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Nin Journal – vol 1 issue 1 – FREE, All the Sex I’ve Ever Had – Philly Fringe Festival

Callum S. Angus, founding editor of Nin Journal sent a link via the Erotic Literary Salon Community page on facebook,  for free copy of  new literary journal of erotic poetics. Please read and consider submitting your work.  http://ninjournal.tumblr.com/about

Only one more night to attend “All the Sex I’ve Ever Had” at Play and Players Theater, part of the Philly Fringe. Rochelle Lewis, a regular attendee and reader at the Salon, is one of the participants. Saw the event last night, it was quite good.  Please go and support her words. She will reward you with a poem after the show.

4 Sentenced to Death in Rape Case That Riveted India

Will this verdict be the first step for a positive change towards treatment of Indian women, or will men take revenge on them?

Excerpt from The New York Times article:

4 Sentenced to Death in Rape Case That Riveted India

Published: September 13, 2013

NEW DELHI — Four men convicted of a brutal gang rape were sentenced Friday to die by hanging, a decision met with satisfaction on the part of the victim’s parents and triumphant cheers from the crowd outside the courthouse, where some held up makeshift nooses and pictures of hanging bodies.

Activists reacted to the sentencing outside the Saket District Court on Friday.

A crowd gathered outside the Saket courthouse in New Delhi on Friday.

The four men — a fruit vendor, a bus attendant, a gym handyman and an unemployed man — were found guilty on Tuesday of raping a young woman on a moving bus last December, penetrating her with a metal rod and inflicting grave internal injuries, then dumping her out on the roadside.

The country was riveted by the story of the woman, who died of her injuries two weeks later, and tens of thousands of people flooded the streets to demand tougher policing and prosecution of sex crimes.

But until the last minute it was unclear whether this would lead to death sentences in a country where liberal and populist impulses have strained against one another for decades, reserving the death sentences for “the rarest of rare cases.” News of the decision was met with a wave of jubilation on the street outside.

“This is the beginning of freedom for Indian women today,” said Raman Deep Kaur, 38, a cosmetologist. “Today we are free, because these men are going to be killed.”

It is far from clear, however, that the four men will be executed in the near future.

India has liberal appeal laws and death sentences are routinely followed by years of motions to the Supreme Court and the president. Sadashiv Gupta, a defense lawyer for one of the men, said he was confident the sentence would be commuted to life in prison.

“I met with my client and I told him, ‘You are going to get the death penalty, take it in stride and don’t panic,’ ” Mr. Gupta said. “I think he shall not be hanged.”

During the trial, defense attorneys invoked the “rarest of the rare” language laid out in a 1980 Supreme Court decision that overturned a death sentence. One cited the words of Mahatma Gandhi, the leader of India’s independence movement: “God gives life and he alone can take it, not man-made courts.” They also invoked mitigating circumstances, such as the young age and poverty of the defendants, or the fact that they had been drinking, undercutting the notion that the crime was premeditated.

But Judge Yogesh Khanna clearly rejected those arguments, saying this crime embodied “the rarest of the rare,” and invoked the possibility of a larger wave of violence against women.

“In these times when crimes against women are on the rise, the court cannot turn a blind eye to this gruesome act,” he said, according to reporters in the courtroom.

At this, one of the defendants, Vinay Sharma, broke down in tears and cried loudly.

A. P. Singh, who defended two of the men, called the decision “completely unfair” and said it had been made under intense political pressure at a moment when Indian leaders are looking ahead to parliamentary elections next spring.

“I will contest this case until the last moments of my life,” he said.

Defense arguments were drowned out by cries for execution – including from the victim herself, who before her death told a court official that her attackers “should be burned alive.” Protesters have congregated regularly outside the courthouse, chanting “Hang the rapists,” and on Friday they turned their wrath on the defense attorneys, forcing one to rush from the crowd.

Rosy John, 62, a housewife watching the furor outside the courtroom this week, said her only objection to the death sentence was that it was too humane a punishment.

“After death, they will get freedom,” she said. “They should be tortured and given shocks their whole life. They have made so many people suffer, including their own families.”

Polls show that Indians remain ambivalent about using the death penalty, with 40 percent of respondents saying it should be abolished, according to a survey by CNN, IBN and The Hindu, a respected daily newspaper. Among the vocal opponents of using it in this case were a number of women’s rights groups.

Porn on the Kindle: A Catch-22

SenSexual: A Unique Anthology 2013 has suffered from this Catch-22. Trying to locate it on the Amazon site is near impossible. You have to look specifically in ‘Books’ when searching at the top of the page. If you just type in the name and search in ‘all departments’ as most people do it will not appear.


The Atlantic article by Noah Berlatsky discusses this dilemma.

Porn on the Kindle: A Catch-22

“Many of us realized immediately that, like the Internet, the Kindle was made for porn.” So wrote the pseudonymous kinukitty at my website, The Hooded Utilitarian, a while back — and the use of the pseudonym underlines the insight.  Consuming porn is something people often prefer to do at least semi-anonymously — especially people who happen to be women. By dispensing with book covers, and indeed with books, the Kindle has made it possible for readers to peruse 50 Shades of Greywheresoer they go, without fear of scorn — and, for that matter, without fear of harassment. According to the (also pseudonymous) porn writer  Venus Santiago, back in the 90s, when she purchased Black Lace titles at a brick and mortar store, “the clerk felt free to hit on me.” After that happened several times, Santiago said, she stopped buying in public.

With the Kindle, though, you don’t need to buy in public.  As Santiago wrote me by email:

The beautiful thing about buying porn on Kindle is that nobody sneers at you.  It’s just you, Amazon, and your personal mobile device.  You can read it on the train or subway, at home, wherever, and no one has any idea what you’re ogling.  Which removes most of the outside negative social pressure that prevents a lot of women who are interested in porn from buying it in the mainstream places (sex shops, online XXX websites).

As a result, pornographic e-books have taken off.  50 Shades is the successful mainstream phenomenon that everyone knows about, but there are tons more where that came from, and tons kinkier as well. E.L. James’ nervous flirtations with BDSM are perhaps titillating by the standards of the rest of the best-seller list. But her too-timid-to-even-sign-the-contract relationship shenanigans barely even register as kink compared to the other offerings available via e-book, where step-sibling incest, minotaur porn, and futanari abound. Santiago for her part has written gay assassin romance as well as a series of cheerfully perverse stories featuring human cow lactation porn, in which submission, degradation, and impossible busts exist alongside a remarkably detailed grasp of dairy industry mechanics.

The Kindle, then, provides both privacy and the promise that somewhere, someone has written exactly the gay werewolf paranormal romance you’ve always wanted to read. Combine the privacy and range of titles, and there’s little doubt that for readers digital is the perfect porn delivery system.

Which seems to have made Amazon somewhat uncomfortable. Back in 2010, Amazon deleted many erotica e-books with incest themes — not only dropping them from its store, but actually electronically erasing old titles from consumers’ digital devices.  (It later claimed the erasures were a mistake, though its policy on incest titles remains unclear.) More recently, the company has been filtering some erotic titles, so that they don’t appear in the All Departments search. To find them, you need to search directly in Books or in the Kindle store. For example, Santiago’s title Accidental Milkmaid 3: Gangbanged by Bulls shows up in the Kindle Store, but not in the All Departments search. On the other hand, high-profile erotica like 50 Shades, or, for that matter, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, appears in both kinds of searches.

Fiddling with the search function may seem like a relatively benign step. In practice, though, it has an impact on sales, and can render a title essentially invisible. Selena Kitt, the pen name of a successfulerotica author who makes hundreds of thousands of dollars a month by writing porn e-books, has referred to Amazon’s filtering as the Pornocalypse. Previous Amazon rejiggerings of their search function have at various points cut her monthly income by a third, she says.

In an essay on her website, Kitt argues that that Amazon’s seeming efforts to hide the porn are both hypocritical and a bad case of biting-the-hand.

Erotica, as a genre, has been Amazon’s dirty little secret from the beginning, driving sales of the Kindle to astronomical numbers. Does Amazon really believe that it was all the free copies of “Huckleberry Finn” and “Moby Dick” … that drove readers to buy Kindle devices? Nope, sorry. It was erotica. It was “porn.”

Kitt is angry, and you can understand why. She works hard, is successful, and instead of giving her accolades, her business partners keep her product hidden from would-be readers.

I was not able to get a comment for Amazon for this piece, so I don’t know for sure why they are manipulating search functions. Nor do I know why they refuse to explain their standards to authors. One of Kitt’s chief frustrations is that Amazon won’t tell her what she needs to do to keep her book from being filtered, and that they seem to keep changing the rules on her.

Amazon’s policies may be unnecessarily opaque, but reading Kitt’s essay, you can at least see a possible motivation for the company’s apparent Puritanism. Kitt herself, like Santiago and kinukitty, believes that the appeal of porn on the Kindle is precisely that it allows for reading of content surreptitiously. Porn may have helped make the Kindle successful, but a big part of the reason that the Kindle is so perfectly made for porn is that it doesn’t look like it’s made for porn. Women (and men, too) who want to read porn on the Kindle don’t want to be buying their porn from some place that screams porn! Amazon’s advantage as a seller of porn is precisely that it sells lots of things that aren’t porn, and that it is known primarily for selling things that aren’t porn.

Porn e-book writers and readers, then, are in a catch-22. Folks like Amazon porn because Amazon isn’t branded as a porn outlet. But as long as Amazon isn’t branded as a porn outlet, the company is going to see X-rated content as something of an embarrassment.  The same incentives that drive writers to use pseudonyms and readers to use the Kindle also drive retailers to keep porn from showing up in searches and make them want to keep it off best-seller lists.  For many good reasons, and perhaps some bad ones, nobody — not readers, not writers, not retailers — wants to publically embrace the porn.

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Reminder – Next Tuesday – September 17 – the Erotic Literary Salon, Fringe Festival Delights

Fringe Festival has started in Philadelphia with an amazing offering of events. Rochelle Lewis, the creator of the Exquisite Corpse offering at the Salon and regular reader will be performing in “All the Sex I’ve Ever Had.” Do attend and support her performance, I’ll be there 9/13, join me.)

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Chlamydia Dell’ Arte Performers

Fringe Festival Events:

NEW: Chlamydia dell’ Arte: MORE S+x-Ed Burleque at the Fringe Arts Festival 9/10-19, (I shall be attending on 9/11, join me.) more info at http://www.livearts-fringe.org page 102 of catelog.


NEW: All the S+x I’ve Ever Had at the Fringe Arts Festival 9/13 & 14 (I shall be attending on the 13th, join me.) more info at http://www.livearts-fringe.org page 48 of catelog. **Rochelle Lewis, regular Salon attendee and reader, will be performing in this event.


NEW: Stars and Garters: A Doctor Who Burlesque Show 9/15-17 (I shall be attending on the 15th, join me.) ore info at http://www.livearts-fringe.org page 88 of catelog.