poses risks such as creation and distribution of child pornography. We need to be proactive in protecting children against this heinous crime."

 Ahem.
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Novel about Transsexual Banned for Under-18s in Turkiye

A Prime Ministerial board has banned advertisement for the novel "Third Class Woman" by Anıl Alacaoğlu.

The Prime Ministerial Board for Broadcasts/Publications Harmful to the Underaged has decided that the book "Third Class Woman" (Üçüncü Sınıf Kadın") written by Anıl Alacaoğlu cannot be sold to under-18-year-olds and cannot be advertised.

The book, so the author, is about "the loves, sexual experiences, separations, discrimination and problems experienced by a transsexual from childhood into their twenties."

Alacaoğlu said that the ban on the book was "a result of the mentality that presumes that children cannot be homosexual or transsexual."

"I expected some negative reactions towards the book, but the notification we received made me worried about the outdated restrictions the book faces."

Outdated ban

The author said that he found out from a newspaper that his book had been considered harmful. He was sent a notification ten days later. It reads:

"It praises homosexuality, which Turkish society does not accept as moral, and anal relations with people of the same sex, which is again not normal for Turkish traditions and customs. Of course such abnormal and perverted relations would affect the mental development of children negatively."

Alacaoğlu argues that this mentality wants to prevent children from discovering their sexual orientations or identities.

"They don't want children to judge for themselves. They are trying to prevent them from questioning and discovering themselves and trying to keep them uninformed by banning books, films and Internet websites."

"There is a growing LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) movement in Turkey. This ban is part of the mentality that feels uncomfortable with it."

The writer said he was not frightened by the ban. "On the contrary, I am happy that I have shared my discomfort, and the discomfort of many others like me, with the public. There is something to be taken serious there."

Alacaoğlu describes himself as part of the LGBT movement in Turkey. He said that the ban has motivated him to focus on LGBT issues in his second book, too. (BÇ/AG)

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