Interesting News (3/15/12)

Today in news that I find interesting, we have a little bit of “really? seriously?,” a whole lot of “no duh,” and something fascinating and encouraging… for those who consider themselves “promiscuous” via Little League, Arizona, and bees – enjoy!!

1. First up, in sex worker discrimination – it seems that a struggling Little League from Lennox, CA would rather go bust than take a much-needed $1200 donation… from the Jet Strip.

Located just north of Hawthorne, CA at the intersection of the 105 and 405 freeways, Lennox is a community that certainly has its share of financial struggles. City data reports that approximately 1/3 of Lennox residents were living below the poverty level in 2009 (here). Unfortunately, given our fantastic US economy, I doubt much has changed in the past 3 years.

The Jet Strip, which has been mentioned in more than one DJ Quik song, is located right in the middle of Lennox. It’s a full nude strip club – or, as they say in Texas, a titty bar. It’s also part of the Lennox community (though I somehow doubt it’s struggling).

I recently read (here) that:

“Jet Strip’s manager, who did not want to be identified, said the club is community and family-oriented. He said that many of the people who work and go there have families of their own, and the club has been giving back to the community for years. The club has a family festival every year to raise money for school supplies for underage children. It also contributes to the local sheriff’s deputies.”

Nice!! And…

“Some parents said they were okay with the donation coming from a strip club. ‘Whoever is willing to get behind the kids in a positive way, you know, we have to be willing to support those people as well,’ mother Tanya Dempsey said.”

Also nice, but…

“But not everyone felt that way, including Little League President Roberto Aguirre. ‘This morning we found out exactly where the check came from,’ Aguirre told KTLA Monday [3/12/12] night. ‘It was a shocker to us.’

According to Aguirre, the Lennox School District will return the check to the strip club, keeping baseball’s image clean. ‘We do not want the money from the strip club. I think, for us, we do need the money, but we will go some other avenue,’ Aguirre said.” (quoted text from KTLA here)

So you know what Roberto did? He gave the Jet Strip their money back.

Reeeally? Kids living in the Lennox community, who are very likely socioeconomically disadvantaged to the nines (which then compounds into a larger measure of cultural disadvantages), don’t get to play Little League because some jerk has a problem with stripper money? Yes.

Guess what, dude? It all spends the same.

2. Next, in super “no duh!!” news, it seems that some folks from Arizona are not all that thrilled about the prospect of adult content production, with its industry and dollars, coming to their state. In fact, Arizona Maricopa County attorney Bill Montgomery issued an official statement (quoted here) that said:

“Under Arizona law, anyone paid to appear in a pornographic movie may be guilty of the crime of prostitution, which carries mandatory jail time as well as the possibility of other penalties.”

Further, “Arizona law defines prostitution as ‘engaging in or agreeing or offering to engage in sexual conduct under a fee arrangement with any person for money or any other valuable consideration.'” And “…anyone involved in other aspects of producing pornographic movies, including soliciting individuals to appear, collecting a fee from the monies received by individuals solicited to appear by virtue of an agent relationship, transporting individuals from California to Arizona for the purpose of appearing in a pornographic movie, and/or establishing a venue for the filming and/or production of pornographic movies may be guilty of committing one or several felonies in the state of Arizona.” (original text from XBIZ here)

To which I say” “no kidding!!”

It is legal to produce porn in California, but this came about after an adult content producer named Harold Freeman challenged a prostitution conviction. Prior to 1988’s Freeman decision [California v. Freeman (1988) 488 U.S. 1311], adult productions were targeted as pandering and prostitution; but post-Freeman, they were conceptualized more accurately as legal for-profit film production in the state of California… hence, a significant contributing factor resulting in the California state production concentration we see today. It has only been in the last couple of years that the state of New Hampshire also legalized porn production for the same basic reasons (see STATE v. THERIAULT, 2008)

This is exactly what Mr. Bill here is discussing, and it really shouldn’t come as a surprise to people – it’s not legal to produce porn in Arizona or Nevada or even Florida. All this discussion of “moving XXX to XXX” neglects two very simple things: legality (which someone will thus have to challenge) and the fact that, though some may be jazzed, not everyone in Phoenix, for example, is ready to become the New Porn Valley (which impedes the vote-driven option).

If another state wants to make porn work for it, they can… but will they?

And finally, on a bright note…

3. Having lots of sex with multiple partners strengthens the gene pool… for bees!!

Basically, “Promiscuous Queens make Healthy Hives:”

“When queens [bees] mate with multiple males their hives end up with greater genetic diversity and more robust communities of symbiotic bacteria living in the bee’s guts. Heather Mattila, an ecologist at Wellesley College, found significantly more gut bacteria in bees from hives where the queens partnered with multiple males than in more sexually deprived hives…

“Queen honey bees only mate once in their lives. In nature this happens when a plethora of drones fly up in a mating dance with the queen. But, in an example of nature’s extreme sado-masochism, the male’s reproductive organ is torn off as he mates with the new queen. Later males remove their fallen comrade’s phallus and mate with the queen, losing their phallus in the process as well. The stored sperm from multiple partners is used to produce hundreds of offspring from that one wild day.” (text here)

What this basically amounts to is that a queen bee gang bang gives rise to a strong, genetically diverse population – so interesting in so many ways!! I’m not sure why the author had to call the queens “promiscuous,” which fetishizes bees in a silly and kinda creepy way, but it does make for interesting thinking on health, wellness, monogamy, community behavior… and honey!!

(thanks to KC for the bee article)

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