Happy New Year Minxes and Welcome to 2015!
It’s time to look back over the last 12 months worth of sex in the news. So what happened in 2014?
Presidential Task Force Addresses Campus Sexual Assault
In January 2014, President Barack Obama issued a memorandum announcing the White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault. Three months later, the task force unveiled their report and recommendations. That same day, the White House launched a new website, NotAlone.gov, aimed at providing the public with information and resources.
Sochi 2014: Gay rights protests targeted Russia’s Winter Olympics
During the lead-up to the 2014 Winter Olympics, protests and campaigns arose surrounding the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in Russia.The majority of protests centred on the passing of a law in June 2013, which banned the distribution of “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relationships” among minors.
In the run-up to and during the games, there were many many acts of support for the LGBT community, and protests against Russia’s treatment of LGBT people and LGBT activists.
Various athletes including Canadian Olympic speed skater Anastasia Bucsis, Australian snowboarder Belle Brockhoff, and Olympic gold medalist Brian Boitano publicly came out as gay. Google launching a Olympics doodle in rainbow colours, and President Barack Obama confirmed in an interview with NBC Sports’ Bob Costas that the inclusion of gay athletes in the U.S. Olympic delegation was to send a pointed message in response to the Russian laws, saying that “there is no doubt we wanted to make it very clear that we do not abide by discrimination in anything, including discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
Same Sex Weddings in UK
The legislation to allow same-sex marriage in England and Wales was passed by the Parliament of the United Kingdom in July 2013 and came into force on 13 March 2014, and the first same-sex marriages took place on 29 March 2014.
Sexual Harassment Hashtag #YesAllWomen Goes Viral
An anonymous female Twitter user then created “#YesAllWomen” to express that all women are affected by sexism and misogyny, even though not all men are sexist. The hashtag quickly became used by women throughout social media to share their experiences of sexism and harassment.
Some tweets included “‘I have a boyfriend’ is the easiest way to get a man to leave you alone. Because he respects another man more than you. #yesallwomen”, “I shouldn’t have to hold my car keys in hand like a weapon and check over my shoulder every few seconds when I walk at night #YesAllWomen”, and “Because every single woman I know has a story about a man feeling entitled to access to her body. Every. Single. One. #YesAllWomen.”
Within four days of the first use of #YesAllWomen, the hashtag had been tweeted 1.2 million times.
Apple CEO Tim Cook Comes Out To Become First Openly LGBT Fortune 500 CEO
In October, Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, publicly came out of the closet in an essay for Bloomberg Businessweek. “Let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.” He becomes the first openly gay executive of a corporation on the Fortune 500, the annual list of the highest-ranking firms by gross revenue published by Fortune magazine.
According to a Deloitte report, some 83 percent of gay, lesbian and bisexual people hide aspects of their sexual orientation at work.An article on the subject in The New York Times noted, “The same insular culture that has made it hard for women and minorities to reach the executive ranks also keeps out gay people.”
Kim Kardashian tried to break the internet
Kim Kardashian West appeared on the cover of the Winter edition of Paper photographed by French photographer Jean-Paul Goude. However, the world continues to turn and the internet still seems to be working. #Fail.
Changes to UK Porn Legislations
The Audiovisual Media Services Regulations 2014 requires that video-on-demand online porn now adheres to the same guidelines laid out for DVD sex shop-type porn by the British Board of Film Censors (BBFC). Regulators say the legislation has been introduced to bring in line VoD content with the R18 sex shop sales and as a method of safeguarding children.
Now the papers said “The board’s ruling on ‘content that is not acceptable’ effectively bans the following acts from being depicted by British pornography producers:
Penetration by any object “associated with violence”
Physical or verbal abuse (regardless of if consensual)
Urolagnia (known as “water sports”)
Role-playing as non-adults
These final three listed fall under acts the BBFC views as potentially “life-endangering”
(Fisting is life-endangering? Who’s doing the fisting, the Jolly Green Giant?!)
A response from the BBFC said: “It has recently been suggested that the introduction of the Audiovisual Media Services Regulations will lead to several acts now being banned from UK on-demand services, including spanking and verbal abuse. Much of this information is inaccurate, some of it is wrong.”
This seems a bit of a case of “Oh yes they did / Oh no we didn’t!”. I’ve had a look at the BBFC guidelines and I couldn’t see anything specifically banning spanking, fisting, female ejaculation face sitting OR a total ban on physical restraint which doesn’t include a get out clause for the participants.
I’d like to make 2 points about this.
If we’re going to be pedantic about porn, The Obscene Publications Act 1959 & 1964
– England and Wales states that ” A work is obscene if, taken as a whole, it has a tendency to deprave and corrupt a significant proportion of those likely to see it.”
Deprave and Corrupt? In my mind that could include anything from shit like I’m a Celebrity and the X Factor, to music TV channels that show anything other than music videos, party political broadcasts, and most cartoons from the 70s 80s and 90s.
As for protecting children….You want to protect your kids from porn? Try spending some time with them….talk to them about love and relationships and sex and yes…about porn as well. Their sex education classes at school will most likely be fucking useless. If you don’t, no-one else is going to.
In a nutshell, those were the sex stories that happened last year.
I wish you all love, happiness, and amazing sex for 2015!