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19-Year-Old Girl Committed Suicide After Being Cyberbullied Over Amateur Porn

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When Alyssa Funke of Minnesota was 18, she filmed an amateur porn for a site called CastingCouch-X, which features “Fresh New Amateur Girl Porn Videos.”

In March, the porno was posted online. At some point thereafter, says her family, former classmates at Stillwater Area High School began harassing Alyssa over social media, calling her a “porn star” and slang words for “slut.”

On April 16, Funke shot and killed herself. Keep reading »

PurrVerse: The NYPD Now Limits Using Condoms As Evidence Of Sex Work — But This Issue Is Far From Over

PurrVerse: The NYPD Now Limits Using Condoms As Evidence Of Sex Work — But This Issue Is Far From Over

The NYPD has finally agreed to ban the confiscation condoms as evidence from people they suspect of being sex workers. With similar measures having been fought for and won in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., this seems like a win for sexual health, right?

Well, sort of. The headlines I keep seeing aren’t actually accurate: “NYPD to stop seizing sex work suspects’ condoms,” “NYPD To Stop Seizing Condoms From Suspects As Evidence Of Prostitution,” etc. This sort of shoddy reporting might mean that the public thinks that condoms as evidence is an issue over and done with, when in fact there is more to do. The policy announced by  NYPD Commissioner Bratton bars confiscation of condoms as arrest evidence in prostitution, prostitution in a school zone, and loitering for the purposes of prostitution cases, which is a great start. But it’s not as overarching as the mainstream media seems to think it is. Keep reading »

NYPD Will Stop Confiscating Condoms From Suspected Sex Workers

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  • New York City’s mayor announced today that the police department will no longer confiscate unused condemns as evidence of prostitution. Sex workers rights advocates have long pointed out that the practice discourages people — especially those at risk of being profiled as sex workers by the police — from carrying condoms in the first place. [AP]
  • Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has appointed five new members to the state’s Board of Health to review women’s access to health care in the state. In particular, they will look at how the legislature has restricted access to reproductive healthcare, particularly abortion. [MSNBC]
  • The Secretary of Defense said he thinks the military’s prohibition on transgender folks serving should be reviewed. [ABC News] Keep reading »

Frisky Rant: “Walk Of Shame”‘s Problematic Plot Shames Sex Workers & Drug Addicts For Cheap Laughs

Frisky Rant: "Walk Of Shame"'s Problematic Plot Shames Sex Workers & Drug Addicts For Cheap Laughs

Oh, I wanted to like “Walk Of Shame.” I wanted to love it. What’s not to love about a movie starring Elizabeth Banks, Gillian Jacobs and Tig Notaro? I was ready for a hilarious rom-com starring several of my favorite funny ladies.

Instead, in the screening room, I sat next to my friend who runs IndieWire’s Women And Hollywood blog and we spent the entire moving grabbing each other’s arm in the dark and incredulously whispering, “This is so fucking offensive.” And not edgy-funny-offensive. Like, ew-offensive.

Lordy, Lordy, Lordy, where do I start? (Spoilers ahead, obviously…) Keep reading »

The Soapbox: Porn Stars Learn They Can’t Bank On Chase

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I’ve written before about issues around payment processors and the sex industry, how businesses like Paypal, WePay and Google Wallet were shutting anyone they suspected of sex work out of using their services.

Well, turns out that a trickle down effect is happening within the banking world, as Chase recently sent letters out to hundreds of porn performers telling them their bank accounts would be shut down May 11th. Perez Hilton posted a photo of one of these letters from adult performer Teagan Presley, and while I am somewhat loath to link to his blog, I think it’s important to read the language. You’ll notice that Chase never specifically cites adult work in their decision, just that they “reviewed the account and determined that we will be closing it on May 11, 2014. Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience.”

I’m sure they’re terribly sorry. Just as they were really apologetic for refusing to process payments for Lovability CEO Tiffany Gaines. Her crime? Selling condoms, because they’re “adult-oriented material”. The same adult oriented material, of course, as Trojan, who could process their payments with no issues through Chase, but never mind. As long as they’re really sorry about it. Keep reading »

“Ice Road Truckers” Star Tim Zickuhr Accused Of Kidnapping Sex Worker

  • Tim Zickuhr from the History Channel reality show “Ice Road Truckers” has been charged with kidnapping after allegedly restraining and beating a sex worker whom he had hired after accusing her of stealing money from him. The woman, who goes by Snow White, was able to get him to call one of her friends,  who just so happened to be a cop, to supply the money. Smart lady. Zickuhr has been charged with first degree kidnapping, extortion, and coercion. What a disgusting story. [TMZ]
  • Something called KODE Magazine claims that Lindsay Lohan told them during an interview that she’s dating a “married” guy “with kids” who once sent a jet to pick up her. [Daily Mail UK]
  • New couple alert: Richard Gere and Padma Lakshmi are going out. [Page Six] Keep reading »
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