Facebook 99% Culture Free

The young upstart social network Facebook is deciding to embrace mediocrity at the ascent of its popularity. Over the last few weeks Facebook has removed a feminist pro porn page( no porn was displayed or linked too), the Liberator sex furniture company had its page removed, they recently they removed a pot legalization ad.

Of course, Facebook, as a private company can decide their own policies, and a user can decide whether they wish to participate in Facebook. But it seems the social networking company is drafting their policies as they go, respond to whatever pressure group makes enough noise.  The acts I described above seem to contradict their mission that it is “giving people the power to share and make the world more open and connected”.

They are breaking a rule of business which is to stick with one thing and do it well, instead they seem to be distracted by the very Clinton-esque method of trying to sell to everyone, making everyone happy, instead of focusing on their original mission. A company not focusing on its goals or mission, has long term negative revenue consequences for a business.

The primary reason I choose not participate in Facebook is that to me it functions as a marketing platform, nor was I inclined to participate when they first came on the scene as a way for high school and college kids to share photos from the previous weekends kegger. Now as they have loftier ambitions will they too become apprehensive in search of the almighty dollar, afraid to take risks, becoming irrelevant,  like their predecessors, AOL, or Yahoo.

We’ll see…

~Jay

Forced Consent

In the BDSM world the slogan Safe Sane and Consensual is slapped to our collective bumper sticker. We are reminded of it in the same way our mothers reminded us of the golden rule, or to eat your veggies.I began thinking about the last word in those four dripping words, consensual.

Consensual, as the adjective in the aforementioned sentence, means to enter in to mutual agreement with another person. An important principal in BDSM, especially at public play events, or getting to know some new kinksters, this rule is adhered to; providing all a safe way to say no, the other party accepts the no without argument or concern. Continue reading

Non Consensual Voyeurs

Much of our leisure time is occupied navigating the internets; the wonderful tubes of information to gratify ourselves in many different ways. Not just sexual gratification, whole “communities” of people who identify and relate to a common theme. It can be of any topic that has enthusiasts who want to share their knowledge, facilitating easy communication for those who otherwise would never have the opportunity to do so.

As people know, or may not know every website  has your interests recorded in a database somewhere, not entirely a bad thing, good consumer intelligence some would say. But like all endeavors it has its bad apples who have a sick need to exercise control over other people.

Glen Greenwald stated: The ways in which the loss of privacy destroys a society are somewhat abstract and difficult to articulate, though very real.  A society in which people know they are constantly being monitored is one that breeds conformism and submission, and which squashes innovation, deviation, and real dissent.

As we participate in activities that we consent too, having this unprecedented surveillance is a real threat to those of us who live what is labeled “an alternative lifestyle”.

Its not a small step to consider that in this typically fascist America today we are sliding towards on oligarchy of super wealthy people ruling over the “less well to do population”. These are the types that create legislation such as, the Patriot Act, the Arizona anti immigrant bill, non nudity, no touch strip bars. The country is littered laws from federal, state, and local  communities whose moral standards of living have not evolved much since the second century.

Since most kinky gatherings are not publicly known, and that some perceived social retribution is too costly to be open about your choices. Its not unreal to perceive the creation of laws that outlaws or restricts participating in such activity.

All over the country there is hysteric legislation that is targeted at people of color. But what if the bosses get tired of just picking on the poor ethnic groups, and just go after the rest of us who enjoy getting our kicks out of consensual flogging.

As the rich grow more powerful, making sure they cause enough hysteria to keep honest folks from thinking clearly. We may see laws drafted that restrict our ability to communicate about our consensual desires. Sites such as Fetlife, Collar Me, or Kink.com could be blocked or restricted by communities that have enough motivated voters to pass such oppressive legislation.

Voting time is approaching in parts of the USA, when walking into the voting booth take the time educate yourself about who you are voting for. For the vote you cast may be for the person who is going to help you build your own coffin, and they will do so with a smile.

Jay

Big Fat Hairy State

Last week Judge Richard Leon dismissed on grounds of insufficient evidence obscenity charges against John Stagliano, charges that were brought during the Bush Administration. Not really a surprise that the charges were dismissed as it was a shoddy attempt at convicting anyone on anything other than making trite porn.

The obscenity charges against Stagliano took root during the Bush Administration; private uninhibited fornication was second only to terrorism in nature of evil during that time. There are however convictions ever day of small time pornographers, prostitutes, bdsm enthusiasts, kids sending txt message, there will be no limousine liberal grandstanding on courthouse steps for their freedom.

But not a shocking outcome even if the trial had gone forward, the case didnt meet any of the criteria to be obscene, and a great deal depends on the how zealous the government would be at the time. Nothing can save a person at the mercy of the deep pockets of the government; as the mafia knows all too well. I guess thats one decent thing about the new Justice department in not challenging this, they got there hands full elsewhere.

Lyndon Johnson once stated that if you call your opponent a pig fucker, your opponent will have to run around denying they fuck pigs. Essentially those of us in the kink world are all one crazy prosecutor away from being locked up, just remember what happened to Tommy Chong. There could be a hysterical prosecutor in some town and whether he gets a conviction or not your reputation is smeared your broke financially, and he gets elected to office.

This case is a reminder again of how bloated, inefficient, and over reaching the State apparatus has become not just threatening big time producers but all of us who are merely wanting to live, laugh, and have fun before it all goes black.

Jay Morgan

If Your Not Hetero Your Against Us

You might have heard in the news of a video called Collateral Murder, a video testimony of the uselessness of war shown to the world by the organization Wikileaks. The person who provided that video was a young US Army Specialist by the name of Bradley Manning. You can read background about the story here, here, and here.

Though the media will largely ignore this heroic effort by this young man, the picture they will paint will be that of a solitary, angry man. Already there are allegations that the guy is a “pre transgendered male” who was upset at the dont ask dont tell policy, the media will stoke the homophobic fears of Americans. Painting the young man in a negative light, instead of applauding and standing up for what this kid did.

As if being gay, bi, or transgendered were more of a crime than projecting unwarranted violence on a distant people. For when they mention Mr Manning, with his “stylish upswept hair” or any individual in the media having non hetero tendencies it is usually implied as to “what” type of sex they prefer, not “with” whom they prefer. The Supreme Court nominee Kagan underwent much the same sort of smear when she was first introduced.

Large media outlets today serve as marketing tools for whatever corporate umbrella they would be under. Take this story from Violet Blue, the hidden agenda behind some anti porn groups; or the marketing driven news supplements that play on emotion to jump start sales.

For in this day and age of Corporate Media, sexual acceptance comes down to two factors, on the one hand you need to display along with big tits, a virginal purity, acting whimsical and submissive; or if you are not violently destroying something then fucking it brutally, you are a sodden wimp who deserves to be pushed around.

~Jay

Knowledge Is Power

Listening to Kink On Tap this week reminded me of the ever widening gap between what passes for information and knowledge these days. I like Kink On Tap, applaud what they are doing, so this is no way a critical assessment, merely an observation.

What leaped out at me was how outrageously taken out of context the quotes from Camille Paglia’s article talking about the drug Flibernasian, and bemoaning the poison of “bourgeois propriety“.  Kink On Tap discussed briefly an article that was written using two quotes from Camille’s article somehow placing the blame for middle class white folks lack of sexual satisfaction on the social networking phenomena of 2009.

It was odd that the hosts of Kink On Tap were not aware of Camille Paglia, given that they counter second wave anti porn feminist, they were not familiar with Camilles 1990 treatise Sexual Personae, or her work in general. I don’t agree with all that Camille writes but her essays are a relevantand useful tool in the sex positive “movement”.

Sexual Personae, attacked the academic, and cultural inbreeding that has spawned such creatures like this anti porn group. Camille celebrates the sexually risque, the queer, androgynous cultural history that is hidden from society.

There is so much information in the world, but very little knowledge, you can scroll through news groups, or social networking sites. After a while though its much like riding in a car on a freeway through a busy city, lots of bumpers stickers slogans, soft porn billboard advertising, and consistently dull uniform retail outlets.

I like Kink On Tap, hope they will maybe sift deeper through some of the raw material that is being produced, smelting that information into the hard steel of knowledge.

~Jay

BDSM Excursion Gone Bad

Evidently Robin Mortimer, who was the honcho of British RPM Motorsports, died during an BDSM scene.

Time to time these thing happen, and usually there is an incredibly sensationalist story covering the truth, but reasonable comment does happen

Thankfully, and perhaps surprisingly, deaths from sado-masochistic sex sessions are rare, and whilst we can argue about the rights and wrongs of the people involved, consenting adults should be allowed to explore their sexual fantasies, provided it does not affect others or involve minors.

You read the article in its entirety here.

Thanks to Ropecast for the heads up.

~JM