Posts tagged "sex workers"

Watch Tracy Emin Recreate Her Past In Tate’s Exhibition Of “My Bed”

Plus, Ikea is providing the United Nations with flat-pack refugee shelters -- awesome! Click for more in Today's Lady News...

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / March 31, 2015

Watch This Series On The Reality Of Gay Conversion Therapy

VICE has finished up its three-part series on gay conversion therapy. [VICE] Erskine College in South Carolina has issued a statement that it is officially anti-gay, after two volleyball players came out at the college. [RawStory] The U.S. Department of Education has found the New York Public Schools in violation of Title IX for having…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 27, 2015

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 was largely unregulated. Previously Zurich sex workers sold themselves on the street in several neighborhoods, often climbing into clients' cars. As can be the case eve…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 27, 2014

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 a lot to be angry about. Turns out that the FBI has seized MyRedbook, a California site where masseuses and escorts could advertise for client…

By: Kitty Stryker / July 14, 2014

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 Trouble, Dylan Ryan, Andre Shakti, and Siouxsie Q. We got to chatting at a shoot for the cover of the East Bay Express on the…

By: Kitty Stryker / June 20, 2014

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 porno was posted online. At some point thereafter, says her family, former classmates at Stillwater Area High School began harassing Alyssa over social media, calling her a…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 21, 2014

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 San Francisco and Washington, D.C., this seems like a win for sexual health, right? Well, sort of. The headlines I keep seeing aren’t actually accurate:…

By: Kitty Stryker / May 15, 2014

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 the practice discourages people — especially those at risk of being profiled as sex workers by the police — from carrying condoms in the first place.

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 12, 2014

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 who ru…

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 hundreds of

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 an example). And I know there’s been plenty of excellent critiques arguing that "Game of Thrones" is

By: Kitty Stryker / April 21, 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 month, and I…

By: Kitty Stryker / April 2, 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

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 monument to…

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 to the murder last weekend of Renisha McBride,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 8, 2013

The Soapbox: The Case Against Sex Offender Registries

There’s no defense for rape. And there’s no defense for defending rape — be that minimizing the crime, blaming the victim or focusing so exclusively on the perpetrators that the victim is rendered invisible, as in CNN’s coverage of the Steubenville guilty verdict. As I read over the case, the verdict, the media response and…

By: Melissa Petro / March 19, 2013

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…

By: 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 York City…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 22, 2012
1 2