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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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The MetArt 50+ Club: Nancy A

A bubbly blonde with a stunning smile and beautiful big breasts, sexy sweetheart Nancy A is a highly-regarded member of our MetArt 50+ Club, girls so popular they’ve been featured at least 50 times during their modeling career. The Ukrainian bombshell has been a fan favorite since her debut, her natural girl-next-door charm captivating viewers time after time.

NANCY A: sexy sweetheart (50 appearances)

Blue-eyed blonde Nancy made her debut at the age of 19 on January 28, 2014 in a “Presenting” photoset by Leonardo. To date she has appeared in two movies and 48 photosets; just one of them, “Pratige,” is a girl-girl with Sybil A. Nancy has worked with seven different artists: Leonardo 20, Arkisi 15, Alex Lynn 5, Luca Helios 3, Erro 3, Karl Sirmi 2 and Ken Tavos 2. Her highest rated photoset is "Sunria," at an impressive 9.5. 

At the time of writing Nancy is rated #50 – her ranking tends to soar each time she’s featured – with a personal rating of 9.21 based on 3,553 votes. She has been viewed 279,952 times and is followed by 4, 715 members.

Nancy is popular throughout the MetArt Network, with appearances on Rylsky Art, Eternal Desire, Viv Thomas (in a fantastic locker room girl-girl movie with Chelsy Sun) and MetArt X, where she has nine terrific solo masturbation movies. But it’s on our sister site SexArt that she reigns supreme, with 16 solo photosets and 14 superb movies – solo, girl-girl, three-girl, and boy-girl with her real life partner Martin.

Nancy’s incredible body can be attributed to her love of exercise, particularly dancing and yoga – in several of her SexArt movies you can see her working out – and it’s rare to find a girl with such a slender, athletic figure, but topped with those huge natural breasts. Coupled with her vivacious personality – her face often lit up with a radiant smile, eyes sparkling – and uninhibited enjoyment of her sexuality, it’s not hard to understand why members describe her as “absolute perfection,” “best of the best,” “dream girl,” “flawless,” and “goddess,” among many other well-deserved epithets.

A very active, in-demand model and still only 23 years old, we look forward to seeing Nancy here at MetArt for a long time to come.

Thanks to our resident statistician and historian, Frank, for his assistance.

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The American Crusade Against Porn

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

Guns, God, and “good ol’ boys” – the United States evokes a certain image. With liberal coasts divided by a broad band of socially conservative states, the US has a reputation for being the redneck “man’s man” of the world; so why are so many states trying to curtail pornography? In this age where over 30 percent of data transmitted over the internet is adult entertainment, what effect would a moratorium on erotic images and videos have?

In a voice vote that has attracted much scrutiny, the Florida House of Representatives passed a resolution recently declaring porn a “public health risk” that “states a need for education, research and policy changes to protect Floridians, especially teenagers, from pornography.” It stands out in a bleak contrast to the same House’s overwhelming “no” to an assault rifle ban, a decision that was debated for a brief three minutes earlier that session, just days after a shooting at a high school in Broward, Florida that took 17 lives. Surely guns are more of a threat to public health than erotica?

Florida’s decision is not without precedent. In April of 2016, Utah passed a similar resolution through their legislature, and before that, the conservative state created the position widely referred to as a “Porn Czar” to oversee complaints and issues arising from erotic entertainment. Both Florida and Utah’s non binding resolutions could be considered challenges to the First Amendment decision reached in 1973’s Miller v. California, in which the Supreme Court found that erotic materials could only be restricted if they met three requirements applying community standards of offensiveness, with final say being given to the courts to determine if the work lacks “serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.”

Attorney General candidate and Florida Representative Ross Spano (R) said, “there is research that finds a connection between pornography use and mental and physical illnesses, forming and maintaining intimate relationships and deviant sexual behavior.” However, psychologists working in the field disagree; Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health associate professor Eric Schrimshaw told CNN that “...Evidence also suggests that it is not pornography in general that may be correlated with potential negative outcomes.”

Scapegoating porn and “porn addiction” as a catch-all for intimacy problems has become a commonplace topic amongst moral conservatives. However, the stigma against enjoying adult entertainment may prove to be far more harmful to the psyche. Research performed by Joshua Grubbs of Case Western shows that “seeing oneself as a porn addict is predicted not by how much porn one views, but by the degree of religiosity and moral attitudes towards sex.” Now, Grubbs has published explosive follow-up research, demonstrating that believing oneself is addicted to porn actually causes pain and psychological problems, in contrast to the idea that identifying as a porn addict is a step on the road to recovery.

Sexuality is an integral part of the human experience, and enjoyment of eroticism is a healthy part of that. Far from simply being a way to privately blow off steam, studies suggest that viewing erotic materials leads to increased arousability and higher sex drive throughout life, a fact that should surprise exactly no one who watches porn. 40 million Americans are self-described pornography users; in reality the number is likely far higher, skewed by social stigma against the habit. Erotica has been a part of human life since the Paleolithic era, and puritanical edicts like the ones from Florida and Utah do nothing for public health, save to damage our collective sexual psyche.

This post first appeared on MyErotica.com

 

REFERENCES:

1. Anapol, Avery. "Florida House declares porn a public health risk shortly after denying assault rifle ban." The Hill. February 21, 2018. Accessed February 22, 2018. http://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/374816-florida-house-votes-to-declare-porn-a-public-health-risk-within-an-hour

2. Chen, Jason. "Finally, Some Actual Stats on Internet Porn." Gizmodo. June 01, 2010. Accessed February 22, 2018. https://gizmodo.com/5552899/finally-some-actual-stats-on-internet-porn

3. Domonoske, Camila. "Utah Declares Porn A Public Health Hazard." NPR. April 20, 2016. Accessed February 22, 2018. https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/04/20/474943913/utah-declares-porn-a-public-health-hazard

4. Grubbs, J. B. "Perceived addiction to Internet pornography and psychological distress: Examining relationships concurrently and over time." American Psychological Association. Accessed February 22, 2018. http://psycnet.apa.org/record/2015-42188-001

5. Howard, Jacqueline. "Is porn really a 'public health crisis'?" CNN. September 02, 2016. Accessed February 22, 2018. https://www.cnn.com/2016/07/15/health/porn-public-health-crisis/index.html

6. Leigh, Allison. "The Key to Desire." MetArt Blog: The key to desire: how to unlock this life-enhancing drive. Accessed February 22, 2018. https://www.metart.com/blog/20180216/The_key_to_desire__how_to_unlock_this_life_enhancing_drive/

7. Ley, David J. "Your Belief in Porn Addiction Makes Things Worse." Psychology Today. September 15, 2015. Accessed February 22, 2018. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/women-who-stray/201509/your-belief-in-porn-addiction-makes-things-worse

8. "Miller v. California, 413 U.S. 15 (1973)." Justia Law. Accessed February 22, 2018. https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/413/15/

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The MetArt 50+ Club: Genevieve Gandi

Stunning blue-eyed blonde Genevieve Gandi projects so much fun and personality in her photosets that it’s no surprise she’s become a member of our prestigious MetArt 50+ Club, models so popular they’ve been featured at least fifty times here. Her delightful demeanor and fabulous body make every new viewing of her a special event.

GENEVIEVE GANDI: breathtaking blonde bombshell (50 appearances)

The sexy Russian babe made her MetArt debut at the age of 19, on November 6, 2013, in a “Presenting” photoset by Matiss. At this time she was known as Erica, adopting the name Genevieve in March 2015. She is still very much an active model, her fiftieth set having been published just a few days ago. To date the tall, slender beauty has worked with three artists: Matiss 38 times, Leonardo 11, and Koenart 1, and all her appearances have been solo. Her photosets are regularly rated over 9, with an impressive seven appearances scoring 9.3. 

Genevieve is currently ranked #14, with a rating of 9.1, based on 3,336 ratings. She has been viewed 195,360 times, and is followed by 4,117 members at the time of writing. She has been featured on several other sites in the MetArt Network: SexArt, MetArt X, The Life Erotic, Errotica Archives, Erotic Beauty, Domai and Goddess Nudes.

So what is it that makes Genevieve so special? Well, she’s undeniably gorgeous, with an athletic figure, an ass to die for, beautiful eyes and terrific breasts highlighted by sexy tan lines. She’s elegant and self-assured, but playful too; perfect girlfriend material, in other words! I interviewed her for our blog back in September 2016 and I was struck by her sweetness and charm as she talked about inner beauty, passion, ambitions, and wanting to take care of her family. You can read the full interview here

Gorgeous and talented, there’s no doubt Genevieve has an exciting future in store, and we look forward to seeing much more of her on MetArt.  

Thanks to our resident statistician and historian, Frank, for his assistance.

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