Posts tagged "sex work"

Is Pole Dancing A Sport?

As a girl who defined herself as a ballerina from ages three to 21, I’ve had the argument over whether dancing is a sport or art many times over. I don’t care what any guy friend says: it’s both. Hey, you try and make dancing on your toes look effortless!

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Sarah Gray / January 23, 2013

Today In People Are Horrible: You Have To Pay To Get Your Name Off “Potential Prostitutes” Web Site is a hideous new website that posts the photos, locations and phone numbers of women who it deems might be sex workers. Many of the pics appear to be mug shots, which would suggest at least some of the women featured on the site have been arrested in the past for sex work. But…

Jessica Wakeman / December 27, 2012

Alleged Zumba Studio Prostitution Ring Was Town’s Sweaty Secret

When you think of Kennebunkport, Maine, images of lobsters, sailing, and even the Bush family retreat come to mind. What you don’t think of is seedy sex scandal — that is, until now. The swank, coastal town is where a prostitution ring was being run out of a local Zumba studio.
A local fitness instructor, Alexis Wright, ha…

The Stir / October 11, 2012

Frisky Q&A: Phone Sex Operator Sabrina Morgan Talks Kinky Sex, Dirty Talk Tips & Melon Humpers

Be honest: “For A Good Time, Call …” has made you just a tiny bit curious about what it’s like to work a phone sex line. Is it just pervs who call up and pant into the phone before hanging up?  Are all the women who do it just paying their way through grad school?

Jessica Wakeman / September 6, 2012

Pimp’s List Of 10 Rules Is The Most Depressing Thing Ever

Not that I was under any illusions that pimps were good people as a general demographic, but this just makes me want to take a bath after reading it. On Monday, Long Island police raided the home of an alleged pimp named Steve McDaniel and came across a handwritten list called “Rules 2 Da Game…

Jessica Wakeman / August 16, 2012

Teen Girls Sue Over Sexual Exploitation

Three teen girls in Washington state are suing sex website for profitting off underage sexual exploitation. One 15-year-old girl and two 13-year-old girls filed a lawsuit on Friday, which claims they were trafficked into sex work and their pimps published scantily clad photos of them on Backpage with little oversight by the site.

Jessica Wakeman / July 30, 2012

The Red Umbrella Project Helps Sex Workers Write Their Truth

Stories of sex work are rarely ever told by the people actually doing the work. And the sex work narrative typically portrays those involved in the industry as victims, martyrs or worse — immoral harlots bent on unraveling the very fabric of society. That’s why the Red Umbrella Project (RedUP) aims to give sex worker…

Julie Gerstein / July 16, 2012

Should Cabbies Be Punished For Knowingly Driving Prostitutes?

We can all agree that sex trafficking of women and girls is abhorrent and should be illegal. Maybe we won’t agree about whether consensual sex work should be legal. (I personally believe it should be.) But where do you stand on punishing cab drivers who knowingly drive around prostitutes?

On Friday morning, New…

Jessica Wakeman / June 22, 2012

The Escort Files: Women Who’ve Played Call Girls & Escorts In Film And TV

Julia Stiles is back on the small screen, only instead of your TV screen, I’m talking about your computer — the actress is staring in a new show called “Blue” on the YouTube channel Wigs. Wigs has enlisted a bunch of fantastic actors to star in their series, which involve multiple mini-episodes that are all…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / June 18, 2012

Debate This: Joan Holloway’s Choice To “Sleep Her Way To The Top” On “Mad Men”

Sunday night’s episode of “Mad Men” was a climactic one, and possibly the best episode of the season. Peggy, fed up with being taken for granted by Don, landed a new job at a rival firm and resigned by Sterling Cooper Draper Price. Meanwhile, SCDP’s deal with Jaguar seemingly hinges on Joan sleeping with a…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 29, 2012

Who Cares If Bill Clinton Took A Pic With Porn Stars?

President Bill Clinton co-hosted a party with Prince Albert of Monaco and took a photograph with three beautiful young women.

Those women just happened to be porn stars. According to The Atlantic Wire, one woman is Brooklyn Lee, who appeared in the porn flick “Secretaries 4″; another is Tasha Reign, who appeared i…

Jessica Wakeman / May 24, 2012

Meet The Fokkens: 69-Year-Old Twin Sister Prostitutes

Well, goddamn, some names definitely seem to lead you down certain life paths, don’t they? Having a name like Fokken might have had a tad bit of influence in convincing these two feisty broads — twin sister prostitutes — into getting into the biz. Identical twin sisters Louise and Martine Fokken have worked Amsterdam’s Red…

Julie Gerstein / May 22, 2012

Reporter Fired For Stripping Files Gender Discrimination Complaint

This past March, the Houston Chronicle fired society reporter Sarah Tressler from her job after the city’s rival newspaper exposed her as a stripper. The Chronicle claimed it only fired Tressler because she did not reveal that job — not, say, because it actually had a problem that one of its reporters worked the pole…

Jessica Wakeman / May 14, 2012

How Dare A Strip Club Which Covers Strippers In Sushi Name Its VIP Room After Charlie Sheen!

Charlie Sheen Problems: the actor is pissy that a stripper joint called Cheetahs bequeathed his name upon their VIP room, in which guests can eat sushi off nearly-naked women for $250 a pop. An outraged Sheen has threatened to sue the New York City “gentleman’s club” for — get this — damaging his reputation by…

Jessica Wakeman / May 1, 2012

Newspaper Fires Writer Sarah Tressler Because She Also Worked As A Stripper

A Texas newspaper has fired staff reporter Sarah Tressler after she was exposed — by a competing paper, natch — as a stripper. Tressler, who has a bachelor’s and master’s degree, worked as a society reporter for the Houston Chronicle and taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Houston. But for eight years,…

Jessica Wakeman / March 31, 2012

Sex And The Sober Girl

The following piece was originally published on The Fix.

Since I was 19, I’ve worked on and off as a prostitute in New York City.  I learned a lot about men during my decade of escorting, from seeing the insides of their apartments and uncensored sexual requests, but it wasn’t until I quit…

Emma Lee / February 7, 2012

Hey Girl, Ryan Gosling Is Sex Positive

Ohhhhhh Ryyyyyyyan …  while we’re on the subject, I have a drawer full of tools for you to use anytime. [Sex Radical Ryan Gosling]…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 19, 2011

Escort Offers “Toys For Tots” Discount To Johns

Competition has spiked among retailers this holiday season, and the sex industry is no exception. A Texas escort is trying to beat the competition by offering discounts to charitable customers who are willing to help needy children.
The escort, a 37-year-old from Houston who goes by “Shelby,” recently began marketing herself online as “Santa’s Little…

Huffington Post Weird News / December 17, 2011

France Considers Prostitution Ban

Dominique Strauss-Kahn is crying into his champagne: politicians are considering a ban on prostitution in France. The law would make it illegal to pay for sex, punishing johns with six month prison sentences and $4,000 fines. Currently a john will only be punished if the prostitute is underage or “particularly vulnerable,” such as from illne…

Jessica Wakeman / December 7, 2011

Dominique Strauss-Kahn Linked To French Prostitution Ring

Whether or not you believe Dominique Strauss-Kahn sexually assaulted a hotel maid in New York City this spring (and I, personally, believe that he did), we can all agree the former head of the International Monetary Fund is a sleazy dude. Not long after he was accused by Nafissatou Diallo, a Guinean immigrant, of forcing her…

Jessica Wakeman / October 17, 2011