sex work

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…

Rebecca Vipond Brink | October 7, 2014 - 4:30 pm

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…

Rebecca Vipond Brink | October 7, 2014 - 3:30 pm

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

Rebecca Vipond Brink | September 29, 2014 - 6:00 pm

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…

Kitty Stryker | September 18, 2014 - 4:00 pm

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…

Jessica Wakeman | August 27, 2014 - 5:30 pm

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…

Kitty Stryker | July 14, 2014 - 2:00 pm

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

Kitty Stryker | June 20, 2014 - 10:30 am

“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…

Jessica Wakeman | May 23, 2014 - 6:00 pm

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…

Jessica Wakeman | May 21, 2014 - 4:00 pm

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…

Kitty Stryker | May 15, 2014 - 12:00 pm

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…

Jessica Wakeman | May 12, 2014 - 5:30 pm

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…

Jessica Wakeman | May 2, 2014 - 12:00 pm

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

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…

Kitty Stryker | April 23, 2014 - 11:00 am

“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…

Jessica Wakeman | April 21, 2014 - 6:30 pm

The Soapbox: “Game of Thrones,” Thanks for Employing Porn Stars

I’m just going to say it upfront: I’m a massive fan of “Game of Thrones.”
I know it’s problematic, controversial around its portrayals of women, and arguably more violent…

Kitty Stryker | April 21, 2014 - 12:00 pm

The Soapbox: The ’80s Called And They Want Their Sex Wars Back

I’m writing this on an airplane from Toronto, Ontario, to San Francisco, California. I’ve just spent six days among other women, other queers, other porn performers, and other feminists at…

Kitty Stryker | April 10, 2014 - 12:00 pm

The Soapbox: What Online Prostitution Taught Me About Racism

Racism is a covert agent in our lives. Some claim that it is invisible to them; completely hidden. It is very infrequent that racism openly reveals itself for long enough…

Tiffanie Drayton | April 4, 2014 - 12:00 pm

The Soapbox: How PayPal & WePay Discriminate Against The Adult Industry

I was packing my bags, looking forward to a week trip to the Feminist Porn Awards and the Feminist Porn Conference, having finally earned enough through my Patreon patron-funded writing…

Kitty Stryker | April 2, 2014 - 2:00 pm

True Story: My Crash Course In Porn And Empowerment

It’s easy to say that pornography is empowering for women, or that it degrades them. Oversimplifying, certainly, but easy.

The truth is it’s much more complicated than that.

Kitty Stryker | March 27, 2014 - 12:00 pm

How To Empower Yourself Through DIY Porn

What with the recession, welfare cuts and increasing financial inequality it can be difficult to know how to make ends meet. I’ve got some advice for you which might seem…

Pandora Blake | March 25, 2014 - 1:00 pm