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The Sexualization of Innocence in America-Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance response to Wyatt Neumann-Photographer’s Response to Pornography Label

People Called These Photos Of An Artist’s Daughter ‘Pornographic.’ And This Was His Response.

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The Huffington Post  | By 

Wyatt Neumann is a photographer and a father. In 2014 he took his two-year-old daughter Stella on a cross-country road trip, photographing their journey along the way. Neumann captured sunsets and cornfields and, of course, Stella, often donning one of most two-year-old girls’ two favorite ensembles: a princess dress and nothing at all.

In the middle of the trip, what the Safari Gallery describes as “a hyper puritanical, neo-conservative group” launched a cyber-attack on Neumann’s images, specifically those of Stella. Calling the images “perverse,” “sick” and “pornographic,” members of the group attempted to remove all traces of them from the web. They successfully prompted Facebook and Instagram to shut down his accounts, and they criticized his artist website as well. While Neumann claims he was open to others expressing their opinions about his work, the “forced censorship” went too far.

“The anonymous public made their opinions about my work,” he explained in an interview with The Huffington Post. “It was the actions they took against me, the reality for me was that these people could actually affect my ability to express myself. They took down my Instagram and Facebook; those are huge digital platforms for a photographer. It had a physical effect on my ability to communicate with people. The fact that they had that ability to control my experience in this life made me want to fight back. I really believe that the work is beautiful and [reveals] the innocence of childhood.”

Read More: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/21/wyatt-neumann_n_5683243.html?utm_hp_ref=tw

Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance –

SEX IN THE PUBLIC SQUARE

If You See Something, Check Yourself Before You Say Something

BY ELIZABETH WOOD | SEPTEMBER 1, 2014

It might not be any of your business, and you might be misinterpreting what you are seeing.

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http://www.woodhullalliance.org/2014/sex-in-the-public-square/if-you-see-something-check-yourself-before-you-say-something/

Photographer Accused of Posting ‘Pornographic’ Photos of His 2-Year-Old, Here’s How He Responded

 

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Wyatt Neumann is a photographer and father who last year took his two-year-old daughter Stella on a road trip across the country, documenting their travels as they went. Along the way he captured beautiful landscapes, pictures of the open road, as well as a handful of adorable images of Stella wearing what two-year-olds very often wear: a fairy dress or nothing at all.

Normally, when put in a family photo album or a personal collection to show off to friends, this sort of subject matter isn’t an issue. But, as Neumann found out the hard way, these nude but non-explicit images engendered an entirely different reaction when he posted them online.

As the trip progressed, Neumann shared the images from his travels with his daughter through Facebook and Instagram. Until, that is, about halfway through the road trip when the images began drawing criticism from people the world over.

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The public backlash of the images brought a hailstorm of critics who called them “perverse,” “sick” and “pornographic.” Specifically, a group from the website Get Off My Internets began verbally attacking Neumann for publishing these images after a forum thread drew more attention to the photos than he had ever anticipated.

Before long, members of the site sent out a plethora of complaints to both Facebook and Instagram and managed to get Neumann’s profiles suspended. Eventually reinstated, it was the broad criticism of both him and his daughter and the suspension of his accounts that lead Neumann to realize this was a matter of freedom of expression and the freedom of speech.

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It was then that he came up with the idea to turn these images into a gallery and accompanying book. Aptly titled I FEEL SORRY FOR YOUR CHILDREN: The Sexualization of Innocence in AmericaThe Safari Gallery exhibition and book take what Neumann hopes is an honest look at what childhood is and what it’s been turned into. As he explains in his artist statement:

What’s troubling is the abject reviling of the human body, the intense and overt sexualization of the natural form, especially the naked bodies of carefree young children, who have yet to feel the burden of institutionalized body image awareness and the embarrassment that comes with adolescence. My children are free, they live without shame.

As part of the series, the gallery and book featured images from their entire road trip, not just of Stella. And along with each image comes a comment, one of the comments left on the nude or semi-nude photos of Stella by the people who were so offended by those images.

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Neumann says he is committed to “showcas[ing] the lives [his children] get to live, express myself, and catalog the reality of my children’s experience.” As for the online critics who had more than a handful of words to share with Neumann in regards to the images of his naked child, his closing statement seems to sum it up fairly well:

So the choice seems clear: do we live in fear and condemnation? Or do we celebrate one another, and ourselves, in this life? I choose to believe in our ability to fight fear with love, ignorance with understanding, and to unite rather than divide. But you be the judge… is this pornography, art, expression, or exploitation. It’s up to us to either cower in fear, or liberate ourselves and live.

Below are a number of images Neumann was kind enough to share with us, presented as they were in the exhibition: alongside the critical, hateful and often vulgar words of anonymous strangers who commented on the images of Stella:

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“This man is a sick f**k. Why in the world would you do this to your child? Great job, Wyatt Neumann. That poor little girl…” -Ships Go Overboard aka It Burns, April 26, 2014 6:23pm

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“He’s an attention seeking f**k. Wake up, Wyatt, you f**king piece of s**t.” -SelenaKyle, April 26, 2014 8:59am

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“He seems like a d**k. I want to puke. The nude photos are gross and disturbing.” -tunawhiskers, April 25, 2014 4:09pm

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“Every good thing you are and every good thing you do is cancelled out by the fact that you exploit your children. You truly have no right to do this to them.” -skeptical girl is skeptical, April 26, 2014 1:55pm

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“Way to serve your daughter up on a plate, sicko. I will be sure to email you directly when I find this image being traded on the deep web, Wyatt, you sick f**k.” -your mirror lied to you, April 26, 2014 10:27am

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“I doubt she’ll ever be in a real school, have any real friends, or develop any real attachments to anything because that would be counterproductive to the isolation her parents probably want to keep her and her brother in. I’ll bet the only people they’re around are their parents ‘like-minded’ adult friends, a healthy portion of which are probably pedophiles that they’re too blind to see are right there waiting to get their children alone for 5 minutes.” -NamelyThis, April 26, 2014 12:47pm

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“I am a licensed clinical social worker and I work with abused children and adults every day. I have listened to children tell me about their parents selling them for sex to buy drugs, about parents who locked them away in closets for hours at a time without food or water because they wouldn’t stop crying, about parents who beat their children to within an inch of their life, just for being a child. Wyatt, you clearly hold yourself to a higher esteem than those people, but I don’t. You are no better than they are.”

Here’s a feature of Neumann by Vocativ (warning: contains strong language):

http://petapixel.com/2014/08/22/photographer-accused-of-posting-pornographic-photos-of-his-3-year-old-heres-how-he-responded/

http://www.wyattneumann.com

Women Having Orgasms (NSFW)

The following photos are probably not what you anticipate viewing, when you think of the big O.

Photographer Captures Real Women From Around The World Having Orgasms (NSFW)

The Huffington Post  | By 

“Can you remember your first orgasm?” “Can you remember your strongest orgasm?”

These questions are not often asked of each other. They are especially not asked too often of women. Female pleasure remains a widely muffled topic in many public spheres of conversation, even more so — unfortunately — when experienced without the presence of a man.

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Keren, Israel

Photographer Linda Troeller and scholar Marion Schneider decided to put an end to the gender biased trend. Together, they photographed and interviewed women of all different ages, nationalities and cultural backgrounds, thus crafting a raw, sensual and multifarious view of what a female orgasm is and, importantly, what it can be. The two compiled their findings into a stunning book published by Daylight, aptly called “Orgasm,” bringing private matters into the public eye, further eliminating the stigma and shame too often associated with the topic.

Troeller and Schneider snapped their subjects in a variety of sexually charged scenarios; one woman touches herself in the swimming pool while another sticks a cucumber in her mouth and raises her arms triumphantly. The majority of circulating images depicting female pleasure are made with men in mind, yet these photos, captured what Schneider calls a “creative female gaze.” They’re at once vulnerable and empowering, personal and political.

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Elfriede, Germany

There is a process for women at any age to ‘evolve’ and feel in touch with their ‘hot’ selves,” Troeller said of the motivation behind her work. “One woman developed a system of touching herself to orgasm and then blessing herself with that vibrant energy, imagining it spreading as white light onto her arms and legs. She created a kind of ritual to potentially enhance her aura and energy.”

Although sex is clearly at the core of the series, its importance extends beyond the physical realm. “Orgasm” aligns a certain bodily peak with an energetic way of being in the world, of loving yourself and loving others all at once. “Eroticism is no longer associated solely with ‘sex,’ but it is a vital ‘turn on to life,'” Troeller said. “Even my 70-year-old mother saw how to increase it on a TV talk show and ordered the recommended vibrator for orgasmic stimulation. She used it to satisfy and uplift her mood even after she lived in a nursing home.”

Do you feel comfortable sharing, or even learning, the details of your personal pleasure? See all the wonderful ways women climax below and let their bold sensuality serve as inspiration. And ladies, can you remember your strongest orgasm?

  • Antonia, Germany
  • Annie, US
  • Dragonfly, US
  • Marianne, Netherlands
  • Marion, Germany
  • Natty, Germany
  • Nirvano, Germany
  • Sadie Lune, US
  • Valentina, Netherlands

 

“Orgasm” will be released on November 5, 2014 (with an unveiling on September 20 at Photoville in Brooklyn.) You can preorder a copy here.

More: Nudes by Weegee

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/18/female-orgasm-photos_n_5675271.html

2 Days till The Erotic Literary Salon-Live, Tonight Bare Stories & Dr. Sketchy

Tuesday, November 19th, 20+ readers will share the evening with featured presenter IJ Miller, author of the erotic retelling of Emily Bronte’s “Wuthering Heights.” He will read excerpts from “Wuthering Nights,” and his recently published novel, “My Hot Teacher.” A New Adult erotic romance about a college girl who embarks on an intense sensual journey with her professor, and must unravel all of his mysteries before she can understand what true love is.

Attend Bare True Stories tonight at L’Etage and ask for the Salon’s password. When you attend Tuesday’s Salon give Melanie the door hostess this word, and you will only pay $8 admission. For more information: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bare-True-Stories-of-Sex-Desire-and-Romance/428650313848885?directed_target_id=0

https://fetlife.com/events/211724

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Dr. Sketchy

Sunday 11/17/2013
Arch Enemy Arts

109 & 111 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Tel: 215-717-7774
4pm, Still Life Study (no cover!)
5pm, Dr. Sketchy Philadelphia teams up with Latex Designer Renee Masoomian for
“Fetish”

Models…
As seen in the latest “Taboo” edition of Retro Lovely Magazine … The sultry Miss V!
&
World Renowned Burlesque Goddess, Cherry Bomb of The Peek a Boo Revue!
DJ John Burke will be spinning an array of tunes to inspire you while you work!
This session we will be exploring the world of different fetishes with assistance from a Lady who lives for latex…NYC designer Renee Massoomian. Needless to say, we are THRILLED to have this talented woman on board for this naughty session.
NEW!!! At 4pm, we will have a still life set up in the gallery for your sketching pleasure. The composition of the still life will be different items relating to the session. (crops, rope, corsets, ect) This is free of charge and a great way to warm up your pens & pencils.

$20 General Admission
$15 Students w/ ID
$12 Voyeurs
Please bring your own art supplies. No Photography please.

 

New Literary & Erotic Magazine – ADULT

OCTOBER 28, 2013, 6:00 PM

Bookshelf | An Erotic Magazine for Voyeurs and Literati Alike

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By ALAINNA LEXIE BEDDIE

On Saturday night, the downtown set gathered in a photo studio in Chelsea to celebrate the introduction of a new “literary and erotic magazine” called Adult. Stepping off of the quiet street and into the large, vaulted space — barely decorated but stocked with an abundance of beer and bubbly, a few bowls filled with nostalgic Halloween candy like Dubble Bubble and standard issue lollipops, a couple of penis-shaped piñatas hanging next to a stage (where Kelela and Lauren Devine performed later in the night), and old-school pornography, projected onto a large white wall for the party’s duration — was like discovering a clandestine and slightly naughty affair, which is the same experience the founding editor Sarah Nicole Prickett wants you to have when opening her inaugural issue. “I wanted Adult to feel like a secret,” she said about the quarterly magazine, which will hit select newsstands, including Marc Jacobs’s bookstore, BookMarc, and the Museum of Modern Art, in mid-November. Despite the “Not for sale to minors” disclaimer on its cover, Prickett isn’t shy about hoping the young and curious find it, even if they have to steal it. “I want to go on the record as being very pro-minors,” she said. “I love teen girls. I wish I could have been one — I was awful at it. The best I can hope for is the feeling I had as a teen, which is that I couldn’t wait to get older. I want people to feel like that until they’re 70.”

$20; artbook.com, select newsstands and indie bookstores mid-November.

Read more:

http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/28/bookshelf-an-erotic-magazine-for-voyeurs-and-literati-alike/?_r=1

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Two Canadian Gals, One Erotic Literary Magazine

By Richard Horgan on October 29, 2013 1:45 PM

Founding editor Sarah Nicole Prickett, who bills herself as a “reactionary socialite who writes a lot,” moved to New York from Canada in 2012. Her partner in Adult crime and fellow Canuck, creative director Berkeley Poole, is by-day a designer forVisionaire and V magazine.

The pair recently held an official launch party for the first issue of Adult, due at select newsstands in mid-November, and T: The New York Times Style Magazine‘s Alainna Lexie Beddiewas there. Thinking of Adult as “magazine” is perhaps a bit of an insult; it’s put together like an art book, with a retail price tag to match ($20):

Despite the “Not for sale to minors” disclaimer on its cover, Prickett isn’t shy about hoping the young and curious find it, even if they have to steal it. “I want to go on the record as being very pro-minors,” she said. “I love teen girls.”

“I wish I could have been one — I was awful at it. The best I can hope for is the feeling I had as a teen, which is that I couldn’t wait to get older. I want people to feel like that until they’re 70.”

Fall issue contents include an oyster omelet recipe, a profile of David Cronenberg and a photo spread of two female models frolicking towards nudity in LA. There’s also a long read by Joe Coscarelli about the Sunshine State.

Read more:

http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlny/sarah-nicole-prickett-berkeley-poole-adult_b99892