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Excerpt: President Obama on Tuesday largely commuted the remaining prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the army intelligence analyst convicted of an enormous 2010 leak that revealed American military and diplomatic activities across the world.

Commutation is a form of clemency that reduces the punishment for a crime. Unlike a pardon, which forgives a crime, commutation reduces a sentence, and in some cases, the associated fines.

Manning, who is transgender, is currently incarcerated at a men’s military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. She has been jailed for nearly seven years. Her 35-year sentence was by far the longest punishment ever imposed in the United States for a leak conviction. She will be released on May 17 of this year instead of 2045.

Five days before Obama commuted Manning’s sentence, the WikiLeaks Twitter account posted that the group’s editor-in-chief Julian Assange would agree to be extradited to the U.S. if Manning was given clemency.

“If Obama grants Manning clemency Assange will agree to US extradition despite clear unconstitutionality of DoJ case,” WikiLeaks tweeted on Thursday.

Assange has been in the Ecuadorean embassy in London since 2012, and if extradited to the U.S., would likely be prosecuted for his involvement in the publication of leaked documents. But then, his buddy will be in office, so unless the president-eject forgets he exists (possible) or decides to flip on this due to political expediency (also possible), Assange is unlikely to be in prison long.

Assange also faces allegations of rape and sexual assault in Sweden.
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That's not the Only Criminals the Idiot Released, Thank GOD he's GONE. DAM NEAR SUNK M'ERICA
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End of an era.

Excerpt: Ten years after purchasing the historic Armory for $14.5 million, the BDSM film production company is ending shoots at the site, and its in-house directors are scattering to Nevada, Southern California and elsewhere in the Bay Area. Filming officially ends in February, although will continue to have administrative offices in the building at Mission and 14th streets.

The move is being driven by the weakening economics of the porn business as well as ambitions that founder and CEO Peter Acworth has for the Armory, a 200,000-square-foot, Moorish Revival castle in San Francisco.

Over the last three years, as porn has migrated to free sites, membership-supported digital outlets like have struggled to make up revenue.’s membership has dropped from 50,000 to 30,000, and its revenues have dropped by 50 percent. The company laid off half its workforce a year ago and is now mostly focused on providing an Internet platform for BDSM entertainment, rather than creating content.

“Porn is not nearly as profitable as it was,” Acworth said. “We have had to change our business model.”

At the same time, owning the Armory, which had been vacant for 30 years prior to’s acquisition, increasingly poses both opportunities and challenges. As the business has eroded, Acworth has been refocusing on transforming the building into a mixed-use complex with space for offices, entertainment, artists and PDR, which stands for production, distribution, and repair.

To that end, Acworth last year won approvals to convert the building’s 40,000-square-foot drill court into a venue for concerts, parties and other entertainment, with a capacity of 4,000 people. Those approvals allowed Acworth to get a $4-million bank loan that is being spent on a sound system and soundproofing, lighting, rigging and pressing needs such as fixing the leaky roof and repairing crumbling turrets.
Porn film director J.P. Pike was packing up a roomful of bondage equipment in the basement of the Mission District Armory on Monday morning — all manner of heavy piping and leg irons and clamps and cuffs and other mysterious metal objects. Ten years after purchasing the historic Armory for $14.5 million, the BDSM film producer is ending film production at the site, and its in-house directors are scattering to Nevada, Southern California and else...
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Flashback to the 1920s, my friends, a strange, strange time during which our species became extremely interested in our precious bodily fluids and began to wonder how we may tinker with them to bring back our youth.

Though testosterone would not be isolated until the '30s, by the 1920s, medicine was increasingly aware of the role played by glands in the body through the production of these aforementioned precious bodily fluids. A number of rudimentary experiments had determined that the testicles produced secretions that radically impacted male health and stamina in a variety of species. VERY EXCITING NEWS.

Though this field of medicine was still in its infancy, hundreds of men signed up to be seen by Dr. Serge Voronoff, who promised them newfound vigor through the transplant of testicular tissue. Human donors were, naturally, pretty hard to come by -- and there was some concern that using tissues from convicted criminals would "pollute" the bodies of upright citizens with their "inherent" criminality -- so the good doctor turned to other primates to meet demand.

Yes, in the 1920s, it was all the rage for well-to-do gentlemen to receive testicle transplants from chimps. 🙊🙊🙊

(I'm not making this up, the guy made a mint:

And now, you too can have access to the fountain of youth and vigor for only $8,000! WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Get yourself some of that young plasma! 😂😂😂

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Every once in a while, I get a query from a journalist who thinks I might have something to offer a story, either because they have discovered I am involved with a thing or have already written about a thing.

I cultivate a lot of compassion for fellow journalists. Our industry is dying. Payrates are going down. It's tough out there. Sometimes we can't afford to say no when an editor floats or assigns a ludicrous story for us to tackle. I've been there. I've been told to stop being political and just write about "fun" sex things more times than I can count. I've been lectured about the danger of writing too much with my head instead of my genitals/heart/sense of humor/sense of adventure (wandering uterus and losing your job!). I get it.

But to be honest, some of the queries I get sometimes are so ridiculous, I just can't summon the compassion because I'm too busy screaming and kicking things.

That's pretty much how I felt reading the email that Midori received.

"I'm writing a humorous piece about Donald Trump humiliating his political opponents. I was wondering if, as somebody who specializes in erotic humiliation play, you see overlaps between how he’s treated people like Ted Cruz and Mitt Romney and the sort of treatment that a domme might engage in with a willing partner. What does somebody like Donald Trump have in common with a domme? What’s different? Do you think his opponents kind of enjoy being humiliated, a little bit?"

Are you kidding me?! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! 🔪🔪🔪💀 
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Everyone is talking about this right now, so here's my due diligence. According to a report that has not been verified, some of the information Russia has on president-eject Donald Trump involves a session with multiple sex workers during which they engaged in "golden showers" -- a performance involving urination for the purpose of sexual gratification of the viewer or recipient.

Golden showers are a known sexual fetish. The popular kinky social network FetLife reports that 32,666 of users mention it on their profiles, as either being into it, or curious about it. Another common name for this practice is "watersports," which refers not only to urine but various other body fluids: FetLife reports 175,002 users mention watersports as something they're interested in or curious about. In addition, 214 users are curious about or into urolagnia, which is the proper term for the sexual interest in urination. Urophagia is the consumption of urine, and 42 users report being curious about it or into it.

Urolagnia features famously in Georges Bataille's 1928 novella The Story of the Eye.

It is not uncommon for people to seek sex workers with whom they can engage in sexual practices that are outside the established norm.

In short, I don't understand how this deserves any more attention than any of the actually horrific things this individual has done or said. But there you go, now you know a little about this practice.

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+A.V. Flox Too bad he didn't know not to do it in mine - I gave him several warnings before I finally lost patience.
ETA: Also, all the same stuff you said about real Left politics.
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Four days ago, the Women's March platform took the web by storm for being one of the most progressive and intersectional we've ever seen ( Unfortunately, they seem to be backtracking. Or are they? In the past 12 hours, their position language has been modified repeatedly, without any acknowledgment of the changes.

At the time, the document discussed labor rights, saying: "We believe that all workers – including domestic and farm workers -- must have the right to organize and fight for a living minimum wage, and that unions and other labor associations are critical to a healthy and thriving economy for all. Undocumented and migrant workers must be included in our labor protections, and we stand in solidarity with sex workers’ rights movements."

These are the changes that +Kitty Stryker​ has identified:

"We believe that all workers -- including domestic and farm workers -- must have the right to organize and fight for a living minimum wage, and that unions and other labor associations are critical to a healthy and thriving economy for all. Undocumented and migrant workers must be included in our labor protections, and

- "we stand in solidarity with those exploited for sex and labor."

- "we stand in solidarity with sex workers' rights movements."

- "we stand in solidarity with the sex workers' rights movement. We recognize that exploitation for sex and labor in all forms is a violation of human rights."

This momentary inclusion of sex work abolitionist language is troubling. Sex work abolitionism denies the relationship between economic necessity and sex work, preferring to see those who participate as victims of pimps and traffickers than to recognize the way that economic need factors into choosing sex work. Though often described as victims, sex workers are problematic to abolitionists, since "rescuing" them often does nothing to prevent their return to sex work. And so abolitionism is in fact not abolitionist at all, as those who see sex work as a social blight end up seeing prison as the only way to "liberate" sex workers. Let the Orwellian force of that hit you again: Raids are rescue. Prison is liberation.

This denial of the economic needs of people in the sex industry results disproportionally in women (especially women of color) and LGBTQ folks (who lack employment protections) being jailed and slapped with criminal records. Many receive felonies on their second offense in some jurisdictions. Many others, as a result of anti-trafficking hysteria, receive felonies right away -- for self-trafficking. You read that right. You can now traffic yourself.

If you are a feminist and you are not enraged at the idea of a woman being sent to prison for felony trafficking for trying to keep a roof over her head and food on her table by placing an ad on Backpage for herself, you're not a goddamn feminist.

Worse, these criminal records prevent sex workers' integration into the job market. You cannot even get a job in the gig economy with a prostitution conviction. And, by the way, even those whose charges are dismissed will still have arrest records preventing their employment. You have to pay up to have those expunged. Do you start to see how this traps people?

In addition to creating a hopeless cycle of recidivism, abolitionists vastly expand the types of interactions that vulnerable populations have with the state -- such as through coercive intervention courts and completely unregulated, often abusive diversion programs -- multiplying the likelihood of systemic violence they are likely to experience.

And I've lost count of how many stories I shared last year of law enforcement officers coercing sexual favors from sex workers with threats of arrest. I've even shared stories of sex workers who were minors at the time that they were coerced by officers, and whom officers knew at the time to be minors.

If you are a feminist and you don't support sex workers' rights, you're not a goddamn feminist. Supporting sex workers does not mean supporting trafficking. It doesn't mean you have to like that some people see sex as the most viable option for making a living. You can be angry as hell about the fact that people have no better options, even. This is fine.

But don't participate in this gaslighting. Capitalism is what's inherently coercive. Capitalism is the pimp and trafficker. The state is a source of violence and injustice. Raids are not rescue. Prison isn't liberation.

Fight for women. Fight for LGBTQ. Sex workers rights are human rights, are civil rights, are labor rights, are LGBTQ rights, are women's rights.

I look forward to seeing more transparency from Women's March organizers about this.

Edit: I've received more information about this. Journalist Melissa Gira Grant, Brooke Magnanti (author of Diary of a Call Girl), and others reached out to Janet Mock, who is listed as one of the organizers and pointed out the back-pedaling. Mock jumped in and fought to get the line she originally drafted (about standing in solidarity with sex workers) back into the document.

"It's staying," Mock said. "Sex work is work. We must be free to make choices about our bodies, our lives. We must respect one another's agency. Period."

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A Connecticut politician was arrested on Wednesday after pinching a woman in the pussy. His attorney did not deny this occurred. Instead, he said: "[Christopher] Von Keyserling playfully gave a lady who he knew for 30 years a pinch is what the accusation is," Russell says. "And somehow, everybody’s wringing their hands and carrying on that this is a crime, and it just isn’t."

He insists the incident was a “misunderstanding,” as they do. That it was "a joke," as they do.

And we just elected a president who's done far worse.
A Connecticut politician was arrested on Wednesday for calling a woman a “bloodsucking lazy union employee” before allegedly reaching between her legs and pinching her crotch.
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+Dogmatic Pyrrhonist Why do you think they're still so wound up and angry, even after they "won"? Because they know they're getting banged without lube, and it's not gonna be pretty. And I don't feel a bit sorry for them, they brought it on themselves. But I'm going to do what I can to take care of those of us who tried to stop this.
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Tangentially related to the last post, a guide for journalists about how to ethically report on issues relating to sex work and sex workers. This guide is brought to us by the Chicago-based coalition of sex workers and advocates Support Ho(s)e.
We are excited to debut our “Media Guide on Sex Work” – a toolkit for ethical and responsible reporting on sex work and those who perform that labor! Click here to access the guide, and download in...
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+Todd Green, are you kidding? I have two therapists. Some days I just can't even. But this is what I can do to try to change things for the better, so I keep pushing that boulder.
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Here we go. 🙄🙄🙄

Excerpt: On Monday, a piece of legislation was proposed in North Dakota that would require any internet-connected device to include a filter that automatically blocks access to pornography.

As detailed in House Bill 1185, the law would legally reclassify any “products that distribute the internet” as “pornographic vending machines.” This includes, but is not limited to: a cell phone, laptop, computer, Playstation, smart fridge, or internet service provider’s router. In other words, most North Dakotans would suddenly become porn vending machine owners in the eyes of the law. You know, because trafficking.
One North Dakota bill tried to suggest that we all do.
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It goes right along with my thinking about the reasons for laws. Some lawmakers want laws to protect us. However, and THIS IS IMPORTANT: Many of them write laws just to make sure anyone they want to jail can be jailed if they disagree with a lawmaker. Laws made just to guarantee if you speak out against their atrocities, you can do so from the privacy of a jail cell. Not to mention, those imprison for pay prisons need workers. This is a gradual enslavement of the highest order since all they need do, is do a porn push to everyone's email, then gather up more slaves for the prison farm.
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The Women’s March on Washington has released its official policy platform, a far-reaching four-page statement that takes clear stances on reproductive rights, immigration reform, and worker’s issues, including those of sex workers. 🙌🙌🙌

Organizers have laid out an unapologetically radical, progressive vision for justice in America, placing the march in the context of other past and ongoing movements for equality.

The platform supports increased accountability for perpetrators of police brutality and racial profiling, demanding the demilitarization of American law enforcement and an end to mass incarceration. It calls for comprehensive antidiscrimination protections, health care, and gender-affirming identity documents for LGBTQ people. It calls unions “critical to a healthy and thriving economy” and aligns the march with movements for the rights of sex workers, farmworkers, and domestic workers.

With regard to sex workers, the platform states: "We believe that all workers – including domestic and farm workers - must have the right to organize and fight for a living minimum wage, and that unions and other labor associations are critical to a healthy and thriving economy for all. Undocumented and migrant workers must be included in our
labor protections, and we stand in solidarity with sex workers’ rights movements."
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Excerpt: Erwin Schrödinger, the Austrian quantum physics pioneer and discoverer of the Schrödinger wave equation who famously "fled the Nazis with his family," lived in an open polyfamily: a ménage à trois with his wife Anny Bertel and partner Hilde March. They had the blessing of March's husband, the physicist Arthur March, who was himself a lover of Anny's. Together the three raised Erwin and Hilde's daughter, Ruth March.

Despite his brilliant career, world fame, and 1933 Nobel Prize in physics, Schrödinger was apparently rebuffed at Oxford and Princeton for his unconventional home life. Eventually, in 1940, the family settled in Ireland by the grace of the Irish prime minister (a mathematician). There Schrödinger helped to establish the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies and continued his career until retirement. (Via +Eve Rickert​)
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I'm AV -- that's pronounced like the letters A and V. Most people call me that, but a few prefer the less familiar Flox, which is pronounced like you would if you were talking about various flocks of birds (see? it only looks complicated). You may call me either of these things. 

I'm a writer. I've written for a variety of publications, including the Village Voice, LA Weekly, Los Angeles Times, Gizmodo, and Vice. My main focus is sex -- the norms around it, the organs we use, the health issues that affect it or are a consequence of it, the way governments and private companies want to control it and the way we express ourselves around it, the markets that exist to cater to it and the labor issues within them, and so on. Sex touches everything. You would be amazed how many incredible disciplines I get to explore writing about sex. Not too long ago, I was buried under a stack of papers about 16S rRNA and metagenomic sequencing! (Why? Because vagina. You can read the piece on Vice.).

Besides writing, I have edited blogs about relationships and science for the Village Voice and, a women's network that was reaching 90 million monthly visitors by the time it was acquired by SheKnows Media last year for a reported $35 million -- more than AOL paid for TechCrunch just four years prior. 

My content here on Plus will reflect my beat, but please note that in general, my posts and shares involve more analysis than titillation. I have analytics, I can see how many of you browse on the clock! No judgment -- I'm honored, actually. But because of this, as a rule, I do not publish images or articles that contain preview images that are not "safe for work" (that is, anything that may make a colleague feel uncomfortable in a workplace) and I strive to let you know when a link I have shared contains this type of imagery so you don't click it without knowledge.  

I am not opposed to pornography, but I do believe in consent -- I do not want to expose anyone to visually sexual content unless they explicitly opt-in to see it. So if sexy imagery is the sort of thing you're looking for, you won't find it here. However, feel free to visit my NSFW love letter to desire on Tumblr. It is overflowing with various degrees of graphic depictions of cisgender, heterosexual sex that I find pleasing. (If cis/het isn't you, try a Tumblr-wide search for a keyword that better speaks to you. Some of the best gay yiff I've ever seen is on Tumblr. And if you do not know what that is, don't look it up at work!)

I also use content warnings, since some of the things I share touch on things that you may not want to read about right then (assault, unsettling health conditions and accidents, etc.), and spoiler alerts. 

A lot of people follow me as a resource on issues of sexuality, so I try to keep my social media channels focused, but people are multidimensional and I am no different. Google Plus is where I am most focused. If you want a slightly more varied feed with more snippets from my life, you can follow me on Facebook and Twitter

My Instagram has first publishing rights to much of my life's imagery, so if you like pix, I strongly recommend you find me there. (My Instagram account does not disseminate sexual imagery, but I do post images from events I attend and sometimes these events are adult industry conferences. Don't follow me just for that, though -- I am not all work and no play, so, yeah, you may get to see awesome candids of porn stars, but you'll also have to suffer through, like, a million videos and pictures of an octopus trying to make an escape from its tank at the California Academy of Sciences, or the bacula collection at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. Also, bugs. I love bugs.)

Pinterest is where I put cool stuff that I find online. A number of my boards are dedicated to cool products -- and, yes, one of them is devoted entirely to sex products. Go take a look and see if there is anything worth following. (I also have a community here on Plus called The Desire that I hope to develop into a destination that combines relationship resources and awesome products. If you are interested in that, go ahead and request to join.)

I maintain a complete list of my profiles across the social networks I use on About.Me. If you need to reach me, though, your best bet is to mention @avflox on Twitter. I only receive messages from people in my extended circles here and on most other social platforms, so I may not even see that you tried to reach me if you private message me. On Twitter, though, I see everything -- and it's more reliable than taking your chances with an e-mail web form. But if you don't tweet or you want to stay on the DL, you'll probably want to take your chances with that web form or the e-mail option on About.Me (you don't need to create an account to use it).

I never thought I'd have to mention this, but seeing how many users on this network believe the existence of my profile indicates my sexual availability, allow me to clarify: I am not here to sexy chat with you. I don't usually flirt, even with people I like. I consider joking around an intimate thing so unless we have interacted a few times, I may not respond to your joke. Or at least, I may not respond well. I hate compliments. I reserve the right to delete comments that veer off topic or otherwise blemish my stream. Repeat offenders are blocked and immediately forgotten.

Regarding the many nude photos of me that exist and are said to cause so much "confusion" -- I took them, had them taken, sent them to someone, or posted them myself for my jollies. Personally I think that they represent a woman who is comfortable in her skin, in touch with her body, unashamed of her femaleness, and unwilling to censor it. I am flattered if you have derived some pleasure from their existence, but please note that their existence has nothing to do with you. I did not take them for you. I did not post them for you. I probably don't even know you! They're not for you even if I do know you! (Except you, Grandma, because you made me read Simone de Beauvoir when I was, like, seven and I owe you everything.)

So please -- do not wander onto my spaces online and expect that behaving in an overly familiar fashion is going to endear you to me. We do not have a deep meaningful connection because you saw me naked. Everyone has seen me naked. You are a unique snowflake, but it is not for this reason. 

Nothing I wear or don't wear is license for anyone to treat me like I am a thing that exists solely for their personal entertainment. I am a living organism -- I exist for myself. Just like you. And like you, when I post about something, I want people to comment on that something, not wax poetic about what they want from me. 

I mean, look, I get it. We all have urges. I understand this. I too have seen a picture and thought, "OMGWOULDBANG!!!1!" You are not damaged or monstrous for this. What I am saying is that writing this out as a comment on a person's social stream is not a successful strategy, and doing it when that's not even the topic is outright maladaptive. As someone who writes about getting laid, I feel I am uniquely positioned to speak on this topic, so you should pay attention.

Anyway, if for some incomprehensible reason you should wish to seduce me: go for my brain. Flattery is boring. Negs are like little gnats. The biggest compliment you could pay me, the most disarming level attention you could bestow upon me, requires that you only take the time to read something I've posted and have a brilliant conversation about it.

You don't need to be witty or "alpha" or otherwise a perfect specimen of the gender you identify with. You just need to share your views and tell your stories. Treat me like a human and show me your human. Hottest thing ever.

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