Posts tagged "melissa petro"

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 or worse -- immoral harlots bent on unraveling the very fabric of society. That's why the Red Umbrella Project (RedUP) aims to give sex worker…

By: Julie Gerstein / July 16, 2012

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 which students came to school in outfits that deliberately violated the code. According to news reports, the school’s dress code is pretty basic. It require…

By: Melissa Petro / June 12, 2012

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 day at a grassroots nonprofit for disadvantaged girls. I was cheating on my long distance boyfriend, we were having unprotected sex and I got pregnant.

By: Melissa Petro / October 21, 2011

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 this week in New York City. Melissa Petro, a “well-liked” elementary school art teacher in the Bronx for the past three years, was recently reassigned…

By: Joanne Hinkel / September 28, 2010