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The Red Umbrella Project Helps Sex Workers Write Their Truth

Stories of sex work are rarely ever told by the people actually doing the work. And the sex work narrative typically portrays those involved in the industry as victims, martyrs…

Julie Gerstein | July 16, 2012 - 12:40 pm

The Soapbox: On School Dress Codes And Slutty Wednesday At Stuyvesant High School

By now you’ve probably heard of the prestigious New York City high school that protested what they perceive as a discriminatory dress code by instituting a “Slutty Wednesday”—a day in…

Melissa Petro | June 12, 2012 - 12:00 pm

Girl Talk: Reflections On A Reckless Youth

I had an abortion when I was 21. It was my senior year of college. I was living in NYC, working nights as an exotic dancer while interning during the…

Melissa Petro | October 21, 2011 - 12:00 pm

Is It OK For An Elementary School Teacher To Have A Sordid Past?

How would you feel if you knew your young child’s art teacher used to be a prostitute? This is the question at the heart of a news story making waves…

Joanne Hinkel | September 28, 2010 - 6:00 pm