Posts Tagged ‘sexual freedom’
Nick Clegg is calling on the public to help repeal bad laws. His website is not working very well yet, but if you go to http://yourfreedom.hmg.gov.uk/ and register, you can begin to express your views. Perhaps you might like to start by “search” and type in Sexual Freedom. If you are lucky, you may find Tuppy’s suggestion to Ban all the Laws against Consenting Adults’ Sexual Freedom. Let’s hear it for accessible brothels (by repealing all the silly laws criminalising keeping a brothel) and tick to agree with all the ideas you like, and against the others. Sex positive people are often too busy shagging to express their views so, this time, get to it!
Venue: Cable, 33A Bermondsey St.,London Bridge, London SE1 2EG
Wednesday 3rd February 7-11pm
Striptease Artists, Performance Artists, Porn Artists and Special Guest Appearances.
Tickets £50 including welcome canapés, bubbly and sit-down dinner
Tables bookable on 0707 499 0808 /
Raising funds for the Outsiders Trust, Charity Nos 283350 & SC03830
where disabled people find partners.
From Dr Tuppy Owens
Best wishes to all SFC supporters for a sexy and more politically triumphant 2010 than we’ve been seeing in recent years. Although the SFC has done little obvious campaigning of our own in recent years, we do help to coordinate and support other campaigns. One 2009 triumph was the SHADA conference at the Royal Society of Medicine with performances by sex workers on stage, covered in The Times. See www.shada.org.uk. Please also look at the Erotic Awards site www.erotic-awards.co.uk which awards the pioneers, campaigners, academics and politicians who are fighting on our behalf for sexual freedom. The 2010 Awards will be no exception. Support us at Cunning Stunts, an uncensored cabaret on 3rd February. See here:- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kw4qxdy5Gw
From Peter Tatchell
Happy New Year 2010. Wishing you a Pink, Green and Red New Year. Wishing the world equality, peace, liberty and justice.
Huge thanks for your support in 2009. It is treasured.
From many small streams, a mighty river flows. We are the small streams that can make a mighty river for human liberation.
To catch up with my campaigns, see here: www.petertatchell.net
If you are willing and able to make a donation towards my human rights work in 2010, see here: http://www.tatchellrightsfund.org/donations.htm
Professor Stephen Guest discusses how the new offence of “possessing extreme pornography” threatens freedom of thought, in a free talk at UCL.
University College London (Darwin Lecture Theatre), Gower Street, London WC1
08 December 2009, 1:15pm
Saturday 21st November 12 noon to 2pm
Hyde Park, London
Protest organised by the One Law fo All Group (http://onelawforall.org.uk) which is run by the Iranian dissident Maryam Namazie
Sexual Freedom Coalition banner available for supporters to carry. Please get in touch.
Scotland should be celebrating a vibrant, free society, rather than mimicking the prohibitionist, draconian nanny state that England has become. Sadly, all paths to Scottish freedom end in Glasgow, a city ruled by the Roman Catholic Church and the Wee Free Presbyterians.
It’s not as if Scotland isn’t heaving with consensual sexual activity. There are 190 couples on one swing site in Inverness alone, and more than a dozen fetish and BDSM clubs around the country. One Glasgwegian lass enjoyed sex with 52 men in a greedy-girl session at the Night of the Senses.
Exotic Edinburgh, Amorous Aberdeen, Daring Dundee, Invigorated Inverness and all Highland Flings are hopelessly apathetic in the knowledge that our lustful yearnings, already thwarted by the Wee Frees. will be beheaded in Glasgow, the city otherwise renowned for being the most violent in Europe, with the worst teenage pregnancy and STI /HIV rates too.
Scotland is deserted by its famous sexpots: Irvine Walsh fled to Dublin and Miami Beach, Billy Connolly to LA and Sean Connery to Switzerland, leaving ordinary sexpots to fend for ourselves to Keep Scotland Sexy.
We need to challenge Scottish plans to close down brothels. criminalise the buying of sex and the possession of extreme pornography.
Glasgow’s evangelical group CARE asked the Scottish Parliament’s justice committee to add a clause to the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill, to outlaw the purchase of sex. Glasgow City Council is also pressing for a ban on the purchase of sex. Ann Hamilton, of Glasgow City Council’s Community and Safety Services and lead officer on prostitution, said the new law on kerb-crawling was helping to combat street prostitution, but some women were continuing their trade elsewhere. The 2009 Stage 1 Report on the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill did not include legislation against the buying of sex.
However, the law already passed by the Scottish Parliament in October 2008 makes men who buy sex – or try to – liable to face prosecution. Under the Prostitution (Public Places) Scotland Act, anyone caught soliciting a prostitute for sex, as well as those “loitering for the same purpose”, can be fined up to £1000. See http://edinburghnews.scotsman.com/topstories/Call-for-outright-ban-on.4653578.jp
The Edinburgh Evening News reported on 03 November 2008:
“The campaign to amend the Sexual Offences Scotland Bill to include a clause making it illegal to pay for sex is well intended, but on closer examination misguided.
While it may reek of double standards that a blind eye is effectively turned to those who seek sex in saunas, while kerb crawlers are prosecuted, such a move threatens to drive underground what is a relatively well-controlled sector of the sex trade
There is no evidence that the introduction of the kerb-crawling laws has done anything to curb the trade in Edinburgh. While 30 men have been arrested in the past year, it has merely driven girls from their traditional haunts into less safe areas and into flats.
It would be naive to think these figures give a true reflection of the level of activity which still goes on and those caught surely only represent the tip of what is still a sizeable iceberg.
Since the kerb-crawling law was introduced last year, the mobile phone rather than the car has become the point of contact and the absence of a safety-in-numbers strategy has led to an increase in violence against the girls.
Since the trade was driven into the shadows, attacks reported to Scotpep have almost doubled from 66 in June 2006 to 126 last year. There have been 55 assaults and 17 rapes and sexual assaults.”
Any ban on the purchase of sex would contravene the European Declaration of Human Rights.
It is already illegal to traffic human beings and to sexually exploit, rape or assault children, so any new Scottish legislation is unnecessary. If any proposed legislation becomes law, it will be used as an excuse to close down saunas and parlours that provide a public service.
What consenting adults do, look at, and perform, is not the business of the state. Therefore any pornography that is made with consenting adults is not to be banned and its possession not to be criminalised.
CJLB, the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill
see the latest, dated 05 Mar 2009 on www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Justice/crimes/pornography/ExtremePornograhicMateria
POSSESSION OF EXTREME PORNOGRAPHIC MATERIAL
The Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill was introduced into the Scottish Parliament in March 2009 and contains provisions to:
- introduce a new offence which will criminalise the possession of obscene, pornographic images which explicitly and realistically depict those which are of an extreme violent and sexual nature
- increase the maximum penalty from 3 to 5 years, for the existing offence under section 51 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982, for the publishing, selling or distributing or possessing with a view to selling or distributing obscene material
Summary of the new offence
The new offence criminalises the possession of obscene, pornographic images which explicitly and realistically depict:
- an act which takes or threatens a person’s life
- an act which results or is likely to result in a person’s severe injury
- rape or other non-consensual penetrative sexual activity
- Sexual activity involving (directly or indirectly) a human corpse
- An act which involves sexual activity between a person and an animal (or the carcase of an animal)
The maximum penalty for the new offence will be three years imprisonment.
The new offence is similar to that at section 63 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008, which applies in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Scottish offence goes further than that offence, however, in that it covers all images of rape and non-consensual penetrative sexual activity, whereas the English offence only covers violent rape.
The offence will not catch those who accidentally come into contact with this type of material and the provisions will contain a defence to this effect. There will also be a defence for those who can prove that they participated in the act depicted, that the extreme nature of the act was apparent and not real and there is no intention to distribute the material.
Under section 51 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982, it is already illegal to publish, sell or distribute or to possess with a view to selling or distributing the obscene material, including the obscene pornographic material which is covered by this new offence. The Bill therefore contains provisions to increase the maximum penalty under section 51 of the 1982 Act in respect of extreme pornographic material from 3 to 5 years.
The Scottish Government proposes to increase the maximum penalty under section 51 of the 1982 Act in respect of the publishing etc. of extreme pornographic material from 3 to 5 years.
What you need to know and do
If this Bill becomes law, it will produce a situation whereby acts of the most extreme animal cruelty are likely to get you six months imprisonment, having sex with an animal can get you up to 2 years imprisonment and possessing a picture of someone having sex with an animal can get you three years imprisonment, selling it 5 years.
Possession of Extreme Pornography has been banned in England and Wales under the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act since 26th January 2009, and nothing has changed except people who like looking at extreme images are losing sleep at night instead of sleeping soundly, and Ben Westwood’s photographic book, F**k Fashion: The Erotic Photography of Ben Westwood has been removed from the shelves.
Mark Cowling of University of Teesside makes this comment, “It seems to me that aspects of this legislation are ridiculous (over and above libertarian objections to the whole principle)”.
Scottish MSPs Patrick Harvie and Robin Harper from the Scottish Green Party and Margo Macdonald, Independent, are known to be challenging this new legislation. Write to ask how you can help here:
Webpage : http://www.robinharpermsp.org
CAAN (Consenting Adult Action Network Scotland) is protesting and planning a meeting with Sexual Offences team about the CJLB. You can reach them on
. Please contact them before sending any attachments.
To object to Ann Hamilton’s crusade to ban the purchase of sex, contact her here:
Glasgow Community & Safety Services
11 Hope Street
Glasgow G2 6AB
Phone 0141 276 7400
Fax 0141 276 7699
To object to the Criminal Justice and Licensing Bill
email (the preferred method of getting in touch) -
By post to: Jim Wilson, Scottish Government, Criminal Law and Licensing Division, Room GW.15, St Andrew’s House, Regent Road, Edinburgh EH1 3DG
By phone – 0131 244 7050
To express your views on the Sexual Offences Scotland Bill, contact Andrew Proudfoot, Assistant Clerk to the Committee, on 0131 348 5047 or email
Send your opinions to your MSP
Find your local MSP on
on the Scottish Parliament webpage http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/apps2/MSP/MSPHome/Default.aspx
Tell your MSP that you cannot see any reason why any pictures of consenting adults, even if deemed “extreme pornography”, however threatening-looking, or convincing the acting, should be outlawed (and tell them why), and that this section should be removed from the CJLB.
You don’t need to use posh language, just say it as it is. For example, websites showing porn stars getting hung are obviously just acted, as you see the same starlets being hung over and over again. Show those MSPs how stupid they are being if they fall for the fundamentalist, puritanical prohibitionist arguments rather than your common sense.