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Again, Me With The Sex Work & Feminism Stuff

Again, Me With The Sex Work & Feminism Stuff | Sex Work | Scoop.it
What’s most amazing about this short video is the fact that escorts and porn stars are both included. Like actually together! Normally, as I have noted before in The Great Porn Star ~ Sex Worker Divide, porn stars typically take great efforts to not be included in the sex worker category, instead hiding behind their status as actors and actresses. While this actor/actress distinction has historically protected them from legal prosecution, there are many who prefer the “loftier” terms simply because it elevates them from prostitutes. In other terms, they suffer from whorephobia.
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YouGov Survey Reveals U.S. Attitudes on Paying for Sex

YouGov Survey Reveals U.S. Attitudes on Paying for Sex | Sex Work | Scoop.it
A new nationwide survey offers a snapshot of attitudes toward accepting payment for sex.
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Note the gender differences *sigh*

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Note the gender differences *sigh*

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Of Boobs On My Twitter Timeline & Women’s Rights

Of Boobs On My Twitter Timeline & Women’s Rights | Sex Work | Scoop.it
I met an old friend for lunch today. As is the new polite norm for such lunches, he took a moment to deal with messages on his phone before putting turning it off & putting it back in his pocke…
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Vote now for the 2015 Feminist Celebrity of the Year

Vote now for the 2015 Feminist Celebrity of the Year | Sex Work | Scoop.it
The Ms. Foundation for Women celebrates all feminists all year long. Women and men who believe in social, economic and political equality are working every day to change the conversation and build a more equal society for ALL genders. Their work makes all the difference.
In 2014 we teamed up with Cosmopolitan.com for our first EVER Feminist Celebrity of the Year survey. You voted and we recognized those who used their impact, influence and notoriety to promote true equality.  These celebrities not only publicly identified as feminists but worked to change the national and international dialogue around diversity, inclusiveness and intersectionality. 

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Encourage the feminist movement to be pro #sexwork, vote for @margaretcho! via @DPopTart

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, December 4, 2015 3:54 PM

Surprise, some men are on the list.


If you must know, I voted for Margaret Cho.

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If you want to encourage the feminist movement to be pro sex work, vote for Cho!

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Why It's Okay To Pay For Sex

Why It's Okay To Pay For Sex | Sex Work | Scoop.it
This essay isn’t about how nice my sex work clients usually are, how sex work can be therapeutic, or how we sex workers often work with disabled clients. It isn’t about the etiquette or morality of paying for sex, and it doesn’t offer advice to prospective clients or their loved ones.

These things are sometimes important and vital to this discussion, but the biggest reason that paying for sex is okay has nothing to do with convincing anyone that it’s a virtuous, liberatory, or feminist act.

Paying for sex is okay because if you’re for shaming and arresting our clients—owing to the fact that you think sex work is, for lack of a better word, gross—you’re for putting sex worker lives at risk in the name of a misguided moralism.
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Feminism in London conference: sex work, glass ceilings and ‘vulvanomics’

Feminism in London conference: sex work, glass ceilings and ‘vulvanomics’ | Sex Work | Scoop.it

The weekend event attracted more than 1,000 women – and some men – for inspiring discussions on the future of gender equality. Is this what a feminist conference looks like?


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NakedTruth.ca: What is a SWERF?

NakedTruth.ca: What is a SWERF? | Sex Work | Scoop.it
SWERF stands for Sex Worker Exclusionary Radical Feminist.

You know her. She calls herself a feminist and her life work revolves around eliminating sex work jobs.

She thinks men should all be ashamed for being men (naturally visual beings).

The name explains itself, but it is interesting to note that the SWERF mentality IS slowly dying like causes steeped in hatred usually do.

How To Identify If You Are a SWERF

Perhaps you are wondering if YOU are a SWERF. Perhaps you hang around with people in the rescue industry, or you have a good friend who has been saying a lot of things about "prostituted women" lately.

Perhaps you have been CALLED a SWERF and you're wondering
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Laura Brown's comment, July 28, 2015 6:08 PM
I may be a SWERF because I do still think there is something wrong with people selling themselves to provide sex. I'm not a radical feminist but I do think our culture is still very much male dominated. You can see it very clearly when you look at the type of humour on TV. Not much of it seems that funny to me. But, I'm not a guy. Anyway, if sex weren't for sale would men ask for it in more accepted ways or would they choose to become aggressive and take sex instead? That would be up to the type of man they are and the culture they grow up in.
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Don't ask if porn "empowers" women - instead, ask if your feminism does

Don't ask if porn "empowers" women - instead, ask if your feminism does | Sex Work | Scoop.it
We don’t demand that waitresses feel "empowered" in their jobs for us to recognise their agency in choosing the work, and we don’t tell other workers who serve male customers that they can’t be feminist.
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Of Sex Workers Jill Brenneman & Amanda Brooks

Of Sex Workers Jill Brenneman & Amanda Brooks | Sex Work | Scoop.it
As in feminism, there have been a number of waves in the sex worker movement. This is due in no small part to the turnover in activists themselves, for it is they who help shape conversations as we...
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George Bernard Shaw's Politics Of Sex Work Still Apply Today (Are You Really Surprised?)

George Bernard Shaw's Politics Of Sex Work Still Apply Today (Are You Really Surprised?) | Sex Work | Scoop.it

The very real economic component of gender disparity, of how male privilege affects women, continues to be heard in serious talks about modern sex work and feminism today. The issue of censorship limiting discussions of the same — as well as discussions and depictions of truth, sexuality, and other taboos — also continues.

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Exclusive Kaylee Pond Interview Part Four: What Women Want To Know About Being A CamGirl

Exclusive Kaylee Pond Interview Part Four: What Women Want To Know About Being A CamGirl | Sex Work | Scoop.it
We've been talking with the lovely 26 year-old webcam model, and self proclaimed geek, Kaylee Pond. In this last part (yes, I know; it's sad to see it end!), Kaylee answers some more personal quest...
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Are All Women Essentially Prostitutes?

Are All Women Essentially Prostitutes? | Sex Work | Scoop.it
A perspective from someone who knows what she’s talking about
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I love this maybe extreme but defintiely true on a LOT OF AREAS 

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Suppressed again? Feminism in London conference excludes sex workers from panel on sex work

Suppressed again? Feminism in London conference excludes sex workers from panel on sex work | Sex Work | Scoop.it

A guest post from SWOU (Sex Worker Open University) about the failure of the upcoming 'Feminism in London' conference to include any sex workers on its sex work panel.

Upcoming autumn event Feminism in London is planning to hold a panel discussion about sex work -- without having any current sex workers on the panel. Ironically, this sex worker-free sex work panel was originally called "Suppressed Voices"..


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Maybe it's not censorship; but it sure ain't discussion or problem solving now is it.

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What (Many) Sex Workers Don't Want To Talk About

What (Many) Sex Workers Don't Want To Talk About | Sex Work | Scoop.it

There are things, personal things, many sex workers don’t want to talk about; including me. And that’s a pity. Because it holds the sex worker movement back.


Most cultural shifts regarding unequal persons, such as the civil rights movement and the current positive momentum changing attitudes regarding LGBTQ issues, are arrived by showing the oppressed for what they are: human beings. The sex worker movement has been trying to make a push sex worker rights in terms of human rights and labor rights, by showing the personal plights of sex workers as it pertains to the criminal status of sex work, i.e. the legal system. But there are other issues. Issues which prove the humanity of sex workers by aligning them with “regular folk”, especially women.


Fundamentally, there are two primary reasons why sex workers cannot expose the other human indignities of the people involved: One, sex workers are primarily women and women are not yet equal (which also impacts why sexual commerce is the domain of men); two, sex work involves sex, something our culture is really screwed up about. When you combine them, you get one thing that’s definitely not allowed: the sexual autonomy of women.

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#YesAllWomen, Except #Sex Workers? - Is #feminism excluding sex workers?

#YesAllWomen, Except #Sex Workers? - Is #feminism excluding sex workers? | Sex Work | Scoop.it

#YesAllWomen, Except #Sex Workers - Is #feminism excluding sex workers?


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Support Hos: Game of Thrones

Support Hos: Game of Thrones | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Game of Thrones, HBO’s biggest show, is bringing the fantasy genre to the masses in a major way. Featuring a sprawling cast and storyline that’s been pared down from George R.R. Martin’s series A Song of Ice and Fire, it’s full of fantastic performances, high production values, international sets and scenery, and some of the most exciting and tense moments on television.


It is also filled with violence against women, particularly, the sex workers who inhabit the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros.


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Vloasis's curator insight, June 27, 2014 3:26 PM

A thoughtfully-written article coming from an angle you may not have considered: that of a sex worker. The struggle to be safe in that industry (if such a thing is ever possible) is something that Game of Thrones tends to sidestep by largely focusing on male-centric points of view.

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Feminism, Sexuality & Porn: Exclusive Interview With Erika Lust Of Lust Cinema

Feminism, Sexuality & Porn: Exclusive Interview With Erika Lust Of Lust Cinema | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Yes, Erika Lust has won awards for her erotic films; but perhaps it's more important that she makes films that you want to watch. And now, she employs the same eye she uses behind the camera to fin...


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Performers Talk Feminism and Porn (Short Video)

Honorable Mention, Feminist Porn Awards 2014. This is a shorter, censored/tamer version for Vimeo. The full original film with more detail and more explicit examples…
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Is Being a Porn Star Feminist?

Is Being a Porn Star Feminist? | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Porn stars aren't typically labeled as feminists or women’s studies majors, but Belle Knox, a Duke freshman who made headlines recently after she was outed by her classmate, is both. Whatever you make of Knox, her story offers a lot to think about.
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See also: Of Feminism & Inequality In Porn & Sex Work

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See also: Of Feminism & Inequality In Porn & Sex Work

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Sex & Disabilities

Sex & Disabilities | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Among the articles in the Feminist Times series on sex work, was a thought-provoking one about people with disabilities. In Nobody’s Entitled To Sex, Including Disabled People, Philippa Willitts, a...
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Of Feminism & Inequality In Porn & Sex Work

Of Feminism & Inequality In Porn & Sex Work | Sex Work | Scoop.it

The Feminist Times has an excellent series on sex work, covering a diverse range of issues. (Sadly, it is only found by searching for the hashtag #SexIndustryWeek, as if finding it on Twitter was more important than a person being able to find all the discussion on the site.) Because it is a diverse series, there are plenty of articles I do not agree with; but that’s what makes it a good discussion, so, please, do take the time to read them. However, there’s one article in particular that raised my hackles and prompts me to write today ~ primarily because it has gone without comment. Such absence of comment might make people think it is “right”. And it is not.

The article is #SexIndustryWeek: Dworkin Was Right About Porn, by VJD Smith of Glosswatch. In it, Smith uses the words of Andrea Dworkin to align all porn as patriarchal misogyny abusing and raping female victims:

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, April 9, 2014 10:27 PM

Some of the assumptions feminists make about sex work and porn; insightful.

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Negative aspects involved in feminist arguments against porn and sex work.

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Student auctions her virginity for online notoriety

Student auctions her virginity for online notoriety | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Despite the fact that Raine appears thrilled to make the transition “from virgin to literal whore”, in positioning herself “above” sex workers by insisting that she will lose it only for “exorbitant” sums of money, Raine’s project smacks decidedly of classism and whorephobia.


In her book about virginity in America, The Purity Myth, Jessica Valenti wrote, “What’s the difference between venerating women for being f-ckable and putting them on a purity pedestal? In both cases, women’s worth is contingent upon their ability to please men and to shape their sexual identities around what men want.”

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As this (maybe not real?) woman proposes to sell her virginity, she slams sex work & feminism.

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Anti Sex Work Tirade

Anti Sex Work Tirade | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Consequently, her argument that selling sex is a way of disrupting patriarchy, and thus patriarchal capitalism, falls short for me. Just like the price tag on her education, patriarchal capitalism and free market principles determine the price tag on her body. It’s patriarchal capitalism that will determine she is “shot out” and should retire. And after she’s retired from selling sex, she will have to re-enter a patriarchal capitalist society, “ashamed” or not of her economic choices.

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I agree that education is important;  and I'm anti-patriarchy. But this conversation dismisses the factual subject of people, of women, who like sex work. For a myriad of reasons, we like sex work. And that's too shocking for so many brains.


And funny how we never have these conversations about the capitalistic body issues of aging etc. regarding models, athletes, etc.

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I Watched Belle Knox Strip At A Gentlemen's Club

I Watched Belle Knox Strip At A Gentlemen's Club | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Despite my vehement support for Knox, her career and her right to make whatever choices she deems empowering and necessary, the overwhelming emotion I felt was discomfort. It was the least sexy sexual experience I've ever had....
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Insightful & honest response. Kudos to Alanna Vagianos for being able to dissect her personal response and individual choice from the rights involved in the discussion of sex work.

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