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September 2, 2014 If you so much as glanced at the Internet over the holiday weekend, you probably read that nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and other stars leaked online. If you checked Twitter, you saw the typical reactions.

There were the guys who said women should know better than to take nude photos, a response Lena Dunham has termed the "She was wearing a short skirt" argument of the Web; the ones who see this as all in the name of Internet freedom; and the ones who wonder why this is any different from looking at porn.

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Source. Absolutely disgusted by this whole event, and how females in general are still treated especially in regards to being sexual beings. I have heard comments about how "raunchy" or whatever some of the content is, once again applying that age-old Whore/Madonna complex to women. I mean, how dare grown women be comfortable with their bodies or with themselves as sexual beings. Shame, shame on them right? *rolls eyes*

(I think one reason Jennifer Lawrence is getting so much focus in this crime is (besides her fame) because allegedly the stolen photos were very sexually explicit/intimidate and she refused to be slut-shamed over it by simply decrying the theft of personal property and making it clear she's going to press charges/possibly sue.)

Even more disgusting is allegations that some of the photographs stolen and being distributed are of minors and therefore amount to Child Pornography. The whole thing is gross beyond description, and I hope all involved are found and punished to the full extent of the law. I also hope this triggers some real change in understanding that victimizing women this way is a crime, and needs to be punished as such.


These are strange times for Germany’s far-right National Democratic Party, the racist, anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic party often accused of being a neo-Nazi organization.

The party has faced a number of attempted bans in a country where publicly supporting Nazi ideology is legally prohibited (at one point, 30 of the party’s 200 top officials turned out to be paid government informants), but lately its wounds have been entirely self-inflicted.

First, there was the case of Ina Groll, aka. Kitty Blair, a former porn star who quit the business in order to become the public face of the party, whose rank-and-file members more typically tend to be heavily tattooed men with shaved heads. Groll was a hit, inveighing against the dangers posed by immigrants and minorities on her Facbook page. However, the party recently cut ties with their new public face when it was learned that she had participated in interracial sex scenes in her previous career.

Now, in what the German press has dubbed the “Peniskuchen-Affäre,” NPD General Secretary Peter Marx—the second-highest-ranking figure in the party—has stepped down after he was photographed at a birthday party featuring a penis-shaped cake. Marx had reportedly been instrumental in recruiting Groll, who was also at the penis-cake party. Party head Udo Pastörs described the photos as "unsavory," which could be either a moral or culinary judgment.

The NPD recentlyattempted to sue President Joachim Gauck after he referred to them as “loonies.” That was before any of this happened.

If anything, all of this seems like a good argument against banning the NPD. They seem perfectly capable of sabotaging themselves.


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Since being published in the Netherlands in 1947, "The Diary of Anne Frank" has become a staple in American classrooms. But that may be changing for students at Northville school district in Michigan, where a parent claims a version of the book is "pornographic" and too explicit for some middle school students.

Last week, Gail Horalek filed a formal complaint with the district, alleging that "Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl (The Definitive Edition)" is an inappropriate version of the real-life tale of a Jewish family hiding from Nazis during the Holocaust, according to Patch Northville (which, like The Huffington Post, is owned by Aol).

Speaking with Detroit-based Fox 2 News, Horalek objects to passages in the diary's unedited version that describe Anne Frank exploring her own anatomy -- passages that Horalek says made her daughter uncomfortable.

"It's pretty graphic, and it's pretty pornographic for seventh-grade boys and girls to be reading," Horalek told Fox 2. "It's inappropriate for a teacher to be giving this material out to the kids when its really the parents' job to give the students this information."

The unedited version of Anne Frank's diary is a part of the seventh-grade language arts curriculum at Meads Mill Middle School, where Horalek's daughter attends, according to Patch Northville.

Robert Behnke, assistant superintendent for Instructional Services for Northville Public Schools told Patch the district is following procedure regarding the complaint.

Horalek maintains that the school should have asked before assigning the book, according to a follow-up story in Patch.

"If they watch any kind of movie with a swear word in it, I have to sign a permission slip," she said. "It doesn’t mean my child is sheltered, it doesn’t mean I live in a bubble, and it doesn’t mean I'm trying to ban books."

In 2010, a Virginia school district quietly decided to stop using the "Definitive Edition" in eighth-grade classrooms after a parent complained, according to The Washington Post. Culpepper County Public Schools director of instruction said at the time that district's teachers would use an edited version in the classroom.

The Nation reports that the complaint in Culpepper had to do with a passage in which Anne describes her vagina. However, The Nation also noted that "The Diary of Anne Frank" did not make the American Library Association's (ALA) top 10 list for books banned in American schools between 1990 and 1999.

(Hat tip, Gawker)

By Meredith Bennett-Smith. Posted: 04/29/2013 5:30 pm EDT. Updated: 04/30/2013 8:17 pm EDT.

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Want to journey to a grittier time in New York City's not-too-distant past, when the murder rate was sky-high, Times Square was a crossroads of crime and porn, Starbucks had yet to arrive, and hardly anyone owned a cellphone?

A project designed to promote an art exhibit has turned 5,000 Manhattan pay phones into time machines that take callers back to 1993, a pivotal year in the city's art, culture and politics.

Pick up a receiver on the rarely used phones that still dot the New York streetscape, punch 1-855-FOR-1993 and you will hear a notable resident recounting what life was like on that block 20 years ago.


"We liked, creatively, the idea of using a sort of slightly broken, disused system as the canvas of this project," said Scott Chinn of Droga5, the ad agency behind the campaign for an exhibit titled "NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star."

An eclectic mix of artists, writers, food and fashion stars, and others has been recruited to reminisce, including chef Mario Batali, actor Chazz Palminteri, porn performer Robin Byrd and former Yankees pitcher Jim Abbott, who threw a no-hitter in 1993.

The narrators describe a New York that was dirtier, bloodier, raunchier and less gentrified than today — but also an easier place for a talented young person to gain a foothold.


Batali says in his sound bite that opening a restaurant was easier in 1993 when he debuted his first restaurant, Po.

"You didn't have to have a rich daddy or an investor or put together a team or anything like that," he says. "It's sad to watch the cost of business push the real individualist entrepreneurs out of the game."
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An Oxnard middle school teacher’s bid to return to the classroom after she was fired for appearing in pornographic films has been struck down by the state Office of Administrative Hearings.

The Commission on Professional Competence found Stacie Halas, 32, unfit to teach eighth-grade science at Haydock Intermediate School and ordered her dismissal.

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Such bullshit

ETA: If you want to let the Superintendent of the Oxnard School District know how you feel, here's a link to his office website
Voters told public health officials to begin monitoring the filming of sex scenes in pornographic movies.

On Wednesday, the county was trying to figure out how.

The new law requires porn actors to wear condoms and establishes a permitting system similar in some ways to how Los Angeles County inspects restaurants. Porn producers are required to purchase health permits from the county, which will do spot inspections on porn sets to make sure condoms are being used. The inspectors can close production if the filmmakers don't comply with the rules.

The county has said the law, pushed by AIDS activists concerned about disease outbreaks, forces the establishment of a new bureaucracy, complete with inspection schedules, a permitting process, a training program for dealing with bodily fluids and a special vault for evidence seized from movie sets. County employees could even be called upon to screen X-rated titles for condom compliance.

Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who has been critical of the measure, said it would be difficult for the county to enforce the law because many porn shoots occur in private homes and are never registered with authorities. But he added that the county was obligated to enforce the law, which passed with 55.9% of the vote.


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ABOUT a decade ago, Cindy Gallop, a pixie-like businesswoman, said she began dating and sleeping with men about half her age. While their stamina and her experience made a good combination, Ms. Gallop said, she also discerned a disturbing trend: the boudoir moves of many of her young lovers seemed drawn entirely from pornography.

So Ms. Gallop, now 52, an advertising executive turned Web entrepreneur, took her findings to a TED conference in 2009. Easy access to Web sex sites, she told them, is teaching younger generations “that what you see in hard-core pornography is the way that you have sex.”

“As a mature, experienced, confident, older woman,” she added, “I have no problem realizing that a certain amount of re-education, rehabilitation and reorientation has to take place. ” As laughter rippled through the discomfited and rapt audience, Ms. Gallop unveiled a Web site, MakeLoveNotPorn.com, that compares what it calls the “porn world” with the “real world” of sex.

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Egyptian Mohamed Bishr was offered £205,000 to play the despot, who was executed six years ago.

A Saddam Hussein lookalike told yesterday how gunmen kidnapped him and tried to force him to impersonate the tyrant in a porn film.

Egyptian Mohamed Bishr was offered £205,000 to play the despot, who was executed six years ago.

But the devout Muslim snubbed the thugs’ threatening phone calls. Shortly after, three men snatched him from his car then beat him up after he still insisted he wouldn’t do the hardcore sex flick.

The gang had apparently wanted to pass the tape off as genuine footage of ex-Iraqi leader Saddam.

Mr Bishr, who was yesterday recovering in hospital from his beating, said: “The three men, who had guns hanging from their belts, forced me out of my car and shoved me into a van, hitting my head.”

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Source: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/saddam-hussein-lookalike-kidnapped-to-be-in-porn-1324620

OP: Poor guy. But I'm also wondering what a porn movie with Saddam Hussein in would be called. Maybe, inspired by the Abba song, 'Gimme Gimme Gimme Saddam After Midnight'?
Here’s a perfect illustration of how authoritarians make use of moral panics to persuade people that personal freedoms must be monitored and attacked by the state.

In 2003, a Brighton teacher called Jane Longhurst was killed by Graham Coutts. Coutts claimed that she had died during consenting sexual asphyxiation play, but the prosecution suggested that the two had not been lovers, and that she had been raped and murdered. He was convicted of murder and imprisoned. Much attention in the trial focused on Coutts’ interest in asphyxiation, and on his possession of pornographic images depicting this.

Although no evidence was provided to show that the porn had led Coutts to kill Longhurst (and indeed, such porn has become widespread without an increase in such crimes), a moral panic began over “violent porn”. The Labour government, already hugely authoritarian in many ways, first tried to ban web sites carrying “violent pornography”. When this moronic attempt at censorship failed, their next approach was even more authoritarian: to ban the possession of “violent” pornographic imagery. This was put into law as Section 63 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008, better known as the Violent Porn Law.

Starting from the killing of one woman, and based on unfounded rumours that her killing had been linked to pornography, the UK government had instituted one of the most draconian pieces of legislation in recent British history. Now, a person could be imprisoned for downloading or possessing on video or DVD any pornography that might breach the law, even if they were unaware of the law’s existence.


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