CalOSHA Sez: Almost All Adult Movies Are Non-Compliant

Posted Jun 29th, 2010 06:07 PM by Mark Kernes

LOS ANGELES—Those who showed up at the Cal/OSHA Advisory Meeting on Bloodborne Pathogens in the Adult Film Industry today expecting a discussion of whether condoms should be mandated in adult movies were in for a surprise: According to both Cal/OSHA inspector Deborah Gold and agency attorney Amy Martin, condoms are already required for sex scenes, and any production that doesn’t use them is breaking the law.

“I’d just like to make something very clear,” Gold said at one point. “Right now, the standard mandates the use of condoms, so people who have come here and think that we’re arguing about whether we’re going to mandate the use of condoms need to understand that the current status quo is Continue reading


ZAMBIA: PEPFAR prevention approach too narrow – report

JOHANNESBURG, 30 June 2009 (PlusNews) – The United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has taken a damagingly narrow approach to HIV prevention in Zambia, ignoring realities on the ground and neglecting the most at-risk populations, says a new report.

Researchers from the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), a non-governmental organization that advocates sexual and reproductive health education and services, travelled to Zambia to determine what nearly US$577 million in PEPFAR funding between 2004 and 2008 had achieved.

Their findings are based on interviews with HIV/AIDS organizations, activists, medical professionals, community leaders, policymakers and programme participants. Continue reading

Hang in there, India

By Craig Young – 1st July 2009

After the heartbreak occassioned by the brutality of Iran’s Ahmajenidad regime against student and other youthful protestors, India may be about to embrace homosexual law reform at long last.

Zoltan Parag: Mr. Gay India 2008

India’s Congress Party-led federal coalition government will hold talks on repealing the country’s colonial era antigay laws. Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code was passed in 1860 under the tenure of the British Raj, and was meant to mirrorthe anti-sodomy laws that prevailed in Great Britain during that period. Continue reading

Sin Sity Sisters Deadly Sins Birthday Bash!

Join SWOP Las Vegas as we help the Sin Sity Sisters celebrate their birthday!
July 4th, 10 PM
At the Erotic Heritage Museum
$15 in Advance
$20 at the Door

This will be one helluva party! Click on photo for more info.


Trinidad & Tobago: FPA pleads for increased funding

Monday, June 29th 2009

The Family Planning Association of Trinidad and Tobago is pleading with the Government to increase the annual subvention it provides to the association.

The organisation’s president, Jacqueline Sharpe, made the call for increased funding on Thursday while delivering “A Report to the Nation” at the association’s annual general meeting at the Crowne Plaza hotel, Port of Spain. Continue reading

Sex Work: In Bed with the Religious Right

By Dagmar Herzog
June 11, 2009

Is American sexual culture schizophrenic? Yes, and this has everything to do with the sexual politics of the religious right. Sexual opportunity is everywhere, but sexual rights have, at the same time, been concretely eroded.

Sex in Crisis: The New Sexual Revolution and the Future of American Politics
By Dagmar Herzog
(Basic Books, 2008)

What inspired you to write Sex in Crisis? What sparked your interest?

Sex in Crisis has a great deal to do with my prior book, Sex after Fascism: Memory and Morality in Twentieth-Century Germany (2005), which offered a major revision of our assumptions about the Third Reich’s sexual politics and its aftermath, including close attention to the complicity of the Christian churches under Nazism. In his book American Fascists, Chris Hedges had drawn direct parallels between the religious right Continue reading

BC’s Sex Party wants to add sex to the agenda

SEX PARTY / ‘If the mainstream parties would deal with these issues, we could just go away’: Ince
Sara Newham / Vancouver / Thursday, April 09, 2009

NOT JUST ABOUT WINNING SEATS. “What the electoral process allows us is really to consciousness raise, to bring awareness to issues,” says Sex Party leader John Ince, centre with Dietrich Pajonk and Scarlett Lake.

The head of BC’s Sex Party doesn’t expect to win any seats in the May 12 election but says it’s important to inject some sex-positivity into the electoral discourse.

“There’s no possibility of getting elected. A single issue party is not an appropriate party to be elected on,” John Ince candidly acknowledges.

“We see election as a part of the political process, not the end of it,” explains Ince, who is running in Vancouver Point Grey. “What the electoral process allows us is really to consciousness raise, to bring awareness to issues.”

The Sex Party made headlines in 2006 after it launched a complaint against Canada Post for refusing to deliver one of its political pamphlets. The pamphlet outlined the party’s Politics for a Sex-Positive Future and contained a sexual IQ test and images of potentially erotic art, including a photo of a doorknob in the shape of a penis. Continue reading