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RKB Interviews Heather Corinna

Rachel Kramer BusselRachel Kramer Bussel is an unavoidable presence in the New York City sex and literary scenes. The woman is an absolute whirlwind of activity; she always has something new in the works, and anyone who's scanned the erotica section of their local books has seen her name a lot, on the spines of books like She's On Top, Up All Night, and Caught Looking. I swear to god the woman is popping some kind of literary Viagra. In addition to all her writing and editing, she also runs a monthly reading series on Manhattan's Lower East Side called In the Flesh.

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Continuing development in the Square

While there may be no scaffolding to negotiate and there's certainly no yellow tape keeping you out, the truth is we're still developing things around here. Here are some changes just over the past few days:

The Links page is easier to use now, and we've moved it to the main menu (white bar at the top of the page). You can now see all the links at once, in their respective categories, instead of having to click on the category to see the links it contains.

The Calendar page is prettier now, and you can add events right form the calendar page itself rather than having to go back to the "add something new" menu. The Calendar needs help, though! Right now it's extremely NYC-centric and we'd like that to change. Do you inow of events in your area? Why not try adding a few! 

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Role reversal: former porn star works to become minister (NYT)

While JanieBelle informs us on her blog about the seeming flood of Republican representatives and commentators who are being exposed for their participation in the sex industry (as clients, so far), I thought I'd let you know about a rather different sort of story that appeared in today's Style section of the New York Times.

Ronald Boyer and Gianna Ferrari during the shooting of an adult film in January. It seems a former porn star is working on becoming an Episcopal minister, and he's doing it all right out in the open. No hiding.

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Mistrial in the Tory Bowen/Pamir Safi rape case

On my WordPress blog a few weeks ago I wrote about Tory Bowen, Pamir Safi and the ruling made by a judge that Bowen could not use the word "rape" in her testimony against Safi. Bowen alleges that Safi raped her while she was asleep, and his first trial ended in a hung jury. His second trial was just about to begin, but...

According to the AP, via the New York Times:

Filed at 10:00 a.m. ET

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Before a jury was even seated, a judge declared a mistrial in a sex-assault case where he had barred the words ”rape” and ”victim.”

Judge Jeffre Cheuvront of Lancaster County District Court said protests and other publicity surrounding the rape case against Pamir Safi, 33, would have made it too difficult for jurors to ignore everything they heard before the trial, which had been expected to begin next week.

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Trackbacks and Technorati Tags

Thanks to JanieBelle I was prompted to go drupalling to see if I could find a trackback module we could plug in here. I did indeed. You should now see a "Trackbacks" section when you create new content (blog entries, forum topics, etc.).

While I was a-drupalling, I also found a Technorati Tags module. So now, I think, the tags we create here will somehow mesh with tags on Technorati, and Technorati will be pinged when you create new stuff here.

Now, I'm no expert at this stuff. I'm learning as I go. So if you find something isn't working right, just let me know and I'll do my best to fix it. Or maybe I'll try to pass it off to JanieBelle ;)



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Profile Photos


Elizabeth's profile photoIf you used to have a photo attached to your profile you'll probably have noticed that it's been missing for a while. It seems the directory where profile photos are housed got eaten one night by the profile photo gremlins. In any case, the problem is fixed now and you can upload a photo to your profile. And if you've never had a profile photo, this would be a great time to upload one! (You do this by heading over to your "my account" area and then using the "edit" tab to change or add stuff. Profile photos can be no larger than 85x85 pixels and may not contain images that violate any laws.)


Profile photos don't show up with all your posts. Yet. But they do liven up your profile page, so have fun with them! 


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Genarlow Wilson Updates

Genarlow WilsonIn a good news/even-more-stupid news situation, Atlanta TV station WGCL brings us two updates in the Genarlow Wilson case.

First, yesterday the state Supreme Court reversed an earlier decision and has decided to expedite two appeals by Genarlow Wilson.

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Support the Matthew Shepard Act TODAY!

I originally posted about this as a Sex Act(ivism) item, and I'm posting again to update based on an email from the Human Rights Campaign folks:

From Human Rights Campaign :

Breaking news: the Senate will likely vote on the Matthew Shepard Act as early as this week. And right now, your Senators' phone lines are filling up with messages like this one: "[The Matthew Shepard Act] will be used to fund anti-Christian, pro-homosexual/drag queen materials for children – and divert scarce federal resources away from fighting Islamic terrorism."

Anti-gay groups like the Family Research Council and the Traditional Values Coalition – who invented that ridiculous lie – have mobilized a dangerously misinformed grassroots army. If we don't call right now, critical votes COULD BE LOST to these scare tactics.

Enter your zip code in the Contact Contress button on the left side bar and tell your senator that you support strong hate crimes legislation.


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Senator David Vitter Caught With His Hand In The Panty Jar

David Vitter, Busted Once again illustrating the "Do as I say, not as I do" nature of medieval fundy morality, it seems David Vitter, Republican Senator from Louisiana has gotten caught with his hand in the panty jar. Touting his misogyny in a section of his official website entitled "Life & Values", he spends a bit of web estate telling us how he knows what's best for us regarding our options in the case of an unwanted pregnancy:

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Rally Supporting Genarlow Wilson Attracts Civil Rights Leaders

Genarlow WilsonIn the ongoing travesty that is the Genarlow Wilson case, a rally was held in Douglasville, GA Thursday which drew the Reverend Al Sharpton, among other Civil Rights leaders, and Sharpton did not mince words.

Via CNN:

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