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About sex work and help for sex workers, which includes escorts, professional service providers, erotica authors, phone sex operators, adult bloggers, etc. http://www.sex-kitten.net/blog/
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The Key To Attracting More Male Callers May Lie In Dating Study Info

The Key To Attracting More Male Callers May Lie In Dating Study Info | Sex Work | Scoop.it
A recent study, An Experimental Study of Men’s and Women’s Personal Ads, took a look at what characteristics women and men appear to be looking for in their partners by placing fake personal ads on...
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Why did the media fail to report on a groundbreaking study on the lives of people working in the sex industry?

Why did the media fail to report on a groundbreaking study on the lives of people working in the sex industry? | Sex Work | Scoop.it
On 30 January, a mesmerizing report was launched at the Asia-Pacific Intergovernmental Meeting on HIV in Bangkok: The Right(s) Evidence—Sex Work, Violence And HIV In Asia: A Multi-Country Qualitative Study . It is a ground-breaking piece of work for several reasons. It involved an unusual collaboration among governments, sex-worker organizations, communities, UN agencies, and regional agencies in Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal and Sri Lanka. It is full of fascinating insights into the lives of women, men and transgender people in the sex industry. It finds compelling evidence of widespread violence. It provides thoughtful, evidence-based analysis on causes and possible solutions. It points to a culture of impunity among the police, doctors, and other powerful players that in turn increases the threats of violence, trauma, disease and despair among sex workers, and by extension their families, communities, and customers. It’s full of first-person accounts.


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Meena Saraswathi Seshu, secretary general of activist organization Sampada Gramin Mahila Sanstha (Sangram), one of the co-authors of the report, talked with me after I had read the report. I know Seshu. She is articulate, and smart. She knows both the media and the landscape of sex work, having organized sex workers for decades. She fully expected the report to create a splash, but instead, she told me, it was greeted with “absolute and total silence”.


“It was launched in Bangkok—nobody wrote about it. It was launched in Myanmar—nobody wrote about it. The UN distributes it—nobody writes about it. Media came to all the events. People from TV, people from newspapers—they interviewed people like the study’s interviewers, who were all sex workers themselves. And then nobody wrote about it.”

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More-than-Survival Strategies: Sex Workers' Unhappy Stories

This essay examines the contributions of unhappy autobiographical narratives to the sex workers’ rights movement. Dominating sex worker advocacy discourse is a “happy hooker” image that eschews “negative” and “stereotypical” characterizations of prostitutes and other sex workers. But as the internet becomes more and more a site for sex work activism, some unhappy whores are using online autobiographical practices to resist this disavowal of negative experience. While reluctant or coerced engagements in sex work are often referred to as “survival sex work,” unhappy sex workers’ online writing practices function as a more-than-survival strategy, politicizing and resisting rather than disavowing the harms they experience in sex work. After reviewing literary and geographical scholarship on the political disenfranchisement of sex workers and situating this disenfranchisement in Judith Butler’s analysis of “the bad life,” this paper presents two close readings of sex workers’ online autobiographical practices. The first analyzes the discourse of disavowal of unhappy experience in sex worker advocacy and its harmful effects on unhappy sex workers. The second close reading discusses sex workers’ stories about exiting the sex industry, highlighting sex workers’ use of metaphors of space and place to elucidate their experiences. The essay concludes on sex workers’ strategies for more-than-surviving: using the three politicizing tactics identified by Butler to resist their expulsion to the bad life.

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Just Say No: Why You Shouldn't Study Sex Work in School

Just Say No: Why You Shouldn't Study Sex Work in School | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Before I finished my BA, I encountered a social worker who was working on her MA. Her politics were generally pro-decriminalization, but she also liked to trade in horror stories about women whose vaginas fell out from having so much sex. She had secured the cooperation of a rescue organization that collaborated with police to be allowed to study their Very Marginalized Whores. She wanted my help nailing down her research question.


“Don’t do this study,” I said. “Find something else to research.”


“OMG why are you so mean?” was more or less her answer.


I’m finishing one MA and starting another right now. In my first MA, I have studied sex work for a few years. In my second MA, I will not study sex work. I am going to explain why, and I hope others in the same position will also choose not to study sex work.

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Support Tara Burns creating Public Records On Sex Work and Sex Trafficking

Support Tara Burns creating Public Records On Sex Work and Sex Trafficking | Sex Work | Scoop.it

I'm Tara Burns, a writer, researcher, and former sex worker.  I just finished a huge research project on the human rights impacts of Alaska's prostitution and sex trafficking policy as part of my MA in Social Justice at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  ...I want to do all the rest of the states

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Support Christina Parreira, a Sex Worker & Sociology PhD student researching legal brothels

Support Christina Parreira, a Sex Worker & Sociology PhD student researching legal brothels | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Hi! My name is Christina Parreira and I am a Sociology PhD student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. I am also an out sex worker, an activist, an instructor, and researcher. I am currently working on a project that involves interviewing legal brothel workers in Nevada, and hope to eventually continue this research internationally (but, that's still a ways off!) 

What I need help with NOW is funding to get me to various conferences where I will be presenting my data, including an international prostitution conference in Vienna, Austria (Prospol conference) and the AAG meeting in Chicago (Association of American Geographers). In Vienna I will be presenting on the topic of bodily labor in sex work, and in Chicago I will be presenting on the geographies of the brothels, including a discussion of regulation of sexual spaces and segregation of sex workers.

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Women Of Color Sex Workers Wanted For Participation In Research Study

Women Of Color Sex Workers Wanted For Participation In Research Study | Sex Work | Scoop.it
#Sexwork research participants needed for a research project on women of colour working indoors (in/outcall). Please contact the person listed for further questions and inquiries.
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Sex Question Friday: How Many Men Have Paid For Sex?

Sex Question Friday: How Many Men Have Paid For Sex? | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Every Friday on the blog, I answer people’s questions about sex, love, and
relationships. This week’s question comes from a reader who wanted to know
the following:
 

“How many men have paid for sex with a prostitute before? Is this becoming
more or less common?”

Buying sex is a behavior that appears to have decreased among men in recent
years. Just how much have things changed? As a starting point, consider
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Funding for sex worker rights: report - Red Umbrella Fund

Funding for sex worker rights: report - Red Umbrella Fund | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Opportunities for foundations to fund more and better.   The Red Umbrella Fund, Mama Cash and the Open Society Foundations partnered together to map global grantmaking in support of sex worker rights. The research identified 56 foundations and NGOs that altogether invested a total of €8 million (US$11 million) in support of sex worker rights... Read more »
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The Real Stories of Disabled Men Who Pay for Sex #sexwork

The Real Stories of Disabled Men Who Pay for Sex #sexwork | Sex Work | Scoop.it
How they do it, why they do it, and what else they want from it.


The Sessions--the 2012 film about a polio patient who hires a “sex surrogate” to help him lose his virginitywon praise for humanizing a sex worker and her severely disabled client. But a new paper by Kirsty Liddiard, a sociologist at the UK’s University of Sheffield, provides a much more revealing window into the experiences of disabled men who pay for sex.

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Educational ~ and emotional.

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New research suggests sex workers don’t feel exploited, most buyers aren’t oppressors

New research suggests sex workers don’t feel exploited, most buyers aren’t oppressors | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Sex-workers and sex-buyers aren’t who we thought they were, the first national report on the Canadian sex industry has found, only one of the findings from the five-year study, led by Cecilia Benoit of the University of Victoria’s Centre for Addictions Research of BC (CARBC).


Evidence from the six surveyed sites (St. John’s, Montréal, Kitchener, Fort McMurray, Calgary, and Victoria) suggests that the majority of sex workers—most of whom are Canadian-born, Caucasian, in their 30s or 40s and have some form of education or training beyond high school—do not feel exploited and say that most buyers are not oppressors.

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Meet the Modern-Day Masters of Sex

Meet the Modern-Day Masters of Sex | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Talking with today's top sex researchers about where sex is headed.


Nobody plans on being a sex researcher when they grow up. Nobody plans to work a strain gauge between splayed legs as they measure changes in penis circumference during sexual stimulation. Nobody dreams to sit across from over-caffeinated college students who are looking to make a quick buck, having to prosaically ask, “When’s the last time you’ve had oral sex?” and then wait for the answer to scrawl on a clipboard.


Yet, sex research remains a growing field. The average annual salary of a sexologist or sex researcher can range anywhere from $40,000 to $63,000, according to modest estimates, but with potential for that number to skyrocket if the person in question takes on sex therapy, blogging, and, of course, the celebrity of television “sexpert” appearances. Beginning as a scientific discipline in the classical Greek period, there are currently over 20 schools and institutes that provide higher education for those wishing to start a career doing clinical, survey, observational, or experimental sex research.

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Study: To Lower Rape and STD Rates, Decriminalize Prostitution

Study: To Lower Rape and STD Rates, Decriminalize Prostitution | Sex Work | Scoop.it
A loophole in Rhode Island decriminalized prostitution between 2004-2009. During this time the state saw significant decreases in rape and gonorrhea.
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Why men use prostitutes

Why men use prostitutes | Sex Work | Scoop.it
The reasons why many men pay for sex are revealed in the interviews that make up a major new piece of research
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Most of What You Think You Know About Sex Trafficking Isn’t True

Most of What You Think You Know About Sex Trafficking Isn’t True | Sex Work | Scoop.it

“We did not encounter one [sex trafficking victim] who came to engage in sex work out of what one might call a fully realized choice: in every case their agency was constrained,” the researchers found. But “in very few of these cases was a ‘trafficker’ responsible for that constraint.” Rather, “it was a complex set of life crises or near-crisis points that compelled them into the sex trade.” Most of the underage sex workers they spoke with said their “biggest dangers” came from “customers, homelessness and drug addiction, rather than pimp-traffickers.”

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In-Depth Report Details Economics of Sex Trade

In-Depth Report Details Economics of Sex Trade | Sex Work | Scoop.it
The landmark study, commissioned by the Justice Department, has provided a wealth of data on pricing, market structures and sex workers’ motivations.
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The Erotic Labor Market Survey

The Erotic Labor Market Survey | Sex Work | Scoop.it

The DePaul SSRC is kicking off the Erotic Labor Market Survey, a pilot study of the erotic labor market.  The web-based survey will explore the perceptions and attitudes towards sex trafficking among individuals who have participated in the erotic labor market.

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Sex workers, those who pay for sex worker services, and advocates are invited to participate.

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Men, Casinos Are Betting The Pretty Employees Will Screw You Out Of Your Money

Men, Casinos Are Betting The Pretty Employees Will Screw You Out Of Your Money | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Speaking of those scantily clad casino waitresses... I would like to draw your attention to a pair of studies done regarding men's reactions to pretty and scantily clad women. In the 2003 study, th...

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The effects of scantily clad women on (hetero) male wallets

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Even if a man knows he can’t take the sexy casino waitress up to his room, a guy can — and will — dream. And that just helps the house.

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Scantily Clad Casino Employees: Sex Sells, Right?

Scantily Clad Casino Employees: Sex Sells, Right? | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Have you ever wondered why casinos often employ scantily clad waitresses? I'm not making this up as some sort of feminist attack or even a complaint. Many casinos, like the Rio in Vegas, do more th...

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The Prostitute's Allure: The Return to Beauty in Commercial Sex Work

Research from Raj Arunachalam (University of Michigan) & Manisha Shah (University of California) via hired sex workers in Ecuador and Mexico. The hired sex workers then interviewed other sex workers employed in brothels and on the streets. (PDF)

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Student sex work study underway at Swansea University

Student sex work study underway at Swansea University | Sex Work | Scoop.it

As statistics expose a growing number of students turning to sex work, an ambitious project based in Swansea, South Wales, aims to push student sex work out from its hazy obscurity and into public consciousness.

 

...The Student Sex Worker Project is an ambitious three year project funded by the Big Lottery, in collaboration with the Terrence Higgins Trust and NUS Wales, and is based at Swansea University. Its pioneering research is the first of its kind. While student sex work remains a contentious topic that often generates debates, we are still left with considerable blind spots in our understanding of students’ involvement in the marginalised world of sex work.

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South Africa: Are 30,000 Children Really 'Trafficked' in South Africa Every Year? the Claim Exaggerates the Problem

South Africa: Are 30,000 Children Really 'Trafficked' in South Africa Every Year? the Claim Exaggerates the Problem | Sex Work | Scoop.it

The figures are certainly alarming and appear regularly online, and in newspaper, radio and television reports. They are seldom interrogated by the reporters who quote them. But are they really accurate? Is there research to back them up?

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Female sex workers frequently offered larger fees by their clients in return for sex without a condom

Female sex workers frequently offered larger fees by their clients in return for sex without a condom | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Client demand for unprotected sex is contributing to the HIV epidemic among female sex workers, according to Canadian research published in the online edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. Investigators in Vancouver found that approximately three-quarters of sex workers were offered more money by clients for sex without a condom and that 19% accepted this money. Transgender women were more likely to accept extra money for unsafe sex, as were women who experienced client violence and users of methamphetamine.

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Drumroll: An Academic Journal For Porn Fans

Drumroll: An Academic Journal For Porn Fans | Sex Work | Scoop.it

"If there were ever a human phenomenon in need of serious objective investigation, Internet porn use is surely it........However, judging from the board of the upcoming Porn Studies Journal, this particular publication will lack the detachment and expertise to fulfill this critical role."

 

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An unhappy reaction to the Porn Studies Journal I noted here http://sco.lt/7pwTpp

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Sex probe: Revealing the bare facts of industry

Sex probe: Revealing the bare facts of industry | Sex Work | Scoop.it

The local sex industry has almost doubled in the past 20 years and much of it occurs between the sheets in motel rooms across the New England North West.

 

Sex workers steer clear of hustling work off the street because in order for them to make money in country areas, they must be discreet.

 

The claims might startle some but it’s just some of the cold, hard evidence that has landed in front of UNE expert Professor John Scott, who’s been researching the industry for almost 20 years.

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