Sunday, April 26, 2015

Updated (New) Sexual Services Survey - & - New Website

Due to technical difficulties last years survey is being discontinued and the results rolled into a new (updated) survey.  See - NEW SURVEY -

A new website is also being developed and may be previewed at - http://bcssr.jimdo.com/

Comments and suggestions welcome.

Thanks,
Rick
E: bcssr@bcsafesexresearch.ca

Sunday, April 13, 2014

New Sexual Services SURVEY (& Newsletter) Adults-Only (18+) (BC)

NEW - BC Sexual Services Research SURVEY - LINK -  
The new survey builds on previous survey's with the purpose of assisting in discussions regarding proposed changes to Canada's Prostitution Laws.

In the interests of maintaining continuity as the survey and the issues evolve, the survey consists of a profile which respondents can update.  

Submitting this survey/profile also enrolls subscribers in a newsletter list which will update them on a monthly basis on the results of the survey and other matters.  Most respondents to surveys are interested in the results of surveys they respond to, and they may unsubscribe at any time.

Comments and suggestions welcome.
 
Thanks,
Rick 

E: bcssr@bcsafesexresearch.ca

Sunday, November 3, 2013

British Columbia Sexual Services Research (with donations to charity)

(COPY of EMAIL Sent tonight)

Dear Followers,


Since most of you have been recipients of my (world famous) BC Safe Sex Update, you will be familiar with my work.  For background details see -http://bcsafesexresearch.ca/.

My reason for sending you this email is to announce the creation of a New Google Group titled - BCSSR-Vancouver, and to invite you to JOIN at - -https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!forum/bcssr-vancouver

The purpose for this new group is to (boldly) go beyond previous discussions and to actually entertain the idea of setting-up a regulated facility (similar to Insite), possibly via an NGO or Social Enterprise, that would enable sexual services to take place in a clean, safe, respectful environment.

The initial facility could possibly be made exempt from any laws (which have not yet been knocked down by the courts)  pertaining to the sale of sexual services, by being classified as a - research - facility (which it would be), conducting evidence-based research on lowering risks and identifying scientifically-proven benefits of sexual services.  Essentially taking a scientific, clinical approach to this issue.

OBJECTIVES
 - Harm-Reduction - reduce the potential risk of harm to those engaging in selling and buying sexual services.
 - Health Benefits - evaluate safely conducted sexual services as a less risky form of stress relief then taking drugs or engaging in other less healthy activities.  Especially those who have been (quietly) suffering.
 - Revenue Generation - generate funds for charity which could be used to help clean-up the DTES, improve health and alleviate poverty.
 - Rewards - Explore ways to use the facility as a way to reward those who have done "great things" for the - city, province, country, world - in improving the human condition.

Feel free to pass this email onto others who you think may also be interested in joining this important discussion.

Thank-you, sincerely,
Rick Orser
P: 604-325-0725
E: rick.orser@bcsafesexresearch.ca

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Defending the #Rights of the #Horny

c/o City of Vancouver Mayor and Council (cc Chief of Police & Premier of BC)

Dear Mayor Robertson & Council,

I appreciate the "paradigm-shift" that I have been reading about taking place at City Hall and the VPD and new efforts that are taking place in light of the Missing Women Inquiry to move away from "enforcement" towards "root-cause analysis".  

I am however concerned about terminology.  "Vice" is a good term even if it carries "moral-implications", vice covers such things as the use (or abuse) of such products as alcohol, tobacco & drugs, or services such as gambling and prostitution (sexual services).  Moral implications need to be recognized as they relate to the individual (their behavior) and their Rights on one hand to consume such things along with their Responsibilities on the other, not to cause damage to themselves (or others including all of society).

The extent to which "vice" is tolerated in any given society is determined by public attitudes and expressed through government policy and laws.  Vice has traditionally been associated with immorality such as attributing one who uses vice to having bad morals.  It is the different view of morality in our society that has changed, not vice itself, and to a large extent this is good as it recognizes the human need for such things as stress relief....  Our challenge now is to decide how far this should go without creating a "moral hazard" a slippery slope in which "everything goes"....  My own view is that vice should be used as a way to reward (healthy) good behavior, not used as a way to excuse (unhealthy) bad behavior.

Another term that concerns me is "Counter Exploitation Unit" which is being set-up to help "protect" Street-Level Sex Trade Workers...  No offense as I know the intentions are good, but this term immediately strikes me as reflecting badly on buyers of sex from street level sex trade workers, essentially painting all buyers as "exploiters".  Even though street level (low cost, usually taking place in cars) sex trade only represents 20% of the sex trade (as discussed in my previous research reporting), and it is of course the most dangerous way to offer (or buy) such services compared to services offered indoors.  It is, however, still relatively safe considering the enormous (drive-through) volume of usage of these services.  One bad apple (Picton) should not be used to paint all buyers of these services in a bad light.  Where would these girls be without buyers of their services ?  They would probably need to steal or engage in other crimes to support their drug habit (which most of them have which keeps them from working safely indoors with others).

As a matter of fact, street level sex trade workers are already committing a crime just by working on the street... they are essentially marketing services on the street without a business licence such as a street vending license which even lowly hot dog stands need to get....

The argument that these girls are "forced" onto the streets is not true as 80% of Sex Work takes place indoors... Yes, in a grey area legally... but as you know these laws have recently been knocked down....  These girls are purposely putting themselves at risk in a similar fashion to snowboarders who go out of bounds on the mountain, getting lost, then forcing the rest of us to go looking for them or spending a lot of money to pay experts to risk their lives rescuing them.  All in the name of getting their "fix" or "high".... 

I understand that to make things safer for the street level sex workers that cameras have been installed on some streets, unfortunately these do not record licence plate numbers and cars take the girls out of the neighborhood anyway.... A better option might be to use a - parkade - that has been designated for this purpose... that would record license numbers when cars drive in.... and collect a small fee when they leave.  Shower and washroom facilities could be available for Sellers and Buyers as well as a depot with condoms & lube, etc....  Along with maybe even a Bike Rack.  Safe sex practices and rehab could also be available and encouraged.  Cameras and security patrols could help maintain safety.

As discussed, the sexual services these girls typically provide are usually quick & simple, usually oral gratification leading to orgasm (also called a blowjob and sometimes called "playing the flute" (for those who are artistically inclined)).  Costs for this service is usually around $20 and is useful for those on a budget or those who are shy about using indoor facilities.


What I am saying is there needs to be greater balance in terms of respect for both the Sellers as well as the Buyers of sexual services and the terminology (like the "paradigm-shift") needs to reflect this...
 - See my posting on PERB for further discussion - Oodles of dollars are available to conduct "root-cause analysis"

"Those who deny human nature are consumed by it"

Thanks
Rick
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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

#SensationStation - Sex Shops - and the City of Love (Adults-Only 18+)

Re: City of Vancouver Sex Shop Regulation Issue

Barb Windsor, Chief License Inspector
City of Vancouver

Dear Barb,

As I hope you recall, I met with you and Tom Hammel (your Assistant Director of Licences and Animal Control), back in early September 2009 to discuss assisting you with research on the local Massage Parlour Industry, as the city was considering a review of regulation and fees related to this industry.

My proposal titled Metro-Vancouver Massage Business Research (MVMBR) included industry classifications based on services offered and comparisons with other jurisdictions within the Metro-Vancouver Region, and built on survey work and other research I conducted since starting this kind of research during my University days at SFU back in the early 1980’s.

Although no decision was made to enter into a contract with me to assist the city in this area, I do believe you and Tom were sufficiently impressed with my level of knowledge on the topic to keep me in mind for future reference.

As I am sure you know, based on recent court decisions, big changes are taking place in the area of laws related to the Sexual Services Industry. To help with discussion in this area and preparation for possible changes to regulation, I have started a new website - & blog:
1 - http://bcsafesexresearch.ca/
2 - http://blog.bcsafesexresearch.ca/  - (including (in full living colour) the Sexual Services Survey Report)
3 - As well as a Twitter account - @bcsafe #SensationStation

My reason for emailing you are the articles I have seen in the media about your proposed regulatory review of Vancouver based Sex Shops. Sample article: http://www.vancourier.com/Court+orders+closure+Vancouver+shop/7059581/story.html

I understand the review is mainly about administering and enforcing compliance with current city bylaws, but am wondering if this might also be an opportunity to evaluate these businesses in order to determine if they could be improved in order to provide better service to the community and support community values.

One of my concerns is the public perception that Sex Shops are bad for the community by contributing to unhealthy attitudes and behaviors and that they mainly cater to male clientele. This may be true to a certain extent, but not all "Sex" Shops cater mainly to male clientele, some cater mainly to female clientele and are sometimes called "Love" Shops that one does not hear too many complaints about... As a matter of fact, one of the main products in "Sex" Shops are - vibrators - which are almost exclusively used by females and are purchased by females or by their male friend or husband.

Sex Shops serve a useful purpose in that they act as safety-valves to help people maintain their sanity by helping to alleviate sexual suffering caused by stress and hormonal issues, and act as (doctor approved) preventative medicine, that if not treated could lead to health problems, especially mental health problems, which in turn can lead to social problems.

As you may know, Sex Shops in general, both male and female clientele oriented, are experiencing serious competition from online and mail-order businesses and could use some - "enhancements" - in order to improve and possibly even save their businesses....

If there are problems with Sex Shops then maybe this is an opportunity to look into transforming them into something that is not only more appealing to the community, but more appealing to both male and female users of Sex Shops as well.

One option would be to create a hybrid facility, possibly called a "Sensation Station" which would encourage community involvement and cater to both males and females equally, and which could not only be licensed to sell sexual products but also licensed to sell sexual - services - that offer sexual relief and nourishment in a clean, safe, respectable fashion.

This is about cleaning up and improving the sexual health of the community, and the city has a responsibility to ensure these kinds of - legal - services are available and carried out in a safe, clean, respectable fashion.  Not only that, but from a business point of view, there is also the possibility of transforming Vancouver into an Adult Entertainment Mecca that would help satiate lustful carnal desires on a Global Scale.  No need for unhealthy gambling, alcohol, tobacco or drugs... lets educate the world about a healthier alternative.

SOME AREAS OF CONCERN:

Peep Shows (mainly male customers)

Peep Shows offer adult movie viewing in private booths which are typically occupied by single males who sometimes engage in masturbatory practices. These activities are reasonably safe and healthy (although there is always the danger of electrocution of course, as well as making a mess).

Sometimes, however, there are more than one occupant in these booths, and not just male-female but also (even more so) male-male.... who are not just engaged in "playing with themselves" but also engaged in "playing with each other".  In other words, not just feasting their eyes on video, but also gorging themselves on each other.  And although I do not have anything against these activities, I do, however, believe they should be conducted in a clean, safe, respectable fashion which I do not believe is always the case in these facilities as they are currently constructed...

What is troubling also with the case of the male-female occupancy's, is that some of the females are street-level sex trade workers, many of whom are drug addicted and engaging in these activities for drug money, with cleanliness not necessarily their top priority...

In the case of the male-male, most are not even homosexual, if they were they would probably prefer to go to the steam bath (house), which is the preferred "home" of homosexuals.  Like the Adult Theaters, most of the peep-show males are either bi-sexual or quasi-bi-sexual (who are affectionately known as "funny-fellas") and in some cases they may be quite "straight" but are too horny, cheap or poor to go to a Massage Venue (for example) which is the preferred "home" of heterosexuals.

There is also the issue of vulnerable (mentally fragile) Hormonally Challenged Individuals (HCI's) who may not only need protection from others who are taking advantage of them, but also from themselves, and who may be in danger of sliding into engaging in deviant acts in neighborhoods such as peeping through bedroom windows... and of course when things get this bad and descend into this level of depravity there may be only one way of dealing with them:
- silver bullets work best (tell Jim to stock up in case we can’t fix this problem in time)....

A better option would be to have - live - peep shows (like they do in the states) where professional, properly trained girls (& security staff), could keep an eye on things and keep things humming along in a clean, safe and respectable fashion, for all involved, with a share of the profits donated to charity.
- What might be useful in the in-term is sending in a troupe of females, possibly called the VanDolls (to the rescue), outfitted with knee pads, rubber gloves and a box of condoms - quickly - before its too late.
Vibrators (mainly female customers)

As you know, I have always - loved - technology... and am glad people can use it to help satisfy their sexual needs.

Three concerns I have, however, are as follows, 1) many are not using this technology even though it could help them, 2) some are using technology but are not, or no longer, being satisfied by it and 3) it is unfortunate if the technology is reducing human contact instead of helping to increase it.

We need improvements to help reduce (growing) incidents of - Hysteria - taking place in Vancouver neighbourhoods.
- Healing Vancouver neighbourhoods suffering from - hysteria - some of which may be temper-”mental” and in need of a good - sexual - workout in order to pacify... should be a top priority of the city...

For further details on the term - hysteria - see - The Beginning - A romantic comedy about the invention of the vibrator
- AND - The Modern Version (bringing things to a whole new level) - My friends in the military tell me that when you are done with the Artillery its time to bring in the Mechanized Division
http://www.fuckingmachines.com/site/?c=1
- Positive health benefits are possible if conducted in a safe clean fashion
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex-machine

AND, last but not least - The coming (to a neighbourhood near you, of (shared) Bi-cycle
- Bike Share Program - may not be enough - to cure the city's hysteria problem, and may actually contribute to - unintended (potentially diabolical) consequences...
- The sexual health risks for males using bikes are well documented... but there are issues for females as well...
- Trick or Treat ? - Be careful what you wish for... Just in time for Halloween - The dreaded "Numbing" of the Genitals
- In the early days of sexual health research it was thought that bicycle riding was a good form of sexual health for females, but now research is showing that excessive amounts can lead to - problems.
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Harvey_Kellogg
- http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/science-scope/riding-bikes-harmful-to-female-sexual-health/12570

Oh, and just in case anyone forgot, remember that -
- Green is Good but - Wellness is Better... https://sites.google.com/site/rickorser2/

Happy Halloween - and watch out for witches on brooms !


Bike


Driver's Seat - 

Thanks
Rick
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Rick Orser

Sunday, September 16, 2012

BCSSR is now open for business - JOIN the Discussion (Adults-Only 18+)


BC SAFE SEX RESEARCH - http://bcsafesexresearch.ca/
The site is not about the Pros or Cons of "Prostitution" (the sale of sexual services), and accepts the fact that prostitution has been around for a long time and is probably here to stay.
Recent media coverage has educated the public on the fact that prostitution is legal in Canada, and that it is only the rules (or lack of them) around how prostitution is conducted (in a business sense) that are at issue and have been challenged in the courts.
The initiative is non-judgmental with an objective to stimulate discussion among the various interest groups and determine how sexual services can be offered in a clean, safe, secure fashion in a way that maximizes the benefits to society while minimizing potential harm.
JOIN the discussion and help answer the following questions:
- What risks are involved in the sexual services industry ?
- How can risks in the sexual services industry be reduced or avoided ?
- How should the sexual services industry be regulated ?
- What benefits should society be looking for from the sexual services industry ?
If you are a person working in Government, Business or the Nonprofit field
(with expertise that could assist with discussions)
- JOIN (private) - Yahoo Group - for Professionals Only
BC SAFE SEX RESEARCH BLOG - - *** NOTE THAT A PASSWORD IS NO LONGER REQUIRED ***
- Anyone (18+) can view & join
- View Research Reports, Surveys and other info
- View Posting to Organizations & Officials
GOOGLE GROUP - RC Project
- Anyone (18+) can view & join to receive email updates on:
- BC Safe Sex Research - and the Safe Sex Update Newsletter
- RubCentral (rubcentral.ca) - with donations to charity
GOOGLE MODERATOR - - *** NEWLY MINTED - SEE QUESTIONS & ADD YOUR OWN ***
- Anyone (18+) can view & join
- Post & Respond to Questions & Ideas
- Vote on Questions & Ideas
Thanks
Rick


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Saturday, June 16, 2012

What about guys impregnating females then abandoning them ? (18+) (bcsafesexresearch.ca)

Date: 2012-06-16, 2:31PM PDT
Reply to: research.rick@bcsafesexregistry.ca [Errors when replying to ads?]


JOIN the discussion on government regulated sexual services - (Adults-Only 18+) - http://bcsafesexresearch.ca/
Thanks
Rick

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