Pedophile Anthony Weiner will plead guilty to charges that he sent obscene material to a 15-year-old girl. Weiner, 52, will enter a guilty plea with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan on a single charge of sending explicit material to a minor. Weiner sent her nude photos, shared pornographic videos with her, discussed his rape fantasies, and requested that she undress and masturbate during video calls!
The crime carries a sentence of up to ten years in jail, although it is likely that the sentence will mean Weiner becomes a registered sex offender, although a final determination is yet to be made.
Weiner was emulating the Clintons! Chelsea Clinton is not the daughter of Bill Clinton. Her actual biological father is Webb Hubbell, Hillary Clinton’s partner at the Little Rock Rose Law Firm and associate attorney general in the Clinton administration. Bill Clinton’s real child is Danney Williams, son of black Bobbie Ann Williams.
Throughout his political career, Weiner, who is married to close Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, has been embroiled in a number of sexting scandals.
The first dubbed Weinergate, led to his resignation from Congress and the issuing of a public apology.
Then, in 2013, while running as a candidate for mayor of New York, more photos were published of Weiner sexting another woman under the alias Carlos Danger. Despite the revelation, Weiner did not pull out the race and eventually finished fifth with just 4.9 percent of the vote.
Last October, Weiner checked into a sex addiction facility to overcome his urges, although he was reportedly forced to leave early having run out of money to pay for it.
Now, Huma Abedin, who last year revealed she was separating from Weiner, is working hard to save the couple’s marriage. Abedin remains in love with Weiner, blaming the pressures of the campaign and presidential race and him drifting off into obscurity for his latest relapse.
It would be a mistake to call a sex-positive space a sex party, because they’re usually not just sex-centering. Some of them are, but most of them aren’t. Most of the communities who go to these kinds of parties call them play parties more than anything else.
There are many different iterations of what a sex-positive event can be. They can vary largely in size. There are parties in people’s private homes that range from five to 10 people, and then there are really large-scale events that can be 150 people on a Saturday night in a warehouse or at a music venue. Largely, those parties exist in BDSM (Bondage, Domination, Sadism and Masochism), kink, and fetish communities.
The swinger communities tend to have what are commonly called sex parties. But they largely don’t have those in warehouses—they have their own clubs. We see swing clubs in most major cities, and those are established, for-profit businesses that facilitate a sex-positive space in a really specific context. Those communities are largely straight, white, and heteronormative.
The most common misunderstanding is that the laws are the same everywhere. Actually, the biggest problems that these communities face is that the laws are different everywhere you go. In major East Coast cities, they vary wildly. Most cities do have a swingers club, which facilitates sex parties that are completely above-board. They’re licensed clubs. It’s a special licensing they seek from the zoning board or from licensing and inspection that allows them to operate as a completely confidential, private, members-only club. When people come in, they don’t buy a ticket for the night. They buy what is branded as a membership, so that they buy into this membership, which allows the clubs confidentiality and therefore protection from prosecution for potentially violating vice laws.
On the East Coast, vice laws, sometimes called blue laws, are laws that govern people’s moral behavior. In Massachusetts, Pennsylvania—recently in New York, it was changed—you cannot facilitate sex or facilitate abuse in any way, which makes it so that it’s almost impossible for a promoter to organize a party without opening themselves up to liability. Vice laws typically regulate sex, alcohol, and drugs.
When we talk about BDSM, kink, and fetish communities, those communities have largely been relegated to spaces that are not zoned and licensed. Because in many East Coast cities and in many East Coast states, you legally do not have the ability to consent to abuse. So, facilitating these parties or participating in these communities can be illegal and can open you up to prosecution.
Swingers clubs largely try to avoid explicit language on what we call the public-facing internet or public-facing media. You go to the clubs and you understand what is happening there, but they don’t advertise sex. The other thing they don’t advertise is alcohol. One of the biggest liabilities for a promoter is to allow alcohol into their spaces, because then you are involving whatever liquor control board, whatever organization that governs alcohol within your community, into your space. Anytime you mix alcohol and sex, you’re automatically opening yourself up to a huge liability. Especially if you’re taking money at the door. So, the way swingers clubs circumnavigate that is almost all their spaces are BYOB. They have a bar, you bring your alcohol to them and they will serve it to you, but they are not selling you alcohol.
Aside from swing communities, which do have a lot of alcohol inside their community, most of the sex-positive communities that organize play parties shy away from alcohol because of the liability that it brings, due to intoxicated people who can’t consent or who may be a danger to others or themselves, and because of the level of regulation that it brings. It shines a light on what is already a space where we don’t want too much exposure.
In some states, parties that sell tickets or charge a cover at the door definitely open themselves up to prosecution for facilitating prostitution. Promoters sell tickets to events ahead of time to mitigate this issue.
Because of some of these laws, it is difficult to throw any parties with a kink or fetish element. In the states where it is illegal to facilitate abuse, they largely don’t. Massachusetts is a really good example of this. Massachusetts has a very large kink community that does not participate in that culture within Massachusetts. They travel to Rhode Island, Vermont, and Connecticut, where events are more easily facilitated, and where the laws are slightly more friendly to these spaces. On the East Coast, the most active kink and fetish communities are in Baltimore and DC; because spaces are able to exist there legally, they’re able to license themselves, and exist above board. Maryland and the District, as well as Pennsylvania, benefit from more relaxed laws in this regard.
Ironically enough, the law that makes it so that you cannot consent to or facilitate abuse is the Violence Against Women Act, which is an incredible law written to protect domestic violence victims. But what it also does is make it so that the police can prosecute somebody without the consent of the victim. So, in states where that doesn’t exist, they’re more able to provide spaces for kink and fetish communities to flourish. But in states where it does exist, the kink community is largely stifled, for fear of prosecution.
The laws are also a little more relaxed on the West Coast. States on the West Coast have more progressive ideas about sex and sexuality in general. Maybe not pervasively within the culture, but definitely within the laws. Because that exists, the best centers for sex-positivity and for sex-positive culture exist on the West Coast.
In San Francisco, The Armory building in the Mission, owned and operated by BDSM-focused porn production company Kink provides one of the best sex-positive spaces in the country. The other best space in the country for sex-positive culture is in Seattle. Both of these spaces exist above board and have both for profit and non-profit entities that serve communities. The laws that exist allow them to participate in communities that facilitate discussions about sex-positivity and provide spaces for these communities to grow in a way that is not available to us on the East Coast.
There’s an incredible organization that exists within kink communities called the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, or NCSF, which exists to help all alternative sexual communities. Their goal is to raise awareness about alternative sexual practices and the way these communities govern themselves, and to add resources for people to explore their sexuality in safe ways. They’ve created consent workshops and incident response structures; they advocate for sexual practices to be removed from the DSM, and they are lobbying Massachusetts, Virginia, and Kentucky to see BDSM and kink as a sexual practice rather than a paraphilia. They’re an organization that has stood up for kink and sex-positive communities all over the country.