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Ethical sluts and “dirty whores”: Straight talk about sex work

Ethical sluts and “dirty whores”: Straight talk about sex work | Sex History | Scoop.it

Has sex-positive feminism, despite its victories, forgotten that sex work is actually work, and often quite brutal?

 

...Despite the acceptance of “sluts,” the “prostitute” remains a deeply embedded symbolic marker between decency and disrespect. The “ethical slut” engages in sex of her or his own “free” will, while the “dirty whore” insists on getting paid for sex. Sex-positive feminists and other “sluts” believe there is nothing morally wrong with consensual sex between two (or more) people in private, or for adults, in a semi-public setting such as a sex club, dungeon or swingers’ retreat. But money changes everything.

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The development of modern feminism from the 19th-century

The development of modern feminism from the 19th-century | Sex History | Scoop.it

Jasper Gregory is a citizen science advocate and gender activist in Oakland, California; for the past few months he’s been researching the development of modern feminism from the 19th-century variety, and his “tweets” on the subject were so fascinating I invited him to contribute this column.  I think you’ll find it just as interesting as I do.


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A new wave of sexual repression has swept through the lands of the Puritan Diaspora.  Under the banner of Feminism sexual puritans have declared a war on prostitution in Sweden and politically incorrect words and images in the UK and North America; the new Puritans are on the rise and have wrapped themselves in a rhetoric of “True Womanhood” that seems more appropriate for the 19th century than for the Internet Age.  But the similarities between today’s prude feminism and the earlier Victorian age of moral regulation go far deeper than you might suspect:  the radical “cultural” feminism of 1970-2013 is actually the continuation of a two century moral purity movement.

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Tullia d’Aragona

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The existence of courtesans is a glaring refutation of neofeminist dogma about objectification, the eternal victimhood of whores, etc; the fact that the most celebrated, successful and highly-paid harlots of all time were often those who were educated and could match or surpass men in intellectual pursuits throws a huge spanner into the catechism that prostitution is a manifestation of male dominance over women, that our clients hate us, and so on.  Whenever possible, neofeminist historians deny that courtesans were prostitutes, pretend that accomplished women were not really courtesans, or describe them with circumlocutions like, “she chose to cohabit with several men who supported her financially.”  And when all else fails, they simply ignore them.  Fortunately neither male historians nor female ones with less parochial views feel the need to dissemble about such women, and among them Tullia d’Aragona is rightfully viewed as worthy of respect and study.

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Corsets Bound To Stay Suffrage

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In part three of my research into the complicated history of corsets, women's suffrage & feminism enters the story.


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Naughty Secretaries Vs. Bosses Gone Bad

Naughty Secretaries Vs. Bosses Gone Bad | Sex History | Scoop.it

The myth of the naughty secretary was created & used to perpetuate fears among Victorian housewives and beyond.


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Driving Female Victims Crazy

Driving Female Victims Crazy | Sex History | Scoop.it
History & news combine to explain the status of women as "crazy."...

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Xander, Buffy and Feminism - Parabasis

Xander, Buffy and Feminism - Parabasis | Sex History | Scoop.it
By Isaac Butler The Hooded Utilitarian has an interesting essay up about Xander's role in the Buffyverse and how this challenges the idea of Buffy The Vampire Slayer as a feminist show. It's an interesting piece that raises ...

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Did Margaret Sanger Sell Dainty Maid Outfits?

Did Margaret Sanger Sell Dainty Maid Outfits? | Sex History | Scoop.it

This paper, published between 1900 and 1930, was part of Sanger’s collection, but it's far more complicated than it seems!


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Human Rights for Sex Workers: An Interview with Melinda Chateauvert

Human Rights for Sex Workers: An Interview with Melinda Chateauvert | Sex History | Scoop.it

Fifty countries treat sex work as a legitimate job, and it has been legalized with restrictions in eleven others. Nevertheless sex workers are still widely stigmatized, discriminated against, harassed, and, in those countries where prostitution is considered illegal, treated as criminals. This is especially true in the United States, which is one of the few industrialized nations that continues to criminalize prostitution. As Melinda Chateauvert reveals in her new book Sex Workers Unite: A History of the Movement from Stonewall to Slutwalk, these laws have put sex workers at risk. 

 

Chateauvert agreed recently to talk with us about Human Rights Day and how important it is that the international campaign for human rights include sex workers, who have always been key activists in the struggles for gay liberation, women’s rights, reproductive justice, labor organizing, prison abolition, and other human rights–related issues.

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Dance, Ballerina, Dance (Remembering Kathy Keeton; Gone To Soon & Forgotten Even Faster)

Dance, Ballerina, Dance (Remembering Kathy Keeton; Gone To Soon & Forgotten Even Faster) | Sex History | Scoop.it

Who was Kathy Keeton? For starters, Keeton was Guccione’s longtime girlfriend and eventual wife. But she ought to be remembered for far more than that.


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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, November 11, 2013 5:19 PM

This woman ought to be among the largest names in feminism and publishing -- and an icon of the 1970s - 1980s.

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Of Femdoms & Feminists: Part Two Of The Vintage Smut Writer Interview With Irv O. Neil

Of Femdoms & Feminists: Part Two Of The Vintage Smut Writer Interview With Irv O. Neil | Sex History | Scoop.it

You mentioned having a feminist girlfriend which made porn a no-no. Most of us know the history of feminism and pornography — which most people prefer to describe in terms of “feminists say porn bad”. There were actually various distinctions (between porn and erotica, and between feminist thinkers as well), but in your case, you had a feminist girlfriend who actually said porn was a no-no?

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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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Womanist Musings: Andrea Dworkin On Transgender

Womanist Musings: Andrea Dworkin On Transgender | Sex History | Scoop.it

There has been a lot of heated discussion among Second-Wave radical feminists, concerning when transphobic theory "took over" the discourse. Women who claim to be of the hard-core Andrea Dworkinschool of radical feminism, steadfastly adhere to the concept that trans people are not the gender they say they are and will not use preferred pronouns; some go so far as to edit comments on their blogs and change the pronouns, for example. Many of these Second-Wavers believe it is reactionary to "endorse" (for lack of a better word) the gender identities of trans folks. Much talk about the "gender binary" (male/female, historically constructed as mirror images, opposites, yin and yang) and how transgenderism "upholds" this binary, etc etc etc.

 

For many of these feminists, the late Andrea Dworkin is something of a patron saint. One well-known radfem uses a quote from Dworkin on her blog, to let it be known she is a "take no prisoners" sorta gal. I have read many, many quotes by Dworkin on Second-Wave radical feminist blogs.

 

But it is telling that they carefully leave out the quote(s) below, even though they claim to have all of her books.


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Mocking Feminism in (Vintage) Advertising

Mocking Feminism in (Vintage) Advertising | Sex History | Scoop.it

How marketers sometimes co-opt social movements for corporate greed - and, in this case, misogyny. Which is not unlike what individual men have done themselves, twisting "being feminist" into a way to get laid.


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Why We Vilify Single Moms

Why We Vilify Single Moms | Sex History | Scoop.it
When I was in college I was a single parent. Finding myself struggling personally with the demands of continuing education and single parenting (a special needs child too yet) was...

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