Litigation for Emancipation is a GoFundMe project to raise enough funds to begin a federal court case proposed by Erotic Service Providers Legal, Education and Research Project (ESPLER). ESPLER’s legal battle aims to advance our sexual privacy rights by attacking the prostitution law of the state of California on the grounds that morality is not a basis for legislation.
The story of Alice Ivers Tubbs, better known as Poker Alice, one of the best gamblers in the Old West, who was rasied in England, educated in borading schools, outlived three husbands, owned a brothel, and shot a man to death.
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.
A post-medieval burial ground in The Borough, Southwark, south London (what is now Redcross Way), believed to have been established originally as an unconsecrated graveyard for "single women," a euphemism for prostitutes...
In this clip from "Oprah: Where Are They Now?", Heidi takes cameras inside this newly updated brothel, showing off recent renovations -- ever seen a $6,000 showerhead? -- and revealing plans for the continued renovations to make the brothel even more inviting. Of course, Heidi says, it's been a lot of work to get Dennis Hof's Love Ranch up to her standards.
"We bought it from a 200-year-old pimp," Heidi jokes in the clip. "Really, this [brothel] was very similar to a women's penitentiary. Even how you entered: You had to go through all these weird bars and buzzers, and someone's peering out the little peephole, scoping you up and down. It was so dark in here, you had to be escorted with a little flashlight down these hallways. And it was kind of scary... It was really a creepy feeling."
Madam Dora DuFran was one of the most prominent and successful madams in the Old West. Her story is legendary among historians that study the way madams, brothels, and prostitution worked. Madam DuFran was a true entrepreneur and feminist. She knew that to survive the time, she needed to be the best and have the best girls underneath her. She is a true success story of the time as she started off as a prostitute and ended up carrying her own business.
What may have begun as the vengeful opportunistic act of a lover scorned (deflowered and left to prostitution) is quickly shown to be more complicated, exposing more than unfinished business but unrequited feelings between the two.