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Congressional Staffers Walked Out Of Their Jobs On Thursday To Protest Police Killings

  • Black and Hispanic congressional staffers on Capitol Hill walked out of their jobs to protest police killings yesterday. [The Root]
  • The median net worth of White households in America is THIRTEEN TIMES that of Black households. Are we still denying systemic racism? [New York Times]
  • Shonda Rhimes wants Sony to admit that the hacked e-mails that have been released are racist, not “racially insensitive.” [theGrio] Keep reading »

Simmons College Is Now Trans* Inclusive

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  • Simmons College in Boston is adopting trans* inclusivity. [Boston Globe]
  • According to the Minneapolis media’s #PointerGate, pointing your finger makes you a gang member. [The Root]
  • If you believe women should like being catcalled, let Amanda Marcotte tell you why your opinion isn’t relevant. [Raw Story] Keep reading »

Robot Hugs Breaks Down Our Cruddy Attitudes Toward Sex Workers

GOD I love Robot Hugs. Robot Hugs is the webcomic behind that amazing analysis of street harassment as a male attitude of ownership over public spaces and everything that exists in public spaces. One of their new strips addresses, well, strippers — or, more specifically, why men have ugly attitudes toward sex workers to whom they are patrons. Keep reading »

13 Questions About This Century-Old Brothel Menu

This brothel menu from the early 1900s has been circulating around the internet for some time now, but this is the first I’ve seen of it, so allow me to ask some vital questions. I’ve calculated the value of the services based on this inflation calculator and American dollars. Ahem… Keep reading »

Transgender Woman Paula Overby Is Running For Congress In Minnesota

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  • Paula Overby will become Minnesota’s first openly transgender candidate for Congress. [Huffington Post]
  • EJ Dickson talks about why we need to care when sex workers are murdered. [Daily Dot]
  • Veterans voiced their displeasure with FOX News’ Eric Bolling and Greg Gutfeld over their sexist comments about UAE pilot Major Mariam Al Mansouri. [Feministing] Keep reading »

PurrVerse: We All Have The Right To A Secret Identity

PurrVerse: We All Have The Right To A Secret Identity

It was two and a half years ago that I presented at South By Southwest  on sex workers and social media, particularly on the dangers of “real name policies.” Sex workers are using social media, not only to talk to fans, but to talk to each other, to create community while still maintaining a level of personal privacy that feels good for them.

I argued that demanding people use their legal names (erroneously called their “real” name) can make social media an incredibly unsafe place, with more abuse rather than less. I talked about some of the cons to social media, like the overzealous censorship of nudity while ignoring violent gore, or how bullying and harassment goes ignored.

It was a generally well-received presentation, and I noticed that times did change. Google Plus, who was the main offender, changed their policies first to allow nicknames, and then finally in July of this year, doing away with “real name” policies altogether. I figured the NymWars were over with that. Keep reading »

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