Posts tagged "sex worker"

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 need…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 11, 2014

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…

By: Mary Odell / June 7, 2013

Texas Man Acquitted Of Murdering An Escort Who Refused Sex

On Christmas Eve 2009, an escort named Lenora Ivie Frago refused to have sex with a client who hired her via Craigslist, so he pulled out a gun and shot her. Ezekiel Gilbert of Texas injured Frago in the neck, paralyzing her for seven months until she died. Yesterday, a jury acquitted Gilbert of murder,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 6, 2013

French Director Francois Ozon Says Lots Of Women Fantasize About Being Prostitutes

Francois Ozon: I think women understand the film more than men. ... I think women can really be connected with this girl because it’s a fantasy of many women to do prostitution. That doesn’t mean they do it, but the fact to be paid to have sex is something which is very obvious in feminine sexuality.

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 22, 2013

Mayoral Candidate Linda Fondren Reveals Prostitution Past

Plenty of politicians are whores to big business. But Vicksburg, Mississippi, mayoral candidate Linda Fondren has opened up about her own actual sex work past: she literally used to work as a legal prostitute in Nevada. "I was a working girl in a legal brothel over 30 years ago," Fondren said. She said she bega…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 25, 2013

The Right To Protected Sex: Bill Introduced To Decriminalize Condom Possession

Anti-trafficking advocates, LGBT organizations, lawmakers and public health advocates have gathered in Albany, New York today to push for new legislation about condoms.  Yes, condoms. Currently 39 million male condoms and two million female condoms are distributed for free in New York State. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, "Consistent and correct use of…

By: Sarah Gray / April 23, 2013

True Story: I Worked As A High-End Stripper

"What do you feel about going topless?" he asked me over the phone. I hesitantly replied, "Well, I guess I’m okay with it. But will they be able to touch my boobs?" There was an awkward pause on the other end of the line. "Yes, but you’ll never have to do anything more. I promise."…

By: Anonymous / April 2, 2013

Zurich Solves Its Prostitute Problem With Sex Boxes

Prostitutes -- out of sight, out of mind. At least that's what the government of Zurich, Switzerland, is hoping for. That's why they've created drive-in sex boxes, which will accommodate around 30 working prostitutes. The boxes are a move to begin regulating the sex trade in the city, where officials say prostitution has gotten out…

By: Julie Gerstein / December 1, 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?

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 6, 2012

First Time For Everything: Being A Dominatrix

Yes, I was nervous, but mostly I was excited. It was my first day as Mistress Darkness, a professional dominatrix. As a black graduate student in her 20s who had previously held down employment as a gym teacher and library assistant, I surprised myself when I answered  the ad on Craigslist. I needed a flexible, part-time…

By: Niki Drayton / February 2, 2012

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…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 7, 2011

Do You Harbor A Secret Fantasy Of Becoming An Escort?

Call girls: they're talented writers! First there was Dr. Brooke Magnanti, whose identity only became known after her blog, Diary of a London Call Girl, became wildly famous and spawned a book and TV series. Now there's an anonymous East Coast-based woman going by the nom de plume "Charlotte Shane." "Charlotte Shane" pens a blog…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 21, 2011

Football Star Lawrence Taylor Accused In Rape Of 15-Year-Old Girl

Another day, another sports star accused of rape: Lawrence Taylor, a former football player for the New York Giants, was arrested today for allegedly sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl. The girl, whose identity will likely be kept secret because of her young age, was allegedly prostituted out by a pimp at a Holiday Inn i…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 6, 2010

Girl Talk: I Was A Dominatrix

The following is an excerpt from Whip Smart: A Memoir, by Melissa Febos, who we recently interviewed about her four years working as a dominatrix at a New York City dungeon. Here, Febos is about to have her very first "domination session" with a male client at the dungeon, for which she is being paid

By: Melissa Febos / April 26, 2010

Frisky Q & A: Melissa Febos, Ex-Dominatrix And Author Of “Whip Smart: A Memoir”

A dominatrix: all of us know what one is. But let's be honest: few of us actually know a woman who earns her living as one (that we're aware of, anyway). But you'll become, ahem, intimately familiar with one after reading the recently published book, Whip Smart: A Memoir, by Melissa Febos. Febos, who nowaday…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 21, 2010

Today’s Lady News: Stripper Sues Club For Unpaid Wages, Claims “Exploitation”

Exotic dancer Quansa Thompson is suing her former employer, a D.C. strip club called The House, for unpaid wages under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act. Thompson says the club only paid dancers $20 per day and they are allowed to keep whatever was left of their tips after giving the DJ and bartender a…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 17, 2010

Your Grandma’s A Whore! Check Out “Frauenzimmer,” A New German Documentary

One film in particular has shaken up the Berlin International Film Festival taking place this week: "Frauenzimmer," a documentary by 28-year-old filmmaker Saara Aila Waasner which follows three grandmother-aged women who work as prostitutes in Germany. Yes, prostitutes! Christel, 59, boasts of the demand for older women; Paula, 49, runs a bordello; and Karolina, 64,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 17, 2010

Chicago Sheriff Sues Craigslist

The Sheriff of Cook County is suing Craiglist. Chicagoan Tom Dart claims the site cost his department $100,000 in prostitution prosecution in 2008. Monitoring the erotic services section of the site alone has yielded big busts, including a ring of four men who were pimping girls as young as fifteen! In fact, in June 2008…

By: Simcha / March 8, 2009

Spiraling Economy Spawns Freelance Dominatrixes

As the economy goes soft, some women are seeking to earn extra cash as freelance sex workers. As it turns out, there’s a market for powerful career gals who can dominate a man’s world -- literally. According to Tracy Quan’s "Kinkonomics," recently laid off ladies are freelancing as professional dominatrixes. Although sex workers generally consider…

By: Simcha / February 5, 2009

The Frisky’s Five Tips For Doin’ It Like A Professional

Porn stars are sex professionals. It’s their business to know about pleasure and how to get it, or atleast how to seem like you're getting it. Sure, some things should be left to the experts -- like electrical work and medical exams -- but when it comes to sex, we amateurs want to do it…

By: Simcha / July 16, 2008