Archive for the ‘Free Speech’ Category

John Stagliano Indicted for Obscenity, Launches Website

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

From AVN News:

John Stagliano (aka Buttman) has launched a new Website at DefendOurPorn.org in response to federal obscenity charges filed against him and his company Evil Angel. The site includes news updates, links to media coverage of the case and a ‘Contact Your Congressman’ page.

The full AVN story is here.

The latest updates on the charges against him can be found in this AVN story.

In 2008 the government is still wasting time and tax payer money trying to stop adults from viewing videos of other consenting adults. How sad.

Anti-Gay Texas DA Resigns in Scandal

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Here is another one of those stories that you wouldn’t believe except that you expected it all along. The Texas District Attorney who argued that gays have no right to privacy in their own bedrooms had to resign amid a growing scandal involving racism and sex. Here is a little bit of the article from AVN about the situation:

Rosenthal had also retained sexually-explicit video clips and love notes to his secretary (who’d been his mistress during his previous marriage) in his “saved” mail.

And a quote from his arguments before the Supreme Court:

…there is no protected right to engage in extrasexual — extramarital sexual relations…

You can check out the full article to see the rest of the details. Let’s just say that “hypocrite” isn’t a strong enough word for this guy.

Literotica Article from Stanford U.

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

Just a quick update to let you know about a cool newspaper article someone sent me a link to. The Stanford Daily is an independent newspaper produced for Stanford University. In the paper a couple of days ago, one of the writers shares her love of Literotica.com. Here is a short excerpt of the article by Roxy Sass:

There are many places a girl can have fun, but Roxy’s personal favorite is literotica.com. Oh, Literotica, with your carefully indexed stories in easy-to-understand categories, how Roxy loves you. As best as Roxy can figure, the authors are all amateurs who take time out of their days to help keep her hot and bothered.

You can read the full article at the Stanford Daily website.

Thank you to the person who sent me the link and more updates coming soon.

Court Rules in Favor of Internet Trolls

Saturday, February 9th, 2008

For those of you who are fans of internet message boards — like the Literotica Forums — this article may be of interest:

Anonymous trolls on the Internet are allowed to remain anonymous, a judge in a California appeals court ruled yesterday. Not only that, but they’re allowed to exercise their First Amendment rights and speak their minds, no matter how scathing their comments may be.

10 anonymous individuals posted on Yahoo’s message boards in 2005 about Lisa Krinsky, her company (SFBC), and two other officers at her company. These posters regularly made what the judge described as “scathing verbal attacks” against these officers. This included referring to the trio as “a management consisting of boobs, losers and crooks,” and with one poster (Doe 6) describing Krinsky when he said “I will reciprocate felatoin [sic] with Lisa even though she has fat thighs, a fake medical degree, ‘queefs’ and has poor feminine hygiene.”

According to the full article, the court ruled that the trolls were insulting the woman and her company, but they were not, under the law, making statements of “actual fact”. Therefore, they could not be found to have committed libel under the law.

I guess that’s like when people post comments like “eat a dick, tranny!” or “get a life, loser!” Should people be made to pay damages for libel for making silly insults online? Is that the same as saying that Tom Cruise is gay in a tabloid? I’m not sure what the right answer is in all cases, but I’d say it’s probably better to err on the side of free speech. That opinion is coming from someone who has been called many horrible things online by many people – and a few of them weren’t even true! :)

Abercrombie & Fitch Manager Cited for Obscene Posters

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

On the free speech front, here is a story that would be funny – if it wasn’t scary – from Virginia:

The manager of an Abercrombie & Fitch store is facing obscenity charges after customers complained to the city about two racy murals that were on display last week in Virginia Beach.
The Virginian-Pilot reports that police seized two large photographs on Saturday and cited the manager with violating a local ordinance.

Here is the full article from USA Today. And here is one of the “obscene” pictures that the police were so upset by:
Abercrombie Poster
It’s a little hard to believe that someone is getting in trouble for that picture in 2008. But maybe it was the other picture – the one where you can see the side of a woman’s breast. That sounds quite shocking. :)

Update: Prosecutors in Virginia have decided to drop the obscene posters case which police were seeking against Abercrombie & Fitch. The full article about the case being dropped, and an image of the “racy” woman poster, can be found here. The police didn’t get their case, but Abercrombie definitely got their free publicity – and free speech wins out again. :)

Top White House Aide Writing Naughty Sex Fiction?

Wednesday, November 9th, 2005

According to various online sources, Scooter Libby (the top aide to the vice president on the United States) published a racy novel called “The Apprentice” in 1996. Some of the content in the novel is raising eyebrows. The NY Daily News reports:

“The main female character, Yukiko, draws hair on the ‘mound’ of a little girl,” Collins reports. “The brothers of a dead samurai have sex with his daughter.”

Meanwhile, “certain passages can better be described as reminiscent of Penthouse Forum,” Collins writes. “Other sex scenes are less conventional.”

Collins quotes from the indicted aide’s novel: “At age 10 the madam put the child in a cage with a bear trained to couple with young girls so the girls would be frigid and not fall in love with their patrons. They fed her through the bars and aroused the bear with a stick when it seemed to lose interest.”

Reading those quotes, it looks like the book includes sexual situations with underage characters, incest, and beast – some of them mixed together for even more shock value.

The next time someone complains about Literotica being too kinky, we’ll have to remind them that the staff of the White House is producing stories too far out there for our guidelines.

Maybe the controversial porn site that used to be at WhiteHouse.com wasn’t that far off after all. :)

National Coalition for Sexual Freedom Update

Wednesday, October 26th, 2005

The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom has a new press release on the recent online free speech busts:

The Department of Justice is clearly hoping that websites will self-censor or remove their content entirely. Midori, a fetish model and SM educator who teaches classes on bondage, has removed her website, BeautyBound.com, citing fear of obscenity prosecution. The owner of three SM websites, known as GrandPa DeSade, removed his websites from the Internet. SuicideGirls.com also announced they are self-censoring their materials over concerns about a possible obscenity crackdown.

Recent prosecutions of obscenity on websites include: A former police officer in Lakeland, Florida, was arrested on October 7th on over 300 obscenity-related charges for the sexual content posted on his website. The same day, webmaster Chris Wilson, owner of amateur website NowThatsFuckedUp.com, was raided on charges of obscenity by a local Sheriffs office.

You can donate to the NCSF here.

Funny Quote From An Anti-Free Speech Politician

Thursday, October 20th, 2005

This is a recent quote from a politician who has supported anti-free speech legislation in the past:

“You cannot litigate personal choices and lifestyles.”

Sounds like he has come around and is now against trying legislate morality, right? Great news for supporters of free speech, right? Wrong!

He is only in support of people making their own “personal choices” and living their own “lifestyles” free of government interference if it makes more money for corporations who might donate to his campaign. When it comes to free speech issues, he seems to believe the exact opposite – you should legislate personal choices and lifestyles – even when it goes against constitution.

Was it the wise American philosopher Cindy Lauper that said “money changes everything”?

Chinese Government Makes Online Obscenity Arrests

Wednesday, October 19th, 2005

To the delight of anti-free speech extremists in the United States, the Chinese government is also involved in a “war on porn”. According to this article, the Chinese government has arrested over 100 people in a sweep of online porn:

China has arrested 101 criminal suspects since police started to crack down on Internet ‘obscenity’ in August, state media said yesterday.

‘This behaviour has severely polluted the Internet environment, done harm to juveniles’ physical and mental health and caused strong public anger,’ the ministry said.

If you didn’t already know which government that quote was from, you might think it was the U.S. anti-porn squad. It’s a shame when anti-American/anti-free speech groups are pushing to make the United States government more like China’s.

Texas Store Clerk Acquitted In Sex Toys Case

Thursday, October 13th, 2005

Another story from a land that time forgot:

A store clerk accused of illegally selling adult toys was found not guilty Wednesday.

Jose Escalante was arrested during a raid at the Adult Video Megaplex Houston on June 9. Houston police charged him with obscenity, alleging he was in possession of adult toys with the intent to promote and sell them. Prosecutors argued that it is illegal to sell an item designed to be used for a sexual act.

The clerk had to go through personal hell, spend a lot of money, and see his name dragged through the mud publicly. Why? Because he sold sex toys to consenting adults. Now that they’ve lost this case, the government employees who are behind this attack on the Constitution will probably try again on some other innocent person.

Why is it illegal to “sell an item designed to be used for a sexual act” to adults, but not illegal for government employees to abuse their power to attack the free speech and privacy rights of consenting adults? If there is anyone in this case who deserves to be charged with a crime, it isn’t the store clerk.

Great work by the jury – often the last line of defense against those who would take away our rights.