German sex industry calls for state aid

German sex shop owners and erotic film makers, badly hit by the economic crisis, are pushing for state aid that has also been requested by their US peers, the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung reported on Friday.

German sex industry calls for state aid
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“Economic aid would be judicious,” erotic trade federation official Uwe Kaltenberg told the WAZ.

The German erotic sector comprises mainly small and medium-sized outfits that could use financial aid for things such as continuing education for employees, he said. However, the sex industry official held few illusions regarding the chances of getting Berlin to lend a hand.

“The rescue of Opel is a better draw during an election than support for the small and medium sized companies in our sector,” Kaltenberg acknowledged in reference to the German automaker and Germany’s upcoming general election scheduled in September.

Germany’s erotic industry, which includes the nationwide chain Beate Uhse, has suffered heavily from downloading of X-rated videos from the Internet, and the call by Kaltenberg follows one by two leading figures in the US sex sector.

Earlier this month, Larry Flynt and Joe Francis called upon the US congress to approve an economic support package worth $5 billion (€3.8 billion).

Flynt and “Girls Gone Wild” video series creator Francis asked the newly convened Congress “to rejuvenate the sexual appetite of America.”


France taken to European Court over divorce ruling that woman had ‘marital duty’ to have sex with husband

A case has been brought against France at the European Court of Human Rights by a woman who lost a divorce case after judges ruled against her because she refused to have sex with her husband.

France taken to European Court over divorce ruling that woman had 'marital duty' to have sex with husband
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The woman, who has not been named, has brought the case with the backing of two French feminist groups, arguing that the French court ruling contravened human rights legislation by “interference in private life” and “violation of physical integrity”.

It comes after a ruling in the Appeals Court in Versailles which pronounced a fault divorce in 2019 because of her refusal to have sex with her husband.

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The court ruled that the facts of the case “established by the admission of the wife, constitute a serious and renewed violation of the duties and obligations of marriage making intolerable the maintenance of a shared life”.

Feminist groups Fondation des femmes (Women’s Foundation) and Collectif féministe contre le viol (Feminist Collective against Rape) have backed her appeal, deploring the fact that French justice “continues to impose the marital duty” and “thus denying the right of women to consent or not to sexual relations”.

“Marriage is not and should not be a sexual servitude,” the joint statement says, pointing out that in 47 percent of the 94,000 recorded rapes and attempted rapes per year, the aggressor is the spouse or ex-spouse of the victim.