Fiona Patten changed from being a boss of the Australian adult trade group Eros, to serving as an MP in Victoria representing
the Australian Sex Party.
She has made a good impression with liberal measures including proposing a parliamentary inquiry into voluntary assisted dying, introducing a bill creating safe access zones around clinics that provided abortion , and introducing a bill to
legalise and regulate ride-sharing companies such as Uber.
However she now feels that the she could achieve even more without the Sex Party tag, which was proving a little offputting to some potential supporters. So the party had a bit of think and came up with the Australian Reason Party.
The renamed party is now awaiting registration with the Australian Electoral Commission. On its website, Reason announces itself as a movement for radical common sense.
The last porn cinema in Paris, The Beverley is set to screen its final film and close its doors at the end of the year.
It's the end of an era. The last vestige of Paris' once bountiful erotic cinema offering is set to close its doors at the end of 2017 when its boss Maurice Laroche, aged 74, retires. Laroche noted:
When we sell 600 tickets a week, we are happy. Twenty years ago, we sold 1,500-1,600.
In the early 1980s, the atmosphere was happy. There were 20 porn cinemas between Republic and Opera. The National Film Center had up to 44 screens devoted to X-rated films in the capital in 1976, and there were 110 across France.
French director and X-rated film star Manuel Ferrara has accused President Emmanuel Macron of demonizing the porn industry.
The rebuke came after the French leader said pornography is to blame for turning women into an object of humiliation.
Macron had earlier warned that pornography has made its way into schools, and had announced that an awareness campaign for parents will be launched at the next school year.
Ferrara took personal offence to Macron's image of pornography and tweeted:
I'm in this business that you're trying to demonize by making that kind of remark. I am ready to sit down with you and discuss a topic that you do not know. Waiting for your call.
There is a big part of porn that does not humiliate the woman. In any case, X-rated movies are not made for educational purposes, but for entertainment only.
The manager of an Australian sex shop was aghast when she received a letter of denial. It's not just her being targeted. In fact, many businesses and employees of the adult sex industry have claimed they are suddenly being barred from banks across
Australia in a case of discrimination gone gaga.
In an eye-opening report released by Australia's adult-only industry body, The Eros Association, 16 out of 24 erotic businesses including sex shops, sex toy manufacturers and brothels reported bank discrimination.
It seems like something has happened for them to all of a sudden consider this industry high risk, Eros' general manager Rachel Payne told news.com.au.