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Mandate, background and some of the Revise F65 efforts since 1994

Revise F65:
Professional and health political work 1994-2009

NB: LLH in 2016 changed its name to FRI – The Norwegian Organization for Sexual and Gender Diversity.

 

The award-winning work to remove SM and fetish diagnoses is groundbreaking because health care professionals and human rights activists cooperate across sexual orientation and across borders to lay a foundation and set the premises for a pioneering human rights reform.

By Svein Skeid

The ReviseF65 committee is a subsidiary of LLH, the Norwegian LGBT Association, with a political mandate from all the biennial LLH National Conventions since 1996. ReviseF65 also has a mandate from the international lesbian and gay movement (ILGA 1999), The European leather club confederation (ECMC 2000) and the federal German SM organization (BVSM e.V. 2004). 

The LLH mandate

The purpose of Revise F65 is to remove Fetishism, Transvestism and Sadomasochism as psychiatric diagnoses from the ICD, the International Classification of Diseases, published by the World Health Organization (WHO) and translated into national versions world wide (mandate from the 1996 biennial national convention of LLH).

The mandate was based on a national survey conducted among the nearly two thousand lesbian and gay members of LLH, “rejecting discrimination of leather, SM and transgender people, and judging this diversity as a valuable resource” (according to the 1998 LLH convention).

According to the 2000 LLH convention (picture), Revise F65 “shall establish a professional basis for the work and lobbying official authorities to remove the diagnoses.”

At the 2004 LLH convention, the Revise F65 mandate was explicitly expressed in the organization’s political platform. This is especially important and a big victory because the Norwegian gay and lesbian movement often ”forget” to include their SM/fetish minority in their budgets, working plans and the previous political platform from 1996.

Professional and human rights work

Even though the main purpose is to abolish SM and fetish diagnoses, Revise F65 is also involved in general work against discrimination and harassment of fetishists and sadomasochists. Some of this work is mentioned here.

In addition to national work, Revise F65 also have an international mandate to motivate other countries to remove their national versions of the SM/fetish ICD diagnoses. The more countries that remove their diagnoses, the greater is the possibility that the World Health Organization will follow suit. This is what happened in many countries in the years before the World Health Organization removed homosexuality as a diagnosis from the ICD classification in 1990.

Inbetween formal committee meetings there has been national and international network building, lectures, workshops, participation at congresses, seminars and festivals. We have been giving interviews, publishing articles, film production, book contribution, periodicals, and lobbying of official health politicans and mental health professionals.

The ReviseF65 project concerns both gays, straights and transgender people. Therefore the ReviseF65 committee consists of leather/SM/fetish men and women representing organizations of leather and SM gays, – lesbians, bi- and heterosexuals, as well as professionals in sexology, psychology and psychiatry. Several dozen people have been involved during the years to a greater or lesser degree on a national basis. Even more people on an international level.

The name “F65” is a chapter in the International Classification of Diseases describing the so called “paraphilias”, earlier called “perversions”. It also contains other paraphilias. Obviously, we primarily want to delete the SM and Fetish diagnoses concerning consenting adults.

Background

Today we know that SM and fetish people played an important role in the modern gay rights movement from the very beginning in Norway and world wide. We were central in establishing the gay and lesbian organization in Norway in the 1950’s. Many leading persons in the gay movement have later been into fetish and SM, and still are. ”Without a face”, we are working for the welfare of gay and lesbians in general. Nevertheless, as a minority within a minority, gay and lesbian leather people experience discrimination within the homosexual movement.

When Norway’s first fetish and SM club, Scandinavian Leather Men (SLM), was founded in 1976, the gay leather members were regarded as violent and reactionary nazis. When the pansexual SM-organization SMil was established in 1988, leading Norwegian psychiatrists called it’s members ”violent” and ”disturbed persons” not being able to feel empathy.

The impetus behind the F65 repeal movement was the flourishing of SM pride, with fetish men and women parading through the streets during Gay Pride week. Leather people were tired of being object of derision in the tabloids.

The group Lesbians in Leather founded in 1993, was a precursor of Smia, founded in 1995, a human-rights group for lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgendered people.  All these groups, namely Lesbians in Leather, Smia and ReviseF65 are subsidiaries of LLH, and were founded by Svein Skeid.

From 1993 to 1997 Smia campaigned and set about fund-raising (£ 2000) in favour of the defendants in the British Spanner Case, which started in Manchester 1987. We gained support of several dozen Norwegian political organizations, including women‘s rights groups and trade unions, not to mention the unanimous backing of the Lesbian and Gay movement.

In 1997, the Revise F65 committee was formally established by Smia, individual transgender people, and mental health professionals. SLM and SMil joined the committee in 1998, thus the coalition continued to grow.

Long term project

Since 1996, the Norwegian Board of Health Supervision, the Norwegian Directorate of Health and Social Welfare (since 2002), andthe Norwegian Directorate of Health (since 2008), has supported Smia’s work financially to strengthen the self-esteem and identity of gay leather men as part of strategies to prevent sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV. Stigmatizing fetish and SM practices, in our opinion, amounts to an insult against healthy leather-people and, therefore, runs counter to effective public health and safer sex education efforts. It seemed like a paradox that the same official health authorities who grant money to LLH, SLM and Smia, who encourage a positive identity for fetishists and sadomasochists for the HIV prevention and other issues, also represent the agencies that employ the discriminatory and stigmatizing diagnoses of these practices.

The American Psychiatric Association, APA, considerably revised their Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) spring 1994. Fall 1994 and May 1995 Dual-role transvestism and the SM diagnoses were repealed in Denmark. Both decisions were founded on research showing that SM is no disease.

Inspired by these incidents, the Norwegian gay and lesbian organization in September 1994 and June 1996 asked the Norwegian Health Authorities for help to bring about the same changes in Norway. The answer from the Norwegian Board of Health Supervision was totally negative.

We then realized that our initiative would be a long term project.

 

 

March 8, 1996. Smia was thrown out of the International Women’s Day parade in Oslo because of our slogan “SM is interplay, not violence”. The mistaken blending of SM and violence were introduced by the Austro-German psychiatrist Richard von Krafft-Ebing and is still kept alive by the ICD chapter F65.5 Sadomasochism.
Decision by the March 8 committee in Oslo Februar 20, 1997 (letter and telephone from Turid Kjernsli in the March 8 committee) (The newspaper Klassekampen March 8, 1996).

July 1998. The online newspaper skeivenyheter.no wrote about SM/fetish diagnoses and BDSM human rights in the years before revisef65.org was established.

November 1998. SM – A sexy diagnosis. “Removal of SM and fetish diagnoses is one of the most important tasks of the human rights group Smia.” Smia is the prime mover behind the Revise F65 group. Report in the monthly gay and lesbian magazine Blikk.

Participants in the ReviseF65 group in 1996 promoted the democratic revision of the rules and policy of the gay leather umbrella organization “European Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs”, ECMC, so as to address issues of sexual politics. In 2000 the more than 50 ECMC member clubs, following a proposal by SLM-Oslo, decided to support the Revise F65 effort.
The gay and lesbian magazine Blikk Desember 1998. “Fri tanke”, the magazine of The Norwegian Humanist Association December 10, 1998.

January 1999 professional leader [fagsjef] Ellen Hagemo in the Norwegian Board of Health Supervision wrongly contended that “we cannot just change the national version of the ICD diagnoses”. (According to report from Revise F65 meeting January 20, 1999.)

The umbrella organization for European gay and lesbian rights, European ILGA, issued a statement at it’s 1999 conference in Pisa, Italy, supporting the efforts to remove the diagnoses from the ICD. The Revise F65 member Ole Johnsen also gave a workshop.

February 19, 2000. Svein Skeid (picture) was awarded honorary member of the SLM leather organization for his work over twenty years for BDSM human rights and the BDSM community, including the work to remove fetish and SM diagnoses.

The LLH Convention in 2000 once again approved the ReviseF65 project, which “shall continue until the goal is attained”.

November 18, 2001. Svein Skeid held a presentation about SM human rights, including the Revise F65 efforts, at the University of Agder, Norway.

The Revise F65 web site, established in 2002 in Norwegian, English, German and Portuguese, along with the corresponding mailing list, has facilitated national and international networks. In 2002 the ReviseF65 group had mail correspondence and personal contact with activists and professionals or held lectures in Norway, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, The Netherlands, Russia, Canada, Hong Kong, Brazil and USA. Updated 2012: Iceland, Sweden, Finland, South Africa, Chile, Taiwan, Cuba, Australia, Italy, France, Scotland, Czech Republic and Poland.

“There is something very exciting about connecting up with others who work towards the same goals across the world. Thank you for making this possible.”
Peggy J. Kleinplatz, Psychologist , sex therapist and sex educator teaching at the University of Ottawa, Canada, July 30, 2002)

The web site has also given Revise F65 a good opportunity to disseminate a range of material about its work. Psychologist Odd Reiersøl’s 2002 article “SM: Causes and diagnoses“, in particular, was a great inspiration both in Norway and abroad. To our knowledge, the article has been translated into German, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian and Russian, in addition to Norwegian and English.

In november 2002 member of the Revise committee Eric Barstad (picture) attended the lesbian SM congress WALP in Amsterdam. 148 participants from eleven countries listened to her briefing about the diagnoses, and during a mini workshop she made important international contacts.

The story and effort of the ReviseF65 project was printed late 2002 in the Bulletin of the Norwegian Society for Clinical Sexology. The ReviseF65 committee asked for, and received support on April 29, 2003 and May 8, 2003 from the Norwegian Association of Gay and Lesbian Physicians (HLLF) and the Norwegian Society for Clinical Sexology (NFKS). NFKS state:  “The Norwegian Association for Clinical Sexology in its support wishes to emphasize that the use of psychiatric diagnoses in relation to homosexual, heterosexual and bisexual fetishists, sadomasochists and transvestic fetishists is stigmatizing and therefore an encroachment upon this group as a whole” (letter of June 11, 2003).

“We have been working with the Revise F65 diagnoses for some years now and we realise that it has a long way to go. But if I live till I am eighty, and we are taken off the sick list at that time, I will be fairly pleased. You can compare it with the fight for gay and lesbian human rights. It took a long time for them to be deleted from the sick list too.” Svein Skeid (52) interviewed by the SMil magazine no 4, 2002.

Dr. Charles Moser (picture) held a a lecture for the American Psychiatric Association’s APA’s annual meeting in San Francisco May 16-22, 2003. Revise F65 project psychiatrist Reidar Kjær had a one hour long talk with Dr. Moser in connection with the APA Conference.

On June 20, 2003, psychiatrist Reidar Kjær (picture) held the presentation “Do we need all the Paraphilias?” at the International Psychiatric Conference on Diagnosis in Psychiatry. This was held in Vienna Austria and arranged by the World Psychiatric Association. Dr Kjær also held lectures (in Norwegian) entitled “Are SM and Fetish still diseases?” at the Gay Pride Days in Kristiansand on June 6, at the Gay Pride week in Oslo on June 24, and at the SM house “Nonna” October 24.

On June 28, 2003 during the Gay Pride Week in Oslo, Svein Skeid was honouredwith the Gay Person of the Year Award, because of his SM human rights work in general, and the ReviseF65 work to remove SM and fetish diagnoses. The award was an acknowledgement to everybody that has supported and contributed to the ReviseF65 work (and that is many people!). Among them the contributing organizations LLH, SMil, SLM, Smia and our specialists in psychology and psychiatry. The award is also an acknowledgement to everybody working for an open and inclusive leather/SM/fetish society.

LLH leader Tore Holte Follestad personally delivered a letter from the ReviseF65 committee to Mr. Dagfinn Høybråten, Minister of Health (Christian Democratic Party) on November 28, 2003. This laid out the professional and human rights arguments which underlie the move to take away the SM and Fetish diagnoses. We never got any answer to this letter.

Two days later, November 30, 2003, SMia and Revise F65 also sent the application “Diagnoses, discrimination and HIV” to the Norwegian Directorate for Health and Social Affairs [avd. Forebyggende sosial- og helsetjenester] asking them to remove stigmatizing psychiatric diagnoses from the Norwegian version of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD). We never got any answer to this question either.

March 10-14, 2003, two members of the ReviseF65 mailing list; the Brazilian sexologist and clinical psychologist Maria Cristina Martins and the psychologist, psychoanalyst, Ph.D. in Psychopathology and Psychoanalysis by Paris VII University, Paulo Roberto Ceccarelli, presented a survey about SM and Fetish diagnoses at the XV World Congress of Sexology in Cuba. Their article, “The so-called “deviant” sexualities: Perversion or right to difference?”, can be read at the Revise web site. Dr. Charles Moser also gave a lecture about the paraphilia diagnoses at the same conference. Moser and Peggy J. Kleinplatz’ article “DSM-IV-TR and the Paraphilias: An Argument for Removal”, can also be found linked up from the ReviseF65 main page.

The ReviseF65 index page was renovated in 2003, with separate professional and human rights sections. In the professional part you can read Dorothy Hayden’s article “Is Sadomasochism a mental pathology?“.

After ReviseF65 lectures and strategy talks in Cologne 2002, Berlin 2004, and Fulda 2007, the federal German BVSM e.V. organization since 2004 is working towards the same goal as ReviseF65 – to delete the national German version of the F65-diagnoses. The same do Smart Rhein-Ruhr, BDSM Berlin, Papiertiger, die Datenschlag-Chronik des Sadomasochismus and Das Fetish & BDSM-Referat Uni Ulm.

After five workshops at Europride in Manchester 2003, SM Pride in London 2003 and Kinkfest in London 2004, Revise F65 cooperates with Spanner Trust and International Mr Leather 2003, John Pendal, who became our official supporter and world wide ambassador. He also visited Revise F65 in Oslo, May 2004.

http://www.revisef65.org/UKreportIML.html

http://www.pawscave.dircon.co.uk/IML/support.htm

http://www.pawscave.dircon.co.uk/IML/being10.htm

http://www.revisef65.org/smpride.html

http://www.revisef65.org/manchester.html

Lectures on Revise F65 were given at two international psychiatrist congresses and onesexology congress in 2004.

In 2004 Revise F65 established a bank account and made it possible to use a “Make a donation”-button on the ReviseF65 webpage.

In November 2004 Revise F65 published a case study indicating that stigmatizing psychiatric diagnoses legitimize harassment and violence towards the fetish/SM population.

We also published evidence that SM/fetish people have no higher degree of psychopathologythan the rest of the population. Revise F65 also tried to carry out our own research projects. But in spite of several attempts, we didn’t succeed. The efforts were aborted due to lack of support from the educational and political institutions approached.

According to Wikipedia, “ReviseF65 is now [2004] by far the most active and visible groupworking with sexual politics and human rights for sadomasochists and fetishists in Norway.”

 

 

2005

May 2005 the leader of Smia and Revise F65 contributed to the brochure S&M and fetish sex between men, dealing with how to go about sadomasochism and fetish sex between men safely without transmitting HIV and other kinds of sexually transmitted infections. Supported by the Norwegian Directorate of Health and Social Welfare, translated to English December 4, 2007.

June 23, 2005 the Revise F65 leader Svein Skeid gave a lecture on the subject: “SM – health or disease?” at the Faculty of Theology (!) in Oslo, Norway for 90 gay and lesbian christians from all over Europe.

Revise F65 not only cooperates with mental health professionals. October 17, 2005, we published the article ”SM and the law”, concluding that SM or sadomasochism is legal in Norway as long as consent is given and no serious injury is inflicted. It is illegal to leave somebody helpless in bondage, and a safeword is highly recommended. The author of the article, Halvor Frihagen, is a lawyer in Oslo, Norway.

2006

At the international Labour Day May 1, 2006, the Norwegian Labour Party arranged an “Online May Day March” where everybody was encouraged to propose online slogans for Mai 1-banners. The banner “Say no to discrimination of homosexuals” was approved by the webmaster. SMil and Revise F65 proposed “Say no to discrimination of BDSM people”. The banner was removed. So was the slogan “Remove fetish and SM diagnoses”. SMil and Revise F65 wrote letters to the Norwegian Labour Party protesting against censorship of kinky friendly slogans in an online May Day 2006 parade. We also had a meeting with the gay and lesbian Labour Party group.

The short film “The Gay Leather man” (“Lærhomsen”) with participants from SMia, SLM and Revise F65, was shown for the first time June 23, 2006 in Oslo. The 25 minute long documentary, which in a humorous way demystifies the most common prejudices against fetishism and sadomasochism, has later been shown for several educational purposes in addition to film festivals including Lillehammer Norway, Volda Norway, Gay Days in Oslo, Fulda Germany, Stockholm, Cleveland, San Francisco, Kiel Germany, and several times at CineKink New York. English subtitles.

An article by Cand. Psycol Odd Reiersøl and Svein Skeid on the Revise 65 project published in Sadomasochism, Powerful Pleasures (2006), concludes that The ICD diagnoses of Fetishism, Transvestic fetishism and Sadomasochism are superfluous, outdated, non scientific and stigmatizing. The article was published simultaneously in a special, double issue of the periodical Journal of Homosexuality Volume 50, 2/3.

Revise F65 in 2006 established a cooperation with The National Leather Association’s Domestic violence project and published an article about the differences between SM and violence.

September 28, 2006. The lesbian, BDSM and trans activist Tore Barstad/Eric Jåsunddied 32 years old from complications related to type 1 diabetes. Eric participated in the constitution of Revise F65 and has been leader of Smia and Revise F65. Eric was a self-defined female to unisexual SM/leather/rubber transgender person. Eric participated in dozens of press interviews and seminars to demystify SM. In particular Eric held close contact with the national and international lesbian BDSM community, including the Swedish lesbian BDSM group LASH, which was a central actor to repeal fetish and SM diagnoses in Sweden.

2007

January 2007. ”With leather for freedom”. Interview with the leader of Smia and Revise F65 Svein Skeid about his BDSM human rights work for more than twenty years, included the work to remove fetish and SM diagnoses. The periodical Cupido no 1, 2007.

February 17, 2007. The leader of Revise F65 Svein Skeid informed the SLM annual general meeting about the book project ”Sadomasochism: Powerful Pleasures” (2006), which SLM supported financially. Especially I emphasized the historical role of gay leather men and women as a primary driving force behind establishment of the ReviseF65 movement, the gay and lesbian movement, the leather pride flag and the moral ethical slogan ”Safe, sane, consensual”.

In applications of February 15, 2007 and February 15, 2008, to the Norwegian Directorate for Health and Social Affairs (Departement for environment and health), SMia and Revise F65 offered to give lectures for staff members at the Directorate about the stigmatizing effect of fetish and SM diagnoses on the fetish/SM population. The offer was never replied to.

April 15-19, 2007, psychologist Odd Reiersøl (picture) gave an important lecture at the WAS-congress (World Association for Sexual health) in Sidney Australia. Mental health professionals and health politicals from all over the world attended, among them several Norwegians. The lecture was later published as the article “The Fetish and SM Diagnoses in ICD-10” in the Journal of the Norwegian Psychological Association, Vol 45, no 6, 2008, pp 754-756.

Psychiatrist Reidar Kjær May 3, 2007 held the lecture “Stigma, psychiatry and the SM/fetish diagnoses” on a sexologist seminar about Shame and Sexuality at Sexologisenteret NB 22 in Oslo. We also showed the documentary “The Gay Leatherman”.

May 7, 2007 Classification Coordinator Bedirhan Ustun, MD, at the World Health Organization in Geneva invited Revise F65 to cooperate with the work leading up to the ICD-11 revision:

“The revision process of ICD from 10 to 11 is about to start and will be revised for the 11th version tentatively in 2015. The revision work will include special attention to Chapter V Mental and Behavioural disorders (F00-F99). Thanks for your interest in the ICD work and we hope to collaborate with you in the revision process.”

June, 2007. ”After the US considerably revised their DSM Manual spring 1994 and Denmark totally repealed their transvestism and SM diagnoses 1994/95, there is not anylonger only one way to read the ICD bible”. Svein Skeid’s article ”SM – myths and reality” at the Norwegian gay web community Gaysir.

2008

July 29, 2008. During Europride in Stockholm, Revise F65 leader Svein Skeid had talks with RFSU, participated in panel discussions and gave a presentation about the Revise F65 work. We literally gave them our memory stick with all relevant political health arguments and scientific evidence.

November 17, 2008, the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) announced that Fetishism and Sadomasochism, along with four other sexual behaviours will be deleted from Sweden’s national version of the ICD diagnoses from January 1, 2009.

November 17, 2008. In a press release, the Revise F65 leader Svein Skeid characterized the Swedish decision as a victory for the fetish/SM population and for the Revise F65 strategy to motivate other countries to remove their national versions of the ICD SM/fetish diagnoses.

November 18, 2008. The Norwegian BDSM Organization SMil sent a letter to the Ministry of Health and Care Services asking him to remove fetish and SM diagnoses in Norway. In an answer December 19, 2008 the Ministry of Health and Care Services said they had given the Directorate of Health the responsibility to take a decision in the case.

2009

January 1, 2009. Inspired by Revise F65, the six diagnoses sadomasochism, fetishism, transvestism, fetishistic transvestism, multiple disorders of sexual preferences and gender identity disorder in youth, were deleted from Sweden’s official list of medical diagnoses. Except for gender identity disorder in youth, these are the same diagnoses that Revise F65 recommends be removed from the ICD, the International Classification of Diseases.

February 2, 2009, psychologist Odd Reiersøl and Revise F65 leader Svein Skeid had a short meeting at the Norwegian Directorate of Health where we delivered a memorandum with health political and professional arguments explaining why the SM and fetish diagnoses should be removed from the Norwegian ICD-edition.

http://www.revisef65.org/whitepaper.html

February 3, 2009, the Revise F65 leader Svein Skeid participated in the Norwegian tv program ”Studio fem”, demonstrating safer SM techniques and telling the audience the reason why SM and fetishism no longer are diseases in Sweden.

At a meeting with the Revise F65 committee and the Norwegian Directorate of Health May 11, 2009, Senior adviser Arild Johan Myrberg informed us that a decision to repeal Norwegian fetish and SM diagnoses can be announced fall 2009 with the intention of bringing the decision into force January 1, 2010.

September 17, 2009: Most English articles updated on ReviseF65.org, dead links removed or updated and English explanations added to several Norwegian articles.

September 24, 2009. In accordance with the invitation to Revise F65 from the WHO coordinator Bedirhan Ustun MD, May 7, 2007, Revise F65 sent an ”ICD White Paper” with health political and professional arguments to WHO’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, which is responsible for the ICD revision. The World Health Organization has now started the 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases, and an ICD-11 alpha draft is expected to be ready by May 10, 2010.

http://www.revisef65.org/icd_whitepaper.html

October 12, 2009. In a mail to Revise F65 from the Norwegian Directorate of Health, Senior adviser Arild Johan Myrberg informed that a decision to repeal Norwegian fetish and SM diagnoses once more is postponed with no specified date for bringing the decision into force.

November 18, 2009, psychologist Odd Reiersøl and Revise F65 leader Svein Skeid had a 40 minutes long phone talk with Senior Project Officer Dr. Geoffrey M. Reed, responsible for the revision of the ICD-10 Mental and Behavioural Disorders at WHO’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse. Dr. Reed expressed great interest in the fact that more and more countries now remove fetish and SM diagnoses from their national versions of the ICD.

According to Dr. Reed, substantial changes in the ICD are dependent upon broad scientific and political support.

”It will be helpful for the recommendations to come from as broad an international coalition as possible, if possible with the formal involvement or endorsement of scientific and professional societies or governments.”
(Mail to Revise F65 September 25, 2009.)

November 30, 2009, Revise F65 sent a new letter to the Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services expressing deep consern about the fact that the decision to remove fetish and SM diagnoses has been postphoned three times by the Directorate of Health. Supported by several psychiatrists, psychologists, sexologists and mental health organizations, we stressed that the more countries that change their national ICD versions, the bigger is the chance that WHO will follow suit.

December 4, 2009. The Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services now supports Revise F65 100%. In a letter from the Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services, the Directorate of Health was instructed to remove the diagnoses of Transvestism, Fetishism and Sadomasochism from the Norwegian version of ICD-10 from 2010. The Ministry asked for a confirmation by December 21, 2009.

December 21, 2009. In their answer to the Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services, the Directorate of Health pointed out that they are positive to the idea to remove Transvestism, Fetishism and Sadomasochism from the Norwegian version of ICD-10, just like Sweden has done. The Directorate strongly apologized for all the delays in 2009, and aimed to bring the case to a conclusion by February 1, 2010. “The decision can then possibly be brought into force immediately”, the Directorate wrote.

December 21, 2009. The next weeks Revise F65 will send a “Call to action” to our contacts world wide asking for testimony, quoted reference and supporting evidence from psychiatrists, psychologists, sexologists, researchers of human sexuality and organizations in order to remove Fetishism, Sadomasochism and Transvestic Fetishism as paraphilic diagnoses from ICD, The International Classification of Diseases published by WHO. Such statements should be sent to Revise F65 (mail: sskeid(A)online.no), and will be forwarded by us to WHO’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse.

As Dr. Reed emphasized, it will also be of great importance to move as many countries as possible to change their national diagnoses of Fetishism, Fetishistic transvestism and Sadomasochism.

Revise F65 recommend to abolish the following ICD diagnoses because they are superfluous, outdated, non scientific and stigmatizing.

F65.0 Fetishism

F65.1 Fetishistic transvestism

F65.5 Sadomasochism

F65.6 Multiple disorders of sexual preference

F64.1 Dual-role transvestism

See more health political and professional arguments at:

http://www.revisef65.org/icd_whitepaper.html

 

Regards,

Svein Skeid,

Leader of Revise F65

 

Examples of statements, quotes and evidence of support:

http://www.revisef65.org/europride3.html

SM versus abuse

Among other sources, this text is collected from Jay Wiseman’s book “SM 101” and Park Elliot Dietz, one of the worlds leading authorities on the connection between sex and violence
http://www.greenerypress.com/articles.htm
http://members.aol.com/NOWSM/Psychiatrists.html/#Psychiatrists

SM versus violence

1. Perhaps the biggest difference between a violent sadist and an SM Master is that the former destroys the self confidence, value and dignity of the victim. An SM Master does the opposite.

2. SM sexual games have neither perpetrators nor victims. An SM scene is a win-win situation for mutual satisfaction.

3. The submissive partner wishes and longs for the domination. Most people do not want to be abused, and consensual domination is not abuse.

4. Planning, communication and warming up (like in extreme sports) are essential for preventing damage. Sadistic psychopaths, on the other hand, damage their victims, physically and emotionally, deliberately.

5. A sadistic psychopath has usually a history of sexual abuse like rape and incest. Sadomasochists are, as a rule, ordinary people without criminal records or criminal interests.

6. SM is played out in safe settings and safe ways. Abuse is out of control.

7. SM games are negotiated beforehand by equal partners. They decide upon limits and safe words. A perpetrator decides unilaterally without any concern for the wishes, limits or the well being of the victim.

8. SM games contain rules that are mutually agreed upon. In an abusive relationship there is no agreement and the victim has no rights.

9. SM is built upon respect and confidence and is always consensual. Abuse is non consensual and ruins the relationship.

10. The violent sadist is cold and without empathy during the torture. The SM Master uses communication and empathy to find out what turns the slave on.

11. An SM relationship can be loving, intimate, and involve personal growth. Victims of violence experience anxiety, guilt, shame and powerlessness.

12. Many SM practitioners switch roles during the interaction, from time to time, or as a personal development. In an abusive relationship the roles, as a rule, are static.

13. SM is often practiced with support from friends and often in an SM environment. Abuse, on the other hand, requires isolation and secrecy.

14. The dominant in the SM relation respects the borders of the partner. To the extent the borders are stretched, it takes place according to mutual agreement.

15. Using a safe word (e.g. “red”) the slave can immediately stop the game for whatever reason, whether it is physical or emotional. A victim has no such possibility with a perpetrator.

16. SM role-playing typically ends with mutual cuddling and evaluation.

17. The SM slave typically feels grateful to the Master. A victim is not grateful.

18. SM people don’t feel that they have any rights to control their partners by virtue of gender, income or other external, circumstances. Perpetrators often do.

19. There are reasons to believe that SM, like other kinds of consensual sexual practices, liberate bodily and emotional energy, promotes health and prevent violence.

See also: Giddens, A. (1991). Modernity and self-identity. Self and society in late modern age. Stanford University Press. Stanford.

LEOP-What is SM?

Written by Susan Wright and Dr Charles Moser

In the last decade, SM awareness has exploded into popular culture. SM is commonly depicted in advertising, books, movies, music, and is becoming commonplace on television. SM has been positively covered by Newsweek, Time, Ms. Magazine, the New York Times and many other national publications. SM fashion accessories have become commonplace, as have jokes about SM play. Yet separating the truth about SM from the stereotypes can be difficult.

The present booklet is an attempt to educate the public about sadomasochism (SM). The following are some answers about consensual SM that are supported by scientific research.

1. SM is a Sexual Orientation or Behavior *

2. SM is Safe, Sane and Consensual *

3. SM is not Domestic Violence *

4. The Psychiatric Opinion about SM *

5. Should I be Afraid of People Who Enjoy SM? *

6. How Many People Engage in SM Activities? *

7. More Information About SM *

APPENDIX A *

Excerpt from the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition. *

1. SM is a Sexual Orientation or Behavior

SM is a sexual orientation or behavior among two or more adult partners. The behavior may include, but is not limited to, the use of physical and/or psychological stimulation to produce sexual arousal and satisfaction. Usually one partner will take an active role (top or dominant) and the other will take a passive role (bottom or submissive). SM practitioners can be heterosexual, bisexual, homosexual, transgendered or intersex individuals.

SM is not easily defined; the range of behaviors are quite broad and most participants do not enjoy all of the activities or roles. The problems with the definition are discussed at length in an article by Weinberg, Williams and Moser. They found five features present in most SM interactions they studied:

 

      1. Dominance and submission – the appearance of rule and obedience of one partner over the other;

         

         

      2. Consensuality – a voluntary agreement to enter into SM “play” (interaction) and to honor certain “limits” (ground rules of how involved and in which direction the play can proceed);
      3. Sexual content – the presumption that the activities have a sexual or erotic meaning;
      4. Mutual definition – the assumption of a shared understanding by the participants that their activities are SM or a similar concept.
      5. Role playing – the participants assume roles either for the interaction or for the relationship that they recognize are not reality.

Weinberg, M.S., Williams, C.J., & Moser, C.A. (1984). “The social constituents of sadomasochism.” Social Problems, 31, pg. 379-389.

2. SM is Safe, Sane and Consensual

SM-Leather-Fetish educational and social organizations consider the cornerstone of SM activity to be the guidelines: “safe, sane, and consensual.” While it is possible to do any activity in a reckless and dangerous manner, SM is no more dangerous than skiing or other thrilling activities.

*Safe*

Safe is being knowledgeable about the techniques and safety concerns involved in what you are doing, and acting in accordance with that knowledge. Safety includes the responsibility of protecting yourself and your partner from STD (sexually transmitted disease) infection including the HIV virus.

While the media often portrays the more extreme SM behaviors, the reality is that a lot of SM play never goes beyond a playful spanking. Just as there are ways to reduce the risk in activities such as scuba diving or driving a car, there are ways to reduce the risk and engage in SM behavior safely.

The organized SM community is active in promoting safety seminars and teaching the practitioners how to engage in these behaviors safely. The fact that SM practitioners are not clogging the emergency rooms every weekend, is an indication that these programs are working. If SM injuries were occurring, it seems obvious that the press would be highlighting this for the entertainment of its readers/viewers.

*Sane*

Sane is knowing the difference between fantasy and reality. Fictional accounts of SM are often distorted for fantasy sake, and are not representative of real situations and relationships.

Sane also distinguishes between mental illness and health. A real distinction between mental illness and health is when a behavior pattern causes problems in a person’s life. Washing your hands until the skin is peeling off, or so frequently that you can not otherwise function is a sign mental illness. SM, like any other behavior, can be a sign of psychiatric problems. However the vast majority of its practitioners find that SM enriches and promotes functionality in the other areas of their life.

*Consensual *

Consensual is respecting the limits imposed by each participant at all times.

Consent is the prime ingredient of SM. One difference between rape and heterosexual intercourse is consent. One difference between violence and SM is consent. The same behaviors that might be crimes without consent are life-enhancing with consent.

The type and parameters of control are agreed upon by the people involved, and the ongoing consent of all participants is required. Some practitioners use a safeword, which is a designated word that signals the scene must slow down or stop. Rick Houlberg writes in “The Magazine of a Sadomasochism Club: The Tie That Binds”:

“The only “cardinal” rules which the Club’s membership insists each member must uphold are that all SM activities must be consensual, nonexploitative, and safe. As children are not considered to be able to consent, all activities must be between adults. The consensual and safety rules of the Club are constantly being reinforced. Safety and etiquette issues, including restrictions on overt and heavy drug use, are strongly stressed at new-member orientations and in all written materials produced by the Club.”

Rick Houlberg (1993). “The Magazine of a Sadomasochism Club: The Tie That Binds.” Journal of Homosexuality 21 (1/2), Haworth Press: pg. 167-83.

3. SM is not Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a pattern of intentional intimidation of one partner to coerce or isolate the other partner without consent. Abuse tends to be cyclical in nature, escalates over time, and characterized by apologies between the episodes that it will never happen again.

SM is not abuse or domestic violence because:

      1. SM is voluntary. The partners agree to erotic power exchange of their own free will and choice. Either partner is free to leave at any time. The fact that SM relationships do split (amiably or not) without retaliation or violence supports the importance of this distinction.
      2. SM is consensual. All partners involved agree to what is going to happen. Discussion of limits is usual and customary. Violation of those limits is a serious offense within the SM community.
      3. SM partners are informed. Participants involved in erotic power exchange have an understanding of the possible consequences.
      4. SM partners ask for and enjoy the behavior; they are often disappointed if the behavior does not happen. There is no apology for the behavior after it is over, rather both partners are happy and satisfied that it occurred.
      5. SM partners take great care to make sure that their activities are as safe as possible. To truly damage their partner would deny themselves of being able to participate in the behavior. Individuals that violate their partners limits soon find that they are lacking partners in which to engage in the behavior. To emphasize the point, SM groups frequent hold educational meetings on how to safely engage in the behavior.

Nonetheless, as with any group of people, you will find cases of domestic violence among SM practitioners. The organized SM-Leather-Fetish community does not condone domestic violence and actively encourages victims and abusers to seek help.

Sociologist Thomas S. Weinberg is the author of numerous professional articles on human sexuality in various scholarly journals. In Studies in Dominance & Submission, Dr. Weinberg says:

“While the individuals we have discussed are different in many ways there are, nevertheless, some common themes running through them. These similarities are all related to S&M as a form of social interaction. For example, the importance of learning both attitudes and techniques through a socialization process is evident in all of these … In order for an S&M scene to be successful, from the viewpoint of both partners, it must be collaboratively worked out. Unless there is satisfaction on the part of both master (or mistress) and slave, the relationship will terminate. Thus, there must be agreement on the scene and consent given by both parties. Adjustments must be made by participants so that they are both stimulated.”

Thomas S. Weinberg (1995). Studies in Dominance & Submission, Prometheus Books: pg. 89.

4. The Psychiatric Opinion about SM

In recent years as more research has been published, the mental health and medical communities have begun to accept that SM is a safe, legitimate pursuit.

According to the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) which defines currently recognized mental disorders, SM per se is NOT a mental disorder. In their diagnostic criteria for both sexual masochism and sexual sadism, the DSM-IV states that SM only becomes a diagnosable dysfunction when:

“the fantasies, sexual urges, or behaviors cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational or other important areas of functioning.”

In addition, the DSM-IV clearly allows for non-pathological sexual behavior:

“a paraphilia must be distinguished from the non-pathological use of sexual fantasies, behavior or objects as a stimulus for sexual excitement.”

[The entire diagnostic criteria for sexual masochism and sexual sadism are reproduced Appendix A.]

5. Should I be Afraid of People Who Enjoy SM?

You do not have to be afraid of people who engage in SM. SM players are doctors, lawyers, teachers, construction workers, fire fighters, secretaries and everything else you can imagine.

In her 1983 book Erotic Power, sociologist Gini Scott examined the dynamics of the heterosexual SM subculture. She stated:

“Unlike the psychiatrists and psychologists who deal primarily with psychologically troubled individuals who are also interested in D&S [Dominance and Submission], I did not find them to be psychologically troubled or socially inept; rather, a spirit of good humor and fun prevailed, and the participants appeared to be mostly attractive, quite ordinary-looking people who had ordinary relationships outside the D&S scene… A vast variety of people with a diverse range of erotic interests participate in sadomasochism. Their backgrounds, activities and attitudes are quite unlike the social stereotype that depicts sadomasochism as a form of violence, mischief, or mayhem perpetrated by the psychologically unstable who seek to hurt others or to be hurt themselves… At the core of the community are mostly sensible, rational respectable, otherwise quite ordinary people. Thus, quite unlike its public image, the community is a warm, close and supportive one.”

Gini Scott (1983). Erotic Power, Citadel Press: pg. x.

6. How Many People Engage in SM Activities?

A handful of significant sociological studies have been done to determine percentage of the population engages in SM activities:

The 1990 Kinsey Institute New Report on Sex reports:

“Researchers estimate that 5-10 percent of the U.S. population engages in sadomasochism for sexual pleasure on at least an occasional basis, with most incidents being either mild or stage activities involving no real pain or violence. Most often it is the receiver (the masochist), not the giver (the sadist), who sets and controls the exact type and extent of the couple’s activities. It might also interest you to know that in many such heterosexual relationships, the so-called traditional sex roles are reversed — with men playing the submissive or masochistic role. Sadomasochistic activities can also occur between homosexual couples.”

June M. Reinisch, Ph.D. with Ruth Beasley, M.L.S (1990). Kinsey Institute New Report on Sex, St. Martin’s Press: pg. 162-163.

A new Playboy poll by Dr. Marty Klein appeared in November, 1998, p. 81:

18% of the men and 20% of the women have used a blindfold during sex.

30% of the men and 32% of the women have tied someone up or have been tied up during sex.

49% of the men and 38% of the women have spanked or have been spanked as part of sex.

A survey by Hunt (1974) of 2,026 respondents found that 4.8% of men and 2.1% percent of women had obtained sexual pleasure from inflicting pain and 2.5% of the men and 4.6% of the women obtained sexual pleasure from receiving pain. These numbers are probably underestimates, because the erotic response to “pain” is only one aspect of SM. (M. Hunt, Sexual Behavior in the 1970s, Chicago: Playboy Press.)

A mid-1970s independent research organization poll funded by Playboy surveyed 3,700 randomly selected students from 20 colleges found that 12% women and 18% of the men had indicated a willingness to try bondage or master-slave role-playing. (Playboy, “What’s Really Happening on Campus”, October 1976.)

A survey by E. Hariton (1972) found that up to 49% of women fantasize about submissive scenarios during sexual intercourse with 14% doing so frequently. (E. Hariton, “Women’s Fantasies During Sexual Intercourse with their Husbands: A Normative Study with Tests of Personality and Theoretical Models'” unpublished doctoral dissertation, City University of New York.)

Paul H. Gebhard, is an anthropologist and was the executive director of the Institute for Sex Research at Indiana University from 1956 to 1983. Gebhard noted in Fetishism and Sadomasochism (Dynamics of Deviant Sexuality, 1969, pg. 79.) that “consciously recognized sexual arousal from sadomasochistic stimuli are not rare.” The Institute for Sex Research found that one in eight females and one in five males were aroused by sadomasochistic stories.

In 1929, Hamilton’s marriage habits survey reported that 28% of men and 29% of women admitted they derived “pleasant thrills” from having some form of “pain” inflicted in them. (G.V. Hamilton, A Research in Marriage, Boni, New York.)

7. More Information About SM

*Why do you call it SM instead of S&M?*

The term “S&M” stands for Sadism and Masochism, and the historical definitions and depictions of S&M are often stereotyped and nonconsensual. The term “SM” stands for sadomasochism, which is a type of sexual orientation or behavior. Many people call it SM to emphasize the need for consent since both behaviors are united in a single word. SM is also sometimes referred as “leather,” “Dominance & Submission,” “D&S” and “BDSM”.

*Where did the terms Sadism and Masochism come from?*

As the language has evolved, the contemporary definitions of sadism and masochism are changing. Sadism no longer implies non-consensuality, nor does it imply violence. It simply means that someone receives erotic gratification from the infliction of psychological or physical stimulation on a consenting partner. Conversely, a masochist is someone who enjoys receiving that psychological or physical stimulation.

The term ‘sadism’ was popularized by psychiatrist Richard von Krafft-Ebing in 1886 and stems from the writings of the Marquis de Sade (de Sade’s writing style had been referred to as “le sadisme” for years, Krafft-Ebing was the first to use the term in a clinical manner). The case histories he reported primarily concerned nonconsensual sexual violence and were not about what we now call SM.

Krafft-Ebing also coined the term ‘masochism’ to describe the enjoyment of sexual servitude. He took the term from the writings of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, a prominent Austrian novelist, who wrote about his own masochistic desires in novel form. Sacher-Masoch was alive at the time and not very happy about having a perversion named after him, as it defamed his grandfather. Sacher-Masoch was given his hyphenated name as an honor to his maternal grandfather; his mother was the only daughter of an esteemed public health physician. Dr. Masoch convinced the Austrian government to install the sewer system of Vienna, thereby preventing uncounted epidemics. It is ironic that this public health physician is remembered for a sexual diagnosis rather than for the good he actually accomplished.

*Why do people do SM?*

We do not know why some people are heterosexual and others are homosexual. We do not know why some people eroticize breasts and others legs. We do not understand how people develop any particular eroticism. We do know that no one has found any characteristic in childhood history, birth order, etc., that is more common among SM practitioners than the general public. Specifically, there is no indication that SM practitioners are more or less likely to have been spanked as children, or to have been the victim of sexual or other abuse as children.

Andreas Spengler did the first major study of those who identified as SM practitioners (1977). The only thing these devotees had in common was their high standard of living, social status, and education. 90% were perfectly happy with their sexual preferences, with their biggest burden being the social stigma attached to these acts. (A. Spengler, “Manifest Sadomasochism of Males: Results of an Empirical Study,” Archives of Sexual Behavior, vol. 6, pp. 441-56.)

*SM is about love and pleasure*

SM is about sensation and stimulation, exchanging power, trusting one’s partner, and sharing love and pleasure. Some SM practitioners seek “pain” but they want the sensation administered in a way that is ultimately pleasurable to them.

Sociologists Weinberg and Kamel wrote in 1995:

“Much S&M involves very little pain. Rather, many sadomasochists prefer acts such as verbal humiliation or abuse, cross-dressing, being tied up (bondage), mild spankings where no severe discomfort is involved, and the like. Often, it is the notion of being helpless and subject to the will of another that is sexually titillating… At the very core of sadomasochism is not pain but the idea of control–dominance and submission.

Thomas S. Weinberg and G.W. Kamel (1995). “S&M: An Introduction to the Study of Sadomasochism,” S&M: Studies in Dominance and Submission, Prometheus Books, pg. 19.

Havelock Ellis, M.D., produced a groundbreaking study of sexuality: Studies of the Psychology of Sex, in which he wrote that the concept of pain is much misunderstood:

“The essence of sadomasochism is not so much “pain” as the overwhelming of one’s senses – emotionally more than physically. Active sexual masochism has little to do with pain and everything to do with the search for emotional pleasure. When we understand that it is pain only, and not cruelty, that is the essential in this group of manifestations, we begin to come nearer to their explanation. The masochist desires to experience pain, but he generally desires that it should be inflicted in love; the sadist desires to inflict pain, but he desires that it should be felt as love….”

Havelock Ellis, M.D. (1926). Studies of the Psychology of Sex, F.A. Davis Company, pg. 160.

APPENDIX A

Excerpt from the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition.

These criteria are listed in the Paraphilia section, pg. 525.

Diagnostic criteria for 302.83 Sexual Masochism

      1. Over a period of at least 6 months, recurrent, intense sexually arousing fantasies, sexual urges, or behaviors involving the act (real, not simulated) of being humiliated, beaten, bound or otherwise made to suffer.
      2. The fantasies, sexual urges, or behaviors cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.

Diagnostic criteria for 302.84 Sexual Sadism

      1. Over a period of at least 6 months, recurrent, intense sexually arousing fantasies, sexual urges, or behaviors involving acts (real, not simulated) in which psychological or physical suffering (including humiliation) of the victim is sexually exciting to the person.
      2. The fantasies, sexual urges, or behaviors cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.

Friskmeldingen og mulige konsekvenser for lærhomser

Friskmeldingen og mulige konsekvenser for lærhomser

Først vil jeg takke enkeltmedlemmer og klubben SLM som personlig og økonomisk har bidratt til Diagnoseutvalgets arbeid gjennom mange år. Diagnoseutvalget Revise F65 har i tillegg til flere fagpersoner og foreninger, også støtte fra den europeiske lærhomoparaplyen ECMC, European Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs og Mr Leather International 2003, John Pendal, som aktivt har promotert arbeidet på sine nettsider og på reise verden rundt. Ikke minst gjelder dette kanskje unge lærhomser i komme ut-fasen. Dette er i samsvar med SLM og ECMCs formålsparagrafer om å jobbe for gruppens menneskerettigheter.

Av Svein Skeid

Les også: Fra samfunnsfiende til friskmeldt

En av myndighetenes hovedbegrunnelser for å fjerne fetisj- og sm-diagnosene fra 1. februar 2010, er at de ”bidrar til stigmatisering av gruppers og enkeltmenneskers seksualitet.” Et av Diagnoseutvalget mange argumenter er at fjerning av stigmatiserende diagnoser kanskje er det enkelttiltak som kan ha størst betydning for sm/fetisj-gruppens selvfølelse og identitet på kort og lang sikt, med derav følgende mulighet til å ivareta egen helse og beskytte seg hiv og andre seksuelt overførbare sykdommer. Dette samsvarer med myndighetenes hiv-forebyggende prinsipper og SLM formålsparagraf om å ”oppmuntre til sikker og ansvarlig sex.”

Ved friskmeldingen ble fetisjister og sm-ere samtidig for første gang inkludert i gruppen “seksuelle minoriteter” som handler om samtykke mellom voksne mennesker, en status som tidligere har vært forbeholdt lesbiske, homofile, bifile og transpersoner.

Dessuten benyttet helsemyndighetene offiselt begrepet “seksuelle identiteter” på lik linje med “seksuelle preferanser” som betegnelse på sm/fetisj-gruppen. Ved å introdusere begrepet “seksuell identitet”, tar direktoratet etter vår oppfatning høyde for at sm og fetisj for mange handler om noe dypt personlig som verken kan behandles eller velges bort. SM og fetisj handler kanskje like mye om hvem vi er, som hva vi gjør. Homofiles historie viser vel at denne nyansen kan innebære forskjellen på marginalisering og samfunnsmessig aksept.

Som minoritet i minoritetene, er fetisj/sm usynliggjort i Novarapporten fra 1999 og dermed også fra handlingsplanen Bedre livskvalitet for lesbiske, homofile, bifile og transpersoner 2009-2012. Vi er glemt i offentlige levekårsundersøkelser. Vi vet ingen ting om levekår, selvmord(sforsøk), diskriminering, osv. Vi kan bare ane litt om situasjonen utifra begrensede case-studier og egne observasjoner.

Som ”offentlig anerkjent seksuell minoritet” kan det etter friskmeldingen være lettere å bli inkludert i levekårsundersøkelser, forskning og offentlige tiltak mot stigmatisering og diskriminering.

Friskmeldingen gjør det mulig å jobbe for at lærebøker og oppslagsverk fremstiller ulike seksuelle identiteter som likeverdige normalvarianter, slik at ikke det første ungdom ser når de oppdager sin legning eller interesse, er at fetisj og sm dreier seg om sykelige avvik.

Friskmeldingen skjer i en tid da få eller ingen ledere i norske fetisj- og sm-organisasjoner står åpent fram og fronter medlemmenes interesser. Ledere som tidligere har vært åpne, har gått inn i skapet igjen fordi de fikk problemer med kunder, klienter, elever, osv. Åpenhet var ikke forenlig med å fungere i jobb som lærer, arkitekt, osv.

Forhåpentlig kan fjerningen av fetisj- og sm-diagnosene bidra til at færre mennesker etterhvert trenger å leve skjult med sin identitet og sine preferanser. Dette er noe Helsedirektoratet også sterkt understreker i sin pressemelding om friskmeldingen.

Dessuten kan fjerningen av diagnosene etter min oppfatning forebygge et backlash og demme opp for seksualfiendtlige krefter ved å danne en motvekt overfor motkrefter som roper på sensur og for eksempel vil forby privat besittelse av sm-bilder, slik vi ser i USA og Storbritannia.

Sist, men ikke minst, så må vi hindre at diagnosene blir gjeninnført! Selv om Revise F65 jobber for full friskmelding overfor WHO, er det en potensiell fare for at diagnosene som Helsedirektoratet fjernet 1. februar 2010 blir gjeninnført når Norge en gang i fremtiden skal oversette ny internasjonal ICD-11 til norsk. Det er ikke sikkert at ICD-11 vil gå like langt som Norge, Sverige og Danmark har gjort. En direkte oversettelse av ICD-11 til norsk kan derfor bli et tilbakeskritt i forhold den reformen som Norge nå har gjennomført.

SM, fetisjisme og transvestisme ikke lenger sykt i Norge

1. februar 2010 kom meldingen om at Helsedirektoratet fjerner fem diagnoser på seksuelle preferanser, seksuelle identiteter og kjønnsuttrykk fra den norske versjonen av diagnoselista ICD. Nedenunder kan du lese pressemeldingen som direktoratet offentliggjorde på sine hjemmesider.

Bildet: Diagnoseutvalget feirer friskmeldingen på sitt møte 6.2.10: Foran: Svein Skeid (leder). Bak fra venstre: Kai T. Støyva, Ann Kristin Tangerud, Rolf Østvik, Anita Nyholt og psykolog Odd Reiersøl.

 

Den nedenstående teksten er sakset fra Helsedirektoratets nettsider 1.2.2010 (Helsedirektoratets linker oppdatert 27.11.2011):

http://www.helsedirektoratet.no/folkehelse/seksuell-helse/seksuelle-minoriteter/Sider/default.aspx

http://www.helsedirektoratet.no/folkehelse/seksuell-helse/seksuelle-minoriteter/Documents/endringer-i-norsk-versjon-av-icd-10-notat.pdf
Helsedirektoratet friskmelder seksuelle minoriteter

[01.02.2010 : Bente Steinnes] Helsedirektoratet har besluttet at enkelte diagnosekoder gjøres ugyldige for bruk i Norge ved å endre den norske versjonen av det internasjonale diagnoseregisteret (ICD-10).

Diagnosene som tas ut av registeret er fetisjisme, fetisjistisk transvestisme, sadomasochisme, mulitiple forstyrrelser i seksuelle objektvalg og transvestisme.

Seksuelle preferanser, seksuelle identiteter og kjønnsuttrykk

– Vi mener at det ikke er grunnlag verken i dagens samfunnsnorm eller helsefaglige tenkning for å klassifisere disse diagnosegruppene som sykdom, sier helsedirektør Bjørn-Inge Larsen (bildet). Ved å utelukke kodene for bruk i Norge ønsker direktoratet å bidra til å svekke en allmenn oppfatning om at enkelte seksuelle preferanser, seksuelle identiteter og kjønnsuttrykk kan sees på som en sykdomstilstander.

 

Vil unngå stigmatisering

Helsedirektoratet legger stor vekt på at en rekke interesseorganisasjoner og fagmiljøer gjennom lang tid har frembrakt kunnskap om at diagnosene i seg selv av mange opplevelses som støtende og bidrar til stigmatisering av gruppers og enkeltmenneskers seksualitet.

De aktuelle diagnosene er utdaterte og ikke på høyde med de vitenskapelige standarder som ellers preger den internasjonale diagnosemanualen ICD-10.

Innholdet i de aktuelle diagnosene har ikke blitt vesentlig endret på over hundre år. De oppsto på bakgrunn av teorier basert på datidens kunnskaper om og syn på seksuelle variasjoner blant mennesker i samfunnet. I beste fall er diagnosene slik de står fullstendig overflødige. I verste fall virker de stigmatiserende på minoritetsgrupper i samfunnet.

Uhensiktsmessige diagnosekoder for helsetjenesten

Hovedformålet med klassifikasjonene av sykdommer og helseproblemer er å muliggjøre en oversiktlig og sammenlignbar statistikk for beskrivelse av helsehjelpen som ytes når en pasient er i kontakt med helsetjenesten. Diagnosene som nå fjernes rapporteres i praksis i svært liten utstrekning og har derfor liten relevans som grunnlag for statistikk basert på innholdet i Norsk pasientregister.

Beslutningen gjelder fra 1. februar 2010 og oppdateringen i kodeverket vil skje så raskt det praktisk lar seg gjøre.

Ved å foreta denne revideringen føyer Norge seg inn i rekken sammen med Danmark og Sverige som foretok tilsvarende revideringer i henholdsvis 1995 og 2009. Verdens helseorganisasjon, WHO, er i ferd med å utarbeide en ny versjon av diagnosemanualen; ICD-11. At alle de skandinaviske landene nå har fjernet de aktuelle diagnosene for nasjonal bruk vil være et viktig faglig og helsepolitisk signal til WHO i arbeidet med utarbeidelsen av ICD-11.

Praktisk/teknisk gjennomføring

I praksis gjøres dette ved at man umiddelbart redigerer den nasjonale kodefilen og søkeverktøyet som ligger på nettet og de aktuelle kodene fjernes. Dette gjøres av KITH. Parallelt må både Helsedirektoratet og KITH informere sektoren om denne endringen. For at endringen skal virke, må den også effektueres i PAS-systemene i alle helseforetak.  På lengre sikt vil endringen også påvirke bokversjonen av ICD-10 slik at kodene ikke lenger er gyldige ved neste publikasjon.

Diagnosen transseksualisme forblir uendret

Diagnosene som omfatter transseksualisme hos voksne og barn (F64.0 og F642) er ikke berørt av denne revideringen. For disse gruppene finnes det konkrete behandlingstilbud. Helsedirektoratet skal i løpet av 2010 foreta en gjennomgang av behandlings- og oppfølgingstilbud til transseksuelle og transpersoner, samt vurdere eventuelle forbedringer av dagens praksis på feltet. Det vil i den forbindelse også være naturlig med en gjennomgang av diagnosekriteriene og bruken av disse.

[Publisert: 01.02.2010]

Sverige fjerner SM- og fetisjdiagnoser

Opprinnelig artikkel publisert 23.1.2009.
Norsk artikkel lagt ut på nytt 9.8.2011 etter å ha ligget nede i lengre tid.

Fetisjisme og sadomasochisme ikke lenger sykdomsdiagnoser i Sverige

 

 

Sverige fjerner fetisj- og bdsm-diagnoser

Som første land i verden fjernet den svenske Socialstyrelsen sadomasochisme, fetisjisme og fetisjistisk transvestisme som psykiatriske diagnoser fra 1.1.2009. Inspirasjonen kom fra Norge. Det samme gjorde de helsepolitiske og faglige premissene for vedtaket.

Av Svein Skeid

Svenskene har her fulgt de faglige rådene de har fått av det norske Diagnoseutvalget Revise F65. Det er gledelig å se at svenskene nå fjerner de samme diagnoser på samtykkende seksualitet som Revise F65 anbefaler. Argumentasjonen fra Socialstyrelsens generaldirektør, Lars-Erik Holm er ord for ord sammenfallende med den som det norske Diagnoseutvalgets har benyttet i bøker, tidsskrifter og på nettet.

Blant annet:

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1300/J082v50n02_12

http://www.psykologtidsskriftet.no/index.php?seks_id=52392&a=2&sok=1

Allerede 23. november 2006 henviste Mika Nielsen til det norske pionérarbeidet da hun i en artikkel i homoavisa QX oppfordret den svenske seksualpolitiske bevegelsen om å følge Norges eksempel. En arbeidsgruppe ble dannet etter norsk mønster med deltagere fra Club Sade, LASH, Club Sunrise, Dekadance and RFSL.

http://www.qx.se/nyheter/artikel.php?artikelid=4727

Arbeidsgruppen fikk innpass i RFSU, Riksförbundet för sexuell upplysning og Mika Nielsen fremhevet nok en gang, i Ottar nr 2-2007, Norges eksempel i deres blad “Ottar” [dessverre død link]:

http://www.rfsu.se/smisk_eller_vanilj_-_hur_gor_du_det_.asp

Vinteren 2007 vedtok RFSU kongress å arbeide for å fjerne sykdomsdiagnosene på fetisjisme og sadomasochisme og motvirke fordommer gjennom opplysning.

Under Europride i Stockholm 2008 ble jeg som leder i Revise F65, invitert til å ha samtaler med RFSU, delta i to paneldiskusjoner og ikke minst; presentere Diagnoseutvalgets arbeid overfor RFSU 29.7.08.

Vi overleverte dem i helhet vårt faglige materiale og vår menneskerettslige argumentasjon, inkludert argumentene om stereotyper og stigmatisering. En måned etter foredraget sendte RFSU 27.8.08 en henvendelse til Socialstyrelsen om å fjerne diagnosene med de norske argumentene. I brevet henviser de til samarbeidet med Revise F65 (“cooperating with an international group working to change the WHO’s classification.”)

http://www.thelocal.se/13974/20080827

BDSM-gruppen i RFSU har gjort en veldig bra jobb overfor den nytenkende generaldirektøren for Socialstyrelsen, Lars-Erik Holm (bildet). Den svenske friskmeldingen ble vedtatt blant annet fordi sykdomsdiagnosene ifølge Holm ”kan bidra til å bevare og forsterke fordommer i samfunnet, hvilket i neste omgang øker risikoen for sosial stigmatisering hos den enkelte”. Dette vil vi bidra til å forandre”, sa generaldirektør Lars-Erik Holm. “Ved å endre den svenske klassifikasjonen vil Socialstyrelsen gi et tydelig signal om at disse diagnosene ikke skal ses på som sykdommer” (Socialstyrelsen, 2008).

En lignende forandring skjedde for nesten 30 år siden da homofilidiagnosen ble tatt bort i 1979.

– At vi fjernet homofilidiagnosen tror jeg til en viss grad har bidratt til at folk har et annet syn på homoseksuelle i dag enn på 60- og 70-tallet, uttalte generaldirektør Lars-Erik Holm til Dagens Nyheter. “Det ga de homoseksuelle en selvfølelse i og med at de ikke lengre hadde et sykdomsstempel på seg. Og det håper vi at denne reformen også skal føre til”, sa Holm.

– Det er veldig viktig for disse menneskene at samfunnet anerkjenner dem som fullverdige samfunnsborgere, påpekte han. “Socialstyrelsen vil med denne reformen understreke at dette er atferd som ikke er sykdommer og heller ikke er perverst”, sa Lars-Erik Holm (Dagens Nyheter, 2008).

Revise F65 er stolt over å ha hjulpet svenskene til seier og vi håper at den svenske suksessen fører til at diagnosene også blir fjernet i Norge.

Så langt har helsedirektør Bjørn-Inge Larsen (til venstre) uttalt seg i positive vendinger.

– Det er ikke noe grunnlag verken i dagens samfunnsnorm eller helsefaglig tenkning for å kalle flere av disse diagnosene for sykdom, sier han til Nettavisen.

Seniorrådgiver i Helsedirektoratet, Arild Johan Myrberg, sier til Blikk Nett at de stiller seg veldig åpne for at SM-diagnosene vil bli kuttet ut i Norge. – Svenskene bestemte seg for å kutte det ut, og vi i Norge ønsker også å følge opp, forteller Myrberg.

– Alle signaler går ut på at dette er en lite relevant diagnose som er en rest fra tidligere tiders syn på seksualitet. Norge ønsker å følge den faglige utviklingen og ser fram til en opprydding i dette. Det framtidige målet blir at Verdens Helseorganisasjon (WHO) fjerner SM fra sine lister også, men dette vil eventuelt ikke skjer før om noen år, sier Myrberg.

Nestoren blant norske sexologer, Thore Langfeldt (bildet), gir i en uttalelse sin uforbeholdne støtte til svenskenes vedtak. Det er første gang Langfeldt tar så klart standpunkt for å fjerne de stigmatiserende diagnosene.

http://www.nettavisen.no/jobb/article2402153.ece

Den svenske endringen trådte i kraft 1. januar 2009 og omfatter fetisjisme, sadomasochisme, transvestisme, fetisjistisk transvestisme, kjønnsidentitetsforstyrrelse i barndommen og multiple forstyrrelser i seksuell preferanse. Bortsett fra kjønnsidentitetsforstyrrelse i barndommen, så er dette de samme diagnosene som Revise F65 anbefaler fjernet.

– Annen seksuell adferd som for eksempel transseksualitet, ekshibisjonisme, voyeurisme og pedofili kommer fortsatt til å eksistere som diagnoser, sier Socialstyrelsens generaldirektør, Lars-Erik Holm. Transseksualitet trengs som diagnose for å kunne gjennomføre kjønnsskifteoperasjoner og de øvrige er kriminelle handlinger som skader andre, sier han.

Danske helsemyndigheter fjernet transvestisme og sadomasochisme som diagnoser i henholdsvis 1994 og 1995.

Tilsvarende endring skjedde da svenske og norske myndigheter fjernet homofili som sykdomsdiagnose henholdsvis i 1979 og 1982.

– At vi fjernet homosexdiagnosen tror jeg til en viss grad har bidratt til at folk har et annet syn på homoseksualitet i dag enn på 60- og 70-tallet. Det ga de homoseksuelle selvfølelse i og med at de ikke lenger hadde et sykdomsstempel på seg. Og det samme håper vi at denne forandringen skal føre til, sier Lars-Erik Holm.

Den svenske Socialstyrelsen ønsker nå å arbeide for at samme endring skal skje i det internasjonale diagnosesystemet ICD som forvaltes av Verdens helseorganisasjon WHO. Lars-Erik Holm vil også kontakte sine nordiske kolleger.

Diagnoseutvalget Revise F65, et utvalg i Landsforeningen for lesbiske, homofile, biseksuelle og transpersoner, startet allerede i 1997 arbeidet med å fjerne fetisj, sm- og transvestitt-diagnoser fra det nasjonale og internasjonale sykdomsregisteret.

Revise F65 har i en årrekke hatt kontakt med Helsedirektoratet med faglig foredrag og helsefaglig argumentasjon. I 2003 overleverte vi et formelt brev til Helseministeren som vi aldri fikk noe svar på.

(De tilsvarende norske fetisj- og SM-diagnosene ble fjernet av Helsedirektoratet 1.2.2010.)

Referanser:

Dagens Nyheter (2008). Nu ska Sara-Claes slippa bli stämplad som sjuk. Dagens Nyheter 17.11.2008.

Socialstyrelsen (2008). Koder i klassifikationen av sjukdomar och hälsoproblem utgår. Pressemelding fra den svenske Socialstyrelsen 17.11.2008. Retrieved April 29, 2011, fromhttp://www.revisef65.org/socialstyrelsen.html

 

Diskriminering og vold mot sm/fetisj-populasjonen

Diskriminering og vold mot sm/fetisj-populasjonen (29.12.2004)

Kvinnediskriminering

English text

Oppdatert rapport 2011
Rapport til Barne- likestillings- og inkluderingsdepartementet i forbindelse med forslag til ny lov om helhetlig diskrimineringsvern med hovedvekt på norske forhold.

Mye tyder på at tilfeller vi kjenner til av vold, trakassering og diskriminering i forbindelse med jobb, bolig og omsorg for barn bare er toppen av et isfjell. Pr i dag er det ofte talspersoner for interesseorganisasjoner osv. som i kraft av sin synlighet opplever diskriminering. Og ofte er diagnosene og sykeliggjøringen direkte eller indirekte årsak til overgrepene.

Som sm/fetisj-person risikerer du tap av jobb, omsorg for barn, problemer med naboer, den nærmeste vennekretsen og med den nærmeste familien. Og da er det vel ikke så mange holdepunkter vi mennesker har igjen i vår tilværelse. Derfor velger mange å leve skjult med sin orientering med den frykt det kan innebære for “avsløring”.

Dertil kommer at mange ikke anmelder overgrep i redsel for å bli ytterligere trakassert av politiet. Selv om 36 prosent i nedenstående amerikanske undersøkelse opplever vold og trakassering, er det hele 96 prosent som ikke anmelder forholdet! Som tabuisert minoritet opplever sm-ere og fetisjister også en betydelig grad av fortielse og usynliggjøring i samfunnet, pressen inkludert. Når vi omtales er det gjerne i forbindelse med “skandaler” der vedkommendes seksuelle sm-orientering brukes som pikanteri for å krydre historien for leserne.

Vold og trakassering

En undersøkelse (N=1017) foretatt av sm-rettighetsorganisasjonen The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, NCSF, viser at sm-tilhørighet og sm-orientering i stor grad innebærer at man utsetter seg for et sosialt stigma.

36 prosent hadde blitt utsatt for vold eller trakassering på grunn av sin SM/fetisj-orientering. (Verbal sjikane 87%, fysisk vold 25%, stalking 19%, skade på eiendom 19%, utpressing 17%, seksuell trakassering 13%, voldtekt 10% og annet 7%). http://www.ncsfreedom.org/index.php?option=com_keyword&id=213

Svenske Säpo påpeker at lesbiske og homoseksuelle er den gruppen som utsettes for mest vold og forfølgelse i vårt naboland. De verste angrepene har skjedd på arrangementer med sm og fetisj som tema. Se: www.revisef65.org/fefestninger.html

EKSEMPEL 1
Også i Norge har avisa Klassekampen (27.juli 1990) og månedsavisa Blikk dokumentert hvordan en van med nazisymboler i 1992 kjørte rundt i Oslo sentrum beskjøt og truet homofile med sm/fetisj som ytringsform.

EKSEMPEL 2
Nazistangrep mot RFSL Nazivold og mord mot homoseksuelle er et stort problem i vårt naboland. Lær- og sm-homser rammes hardest.
Kilde: Qmagazine 13.10.1998
http://www.revisef65.org/linkoping2.html

EKSEMPEL 3
Nazister angrep RFSL
Nynazister skrek “bögjävlar” og gjorde Hitlerhilsen til sm/fetisj-homsene. Nazihærverket mot homoforeningen RFSLs lokaler har satt i gang en debatt på riksnivå der RFSL krever at homoseksuelle skal omfattes av loven om hat mot folkegrupper.
Kilde: Qmagazine 19.10.1997.
http://www.revisef65.org/linkoping.html

Diskriminering

30 prosent i NCSFs undersøkelse hadde opplevd diskriminering på grunn av sin SM-orientering, preferanse eller uttrykksform. (Forfølgelse 40%, tap av jobb eller kontrakt 25%, tap av forfremmelse 17%, tap av omsorg for barn 3%, nektet medlemsskap 11%, uhjemlet arrestasjon 5%, annet 36%).
http://www.ncsfreedom.org/index.php?option=com_keyword&id=213

Diskriminering av offentlige myndigheter

EKSEMPEL 4
Overgriper går fri fordi offeret er sm-er
Danmark: Overgriper slipper tiltale. Av Ole Martin Larsen. Politiet i København har avvist å tiltale en mann for voldtekt fordi offeret er masochist. Kvinnen slå selv alarm til politiet fra mannens hjem. Her fant en patrulje henne, oppløst i gråt, lenket med både fot- og håndjern og med blodet strømmende fra snittsår i lårene. Politiet mener likevel ikke at det foreligger beviser nok til å få mannen dømt. – Selv om jeg er masochist, så betyr nei fortsatt nei, og det skal respekteres. Og jeg sa klart fra, blant annet gjennom å tilkalle politiet. Hva er min rettsikkerhet verd, om dette ikke kan føre til en tiltale, sier offeret, en kvinnelig lege, til Berlingske Tidende. Hun har anket politiets avgjørelse til statsadvokaten. I følge sadomasochistenes organisasjon SMil er saken unik, og reiser et prinsippielt spørsmål om et nei fra en masochist er like mye verd som et nei fra andre. Dermed handler saken ifølge SMil om seksuelle minoriteters rettssikkerhet. Kilde: Berlingske Tidende/Arbeiderbladet 22.10.1994.

EKSEMPEL 5
Morder går fri fordi offeret er sadomasochist
I august 1993 løslot en amerikansk appellrett en brutal morder fordi den drepte hadde skrevet en sadomasochistisk fantasi i dagboken sin. Slik blir mennesker med rettens samtykke plassert utenfor loven til og med inn i døden grunnet sin seksuelle legning.

Leitner v. State (1983) 631 So. 2d 278-9. www.csun.edu/~hfspc002/PoliceFreeGaySlaves.html

The “sadomasochist” is often seen as having given up h/er rights to protection from violence or abuse. It is clear that homosexual men as prosecution witnesses face similar difficulties in credibility as heterosexual women. In August of 1993, an appellate court released a man convicted of murder because the murder victim had written a long sadomasochistic sexual fantasy in his journal and the trial court had refused this journal entry as evidence at trial. The fantasy is reproduced for the delight of the court in its entirety in the published case. The unspoken implication here is that a man who fantasizes about homosexual sadomasochism has somehow consented to a brutal murder: “The journal excerpt was essential to the appellant’s defense. It suggested Craven may have desired to be involved, and may have been involved in voluntary sadomasochist sex when he was killed. If he suffered from these desires, then he might have sought out an amenable partner”[20] who eventually killed him. (That wasn’t very “amenable” of the partner if you ask me). Again, the law has constituted the sadomasochist as an always-already willing victim, even to the point of death.[21] This opinion also highlights the idea of “voluntary sadomasochistic sex” as a “desire” that one “suffers from,” a common thread in much of this discourse. The official status of “perverse” desire is thus situated as a medical and psychiatric condition that places those “afflicted” beyond the protection of the law and unworthy of inclusion in “civilized” society.


EKSEMPEL 6
Engelsk voldtektsmann frikjent pga offerets sm-legning
Frifinnelse i en voldtektsak fra Leicester Crown Court England 29. november 1994 til tross for at voldtektsmannen Ben Emerson hadde innrømmet overgrepet. Men funn av sm-toys i kvinnens leilighet, samt hennes legning, gjorde at voldsmannen ble frifunnet. Ser vi noen likheter til den generelle voldtektsdebatten om «løsaktige» og lettkledde kvinner som ikke blir respektert for et Nei. Det blir faktisk hele hennes seksuelle legning som står på tiltalebenken, og ikke gjerningsmannens erkjente overgrep. Kilde: Press Association Newsfile 30 November 1994; “Student Cleared in Body-Piercing Rape Case”.

1994: The “crime” of being a pervert: Despite of a self identified rapists confession, on 29 November 1994, a man was found “not guilty” of rape at Leicester Crown Court, because SM-toys was found in the female victim’s apartment. “There can be no doubt from the evidence that what was really on trial during this event was the prosecution witness’s sexuality — the mere existence of an interest in kinky sex made her charge of rape untenable”, writes Ben Attias at the California State University of Northridge, USA. “A woman’s privilege to say “no” to sex is here circumscribed by the discursive apparatus invoked by her sexuality — a woman with an interest in sadomasochism, rubber skirts, and body piercing, judge and jury seem to have reasoned, cannot be raped. Her sexuality implicitly predisposes her to consent to sex — she is inscribed as always already willing.” [Ben Attias http://www.csun.edu/~hfspc002/PoliceFreeGaySlaves.html] [“Student Cleared in Body-Piercing Rape Case,” Press Association Newsfile, 30 November 1994].

Rape Defendant Ben Emerson

Despite this frank confession, Ben Emerson was awarded a verdict of “not guilty” of rape on 29 November 1994, after a two-minute jury deliberation at Leicester Crown Court. The judge commented to the jury, “I wholeheartedly agree with your verdict.” The judge had actually recommended to the jury that it render a quick decision before even hearing the defense’s case: “At the end of the prosecution case the judge summarized the alleged victim’s evidence and reminded the jury how she and Emerson had oral sex without her objecting at her home….the judge told the jury: ‘When he went to get some baby oil to massage her body, what is this young man to think when he finds in the drawer artificial penises, magazines designed to excite sexually? He finds a riding crop near her bed and chains on the bed,” (ibid). After the trial, a friend of Emerson stated, “Justice was served in the end.”

“Justice,” in this case, meant the release of a self-identified rapist because the “alleged” victim had committed the prior crime of being a pervert. There can be no doubt from the evidence that what was really on trial during this event was the prosecution witness’s sexuality — the mere existence of an interest in kinky sex made her charge of rape untenable. A woman’s privilege to say “no” to sex is here circumscribed by the discursive apparatus invoked by her sexuality — a woman with an interest in sadomasochism, rubber skirts, and body-piercing, judge and jury seem to have reasoned, cannot be raped. Her sexuality implicitly predisposes her to consent to sex — she is inscribed as always-already willing. Ben Emerson, quoted in “Student Cleared in Body-Piercing Rape Case,” Press Association Newsfile (30 November 1994). www.csun.edu/~hfspc002/PoliceFreeGaySlaves.html

EKSEMPEL 7
USA: Frikjent etter serievoldtekt.
Donald Kekich, Bruce Battista, Harold Phillips og Daniel Phillips ble i Ohios appellrett frifunnet for å ha utført voldtekt og mishandling hele natten igjennom 14. juli 1977. Offeret Jane Lucas hadde vært uforsiktig nok å skrive et bursdagskort til Kekich der hennes masochistiske interesse gikk klart fram. I kraft av sin seksuelle legning er hun per definisjon «alltid villig» og beredt til sex og i praksis umyndigjort til å motsette seg overgrep. Kilde: [17] State v. Battista, Case Nos. CA 4815 & CA 4816, Court of Appeals of Ohio, Fifth Appellate District, Stark County, Ohio, Slip Opinion 8 November 1978.

On 8 November 1978, an Ohio appellate court handed down a similar verdict to two men accused of rape, felonious assault, and felonious sexual penetration. The court included a detailed description of the events of 14 July 1977 in the court transcript, providing an account of victim Jane Lucas’ testimony “[a]t the risk of memorializing the conduct of the Defendants for the future delight of the sexually perverse.”[17] This invocation of a notion of potential prurient interest in the testimony of the victim is characteristic of the Court’s treatment of the issues involved — outright violence is sexualized and treated as potentially “nonserious” in the serious context of the courtroom.[18]

According to Lucas’ testimony, she drove to Donald Kekich’s apartment with the intention of having sex with him. When they got there, Kekich told her to undress and asked if she needed to use the bathroom. In the bathroom, she was grabbed by a naked man (Howard Phillips, another of the defendants), raped, and severely beaten. Kekich and Phillips continued to rape and beat her for hours, later taking her to the apartment of other friends who joined in her torture, which lasted all night and included being threatened with a shotgun, which was then shoved inside of her while pictures were taken.

The defendants were convicted of “felonious sexual penetration,” but were acquitted of rape and assault on the basis of the discursive apparatus mobilized by the following testimony: “She asked for everything. She asked to blow you, she asked to go to bed with you. I mean, every sex act that happened was through her. I mean came out of her mouth and with each and every guy,” (Bruce Battista). The appellate court vacated convictions on rape and assault charges based on testimony from a friend of Lucas’ that she had overheard Lucas express masochistic fantasies, and the following birthday card sent by Lucas to Kekich, with whom she had a sexual relationship prior to the assault:

“I think you’re a brute, an animal and a Sex Fiend! — And I want you to know I appreciate it! Happy Birthday! To a man who won’t stand anything he doesn’t like, do without anything he desires, or even be polite to people unless they please him. As mean as you are – you will live a century & then some – Happy Birthday, Turkey!

…Love, Janie Lucas”

According to the appellate court, “It is evident in the instant case that Jane Lucas who accompanied Donald Kekich, Bruce Battista, Harold Phillips and Daniel Phillips initially by invitation got much more than she bargained for. However, it is equally obvious from evidence of record and especially from the birthday card admitted as Defendants’ exhibit, supra, that had acts which followed been limited to sexual conduct it would not have been necessary to compel Jane Lucas to submit by force or threat of force and that no charges would have been filed with nothing further being heard of such occurrences.”

Here the mere suggestion that Ms. Lucas might have consented without force to a sado-masochistic sexual relationship is taken as a priori evidence that she cannot legally be raped. Again, her sexuality inscribes her as always-already willing. The appellate court’s conviction of the defendants on charges of “felonious sexual penetration” further indicates that what went wrong on July, 14, 1977, was not so much the violence and terror to which Ms. Lucas was subjected, but rather the introduction of a foreign object into one of her orifices — the defendants, in other words, were convicted of violating a dildo law. (The relevant portion of the law states as follows: “No person without privilege to do so [it is unclear who has this privilege] shall insert any instrument, apparatus, or object into the vaginal or anal cavity of another, not the spouse of the offender, when any of the following apply: (1) The offender purposely compels the other person to submit by force or threat of force…”)

 

EKSEMPEL 8
Spanner-saken: Intimsfæren truet
Den såkalte Spanner-dommen fra England har fått minimal omtale i norske media. Kulturkanalen omtaler dommen mot frivillig gjensidig sm og trangsynte kvinnegrupper som seiler under progressivt flagg. Kulturkanalen 7.3.1997. www.revisef65.org/fespannerintimsfaeren.html

Diskriminering på internett

EKSEMPEL 9
AOL diskriminerer homofile sm-personer
Homorettighetsorganisasjoner truer nå internettleverandøren AOL med boikott fordi America OnLine diskriminerer sm-ere, mens rasistiske og homofobe ytringer tolereres. Mandag demonstrerte NationalGayLobby.org utenfor rådhuset i San Francisco fordi AOL hadde fjernet brukerprofilen til en sm-homse som inneholdt ordene “submissive” (underkastende) og “bottom” (passiv). Aktivistene varsler at dette bare er den første i en serie protester om ikke AOL stopper sensuren og kaster ut homofobene. Kilde: Wired News 25.10.1999. www.wired.com/news/business/0,1367,32106,00.html

EKSEMPEL 10
Sm-sensur på Geocities
Den svenske websiden Robin1 for lesber og homser ble sensurert av Geocities etterat Robin1 la ut temasider om fetisjisme. Her kan du lese Robins historie om sensuren og om sin egen komme ut-prosess som lærhomse. Skeive nyheter desember 1997. www.revisef65.org/fesmsensurgeocities.html

Skandalisering i pressen

“Sado-mord” og “sado-voldtekt” er vanlige overskrifter når tabloidpressen skal brette ut pikante detaljer som skal få det til å grøsse nedover ryggen på leseren og bringe opplagstallene oppover. Til tross for at moderne forskning viser at det ikke er noen overrepresentasjon av kriminalitet blant sm-ere, benyttes konsekvent personens «sadomasochistiske» legning som selvinnlysende forklaring på hvorfor et overgrepet har funnet sted. Media kjører samme linje som overfor tidligere tiders homoseksuelle når det gjelder å bygge opp under stereotypier. Nettopp slike mediaovertramp var i sin tid begrunnelsen for at vi fikk en antidiskrimineringslov for homofile og lesbiske. (Else Bugge Fougner og Berthold Grünfeld i Norges Offentlige Utredninger om strafferettslig vern for homofile, 1979). NOU. Av mange mulige eksempler, nevnes her den ferske internasjonale heksejakten mot sm-eren og våpeninspektøren Harvey McGeorge.

EKSEMPEL 11
Heksejakt mot menneskerettighetsaktivist
Den amerikanske våpeninspektøren Harvey McGeorge (53) ble hengt ut av pressen over hele verden fordi han har jobbet for å informere om sikker, sunn og samtykkende sm-sex. Våpeninspektørenes svenske leder Hans Blix fastslo imidlertid at McGeorges privatliv ikke er relevant for stillingen som våpeninspektør. Kilde: Smia-info 30.11.2002. www.revisef65.org/fefnsm.html

Diskriminering i arbeidslivet

Det finner flere eksempler på at fetisjister og sm-ere mister jobben på grunn av sin sm-tilhørighet og orientering. Andre trues med oppsigelse dersom de fortsetter å informere offentlig om gruppens menneskerettigheter.

En undersøkelse blant leserne til “The Leather Journal” i 2001 kan tyde på at én av fire fetisjister opplever jobb-diskriminering.
http://www.theleatherjournal.com/?q=politics

En undersøkelse foretatt av sm-rettighetsorganisasjonen The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, NCSF, viser at én av 13 sm-ere hadde mistet jobben på grunn av sin legning. http://www.ncsfreedom.org/index.php?option=com_keyword&id=213

EKSEMPEL 12a
En britisk arbeidsrettssak illustrerer hvordan ICD-diagnosenes sammenblanding av SM og vold indirekte kan true seksuelle minoriteters menneskerettigheter.

The Observer 11. april 2004 (tips via Diagnoseutvalget sin mailingliste).

En anonym fax om britiske Laurence Pays’ bondage-hobby kostet ham jobben i “Lancashire Probation Service”, et firma som på sine internettsider skryter av sitt arbeid for mangfold og likestiling i rehabiliteringen av kriminelle.

Laurence Pays, som jobbet med sex-overgripere, snekret på fritiden høykvalitets bondage og SM-møbler til tv-produksjoner og demonstrerte sikrere SM-teknikker.

I arbeidsretten var firmaet spesielt bekymret over at Pays’ aktiviteter kunne undergrave hans arbeid med sex-overgripere, til tross for at utallige vitner kunne bekrefte hans ekspertise og profesjonalitet.

Advokater og arbeidsrettseksperter er bekymret over at Pays’ oppsigelse kan gi grønt lys for en bølge av lignende oppsigelser basert på folks privatliv og hva som opprører den moralske majoritet.

Observers artikkel på engelsk finner du her http://observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,6903,1189795,00.html

EKSEMPEL 12b
Trussel om oppsigelse
En 22 år gammel norsk mannlig bilfil musiker ble i 1996 truet av Oslo Kommune i Norge med at han ville miste jobben i en friteatergruppe for barn, dersom han ikke sluttet å informere om fetisjisme i media. Mannen var på dette tidspunkt styremedlem i fetisj-foreningen Colorful People og hadde deltatt i en debatt på TV Norge, samt et program om fetisjisme på ZTV. Mannen valgte å ofre ytringsfriheten til fordel for å beholde jobben sin. (Kilde: Personlig dokumentasjon).

EKSEMPEL 13
Mistet jobben pga SM-orientering
En 26 år gammel norsk kvinne mistet i desember 2000 vikarjobben sin som selger i et forsikringsselskap på Østlandet på grunn av sin SM-orientering.
www.revisef65.org/fejobbdiskriminering.html

EKSEMPEL 14
Oppsigelse av lærer i barneskolen.
Norge, ukjent sted, 2003. Person av ukjent kjønn, alder et sted mellom 20 og 40 år. Personen arbeider som lærer i barneskolen, og er aktiv i et norsk SM-miljø. I løpet av de første månedene 2003 har lokalmiljøet rundt skolen der vedkommende arbeider, blitt gjort kjent med vedkommendes SM-legning. Vedkommende har ikke stått frem selv, denne kjennskapen skyldes sladder bak vedkommendes rygg. Sladderen har nådd skolens administrasjon, og personen har fått en skarp reaksjon fra skolens ledelse: Vedkommende er blitt oppsagt fra sin stilling ved skolen. Det er håpløst å ta opp kampen mot en slik oppsigelse. Riktignok er det en ulovlig oppsigelse, men skulle personen vinne en sak mot arbeidsgiver, vil det være så og si umulig for vedkommende å komme tilbake til sin arbeidsplass. Det er alt for store muligheter for at de gjenværende arbeidstakerne sitter inne med feilinformasjon og fordommer som gjør at de ikke anser personen som skikket til å arbeide med barn, og følgelig vil støte personen ut av kollegiet. Kilde: Chattekanalen Eros på internett.

Tap av foreldrerett

EKSEMPEL 15
Mistet barna på grunn av sm-diagnosen
En 42 år gammel norsk kvinne i Østlandsområdet lot seg våren 1997 presse av sin egen advokat til å gi fra seg omsorgsretten for sine to døtre etter en skillsmisse. Advokaten mente kvinnen lå tynt an rent juridisk ettersom sm er definert som psykiatrisk sykdom i Norge.
www.revisef65.org/febarn.html

EKSEMPEL 16
En 39 år gammel homofil norsk mann, som hadde levd åpent om sin homofile sm-orientering overfor sin kone i 12 år, mistet i 1983 delt omsorgsrett for sine tre barn (6, 10 og 12 år) på grunn av sin fetisj- og SM-orientering. Mannens private seksualliv ble brettet ut av kona og hennes nye mann i minste detalj i Lagmannsretten. Etter dette så han ikke barna sine på 10 år før de selv ble voksne nok til selv å ta kontakt. I dag har mannen et strålende forhold til barna, i sterk kontrast til eks-konas forhold til barna. Det hører med til historien at mannen fikk innvilget besøksrett til barna, noe som i alle år ble sabotert av eks-kona. Kilde: Personlig dokumentasjon.

EKSEMPEL 17
En 28 år gammel norsk heterofil kvinne ble i 2000 fratatt foreldreretten til sine to små gutter under seks år, etter å ha bedt barnevernet om hjelp til avlastning etter brudd i samboerskapet med barnets far. Eks-mannen fikk senere, via ukjente omveier greie på kvinnens nye sm-interesse, og informerte barnevernet om det. sm-orienteringen ble ansett som et sykdomstegn og at kvinnen ikke var egnet til å være forelder. Dessuten ble hun anklaget for “feilstimulering” av barna. “Dommen” om tap av omsorgsrett, inkludert kvinnens sm-legning, ble forkynt av barnevernet med barna til stede. Etter dette får kvinnen kun ha barna hos seg 1,5-2 timer, 1-2 ganger i måneden, under tilsyn, og ikke hjemme hos seg selv. I ettertid er det klart at barna ikke er feilstimulert, men at det ene eller begge barna har en medfødt, mild psykisk utviklingshemming, som gjør ham noe mer krevende enn funksjonsfriske barn. Kvinnen har engasjert advokat som forfølger saken. Kvinnen ønsker også at det skal komme noe godt ut av dette; nemlig at sakkyndige i lignende saker i fremtiden, intuitivt skal vite at et voksent menneskes seksuelle preferanser – hva man nyter å oppleve på tomannshånd med sin partner – ikke har noe å si for ens kvaliteter som forelder. Kilde: Personlig dokumentasjon.

Kvinner diskriminerer kvinner

EKSEMPEL 18, 19 og 20
De siste tre eksemplene dreier seg om “trashing”, der sm-kvinner utsettes for trakassering og vold av andre kvinner.

Discrimination and violence towards the SM/fetish population (Revise F65, 2004; NCSF, 1999)

See also: NCSF 2008: Second National Survey of Violence & Discrimination Against Sexual Minorities
NCSF’s Violence and Discrimination Survey 1999.

 

 

(Some more discrimination cases are included under “Discrimination and stigmatization” on the full index page: Site map!)

På norsk
A lot indicates that the instances of violence, harassment and discrimination in connection with work, home and custody of children that we are aware of are just the tip of the iceberg. As the situation stands today, it is often spokespeople for SM interest organisations etc. that by the power of their visibility experience discrimination. The pathologising and diagnosis of the World Health Organisation (WHO) are often the direct or indirect cause of these attacks.

As a person interested in SM/fetish, you risk losing your job, custody of your children, problems with neighbours, your innermost circle of friends and your closest family members. This then means that we might not have so many sources of support left in our lives. Many people therefore choose to keep their orientation hidden because of the fear of what could happen if they disclosed this.

As a consequence, many individuals do not report being attacked because of the fear of being further harassed by the police. Even if 36 percent of respondents in the American study described below experience violence and harassment, 96 percent of these didn’t report this. As a taboo minority, SM ers and fetishists also experience a significant degree of suppression and invisibility in society, including in the press. When we are referred to, this is usually in connection with “scandals” where the people in question’s sexual orientation is used as a piquant detail to spice up the story for readers.

Violence and harassment

A study (n=1017) undertaken by the SM rights organisation The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF), shows that belonging to the SM community and SM sexual orientation generally speaking means that an individual exposes themselves for being socially stigmatised.

Thirty-six percent of subjects had been subjected to violence or harassment because of their SM/fetish orientation. This included verbal insults (reported by 87%), physical violence (25%), stalking (19%), damage to property (19%), blackmail (17%), sexual harassment (13%), rape (10%) and other types or violence or harassment (7%).
https://ncsfreedom.org/component/k2/item/452-ncsfs-violence-and-discrimination-survey.html

The swedish police department Säpo point our that lesbians and gay men are the group that is exposed to most violence and persecution in Sweden. The worst attacks have happened at events with a theme of SM and fetish. See: www.revisef65.org/fefestninger.html [Norwegian text only]

EXAMPLE 1
In Norway, the newspaper Klassekampen (27th July 1990) and the monthly publication Blikk have documented how in 1992 a van with nazi symbols drove round the centre of Oslo threatened and shot at gay leather/SM men.

EXAMPLE 2
Nazi attack against RFSL
Nazist violence and murder of homosexuals is a large problem in Sweden. Leather- and SM- gay men are hardest hit.
Source: Qmagazine October 13, 1998
http://www.revisef65.org/linkoping2.html [Swedish text only]

EXAMPLE 3
Neo-nazis screamed, “bögjävlar” (“fucking buggers”) and made Nazi salutes to SM/fetish gay men. Nazi vandalism to the offices of the gay organisation RFSL has set off a debate about the risk level, with RFSL demanding that homosexuals should be covered by the law on hate crimes towards minority populations.
Source: Qmagazine October 19, 1997.
http://www.revisef65.org/linkoping.html [Swedish text only]

Discrimination

Thirty percent of individuals in NCSF’s study had experienced discrimination because of their SM orientation, preference or method of expression. Forty percent had experienced harassment, 25% loss of job or contract, 17% loss of promotion, loss of custody of children 3%, denial of membership to an organisation 11%, unauthorised arrest 5%, or other forms of discrimination.
https://ncsfreedom.org/component/k2/item/452-ncsfs-violence-and-discrimination-survey.html


Discrimination by official bodies

EXAMPLE 4
Lack of legal security for SM-ers
Denmark: Attacker escapes prosecution. By Ole Martin Larsen. Police in Copenhagen have refused to prosecute a man for rape because the victim is a masochist. The woman herself raised the alarm to police from the man’s home. She was found there by a police patrol, dissolved in tears, chained with both foot- and handcuffs and with blood streaming from cuts in her thighs. Despite this, the police consider that there is not sufficient evidence to convict the man.
“Even if I am a masochist, no still means no, and that should be respected. And I said this clearly, amongst other ways by calling the police. What is my legal security worth if this cannot lead to a conviction”, said the woman, a female doctor, to Berlingske Tidende. She has appealed to the public prosecutor about the police’s decision. According to the sadomasochist’s organization SMil, the case is unique, and raises a fundamental question of whether a no from a masochist has the same value as a no from others. Because of this, SMil considers the matter to be concerned with the legal security o f sexual minorities.

Source: Berlingske Tidende/Arbeiderbladet 22th October 1994.

EXAMPLE 5
Murderer goes free because victim was a sadomasochist
In August 1993, an American court of appeal let a brutal murderer free because the victim had written a sadomasochistic fantasy in their diary. In this way, people’s right to consent is placed outside the law because of their sexual orientation, even to the extent that their death has been involved.
Leitner v. State (1983) 631 So. 2d 278-9.
www.csun.edu/~hfspc002/PoliceFreeGaySlaves.html

The “sadomasochist” is often seen as having given up h/er rights to protection from violence or abuse. It is clear that homosexual men as prosecution witnesses face similar difficulties in credibility as heterosexual women. In August of 1993, an appellate court released a man convicted of murder because the murder victim had written a long sadomasochistic sexual fantasy in his journal and the trial court had refused this journal entry as evidence at trial. The fantasy is reproduced for the delight of the court in its entirety in the published case. The unspoken implication here is that a man who fantasizes about homosexual sadomasochism has somehow consented to a brutal murder: “The journal excerpt was essential to the appellant’s defense. It suggested Craven may have desired to be involved, and may have been involved in voluntary sadomasochist sex when he was killed. If he suffered from these desires, then he might have sought out an amenable partner”[20] who eventually killed him. (That wasn’t very “amenable” of the partner if you ask me). Again, the law has constituted the sadomasochist as an always-already willing victim, even to the point of death.[21] This opinion also highlights the idea of “voluntary sadomasochistic sex” as a “desire” that one “suffers from,” a common thread in much of this discourse. The official status of “perverse” desire is thus situated as a medical and psychiatric condition that places those “afflicted” beyond the protection of the law and unworthy of inclusion in “civilized” society.


EXAMPLE 6
English rapist freed because of victim’s SM orientation
In a rape case heard at Leicester Crown Court in England on 29th November 1994, the defendant was freed even though rapist Ben Emerson had admitted the attack. The discovery of SM toys in the woman’s flat, together with her sexual leaning, led to the rapist being freed. Do we see any similarities here to the general debate concerning rape about “loose” and scantily clad women who are not taken seriously when they say “no”. It is actually the woman’s sexual leaning that stands in the dock, not the perpetrator’s acknowledge attack.
Source: Press Association Newsfile 30th November 1994; “Student Cleared in Body-Piercing Rape Case”.

1994: The “crime” of being a pervert: Despite of a self identified rapists confession, on 29 November 1994, a man was found “not guilty” of rape at Leicester Crown Court, because SM-toys was found in the female victim’s apartment. “There can be no doubt from the evidence that what was really on trial during this event was the prosecution witness’s sexuality — the mere existence of an interest in kinky sex made her charge of rape untenable”, writes Ben Attias at the California State University of Northridge, USA. “A woman’s privilege to say “no” to sex is here circumscribed by the discursive apparatus invoked by her sexuality — a woman with an interest in sadomasochism, rubber skirts, and body piercing, judge and jury seem to have reasoned, cannot be raped. Her sexuality implicitly predisposes her to consent to sex — she is inscribed as always already willing.” [Ben Attias http://www.csun.edu/~hfspc002/PoliceFreeGaySlaves.html] [“Student Cleared in Body-Piercing Rape Case,” Press Association Newsfile, 30 November 1994].

Rape Defendant Ben Emerson

Despite this frank confession, Ben Emerson was awarded a verdict of “not guilty” of rape on 29 November 1994, after a two-minute jury deliberation at Leicester Crown Court. The judge commented to the jury, “I wholeheartedly agree with your verdict.” The judge had actually recommended to the jury that it render a quick decision before even hearing the defense’s case: “At the end of the prosecution case the judge summarized the alleged victim’s evidence and reminded the jury how she and Emerson had oral sex without her objecting at her home….the judge told the jury: ‘When he went to get some baby oil to massage her body, what is this young man to think when he finds in the drawer artificial penises, magazines designed to excite sexually? He finds a riding crop near her bed and chains on the bed,” (ibid). After the trial, a friend of Emerson stated, “Justice was served in the end.”

“Justice,” in this case, meant the release of a self-identified rapist because the “alleged” victim had committed the prior crime of being a pervert. There can be no doubt from the evidence that what was really on trial during this event was the prosecution witness’s sexuality — the mere existence of an interest in kinky sex made her charge of rape untenable. A woman’s privilege to say “no” to sex is here circumscribed by the discursive apparatus invoked by her sexuality — a woman with an interest in sadomasochism, rubber skirts, and body-piercing, judge and jury seem to have reasoned, cannot be raped. Her sexuality implicitly predisposes her to consent to sex — she is inscribed as always-already willing. Ben Emerson, quoted in “Student Cleared in Body-Piercing Rape Case,” Press Association Newsfile (30 November 1994). www.csun.edu/~hfspc002/PoliceFreeGaySlaves.html

EXAMPLE 7
USA: Released after multiple rapes
Donald Kekich, Bruce Battista, Harold Phillips and Daniel Phillips were found not guilty by Ohio’s court of appeal of having carried out rape and mistreatment throughout the night of 14th July 1977. The victim Jane Lucas had been careless enough to write a birthday card to Kekich from which her masochistic interest was clear. By the force of her sexual leaning she was seen as “always willing” and prepared for sex and in practice declared to without the legal capacity to oppose the attack.
Source: [17] State v. Battista, Case Nos. CA 4815 & CA 4816, Court of Appeals of Ohio, Fifth Appellate District, Stark County, Ohio, Slip Opinion 8th November 1978.

On 8 November 1978, an Ohio appellate court handed down a similar verdict to two men accused of rape, felonious assault, and felonious sexual penetration. The court included a detailed description of the events of 14 July 1977 in the court transcript, providing an account of victim Jane Lucas’ testimony “[a]t the risk of memorializing the conduct of the Defendants for the future delight of the sexually perverse.”[17] This invocation of a notion of potential prurient interest in the testimony of the victim is characteristic of the Court’s treatment of the issues involved — outright violence is sexualized and treated as potentially “nonserious” in the serious context of the courtroom.[18]

According to Lucas’ testimony, she drove to Donald Kekich’s apartment with the intention of having sex with him. When they got there, Kekich told her to undress and asked if she needed to use the bathroom. In the bathroom, she was grabbed by a naked man (Howard Phillips, another of the defendants), raped, and severely beaten. Kekich and Phillips continued to rape and beat her for hours, later taking her to the apartment of other friends who joined in her torture, which lasted all night and included being threatened with a shotgun, which was then shoved inside of her while pictures were taken.

The defendants were convicted of “felonious sexual penetration,” but were acquitted of rape and assault on the basis of the discursive apparatus mobilized by the following testimony: “She asked for everything. She asked to blow you, she asked to go to bed with you. I mean, every sex act that happened was through her. I mean came out of her mouth and with each and every guy,” (Bruce Battista). The appellate court vacated convictions on rape and assault charges based on testimony from a friend of Lucas’ that she had overheard Lucas express masochistic fantasies, and the following birthday card sent by Lucas to Kekich, with whom she had a sexual relationship prior to the assault:

“I think you’re a brute, an animal and a Sex Fiend! — And I want you to know I appreciate it! Happy Birthday! To a man who won’t stand anything he doesn’t like, do without anything he desires, or even be polite to people unless they please him. As mean as you are – you will live a century & then some – Happy Birthday, Turkey!

…Love, Janie Lucas”

According to the appellate court, “It is evident in the instant case that Jane Lucas who accompanied Donald Kekich, Bruce Battista, Harold Phillips and Daniel Phillips initially by invitation got much more than she bargained for. However, it is equally obvious from evidence of record and especially from the birthday card admitted as Defendants’ exhibit, supra, that had acts which followed been limited to sexual conduct it would not have been necessary to compel Jane Lucas to submit by force or threat of force and that no charges would have been filed with nothing further being heard of such occurrences.”

Here the mere suggestion that Ms. Lucas might have consented without force to a sado-masochistic sexual relationship is taken as a priori evidence that she cannot legally be raped. Again, her sexuality inscribes her as always-already willing. The appellate court’s conviction of the defendants on charges of “felonious sexual penetration” further indicates that what went wrong on July, 14, 1977, was not so much the violence and terror to which Ms. Lucas was subjected, but rather the introduction of a foreign object into one of her orifices — the defendants, in other words, were convicted of violating a dildo law. (The relevant portion of the law states as follows: “No person without privilege to do so [it is unclear who has this privilege] shall insert any instrument, apparatus, or object into the vaginal or anal cavity of another, not the spouse of the offender, when any of the following apply: (1) The offender purposely compels the other person to submit by force or threat of force…”)

 

EXAMPLE 8
The Spanner case
A hundred years after the case against Oscar Wilde, England has been the only land in Europe to criminalise safe, sane and consenting SM-sex between equal gay partners. Heterosexual sadomasochists have been found not guilty for similar activities. In the European Commission of Human Rights, seven lands voted to free the Spanner gay men, while 11 wanted to convict them. Subsequently the court unanimously followed the majority vote in 1997. The tragedy here is that the Nordic lands would have counted in the balance of votes. If they had supported the Spanner gay men, then the opposite outcome would have been achieved. The Norwegian representative didn’t even turn up to vote. In the English highest court of appeal (1993), the Spanner men were sentenced by three votes to one. The convicted men have received moral and economic support from a collective Norwegian and international gay movement and a range of Norwegian political organisations with many hundreds of thousands of members from both the political left and right. This was a broad mobilisation of people for important principles such as freedom from harassment and not being allowed to work in the public sector, the right to free expression and adult individuals’ right to take their own decisions regarding their bodies and sexuality.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Spanner

An official appointed British Law Commission in 1995 came to the conclusion that SM or sadomasochism, short of causing serious or permanently disabling injury, should be no crime between consenting adults. – Under the Law Commission’s new proposals, the Spanner men would never have been prosecuted, according to the director of the civil rights group Liberty, John Wadham (Pink Paper December 22, 1995).
http://www.revisef65.org/lawcomm1.html

Discrimination on the internet

EXAMPLE 9
AOL discriminates against gay SM people
Gay rights organisations threatened to boycott internet service provider AOL because America OnLine discriminated against SMers, whilst racists’ and homophobes’ expressions are tolerated. On Monday, NationalGayLobby.org demonstrated outside the town hall in San Francisco because AOL had removed the user profile of a SM gay man which included the words “submissive” and “bottom”. Activists warned that this would be just the first in a series of protests if AOL didn’t stop the censorship or throw out the homophobes.
Source: Wired News 25.10.1999.
www.wired.com/news/business/0,1367,32106,00.html

EXAMPLE 10
SM-censorship on Geocities
The Swedish website Robin1 for lesbians and gay men was censored by Geocities after Robin1 posted up theme pages on fetishism. There was no pornography on the pages. Here, you can read Robins story about the censorship and about his own coming out process as a leatherman. Skeive nyheter December 1997. www.revisef65.org/fesmsensurgeocities.html [Sorry, only in Swedish]

Scandalisation in the press

“Sado-murder” and “sado-rape” are usual headlines when the tabloid press want to bring out the spicy details that are supposed to send a shiver down reader’s spines and sell more papers. Despite modern research having shown that SMers are no more likely to commit crimes, the person’s “sadomasochistic” learning is used as an obvious explanation for why the attack took place. The media do the same as they used to with homosexuals in terms of how they build up stereotypes. It is exactly this kind of media blunder that was in our time the reason that in 1981 an anti-discrimination law was passed in Norway relating to gay men and lesbians (Else Bugge Fougner and Berthold Grünfeld in Norway’s Offentlige Utredninger (NOU) om strafferettslig vern for homofile, 1979).

One of many possible examples, the case described here is the witch hunt against the SM-er and weapons inspector Harvey McGeorge.

EXAMPLE 11
Witch hunt against human rights activist
The American weapons inspector Harvey McGeorge (53) was scandalised and ridiculed in the press throughout the world because he had worked to inform people about safe, sane and consenting SM sex. The weapons inspector’s Swedish boss, Hans Blix, stated however that McGeorge’s private life was not relevant to his position as a weapons inspector. Source: Smia-info 30th November 2002. www.revisef65.org/fefnsm.html [mostly Norwegian. One English link]
http://www.londonfetishscene.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2207:qsaddamasochistq-revealed-as-weapons-inspector&catid=30&Itemid=76

Loss of job

There are many examples where fetishists and SM-ers lose their jobs because of their SM interest and orientation. Others are threatened with dismissal if they continue to inform people publicly about the group’s human rights.

A survey among readers of “The Leather Journal” in 2001 could indicate that one in four fetishists experiences discrimination at work.
http://www.theleatherjournal.com/?q=politics

A study undertaken by the SM rights organisation The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, NCSF, shows that one in 13 SM-ers had lost their job because of their orientation.
https://ncsfreedom.org/component/k2/item/452-ncsfs-violence-and-discrimination-survey.html

EXAMPLE 12
Threatened with dismissal
”Lasse”. In 1996, Oslo local authority threatened to dismiss a 22 year-old Norwegian bisexual male musician from his job in a free theatre group for children if he did not stop giving out information about fetishism in the media. The man was at this point a committee member in the Norwegian fetish organization Colorful People and had taken part in a debate on fetishism on ZTV. The man chose to sacrifice his freedom of expression in order to keep his job.
Source: Personal documentation.

EXAMPLE 13
Dismissal of temporary worker
”Kjersti”. In December 2000, a 26 year-old Norwegian heterosexual woman lost her temporary job as a salesperson in an insurance company in Eastern Norway because of her openness about her SM-orientation. This occurred despite the fact that she had completed internal training with the best results of the entire new intake of temporary staff. At a teambuilding seminar, participants were invited to tell their colleagues something about themselves that the others didn’t know about. The woman wondered whether to tell them about her interest in SM, but felt that this would not be quite right and therefore chose to contribute something else. Later the same evening, after dinner had been eaten and the atmosphere was more relaxed, she opened up to two or three of her colleagues and told them a bit about her interest in SM. This was met with good humour and taken as something “cool” by the colleagues, and in the first couple of weeks back at the office, this was joked about with “kinky” jokes in breaks, especially between the woman and these colleagues. The team leader heard the jokes, but did not share in the humour. Two weeks later, the woman was dismissed. The boss blamed this on the firm’s financial situation and said that he had taken on too many new employee s. However, the consultant in the deputy agency that had sent her to the firm in the first place afterwards gave her a friendly hint not to be so open about private matters in her next job. Two months later, the insurance company advertised again for new temporary staff for its sales team – temporary work with the possibility of permanent employment. The woman chose not to fight for her job, in the belief that she was only a temporary worker and therefore did not have the same rights as a permanent employee. Additionally, she would have been labeled as a troublemaker and would perhaps have missed out on the possibility of getting work through the temping agency in the future.
Source: Personal documentation

EXAMPLE 14
Dismissal of teacher at primary school
“Eros”. Norway, place unknown, 2003. A person of unknown sex, aged between 20 and 40 years. The person worked as a teacher in a primary school and is active in the Norwegian SM scene. In the course of the first few months in 2003, members of the local community around the school worked became aware of the person in question’s SM preferences. The person in question had not “come out” by themselves; this knowledge being made public was due to gossip behind their back. The gossip reached the school’s administration and the person received a sharp reaction from the school’s leadership: they were dismissed from their position at the school. It is hopeless to take up the fight again a dismissal like this. Such dismissals are clearly against the law, but should a person win a case against their employer, it would be just about impossible for the person to return to their workplace. The possibilities are all too great that the remaining employees would be in possession of misinformation and prejudices which would mean that they would not look upon that person as unsuitable to work with children, and as a result would “freeze” them out within the workplace.

EXAMPLE 15
Lost children because of SM diagnosis
“Hilde”. In 1997, a 42–year-old Norwegian woman in Eastern Norway let herself be pressured by her own lawyer to give up her custody of her two daughters after her divorce. The lawyer considered that the woman had a poor legal case because SM is defined as a psychiatric illness in Norway. This happened after her ex-husband got hold of the woman’s holiday photographs which showed her interest in SM – sado-masochism. He passed the photographs on to his lawyer. The children were also informed about the woman’s orientation. Today, the woman lives almost 40 Norwegian miles (400 kilometres/248 English miles) away from her children, but has partially regained contact with them after many years without contact.
Source: SMil-bladet, no. 2, 2002.

EXAMPLE 16
Children lost their father for 10 years
“Severin”. In 1983, a 39-year-old Norwegian man, who had been open with his wife of 12 years about his homosexual SM-orientation, lost shared custody rights of his three children (6, 10 and 12 years) because of his fetish- and SM-orientation. The smallest details of the man’s private sexual life was described by his ex-wife and her new husband in the court case (with jury). After this, he did not see his children for 10 years, until them became old enough to themselves make contact with him. Today, the man has a good relationship to them. An important element of the case is that the man was granted visitation rights to the children, something that was sabotaged by his ex-wife throughout the years of separation from his children.
Source: Personal documentation.

EXAMPLE 17
SM-preference does not affect caring ability
“Janne”. A 28-year-old Norwegian heterosexual woman had her parental rights to her two small boys under the age of six withdrawn in 2000 after she had asked the Child Protection department for help after the break-up of her partnership with the children’s father. Her ex-partner later became aware of her new interest in SM via an unknown source and informed the Child Protection department of this. SM-orientation was taken as a sign of illness and that the woman was not fit to be a parent. She was also reported for inadequate parenting of her children. The ”judgment” on the loss of parental rights including the woman’s SM-orientation, was announced by the Child Protection department in the presence of the children. After this, the woman was only allowed to have the children for between one and a half to two hours, one or two times a month, under supervision. She was not allowed to see the children in her own home. It became clear in the time following the judgment that the children had not received inadequate parenting from the woman, but instead one or both were born with a mild learning difficulty, which made him/them somewhat more demanding than unaffected children. The woman has employed a lawyer who is pursuing the case. The woman also wishes that something good should come out of the whole affair; namely that experts used in comparative cases in the future should intuitively know that the sexual preferences of adults – what one enjoys together with one’s partner – has nothing to do with a person’s qualities as a parent.
Source: Personal documentation.

Trashing: SM women harassed by other women

As with other types of attack, it looks as if women are especially vulnerable. According to the Jad Keres report from 1994, 56% of lesbian or bisexual women have experienced discrimination and violence from other women in the lesbian scene because of their interest in SM

https://ncsfreedom.org/component/k2/item/453-violence-against-s/m-women-within-the-lesbian-community-a-nation-wide-survey.html

One quarter of the sm women surveyed were physically assaulted by members of the lesbian community.

Discrimination within the lesbian community affects 30% of the women surveyed because of their sm orientation, including being ejected or refused admittance from a public accommodation, denied housing, and/or refused membership in a social, recreational, political, educational or spiritual lesbian group.

The lesbian author Pat Califia (Patrick Califa-Rice) in an interview with the Swedish paper Homoplaneten describes the harassment “trashing” of American SM activists:

“SM lesbians are beaten up and closed out from women’s social meeting places. Our literature is burned, they call our employers and say that we are perverts so that we lose our jobs”.
Source: “Samtaler med Pat Califia” [Talks with Pat Califia]. RFSL 12.10.1998.
http://www.rfsl.se/?p=3815&aid=4757

Things show that trashing where the most radical feminists harass women also happens in Norway. SM lesbians here too are denied entry to women’s social meeting places.

EXAMPLE 18
“Banners that express support of SM go against the basis guidelines for
having banners and the “8th of March”- days intentions and are therefore unacceptable in the parade.
Decision of the 8th of March committee in Oslo on 20th February 1997.
Source: Letter and telephone call from 8. mars-komiteen 1997.

EXAMPLE 19
A 32-year old lesbian woman was in 1997 outed and publicly exhibited as an SM‘er at her place of work by a Norwegian extreme radical feminist. The 32-year-old had taken part in a newspaper debate on SM and arranged a meeting on this theme. The feminist participated in a educational gathering at the woman’s workplace. The 32-year-old was not at the gathering, but figured as a therapist on a video used in the session. The feminist recognised the lesbian women on the video and said in front of the victim’s colleagues, head of department and representatives from other institutions “It is shocking that this woman works as a therapist when she is an SM-er”.
When the lesbian woman came back to work after the weekend, shocked colleagues told her what had been said. The victim felt that she had to turn up at a meeting of all the employees and prepared herself for the fact that she might no longer be able to work there. After this, the situation calmed down and the woman no longer works there.
Source: personal documentation

EXAMPLE 20
It can seem as if certain feminists systematically teach women to fear SM women and SM lesbians. The same 32-year-old mentioned above also experienced in 1995 that a colleague at an institute for outreach work with young people refused to work with the SM woman “because she couldn’t feel safe with the woman’s attitude towards violence”. The woman was called in by her boss in connection with the matter, but he didn’t have any problems with the SM lesbian’s sexual orientation. Neither did the third person in the team, a muslim American, have problems with this. The woman was at that time the leader of an SM rights organisation.
Source: personal documentation.

Fetisj/sm-nyheter 2001-2003

Fetisj/sm 1997

Fetisj/sm 1998

Fetisj/sm 1999

Fetisj/sm 2000

Fetisj/sm 2001 og senere

Artiklene er hentet fra Skeive nyheter 2001-2003

portlandSM
Lær/SM-samfunnet i Portland, Oregon ble i 2002 hedret av sin egen ordfører for sitt identitetsskapende arbeid for å sosialisere medlemmene til sikker, sunn og samtykkende SM-sex.

Lesbiske: Ikke del sexleketøy! Lesbiske kan være like utsatt for seksuelt overførbare sykdommer som heteroseksuelle kvinner. Smia-info 12.3.02
Penger, porno og Kvinnefront
willyustad2_2
– Når vi studerer ordlyden i loven mot diskriminering på grunnlag av seksuell legning, finner vi at denne seksuelle minoriteten er falt utenfor ordlyden. Jeg vil ikke hevde at [den ekstremradikale kvinnebevegelsen] bevisst går løs på akkurat den gruppen man antar ikke har noen lovbeskyttelse mot trakassering på seksuelt grunnlag, men jeg må ærlig si at det kan se slik ut, skriver Willy Ustad i Dagbladet 29.9.03.

International Mr Leather støtter diagnosearbeidet
John Pendal, som er International Mr Leather 2003, har svart ja til å være offisiell støtteperson for diagnoseutvalget eller ReviseF65. Pendal vil dermed promotere arbeidet med å fjerne fetisj- og sm-diagnoser, når han reiser verden rundt i kraft av sin tittel.

Homo ærespris til Svein Skeid
Svein Skeid ble søndag kveld tildelt Homo ærespris 2003, blant annet for sitt arbeid med å fjerne stigmatiserende fetisj- og sm-diagnoser i regi av LLH, Landsforeningen for Lesbisk og Homofil frigjøring. 28.6.03.

Mistet jobben pga sin SM-orientering
En 26 år gammel kvinne har mistet jobben i et forsikringsselskap på Østlandet på grunn av åpenhet omkring sin SM-orientering. 15.6.2003

Smerten i det ekstreme
– I dagens samfunn ville det antagelig vært de aids-syke, de homoseksuelle og de med perverse interesser Jesus ville vist sin åpenhet overfor. Kunstanmelder Lars Elton i VG gir Bjarne Melgaards utstilling “Skam” terningkast fem. VG 22.5.2003

– Sado-jenter blir gode sjefer [død link]
Skal du bli en god direktør eller ha suksess på styrerommet er SM hjemme nøkkelen, mener amerikanske eksperter. En kvinne som er villig til å utfordre sine egne grenser på et område i sitt liv – ved å prøve sadomasoschisme – vil være mer innovativ på arbeidsplassen også. Nettavisen 29.4.2003

En av sju har interesse for spanking

En britisk undersøkelse tyder på at det kan være flere fetisjister, sm-ere og transvestitter enn homofile. Smia-info 15.4.2003.

Mange tror feilaktig at SM er en form for tortur“. Sexolog Gro Isachen i Dagbladet 16.3.2003.

“Vanlig og uvanlig”
Litt info om sadomasochisme
Denne litt søte og informative SM-siden fant vi på Trondheim kommunes skolesider! Klikk deg inn! Smia-info 11.3.2003

Mistet barna på grunn av SM-diagnostisering
Hilde lot seg presse av sin advokat til å gi fra seg omsorgsretten til sine barn fordi SM er definert som psykiatrisk sykdom i Norge. SMil-Norge-bladet nr 2-2002.

Fetisj/sm ABC [død link]
Fem til ti prosent av befolkningen praktiserer antagelig en eller annen form for fetisj eller sm-sex. Helseutvalget for homofile desember 2002

Heksejakt mot menneskerettighetsaktivist
Den amerikanske våpeninspektøren Harvey McGeorge (53) blir hengt ut fordi han har jobbet for å informere om sikker, sunn og samtykkende SM-sex. Våpeninspektørenes svenske leder Hans Blix fastslår at McGeorges privatliv ikke er relevant for stillingen som våpeninspektør. Smia-info 30.11.2002

Bildegalleri fra homoparaden i Oslo 29.6.2002

Ordfører hedret lærmiljøet
Selveste ordføreren i Portland, Oregon har hedret stedets panseksuelle lær/SM-samfunn Portland Leather Alliance for sin innsats for sikker, sunn og samtykkende sex. Smia-info 25.8.2002.

SM-ere er løslatt etter “Spanner-prosess” i Hong Kong etter at flere ekspertvitner hadde skissert SM som sikker, sunn og samtykkende. Smia-info 24.8.2002

Bildegalleri fra Nytelsesfestivalen i Grimstad 8.-11.8.2002.

Spannerdommen førte til mer usikker sex
Visste du at videobevisene mot homsene i den britiske Spannersaken ble manipulert og at nye absurde lover ble gitt tilbakevirkende kraft for å få de tiltalte dømt? Visste du at ansvarlig for den årelange polititerroren var ekstreme kristenfundamentalister? En offentlig rapport publisert av det britiske innenriksdepartementet viser at spannerprosessen hindret forebygging av hiv og aids. Smia-info oppdatert 2002.

Bildegalleri fra Europride i Köln 6.7.2002

Magasinet Dagbladet om fetisjisme
Norske sexologer mener Norge bør følge etter Danmark og friskmelde sadomasochisme og fetisjisme. Danmark fjernet sm som sykdomsdiagnose i 1995 etter et politisk vedtak. Magasinet Dagbladet 2.7.2002.

Par i hjerter: Stig og Irving
I hete Rio de Janeiro er det litt varmt for tettsittende lær. Så Irving pleide å kaste alle klærne da han drømte om lærkledde menn i svalere strøk. En slik kveld i 1999 dukket Stig opp på en nattklubb i den brasilianske hovedstaden og fikk øye på Irving. Det var ikke kjærlighet ved første blikk, men de fant ut at de hadde felles interesser for lær og sm og holdt kontakten med hverandre via e-post. Blikk mai 2002

«Venus i pels» på Kagge Forlag
Leopold von Sacher-Masoch «Venus i pels» er oversatt til norsk på Kagge Forlag. – Romanen kan knapt kalles pornografisk, og vil skuffe enhver som er ute etter detaljerte seksuelle skildringer, skriver VG. Stemningen er underlig preget av uskyld gjennom hele boken, fra Severins første møte med den vakre Wanda til hans endelige ydmykelse idet hun gir ham bort som slave til sin nye elsker.

Tony Brown er død
Frihetskjemperen Tony Brown brakte Spannersaken inn for britisk høyesterett og videre til Menneskerettighetsdomstolen i Strasbourg. Han mistet to av sine livspartnere i aids og i kjølvannet av Thatcherismen satt han to ganger fengslet på grunn av sin seksuelle legning. Sammen med Roland Jaggard og Colin Laskey, ble han symbolet på rettsmassakren og Spanner-forfølgelsene som brakte SM/ sadomasochisme ut av skapet verden over. Smia-info 10.5.2002

Økt smerteterskel kan forklare SM
Smerteterskelen øker med opptil 100 prosent før en orgasme. Dette kan være med på å forklare smertetoleransen hos masochister, viser ny forskning. Smia-info 31.3.2002.

Vi har begynt å få et problem folkens [død link]
– Hvis folk deler virus med hverandre, så får virusene tid til å bli motstandsdyktige mot medisinene, og det sprer seg hiv som pillene ikke klarer å takle i det hele tatt. Det er skjedd nå. På en måte står vi overfor en slags ny epidemi. Stein Losnegård på Radiator/Helseutvalget 14.2.2002

Paul Oscar elsker lær og gummi [død link]
pauloscar

Den islandske åpent homofile supersexie sangeren Paul Oscar (bildet) som gledet mangt et fetisj- og SM-hjerte med sin opptreden i lær og gummi under Melodi Grand Prix i 1997, sier til eurogay.de at han absolutt kan tenke seg å ha sex i lær, på samme måte som han elsker å opptre i lær og gummi. “Vi har ikke noe stort lærmiljø på Island. Bare noen få islandske homser bærer og forstår lær”, sier han. Derfor forekommer det ikke så ofte at han har lærsex. “Hadde jeg hatt flere muligheter, ville jeg bestemt ha foretrukket det”, sier han til den tyske internettavisa. Foto og kilde: eurogay.de

– Fjern diagnosene på fetisj og sm

Psykolog Odd Reiersøl skriver på internettsiden til LLHs sm/fetisj-utvalg at det ikke finnes noe bevis på at SM-ere eller fetisjister har mindre evne til kjærlighet overfor sine partnere enn andre mennesker. “Å sette diagnoser på folk på grunn av deres seksualitet er like respektløst som å diskriminere folk på grunnlag av rase og religion. Alle former for seksualitet kan perverteres når den ikke baseres på gjensidig respekt.” Reiersøl skriver til slutt i sin grundige artikkel at ordet “perversjon” bør reserveres for overgrep, manglende respekt og andre skadelige former for seksualitet. Engelsk tekst: www.revisef65.org

– Må akseptere SM-lesber [død link]

“Skrulle, drag queen, SM-lesbe, whatever – det må vi akseptere og det må også speiles. Vi kan ikke bare ha plass til de homoene som er finansministere eller ser ut som de er det. Hvis ikke vi aksepterer vårt eget mangfold, hvordan kan vi selv kreve å bli akseptert av samfunnet generelt?” spør den nyansatte Blikk-redaktøren Christian Bjørnes (29) strengt og retorisk. Dagsavisen 19.1.2002

Hovedfagsoppgave om sadomasochisme
Heidrun Holm skriver hovedfagsoppgave om sadomasochisme. En viktig grunn til at Heidrun ville skrive om nettopp sadomasochisme, var at det står på Verdens Helseorganisasjons (WHO) liste over psykiske lidelser. – Jeg vil utfordre ideen om det normale, sier hun til studentavisa StudVest i Bergen . Det kan virke som om det har vært et tabu også i akademia å skrive om tabubelagt seksualitet. Heidrun har valgt å ikke legge skjul på sin positive holdning til SM, i oppgaven. – Det å ha et slikt standpunkt er ikke forskningsmessig problematisk så sant jeg er refleksiv overfor eget ståsted. Ettersom SM står på diagnoselisten til WHO, mener jeg heller at det er etisk problematisk å være nøytral. De fleste forskere har tatt utgangspunkt i det som en psykisk lidelse, og det er jo heller ikke et objektivt ståsted. Hvis jeg forsøker å være nøytral, innebærer det at jeg indirekte aksepterer diagnosen, sier hun.

Terningkast fem i VG [død link]
Isaac Juliens film The Attendant ble vist under homodagene i Oslo allerede i 1994. Nå kan et større publikum glede seg over homoseksuelle fantasier, erotisk pisking, lærfetisjisme og multietniske skuespillere på Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter til 10. mars. Juliens film “Trussed”, viser blant annet en mann heist opp i føttene for pisking og “avstraffelse” av to SM-menn i lær og nagler. VGs Lars Elton ga Julien terningkast fem i sin anmeldelse. “Dette er film til å bli klok av”, skriver han om verkene til den åpent homoseksuelle og fargede filmkunstneren Isaac Julien. 26. januar svarer Henie-Onstad-museet i Dagsavisen foreldre som er bekymret over visningen av homoerotiske og sadomasochistiske temaer ses av mange barn. “Barn har til alle tider sett bilder i museer som er like homoerotiske som noe av dette, fra Caravaggio til Hockney er det en strøm av store homofile malere hvis seksuelle preferanser ligger tykt utenpå alt de gjorde. Noen barn jeg kjente fant god støtte til egen identitetsbygging i disse”, skriver muséet.

Håvve Fjell på Valhall
Fakiren og smerte-kunstneren Håvve Fjell i Pain Solution som skapte store overskrifter ved å sitte fire timer fastsydd i huden til en stol i Kunstnernes Hus i Oslo, skal opptre på SLMs Valhall-fest i mai, kom det fram på klubbens generalforsamling i februar. Fjell har også tidligere vist sine kunster på SLM, fått 300.000 kroner fra Norsk Kulturråd, opptrådt for Kongen, samt på milleniumsfesten 2000 på Rådhusplassen.

Salt i såret
Odins Merke på Lillestrøm tilbyr på sin side flere smerteskjærende opplevelser for dem som våger. Selv har vi i lengre tid overveid en liten “branding” på overarmen. Men ikke syns vi det så spesielt pent ut ved en nærmere titt på internett. Etter å ha lest bruksanvisningen, trenger vi altså noe mer motivering. Dette er altså god gammeldags brennemerking eller en 3 grads kontrollert forbrenning. “Jo lenger man klarer å holde såret åpent ved irritasjon, desto mer arrdannelse blir det, derfor når skorpen er på det høyeste; riv den av!”, anbefaler Glenn Jordheim i Odins Merke. Forøvrig utføres ved siden av tradisjonell piercing og tatovering også _scarification_. Etter at huden er skåret opp med skalpell i det ytre hudlag, skal såret/sårene gnis inn med salt i én uke for at arrene skal bli “penest” mulig.

SM-sex med Haldorsen [død link]
“Gi meg en koselig kveld en varmrett etterfulgt av normalsex som SM, fistfucking, watersport, bondage, flogging, classic vanilla og eksperimentell hardcore, og jeg føler at seksualitetens gave er min.” Sjefspervo Halvard Haldorsen til tidsskriftet Løvetann nr 4-2001 om sin optimale homoseksuelle handling. Les intervjuet med Kråkeslott-Haldorsen, Sadomaoistan og hans bakgrunn i SM-miljøet i Dagsavisen 19.1.2002

SM og menneskerettigheter
“Møtet med lesbene og homsene i Smia skulle bli tøffere enn jeg hadde ventet. Spesielt ett av styremøtene gjorde sterkt inntrykk. Alle syv tilstedeværende snudde håndbakene opp. Fire av syv hadde arr etter selvmordsforsøk. Flertallet av disse var kvinner. Foredrag holdt for sexologistudenter ved Høyskolen i Agder 18.11.2001.

Sadismen og masochismen utfyller hverandre – et heldig slumpetreff?
– Det er umulig å fastslå om det to mennesker holder på med er SM bare ved å betrakte deres ytre handlinger. Det som er avgjørende er hva som skjer inne i hodene på aktørene, hva de to opplever. Foredrag holdt for sexologistudenter ved Høyskolen i Agder 18.11.2001.

Europride Manchester 2003



Europride Manchester 15-25 August 2003

Photogallery 4 “Human rights”


RIGHT: One leatherman from SM Gays together with Eric and Ruth from ReviseF65 August 23rd in Manchester before the Europride parade.


BELOW: This newspaper paragraph in The Pink Paper put us in contact with Ian from Spanner Trust (picture left).



BELOW: Svein from ReviseF65 and Ian from Spanner Trust. Svein exhausted after being one hour delayed to the ReviseF65 workshop August 28th due to traffic jam after London biggest Powerloss ever (picture left). Read the introduction to the workshop HERE.


Gay and lesbian police officers parading during Manchester Saturday August 23rd 2003
Leathermen fighting hiv and aids. The Europride parade 2003.


 

EuroPride 2003, held for the first time in the UK, has been declared the best ever, despite attracting far fewer than the 1.2m who descended on Cologne in Germany last year.

Robert Kastl, President of EPOA, the founding organisation for EuroPride, was glowing about Manchester’s achievement. “This EuroPride has been fantastic, the best EuroPride so far. The Parade was the most colourful and artistic I have ever seen in Great Britain.”

More than 250,000 people attended the 10-day festival, visiting 150 separate events and raising £124,000 for HIV, lesbian and gay charities.

Visitors from all over Europe received a warm welcome with the Rainbow Flag flying from the top of the Town Hall (picture above), and the Greater Manchester Police distributing a very welcoming Europride Special magazine (picture left) all over the gay village during the Big Weekend.

– What a difference today from 15 years ago when I first came to Manchester and marched through the streets against Section 28, said Actor Sir Ian McKellen according to several gay newspapers.

EuroPride started on the 15th August but one of the highlights was when the world’s longest Rainbow Flag stretching a quarter of a mile in length and weighing more than half a tonne was carried in the Key 103 EuroPride Parade on Bank Holiday Saturday August 23rd.

Welcome to Europride in Hamburg 2004 and Europride in Oslo, Norway 17-27 June 2005.