Posts tagged "sex work"

The Soapbox: What TIME Gets All Wrong About “Pretty Woman,” Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

A journalist from Time.com contacted me yesterday for a quote that ultimately appeared in an article that irresponsibly conflates sex work and sex trafficking. In recognition of the 25th anniversary of the film, "Pretty Woman," the writer told me she was gathering what former sex workers— not victims of sexual exploitation, mind you — think…

By: Melissa Petro / March 25, 2015

Sex Worker Fights Against A New Northern Irish Law To Criminalize Payment For Sex

Sex worker Laura Lee is fighting to overturn a new legislation in Northern Ireland that would criminalize those who wish to buy sex. Essentially they are trying to adopt the Scandinavian model which many feminist activists claim is bad for the lives of sex workers. The law will essentially force consensual sex work further underground,…

By: Katrin Higher / March 22, 2015

5 Things You Don’t Know About Strippers (Until You Are One)

If prostitution is the world's oldest profession, stripping may very well be the second oldest -- it all depends on exactly when the first uptight humans decided people shouldn't walk around with their most enticing bits flopping nakedly in the wind. As soon as clothing became the norm, taking that clothing off became a profitable gig for…

By: Cracked / January 27, 2015

The Soapbox: On Sex Addiction, Sex Work & The Wall Street Intern Who Quit Her Job To Pursue Porn

Last week, a Wall Street intern quit her job to pursue porn. Paige Jennings, who goes by Veronica Vain, was working at an Lazard's alternative-investments marketing group in New York when she “quit [Wall Street] before it fired me” (according to her Twitter page) after it was discovered she was tweeting nude selfies from inside…

By: Melissa Petro / January 21, 2015

Vincent Gallo Will Sex You For $50,000, Sell You His Sperm For A Cool Mill

I bet when you woke up this morning, it did not occur to you that it would ever be possible for you to bang that dude from "Buffalo '66," or to have his sperm implanted in you for the purpose of having his baby. As it turns out, my friend, you were wrong. As it…

By: Robyn Pennacchia / January 15, 2015

Tusmørke’s Oculus Rift Game Autumn Seeks To Help Rape Survivors

A forthcoming Oculus Rift video game is hoping to help rape survivors. [The Atlantic] An anti-gay group put out a pamphlet about how kids shouldn’t have to hear “the sounds of sodomy,” and of course the Internet ran with it. [RawStory] Why has there only ever been one Jewish Miss America? [The Daily Beast]…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 7, 2015

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-mail…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 12, 2014

Simmons College Is Now Trans* Inclusive

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]…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / November 7, 2014

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…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 7, 2014

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...

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 7, 2014

Transgender Woman Paula Overby Is Running For Congress In Minnesota

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]…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / September 29, 2014

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…

By: Kitty Stryker / September 18, 2014

Zurich’s “Sex Boxes” Are A Success!

Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of Zurich, Switzerland's "sex boxes," drive-in brothels that accommodate over a dozen sex workers. Sex work has been legal in Switzerland since the 1940s, but was largely unregulated. Previously Zurich sex workers sold themselves on the street in several neighborhoods, often climbing into clients' cars. As can be the case eve…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 27, 2014

PurrVerse: Adult Sex Workers Are Arrested When We “Think Of The Children”

I woke up one morning last week to my Twitter in an uproar. That’s reasonably common in my world, as many of the people I follow are marginalized and there’s a lot to be angry about. Turns out that the FBI has seized MyRedbook, a California site where masseuses and escorts could advertise for client…

By: Kitty Stryker / July 14, 2014

PurrVerse: Behind The Lens With Sex Worker Photographer Isabel Dresler

Recently I got a chance to meet Isabel Dresler (safe for work), who I’ve taken to calling "photographer to queer porn stars." She’s shot with some queer porn faves like Courtney Trouble, Dylan Ryan, Andre Shakti, and Siouxsie Q. We got to chatting at a shoot for the cover of the East Bay Express on the…

By: Kitty Stryker / June 20, 2014

“Duke Porn Star” Belle Knox Pens An Open Letter To Alyssa Funke

"Duke porn star" Belle Knox (real name: Miriam Weeks) penned an open letter to the late Alyssa Funke, the 19-year-old who committed suicide after her classmates harassed her for appearing in porn. [xoJane] A committee in the Louisiana's state house of representatives has advanced a bill that would keep a braindead pregnant woman on life…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 23, 2014

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

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…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 21, 2014

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:…

By: Kitty Stryker / May 15, 2014

NYPD Will Stop Confiscating Condoms From Suspected Sex Workers

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.

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 12, 2014
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