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The New Attack on Sexual Freedom

First the the government banned ‘rape’ porn without properly defining it, meaning that people who are engaged in consensual acts can now be prosecuted, now there are concerted attacks by councils on sex clubs.

Fantasy Video, a cinema showing pornographic films to its clientele was closed down by Islington last year1. A new business, Mr B’s, a private members film club that also shows adult films, opened in the same premises and is now on Islington’s hit list. Also in their sights are Oscar’s, a cinema catering to the gay community, and Abcat, a cinema in King’s Cross2.

A central complaint appears to be that whilst on a visit to assess how compliant the Abcat cinema was with its licensing conditions, a pass was made at the inspector. Gosh, how awful! If this is a reason to close a sex cinema, then we must surely also close all of restaurants, pubs and bars in the borough – after all, people have passes made at them every night in these.

It’s worth noting here that Islington first granted licences to sex cinemas after eleven men died in a fire at an adult cinema in 19943, when the council’s original policy of not granting licences drove premises to operate underground. A disgruntled man who was not allowed in set fire to the premises. Because there was no licence, and no method of obtaining one, no one had enforced clear exits or other fire prevention measures.

Whatever one’s views on adult films, we should ask ourselves whether it is right for a council to try and enforce some sort of moral code even if it means that they will knowingly revert to a policy that the council itself has acknowledged played a part in people’s deaths4.

It is also interesting to note that the attack on these establishments is being led by Labour councillor, Paul Converey, who also opposed the renewal of a licence for the Flying Scotsman pub in King’s Cross because, amongst other things, he ‘regularly spotted exotic dancers outside on the street smoking with very slight clothing barely covered by overcoats or other coverings’5. This of course could be rephrased as, some strippers wearing overcoats and other clothes were outside having a smoke. That doesn’t sound as salacious. Let’s consider the further implications of this statement. He wants to close down a strip club because in part he thinks that the women – when not stripping – are not wearing enough clothes. Again, perhaps he should visit one of the pubs in Islington this summer. I am sure he will find much ammunition to have them all closed down on that premise. In any case, his comments are not far off those of the Canadian police officer who prompted the slut walks a few years back. Why should a councillor be able to proscribe how a woman dresses?

Councillor Converey claims that closing the sex cinemas down is common sense. Put another way, endangering the lives of people who are causing no harm is common sense. Perhaps we should do away with Health and Safety all together? Would that be common sense?

His other claims6 are:

  • Strip clubs have an ‘adverse effect on community safety’. Really? How so? He cites no evidence. Perhaps that is because there really isn’t any?

  • It is unacceptable to have such clubs near schools? This is, of course, a nonsense. For a start most do not operate during school hours, then there is the fact that people under 18 years of age are not allowed in, and finally there is no evidence to suggest that having a strip club or an adult cinema near a school or church has any impact on the lives of local schoolchildren. This is nothing but a rather pathetic attempt to conflate sexual freedom with paedophilia. This sort of false association seeks to polarise moderate people who, rightly, abhor anything that may corrupt those who are under the age of consent. It is not akin to paedophilia, however, and to suggest that it is is itself morally bankrupt.

  • That he is taking the actions he is taking in support of Christian and Islamic voters in his area – to me that is appalling, as it either implies that those who do not subscribe to an Abrahamic religion have fewer morals and fewer rights or that subscribers to Abrahamic religions are a significant vote and should, therefore, be pandered to (much the same thing, really).

Lest anyone be in any doubt about Islington’s policy, he states it clearly in his letter: ‘It is the policy of LB Islington to reduce to zero the number of establishments licensed for sex.’ Note, he does not identify a single type of venue. As we have seen, the targets are sex cinemas and strip clubs so far, but that is just the beginning. We can expect swingers clubs and fetish venues to be next on the list.

Mr Convery further claims that ‘The simple fact is that, over the last few years, Kings Cross has changed considerably – and for the

better. Scores of new businesses and hundreds of new jobs have arrived in the area.’ This, he cites as a reason to close down legitimate businesses that already operate in the area, but those new businesses that he cites have not been deterred from moving in to the area in spite of there being sex cinemas, strip clubs, and other sex entertainment venues there. That in itself rather puts the lie to his claim.

So far this article has concentrated on Islington, but there is more. Spelthorne Borough Council has ordered the closure of Kestral Hydro, a nudist club in Stanwell Moor, near Heathrow, saying that a nudist club is not appropriate use of green belt land as it urbanises it7. Does this mean that people can only strip in the city? Oh, no, Islington have decided that’s not allowed. Not all Spethorne councillors agree with the main policy. Stanwell North councillor Spencer Taylor has said: ‘There have been no objections from residents and green belt can also be used for recreational purposes8.’ Given this, it seems odd that the council should try to close a club that is not harming any one and about which there have been no complaints in the ten years it has been operating.

So, what can you do?

  • On 2 June 2014, an appeal will be heard at the Highbury Magistrates Court for Oscar’s cinema. Simply showing up and sitting on the side in support of the plaintiff (the cinema owner, Goerge Papworth) will, if nothing else, send a message to Islington and the court that closing down all sex based establishments is not supported by all.

  • Write to councillor Convery at paul@convery.org.uk and tell him that you do not support his actions.

  • Sign the petition to save the naturist resort Kestral Hydro near Heathrow. The petition can be found here: http://www.kestrelhydro.com/PETITION%20SPLASHPAGE.html

Note, the author of this post is aware of other moves to shut down swinger’s clubs, fetish clubs, gay bars, and sex cinemas. Can it be long before hard won freedoms are also under threats, such as the right for men and women to enjoy anal sex and the right for same-sex couples to be treated as equals?

It’s hard to stand up and be counted because – even in this day-and-age – you can lose your job for being open about your sexuality, but if people do feel that they can be object then please do take one of the above actions.

1.http://www.islingtongazette.co.uk/news/fury_over_unlicensed_finsbury_porn_cinema_where_orgies_allegedly_take_place_1_3286293

2.http://www.islingtongazette.co.uk/news/closure_threat_to_finsbury_sex_cinema_after_inspector_was_touched_1_2836364

3. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/seven-die-in-gay-porn-club-fire-1396882.html

4. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/porn-cinemas-licensed-to-thrill-esther-oxford-explores-the-seedy-film-world-spotlighted-after-a-fire-killed-11-men-1414738.html

5. http://kingscrossenvironment.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/licence-application-2-4-caledonian-rd-objection-cllr-paul-convery.pdf

6. http://fscotsman.wordpress.com/2014/03/14/councillor-paul-converys-objections-to-the-flying-scotsman-are-contained-within-this-now-famed-document/

7. ttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/10238045/Nudist-spa-with-dungeon-closed-by-planning-rules.html

8. http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/local-news/full-frontal-assault-nudists-spa-closure-5686037

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We are becoming increasingly concerned about the demise of striptease in Britain. As well as many  strip clubs closing in London, they are also being closed down elsewhere.  Kirsten, my colleague on this matter tells me, “As well as Beds (!) council passing a nil policy on sex clubs, several other councils are trying as well. Hounslow is going for the nil policy but Yazmin (porn star, stripper and avid gardener) does the garden of one of licensing committee members and is trying to talk her out of it! I think it’s fab that Yazmin tends to flower beds whist talking politics, brings in fresh eggs and veg from her allotment for the dancers and customers, and then heads off to a porn gang bang!

The main driving force behind the nil policy is now the CLC – the Christian Legal Centre. It was inevitable that those stupid feminist groups would team up with the religious right. http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/sex-trade-human-traffiking-pornography/stopping-lap-dancing-england-and-wales

Unfortunately there is not a lot of unity amongst the club owners which is a shame. They have the money to challenge this in court. Sadly, the prime striptease campaigners are tied up with other things right now.

The Stripper Collective has a problem is finding a venue. Since the new law came in in 2009, finding a legal venue has become really difficult. The only thing that’s thriving are the life drawing classes at the White Horse  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Life-Drawing-at-The-White-Horse/216162001848671?fref=ts

Also, there needs to be more younger dancers getting involved in this. But a lot of them are from Romania etc and want to keep a low profile. They also don’t have the language skills to argue.”

Please can someone with clout come and save the situation?

I am becoming increasingly concerned about the demise of striptease in Britain. As well as many  strip clubs closing in London, they are also being closed down elsewhere.  Kirsten, my colleague on this matter tells me, “As well as Beds (!) council passing a nil policy on sex club, several other councils are trying as well. Hounslow is going for the nil policy but Yazmin (porn star, stripper and avid gardener) does the garden of one of licensing committee members and is trying to talk her out of it! I think it’s fab that Yazmin tends to flower beds whist talking politics, brings in fresh eggs and veg from her allotment for the dancers and customers, and then heads off to a porn gang bang!

The main driving force behind the nil policy is now the CLC – the Christian Legal Centre. It was inevitable that those stupid feminist groups would team up with the religious right. http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/sex-trade-human-traffiking-pornography/stopping-lap-dancing-england-and-wales

Unfortunately there is not a lot of unity amongst the club owners which is a shame. They have the money to challenge this in court. In terms of dancer organisation; Solitaire is busy getting married this year, the guy who writes Stripping the Illusion is having a bad time caring for his dying mum and I’m trying to write a book. I’ve come to realise what a massive job that is and so haven’t got the time to campaign.

The Stripper Collective is Stacey’s idea but the problem is finding a venue. Since the new law came in in 2009, finding a legal venue has become really difficult. She’s also busy running the life drawing classes at the White Horse which is getting really popular. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Life-Drawing-at-The-White-Horse/216162001848671?fref=ts

Also, there needs to be more younger dancers getting involved in this. Solitaire and I are now part timers, Sophie’s trying to set up her own business and Joy is studying hard, so we do need help from other dancers. But a lot of them are from Romania etc and want to keep a low profile. They also don’t have the language skills to argue.”

Please will somebody with some clout and a bit of time come forward? You can contact me at mail@sfc.org.uk

Please will men who want to pay for sex in Scotland and are prepared to argue their case please contact us because your views must be heard. mail@ this website address

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“The Muslim community have taken it upon themselves to rid the streets of evil. This is just how the Taliban started in Afghanistan. For all intents and purposes, you are witnessing the emergence of the Taliban in Walthamstow.” — Website, Islam4UK

With East London hosting the world during the Olympics, a group of Islamists associated with Anjem Choudary and his group, Islam4UK, have taken the law into their own hands.

Over recent weeks the group has launched a vigilante campaign in Waltham Forest, close to the main Olympics venues, to target “Pimps and Prostitutes,” part of a wider campaign by Choudary’s associates to launch their own vigilante campaigns, based on a narrow interpretation of Shariah law. Last year, the group put up stickers around parts of East London declaring it a ‘Shariah Zone.’ It warned women to observe strict dress codes, and local residents against drinking alcohol. Homosexuals were also threatened.

“Pimps and Prostitutes” is a new campaign. Of course, few would argue with a genuine civic movement to clear the streets of prostitutes, but Choudary’s men are not motivated by public spirit. They want instead to assert Islamist principles and practice over parts of public life in London, in the hope of carving out enclaves for themselves. “As Muslims in your local area it is our duty to invite you to embrace Islam” the group states, “but we also want to share with you some of the great projects we’re involved in that can make a real change to the area.”

http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/3237/islam-olympics

and see http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=rdcx7rDsqKk

More information and analysis relating to the Simon Walsh ‘extreme porn’ case here: http://heresydungeon.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/the-trial-of-simon-walsh-at-kingston.html

Today the Crown Prosecution Service will attempt to persuade a jury that images of fisting should be classified as “extreme pornography” with the risk to the defendant of three years in custody, inclusion on the sex offenders’ register and damage to his personal and professional standing.
All for a type of image which is commonly viewed, of an activity which is itself is legal to perform and is even discussed in the book Fifty Shades of Grey.
Nonetheless the defendant, Simon Walsh, has been charged with being in possession of extreme pornographic images under section 63 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008: so the Prosecution must prove that the act of fisting is “likely to result in serious injury to a person’s anus”.
The Defendant – Simon Walsh
Simon, who is represented by a crusading lawyer, Myles Jackman (at Hodge Jones & Allen) has given his express permission for this information to be published.
Before being arrested and charged with these offences, Simon was a successful professional and politician in the City who, amongst other things, prosecuted police officers accused of disciplinary offences.
After being charged, Simon lost both professional and political positions, despite the fact that no pornography was found on any of his work computers. In fact, no pornography was found on Simon’s home computers either.
Instead, the police had to “interrogate” Simon’s personal email account (server) in order to discover a few images they deemed questionable. This included an image of a man wearing a gas mask. Their expert stated that this was likely to cause serious harm, even death by asphyxiation: despite being a piece of equipment designed to assist breathing. This charge was eventually dropped.
Unfortunately, by performing the “interrogation” of Simon’s email account in the fashion they did, the police contaminated the only source of evidence; making it impossible to identify whether images attached to emails had in fact been opened and viewed.
The Peacock Trial
Readers familiar with the jury decision in Micheal Peacock’s obscenity trial earlier this year, where the defendant was unanimously acquitted of publishing fisting DVDs under the Obscene Publications Act 1959 (OPA), may be surprised to hear that the CPS are having another bite at the cherry when it comes to fisting.
As the Peacock obscenity trial was under the OPA the CPS needed to show that fisting pornography was likely to “deprave and corrupt” the viewer. Since this Trial is under section 63 of the CJIA 2008 the CPS must show that act of fisting is “likely to result in serious injury to a person’s anus” in order to persuade a jury that the mere representation (pictures) of this activity is a criminal offence, despite the fact that the act itself is legal to perform.
The Prosecution Case
What follows is a summary of elements of what the Prosecution must prove to substantiate an offence has been committed under the CJIA 2008:
According to Section 63 images are “extreme” if they are “grossly offensive, disgusting or otherwise of an obscene character” and according to subsection 7:
“(7) An image falls within this subsection if it portrays, in an explicit and realistic
way, any of the following—
(b) an act which results, or is likely to result, in serious injury to a person’s
anus, breasts or genitals”
Unfortunately, what is “likely” to result in “serious injury” is not specifically defined in the Act itself. There were Ministry of Justice Guidelines specifically on the extreme pornography legislation, but they seem to have disappeared from the internet, possibly disavowed.
Conclusion
As with the Peacock obscenity case, it will be instructive to see whether the police and prosecution are out of step with current cultural and moral values towards sexuality; and instead whether a jury of reasonable people simply deem that fisting pornography is neither extreme nor criminal.
Updates
Simon’s Trial started  Monday the 30th July 2012, at Kingston Upon Thames Crown Court from 12pm and is listed to last for up to seven days.
With the Trial Judge’s permission, the Trial will be live-tweeted under the hash tag #porntrial.
Hence it should be possible to follow the Trial as it unfolds; and discover whether a jury will swallow such an intrusive Prosecution.

When I want a sex-slave,” [I] should be able to go “to the market and pick out whichever female I desire and marry her.” — Sheikh Huwaini

Egypt’s “first sex-slave marriage” took place mere days after the Muslim Brotherhood’s Muhammad Morsi was made president.

Last Monday, on the Egyptian TV show Al Haqiqa (“the Truth”), journalist Wael al-Ibrashi showed a video-clip of a man, Abd al-Rauf Awn, “marrying” his slave. Before making the woman, who has a non-Egyptian accent, repeat after him the Koran’s Surat al-Ikhlas, instead of saying the usual “I marry myself to you,” the woman said “I enslave myself to you,” kissing him in front of an applauding audience.

Then, even though she was wearing a hijab, her owner-husband declared that she is forbidden from such trappings and commanded her to be stripped of them, so as “not to break Allah’s laws.” She took her veil and abaya off, revealing, by Muslim standards, a seductive red dress (all the other women present were veiled). The man claps for her and the video-clip (which can be seen here) ends.

The man, Abd al-Rauf Awn, who identified himself as an Islamic scholar who studied at Al Azhar and an expert at Islamic jurisprudence, then appeared on the show, giving several Islamic explanations to justify his marriage, from Islam’s prophet Muhammad’s “sunna,” or practice, of “marrying” enslaved captive women, to Koran 4:3, which declares: “Marry such women as seem good to you, two and three and four… or what your right hands possess.”

Though the term malk al-yamin literally means “that which is owned by your right hand,” for all practical purposes, and to avoid euphemisms, according to Islamic doctrine and history, she is simply a sex-slave. Linguistic evidence even suggests that she is seen not as a human but as a possession.

Even stripping the sex-slave of her hijab, the way Awn did, has precedent. According to Islamic jurisprudence, whereas the free (Muslim) woman is mandated to wear a hijab, sex-slaves are mandated only to be covered from the navel to the knees—with everything else exposed. Awn even explained how Caliph Omar, one of the first “righteous caliphs,” would strip sex-slaves of their garments, whenever he saw them overly dressed in the marketplace.

Awn further went on to declare that he believes the idea of sex slave marriage is ideal for today’s Egyptian society. He bases this on ijtihad, a recognized form of jurisprudence, whereby a Muslim scholar comes up with a new idea—one that is still rooted in the Koran and example of Muhammad—that fits the circumstances of contemporary society. He argued that, when it comes to marriage, “we Muslims have overly complicated things,” so that men are often forced to be single throughout their prime, finally getting married between the ages of 30-40, when they will have a stable career and enough money to open a household. Similarly, many Egyptian women do not want to wear the hijab in public. The solution, according to Awn, is to reinstitute sex-slavery—allowing men to marry and copulate much earlier in life, and women who want to dress freely to do so, as technically they are sex-slaves and mandated to go about loosely attired.

The other guest on the show, Dr. Abdullah al-Naggar, a professor in Islamic jurisprudence at Al Azhar, fiercely attacked Awn for reviving this practice, calling on him and his slave-wife to “repent,” to stop dishonoring Islam, and arguing that “there is no longer sex-slavery”—to which Awn responded by sarcastically asking, “Who said sex-slavery is over? What—because the UN said so?”

In many ways, this exchange between Awn, who advocates sex-slave marriage, and the Al Azhar professor symbolizes the clash between today’s “Islamists” and “moderate Muslims.” For a long time, Al Azhar has been engaged in the delicate balancing act of affirming Islam while still advocating modernity according to Western standards, whereas the Islamists—from the Muslim Brotherhood to the Salafis—bred with contempt and disrespect for the West, are only too eager to revive Islamic practices that defy Western standards.

While this may be the first sex slave marriage to take place in Egypt’s recent history, it is certainly not the first call to revive the practice. Earlier, Egyptian Sheikh Huwaini, lamenting that the “good old days” of Islam were over, declared that, in an ideal Muslim society, “when I want a sex-slave,” he should be able to go “to the market and pick whichever female I desire and buy her.” Likewise, a Kuwaiti female politician earlier advocated for reviving the institute of sex-slavery, suggesting that Muslims should bring female captives of war—specifically Russian women from the Chechnya war—and sell them to Muslim men in the markets of Kuwait.

And so the “Arab Spring” continues to blossom.

Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and an Associate Fellow at the Middle East Forum.

Following the acquittal of Michael Peacock for selling hard core gay films, lawyers have notices that some of his material featured injuries upon masochists which go beyond what is currently permitted in law (more than “transient & trifling”). So the UK law is in a real mess, as it remains illegal to undertake certain heavy BDSM acts, but possessing and distributing images of such acts may not now be illegal !!!

Whilst the CPS has said that it accepts the jury’s verdict this may not be the end of the matter – only appeal judges make precedents.

Practitioners of BDSM need to seek the advice of specialists if they are ever charged with an offence. What is becoming abundently clear is that duty lawyers do not understand the legislation and are advising clients to plead guilty. But the advice of specialist lawyers like Myles Jackson is essential before any decision is taken. To find these, see those listed on this site or on the Backlash and Spanner websites.