Home > News > FSC Concludes 2-Day Lobbying Push • Bookmark   • Newsletters   • Register Search Options


FSC Concludes 2-Day Lobbying Push

FSC Concludes 2-Day Lobbying Push
Get XBIZ News
Apr 20, 2005 3:04 PM PDT    Text size: 
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Free Speech Coalition concluded a two-day trip to the state's Capitol, making rounds to state legislators' offices and hosting a panel discussion that examined porn compulsion.

“We met with the staff or dropped off information at almost every office in the Capitol building,” FSC lobbyist Kat Sunlove told XBiz.

“The only office we didn’t get to was Gov. Schwarzenegger’s,” she said, “but we’re fine with him. He signed our legislation last year.”

Schwarzenegger approved an FSC-sponsored bill that allows businesses whose records are seized to continue operating with reasonable access to essential files.

Former Gov. Gray Davis had vetoed a similar bill, saying he did not want to give aid to pornographers.

Tuesday’s reception at Sacramento’s Sheraton Grand Hotel was well-attended, according to Sunlove, featuring appearances by adult actresses Nina Hartley, Sunny Leone, Stormy Daniels, Britney Andrews and Inari Vachs.

Monday’s panel discussion, which was also held in the Sheraton ballroom, drew a larger-than-expected crowd of 80.

The forum, titled “Today’s Porn: Entertainment or Addiction?” brought together several divergent viewpoints on the issue — an inclusiveness that was absent, Sunlove stated, from Sen. Sam Brownback’s recent hearings in Washington.

“To examine an issue of such importance to our industry and to society without allowing us to participate is tantamount to censorship,” FSC Executive Director Michelle Freridge said. No members of the adult industry were invited to speak at the Brownback hearings, she said.

The discussion featured panelists Carol Queen, director of San Francisco’s Center for Sex & Culture; Robert Lawrence, co-founder of the Center for Sex & Culture; George N. Collins, an expert of sexual compulsion; and Al Hernandez Santana, a political activist.

“There was an opportunity for the discussion to turn hostile,” Sunlove said. “And there were some fiery statements made, but the evening was always civil and polite.”

FSC board member and ASACP Executive Director Joan Irvine agreed.

“There were no attacks, just questions,” Irvine told XBiz, characterizing the forum as “information sharing” rather than a debate. “It was very brave of the people on the opposing side to come out and talk.”

Irvine was particularly impressed with Collins, whose sexual compulsion involving Nina Hartley caused him physical pain when he finally burned her photos as part of his recovery. Hartley was sitting in the audience. Now happily married to his third wife, Collins proposed the dissemination of literature about porn compulsion, similar to casinos advocating services for gambling addicts.

“The adult industry is big enough and sophisticated enough that it can look at its own problems without closing ranks,” Freridge told XBiz.

Freridge supported Collins’ idea, saying “a proactive acknowledgment of the existence of porn compulsion can take the wind out of attacks” of the industry. Still, she stressed that a pornography compulsion, distinct from an addiction, is not about porn, but about compulsive behavior.

“A person who suffers from compulsive behavior would focus his compulsions on something else if porn were not available,” she said.

Freridge said that none of the evening’s panelists supported what she called the “junk science” aired at the Brownback hearings. Instead, the discussion focused on the role of porn in society and the lives of healthy adults.

More ways to get XBIZ News:  RSS Feeds  |  E-Newsletters  |  Desktop Widget  |  Mobile
Looking for porn star news and behind-the-scene videos? Check out XFANZ.com !


Cam Model Megan Kroft Dreams Big at Studio 20

Hey guys! Oh, I hate when I say that, all we cam girls say that, it’s beginning to sound so cliché. Hey! Hello! People from the industry, cam girls, cam boys, hello! I’m Megan Kroft.... More »

Rich Girls Offers Pro Cam Modeling Tips

The live camming industry offers endless opportunities to earn signficant sums of money and afford a luxurious lifestyle, but only with tireless efforts and non-stop perseverance. To be an elite cam model... More »

CBT Takes Testicular Play to the Next Level

CBT is an acronym often associated with cognitive behavioral therapy or computer-based training, but in the BDSM world CBT stands for none other than “cock and ball torture.” Those four little... More »
Stay informed of the latest industry developments. Get XBIZ newsletters delivered to your inbox. Subscribe today!
Enter email address:

* To manage existing subscriptions click here.

Submit your press release to
multiple news outlets with 1 click.
Subscribe to RSS news feeds or
add free content to your website.
Access XBIZ news and articles
with your mobile device.
Subscribe to XBIZ Premiere magazine, the industry's leading adult retail trade publications, delivering the most timely and comprehensive business news and information to producers and retailers of adult products.


Latin America Adult Business Expo

Jul 10 - Jul 12
Cartagena, Colombia

ANME Founders Show

Jul 16 - Jul 18
Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport


Aug 03 - Aug 06
Montreal, Quebec

XBIZ Berlin 2017

Sep 11 - Sep 14
Berlin, Germany
Everyday thousands of business professionals browse XBIZ's industry directory for quality products and services. Not listed yet? Your company could be losing potential new business. Submit your company today!
Use XBIZ RSS feeds to stay informed of the latest industry developments or as a content syndication tool for your website!