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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 month, and I… More »


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. More »


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.
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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 Points Memo]
You know… More »


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 pimps reported spending… More »


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 tits at the CeBIT… More »


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 when America needs… More »


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.  … More »


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.
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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… More »


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… More »


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. [France24Huffington Post]
Civil rights activist Faya Rose Toure was arrested in Selma, Alabama for protesting the construction of a… More »


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 to the murder last weekend… More »


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… More »


Cristy Nicole Deweese Is A Dallas High School Spanish Teacher And A Former Nude Playboy Model

I’m dying to know whether it was a student or a parent who discovered Dallas high school Spanish teacher Cristy Nicole Deweese had also posed nude for Playboy and Playboy.com. Because reporting that to the authorities was probably an awkward conversation.

Deweese, 21, posed naked three years ago as a “Coed Of The Month” More »


Lusty Lady, San Francisco’s Employee-Owned Strip Club, Forced To Close

A rent hike has forced the Lusty Lady, an employee-owned co-ed strip club in San Francisco, to close its doors after 30+ years.  The Lusty Lady, which was featured in the 2000  documentary “Live Nude Girls Unite,” was the first strip club in the country to form a union for dancers and provide health… More »


Sex Workers Peer At The Universe Through A Telescope

Prostitutes, unless they’re the totally unrealistic Julia-Roberts-In-“Pretty-Woman” kind, are rarely given much cultural consideration outside of a very narrow scope. When you become a prostitute, it seems, you give up your personhood, often reduced to a two-dimensional stereotype that we all carry in our heads.

But sex workers are just like the rest… More »


RIP Society: 23-Year-Old Model Met Man Over Instagram, Forced Into Prostitution

The Internet can be a dangerous place and it seems that adults are now in need of the same Internet safety classes as children these days. Take one Floridian model who traveled up to New York to meet a man she met on Instagram, only to be forced into sex slavery for 12 days. … More »


Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi Convicted Of Paying 17-Year-Old For Sex

Noted horndog and former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, 76, was found guilty of paying for sex from a 17-year-old at one of his famous “bunga bunga” parties and sentenced to seven years in prison. Although Karima El Mahroug  passed herself off as being 24, the Moroccan nightclub dancer nicknamed Ruby the Heart Stealer was definitelyMore »


Brazil Drops Ad Campaign Celebrating Its ‘Happy Prostitutes’

To celebrate International Day of Prostitutes (apparently that’s a thing?) on June 2, Brazil’s director of the Department of STDs, AIDS, and Viral Hepatitis devised an ad campaign to encourage the use of condoms in the country’s legal prostitution industry, as well as remove the social stigma surrounding sex work. Unfortunately, it turns out that… More »