New Zealand has moved a long, long way since the earlyÂ eighties when politicians hid their sexuality, andÂ homosexual acts were illegal.
These days when someone famous comes out the comment is met with a big arm stretching YAWN and âwho caresâÂ with a bit ofÂ mild pity for someone who hid the wayÂ they were born for years.
What is worse is that even in a parliament where the population of gays is far higher than the rest of society certain people cannot bring themselves to be honest about their sexuality.
This is a crying shame and they deserve our sympathy for what must be a difficult decision.Â Read more »
It is a real worry when you get judges with these sorts of thoughts, even more worrying when they say them out loud.
A Sydney judge has compared incest and paedophilia to homosexuality, saying the community may no longer see sexual contact between siblings and between adults and children as âunnaturalâ or âtabooâ.
District Court Judge Garry Neilson said just as gay sex was socially unacceptable and criminal in the 1950s and 1960s but is now widely accepted, âa jury might find nothing untoward in the advance of a brother towards his sister once she had sexually matured, had sexual relationships with other men and was now âavailableâ, not having [a] sexual partnerâ.
He also said the âonly reasonâ that incest is still a crime is because of the high risk of genetic abnormalities in children born from consanguineous relationships âbut even that falls away to an extent [because] there is such ease of contraception and readily access to abortionâ.
Judge Neilson made the extraordinary and bizarre comments in the case of a 58-year-old man, known for legal reasons as MRM, who is charged with repeatedly raping his younger sister in the familyâs western Sydney home in 1981.
The man had earlier pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting his sister when she was 10 or 11 years old in 1973 or 1974 after police recorded a telephone conversation between the siblings in July 2011 in which he admitted to having sexual contact with her when she was âa kidâ.
But he has pleaded not guilty to the charge of sexual intercourse without consent, with an alternative charge of incest, regarding the 1981 events. Â Â Read more »
Labour wants to move the burden of proof for consent onto the accused in rape trials.
David Farrar blogged about this:
âA better measure would be to hand control of all examination of a victim to the judge with lawyers for both sides notifying the court which issues they want dealt with, along withÂ shifting the burden of proof on the issue of consent to the defence.
This means that if two people have sex, and one person accuses the other of rape, then the accused must prove beyond reasonable doubt they had consent.
Now you might think this is just Andrew Little musing aloud. Not so. Â HeÂ confirms in this tweetÂ it is official policy.
For a politician it is pretty bad to be accused of corruption, worse of cheating like Len Brown.
Quinnipiac University did a fascinating — and remarkably well-timedÂ — poll in which they created a fake Congressman (James Miller a 53 year old married man with 2 kids) and then asked voters how they would react to various piece of information about Miller. Those tidbits ranged from his carrying on an extramarital affair to his hiring of a family member unqualified for a job. Â And, by a somewhat wide margin, the hiring of the family member was seen a a far more egregious — and fireable — offense than cheating.
Just one in four (24 percent) of voters say they would “definitely” or “probably” vote for Miller if Â he “created a new, well-paid position on his staff in order to hire an unqualified family member as a favor.â Â Â Contrast that with the four in ten (39 percent) people who say the would “definitely” or “probably” votes for Miller if he was “unfaithful to his wife with another woman.”
This is a lot less stupid or irrational than homeopathy.
Wearing a red mini dress and stilettos, Nicole Daedone slips into an apron. âI wear an apron because Iâve ruined all my dresses with lube at this point,â she jokes. A small blonde woman clad in black comes out and joins Daedone on stage. We are in the Scottish Rite Center, a masonic temple in downtown Oakland, California. The massive columned room is packed with people of all ages, shapes, and sizes. They have been dancing, yelling out. Call this the orgasm revival.
A massage table with cushions is carried onto the stage. âA demo is fundamentally a celebration,â quips Daedone. She pulls on a pair of rubber gloves. The blonde woman climbs onto the table, takes off her pants, spreads her legs, and the demo begins.
Nicole Daedone is the founder of One Tasteâa business dedicated to teaching âorgasmic meditation,â or âOM.â This was the keynote opening to the OMX 2014 Unconditional Sex: Entering the Flow State conference last weekend. In front of a crowd of just more than 700 people (plus a telecasting), Daedone proceeded to bring the woman on stage to a state of orgasmic bliss using a complex stroking technique that she has learned from a lifetime of spiritual and sexual training. She gave the crowd a taste of what she terms an âunapologetically asymmetricalâ practice that focuses unilaterally on the female orgasm as a means of finding deeper connection to the body, the divine, and each other.
âWe women are prone to exaggeration,â she told the crowd. âYou want to learn to bring her to a state where nothing can be faked. âŠ We aim for a state of involuntarily being turned onâswelling of the lips, darkening of the eyes, crying.â
The conference, a three day event hosting speakers ranging from Naomi Wolf, author ofÂ VaginaÂ andÂ New York TimesÂ bestselling author Steven Kotler to a BDSM expert named ClĂ©o DuBois and Dr. Jenny Wade, an expert on transcendental sex, was as much a meeting place as it was revival or cultish festival. The lectures were punctuated by raffles, dance parties, and every hour, on the hour, the option to OMâto practice the orgasm meditation that brought all these names together. âMost of us have an incredibly limited understanding of what orgasm can be,â Daedone explained. Â Â Read more »
Jamie Whyte has had his Colin Craig moment and suggested that the state has no business in regulating the sex lives of adults even if they are relatives.
Perhaps he has sought cross party support from the two senior MPs in the House who are currently f*cking their cousins.
The Herald reports:
New Act Leader Jamie Whyte is standing by his comments that incestuous relationships between consenting adults should not be illegal and says it would be “intellectually corrupt” of him not to be honest when asked such questions.
In an article published onÂ The RuminatorÂ website, former philosophy lecturer Dr Whyte was asked whether the state should intervene if adult siblings wanted to marry each other.
“Well personally, I don’t think they [the State] should”, he replied, adding it was “a matter of almost no significance because it just doesn’t happen”.
Dr Whyte told the Herald his response was based on his belief that: “I don’t think the state should intervene in consensual adult sex or marriage, but there are two very important elements here – consensual and adult”. Â Read more »
Nigeria has strict laws against homosexuals, so strict that the penalty for gay sex is death by stoning.
But if you are lucky you will get a lenient ‘judge’ who will simply arrange a whipping to beat the gayness out of you.
The young man cried out as he was being whipped on the courtroom bench. The bailiffâs leather whip struck him 20 times, and when it was over, the manâs side and back were covered with bruises.
Still, the large crowd outside was disappointed, the judge recalled: The penalty for gay sex under local Islamic law is death by stoning.
âHe is supposed to be killed,â the judge, Nuhu Idris Mohammed, said, praising his own leniency on judgment day last month at the Shariah court here. The bailiff demonstrated the technique he used: whip at shoulder level, then forcefully down.
The mood is unforgiving in this north Nigeria metropolis, where nine others accused of being gay by the Islamic police are behind the central prisonâs high walls. Stones and bottles rained down on them outside the court two weeks ago, residents and officials said; some in the mob even wanted to set the courtroom ablaze, witnesses said.
Since Nigeriaâs president, Goodluck Jonathan, signed a harsh law criminalizing homosexuality throughout the country last month, arrests of gay people have multiplied, advocates have been forced to go underground, some people fearful of the law have sought asylum overseas and news media demands for a crackdown have flourished.Â Read more »
That was the headline on Stuff’s home page…a story about ‘Gaybies’.
When you go to the article though the headline is more realistic and the story isn’t about gay babies at all, but rather it is about babies being brought up in same-sex households.
Children raised by same-sex parents fare just as well in their education, emotional and social development as those raised by heterosexual parents, new research shows.
The report on same sex-parented families in Australia, commissioned by the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS), found “there is now strong evidence that same-sex-parented families constitute supportive environments in which to raise children”.
The findings are at odds with Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi’s recent comments that the “gold standard” for children’s development is having a biological mother and father who are married.
Report author Deb Dempsey, who reviewed all the research on same sex-parented families, said there was a wealth of evidence that showed the children were doing fine. Â Read more »
Britain once again shows the stupidity of giving taxpayers money to idiots with degrees to inform us how to live.
Time for the poms to go on a Quango hunt.
Getting a reluctant child to give an elderly relative a kiss often requires some gentle persuasion.
But parents who force their sons and daughters to give granny a peck on the cheek may be doing them harm, it was claimed yesterday.
For instead of helping a child learn about showing affection, it may blur the boundaries of what is acceptable when it comes to physical contact, according to Lucy Emmerson, co-ordinator of the Sex Education Forum.
She even claims that encouraging a youngster to blow a kiss, high-five or wave to a relative instead will help them avoid future sexual exploitation.
Children need to learn from the start about the importance of consent and that âtheir bodies are their ownâ, she says. Â Read more »