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Things we liked, or didn’t like, from around the internet this week.

Danah Boyd on what anti-trafficking advocates can learn from sex workers, and why they should treat them as allies.

The Sydney Morning Herald on the inconsistencies in censorship that mean a film of Fifty Shades of Grey would be banned in Australia.

you could run a credible literature course out of books Australians were once banned from buying. In theory, novels can still go to the Classification Board. In practice, they almost never do, probably because the famous literary anti-censorship cases made rating books seem deeply unpalatable.

Emma’s boyfriend Martin Robbins on masturbation, and the way the media treats sexual desire as shameful.

Fantasies are just fantasies, to be acted out in our imaginations or in safe environments with like-minded, consenting adults. Law-makers and prosecutors have the right to regulate the things we do in public, but their willingness to police and censor the dream worlds of our gloriously kinky imaginations is far more sinister than any Nazi-themed BDSM orgy.

Ms Naughty has made a Periodic Table of Feminist Porn.

From Stacy Coguen at Feminist Philosophers, a fascinating reflection on whether pinkification can be subversive..

Via Blue Milk, a photo shoot of roller derby mothers.

And via Feminist Philosophers, something inspiring to end this week’s post: the Renegade Raging Grannies singing “Legitimate Rape”.

Pop on through to the Renegade Raging Grannies website for the lyrics.

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