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Cake day: Nov 14, 2021


Wikipedia, “Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act”:

SESTA and Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) are the U.S. Senate and House bills that as the FOSTA-SESTA package became law on April 11, 2018. They clarify the country’s sex trafficking law to make it illegal to knowingly assist, facilitate, or support sex trafficking, and amend the Section 230 safe harbors of the Communications Decency Act (which make online services immune from civil liability for the actions of their users) to exclude enforcement of federal or state sex trafficking laws from its immunity. Senate sponsor Rob Portman had previously led an investigation into the online classifieds service Backpage (which had been accused of facilitating child sex trafficking).

you are just offering these women up to be murdered

Marginalizing prostitutes does them little favors either. Before the US shut down Backpage, sex workers there were able to screen clients before meeting them. They networked among each other to share good clients and help avoid bad ones. Now that Backpage and many other online avenues are gone thanks to FOSTA-SESTA, prostitutes have to do more street work, which exposes them to needless danger and random clients.

If we let sex workers be, they are able to protect themselves. If we give them resources and foster greater respect for them, the effect multiplies. Cutting off their avenues of work sets them up to be murdered.

Should we also ban painters and musicians from selling their work? Should we really place further restrictions on women and their bodies?

Prostitution may not be necessary in an equitable society that provides for all basic human needs. But again, for a number of prostitutes and other sex workers, it isn’t just an income stream. They sincerely enjoy it as a means to express themselves sexually. Even some well-off people willingly choose sex work. For many women, transgender, and non-binary people, it’s empowering.

Sex work is a trade like any other. If people have their needs covered and still want to pursue sex work as their passion, they should be free to do so.

Prostitution should be decriminalized. Sex work has always existed in many societies and many sex workers choose the profession as their passion. It isn’t only a means of income. Criminalizing prostitution does little to address human trafficking or child safety while making prostitutes more vulnerable to violence, discrimination, and incarceration.

Interesting idea about having one’s “first time” with a sex worker. Wouldn’t have been my preference but I can understand how others may prefer and benefit from it.

I’m guilty of it on my instance, since I’m only able to participate in short windows of time. I’m in favor of changing in algorithm.

Sure. I’ve mostly lived in places with severe housing issues, and I take public transportation, so it’s hard not to encounter people of all backgrounds.

I haven’t been unhoused, but from what I’ve seen and heard, it can be very lonely and isolating. If someone in that position needs someone to talk to, I’ll listen.

the bourgeois seem suspiciously supportive of it

It doesn’t feel that way for me. Unless it can make them money, they don’t give a fuck about healthcare, period.

In a population of billions, why spend money keeping a few workers alive when they can be replaced?

Hard to be a tough-on-crime candidate when crime rates increased during his time as police chief.

“Mutual aid is not complex,” Kara Mason says. “If you see a need in your community, address it. If you can uplift your neighbor, do it.” …


“I don’t help anyone. I live with them.”

Heard this a few days ago from a story on Júlio Lancellotti, a Brazilian priest and activist: …


Dessalines could be seen as Lemmy’s authority figure. They’re one of Lemmy’s project maintainers and they administer the two largest instances.

I do that already, but I’d prefer to just see their username at a glance.

Suggestion: Add setting to show usernames instead of display names.

I’ve lost count on the number of accounts impersonating Dessalines. Plus, I’d like to easily see what instance a user comes from…


I feel two ways about this. USB-C is probably the best connector design yet, and Apple needs to stop pretending that they offer a beneficial alternative with Lightning connectors.

At the same time, this will create a lot of e-waste. If I had to replace my USB-A charging adapter and my only options were USB-C, I’d also have to buy USB-C to USB-C cables. And as wireless charging becomes more popular, how relevant is this legislation in the long-term?

I don’t have any answers, but I’m sending love your way. I’m sorry you aren’t getting help. Caregiving deserves appreciation and shouldn’t always be a one-person job.

Indeed looks interesting. Their official demo is lackluster but I found some working English-language instances:

From a practical standpoint, this seems like the better alternative to online surveys. I see a lot of those from municipalities, and this seems more open and interactive. Some parts remind me of product forums where people vote on feature suggestions.

Although I have to wonder about who gets to participate in these Decidim instances. Certainly not people who already struggle to use Google, much less use a computer at all. The developers seem to promote it as an all-in-one solution, but it really should be one tool for civic engagement among many.

Your introduction is pretty good! I hope you hear back from folks, local community is so important.

My city has block clubs, which promote social connections and even have political power. If you get enough interest in a group, perhaps you’ll find something relevant in this block club starting guide.

Depressing stuff. Many homes on my block have video doorbells. I knew that my walks down the block are video recorded, but I didn’t even consider the audio component. Hell, my neighbor’s doorbell camera has not only recorded every time I’ve headed out the door, but also every conversation I’ve had with my partner on the way out.

Ashraf al-Nimer said the Ukrainian community is the largest foreign community in the Gaza Strip. “Most of those have already experienced the four Israeli major attacks on the Strip and know the meaning and feeling of war. So they know what their families back in Ukraine are going through,” he told…


If the Patreon model works in keeping political commentary and tech-focussed channels up, I don’t see how it would be any different for channels making other kinds of content.

Even for crowd-supported creators, many still seek sponsorships to diversify their income streams. Maintaining a steady income in online video is precarious enough, so I don’t blame creators for sponsorships.

I will add that erotic literature could be much easier to host and moderate, escaping liability. I would be very interested to see an ero-lit Lemmy instance.

Additionally, with a slightly higher level of moderation, I could see an easy time hosting erotic audio. With even more moderation, perhaps erotic, non-photogrpahic, visual art could also be hosted with relative ease.

I’m basing these assumptions on a US perspective, with the Child Protection and Obscenity Enforcement Act of 1988. Others can chime in if I’m wrong or if liability differs in other countries.

Huh, alright. I definitely had a different impression given the logos on their website. Still wish them well.

Yellin’ with you crackas / Never got the bombs outta / Afghan, Libya, Vietnam, or Laos / Thirst for the blood / Leavin’ homes in a drought…


SLRPNK: new solarpunk-themed Lemmy instance

Seems like someone started a Solarpunk themed Lemmy instance! …


Residente’s new music video “This is Not America” builds on and challenges Donald Glover’s (a.k.a. Childish Gambino) 2018 music video “This is America” […] Residente questions whether the story of the Americas is merely one of inescapable chaos and vi…


When we are facing real threats of death, we cannot seek queer joy. When we do not have stable housing, secure employment, access to health care, or community, we cannot seek joy. When we see others who are kept from living as themselves, we cannot seek joy. But queer joy should be what we move to…


Virtual worlds are delicate things and they can vanish with hardly a trace. You can archive the software, but a dead world can only tell you so much. It’s just as important to document how people spent their time within it. …


Accessibility: Difficult to determine if I have voted on certain comments, posts in default theme

Lemmy’s default theme performs well in black-and-white but it’s difficult to figure out if I already upvoted something. The arrows in the upvote and downvote buttons change shades after selecting them but the difference is practically imperceptible. …


From Tolstoy to Pussy Riot: Teaching the history of anarchism at the University of Michigan

My hope was that, as an “easy A” course, it would make space for students to connect their interests to the topic. I was not disappointed. […] They created stunning final projects including zines (on anarchist comics, reproductive justice, etc.), a performance art event, a talk show, and original …