I recently submitted an essay about the history of Courtesans in South Asia. It’s quite lengthy, but I thought it would be of interest to those interested in how notions of gender and sexuality changed dramatically with regards to modernity. Here is a brief summary of some key issues:
The overwhelming response to Bruce Jenner's announcement on Friday on transitioning has been positive, but Zoe Tur, the outspoken transsexual activist, is less than thrilled with the Olympic champion-turned-reality television star.
A new study titled ‘Normalising Sexual Violence: Young Women Account for Harrassment and Abuse’, published in Gender & Society, has found that girls and young women will rarely report incidents of sexual violence because they view them as ‘normal.’ The study analysed interviews conducted by t...
Nearly a year has passed since former Veco boss Bill Allen was sued by a woman claiming to be his teen-sex victim, yet her lawyers have been unable to proceed with the case because they can’t find him.
Rescue Forensics claims it can scrape "massive quantities of data" from online escort ads and give that information to law enforcement, but advocates for sex workers say that such a service doesn't help anyone.
THE stock market was invented in 1602 in central Amsterdam, when traders gathered on the New Bridge for the then-disreputable purpose of speculating in shares of the East India Company. Today the New Bridge marks the entrance to Amsterdam’s Red Light District, an area dominated by other trades long considered disreputable but which the city’s liberal government has tried to bring above-board. But even in Amsterdam, sex work has not shed its stigma, as a former supervisor at the Dutch Central Bank (DNB) discovered last year. The Dutch magazine Quote reported this week that the woman was fired last autumn for having secretly moonlighted for years as a self-employed sex worker, out of an address in the heart of the Red Light District.
I spent the week discussing systematic oppression and race. Just as much an intersectional feminist, I dove into rape culture. I talked about the need for police accountability, condemning domestic violence, and amplifying other voices. It was almost always without interruption. My voice felt so...
(AP) — A widely discredited Rolling Stone magazine article about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia was a "story of journalistic failure that was avoidable," the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism said in a report published Sunday night. The review, undertaken at Rolling Stone's request, presented a broad indictment of the magazine's handling of a story that had horrified readers, unleashed widespread protests at the university's Charlottesville campus and sparked
The district attorney in Nashville, Tennessee recently had to take an unusual action: banning prosecutors from offering women plea deals in exchange for sterilization. The Associated Press reports that Nashville prosecutors have used sterilization as a "bargaining chip" four times in the last five years. The latest case was the tipping...
A Guatemalan national appeared in federal court in the Southern District of Texas, after being extradited to the United States from Guatemala to face criminal charges for her role in smuggling undocumented migrants to the United States for profit, announced Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson of the Southern District of Texas and Director Sarah R. Saldaña of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Rob Duke's insight:
Many of the cases I investigated, the young woman was lured to the U.S. by a woman interviewer who promised a legitimate job. Once they arrived in the U.S., they found that the job was not what it had been promised to be.
The recent rash of mass shootings in the United States is simply part of a long-term trend of gun violence unique to our country. The Sandy Hook school shooting is tragic—it caused the death of 20 children—but the true tragedy is that such a shooting is only the tip of the iceberg of our country’s gun problem.
According to FBI statistics, 46,313 Americans were murdered with firearms during the time period of 2007 to 2011. To put this death-toll into perspective, this translates to an average of 9,263 murders per year, or 25 murders per day. When we look at this average death toll in relation to the Sandy Hook Shooting—a nationally shocking tragedy—we see that a Sandy Hook sized tragedy happens every day, yet nobody covers it.
No other developed country on earth has as lax gun laws or more weapons than the United States. The easy access to weapons and the ineffective methods of tracking weapons to make sure that they don’t fall into the wrong hands facilitate violent and unstable people in the United States getting weapons with which to kill people.
Currently, there are 88 guns for every 100 people living in the United States (not even counting the illegal weapons which our government couldn’t account for). With so many weapons and so few controls on who can own the weapons, there is simply no realistic way to keep these guns from falling into the hands of violent criminals and disturbed people.
Vanessa Casillas has worked as a bricklayer for 10 years. But when she stopped by a job site recently looking for work, she said the foreman's right-hand man looked skeptically at her slender frame and red nail polish.
When I was 15, I bought a t-shirt with the words “Porn star” on it. I remember there was choice, in the shop at least. Multiple t-shirts with multiple wordings, all drawn with silver glitter that said this was somehow fun. Did I want to be a playboy bunny or a porn star? I decided porn star. It w...
Sullivan said the amendment stemmed from his time as Alaska's attorney general, when the federal government declined to include sex violations in its prosecution of Bill Allen, a major player in Republican Party politics for decades. Investigators had amassed evidence against Allen, who was at the center of the Veco political corruption scandal, that he had transported teenagers across state lines for sex, but the charges never made it to court.
Critics of the porn industry are quick to claim its deleterious effects on consumers, and too often presume exploitative abuse of performers. Yet, such arguments ignore the voices of porn performers and producers. It has been the performers and producers themselves who have refused the silencing tactics of stigmatization and shame and spoken candidly in a variety of news and social media venues about their working experiences, their attention to craft and skill, and their efforts towards more ethical, respectful labour conditions. Yet, their strategies of negotiation toward greater self-determination remain problematically undertheorized.
Media and cultural entertainment industries are under greater critical scrutiny around precarious labour, problematic gender and sexual relations, entrenched racism and other forms of prejudice and exclusion, industry convergence, and occupational health and safety. At the same time, critical media and cultural industry scholarship notes an expansion of independent and DIY production, new forms of labour exchange and commercialization, collective and collaborative networking, and audience engagement. Pornography is no different and is, in many ways, leading this entertainment revolution.
This special issue of Porn Studies invites scholars, critics, artists and producers, activists, and educators to explore the contours of Pornography and Labour. Topics may focus on any aspect of pornography production that
Before I finished my BA, I encountered a social worker who was working on her MA. Her politics were generally pro-decriminalization, but she also liked to trade in horror stories about women whose vaginas fell out from having so much sex. She had secured the cooperation of a rescue organization that collaborated with police to be allowed to study their Very Marginalized Whores. She wanted my help nailing down her research question.
“Don’t do this study,” I said. “Find something else to research.”
“OMG why are you so mean?” was more or less her answer.
I’m finishing one MA and starting another right now. In my first MA, I have studied sex work for a few years. In my second MA, I will not study sex work. I am going to explain why, and I hope others in the same position will also choose not to study sex work.
The country’s first female law firm has opened its doors to protect women’s rights in Saudi Arabia, two months after its founder along with three other female lawyers were granted licenses to practice law in the traditionally patriarchal kingdom.
With inaccurate media representations and the cultural stigma, there are a lot of misconceptions about people in the sex industry. We too often fail to see the complexity and diversity in who is engaged in commercial sex, why they’re doing it, and the degree of consent and coercion involved. These
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