When we think of the French, sexual prudishness doesn’t generally follow. But they may have their pantaloons in a bunch over how many children have easy access to online porn. The UK recently spent nearly $3 million on a PornBlock law that never really got off the ground. Now France is following suit with a new law mandating that porn sites maintain an age-verification function that would keep t...
Few industries have felt the same pushback as SexTech. It seems that no matter how valuable, unique, or innovative a product or service is—involving SexTech in the equation inspires prudes to throw up roadblocks. The SexTech industry is resilient and made up of passionate designers, creatives, marketers, and others who simply aren’t willing to take No for an answer. That has led to some fun and surprising wins for the SexTech community.
XBIZ details that increasingly, the law has recognized that free speech and free expression have to apply to the sex industry. The fact that some folks may find a product name or service objectionable or offensive isn’t evidence that no one should have it.
SCOTUS heard a case in June of last year that voided a previous law preventing the registration of “scandalous and immoral” trademarks. Aside from the fact that “scandalous” has no legal definition and immorality is in the eye of the beholder, this seems a long time in coming. After FUCT clothing company was denied, then granted a trademark—a bevy of adult sellers sought their own day in court. Later, the European Union followed suit, granting trademark registration to a previously denied mark translated as “F*ck you, Goethe.” Some might say this is what the Sturm and Drang movement has deserved for decades.
When COVID closures impacted businesses, adult services like strip clubs were cut out of relief stimulus checks. While the discrimination continues at the federal level, local businesses won smaller lawsuits and got the help they deserve. Baby steps, right?
Finally, bill AB2389 was snuffed out—deservedly so. This bill would have required a registry of sex workers that would include licensing, fingerprinting, and background checks for sex workers. It would have digitally branded them for life, which is monstrous given the lack of dignity and respect society affords those who do sex work. Ultimately, things are looking up.