ASP News & Updates

Is it Rational to Vote ‘Sex’?

Written by The Rationalist Society of Australia

In asking this question I am prompted to ask a supplementary question - is it rational to call a civil libertarian political party, the Sex Party?

Many rational people will probably say ‘no’ and consider the word ‘sex’ to be confronting by nature. That could put some voters, who are basically supportive of the party’s platform, off the party itself. However a rational person could also accept that more people know about the party and its platform simply because of its name and have subsequently voted for it amidst the clamour of smaller parties starting to contest elections.

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Sex Stores Urged to Drop ‘She-Male’ Tag | Written by James Findlay

Any remaining sex stores selling transsexual adult films under the banner of 'she-male' have been urged to 'wake up' and use correct terminology after the Courier Mail saga last week in which they used the term 'she-male' to describe murder victim Mayang Prasetyo.

President of the Australian Sex Party and Upper House candidate for the upcoming Victorian State election, Fiona Patten, told MCV the vast majority of adult stores use the term transsexual, but "of course like any industry, we have dinosaurs."

"Our industry caters to a diverse range of sexuality and we are also a diverse industry. Any stores or adult businesses that are still using the term have lost touch with their community and need to wake up and stop using such hurtful terms," Patten said.

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The need for comprehensive, compulsory and universal sex and relationships education has never been clearer

According to VicHealth’s National Community Attitudes towards Violence Against Women Survey, one in six Australians believe when a women says ‘no’ she means ‘yes.’ One in five believe that a woman who has been drinking is partly responsible should she be raped. More than two in five believe men rape women because they can’t control their sexual urges. Overall, the survey shows that victim-blaming and violence-supportive attitudes are rife in Australian society. These findings are disturbing but, sadly, not surprising. In 2013, these attitudes were strongest among people aged 16-25 – and haven’t changed in nearly twenty years - suggesting that our current sex and relationships curriculum is failing our nation. 

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Victorians Deserve To Know

Last night the Australian Christian Lobby hosted an event at Queens’ Hall, Parliament House of Victoria. At the event both Premier Denis Napthine and Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews committed to allowing their MPs a conscience vote on any private member bills affecting abortion in the next Parliament.

With every Coalition and ALP MP to be allowed a conscience vote this raises questions that each candidate at the Victorian state election should answer before any votes are cast.

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The Fetish Expo!

September 20th 2014, Fitzroy Town Hall, Napier Street, Fitzroy Doors open 12 noon…

Shop, catch high-octane fetish and neo-burlesque shows, and marvel at exhibitions of erotic art and photography. Grab a drink from the bars, eat some home cooked food and wander around the venue to your wicked heart’s content socialising with friends old and new.

Dress code: Any clothing is allowed, but undercarriages to be covered please. Kink/alt outfits are heartily encouraged.

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Sex Party Releases Upper House Candidates: Balance of Power Now Possible

The Australian Sex Party has announced candidates for the Victorian Upper House election in November. For the first time, every Victorian who is eligible to vote will now be able to vote for the Sex Party. Party President, Fiona Patten, said the party is standing candidates in every upper house region with the expectation that it has a chance of getting as many as four candidates elected to the Legislative Council and possibly with balance of power.

“As a truly non-aligned party who owes nothing to Labor, Liberal or the Greens, we are ideally placed to hold the balance of power,” she said. “We are a sensible and thoroughly modern political party that can offer Victorians the chance to see long-overdue social reforms put into place”.

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Sex Party to Address Cannabis Rally Today

Australian Sex Party President Fiona Patten will address a medical cannabis rally in Treasury Gardens today to support the legalisation of cannabis for medical uses. The rally kicks off at 2:30pm near the old Treasury Building.

Ms Patten has welcomed Labor and Liberal commitments on medical cannabis recently but said she was sceptical because both of them had deeply entrenched attitudes to drugs that would not shift easily in a party room debate. “They can say they will set up trials and enquiries just to win votes but the truth of the matter is that both major parties are deeply conservative when it comes to drug law reform”, she said. “If they decide to go slow on the promise it could take a decade of debate and enquiry before anything concrete happens. The old groupers in Labor and the ghosts of John Howard and Brian Watters in the Liberals, will make law reform very difficult."

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Australian Sex Party Extend Sympathy to Nimbin

The Australian Sex Party extend their sympathies to the people of Nimbin, who have been subjected to an inappropriate and disproportionate operation by New South Wales police.

On September 11th the NSW police force sent in around 70 officers to Nimbin, making several arrests for small drug offences, raiding local businesses and seizing two kilograms of cannabis. Richmond Local Area Commander Superintendent Greg Martin told the media that the arrests were the culmination of six months work by the local Drug Unit.

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SLUTWALK - Saturday 6 September

The Sex Party is a proud supporter of the Slut Walk event in Melbourne. Come put on a yellow tshirt and join us in the fight against victim blaming. SlutWalk Toronto founded this international movement have have this to say about the reason why this event began:

“On January 24th, 2011, a representative of the Toronto Police gave shocking insight into the Force’s view of sexual assault by stating: “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized”.

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Melbourne preparing to put some kink in its spring

Oz Kink Fest® 2014 returns for its 7th year as Australia’s biggest kink festival

While much of Melbourne will be focused on the AFL finals, from September 19 - 28 the alternative lifestyle and fetish communities will be busy getting its kink on.

Oz Kink Fest® brings fetish enthusiasts, experts and retailers together for 10 days of workshops, parties, performances and trade across a number of inner-city venues.

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