Censorship on Taboo Subjects, Remittance Girl, Cornell University

Cornell University lecture (Sept. 23, 2011): ‘Divine or monstrous love’: Alexandridis on bestiality in ancient Greek art,

“Bestiality” has no equivalent word in ancient Greek, Alexandridis noted, but art from that culture did depict zoophilia: a “strong emotional bond between humans and animals that can also include sex acts.” If you wish to view the article where this statement originated, link to http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/Sept11/LIBbestial.html

Remittance Girl’s response to PayPal’s recent censorship of erotica.

Defending the Indefensible: Bestiality in Erotica #censorship #erotica #paypal

March 3, 2012

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…if you don’t stand up for the stuff you don’t like, when they come for the stuff you do like, you’ve already lost.

Why defend freedom of icky speech? Neil Gaiman, 2008

This week, I’ve seen a lot of authors, publishers and others turn on their own kind. I’ve read a lot of statements that look like this: ‘I’m all for free speech, but PayPal is doing the internet a favor by banning this disgusting crap.”

Today, I decided to approach this from a different angle. I don’t have too hard a time defending the validity of most of what PayPal has decided it won’t process sales on. Like Mark Coker, I really can’t see what is particularly obscene about fictional descriptions of incest. Unlike Mark, I find it very easy to defend fictional rape in erotica. Probably because I have, on several occasions, written it. I find the ban on under-age sex very problematic. At a gut level, I find the concept of sexualizing children, even fictionally, very disturbing. On the other hand, this blanket ban also precludes perfectly defensible coming of age stories. It puts YA writers in a position where they cannot write about adolescent sexual experience – which pretty much means they aren’t able to address the real-world experience of being an adolescent in their fiction.

For me, fictional bestiality is by far the no-go area I have most problems with. It’s a gut level thing for me. I am just so utterly squicked out by the idea of sex with animals, I find it hard to assess it rationally.

So, because I believe that NO fiction should ever be banned, or put beyond the reach of grown up readers willing to read, I have set myself the challenge of justifying why I think that even the fictional taboo I personally have the most problems with, should be available to willing readers.

These days, the vast majority of erotic fiction that contains the taboo of bestiality comes in the form of were-animal erotica. There are probably a number of authors who write these books who are mortified to think they’re even writing bestiality at all.  But I want to examine the history of the ways in which we have represented congress with animals and why we do it.

The folklore, mythologies and religions of many cultures have represented sexual intercourse between animals and humans.

Please link to read the rest of this wonderful article.

http://networkedblogs.com/uHl2R

Thumb print: Roman erotic art (zoophilia, bestiality): group representing the deity carved Pan copulating with a goat. Marble sculpture from the Villa dei Papiri has Herculaneum (Ercolano). Roman copy of an original statue of the 2nd century AD. Naples National Archeological Museum, Office of secrets. (Naples, Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Gabinetto Segreto)

International Sex Worker’s Rights Day, Insurance – Birth Control – Sluts & Prostitutes

The irony of today being International Sex Worker’s Rights Day and Rush Limbaugh’s statement did not escape me.
‘Even sex workers have human rights’
02 Mar 2012 – Story by Alvine Kapitako

WINDHOEK  – The Namibian Sex Workers Coalition (NSWC) under the auspices of the African Sex Worker Alliance Namibia (ASWA) will observe international sex workers’ rights day tomorrow.

The day originated in 2001 when over 25 000 sex workers gathered in India for a sex worker festival. Organisers wanted to celebrate the lives of sex workers as well as highlight the determination and strength of sex workers.

Sex workers’ groups across the world have subsequently celebrated March 3 as International Sex Workers’ Rights Day. To read the rest of the article, please link to:

http://www.newera.com.na/articles/43272/-Even-sex-workers-have-human-rights

If You Want Your Insurance to Cover Birth Control, You’re A Slut and A Prostitute

By AV Flox at Sex and the 405

Rush Limbaugh has betrayed his audience. I won’t pretend that I write without an angle, but I know that it is possible to do so without lying and distorting the facts. This is not the case for Limbaugh, as it became clear on his show on Wednesday night, during which he again lashed out against student and contraception coverage mandate supporter Sandra Fluke.

Fluke, a third year student at Georgetown Law School, came before an unofficial hearing led by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California) to argue in favor of insurance coverage for birth control at religious institutions. Pelosi, it bears noting, had made arrangements to hear Fluke testify after the student was barred from the official hearing by presiding Republicans, who said her name had been submitted too late. According to the Washington Post, Democrats involved disagreed with this justification. Unsurprisingly, all the women present at the official hearing were opposed to the measure. To read the entire article and view Sandra Fluke’s Opening Statement via video on C-Span, link to:

http://sexandthe405.com/if-you-want-your-insurance-to-cover-birth-control-youre-a-slut-and-a-prostitute/


 

 

Eroticon 2012, Paypal to Loosen Grip on Erotica Ban (Maybe)

Paypal just didn’t think their banning of erotica through. The Bible would fall into this category based on their definition.

The Digital Reader: The Best News and Info on Ebooks and eReaders – Feb 28th blog by Nate Hoffeider

The Paypal-Smashwords censorship saga took a new turn last night. After a long phone call on Monday, Paypal said that they might relax their ban and give authors more time to remove the content.

All this started late Friday night with an email. Smashwords founder Mark Coker was given an ultimatum by Paypal. Either remove certain types of erotica or Paypal would stop processing payments for Smashwords.

Naturally Mark had to pass this along to the authors and publishers who distribute through Smashwords; his email caused an incredible amount ruckus over the weekend, drawing the attention of TechCrunch, Slashdot, and other blogs as well as sparking a debate everywhere the topic was raised.

BTW, Paypal’s threats to Smashwords were just one of a larger crackdown on certain types of erotica. In the past couple weeks, several ebookstore which sold erotica, including Bookstrand and All Romance eBooks, have revised their policies. While it’s not clear that Paypal is involved in all the situations, I strongly suspect that Paypal has recently made similar demands to all the ebookstores.

But there is some good news for Smashwords. Mark sent out an email last night (end of the post). After the talk on Monday, Paypal is willing to reconsider the content they object to. It appears that Paypal has noticed the uproar over the weekend and might not be thrilled with the  negative publicity. So they are now willing to maybe allow works where the banned content is just mentioned, but not the central theme.

Why the revision? Read further at –

http://www.the-digital-reader.com/2012/02/28/paypal-loosens-grip-on-erotica-ban/

Eroticon – Writing Sex Right to be held in Bristol, UK tomorrow, March 3rd. Open to all who are writing about sex online, bloggers to authors. “…the conference will provide a safe space to learn, share and network.”

A wide range of workshops and seminars, such as writing inspiration, tech-skills, photography, and  getting published will be offered.

http://conference.eroticnotebook.co.uk/

 

Press Release – March 20 – Sharazade – Erotic Short Story Writer

Philadelphia’s Erotic Literary Salon, Featuring- Well-known erotica author Sharazade, Along with Salon Erotic Readings from Attendees.
Tuesday, March, 20.

Saturday, Feb 26, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Susana Mayer, Ph.D., Salonnière
email: PCSalons@gmail.com – reserve a time slot to read at Salon (5 min max), guidelines at website.
www.PhiladelphiaCulturalSalons.com – blog of all things sensexual, Salon notices, guidelines.

The Erotic Literary Salon will be held Tuesday, Mar. 20. Sharazade will be offering a reading (surprise content), plus leading a discussion on Amazon, erotica, plagiarism and piracy. She was interviewed on this topic recently by NPR’s weekend edition of All Things Considered. A raffle for one of her wonderful erotica books, will be held at the Salon.
http://sharazade.fannypress.com/, http://1001nightspress.com/.

PHILADELPHIA: The Erotic Literary Salon, unique in the English-speaking world has launched a growing movement mainstreaming erotica. Salons attract a supportive audience of 80 or more individuals. Approximately 20 participate as writers, readers, storytellers, spoken word performers of original works/words of others, the rest just come to listen, enjoy and applaud. Frances, our resident nonagenarian (94 years young) often recites her original erotica.

Salons gather the 3rd Tuesday of every month at TIME (The Bohemian Absinthe Lounge), 1315 Sansom Street, Center City, Philadelphia. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. (limited seating), for cocktails, food and conversation. The event begins promptly at 8:00 p.m. Admission is $10, discounted for readers, students, and seniors (65+) to $8. Salon attendees must be 21.

Creator of this event, Dr. Susana, is Philadelphia’s best-known sexologist. She lends her voice to the Salon by offering relevant information to support the discussions that arise in the Salon/blog.

“…surprisingly comfortable….Salon devotees praise her for the space she has created….”
“I think Susana is doing a very brave thing.”
Philadelphia Inquirer, February 10, 2010

“There are laughter and tears along with the hot rush of blood – to the face.
Daily News, March 15, 2010
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