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Prostitution-Free Zones Under Fire

Prostitution-Free Zones Under Fire | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Members of the LGBT community and allies rally outside the Wilson Building in April as part of a demonstration to build support for a bill that would repeal prostitution-free zones. (Photo...
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29th Annual Milwaukee LGBT Film & Video Festival Announced

29th Annual Milwaukee LGBT Film & Video Festival Announced | Sex Work | Scoop.it
The Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival - one of the region's longest-running film events and a cornerstone gathering for the LGBT + communities - returns this October 16-26.
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Janet Mock Opens Up About Her Experiences As A Trans Sex Worker At Age 16

Janet Mock Opens Up About Her Experiences As A Trans Sex Worker At Age 16 | Sex Work | Scoop.it

The trans advocate and author of of the upcoming memoir Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More released a six-part video series and essay today about her journey as a sex worker and how it relates to pop culture, death, and the power of words.

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XBIZ 360 to Examine ‘The Disruption of Porn’

XBIZ 360 to Examine ‘The Disruption of Porn’ | Sex Work | Scoop.it
XBIZ will examine the factors affecting modern-day porn and what they mean to consumers and industry professionals alike in a special seminar at the XBIZ 360 Adult Film Conference next week.
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Jiz Lee, a genderqueer pron star & writer, will moderate the session:

 

“In the absence of comprehensive sex education, people use porn to learn about sex—what sex looks like, who gets to have it, and what it means to be sexy,” Lee said. “On its own, that's fine. But a limited example of what porn is has the danger in dictating what's 'normal,’ raising issues in our understanding of sexual health, and also our sexual psyche. Diversity in porn lets us find ourselves in the erotic landscape, proving we are all capable and deserving of love."

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Jiz Lee, a genderqueer pron star & writer, will moderate the session:

 

“In the absence of comprehensive sex education, people use porn to learn about sex—what sex looks like, who gets to have it, and what it means to be sexy,” Lee said. “On its own, that's fine. But a limited example of what porn is has the danger in dictating what's 'normal,’ raising issues in our understanding of sexual health, and also our sexual psyche. Diversity in porn lets us find ourselves in the erotic landscape, proving we are all capable and deserving of love."

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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 Work | 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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The Tiger Cure

The Tiger Cure | Sex Work | Scoop.it
At a time when gay-conversion therapy is losing its last shred of credibility, I’d like to share some fond memories of my sex surrogate—the woman who set me free.
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You've Gotta Make Them Feel It: On Set With Porn Star Conner Habib

You've Gotta Make Them Feel It: On Set With Porn Star Conner Habib | Sex Work | Scoop.it
An adult entertainer's thoughts on what is and isn't "real" in porn.

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Gender, Sex Work And Going Beyond Diversity: A Review of Storm Dogs #5 - Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies an

Gender, Sex Work And Going Beyond Diversity: A Review of Storm Dogs #5 - Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies an | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Doll is a “wire”, a futuristic sort of sex-worker in which an implant in her brain allows clients to, effectively, “be” her for a period of time (think Being John Malkovich). The service is explicitly described and treated as being sexual in nature, and the various “wires” have generally been modified in ways to make this experience more satisfying for the various kinks of differing clients (the reader is, for instance, also briefly introduced to a male wire named Cutter who has been augmented with technology to make him experience more pain, and heal faster, to appeal to masochists who wish to enjoy such activities without doing harm to their own bodies).

 

...I am completely on board with what Hine and Brathwaite are exploring here, and deeply appreciative to see someone going into some of the substance that lies beyond the threshold of the achievement of diversity. Diversity in comics is an incredibly important thing, and I wouldn’t for a moment belittle or dismiss it, nor would I downplay just how much hard work it takes to even achieve getting a minority presence into a medium or genre that’s historically been hostile to it. But once we break those barriers, once we get to the point of a certain kind of character being “allowed” in comics, we have to start looking at what more we can say about those things. There is, after all, a great deal more to being transgender than just… being transgender, and coming out or disclosing every now and then. It’s a whole world of complex human experiences, questions, identities, nuance and politics. And there’s much much more to sex work than simply being people who offer the service of sex in exchange for a predetermined sum of money. Again, that’s a whole type of human life.

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Of Sex Work & Sex Workers (Part One Thousand?)

Of Sex Work & Sex Workers (Part One Thousand?) | Sex Work | Scoop.it

In Working Girls: Or; What, Exactly, Is Dangerous About Sex Work?, Radical Faggot wonders if supporting his friend in her decision to become a sex worker is a good idea.

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Why Are We Afraid To Talk About Gay Porn?

Why Are We Afraid To Talk About Gay Porn? | Sex Work | Scoop.it

After I was invited by a student group at Corning Community College to give a talk on sex and culture, my presentation was canceled when the school's president found out that I do porn. This is exactly why we need to have more candid conversations about sex, porn and American culture.

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Why is so much of the discussion aimed at young people while only the actual adult stuff is aimed at the adults who really could use some growing up in that area?
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No Real Wedding Rings, Just Burning Rings Of Fire: The Jerry Enriquez & Wilfried Knight Suicides

No Real Wedding Rings, Just Burning Rings Of Fire: The Jerry Enriquez & Wilfried Knight Suicides | Sex Work | Scoop.it

By now you’ve likely heard that gay porn star, and 2010 GayVN Performer of the Year, Wilfried Knight has killed himself, just a matter of days after his husband, Jerry Enriquez, had committed suicide. While suicide ought never to be simplified, the major strain on this couple was the fact that they were not accepted as a couple.

 

...Along with the struggle for gay rights and immigration status there was another issue in this that’s been largely ignored in the coverage: that of Knight’s status as a sex worker. He wrote the following ~ a long preamble to the entire story of his struggle and loss, which shows just how much the stigma of sex work affects the acceptance and understanding of grief. That addition status of “porn star” was like another circle in Dante’s hell for Knight

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The San Francisco Transgender Film Festival (SFTFF) seeks entries for 2014 Festival

The San Francisco Transgender Film Festival (SFTFF) seeks entries for 2014 Festival | Sex Work | Scoop.it
CALL FOR ENTRIES San Francisco Transgender Film Festival SUBMISSION DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 1, 2014 November 7-9, 2014 San Francisco, USA www.SFTFF.org The San Francisco Transgender Film Festival (SFTFF) seeks entries for our 2014 Festival (November 7-9, 2014). SFTFF accepts narrative, documentary, experimental, animated films and music videos. All work should be created by transgender/genderqueer people. We …
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Why Many Young Chinese Women Are Writing Gay Male Erotica

Why Many Young Chinese Women Are Writing Gay Male Erotica | Sex Work | Scoop.it

An antipornography campaign in China has netted many young female writers of danmei, erotic fiction focusing on relationships between gay men, a popular outlet for those seeking to escape stifling social identities, scholars say.


...Danmei is part of an ‘‘ongoing sexual revolution’’ with feminist characteristics in China, perhaps the country’s first, said a Chinese academic who requested anonymity. China is currently undergoing a crackdown on pornography that has netted danmei writers and website managers, and closed some sites, sexual rights advocates said. ‘‘The campaign is really having an impact,’’ the researcher said.

Creating and consuming danmei is a way for women to explore their long-repressed sexuality, said Ms. Jacobs.

‘‘I think Chinese culture is still harsh on women in terms of how far they can go in developing a fantasy life or erotic art forms,’’ she said. ‘‘I think they have to be very careful in coming out with their fantasies. The norm is stifling.’’

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Rentboys, porn stars compete for Mr. Florida contest, work to dispel stigma about sex industry

Rentboys, porn stars compete for Mr. Florida contest, work to dispel stigma about sex industry | Sex Work | Scoop.it
BY STEVE ROTHAUS, srothaus@MiamiHerald.com Five professional male escorts will compete Saturday in Fort Lauderdale to be named Mr. Florida, a regional contest presented by one of the world's top adult websites. "Mr. Florida contest is a preliminary for the Hookies...
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Sex work is a game of risk, repeated outings and marginalisation

Sex work is a game of risk, repeated outings and marginalisation | Sex Work | Scoop.it

The discrimination I face, both because of my work and as an activist, are compounded in complex ways by the fact that I am both queer and a sex worker. Yet each is distinctly different and cannot be compared. Queer and sex work communities are diverse and no-one should attempt to speak to collective experience – I speak to my lived experience only.

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Rentboy University

How'd you like to make $250 an hour? Sounds good, right? Well, if you're willing to join the glamorous world of sex work, you might be in luck. So where do you start? Lucky for you, there's a class.

A few months ago one of our producers came across RENT U on twitter. At first we couldn't believe it, but when we dug deeper we found it was all too real. In some ways the group is a reaction to the popularity of rentboy.com, a site that pairs young men in need of financial assistance (so called "rent boys") with clients who willing to provide said assistance in return for companionship. 

Hawk Kincaid founded the new program for Hook Online, a not-for-profit online resource for men in the sex trade, in 2005. Since then, this industry-only series of workshops has met periodically and in secret, covering everything from legal issues faced by sex workers to marketing to how to negotiate with clients. Their next class, scheduled for Dec. 19, will focus on self defense. These classes are strictly off limits to the press, so we did the next best thing and took a private lesson for ourselves.

Clearly, Sam Matthews is not cut out for life as a sex worker. Although many male prostitutes are straight, not being prepared to have sex with men is kind of a career killer in the sex-for-hire trade.

Do you think you have what it takes?


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Movie Review: 'Concussion' combines a sense of style with sex

Movie Review: 'Concussion' combines a sense of style with sex | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Stacie Passon becomes Eleanor, a high-priced prostitute entertaining female clients in the work-in-progress apartment.

 

Like Catherine Deneuve's character in "Belle de Jour," Abby isn't in it for the money. Her work as Eleanor frees something in her and connects her with a power she didn't know she had. Writer-director Passon uses a series of tastefully explicit encounters with clients — some less telling than others — to examine aspects of her protagonist's personality: maternal, adventurous, take-charge.

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Can’t deny admission to children of sex workers: State - Indian Express

Can’t deny admission to children of sex workers: State - Indian Express | Sex Work | Scoop.it

CRACKING the whip on schools flouting norms, the state has issued a government resolution (GR) that categorically says admission cannot be denied to children of sex workers and transgenders.

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Sex Work, Violence, and Queer Community

Sex Work, Violence, and Queer Community | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Authors Amber Dawn and Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore discuss queer identities, cycles of violence, and how we’re shaped by the people and places that surround us in this revealing author conversation.
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Media Training | Red Umbrella Project

Media Training | Red Umbrella Project | Sex Work | Scoop.it

The Speak Up! Media Training Intensive Workshop was developed for people with experience in the sex trades, LGBQ people, and trans and gender-non-conforming people who want to speak publicly – in mainstream and community produced media – about their experiences and offer their political perspective on issues that affect their communities. The workshop is designed to support each participant to speak up from their own perspective and on issues that matter to them. Our seminar teaches participants to create strategic responses to media and public events.

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State includes sex workers and transgenders in women's policy

State includes sex workers and transgenders in women's policy | Sex Work | Scoop.it

MUMBAI: In a first of its kind move, the ministry of women and child in state launched the policy on women with a dedicated chapter on issues faced by sex workers. The policy which was launched by chief minister PrithvirajChavan last week speaks of better access to health, education and other development programmes for women.

 

"Besides looking at various concerns that face women, it is for the first time that the policy has also considered issues and opinions of those women who are the most marginalised and suffer exclusion," Chavan had said while addressing a gathering in Pune to launch the policy.

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