Califia, Pat, The Culture of Radical Sex, 1994
Introduction, Or: It Is
Always Right to Rebel
Public Sex represents the bulk of my nonfiction work from
1979 to the present. That's a decade and a half of fuming and fussing about
sexual repression and censorship, [...]
The subtitle of this book, The Culture of Radical Sex, raises a
definitional question. By “radical sex,” I do not simply mean sex which
differs from the “norm” of heterosexual, vanilla, male-dominant
intercourse. [...] But being a sex radical means being defiant as well as
deviant. It means being aware that there is something unsatisfying and
dishonest about the way sex is talked about (or hidden) in daily life. It
also means questioning the way our society assigns privilege based on
adherence to its moral codes, and in fact makes every sexual choice a matter
Sexual Outlaws v. The Sex
“Sexual Outlaws v. The Sex Police” deals with age-of-consent laws,
the state's attempt to control solicitation and public sex, the results of
then-President Ronald Reagan's Meese Commission on pornography, and the
implications of narcotics laws and public policy for IV drug users and the
AIDS pandemic. From time to time, our government declares war on nearly
every aspect of libidinal expression, so of course it would have been
possible to address the issue of the social control of sexuality and other
pleasures by looking at a dozen other topics. But these four battlegrounds
are keys to understanding how and why cops and politicians go after vice.
The Age of Consent: The
Great Kiddy-Porn Panic of '77
Culturally induced schizophrenia allows parents to make sentimental
speeches about the fleeting innocence of childhood and the happiness of
years unburdened by carnal lust—and then exhaust themselves policing the
sex lives of their children. Children are celibate because their parents
prevent them from playing with other little kids or adults. They are shy
because they are not allowed to go naked any longer than is absolutely
necessary to take a bath. They are not innocent; they are ignorant, and that
ignorance is deliberately created and maintained by parents who won't answer
questions about sex and often punish their children for being bold enough to
ask. This does not make sex disappear. The erotic becomes a vast, unmapped
wilderness whose boundaries are clearly delineated by averted eyes. Sex
becomes the thing not seen, the word not spoken, the forbidden impulse, the
action that must be denied.
The Aftermath of the
Great Kiddy-Porn Panic of '77
Boy-lovers and lesbians who have young lovers are the only people
offering a hand to help young women and men cross the difficult terrain
between straight society and the gay community. They are not child
molesters. The child abusers are teachers, therapists, cops, and parents who
force their stale morality onto the young people in their custody. Instead
of condemning pedophiles for their involvement with lesbian and gay youth,
we should be supporting them. They need us badly. Forty years in prison is a
long, long time. Only a very sad society with some very sick attitudes
toward sex could think such a sentence is just. Forty years for what?
For experiencing sexual pleasure? When the capacity to have orgasms is
present at six months of age and possibly even earlier? God help us, it's a
wonder any of us manage to feel love or make love with training like that.
Feminism, Pedophilia, and
Minors who are given the power to say “no” to being sexually used by
an abusive parent or relative are also going to assume the right to say
“yes” to other young people and adults whom they desire. You can't
liberate children and adolescents without disrupting the entire hierarchy of
adult power and coercion and challenging the hegemony of antisex
fundamentalist religious values.
Califia-Rice, Patrick, Boy-lovers, Crush Videos, and That Heinous First Amendment; The Loyal Opposition Archive, 2008
An essay about NAMBLA and crush
videos in the light of the First Amendment: Freedom of Speech.
Age of Consent Law to Sexual Activity - Explanation.
Car Ban Proposed for Convicted Sex Offenders;
DwWorld, 17 October 2006
A senior member of the CDU [Christian Democratic Union] wants to introduce new legislation
designed to reduce the number of sex offenses committed in Germany. This would include preventing offenders released from jail from
owning a car.
Carey, Benedict, What's
Taught, What's Not, With church scandals, Internet porn and teenage romance, sex education
could be one of the most wide-ranging and important subjects taught in middle
and high school, some child psychologists say. Yet for better or worse, most of
the nation's sex-ed classes focus on a handful of subjects -- including anatomy,
abstinence, AIDS -- and offer little guidance to boys and girls trying to cope
with a host of physical and emotional changes
Paedophilia for the Law, 2002.
I am writing you this essay with a vain hope. In the last 25 years nearly
nothing has been allowed in the way of increasing awareness amongst
professionals and the public alike on the subject of paedophilia. I am afraid
that paedophilia is at present grossly misunderstood, and as a result the laws
of this country and those of the western world are grossly ill-equipped to deal
with reality. My hope is that your reading this will help me in my quest to
create more appropriate legislation to protect minority groups at risk.
Casper, Barrie, Michael Jackson, R.I.P.
It would not be far-fetched to say that his demise actually began
then at the hands of gold-digging parents, blood-thirsty prosecutors,
and a vulture-like media which proceeded to turn every minutia of
MiJac’s life into the most lurid, bizarre headline, regardless if it
were true or false.
Castles, Simon, The
bogeyman myth; In
seeking to protect our children from pedophiles, we are also, sadly, undermining
the healthy bonds between men and children; The Age (
July 8, 2007
There is a terrible paradox here. Good men are staying away from supervising children for fear of how they will be perceived, and yet at the same time many parents - and particularly single mothers - desperately want their children, especially their sons, to be exposed to good male role models.
Chauhan, Chetan, Goverment to consider allowing
consensual sex among children; Hindustan Times, New Delhi, April 26, 2007
Prompted by a finding in a government study that a certain number of young children have sex or engage in sexual activity for experimenting,
the government is examining the possibility of exempting consensual sex between them from the purview of a criminal offence.
What has apparently prompted the ministry to consider the option is a finding where 26.8 per cent young adults recalled having sexual
experience during childhood and majority stating it was with friends and classmates and they were not in an abusive situation.
Ciavaglia, Jo, Double standard seen in sex cases;
Bucks County Courier Times, June 15, 2008
Keeping in mind the limitations of the current research and the diversity of the population, some preliminary findings about adult women
who commit sex offenses suggest the following Characteristics of female sex offenders:
... ... ...
Citizens Reform Group is an unincorporated nonprofit association
(California registration #10030) which promotes and advocates the protection of RSOs (registered sex offenders) civil rights
throughout California. We will expand to other states as resources permit.
Claydon, Russell, Paedophile had 'no-one to turn to';
eadt.co.uk, 22 April 2008
A paedophile who ran a global child abuse network from his parent's Suffolk farmhouse has claimed he had no-one to turn to with his problems.
Clements, David, Every Child Matters - but so does our privacy;
We must not accept state intrusion in our private lives in the name of children's 'well-being'.
spiked-online, 16 October 2006 - Speech at the debate Does Every Child really Matter - has the abuse panic gone too
far?, at the Battle of Ideas festival in London on Sunday 29 October
Under the Blair government's Every Child Matters reforms, local authorities and other agencies working with children are required to
protect children under a new duty to 'safeguard' them and promote their welfare, to work together more closely and share information,
and by creating new high-powered posts to oversee children's services. However, these reforms are not so much the antidote to
child abuse panics, as implicated in them.
Cliss, Sarah, 'Hate
Campaign has made me prisoner of my own home'; Fenland Citizen (UK), 30 April 2008
A Wisbech man's life is being made a living hell thanks to an on-going hate campaign which has seen him branded a paedophile.
The 48-year-old factory worker, from Wilberforce Road, is facing losing his job as a result.
[...] But in fact Mr Pooley has never been in trouble with the police and
has no criminal convictions. And his only involvement with police has
been over the hate campaign.
1. consent of both child and adult,
2. openness towards the parents of the child,
3. freedom for the child to withdraw from the relationship at any moment,
4. harmony with the child's development.
Cloud, John, Pedophilia;
Time Magazine, April 29, 2002
Why do some people want to touch kids?
What can we do about it? What happens to the victims? Everything you always
wanted to know about one of society's worst taboos — but were too angry to ask.
CNN, Child groom's wife jailed for 9 months;
Woman, 37, pleads guilty to statutory rape of husband, 15; March 15,
A woman who married the 15-year-old friend of one of her sons pleaded guilty Wednesday to statutory rape and was sentenced
to nine months in jail. [..]
Clark's attorney, Daniel Sammons, said the boy wants to continue the marriage: "He loves Lisa Clark
and wishes to have a life together and raise their child."
Cohen, Lurie B., The Polygraph Paradox;
Lie detectors aren't perfect. But, convicted sex offenders concede, they
may be good enough; online.wsj.com, March 22, 2008
Polygraphy, the attempt to ferret out deception by monitoring changes in
subjects' breathing, sweating or pulse, has long been derided as "voodoo
science." Confessions made under polygraph aren't admitted as evidence in a vast majority of U.S. courts without the consent of the accused.
The National Academy of Sciences says the technology isn't accurate enough to be used for employee security screening.
Yet polygraph use is at the highest level in two decades.
Comiteau, Lauren, Why
Dutch Kids are Happier Than Yours; July 11, 2007
Dutch children are the happiest children in the industrialized world. Don't take
my word for it, that was the finding of an extensive survey in UNICEF's Report
The U.S. by contrast finished second to last ahead of Britain.
So, what's the secret of Dutch happiness?
Constantine, Larry L. The
sexual rights of children: implications of a radical perspective,
Presented at the International Conference on Love
and Attraction, University College, Swansea, Wales, September 1977. Reprinted
from M. Cook and G. Wilson (Eds.), Love and Attraction, Oxford: Pergamon,
THE sexuality of children has been discussed in the literature from many
viewpoints, but rarely have the sexual rights of children been seriously
considered. Certainly it has been firmly established and, at least among
professionals, widely accepted that children are sexual beings from birth. Yet
it is common to grant that children are sexual while denying them the
right to behave sexually.
Consideration of the sexual rights of children requires rethinking already
convoluted issues, such as sexual activity of children with adults; incest; and
This chapter is an attempt to put these issues into thoughtful perspective.
Cooke, Jennifer, Push to toughen rules on children in art;
November 6, 2008
After controversy in May over a Bill Henson photographic exhibition that
included naked underage children, Mr Hatzistergos will ask a meeting of the ministers today to consider strengthening procedures under which
publications can be the subject of "calling in". Publications include art exhibitions.
and Shunning; Sexual Fascism in Progressive America, by
"PARIAH", March 4 / 5, 2006
There is a class of people in America today, numbering two million or more, who
have been utterly scapegoated, ostracized, demonized and shunned. [...]
About 600,000 of them have been rounded up and forced to register -- many soon
to be monitored for life with electronic bracelets and global positioning
devices. Nearly 4000 have been locked up for life, not on criminal charges, but
by civil commitment, and those numbers are growing by the day. The remainder are
mostly in hiding, desperately afraid of sudden exposure and witch hunts by
neighbors, fellow-workers and friends, whom they fear will suddenly see them as
monsters beyond redemption.
Countess in jail for loving...
minors, in: Vendetta, 28 April 1976,
Two boys from Naples, Almerigo and Mario, aged 12 and 11 respectively, thought
that what had happened to them was a tender secret that they should keep deep in
their hearts, although at the same time, they were dying to cry it out to the
whole world... Of course, eventually, they couldn't resist the temptation to
tell their classmates, so as to prove that in spite of their tender age, they
had already become 'men'. That is, they had made love with a woman. And some
woman! A beautiful lady, aged 30, married and moreover, a countess!
Crary, David, Rethinking Sex Offender Laws a Tough Sell;
The Associated Press, April 19 2006
The killings of two men listed on Maine's Internet sex offender registry may offer a grim
lesson about the consequences of such registry laws, but defense lawyers and crime researchers
question whether a thoughtful national debate on the subject is possible.
Craven, Peter, No nudes today, zealots rule, OK?
- The Age; October 6, 2008
About: David Marr, The Henson Case -Australia
The photographs by Henson, subjected to the most intense scrutiny by the
highest authorities, in a context of aggravated moral panic and revulsion, have been cleared of any taint of pornography, quite apart
from artistic merit.
The opposite viewpoint has no legal basis and is socially deranged because it assumes the only non-family motive for ever taking photos of
children must be perverted.
This falls into precisely the trap of sexualising children that the campaigners so fear.
It's sick, and it has to be resisted.
With a Teen Gay Activist, GLB-News,
12 April 2000
He may have recently celebrated his 16th birthday, but
Anthony Colin definitely does not fit the "wet-behind-the-ears" label
I often tolerated when I was his age. For those of you just tuning in, Anthony
is founder of the Gay Straight Alliance club at El Modena HighSchool in Orange,
California, an area of the state that is so staunchly conservative that it would
take me hours (or perhaps days) to prepare a time line of the events that have
lead to its reputation.
Cruz, Bonna de la, Sex
abuse of boys not only trait duo share; Like Mary Kay Letourneau,
Tennessee woman risks all for relationship with victim;
Dicksonherald.com, 5 July 2006
As well as the blonde hair and the 13-year-old victim, the Tennessee
former teacher [Pamela Rogers] convicted of sleeping with a student has
much in common with the most famous teacher caught in a sex scandal —
Mary Kay Letourneau of Seattle.
Troubled marriages. Child-like behavior. Larger-than-life father
figures. And most of all, a recklessness to continue the relationship
when courts have told them not to.
With a Comment
by an Ipce member
[... N]owhere is there even the mention of the possibility, even if
thought to be remote, that these two perhaps are in love.
and Facts About Sex Offenders; CSOM Documents; August 2000
The Center for Sex Offender Management, the Office of Justice Programs (OJP),
U.S. Department of Justice
There are many misconceptions about sexual offenses, sexual offense victims, and sex offenders in our society. Much has been learned about these behaviors and populations in the past decade and this information is being used to develop more effective criminal justice interventions throughout the country. This document serves to inform citizens, policy makers, and practitioners about sex offenders and their victims, addressing the facts that underlie common assumptions both true and false in this rapidly evolving field.
Cunningham, Jenny, Play
on; 3 January 2002, spiked-online.com
A significant body of research evidence now
indicates that there has been a drastic decline in children's
outdoor activity and unsupervised play [...]
An open debate is required among parents, professionals and local authorities
about the negative impact of 'litigation culture' on children's play