AIDS Free World has sued the Government of Jamaica claiming that Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) in Jamaica are being denied privacy rights to intimate behaviour.
Testifyingtotruth thinks that it is completely wrong to evict young MSMs from their homes
Claiming Privacy: First Domestic Challenge to Jamaica’s Anti-Sodomy Law
February 11, 2013
In 2011, Jamaica’s Parliament unanimously approved a new Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms which, for the first time, explicitly guarantees the right to privacy. However, the Charter also appears to preserve the 1864 British colonially imposed anti-sodomy law. Under this law, intimacy between two adult men in the privacy of their bedrooms can land them in prison for up to 10 years at hard labour. This creates an obvious contradiction: it is arguable that under the new Constitution it is now impossible to enforce the anti-sodomy law without breaching the new right to privacy. Although the Jamaican government has resisted calls to repeal the law, the leaders of Jamaica’s major political parties have repeatedly said that they have no intention of prying into the bedrooms of consenting adults. Confusion about the interpretation of these competing provisions in the Charter is wreaking havoc on the private lives of Jamaican gay individuals. On behalf of one such person, young gay rights activist, Javed Jaghai, AIDS-Free World has filed a claim in the country’s Supreme Court seeking a declaration that the anti-sodomy law no longer applies to private acts of intimacy between consenting adult males. The first hearing of the case will take place on June 25, 2013.
Javed was evicted from his home because of his sexual orientation. The homeowner argued that, as a homosexual, Javed would break the law by engaging in intimate acts with other men on the premises.
Sadly, Javed’s experience is not uncommon; gay Jamaicans endure almost daily intrusions into their privacy. In 2005, two middle-aged men were convicted under the anti-sodomy law when a passing policeman viewed them through their bedroom window. In even more extreme cases, armed mobs have invaded the homes of homosexuals in an attempt to evict them; in other cases, homophobic neighbors have stoned and torched premises because they belonged to homosexuals or their families. Even 11-year-old LGBT youth have been turned out on the street by family members, and the mere suspicion of homosexuality can earn someone an abrupt eviction, or worse.
These violations result in gay Jamaicans often having to pay a premium for housing. Those who cannot afford it end up homeless. The growing homeless LGBT population is presenting social and economic problems for Jamaica. There is also a grave health risk. Homeless LGBT sometimes turn to sex work as a means of survival where clients often pay more for unprotected sex.
The fear of an invasion into their privacy also impedes Jamaican men who have sex with men (MSM) from accessing public health facilities geared towards the treatment and prevention of HIV and AIDS. Moreover, due to the anti-sodomy law, public health campaigns and facilities geared towards HIV and AIDS prevention and treatment cannot explicitly target homosexuals and MSM, even though both groups are recognized to be at highest risk for new HIV infections.
As guardians of the Constitution, we fully expect that the court will live up to its duty to interpret the law in a manner that gives full effect to constitutional values and principles, including the newly enshrined right to privacy of consenting adult Jamaicans.
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What is felching?
Felching is sucking (usually your own) cum out of someone’s arse, possibly with a straw. It may then include passing the spunk from mouth to mouth.
What’s the attraction?
Many of us are drawn towards tasting or swallowing cum (our own or others). It can mean taking into the body something seen as valued and potent.
Felching can also signify the end of the sex act. This meaning is even stronger if the cum’s been inside the other man as it’s a strong sign of two men joining together in a very intimate, ‘no limits’ way.
A strong, ‘piggy’ erotic charge comes from breaking the taboos around cleanliness and health that come with taking into your mouth something that’s been up another man’s arse.
Also known in personal ads and internet profiles as:
- on the left (wants to fist)
- on the right (wants to be fisted)
- round the neck (both gives and takes a fist).
What is fisting?
Fisting involves putting a hand, sometimes forearm, into another man’s arse, occasionally going up as far as the lower (sigmoid) colon. It doesn’t mean clenching your fist into a ball and pushing it into someone’s arse hole, which is usually not possible. Instead fingers are kept pointing straight and close together; a fist shape can be made once inside the arse.
Punch fucking is inserting a clenched fist in and out of the hole, like a cock pumps an arse. Due to the difficulties and potential dangers of doing this it’s best left to advanced fisters.
Double fisting means putting two hands inside the arse.
Piston fucking or jackhammering is when one man puts his dick and hand inside the other man’s arse, then wanks himself off inside the guy’s arse.
Chariot racing is when one fister fists two men (one hand in each arse).
The 2006 Gay Men’s Sex Survey found that in the previous 12 months 13% of men had fisted or been fisted. Fisting was almost twice as common as being fisted.
What’s the attraction?
Fisting fans call it the ultimate sexual experience, involving intense feelings of trust, intimacy and vulnerability. A guy being fisted is putting himself in the other man’s hands.
Fisting allows direct stimulation of the prostate (known as the ‘male’ G spot), the walnut shaped gland inside the arse where the base of the dick ends, below the belly button. Stroking it gives stronger orgasms. Manipulating the prostate triggers in the bottom the desire to piss, even with an empty bladder: this can be very pleasurable. A fister may be able to trigger an orgasm in the fistee, even though his cock is soft.
When the fister’s hand first enters the arse, the sensation is like being fucked by a large cock, but more powerful. Most cocks aren’t wide or long enough to do what a fist can: fill the rectum, prod the far side or go through the lower colon. So taking a hand is much more intense.
As the fister moves his hand deep inside, trying to get the best position to move through the sphincter of the lower (sigmoid) colon, the pulsating sensations coming from the fistee’s arse can become so strong that he can almost lose touch with the real world. When the fister finds the sphincter to the colon and moves his hand through it, the waves of pleasure can become even more intense. The pleasure centre is inside the body and this feeling is a real buzz for the fistee: he senses something moving within his body, not at the surface.
Some say the rhythmic pumping of a hand up and down and around inside the colon is bliss, that no other sexual sensation comes close. If the fistee can take the fister’s hand clenched into a fist – making it wider so it rubs more against the muscular wall of the colon – the sensations get even stronger. This shouldn’t be painful.
The pleasure can be so strong and come in such strong waves that a fistee might almost feel hypnotised. This is deep fisting, and a fistee only comes to this with time and patience. A man regularly fisted by the same guy can be played like a musical instrument by his top, which is where the top gets his pleasure.
When a man’s being fisted and experiencing the pleasure coming from his arse, he doesn’t think about his cock – it stays soft. Even if the fistee plays with it during fisting, it’s unlikely he’d get an erection unless he’s taken a drug like Viagra. The fistee’s mind is totally concentrated on his arse and the feelings coming from inside him.
The fist is a potent symbol of masculine strength. Taking one inside can represent an even more powerful act of penetration, domination and surrender than taking a cock. Fisters can see themselves as a select group of hardcore men marked out by an act that shocks and disturbs the more conventional and less sexually adventurous.
Fisting involves pushing your limits, and for some the feeling of a man reaching deep inside them can’t be beaten. A regular fuck with a cock just might not be fulfilling enough, especially if you want to feel your ring being stretched and your insides probed like never before.