People are clearly enjoying clean air, traffic free roads and empty buses and trains, but maybe they should be a little bit careful in what they wish for.
Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema is due to publish avision for tourism which will outline how she
sees tourism developing post coronavirus.
And now a group of organisations have published their own vision for the future of the city centre, ahead of the mayor's proposals. The residents' associations say their plan of action will restore the
balance between residents, companies and visitors.
The plan calls on officials to uphold the ban on holiday rentals and to close down illegal hotels. Cannabis cafes, it says, should only be open to residents. There should be fewer music festivals and
a ban on amusement park activities such as beer bikes, water bikes, segways and the like. In addition, the city, as a shareholder in Schiphol airport, should pressure for a reduction in holiday traffic. Mini supermarkets should be banned from selling
alcohol and the sex industry should be moved in its entirety to a hotel in a different location.
In fact moving the red light district is one of the options which mayor Femke Halsema has already mooted. And earlier this year, a report drawn up by city
officials suggested that a special room rental complex for prostitutes or an erotic centre complete with prostitution, sex theatres and other facilities are the two most likely options on the table.
Geerte Udo, chief executive of city marketing
department amsterdam&partners, told DutchNews.nl earlier this month that the city will aim to build a new industry that is socially, economically and ecologically sustainable. Instead of attracting the hen parties and stag nights who once turned the
red light district into an all night party, it is aiming for a culture and history-loving audience. Amsterdam has always been an open and international city, and we would love to welcome visitors as soon as possible, she told DutchNews.nl. But the right
Meanwhile, sex worker organisation Red Light United has published its own plans which would allow window prostitution, currently banned until September 1, to resume. The protocol would require both sex worker and client to wear masks and
rubber gloves and only positions which do not involve face to face contact would be permitted.
Creators working with adult content are reportedly being kicked off OnlyFans as the previously x-rated site booms in popularity during the coronavirus crisis.
Adult content creators claim they are being booted off the website which allows them to
monetize their interactions with fans because of a surge of new users.
Things have already changed and the top content creators are now no longer sex workers but celebrities/YouTubers, says Mrs. Hell, a model and dominatrix. That's very
problematic. Many adult content creators say they Many adult content creators say they're not breaking the rules but their accounts are still being deleted.
Creators are being removed with some unlikely sounding explanation citing
suspicious/fraudulent activity on their accounts but with no further details. Those affected described how they were unable to access funds owing after the deletion..
Coronavirus has caused Germany's brothels to close their doors, but some politicians inevitatbly want the ban to become permanent.
Prominent German politicians called for brothels to be closed indefinitely, extending their temporary closure due to
Sixteen lawmakers from Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right CDU party and the center-left Social Democrats wrote a letter, seen by German media, to the premiers of the 16 German states claiming that sex workers could
become super spreaders of the virus.
In their letter, the German lawmakers express hope that the closure of the brothels could be a good opportunity to improve opportunities for sex workers in Germany. Re-opening the brothels will not help these
women. Instead, they need apprenticeships, training or work in a secure job.
The letter calls for Germany to take the opportunity to adopt the Nordic model, under which paying for sex is illegal.
One of South Korea's top football clubs apologised for using properly clothed sex dolls to fill empty seats at a weekend game.
FC Seoul insisted the mannequins, used to replace banned crowds, had no connection to sex toys. But some of the
artificial spectators wore T-shirts with the logo of SoloS, a sex toy seller. Other mannequins, which wore facemasks and were separated according to social distancing guidelines, held placards advertising the company and some of its models.
Seoul said in a statement:
We are sincerely sorry for causing deep concern to fans. We have confirmed from the very beginning that they had no connection to sex toys.
US strip clubs are taking steps to allow customers back inside. Though in some cases, the strip clubs will be forced to reopen without strippers.
The Lucky Devil Lounge, a strip club in Portland, Oregon, has been operating since April as a
drive-through restaurant with dancers wearing facial masks and gloves, performing for customers who remain in cars, under a tent in the club's parking lot.
The Den, a strip club in Cheyenne, Wyoming, opened its doors on May 15 with a masks on,
clothes off party-style event.
In Superior, Wisconsin, the Centerfolds Cabaret strip club limits on the number of patrons who may enter the club at any one time, in an attempt to maintain social distancing standards.
Collective Shout is a feminist campaign group based in Australia. Its latest post promotes the latest DeepNude app:
A new app called Deepnude.to allows users to turn images of clothed women into nude imaages It follows an earlier app,
Deepnude, which was taken offline last year after the developers faced significant backlash.
Deepnude.to users can transform images of clothed women into nude images for free, [but with obtrusive watermarks proclaiming 'fake'], or
can pay $20 a month to create unlimited nude images. The developers are anonymous, and transactions take place via Bitcoin.
The app is premised on the violation and humiliation of women. Its purpose is to create pornographic
images of non-consenting women.
Similar Deepnudes style novelty apps are available on Apple and Google app stores. Twitter hosts the official Deepnudes.to account, promoting the app: No downloads, no registration, no bullshit.
Your daily fix for #deepnude content! Instagram also hosts accounts dedicated to Deepnudes themed-content, as well as hashtags to assist users in easily finding fake nude images of women.
While couples in the UK grapple with the unrealistic idea of either living together or not seeing each other at all (bar the occasional socially-distanced stroll in the park), single people in the Netherlands are being advised to choose designated
sex buddies for lockdown.
The official coronavirus guidance from the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) has been amended to suggest that those without a permanent sexual partner come to mutually satisfactory
agreements with like-minded individuals, ie find a fuck buddy until this whole pandemic blows over.
The Netherlands version of lockdown allows three home visitors at any given time, under strict conditions that they keep 1.5 metres distance from
each other. But the RIVM now states that it makes sense that as a single (person) you also want to have physical contact.
Calls have been made for an emergency fund to support sex workers whose earnings have fallen during the coronavirus crisis.
A third of escorts have been continuing to offer face-to-face meetings, estimated one sex worker.
The English Collective
of Prostitutes said there was precedent for a support fund and without one many had to choose between earning and risking health. There was no reason why the UK could not follow countries such as Japan and Thailand and provide emergency money.
Charlotte Rose, a former sex worker, said many women would not get any help because social stigma had put them off registering as a self-employed sex worker. She estimated a third of escorts were still offering face-to-face services. She commented:
Sex workers are predominantly single mothers and they still have to work, they still have to earn. If they're not registered, they're not applicable for the government funding. If they've got children, how are they
supposed to feed their families?
The government responded in a statement: Universal Credit payments have been increased to help support people through these unprecedented times.
The screening of new Channel 4 drama Adult Material has been pushed back until the autumn.
The adult related content requires a 10pm slot and in the current climate of coronavirus, it would have to compete with the main BBC and ITV news
programmes, which are still getting 6.5 million viewers tuning in for updates on the Covid crisis.
It's hoped that by waiting until the autumn, there's a chance that the crisis will have calmed down and people's viewing habits will return to
An anti-porn campaign group, misleadingly name Freedom United, has joined in the campaign against Pornhub. Several feminist groups are petitioning for banks to act as moral censors by refusing payment service to porn companies.
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Take a look at this bullshit . As lovely a piece of authoritarian feminism as you could wish to find.
Pornhub directors might like to consult m'learned friends about defamation, especially in the UK.
The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has called on the US government to confront supposed harms wrought by the pornography industry, which has experienced a surge in website traffic because of the coronavirus pandemic.
In an April 30 letter to
Attorney General William Barr, the Conference urged the U.S. Department of Justice to enforce obscenity laws, investigate website owners for criminality, and to encourage state and local governments to crack down on the industry.
also accuses porn companies of exploiting people's growing sense of isolation and heightened levels of stress caused by the worst public health crisis in more than a century. The letter says:
As pastors, we frequently
see the pain that results from a pornography habit. Marriages that are injured or even broken by a spouse's pornography use, which some divorce lawyers report as a factor in over half of their cases, have a ripple effect on children.
As pornography becomes more mainstream, so do its potential dangers. Unprecedented, unlimited, and anonymous access to pornography via modern technology has led users to seek more and more extreme videos. Thus, non-enforcement or lax
enforcement of obscenity laws against producers and distributors may provide a gateway for this demand to metastasize, increasing the incidents of trafficking, child pornography, other abuse, and broader unjust conditions.