Diane Duke announced she will leave her post as CEO of the Free Speech Coalition effective January 1, 2016, with Chairman of the Board Jeffrey Douglas acting as interim head until a replacement has been found. Duke issued the following statement:
After nine years at the Free Speech Coalition, it was time for me to move on. I am honored to have been able to represent this incredible industry and will always treasure the time I spent as CEO of the Free Speech Coalition. In the meantime, I
will remain a resource for the industry until the transition is complete, and I have complete faith in our Board of Directors to continue the fight.
Diane Duke has also chipped to British anti-censorship campaigning in opposition to ATVOD censorship of the UK adult video industry.
Churchgoers at New Beginnings Church in Warsaw, Ohio got a surprise when they arrived on Sunday, topless dancers with protest signs.
The Coshocton Tribune reports church misery guts have waged a 9-year war against Foxhole North, a gentlemen's club up the road, staging protests outside the venue and trying to get them shut down.
But now the fine people of the Foxhole have struck back against the rabid moralists of the church. Foxhole North Bar Owner Thomas George told reporters:
We want to let (church members) know how it feels to be under scrutiny. They come up every weekend. They're very abusive and certainly not Christian-like, not what I read in my Bible. I have to point out the hypocrisy I see and not stand by and
let this go on week in and week out.
125 people attended church services, and around 30 topless dancers and other employees and friends of the Fox Tail came to protest. Only six or so women actually bared their breasts, even though appearing in public topless is legal in the state
of Ohio. Nonetheless, George took caution to protect churchgoers' eyes by hanging a tarpaulin along the entrance to the church.
Anny Donewald, founder of Eve's Angels dropped by to show support for the Fox Tail's topless dancers. She believes churches like New Beginnings give Christians a bad name. But to be fair, with a whole world full of violence and killing in the
name of religion, then a few miserable gits in Ohio hardly can be blamed for the dreadful reputation of religion.
But Pastor Bill Dunfee says he's not going anywhere, and is determined to shut down the strip club. He spouted:
I hope that he will realize that the Foxhole has no business in this community. I take very seriously the responsibility as a pastor to see to it that the gospel of Christ is lifted up, that Christ himself is lifted up, that evil's confronted.
At their November 2015 General Assembly, U.S. bishops approved the formal statement
Create in Me a Clean Heart: A Pastoral Response to Pornography with an almost unanimous vote. Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, chairman of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, which directed the statement's
My brother bishops' approval of this statement shows our collective concern for the widespread problem of pornography in our culture today. As the statement says, virtually everyone is affected by pornography in some way. So many people
--including within the Church-- are in need of Christ's abundant mercy and healing. My hope is that the statement can serve as a foundation and catalyst for increased pastoral attention to this challenge at the national and local level."
And a couple of examples of the text from the masturbation obsessed bishops:
Deliberately viewing pornography is a grave sin against chastity. Sexual intimacy and the pleasure that derives from it are gifts from God and should remain personal and private, enjoyed within the sacred bond of marriage alone. Such intimacy
should not be put on display or be watched by any other person, even if that person is one's own spouse. Nor should the human body be unveiled or treated in a way that objectifies it sexually and reduces it to an erotic stimulant.
Pornography use is connected with or can lead to other sins in addition to those already mentioned, especially masturbation. Masturbation, which is deliberate, erotic stimulation often to the point of orgasm, commonly occurs together with
pornography use. While popular culture largely sees it as acceptable, masturbation is always gravely contrary to chastity and the dignity of one's body. Like other sins against chastity, it seeks sexual pleasure outside of the mutual self-giving
and fruitful intimacy of spouses in marriage, in this case, even outside of any relationship at all. In addition, engaging in masturbation has powerful neurological effects that can make it into a highly addictive behavior. However, true freedom
from this destructive habit is possible with the grace of Christ.
Of course the church is more than welcome to preach to its own members but the statement extends its remit and spouts its nonsense to the non churched:
To all people of good will The Church advocates for a culture in which purity, chastity, and authentic love are esteemed and supported and pornography is resisted and rejected. May we work together for laws and for a culture that remove
pornography from its prominent and privileged place and counter its numerous injustices, building instead a culture that honors the true dignity and meaning of human sexuality.
Anikka Albrite, August Ames and Manuel Ferrara all performed in a scene like nothing ever seen before. That scene was the world's first Synthologram porn scene produced for virtual reality viewing.
Adult industry performers and insiders got a preview the scene and experience the technology one week early on September. Along with the Synthologram scene, the new studio HoloFilm Productions LLC will show off the world's first hologram porn,
featuring Lily LaBeau and Brent Ray Fraser. Brian Shuster, CEO of HoloFilms explained:
Hologram and Synthologram porn are the holy grails of adult content. It's what porn fans have dreamt about for years, and it's what's going to get the money back into the business This has to be seen to be believed! Not only is this porn better
than anything that's ever been created before, but it currently cannot be pirated. We intend to keep it that way.
Californians are set to decide next year whether to require actors to wear condoms, goggles and other protective gear when performing in porn films.
The initiative has just qualified for the November 2016 ballot after supporters gathered the nearly 366,000 valid petition signatures they needed.
The measure is part of an anti-porn campaign by a group called AIDS Healthcare Foundation.
The Free Speech Coalition, which is the adult film industry's trade association, fears the measure would harm the industry and promote lawsuits against actors, producers and distributors without significantly improving safety because performers
currently are tested for disease every 14 days. This is an unconscionable initiative that would take a legal and safe industry and push its performers into the shadows, Diane Duke, the trade group's chief executive, said in a statement.
The industry is unlikely to abandon California without a fight because few other places allow the legal production of pornography and have California's benign weather that permits filming outdoors year-round.
The Free Speech Coalition announced it will fight newly revised Cal/OSHA (California health and safety) regulations which would mandate goggles, condoms, dental dams, gloves and other skin guards for adult performers.
The revised regulations, which were released in mid-October, ignored extensive opposition by performers, producers, and health experts, and will now go to a full vote by the Cal/OSHA Standards Board. The regulations would take effect likely
during the second quarter of 2016.
Opponents of the regulations, including the Free Speech Coalition (FSC) and the Adult Performer Advocacy Committee (APAC), have until November 3 to file a formal response; however, Cal/OSHA has expressed that many of the most controversial items,
including condoms, eye and skin guards, and dental dams, are no longer up for debate. The regulations are expected to pass when the Cal/OSHA Board votes early next year.
Diane Duke, CEO of the Free Speech Coalition said:
This isn't regulation; this is a complete shut down adult production, stated. Asking adult performers to wear goggles is up there with asking ballerinas to wear boots. It does not only not match the threat, and it effectively prohibits
production in California.