There's plenty of prostitution going on in D.C., and while streetwalkers are the most visible, escort agencies and well-hidden brothels abound -- and one city councilmember, David Grosso has been trying for the last two years to rid the city of
the laws that throw these sex workers in prison or rehab, giving them criminal records that can prevent them from getting other employment and/or certain city services.
Joining Grosso in sponsoring the sex work legalization bill, titled Reducing Criminalization of Commercial Sex Act of 2019 , are fellow councilmembers Anita Bonds, Brianne K. Nadeau and Robert C. White, Jr. The current bill is a minor
revamp of a version introduced in 2017, and while it makes clear that sex trafficking and non-consensual sex should continue to be illegal, it would strike language from several sections from current law titled Prostitution; Pandering ,
which has been on the D.C. books since 1935.
The bill would also have the effect of legalizing brothels in the city, and allowing sex workers to rent rooms for assignations.
Finally, the bill would require the D.C. mayor to establish a 15-member task force to study and make recommendations regarding the effects, both positive and negative, of the current bill and to make recommendations regarding additional changes
to the criminal penalties for commercial sex and to provide support for sex workers and others engaging in commercial sex in the District. It would also study the impact of sex work on society, provide guidance to the mayor on improving sex
workers' health and safety, including tracking violence leveled against them and their access to health and social services.
Instagram is hiding content hosted by the pole dancing community's most commonly used hashtags.
Pole dancers, performers and entrepreneurs say that the censorship is threatening their livelihood. Sweden-based instructor and performer, Anna-Maija Nyman, told Yahoo Lifestyle.:
The censorship is affecting our whole community because it makes it harder to share and connect, I felt that our community is in danger and under attack.
The controversy for pole dancers began on July 19, when hashtags such as #poledancing, #poledancer and #polesportorg were noticeably wiped off all content previously aggregated by pole dancers around the world.
To alert fellow dancers, California-based pole star, Elizabeth Blanchard, wrote in a post that day that the banning of 19 hashtags appeared to be an effort to shadowban the community. She wrote:
There seems to have been a massive 'cleanse' on instagram and pole dancers have been deemed dirty and inappropriate...or as Instagram puts it we don't 'meet Instagram's community guidelines. There has been lots of talk about shadowbans lately
but this purge of hashtags is hard to mistake as being targeted towards pole dancers.
Shadowbanning is a method used by social networks to quietly silence an account by curtailing how it gets engagement without blocking the ability to post new content. Shadowbanned users are not told that they have been affected, they can continue
to post messages, add new followers and comment on or reply to other posts. But their [content] doesn't appear in the feeds, their replies may be suppressed and they may not show up in searches.
Australia-based instructor, performer and business owner Michelle Shimmy points out that the current restrictions facing pole dancers on the social media platform are part of a much larger issue having to do with Instagram's policy changes to
manage 'problematic' content, which she suggests are inherently sexist.
Apparently Instagram has apologised for its censorship but nobody is expecting a change i th eplicy.
About 210,000 people have signed a petition against the import of life-size sex dolls into South Korea.
The petition was started on the Cheong Wa Dae website a month after the Supreme Court upheld a lower court decision to allow the import of such dolls.
The petition author wrote
They are not ordinary sex toys. A life-size sex doll resembles a woman's body in every detail. It can even be customized to fit an individual's needs for hairstyle, facial structure, birthmarks or anything.
Nowadays, deepfake celebrity porn videos can easily be found online. There's no guarantee that sex dolls won't be used for such purposes. People may be shocked to find sex dolls that look just like them. If that happens, who will take
responsibility for the damage?
The Korea Customs Service refused to allow the import of life-size sex dolls of any kind on legal grounds as there is a ban on the import of morally degrading products. But it faced a legal challenge in 2017 by a Korean company that took the
issue to court.
A district court in Seoul ruled in favor of Incheon Main Customs, saying such dolls would degrade human beings' dignity. But an appeals court overturned the decision, saying state intervention must be minimized in such private matters, which was
upheld by the top court.
Hamburg's famous nightlife scene got a new attraction with the opening of Germany's first bar dedicated to porn karaoke.
The Porno Karaoke Bar was opened by German drag queen Olivia Jones in the city's St. Pauli district.
Visitors are invited to go on stage and moan along to clips from porn films from the 1970s and 1980s as they soundlessly play on screens in the background. Currently, visitors can choose from nearly 30 retro clips.
Olivia Jones commented:
It's funnier than I thought it would be. At the beginning, people are reserved and don't dare to try it out, but meanwhile we've noted that we can hardly save ourselves from the guests who are galloping onto the stage.