Interesting News (1/21/13)

I just returned from six days of listening, looking, learning, speaking, and hanging out in Las Vegas, NV for the Adult Entertainment Expo (AEE) and the Adult Novelty Expo (ANE). I’m so tired I can’t even begin to explain, so here’s some enraging, frustrating, and progressive (gotta try to end on the positive) Interesting News to tide you over while I rest up and process – enjoy!!

 

Qualified researcher and adult industry expert Naomi Wolf is once again spouting off about the “risky sex” internet porn is apparently causing in colleges in “Naomi Wolf, Feminist Author: Internet Porn Causing Risky Sex At Colleges.”

To wit:

Author Naomi Wolf came on HuffPost Live Tuesday to discuss the ubiquitous effects of pornography on young men and women in America.

“Doctors were telling me they were seeing this epidemic in young men of delayed ejaculation,” Wolf told HuffPost Live host Ricky Camilleri. “It was related to desensitization by pornography.”

Regarding the sexual activities of current college-age men and women that grew up on Internet porn, Wolf relayed some particularly horrifying stories.

“I visited a conservative college campus and a liberal one and anal fissures were the number one health problem women were having because everyone was doing anal when they were drunk and had just met, which is not the best way to do anal,” Wolf told HuffPost Live. “It’s a very delicate thing. So, the scripts are being set by porn.” (here)

Totally!!

“Totally” as in “Are you totally fucking kidding me?!!”

One: really? “The scripts are being set by porn”!!? Just like that – you are able to make that connection just like that? No.

Two: “ubiquitous” means “everywhere” …as in apparently Naomi feels porn is impacting ALL young men and women in the US (not “America,” Colonizer), presumably in the same way. Again, very simply, no. And I love the “horrifying” language you use HuffPo – it shows your bias loud and clear.

And there’s so much more… I invite you to follow this link to see a bit and/or this link to watch the entire segment. Prepare to be annoyed!!

 

In extremely frustrating and equally enraging news, Stacie Halas has lost her appeal and will be officially and fully terminated from the Oxnard, CA junior high school where she once worked.

For those of you who have not been following Stacie’s case, here is some background info. For the rest of you:

A three-judge panel unanimously decided Stacie Halas, 32, was unfit for the classroom. Halas was fired in April from her job as a science teacher at Haydock Intermediate School in Oxnard after online videos of her in porn were discovered by students and teachers.

“Although (Halas’) pornography career has concluded, the ongoing availability of her pornographic materials on the Internet will continue to impede her from being an effective teacher and respected colleague,” Judge Julie Cabos-Owen wrote in a 46-page decision issued Friday by the Commission on Professional Competence. (here)

So disappointing… Though I understand that little hormonal pre-teens probably would be distracted by Stacie’s ridiculously brief stint as a former worker-in-a-perfectly-legal-occupation, little hormonal pre-teens would also be distracted by any moderately attractive and young teacher in the room with them. It’s called puberty. Maybe the State of California should be more specific with its hotness discrimination standards..?

I jest, but honestly… this entire situation is frustrating because no one seems to want to ask the correct questions or address the bigger issues – why in the hell were junior high school-aged students allowed open, unsupervised internet access for such an extended period of time? Though quite easy to access now, finding Stacie’s scenes would have required some serious digging back in early 2012. Why isn’t anyone after these kids’ caregivers for negligence and/or child endangerment or something?

Further, what kind of background checks does the State of California perform?!! There has to be records, even just tax records, of Stacie’s work in adult, but apparently the powers that be didn’t look too closely. (or maybe the just didn’t care, at least not until they “had” to?) Makes me wonder other sorts of terminate-able folks they have working as teachers…

Finally, why in the world aren’t we looking at the bigger issue of why it’s “ok” to do this to Stacie? She is qualified for the job. She did good work. She had all the necessary training and certifications. And she never did anything illegal or compromising. Why is it ok for us to discriminate against former, legal sex workers in this manner? Why is ok for us to destroy a person’s life?

Heartbreaking.

(ps according to XBIZ, Stacie has until February 13, 2013 to appeal this decision. More here)

 

Finally, for those of you still concerned about Measure B (so… all of you!!), here is an interesting project you may feel compelled to support: “Why Was Measure B on the L.A. County Ballot in 2012?” – a documentary project by Soren Sorensen – and its Kickstarter campaign.

Here is some of the description:

“A year ago, Los Angeles City Council conceded to AHF to create a city ordinance enforcing the use of condoms in porn, in order to keep the question off of ballots (and perhaps save money) in the June primary. Yet that wasn’t enough – AHF found a way to put the question on the ballot in the general election… this documentary will be an effort to examine what happened and why… perhaps the results will be useful to others who plan ballot initiatives in LA city or county, or to people who want to know how the adult entertainment industry plans to react – with court challenges or relocation. Maybe its just weird enough to be interesting  after all it made national news…

I have short video clips and livestream archives from legal panels and public events related to the issue (see the example I’ve uploaded here) to work with a year ago, and I am raising money to edit them, to conduct research and additional interviews to figure out what happened, why, and if it matters…” (here)

Definitely a project worth supporting!!

 

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