Jul 242008
 

I am so gonna drink a toast(and then look at some porn) in honor of the Center for Democracy and Technology today and so should you. Here’s why…

After 10 years of stating the obvious they fucking FINALLY convinced the powers that be that um, yeah, COPA(Child Online Protection Act) is just as unconstitutional as the CDA(Communications Decency Act RIP 1997). ‘Cause this is just a bit over-reaching:

“COPA would make it a crime for anyone to make any Web communication for commercial purposes that is “harmful to minors” unless the person has used technological means to prevent access by minors (such as requiring credit card verification). COPA would impose criminal and civil penalties of up to $50,000 per day for violations.”

So ROCK ON CDT, ACLU and Judge Reed, the bad-ass who put together a “highly detailed, thorough, and careful analysis of the numerous problems with the COPA law.”

One of those problems being that although there is plenty of technics and technology for parents and educators to keep kids from accessing “harmful” content. There isn’t a single effective and reliable way for an operator of a website, like myself, to do so. Not exactly what Reed was saying but I choose to interpret it as a big ole’ bitch slap to all those lazy parents who want to make it my job to take care of their kids. When you made the decision to spawn you made the choice to protect said off-spring from the dangers of the world. Even when that boogie man is an image or an idea that could only appear threatening to the most close minded of adults. Like the folks who proposed the damn legislation in the first place.

Speaking of small minded a-holes with agendas. It’s also obvious to most folks that this wasn’t as much about the kids as it was about grown-ups trying to treat us ALL like children. It was yet another full-fledged attack on freedom of speech.

To read the whole ridiculous but ultimately triumphant story here’s the link to the CDT’s page on the topic. All quotes were taken from said page:

http://www.cdt.org/publications/policyposts/2007/04

More cool and empowering things to read on-line: I found these two sites through Susie Bright’s blog:

http://lettersfromworkinggirls.blogspot.com/

And its masculine half:

http://lettersfromjohns.blogspot.com/

I’ve been reading a lot of sex worker writing lately. These sites, while in the same vein, seem more confessional and less fictional. Getting to read the male side of things is also nice. Though you can find boys writing about their experiences on the escort review boards. Reviews are, of course, still confessional but there always seems to be a bit of bragging involved. You’re certainly not as likely to find the vulnerability present in these letters.

Both the ladies and the gents attempt to answer in their own words why they’ve made the choice to engage in sex work.

This last site had emailed me about a link exchange. I get these all the time, mostly from thinly veiled porn sites, domme listing sites I’ve never heard of in countries I don’t live in(most of which are also thinly veiled porn sites, and very rarely from individual Dommes(but I don’t link to women I don’t know).

So it was nice to get solicited by someone I want to say yes to. It’s a new site, and yeah, it has a few things on it I don’t agree with. But during my last link page update I’d had to pull a dead link to a BDSM educational site. Obviously if a person can find my website a few more key stokes is all it takes to type BDSM into a search engine. But I like to have at least one educational resource on that page.

So until I get a chance to update said page, or until I find something better, here’s a link that should give you some nice pointers about the wild world of Female Domination:

http://www.femdomale.com/

Bonus is that they also publish stories. Keep in mind that these tales are FICTION. Without having read their entire library(but recognizing a few of the tales) I feel justified in saying that they should not be used as an educational tool. They are porn. And the only thing one should ever try and learn from porn is that, yes, your penis is too small….

And just think, none of those websites, or this one for that matter, would probably exist if COPA had ever been put into practice. Well, mine might still exist, but I’d be updating it from Canada.

Happy linking!

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