Posts tagged "prostitute"

Sex Workers Peer At The Universe Through A Telescope

Prostitutes, unless they're the totally unrealistic Julia-Roberts-In-"Pretty-Woman" kind, are rarely given much cultural consideration outside of a very narrow scope. When you become a prostitute, it seems, you give up your personhood, often reduced to a two-dimensional stereotype that we all carry in our heads. But sex workers are just like the rest of u…
By: Julie Gerstein / July 21, 2013

Man Calls 911 Because His “Prostitute Is Too Ugly”

Emergency services are there for you to call when you're short on Kool-Aid and weed, or to bitch about your mom, or, in the case of an unnamed British guy in West Midlands, England, to complain that the prostitute you've hired isn't attractive enough. The guy called the British equivalent of 911…
By: Julie Gerstein / June 14, 2013

French Director Francois Ozon Says Lots Of Women Fantasize About Being Prostitutes

Francois Ozon: I think women understand the film more than men. ... I think women can really be connected with this girl because it’s a fantasy of many women to do prostitution. That doesn’t mean they do it, but the fact to be paid to have sex is something which is very obvious in feminine sexuality.
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 22, 2013

Mayoral Candidate Linda Fondren Reveals Prostitution Past

Plenty of politicians are whores to big business. But Vicksburg, Mississippi, mayoral candidate Linda Fondren has opened up about her own actual sex work past: she literally used to work as a legal prostitute in Nevada. "I was a working girl in a legal brothel over 30 years ago," Fondren said. She said she bega…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 25, 2013

“Dead” Prostitute Comes Back To Life In Coffin

And you thought you had a rough day at the office: a prostitute in Zimbabwe passed out during sex with her john. As she was being placed inside a coffin, she suddenly woke up and began screaming, "You want to kill me!", thus freaking everyone the f**k out. The woman, identified as MaNdlo, reportedly collapsed and…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 28, 2013

Today In People Are Horrible: You Have To Pay To Get Your Name Off “Potential Prostitutes” Web Site

PotentialProstitutes.com is a hideous new website that posts the photos, locations and phone numbers of women who it deems might be sex workers. Many of the pics appear to be mug shots, which would suggest at least some of the women featured on the site have been arrested in the past for…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 27, 2012

Zurich Solves Its Prostitute Problem With Sex Boxes

Prostitutes -- out of sight, out of mind. At least that's what the government of Zurich, Switzerland, is hoping for. That's why they've created drive-in sex boxes, which will accommodate around 30 working prostitutes. The boxes are a move to begin regulating the sex trade in the city, where officials say prostitution has gotten out…
By: Julie Gerstein / December 1, 2012

Charlie Sheen Allegedly Bought A Prostitute Vaginal Rejuvenation Surgery

Never let it be said that Charlie Sheen is not a philanthropist: he has allegedly paid for vaginal rejuvenation surgery and a car for one of his favorite prostitutes. (I'm not sure I find this rumor believable.) He also allegedly smokes his drugs out of a Fiji water bong. (I do find this rumor believable.)…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 1, 2012

Should Cabbies Be Punished For Knowingly Driving Prostitutes?

We can all agree that sex trafficking of women and girls is abhorrent and should be illegal. Maybe we won't agree about whether consensual sex work should be legal. (I personally believe it should be.) But where do you stand on punishing cab drivers who knowingly drive around prostitutes? On Friday morning, New York City…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 22, 2012

A Sex Video That Will Surprise You

Human trafficking is the number two most lucrative illegal industry -- behind drug trafficking -- in the world. Because of its clandestine nature it's difficult to gauge the extent of its reach, but experts believe that at any given time there are anywhere between 12.3 and 27 million people in forced or bonded labor --…
By: Julie Gerstein / May 16, 2012

Morning Quickies: John Edwards Denies He Hired A Prostitute

John Edwards denied a report yesterday that in 2007 he hired a prostitute working for Anna Gristina, a New York City madam recently busted by investigators. A news site called DNAinfo claims one of Gristina's call girls had sex with a man she believed to be John Edwards at an Upper East Side hotel. Edwards'…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 23, 2012

8 Life Lessons From A 52-Year-Old Prostitute

Last month, The New York Times profiled Barbara Terry, a 52-year-old prostitute living in the Bronx section of New York City who's been working as a lady of the night for more than 30 years. As a woman in her 20s, Terry was left alone to care for four young children and needed to find…
By: Julie Gerstein / January 24, 2012

DSK Is Shocked — Shocked! — To Hear Women He Slept With Are Prostitutes

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund, is either the world's worst liar or the world's biggest egotist. He's the world's worst liar if he thinks anyone will believe he didn't know his ladyfriends at French sex parties (aka orgies) were not being paid for their, um, services. And he's the world'…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 13, 2012

France Considers Prostitution Ban

Dominique Strauss-Kahn is crying into his champagne: politicians are considering a ban on prostitution in France. The law would make it illegal to pay for sex, punishing johns with six month prison sentences and $4,000 fines. Currently a john will only be punished if the prostitute is underage or…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 7, 2011

Get Paid To Date (Er, Escort?) On WhatsYourPrice.com

Don't waste your precious time and money on dinner and drinks with a fugly troll. And don't be punished for your "high standards." Instead, pay the beautiful ladies of WhatsYourPrice.com for their time. Yeah, I don't understand What's Your Price, either, other than it sells itself as a "dating site" rather than an escort service.
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 20, 2011

“NY Post” In Trouble For Accusing Hotel Maid Of Prostitution

Fireworks weren't the only thing exploding over 4th of July weekend: that's also when The New York Post published a scathing front-page article about the hotel maid who accused ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault which, among other things, called her a prostitute. The paper quoted an unnamed source "close to…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 12, 2011

Dominique Strauss-Kahn May Argue Maid He Allegedly Sexually Assaulted Is A Prostitute

Warning: the following blog post will make you stabby. Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the ex-chief of the International Monetary Fund who is accused of sexually assaulting a New York City hotel maid, may argue in court that the victim was a prostitute who threatened to blackmail him. The Sun reports that Strauss-Kahn's defense team…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 26, 2011

The Real Life “Secret Diary Of A Call Girl” Brooke Magnanti Wrote A Book About Sexonomics

In November 2009, Dr. Brooke Magnanti bravely outed herself as the "Belle du Jour," a former sex worker whose blog Diary of a London Call Girl went on to become a smash hit book and Showtime TV series, "Secret Diary of a Call Girl." A specialist in neurotoxicology and…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 13, 2011

Billie Piper On “Secret Diary Of A Call Girl,” Sex Work And Feminism

"When I first started playing [Belle/Hannah], when I first read the script, I found it very hard to believe that those kind of women in that profession really [could be feminists]. I was quite judgmental about it. I thought 'I'm not entirely sure that there's any way that you could be that way and…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 12, 2011

Lawrence Taylor Gets Slap On The Wrist For Raping Underage Prostitute

If you're going to rape a 16-year-old prostitute, I recommend being a highly paid professional athlete. Last May, Lawrence Taylor, a former football player for the New York Giants, was arrested for hiring a 15-year-old girl who was prostituted out by a pimp at a Holiday Inn in New York. The 51-year-old…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 31, 2011
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