Gazette: Amazing.Net to remain open in Northampton through Valentine’s Day

Today’s Daily Hampshire Gazette reports: Instead of closing Jan. 9, as signs posted at the entrances had indicated, Amazing.Net will instead shut down after the close of business on Feb. 14. “It’s just that maintaining our large space and property has become a bit too costly, so we are considering other options,” Wainwright said. [Brandon […]

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Gazette: “Owner of Amazing.net site praises adult store’s tasteful window displays in Northampton”

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Tuesday’s Daily Hampshire Gazette included some rare comments from Barry Goldberg of Longmeadow, MA, owner of the property at 135 King Street in Northampton that houses the Amazing.net porn shop. Goldberg reflected on the extensive news coverage of the store’s original filing with city planners and its eventual arrival in late 2007. “I can’t tell […]

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Breaking News – Site of Amazing.net Store in Northampton Goes Up for Lease

For Lease sign in window of Amazing.net porn shop at 135 King Street in Northampton, MA

This sure put JOY into our holiday. Nearly 10 years after the Daily Hampshire Gazette reported that Capital Video wanted to expand its chain of porn shops into Northampton, “For Lease” signs have appeared in the windows of 135 King Street. We can only hope that the next use for this site will be more positive for the neighborhood. […]

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“Child Prostitution, Adult Prostitution, and the Obscure In-Between”

An outstanding article from The Prostitution Experience rebuts the notion that prostitution somehow becomes OK at the age of majority, or that child and adult prostitution can be disentangled. FreeIrishWoman writes: This is the dichotomy of adult and child and they are viewed as very separate, very distinct, so that there is a clearly perceived […]

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Stella Marr: “How the Sex Industry Threatens Survivors Speaking Out while Pimps Pose as Sexworker Activists”

Pimps put up a fog of propaganda around what they do, but they can’t fool prostitution survivor Stella Marr. Here’s an excerpt from her invaluable post of June 28: Pimp-affiliated groups such as the IUSW, SPOC, SWOP USA, COYOTE, the Erotic Services Providers’ Union and PONY must disband and reform as new organizations that are […]

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Psychology Today: “Porn-Induced Sexual Dysfunction Is a Growing Problem”

Psychology Today notes how porn use can impede sexual function. Fortunately, there is a solution. Recent behavioral addiction research suggests that the loss of libido and performance occur because heavy users are numbing their brain’s normal response to pleasure. Years of overriding the natural limits of libido with intense stimulation desensitize the user’s response to […]

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Porn Director: “My true responsibility was to make sure the girls got punished”

Sam Benjamin, porn director, reflects on the industry’s attitude towards women for AlterNet: …in due time, I came to learn that within the context of the heterosexual L.A. industry, while my overt task at hand was to make sure that the girls got naked, my true responsibility as director was to make sure the girls […]

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Massachusetts: Anti-Human Trafficking Bill Signed into Law

Welcome news from Massachusetts State Senator Stan Rosenberg: On November 21st, Governor Patrick signed into law a House-Senate anti-human trafficking bill that is being hailed as one of the toughest laws of its kind in the nation.        The new law includes criminal sentences up to five years in prison for attempted human trafficking, up to 20 […]

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