Tag: free speech

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Itziar Urrutia, aka Ms Tytania: Sexual Freedom Award winner

“One person sticking out in the crowd is a lone, ranting lunatic; two are a movement.” – Anon. On November 9th, I was presented with the Sex Worker of the Year Award, at the 2015 Sexual Freedom Awards ceremony. You can find out more abut the Awards’ history and also, …read more →

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Myles Jackman: Don’t criminalise the selfie-generation

Cross-posted from Myles Jackman By criminalising young people between the ages of sixteen and eighteen, our political and justice systems show how disconnected they are from technological change and social values, which is especially worrying so close to an election where politicians have been exploiting selfie culture. After an NSPCC …read more →

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Major political parties fail to halt mass criminalisation of young people

Civil liberties campaign opposes labelling teen ‘sexters’ as sex offenders A politically charged moral panic over young people’s attitudes to sexuality is leading to Internet censorship and the labelling of ordinary young people as sex offenders, civil liberties campaign Backlash warns today. Backlash will campaign for a change in the …read more →

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Essential links defending sexual freedom on the Internet III

Georgina Voss, Guardian: An anti-porn hack day: Mr Cameron? Be careful what you wish for Anna Arrowsmith and Fiona Elvines, Comment is Free: Should accessing ‘rape pornography’ be restricted by law? Clive Martin, Vice: Ten Ways Your Life Might Change Without Internet Porn (Over 18) Another Angry Woman: Not that …read more →

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Essential links defending sexual freedom on the Internet II

Jane Fae, Politics.co.uk: Three bad ideas about sex and the internet  Milena Popova, ORGzine: Porn blocking – a survivor’s perspective Zoe Stavri, Independent: Don’t ban ‘rape porn’ – introduce more porn with negotiation and boundary-setting Glasgow Sexworker: History Lesson: what happened when Canada enacted a feminist anti-porn law? Charles Arthur, …read more →

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Employment-based censorship

Via Sarah AB at Harry’s Place and BenSix, we learn of a case of a man being demoted for posting a comment on Facebook opposing gay marriage. There may be more details in the story that have gone unreported relating to something more justifiably akin to misconduct. But if this …read more →

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An example of better focussed speech regulation

Via Crime and Consequences, we learn that the US president has just signed the ”Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act of 2010”. The law is in response to a successful appeal by a company that was distributing images of extreme animal cruelty. Though not targeting the same material as the ban …read more →