E. Winter Tashlin

Do We Still Care About Sexual Freedom?

Filed By E. Winter Tashlin | September 07, 2012 3:30 PM | comments

Filed in: The Movement
Tags: Democratic Convention, LGBT community, PayPal, sexual freedom

A US District Court is allowing a breach of contract lawsuit against PayPal to continue, after the "Sugar Daddy" website SeekingArrangements.com sued the online payment giant for terminating their account, bigstock-Corazon-Gay-G-2385825.jpgdespite processing payments from substantively similar websites like AshleyMadison.com.

At first blush it doesn't sound like a very "gay" story, but now I'm not so sure.

There's something endearing to me about the formal decision [pdf] as someone who works in the field of alternative sexuality. The mix of traditional legal language, with explanations of terms like "Married Dating/Discreet Affair," i.e. "meeting for the purpose of having sex," is somehow simultaneously jarring and totally appropriate. This is a pretty prosaic decision from the Court. There're issues of monopoly, contract law, fraud, and unfair competition, involved, but the fact that these businesses arguably operate on the seedier side of what's acceptable in society is not raised as a notable factor.

As we watched speeches at the Democratic Convention that for the first time really embraced the needs and reality of our community, do issues and decisions like this one still matter to us, or has our fight for equality moved beyond simple matters of sexual freedom?

(Sexual freedom graphic via Bigstock)



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