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Censorship Zone...

US county enforces moralist censorship of the Shhh sex shop

Link Here12th June 2013

Shhh which sells lingerie, sex toys and porn DVDs, has been shut down by Pittsylvania County's Board of Zoning Appeals. Officers claim that the sale of sex toys and pornography isn't allowed in the county.

Shhh co-owner Trish Post, who opened the store April, said she plans to appeal the order to the zoning board. Once Post files an appeal, she may continue to operate the store pending the appeal's outcome, according to Danville Register & Bee.

Post said she stopped selling porn DVDs last month after she learned that it could be illegal in the county but that the county ordered the store shut anyway.

Pittsylvania County's zoning ordinance lists types of allowed stores and sales of items that are allowed, but it does not expressly forbid sex toys or porn.

Adult entertainment industry attorney Lawrence Walters told XBIZ that it would be a clear violation of the First Amendment to shut the store down because it is selling porn DVDs and sex toys,

particularly if the county did not have a specific zone where such stores could operate as a matter of right.

The U.S. Supreme Court has made clear that local governments cannot impose de facto censorship by zoning adult entertainment businesses out of existence.

The wording of the county's obscenity laws demonstrate the moralism behind the censorship. According to the county's ordinance, obscene means that which:

has as its dominant theme or purpose an appeal to the prurient interest in sex, that is, a shameful or morbid interest in nudity, sexual excitement, excretory functions or products thereof or sadomasochistic abuse, and which goes substantially beyond customary limits or candor in description or representation ... and which ... does not have serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value.

Walters said that one of the phrases in the ordinance ( which goes substantially beyond customary limits or candor in description or representation ) goes well beyond established law and is likely illegal.



Update: Political Porn...

Zero Tolerance produce Measure X, a hardcore parody referencing Measure B, the Los Angeles condom ban

Link Here19th May 2013
Full story: Health and Safety in Porn...AIDS and condoms in the US porn industry

Measure B is the Los Angeles law to require condoms to be used in porn productions. The measure was passed by lawmakers but the practicalities of its implementation are still being worked out.

In an attempt to support the continued fight against Measure B, adult content producers Zero Tolerance recently released Measure X (2013). The producer is donating the proceeds from Measure X to the Free Speech Coalition's legal efforts to challenge the law, and all persons appearing in the film did so pro bono.

The film begins with the statement:

Measure X - fighting for the right to fuck. This is a satire of a real event: The Passage of 'Measure B' in Los Angeles county. An enormous waste of tax dollars and a solution to a problem that doesn't exist.

The film tells the story of Mike ( Michael Winestain ), a corrupt politician responsible for the passage of a mandatory condom law that puts the adult industry under siege from bumbling condom police. Mike, played hilariously by Tommy Pistol, is semi-joined by Sheila, an ex-porn performer and current evangelist leader of the Pink Pinwheel Foundation. Mike goes around enforcing the condom-mandate... all while struggling to find condomless porn he can jerk off to.

The film is pretty funny at points, includes four decent sex scenes, and presents some great, often overlooked arguments about Measure B and barrier protection.



Offsite Article: George Bush...

Link Here27th April 2013
The Man Who Tried to Ruin Sex by Marty Klein, author of America's War on Sex

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Update: Condoms Proving Unpopular...

Porn production seems to have stopped in L.A. County

Link Here24th April 2013
Full story: Health and Safety in Porn...AIDS and condoms in the US porn industry

Film permits requested by the porn industry have all but ceased in Los Angeles County as producers decide how to work around much opposed law that requires actors to wear condoms during shoots.

Film LA, the non profit organization that processes permits for motion picture, television and commercial production across Los Angeles, has seen applications for permits from the adult film industry plummet to only two so far this year. In previous years, an estimated 500 film permits are requested by the adult film industry annually.

Most production companies have ceased shooting in LA County, said Diane Duke, chief executive officer of the Canoga-Park based Free Speech Coalition, the trade organization for the adult film industry. They have other options in other states and communities.



Offsite Article: Get It Straight: Measure B and AB 332 Are NOT Just About Condoms...

Link Here 10th April 2013
Full story: Health and Safety in Porn...AIDS and condoms in the US porn industry
radiation suitThere's more protection required for adult film performers than just condoms

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