Posts tagged "sex work"

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…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 2, 2014

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 their services. Well, turns out that a trickle down effect is happening within the banking world, as Chase recently sent letters out to…
By: Kitty Stryker / April 23, 2014

“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…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 21, 2014

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 on screen than required (see last night's rape scene for…
By: Kitty Stryker / April 21, 2014

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 the Feminist Porn Awards and the Feminist Porn Conference. In that time, I have witnessed moments that made my heart soar,…
By: Kitty Stryker / April 10, 2014

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 to be identified, before disappearing, cloaked in discussions about "culture," "socio-economics," "sensitivity," or…
By: Tiffanie Drayton / April 4, 2014

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 to travel and have a bit of a cushion when I got back. Payments would be processed at the beginning of the…
By: Kitty Stryker / April 2, 2014

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. I was 19 when I realized I could go to college without the debt that my friends were already beginning to complain about. I could…
By: Kitty Stryker / March 27, 2014

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 controversial: empower yourself through porn.
By: Pandora Blake / March 25, 2014

Cops In Hawaii Still Want To Sleep With Sex Workers Before Arresting Them

Police in Hawaii are allowed to have intercourse with sex workers as part of their investigations — fuck her and then arrest her! Legislators want to change that, but cops are insistent it be preserved. Are we surprised that "law enforcement" of sex work is completely screwed up? [Talking Point…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 21, 2014

A Breakdown Of How Pimps Spend Their Money

A new report conducted by the Urban Institute on the economics of sex work in the United States turned up some interesting results in the financial life of a pimp. The Institute interviewed imprisoned former pimps and asked them how they allocated their funds. The graph above reflects the percentage that participating…
By: Ami Angelowicz / March 15, 2014

Pole Dancing Robots Appear At Technology Trade Fair

Women in tech have got more to worry about than sexist attitudes and an abysmal dude-to-lady ratio: at a tech trade show in Germany on Sunday night, there were pole-dancing robots. The bots, which were designed by artist Giles Walker, rent out for $40,000 apiece.  Two of the bots shook their silicone…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 11, 2014

Frisky Q&A: Melissa Gira Grant, Author Of Playing The Whore: The Work Of Sex Work

If you've done any reading on the Internet about the business of sex work, chances are you've come across Melissa Gira Grant. She's written about sex, politics, labor and tech everywhere from the UK's Guardian to The Atlantic  to Jezebel and Valleywag, making her one of the top intellectuals to turn to…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 11, 2014

Elementary School Teacher Kaitlin Pearson Suspended After Semi-Nude Modeling Photos Anonymously Sent To Boss

Grossness: some douchebag anonymously mailed semi-nude modeling photos of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, elementary school special needs assistant Kaitlin Pearson to her employer and local newspaper. And now the 23-year-old's side-career of modeling may cost her her job. …
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 24, 2014

Porn Industry Shuts Down As Yet Another Adult Film Performer Tests HIV-Positive

Another adult film actor has tested HIV-positive, making this anonymous person the fifth case in the industry this year. Filming has shut down for a third time since this summer as doctors trace the outbreak. The Free Speech Coalition, which is a trade group for the porn industry, announced the halt on filming on Friday. "We…
By: Claire Hannum / December 10, 2013

Professional Cuddling Business In Wisconsin Shuts Down After Prostitution Accusations

After only three weeks in existence, the Snuggle House in Madison, Wisconsin, where cuddling professionals hugged, spooned and cuddled their clients for $60 an hour, has shut down. The cuddling business was accused of being a front for prostitution, a lawyer for the Snuggle House owner confirmed to the AP today. A comment on the…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 9, 2013

Italian Law Student Is Selling Naked Pics Of Herself Over Facebook To Buy A New Moped

Times are hard. But one Italian law student whose moped is about to break is getting entrepreneurial: she's selling naked pictures of herself over Facebook to raise money for new wheels. The student known only as Mary posted a picture of herself holding a sign in Italian, which obscures her face but puts her lovely…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 2, 2013

France Considers Sex Work Law Punishing Johns

France's parliament is reviewing a proposed bill today to curb sex work by punishing the johns with a $2,000 fine while protecting the sex workers. Prostitution is currently legal in France. [France24, Huffington Post] Civil rights activist Faya Rose Toure was arrested in Selma, Alabama for protesting the construction of…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 27, 2013

Bloggers Take Joss Whedon & Equality Now To Task

Blogger Melissa Gira Grant critiques Equality Now, which recently had a speech by Joss Whedon in which he discussed feminism, for its anti-prostitution stance ... [Talking Points Memo] ... and blogger Flavia Dzodan critiques the contents of Whedon's speech itself. [Red Light Politics] Here's Dream Hampton's response…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 8, 2013

On The Very Annoying Girls Who Dabble Like Tourists In The Sex Industry

One encounters a lot of tourists in the sex industry. While many clients are technically tourists–visiting from other cities, states, or countries–I’m talking about working tourists. Work tourists are young women, usually either college educated or in the process of getting a college education, who hear about how empowering sex work is, and decide to jum…
By: The Gloss / November 7, 2013