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The key to desire: how to unlock this life-enhancing drive

About the author: Allison Leigh is a pornographer, producer, polyamorist, and professional kinkster. When sexuality is business, business is fun! 

The fluttering in your stomach, the tightness in your chest, the heat between your legs – sexual arousal is a nearly universal experience amongst humankind. We feel it when we crave our partners, strangers, even celebrities. For some of us, the desire is overwhelming; for others, barely a note in the margins. Where do these feelings come from? What do we do when it changes?

Our sexuality can play a major role in our quality of life and decision-making processes. As sexual desire ebbs and flows, new dilemmas come with it. Our responses vary – we masturbate, we have promiscuous sex (or avoid sex altogether), we watch porn, we cheat. A crucial key to understanding human sexuality lies in discovering where the desire for sex comes from, and if it can be controlled.

Outside of little blue pills, most advice regarding desire centers around trying to stimulate or repress the emotional state, and pays little attention to what ignites it. According to the ubiquitous mid-century sex study by Masters and Johnson, sexual encounters begin with sexual desire, which then leads to partner-seeking and sexual arousal. However, a University of Amsterdam study from 2004 indicates that we respond physically to highly sexual visuals before our mind even engages with them – meaning that sexual arousal actually precedes sexual desire, instead of the other way around. Sexual desire may be the cognitive overlay we place on top of what our body is already feeling.

Researchers Ellen Laan, Stephanie Both, Walter Everaerd and Mark Spiering examined college students’ physical responses to sexual images, and compared them with self-reported feelings of desire as well as sexual activity following exposure to these images. They contrasted these findings with a control group that was shown neutral images.

Through their series of studies, they found that the body’s entire motor system ignites when shown sexual images. The more intense the visual, the more intense the spinal tendinous impulses they observed. Further, these reactions occurred with no regard to whether the sexual material was consciously recognized. Our bodies are primed for sexual action before our minds have even considered being turned on. Their findings matched what researchers have been finding true in other aspects of our lives – that our brains are awakened to what needs to happen before we are conscious of wanting to do anything.

This means that the key to awakening a lower sex drive is likely increasing arousability – the physical cues that signal us to feel desire. Turning aside from the conventional wisdom of placing the root of the problem on a lack of sexy thoughts, perhaps the focus should instead be on creating the physical, mental, and emotional environment necessary for sexuality to thrive.

So how do we proceed? When sexual desire no longer comes unbidden, how do we summon it? The answer will vary for everyone, but one simple solution may be right there in the research – look at erotica! Porn doesn’t have to be an immediate precursor to sexual activity. Making sexuality and sensuality a part of daily life pushes your body’s sexual responses to stay active. Combined with creating a safe atmosphere for sexuality, enjoying erotic visuals alone or with a partner will help keep sexual arousal – and therefore sexual desire – a hot and fulfilling part of your life. Naturally, SexArt is thrilled to play a role in such a vital and life-enhancing process.

This post first appeared on MyErotica.com

 

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Angier, N. (2007) ‘Birds do it, bees do it, people seek the keys to it.’ The New York Times.  April 10 [Online]. Available at: www.nytimes.com/2007/04/10/science/10desi.html

Both, S., Spiering, M., Everaerd, W. and Laan, E. (2004) Sexual behavior and responsiveness to sexual stimuli following laboratory-induced sexual arousal. The Journal of Sex Research, 41 (3)

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Facebook Is Hard on Porn and Soft on Hate

About the author: Allison Leigh is a pornographer, producer, polyamorist, and professional kinkster. When sexuality is business, business is fun! 

Social media giant Facebook recently released statistics regarding how many pieces of sexually explicit content they removed from their platform, and you may be surprised by what you’re not seeing. In the first three months of 2018, Facebook removed over 21 million posts with adult content – over 96 percent of which was detected with their internal flagging software.

As a user, you’d probably never notice that your feed has been “cleaned up.” Facebook estimates that for every 10,000 pieces of content, between seven and nine of them violated its adult nudity and pornography standards. Most of those removed never get seen or reported by real humans. However, if you’re one of so many who have been falsely reported for violating Facebook’s terms, you’ve definitely noticed – accounts that have sexual content removed are given an immediate temporary ban from using the service, and there’s rarely a way to effective contest the charges.

It’s hard to put up much protest about Facebook’s adult content policy at first glance – there’s nothing controversial about trying to keep pornographic posts away from minors. However, the methodology of implementation leaves something to be desired. Not only does using an image scanner to automatically filter photos leave users vulnerable to false reporting, but it fails to effectively separate sexually explicit content from less racy, sex-positive content. Facebook’s policy also polices gender in a very real way, separating male nipples from female ones. Censoring female breasts has a strong correlation to how strongly we sexualize them, and by extension, female bodies, which can be easily extrapolated as contributing to rape culture and sex negativity. This policy also raises serious questions about what constitutes a male and female nipple with regards to transgender individuals.

In contrast to how effectively Facebook censors sexuality is how ineffective it is at removing hate speech. Only 2.5 million posts considered hate speech were removed during the same three-month period, and of those, only 38 percent were caught by the network’s algorithms. Facebook has admitted that it has work to do when it comes to protecting users from hate speech – in a recent incident, its filters removed part of the United States Declaration of Independence as “hate speech.” The site has also been repeatedly criticized for doling out seven-day bans for such bland posts as the oft-repeated “men are trash” and removing posts about real issues such as police brutality and the Orlando shooting. The German government has even reached out to Facebook regarding its lack of proactive response to racism.

Facebook and all media has a responsibility to society to create a nurturing, positive culture for its users – and it is failing in the application of its automatic flagging software. If we lived in a vacuum, one would assume that nudity is more dangerous than racism, violence, and dead bodies. However, the reality of the situation is that removing nonsexual nudity from view does more to stigmatize healthy sexuality and furthers the idea that naked bodies are something to be ashamed of, not celebrated. Perhaps with time, Facebook and other social media sites will be able to distinguish the difference between pornography for adults, and your average unclothed breast.

This post first appeared on MyErotica.com

 

REFERENCES:

Andrew, Elise. “No, You’re Not ‘Hardwired’ To Stare At Women’s Breasts.” IFLScience, 20 Mar. 2018, www.iflscience.com/brain/no-you-re-not-hardwired-stare-women-s-breasts/

“Facebook Community Help.” Facebook, www.facebook.com/help/community/question/?id=10206454154618310

Meltz, Barbara F. “Nudity and the Kids.” Boston.com, The Boston Globe, 27 Mar. 1989, archive.boston.com/lifestyle/family/articles/1989/03/27/nudity_and_the_kids/?page=full

Merlan, Anna. “Facebook Left Graphic Photo of Dead Woman Up for 36 Hours After Her Boyfriend Allegedly Stabbed Her.” Jezebel, Jezebel.com, 2 June 2016, jezebel.com/facebook-left-graphic-photo-of-dead-woman-up-for-36-hou-1780059778

Packham, Amy. “How Old Your Kids Have To Be To Use Social Media: A Parents’ Guide.” HuffPost UK, HuffPost UK, 29 Nov. 2017, https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/age-limits-facebook-instagram-snapchat-twitter_uk_5a1e77bbe4b0d724fed4c11f

Rosenberg, Eli. “Facebook Censored a Post for ‘Hate Speech.’ It Was the Declaration of Independence.” The Washington Post, WP Company, 5 July 2018, www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2018/07/05/facebook-censored-a-post-for-hate-speech-it-was-the-declaration-of-independence/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.9cc08989c53c

Watson, Libby. “Facebook Thinks Saying ‘Men Are Trash’ Is Hate Speech.” Gizmodo, Gizmodo.com, 12 May 2017, gizmodo.com/facebook-thinks-saying-men-are-trash-is-hate-speech-1795170688

Yurieff, Kaya. “Facebook Details How Much ‘Bad’ Content Its Removed from Platform.” CNNMoney, Cable News Network, money.cnn.com/2018/05/15/technology/facebook-transparency-report/index.html

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We All Love Porn

About the author: Allison Leigh is a pornographer, producer, polyamorist, and professional kinkster. When sexuality is business, business is fun! 

The data is in – basically, everyone enjoys porn.

We do it in private, behind closed bathroom and bedroom doors, or maybe with a trusted partner; the use of pornography is as widespread as the stigma against it. From romance novels to raunchy pics and videos, the data adds up – basically, it seems that everyone enjoys erotic entertainment in some form or another. So how many of us are watching, who are we, and what are we searching for?

Analytics suggest that consuming porn, particularly videos viewed over the internet, is a ubiquitous habit. The numbers are staggeringly large, but not surprising – according to statistics released by the internet’s largest porn provider, their site alone averaged 81 million visitors per day in 2017 (28.5 billion visitors for the year), with 24.7 billion searches performed. That translates to roughly 800 searches per second, a statistic which their report helpfully relates to the number of hamburgers per second sold by fast food giant McDonald’s. In total, 595,482 hours of video were uploaded to their site, which is 68 years of porn if watched continuously. That’s only one website, for one year – it’s safe to extrapolate that usage is far higher when considering other sources and forms of erotica that are more difficult to find data on.

When sorted by visits to the same website, the United States tops the ranks of porn use, followed by the United Kingdom, India, Japan, and Canada. Visits soared in some places – particularly Ethiopia, which rose 68 places in the ranking in the course of the year. Unsurprisingly, people seem to watch porn mostly at night, with the highest traffic consistently between 11pm and 1am.

Possibly more surprising is the shrinking gender gap reported in a 10 year meta analysis which found that men had only slightly higher usage numbers than women. According to a report by ATTN, in 2014, 79 percent of 18 to 30-year-old American men watched internet porn at least once per month, barely exceeding 76 percent of 18 to 30-year-old American women. That number is on the rise, too – every top 20 country except Russia saw an increase in female visits versus 2016, and searches for “porn for women” increased over 1400 percent.

Erotic expression is clearly something many of us enjoy, then; but what we choose to partake in encompasses a wide variety. “Lesbian” has long been – and continues to be – the most sought after genre, followed by “hentai” (anime porn), “milf,” “stepmom,” “stepsister,” and “mom.” The search terms that trended were even more interesting – terms like “Rick and Morty” and “Fidget Spinners” suggest novelty is the key to excitement for jaded consumers. Here at SexArt we hope our commitment to producing classy erotica with gorgeous couples enjoying an authentic sexual connection will keep us high on your ‘favorites’ list!

The numbers don’t lie; almost everyone is enjoying some form of pornography. We’re sexual creatures by nature, and erotica is a natural extension and expression of that sexuality. Studies have shown that the enjoyment of erotica increases both arousability and romantic harmony.

Despite current anti-porn sentiment in certain political circles, conscious and responsible porn use is a healthy habit that is past due to be accepted as part of our everyday sex lives.

This post first appeared on MyErotica.com

REFERENCES

Bahadur, Nina. "Women Are Way More Into Porn Than Many Think, Suggests Survey." The Huffington Post. November 18, 2013. Accessed February 23, 2018. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/18/women-and-porn-survey-ann-summers-sex_n_4297183.html

Both, Stephanie, Spiering, Mark, Everaerd, Walter, and Laan, Ellen. "Sexual behavior and responsiveness to sexual stimuli following laboratory‐induced sexual arousal." The Journal of Sex Research 41, no. 3 (2004): 242-58. doi:10.1080/00224490409552232

Crandall, Diana. "Here's Who Is Actually Watching Porn." ATTN: December 11, 2015. Accessed February 23, 2018. https://www.attn.com/stories/4626/internet-porn-demographics

Petersen, J. L., and Shibley, J.S. "A meta-analytic review of research on gender differences in sexuality, 1993–2007." PsycNET. Accessed February 23, 2018. http://psycnet.apa.org/record/2009-24669-006

Leigh, Allison. "The Key to Desire." MetArt Blog. Accessed February 23, 2018. https://www.metart.com/blog/20180216/The_key_to_desire__how_to_unlock_this_life_enhancing_drive/

Silver, Curtis. "Pornhub 2017 Year In Review Insights Report Reveals Statistical Proof We Love Porn." Forbes. January 09, 2018. Accessed February 23, 2018. https://www.forbes.com/sites/curtissilver/2018/01/09/pornhub-2017-year-in-review-insights-report-reveals-statistical-proof-we-love-porn/#1897f61424f5

"2017 Year in Review." Pornhub Insights. January 19, 2018. Accessed February 23, 2018. https://www.pornhub.com/insights/2017-year-in-review

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Is porn cheating?

About the author: Allison Leigh is a pornographer, producer, polyamorist, and professional kinkster. When sexuality is business, business is fun! 

When it comes to infidelity, where does fantasy cross the line?

Sexuality, while an integral part of the human experience, is something that continues to polarize pundits and plain folks alike. With adult entertainment at the forefront of politics across the US and UK right now, opinions are not in short supply. Something that continues to perplex us is where pornography sits in the scope of our marriages and relationships. Is viewing porn cheating, or is the link between erotic materials and romance more complex than that?

A new study released in February of this year sought to answer that question by comparing opinions on pornography with other cultural attitudes in the United States and Spain. In examining the data gathered from University of Florida and the University of Alicante, researchers found that an overwhelming number of participants (73% in USA and 77% in Spain) believe that viewing erotic materials is not cheating.

In the sample that did find porn use to be infidelity, researchers found strong correlations to their lifestyles, including religiosity, relationship status, and overall attitudes on jealousy and infidelity. A participant from the United States was more likely to view porn as cheating, as was someone who did not use erotic materials themselves, or was single (and therefore perhaps more likely to be idealistically rigid about their attitudes toward relationships). Having low self-esteem was also a factor tied to attitudes on porn and infidelity, but only in participants from the US. Interestingly, there weren’t any gender differences - women were not more likely than men to view porn as cheating.

Church attendance was the strongest predictor of a participant’s attitude toward erotic materials and infidelity. In respondents from the US, being religious predicted the view that porn is cheating, whereas Spanish respondents showed no such effect. About 70% of Spaniards identify as Catholics, but only around 9% of citizens attend church at least monthly. In contrast, as many as 42% of Americans attend church weekly. This suggests that it is attendance of church services, rather than self-identification as religious, that has an impact on one’s views on pornography.

Also worth noting is that Europeans, including Spanish Catholics, tend to be less punitive about sex in general, and also less dogmatic and energized about their religion, compared to many US evangelical churchgoers. These differences may also account for the differentiation between the two countries regarding whether or not low self-esteem played a factor in participants’ opinions on infidelity -  it is hardly a stretch to think that those with a pronounced desire to belong to a group may feel more pressure to conform to church ideologies.

So is the answer to avoiding marital strife a detailed survey of your partner’s demographics? Are our cultural attitudes toward porn immutable? Hardly! Studies have shown that porn use adds more positive things to your relationship than negative, including improved sexual communication - if things are properly discussed. Couples have reported that they perceived porn as being linked to more sexual experimentation and sexual comfort in their relationships. Viewing pornography is also tied to higher levels of arousability, which can keep a sexual relationship alive.

As with all things in a partnership, communication is key - talk to your partner about their attitudes to porn and infidelity. While this is a conversation that many avoid due to fear of ensuing conflict, discussing these things early on can allow couples to navigate potential problems before they occur. Odds are that your partner will be amenable to your viewing habits, and honesty is far preferable to introducing secrecy and deception into your relationship, which is more likely to hurt your partner. Instead of undermining trust, use the conversation as an opportunity to promote understanding and develop your sexuality together. Strong relationships are built upon strong communication - something no amount of porn can damage or replace. We hope SexArt will play a role in that communication.

This post first appeared on MyErotica.com

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“Dogmatic and Spiritual Religion.” Psychology Today. Accessed March 26, 2018. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/out-the-darkness/201412/dogmatic-and-spiritual-religion

“Is Watching Pornography a Form of Cheating? It Depends.” Psychology Today. Accessed March 26, 2018. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/women-who-stray/201802/is-watching-pornography-form-cheating-it-depends

“Why Secrets Can Ruin Relationships.” Psychology Today. Accessed March 26, 2018. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/love-and-sex-in-the-digital-age/201609/why-secrets-can-ruin-relationships

Stephanie Both, Mark Spiering, Walter Everaerd, and Ellen Laan. “Sexual Behavior and Responsiveness to Sexual Stimuli following Laboratory‐induced Sexual Arousal.” The Journal of Sex Research 41, no. 3 (08 2004): 242–58. doi:10.1080/00224490409552232.

Taylor Kohut, William A. Fisher, and Lorne Campbell. “Perceived Effects of Pornography on the Couple Relationship: Initial Findings of Open-Ended, Participant-Informed, “Bottom-Up” Research.” Archives of Sexual Behavior 46, no. 2 (07, 2016): 585–602. doi:10.1007/s10508–016–0783–6.

Charles Negy, Diego Plaza, Abilio Reig-Ferrer, and Maria Dolores Fernandez-Pascual. “Is Viewing Sexually Explicit Material Cheating on Your Partner? A Comparison Between the United States and Spain.” Archives of Sexual Behavior 47, no. 3 (02, 2018): 737–45. doi:10.1007/s10508–017–1125-z.

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The sinister effects of SESTA

About the author: Allison Leigh is a pornographer, producer, polyamorist, and professional kinkster. When sexuality is business, business is fun! 

If you’re at all concerned about US politics or internet freedoms, you’re likely to be aware of SESTA-FOSTA. The controversial sex trafficking bill was passed by the Senate with a startling 97–2 roll call vote on March 21st, and signed into law on April 11th. SESTA-FOSTA is aimed at curbing human trafficking by removing CDA Section 230 harbors for websites that host potential sex traffickers, but its effects have already reached far further. Sex workers and internet freedom advocates are outspokenly protesting the bill, saying that it not only censors online speech, but puts consensual sex workers in real danger. 

Removing the protections of the Communications Decency Act means that websites are held legally culpable for activity they host – which upon initial reading, might sound like a good thing. However, the implications are more far-reaching than the stated intent of the bill, essentially removing the ability for sex workers to screen clientele, post advertising, and discuss their work, including sharing resources like “bad date lists” and mental health support. 

The moment SESTA-FOSTA left the US Senate, its dramatic reach began to emerge. Under the new laws, any discussion of sex work might now be considered discussion of sexual trafficking - and websites that host those conversations are shutting down left and right to avoid prosecution. Even before it was signed into law, many sites shuttered these conversations. Within 24 hours, Reddit closed their “escorts,” “male escorts,” “hookers,” and “sugar daddy” forums. Craigslist removed their personals section entirely – a move that is statistically significant, as the website’s presence has been proven to increase the safety of sex workers, reducing related homicides by 17 percent.

As the wave of changes continues, dozens of sites have closed entirely, and plenty of mainstream providers have reinforced the anti-sexuality sentiment in their terms of service, and stepped up their enforcement. Sex workers on Twitter have reported having their Google Drives wiped of content. Private Skype calls and Instagram DM’s are now subject to censorship of sexual content, and Instagram has been closing accounts. Porn sites are shuttering their comments sections and membership profiles to avoid potential violations. 

Until the government begins to enforce these laws and we can learn more about how they will be applied, their effects are unknown and potentially vast, as basically any form of communication can be used to “promote or facilitate” sex trafficking. The practical effect is that sexual speech on the internet is now subject to scrutiny, or being prevented altogether by cautious websites wishing to avoid a lawsuit. 

Despite its impact on the lives of consensual sex workers, and the erosion of online free speech, SESTA-FOSTA actually does little to accomplish its goal of fighting human trafficking. Recently closed website BackPage, charged with facilitating prostitution and money laundering, was a commonly used medium for finding traffickers and trafficking victims; its loss will take their business further underground and make trafficking harder to fight, putting more people in danger. This is what sex workers are most worried about - that they are being driven further into the dark, away from the resources that protect them.

Sex workers are responding to the new laws by fleeing social media in droves. Some have started their own networking websites based in other countries, in the hope of avoiding law enforcement and continuing to screen their clientele safely; sites like “Switter" – sex worker twitter - are cropping up across the web, though there are no protections offered by such changes. Organizations like Sex Workers Outreach Project, Free Speech Coalition, and the Adult Performer Advocacy Committee are offering support, and Twitter accounts like @pornlaw, run by lawyer Michael Fattorosi, are reaching out with advice and workshops on moving forward safely under the new restrictions.

At first read, SESTA-FOSTA sounds like an altruistic bill aimed at catching the bad guys and holding websites liable instead of allowing them to evade what seems like their responsibility. It was endorsed by celebrities who told sob stories about how these websites were havens for traffickers, and how shutting them down would save lives. In reality, it is a nightmarishly nonspecific web of potential implications for free speech, sexuality, and the safety of consensual sex workers and trafficking victims alike. We can only hope that the inevitable legal battle forces the Supreme Court to turn their eyes toward the subject and overturn these erroneous decisions as unconstitutional under the Second Amendment. 

This post first appeared on MyErotica.com

REFERENCES:

Cole, Samantha. “Trump Just Signed SESTA/FOSTA, a Law Sex Workers Say Will Literally Kill Them.” Motherboard, Vice.com, 11 Apr. 2018, motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/qvxeyq/trump-signed-fosta-sesta-into-law-sex-work

De Angelo, Gregory J. Craigslist’s Effect on Violence Against Women. gregoryjdeangelo.com/workingpapers/Craigslist5.0.pdf

Fattorosi, Michael. “How Does FOSTA Impact Camming, Dating, Porn & Tube Sites…” AdultBizLaw.com, AdultBizLaw.com, 15 Apr. 2018, adultbizlaw.com/2018/04/15/how-does-fosta-impact-camming-dating-porn-tube-sites/amp/

French, Michael. “Backpage.com Prosecutors Reveal New Details on Site Shutdown Case.” AVN, 17 Apr. 2018, avn.com/business/articles/legal/backpagecom-prosecutors-reveal-new-details-on-site-shutdown-case-772645.html

“Roll Call Vote on Passage of HR 1865 SESTA/FOSTA / Last Vote of the Day | Senate Democratic Leadership.” The Floor, Senate Democrats , 21 Mar. 2018, www.democrats.senate.gov/2018/03/21/roll-call-vote-on-passage-of-hr-1865-last-vote-of-the-day

 

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Sex Workers Speak Out Against SESTA

About the author: Allison Leigh is a pornographer, producer, polyamorist, and professional kinkster. When sexuality is business, business is fun! 

Members of the sex work industry are up in arms about the recent US Senate vote on SESTA – the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act, which passed March 21 with an overwhelming 97-2 vote. The bill is aimed at holding online service providers culpable for sex trafficking perpetrated or supported via their services, a moral argument that is easily supported at first glance. However, the reality of it is far more overarching. Internet advocates, sex workers, and their supporters are speaking out about SESTA’s pitfalls – namely that without protections for consensual sex work, it forces providers to effectively silence all talk of sex work online; it also potentially violates the First Amendment's protections of freedom of speech. The next step is likely a case to be brought before the Supreme Court, though by whom remains to be seen.

SESTA and its sister bill, FOSTA (now known as the SESTA-FOSTA package) are aimed at protecting victims of trafficking, but if allowed to take effect, will have devastating effects on the online communities that adult workers rely upon to stay safe. By gutting the Section 230 safe harbors of the Communications Decency Act, the legislation silences support networks that consensual sex workers use to share resources such as advice, support, and “bad date lists” that warn workers about violent or predatory clients. Instead of “making it easier for the government to target traffickers online,” the changes will create a new illegal activity – simply allowing people to talk about sex work at all.

In addition to its impact on sex workers, SESTA would affect online service providers and their customers. In the face of increased liability for their users, websites are likely to shut down their comments area, forums, message boards, blogs and chats. The danger is particularly real for adult sites, sex education sites, and social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, who would be vulnerable to prosecution for hosting adult workers’ accounts. The alternative isn’t much better; were these services to switch to unmoderated discussions, it would still make workers less safe – and provide a loophole for traffickers. 

Pornographic content is hardly safe either – though adult film actors are legally distinguished from sex workers in California and New Hampshire, they’re not in the rest of the United States, leaving adult sites and performers in the rest of the country open to being targeted, and encouraging camsites and other networks like tube sites to limit user uploads. In the wake of this further persecution, adult performers, sex workers, and porn sites are also likely to face another wave of broad-spectrum bans from banking and financial services, who have already historically shied away from the industry for fear of prosecution under the current maze of anti-trafficking laws.

One only needs to ask a sex worker about SESTA to understand why the bill is putting them in danger instead of aiding anti-trafficking efforts. “By removing our ability to safely discuss and screen clients, SESTA puts sex workers back on the streets and back in danger,” one worker tells me via email. “The more you make people hide away, the easier it is to hide criminal activity.” The numbers back her up — a 2017 Baylor University study of violence against women before and after Craigslist provided an “erotic services” section found a 17 percent decrease in female homicides, as well as a decrease in rape cases, because workers could talk to each other openly and screen for bad dates online.

Sex workers, adult websites, and internet free speech advocates such as the Free Speech Coalition are mobilizing strongly against the bill, taking to Twitter, Facebook, and their own broadcasts to implore their clients and fans to support their upcoming fight and speak out against SESTA. By conflating consensual sex work with sex trafficking, legislators seek to deny sex workers agency in their trade. In forcing workers further into hiding, SESTA-FOSTA creates a shadowy underbelly dangerous for sex workers, adult actors, and victims of sexual trafficking alike.

This post first appeared on MyErotica.com

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Levy, Alex F. "Why FOSTA's Restriction on Prostitution Promotion Violates the First Amendment (Guest Blog Post)." Technology & Marketing Law Blog. March 19, 2018. Accessed March 22, 2018. https://blog.ericgoldman.org/archives/2018/03/why-fostas-restriction-on-prostitution-promotion-violates-the-first-amendment-guest-blog-post.htm

Masnick, Mike. "Can Someone Explain How SESTA Will Stop Sex Trafficking?" Techdirt. Accessed March 15, 2018. https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20180304/00472939348/can-someone-explain-how-sesta-will-stop-sex-trafficking.shtml

Mitchell, Ty. "Opinion | If Lawmakers Want To Protect Sex Workers, They Must Listen To Us." The Huffington Post. March 09, 2018. Accessed March 15, 2018. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/sex-workers-bill-fosta-sesta_us_5aa1924fe4b04c33cb6cecb2

Neidig, Harper. "Senate Passes Controversial Online Sex Trafficking Bill." TheHill. March 21, 2018. Accessed March 22, 2018. http://thehill.com/policy/technology/379553-senate-passes-controversial-online-sex-trafficking-bill

"SESTA - FOSTA - Section 230." Free Speech Coalition. Accessed March 15, 2018. https://www.freespeechcoalition.com/priorities/policy/sesta-fosta-section-230/

"Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act." Wikipedia. March 14, 2018. Accessed March 15, 2018. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stop_Enabling_Sex_Traffickers_Act

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    godoctorgo 1 day ago

    This pictorial made my jaw drop. Such a magnificent, beautiful woman. I want to be stranded with her on an untouched, Pacific island.

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