Friday, December 28, 2012

FSC Announces 2013 Board of Directors Candidates

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CANOGA PARK, Calif. — The Free Speech Coalition has announced the candidates for its 2013 Board of Directors.

Only active FSC members may vote in the election; electronic ballots will be sent by online survey service Survey Monkey-Zoomerang.

FSC members may vote for nine seats available in this year’s election from the field of 14 candidates.

First-time candidates include Vivid Entertainment’s Marci Hirsch, veteran performer Amber Lynn, Madness Pictures’ Mo Reese, Girlfriend Films’ Moose, and Porn Guardian’s Peter Phinney.

Other candidates include Kink.com’s Peter Acworth, attorney Jeffrey Douglas, Maia Toys’ Mara Epstein, AAANews’ Sid Grief, XBIZ President and publisher Alec Helmy, Good Vibrations’ Joel Kaminsky, AVN’s Mark Kernes, attorney Reed Lee, and adult industry veteran Lynn Swanson.

Active FSC members who do not receive their electronic ballots by Dec. 27 should contact the FSC office at (818) 348-9373 or email joanne@freespeechcoaliton.com

 

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Adult Industry Leaders to File Suit Against L.A. County Over Measure B

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LOS ANGELES — A group of adult industry leaders announced today their intent to file a lawsuit soon against Los Angeles County over Measure B.

On Nov. 6 voters of Los Angeles passed Measure B, or what industry leaders maintain is an ill-conceived law that makes it mandatory for adult actors to wear lab coats, goggles and gloves as well as condoms while shooting adult films in the County. The law was funded solely by AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF).

"The industry has organized a team of highly respected attorneys to protect our First Amendment rights. I am confident that we will prevail and ultimately save L.A. County millions of dollars as well as save thousands of jobs. As an industry we are united in this effort and look forward to our day in court," said Steven Hirsch, founder/co-chairman of Vivid Entertainment.

Industry attorneys Paul Cambria of Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria, Louis Sirkin of Santen Hughes, and Bob Corn-Revere of Davis Wright Tremaine will represent the industry in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Match.com Reveals the Ups & Downs of Dating Behavior of 2012 & How Celebrity Relationships Compare to U.S. Singles

Hopeful Hearts: 64% of Singles' New Year's Resolution is Finding Love in 2013

Nearly 1/3 of Younger Singles Have Reunited with an Ex More Than Three Times

DALLAS, Dec. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The dating world has proven to be a whirlwind for singles this year – for celebrities and everyday people alike. In an attempt to make better sense of it all, Match.com, the world's largest dating website, compiled the most compelling trends and statistics tied to the biggest highs and lows of relationships this year. For starters, 64%* of singles reported that their top New Year's resolution will be to find new love in 2013, and nearly 1/3 of younger singles reported reconnecting with the same ex over three times – Bieber and Gomez are on track to beat the odds!

So what's really behind these wild dating trends, and what's the best medicine for bouncing back and adjusting to singledom post-split? New data unveiled from Match.com's 2012 "Singles In America" study, the largest and most comprehensive study ever conducted on U.S. singles, showed that age and gender play a major role in the recovery experience, with men taking substantially less time to bounce back than women.

To further showcase these trends, Match.com took a look back at this year's top 12 most notable Hollywood dating moments to see how they stacked up against the study's most prominent statistics. Were Johnny Depp and Peter Facinelli's fast moves to re-partner post-break really that shocking? Or is this behavior in line with the recovery process of most U.S. males? Find out below from Match.com's "Singles in America" data highlights, paired with celebrity analysis, of the top celebrity shake-ups of 2012:

TOP 12 CELEBRITY SHAKE-UPS OF 2012 ACCORDING TO MATCH.COM

1.      Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes               

7.   Taylor Swift and Conor Kennedy

2.      Heidi Klum and Seal                              

8.   Will Arnett and Amy Poehler

3.      Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis      

9.    Joe Simpson and Tina Simpson

4.      Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart

10.  Shia LaBeouf and Mia Goth

5.      Peter Facinelli and Jennie Garth         

11.  Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez

6.      Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana        

12.  Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman

Top Deal-Breakers for Singles: Cheating was cited as the top factor leading to singles' most recent breakup (17%), an issue K-Pat are all too familiar with following Kristen Stewart'srecent tryst with director Rupert Sanders

How Singles Bounce Back: While talking to friends/family is the most popular move post-breakup overall (41%), men are more likely to go out for a drink (24%) or immerse themselves in hobbies (20%). Women are more likely to mourn their breakup with food (22%) or by holing up and watching TV (22%).

Recovery by the Ages:

  • 20s: Singles in their 20s are more likely to work out (20%), talk to their friends (56%), or go out for a drink (32%).
  • 30s:  Katie Holmes' recent focus on her career is not unusual after a breakup at all, as the study found singles in their 30s are more likely to immerse themselves in work (25%) after a split.
  • 40s and 50s: Singles in this age range are less likely to hit the gym for solace (7%), and more likely instead to call friends/family (39%) for support or seek escape by watching TV (20%).

Recovery Time: 37% of men take a month or less to get over a breakup (55% bounce back in three months or less), a behavior that Johnny Depp displayed after immediately jumping into a new relationship with Amber Heard after his split with former girlfriend of 14 years, Vanessa Paradis. On the opposite side of the spectrum, 32% of women take a year or more to recover, with 1/5 of those surveyed reporting it took 2+ years to move on.

  • Take a Note from Taylor Swift: Singles in their 20s take less time to get over a breakup, with 62% reporting it took them less than three months to move on. On the flip side, the study showed that older singles in their 50s-60s lament longer, with 30% taking over a year to rebound right.

Can We Still Be Friends? Men are more likely to remain friends post-breakup (28%), while women are more likely to cut off all communication (41%) with their ex-partner.

  • Remaining Friends is Easier with Age: Singles in their 60s are most likely to remain friends, as demonstrated by Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman'scordial post-split relationship. Meanwhile, younger singles prefer to have limited communication via email and phone post-breakup.

Reconciling With The Ex: 50% of women and 43% of men have reconciled with an ex-partner. And the top reason for getting back together? Men are more likely to try again because they miss her, while women are more likely to give it a second chance because they're still in love.

  • 27% of Younger Singles have Taken Back the Same Partner Over Three Times: Overall, younger singles are more likely to get back with an ex than older singles, since 27% of respondents in their 20s reporting going through the breakup/make-up cycle with the same ex over three times (and 9.3% have done this over five times!).

For more survey results and tips from Match.com's Relationship Expert Whitney Casey, visithttp://blog.match.com/datingin2012

Methodology
Data results were pulled from Match.com's second annual Single In America StudyFirst released earlier this year, the study was funded by Match.com and conducted by MarketTools in association with biological anthropologist Dr. Helen Fisher, Chief Scientific Advisor for Match.com; sex and relationship therapist, Dr. Laura Berman; evolutionary biologist with The Kinsey Institute at Indiana University, Dr. Justin R. Garcia; and the Institute for Evolutionary Studies (EvoS) at Binghamton University. The results, which include the views of a representative sample of over 5,000 US singles, gives a specific look at the relationships between Sex and Politics, Gender Roles and Romantic Expectations and is the largest and most comprehensive national study of American singles ever to be conducted.

*Data point taken from a Match.com member poll of over 1,000 single male and females.

About Match.com: 
Founded in 1995, Match.com was the original dating website and pioneer of the online dating industry. Today, 17 years later, Match.com operates leading subscription-based online dating sites in 25 countries, 8 languages and across five continents and is responsible for more dates, relationships and marriages than any other website. Match.com is an operating business of IAC (Nasdaq: IACI) and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.  For more information, visit http://www.match.com.

SOURCE Match.com

 

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Judge Denies Government Motion to Dismiss in 2257 Case

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PHILADELPHIA, PA—Argument on the U.S. Department of Justice's Motion to Dismiss the lawsuit in Free Speech Coalition, et al v. Holder was set for 1:30 this afternoon in the courtroom of U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson, but less than an hour later, it was over, with Judge Baylson denying the government's motion from the bench.

While plaintiffs' attorney J. Michael Murray was not available for comment, his associate Lori Baumgardner told AVN that with the dismissal of the motion, the judge allowed discovery in the case to go forward. That would involve taking depositions of both the various plaintiffs as well as attorneys and others in the Justice Department who might have knowledge of the facts and issues involved, and who might have possession of documents relating to the government's handling of the case. 

"There was an oral argument set on the Motion to Dismiss, and some judges do that," Baumgardner said. "We were a little bit surprised, but in an abundance of caution, Mike prepared his oral argument on the Motion, and he ruled from the bench denying their motion."

Today's hearing was the first official action taken by Judge Baylson since his ruling in 2010 dismissing the case on the original pleadings—a dismissal that was overturned by a three-judge panel of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals on April 16.

Check back with AVN for more details of this exciting development.

 

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Porn Industry Reacts to Measure B Passage

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles porn industry took a major beating on Tuesday when more than one million residents voted Yes on Measure B, the L.A. County initiative mandating the use of condoms in adult video productions.

Producers and performers spoke to XBIZ about their disappointment in the election, what they think went wrong and what they’ve learned from the experience as they prepare to forge ahead in uncertainty, but determined to prevail.

“It is clearly very disappointing that Measure B passed,” Hustler President Michael Klein told XBIZ. “While obviously the industry is going to explore all avenues to try to overturn this measure, all that this vote did was move productions out of the state, taking away jobs and revenue to the state.

“And it won’t change at all what is seen in adult films since it is clear that movies with actors using condoms just don’t sell as well as those without.”

Hustler founder Larry Flynt addressed the outcome with Churchill-esque flair and gumption.

"I knew it would pass," Flynt said. "Americans have a knee-jerk attitude about sex, however, this does not change the adult entertainment industry in the least. We will continue to shoot in Mexico, the desert, Hawaii, etc. with no additional expenses, because instead of shooting one or two girls a week, we’ll shoot a dozen.

"The people need to look behind the effort driving this movement. You’ve got a right-wing nut [AIDS Healthcare Foundation President Michael Weinstein] trying to be a sexual arbitrator, and he should be dismissed for what he is — nothing.”

Porn star James Deen worked closely with the Free Speech Coalition and the No on Government Waste campaign to educate Los Angelinos about the industry and its testing practices through news and social media.

"I don't know what happens next," Deen said. "I assume a good amount of people will take their business out of the county of Los Angeles. Others might stay and alter their shooting style.  I don't see too many people staying as the bill for the expenses is now trying to be pushed onto us."

Named the “County of Los Angeles Safer Sex In The Adult Film Industry Act,” the AHF-funded measure also requires producers shooting in L.A. to apply and pay for public health permits from the L.A. County Department of Public Health. Those permit fees will then be used to pay for movie set inspections and the implementation of the act's laws.

“It’s important to note that only producers in Los Angeles will be required to comply with these impractical standards, while producers in other states and countries will continue to do business as usual,” said Joanne Cachapero, membership director for the FSC.

“Use of condoms, dental dams, gloves, face shields and other hazardous materials protocols make it impossible for adult film productions to continue in Los Angeles. FSC and industry stakeholders must now consider options for litigation, as well as relocation of the production industry to areas that will welcome the jobs and revenue.”

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Pornstars Revolt Against Condom Law

Porn stars are thus far not amused

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by LA County's attempts to require the use of condoms in the films they make. And on Monday, they'll be raising their voices extra loud by holding a fundraiser at Hamburger Mary's in West Hollywood to fight Measure B, which would enforce just such a regulation.

The measure, which will go before voters in November, would also require adult films to get permits from the L.A. County Department of Public Health.

Monday's event, which starts at 8:00 p.m. and costs $20 at the door, is being organized by the No on Government Waste, No on Measure B committee of the Free Speech Coalition. According to a statementreleased by the group today, it coincides with Hamburger Mary's regularly scheduled Legendary Bingo event.

Event organizer Mara Epstein said that “The time has come again, for all industry members to work together and keep the California industry from being attacked by our opposition.”

 

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

CatalystCon Announces Fundraiser for Scarleteen

Long Beach, CA - CatalystCon creator Dee Dennis has chosen Scarleteen as the recipient of a fundraiser to be held during the conference weekend.  Dennis is a supporter of Scarleteen and the important work they do.  As a mother she knows firsthand the lack of sex education available to children and knows the very important need for financially supporting Scarleteen and making it possible to continue the very important work they do. CatalystCon will be held at the Long Beach Hilton Executive & Meeting Center in Long Beach, CA, September 14-16, 2012.

Scarleteen provides millions of people in their teens and twenties with progressive, inclusive and original sexuality, sex and relationships education, information and support every year. Established in 1998, and continued since despite no federal, state or institutional funding, Scarleteen operates primarily via its popular, award-winning website -- consistently the highest ranked sex education site specifically for young people since its debut -- which includes articles, in-depth advice columns, external resources, and direct, one-on-one services which allow users to ask or talk about anything they need to, like their busy, moderated message boards and their SMS service. "Scarleteen's model has always been strongly unschooling and youth-focused, both in what information is provided and how they provide it, but also within their organization itself: they make sure the majority of their staff and volunteers are always under thirty. At Scarleteen, young people are afforded the respect to be leaders, either within their organization or their own lives, including their sexual lives.

Dennis’ passion for sparking change and sharing knowledge with others means showcasing Scarleteen at CatalystCon to generate more fans as well as donations. “Scarleteen operates on a very limited budget and is funded entirely by donations,” says Dennis, who notes Scarleteen’s “amazing work providing a safe place for young adults to get the sex education our school systems and many parents are not providing.”

CatalystCon attendees will not only be able to possibly win two nights at the Hilton Long Beach and two registrations to CatalystCon 2013 but will also be financially supporting Scarleteen.  Dennis on behalf of CatalystCon will match funds raised up to $500.

Dennis is excited at the opportunity to introduce Scarleteen to CatalystCon attendees and encourage them to contribute to its mission of sexual health, wellness and personal responsibility: “I personally feel funding Scarleteen and making it possible for them to continue the work they do is extremely important.”

For more information, please contact http://catalystcon.com/ and http://www.scarleteen.com/ Go to http://catalystcon.com/registration to register today.  

Follow CatalystCon on twitter @catalystcon and visit facebook.com/catalystcon.

Brian Gross
BSG PR
@bsgpr

About CatalystCon:

CatalystCon will be making its debut at the Hilton Long Beach & Executive Meeting Center in Long Beach, California, September 14th through September 16th. CatalystCon creator Dee Dennis regards this conference as a “melting pot of sexuality” that will unite sex educators, sexologists, sex workers, writers, activists, and anyone with a passion for creating change. "Knowledge is power, and sharing that knowledge is the first spark in igniting change." This is the fundamental principle behind CatalystCon. Attendees to this groundbreaking event will benefit from important discussions on a wide variety of subjects, such as sex work, polyamory, sexism in hip hop, senior sex, sex and religion, sex education, and much more. Go to http://catalystcon.com/registration to register today. Follow CatalystCon on twitter @catalystcon and visit facebook.com/catalystcon.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Rocco Siffredi: ‘89 to 100’ Syphilis-Positive Porn Performers in Europe

Rocco Siffredi told XBIZ Friday that there are “89 to 100” adult performers currently infected with syphilis in three different Eastern European cities where porn is regularly shot — Budapest, Hungary, Prague, Czech Republic and St. Petersburg, Russia.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Dr. Chauntelle Tibbals Interview

Dr. Tibbals explains how she became interested in exploring the truth about the Los Angeles-based adult industry; social constructs, stereotypes and gender issues; feminism and individual life perspectives; cultural biases and insensitivities towards men and women.”

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Tennessee's Newly Enacted Sex-education Bill

In Tennessee, a newly enacted sex-education bill, which takes an unabashedly pro-abstinence stance, prohibits public schools from promoting so-called "gateway sexual activity." Unfortunately, the grown-ups who argued in favor of the bill were too polite to define exactly what "gateway sexual activity" is, prompting the opposition to sneeringly dub the legislation "the no holding-hands bill."

What's fascinating to me is that the Nashville debate reveals in microcosm the confusion that reigns in the American political discussion about sexuality as a whole. To oversimplify, the Left thinks the Right are prudes and the Right thinks the Left are perverts. What both sides have in common, however, is they are far more comfortable with ambiguity than with clarity. And that's why neither camp is ready to have an honest discussion about sexuality.

Maybe it's a remnant of the Puritanical roots of this country's founders, but it seems that when it comes to all other forms of human behavior we Americans can at least agree about what it is we'redisagreeing about. Discussions of human sexuality, in contrast, are mostly left vague. Even the highest court in the land is famous for its shameful lack of clarity when it comes to the subject of s-e-x. As Justice Potter Stewart famously wrote in his 1964 opinion about the definition of pornography, "I can't define it, but I know it when I see it."

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In Tennessee, a newly enacted sex-education bill, which takes an unabashedly pro-abstinence stance, prohibits public schools from promoting so-called "gateway sexual activity." Unfortunately, the grown-ups who argued in favor of the bill were too polite to define exactly what "gateway sexual activity" is, prompting the opposition to sneeringly dub the legislation "the no holding-hands bill."

What's fascinating to me is that the Nashville debate reveals in microcosm the confusion that reigns in the American political discussion about sexuality as a whole. To oversimplify, the Left thinks the Right are prudes and the Right thinks the Left are perverts. What both sides have in common, however, is they are far more comfortable with ambiguity than with clarity. And that's why neither camp is ready to have an honest discussion about sexuality.

Maybe it's a remnant of the Puritanical roots of this country's founders, but it seems that when it comes to all other forms of human behavior we Americans can at least agree about what it is we'redisagreeing about. Discussions of human sexuality, in contrast, are mostly left vague. Even the highest court in the land is famous for its shameful lack of clarity when it comes to the subject of s-e-x. As Justice Potter Stewart famously wrote in his 1964 opinion about the definition of pornography, "I can't define it, but I know it when I see it."

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