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Why the Sex Positive Movement is Bad for Sex Workers’ Rights

Why the Sex Positive Movement is Bad for Sex Workers’ Rights | Sex History | Scoop.it

During the sexual revolution of the 1960s and 1970s and the sex wars of the 1980s and 1990s, the struggle to define sex positivity with respect to sex work served a purpose. To say that not all people have a horrendous experience of the sex industry, and that many sex workers value sexuality and see themselves as complex sexual beings as well as sex educators was an important statement to make, and one that had not been spoken before. However, it is essential to put this statement in historical context. To continue making the statement that many sex workers have a good experience of the sex industry without also including those whose experiences are negative and making space for them to speak up reveals a deep doubt about the validity of the sex positive argument. If we believe in the positive power of sexuality, we must also examine what happens when people’s lives are infused with sex negativity, and we must listen and support people with this experience in sharing their personal truths.


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Gracie Passette's curator insight, February 23, 2013 1:45 AM

An excellent article by Audacia Ray. A must read, espescially for privileged (aka white cis females).

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Catch Your Man

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“Yeeessss, ladies, catch your man with holes…
I hear it works even when it’s not a leap year.

For Donut Day ;)
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Antique Russian Postcard

Antique Russian Postcard | Sex History | Scoop.it
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“Vintage postcard (Russia) - Sorceress (1910)
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Sex medicine for man and women
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Jesus Jeans, for your followers

Jesus Jeans, for your followers | Sex History | Scoop.it
littlebunnysunshine:
“This tagline could work for Tumblr too!
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“Jesus Jeans “Hot Pants”, 1970′s.
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A Heartfelt Documentary Unpacks the Work of a Forgotten Lesbian Artist

A Heartfelt Documentary Unpacks the Work of a Forgotten Lesbian Artist | Sex History | Scoop.it

"Packed in a Trunk" explores a family mystery of art, identity, and queerness.


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In the heat of battle, photographer Horace Bristol captured one of the most unique and erotic photos of WWII.

In the heat of battle, photographer Horace Bristol captured one of the most unique and erotic photos of WWII. | Sex History | Scoop.it
In the heat of battle, photographer Horace Bristol captured one of the most unique and erotic photos of WWII.
Bristol photographed a young crewman of a US Navy “Dumbo” PBY rescue mission, manning his...
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The history and future of gayness: I Was Born Homosexual. I Chose to Be Gay.

The history and future of gayness: I Was Born Homosexual. I Chose to Be Gay. | Sex History | Scoop.it
“You know,” observed a recent dinner guest, glancing around our living room between sips of his digestif, “there are a lot of strong women in this apartment.” I follow his gaze toward the massive tangerine-on-yellow She-Ra painting that anchors one end of the room—a tough lady if there ever was...
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5 Black Trans Women Who Paved the Way

5 Black Trans Women Who Paved the Way | Sex History | Scoop.it
by Aaron, MTPC intern Like so many parts of American history, popular culture depicts transgender history as one in which white leaders paved the way for everyone. But, as our community has to keep...

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A History of Courtesans In South Asia -- How Colonialism lead to the Degradation of the Lives of Prostitutes

A History of Courtesans In South Asia -- How Colonialism lead to the Degradation of the Lives of Prostitutes | Sex History | Scoop.it
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:
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Sex and Unisex: Fashion, Feminism, and the Sexual Revolution

Sex and Unisex: Fashion, Feminism, and the Sexual Revolution | Sex History | Scoop.it
Three cultural tectonic plates came together to produce the gender revolution: the postwar baby boom, the sexual revolution, and the civil rights movement.
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Unused Vivid Vintage 1940's Exemptions Draft WWll Witty Post Card

Unused Vivid Vintage 1940's Exemptions Draft WWll Witty Post Card | Sex History | Scoop.it
A vivid vintage world war 2 unused propaganda post card from 1941. The witty card reads Never mind the subtile implications, what ARE your boy

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The gorgeous vintage S&M of trailblazing pornographer Jacques Biederer

The gorgeous vintage S&M of trailblazing pornographer Jacques Biederer | Sex History | Scoop.it
 
Jacques Biederer’s erotica is unique for a few reasons. The Czech photographer began his Parisian career in 1913 doing G-rated portraits, but then moved to more prurient subject matter—though still fairly “conventional” sexy materials for the day—ladies in their underwear, really. Then Biederer moved more toward full-on classical nudes, sometimes with couples, sometimes shot “on location” outdoors or on a carefully arranged set. Then he got into fetish photography—whips, domination, corseting,
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Exploring Lingerie History With A Visit The Diana Slip Lingerie & Library Of Paris

Exploring Lingerie History With A Visit The Diana Slip Lingerie & Library Of Paris | Sex History | Scoop.it
I spotted this lovely and intriguing ad for the Diana Slip shop in Paris, France, circa 1930s at Etsy. Pantalons transparents, ouverts -- that likely translates well enough. As for some of the othe...
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"Trophy of the world's greatest hunt"

"Trophy of the world's greatest hunt" | Sex History | Scoop.it
Cavalier_Dec1968_Vol19_No02_015 (by it’s better than bad)

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I never even thought of burning my bra until…

I never even thought of burning my bra until… | Sex History | Scoop.it
I never even thought of burning my bra until…
One way to make men feel better about feminism — while selling them booze.

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TheBodyHouse.biz's curator insight, April 12, 8:09 PM

Smirnoff seems to be recruiting men to a couple of different causes with this old 1970s ad...

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CBers... Keep The Lipstick Off Your Dipstick

CBers... Keep The Lipstick Off Your Dipstick | Sex History | Scoop.it
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Classic 70s. Patches for sale here.

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Irving Klaw

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3 Vintage 1959 Colortone Charm Review Pin-up Calendar Salesman Sample Marilyn Monroe Evelyn West

3 Vintage 1959 Colortone Charm Review Pin-up Calendar Salesman Sample Marilyn Monroe Evelyn West | Sex History | Scoop.it
3 1959 vintage Charm Review pin-up calendar salesman samples in original Colortone sleeve with order information no. 1900 - Charm Review Twelve
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Rebel Girls: Bessie Smith Was a Queer Pioneer, and We're Finally Gonna Get to Talk About It

Rebel Girls: Bessie Smith Was a Queer Pioneer, and We're Finally Gonna Get to Talk About It | Sex History | Scoop.it
When HBO's Bessie premieres May 16 to bring the Empress of Jazz back to life, nobody will be skirting the issue of Bessie Smith's bisexuality.

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Old school erotic audio recording

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Lessons In Winnipeg Whores

Lessons In Winnipeg Whores | Sex History | Scoop.it
While not all sex workers are into reclaiming the word "whore," I personally don't mind it at all. (I understand the political implications and significance of the most appropriate terms "sex work"...
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Old folk songs about sex workers.

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Rob Duke's curator insight, March 29, 7:32 PM

I think reclaiming a word is a good thing.  See the work of Jacques Derrida: words are only important as there meanings relate to other words.  They're nonsense sounds until we make them mean something.

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Remembering Retro Risque T-Shirt Iron-Ons

Remembering Retro Risque T-Shirt Iron-Ons | Sex History | Scoop.it
Back in the day, you couldn't go to a mall and avoid a visit to (or the smell of) the t-shirt shop. There you could select your t-shirt style (ringers were de rigueur, but then the baseball shirts ...

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Open Idaho Brothels…In 1989?

Open Idaho Brothels…In 1989? | Sex History | Scoop.it

Open Idaho Brothels...In 1989?: Openly-run brothels? In Idaho? In 1989? It turns out local tradition is a powerful force. Here’s part of an article from the Idaho Statesman in 1989: Wallace defends prostitution: “A mining town needs brothels"

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...And then what happened? *sigh*

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