Sex Work
Follow
Find
9.2K views | +20 today
Rescooped by Gracie Passette from Escorts
onto Sex Work
Scoop.it!

Drive-In 'Sex Boxes' Coming To Zurich

Drive-In 'Sex Boxes' Coming To Zurich | Sex Work | Scoop.it
This ain't your mama's drive-in....

 

The city of Zurich, Switzerland is set to a build a series of drive-in "sex boxes" which, starting next August, will provide a discreet environment for prostitutes to meet clients.

 

The "boxes" are garage-like structures that are large enough for a car to be parked inside. According to the Telegraph, the site will facilitate meetings for around 30 prostitutes, and clients will use the drive-in slots on a first-come -- ahem -- first-served basis.

 

Prostitution is legal in Switzerland, but Zurich officials have struggled with controlling sex-trade related crime and violence.

"We can't get rid of prostitution, so have to learn how to control it," police spokesman Reto Casanova said in 2010, when the idea was first introduced.

 

The decision was also motivated by complaints of city-dwellers unhappy with seeing prostitutes walking the streets.

 

"We're sick to death of looking at it," one resident said, according to the Mail Online.

 

Michael Herzig, of Zurich's social welfare department, says that getting prostitutes off the streets will also be beneficial to the women involved in the world's oldest profession.

 

"The women will be better protected from attack, and it will also mean better business for them," he told Swiss Radio, as translated by the Telegraph. "With the women right by the sex boxes there is no 'travel time' so they can deal with more customers."

 

Women working in the boxes will be required to take out medical insurance and pay for a license fee, the Sun reports. Additionally, each night they work, they will need to insert five Swiss francs into a machine to "clock in."

 

The boxes have faced some local opposition.

 

Margrit Haller, representing Swiss People’s Party in Altstetten, told World Radio Switzerland in 2011 that, "The idea that women will be better protected and monitored is good, but I don’t really see it as an alternative that women either work the streets or work in the boxes.”

 

Nevertheless, voters gave a green light to the creation of the boxes in a national referendum last March. Installation was approved by the Zurich city council on Monday, the Local reports.

 

Drive-in sex boxes are already employed in several German cities.

 

 


Via PunterPress
more...
No comment yet.
Sex Work
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/
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Gracie Passette
Scoop.it!

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…
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Gracie Passette
Scoop.it!

Nevada’s Brothels: Legalization Serves The Man

Nevada’s Brothels: Legalization Serves The Man | Sex Work | Scoop.it
One of the many questions OkCupid users can answer to determine compatibility with potential mates is “Should prostitution be legal?” The answer options are: Yes, absolutely Yes, only if it were regulated I don’t think so ABSOLUTELY NOT (emphasis theirs) In my four years of using the site, I’ve noticed that those who choose answer…
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Gracie Passette
Scoop.it!

Where Your Adult Site Visitors Went – ErosBlog: The Sex Blog

Where Your Adult Site Visitors Went – ErosBlog: The Sex Blog | Sex Work | Scoop.it

If, like me, you’ve maintained (for a few years, or a dozen) an adult blog or adult site of any kind, you might have noticed that your number of readers has gone down (a little or a lot) in recent years. Did you wonder why? Did you wonder where those readers went? Did people get tired of looking at sex online?


No. Listen as Business Insider explains:

Gracie Passette's insight:

Yes, there could be an app for that ~ you might even make one. But who let you distribute it?

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Gracie Passette from For Lovers of Paranormal Romance
Scoop.it!

How to Price Your Romance eBOOK

How to Price Your Romance eBOOK | Sex Work | Scoop.it

What do prices tell you about the quality of an eBook?

 

 

Writers

How do you price your books?


Readers

At what price are you comfortable buying a Romance eBook?

 

 

Please leave your comments...


Via Shonda Brock
Gracie Passette's insight:

Would this, should this, be the same for erotica?

more...
Shonda Brock's comment, April 21, 9:39 AM
Great question. I don't think Erotica was included in the study.
Scooped by Gracie Passette
Scoop.it!

Are You Being Sex Trafficked?

Are You Being Sex Trafficked? | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Are you a working girl or a Nick Kristof rescue waiting to happen? Take this quiz and find out!

Being a sex worker means that people constantly try to explain to me that I’m a victim who doesn’t know what I’m doing to myself—either that or I must be one of those very empowered, very expensive whores who gets paid thousands of dollars to lounge around in my underwear, enjoying life. The reality of my almost two decades of sex work has swung back and forth, but mostly it’s been squarely, complexly, somewhere in the middle. I’ve been paid hundreds of dollars to receive full body massages. I’ve happily cuddled up to a sweet man and a bottle of champagne in the VIP room until his credit card broke several thousand dollars later. And I’ve had sex with men I didn’t really feel like ever seeing again because I needed the house payment, my truck was about to be repossessed, and I was down to my last 20 bucks.

It’s exciting to think that women in the sex industry are forced into sexual bondage by evil men, but the boring reality is that most often we have to go to work to pay the bills, just like everyone else. Sometimes it’s great and sometimes it’s not, but that doesn’t make our consent—or our right to claim our own agency—any less.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Gracie Passette
Scoop.it!

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:

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

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

Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, April 9, 10:28 PM

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

Rescooped by Gracie Passette from Phone Sex
Scoop.it!

A Look Inside A Phone Sex Hobbyist's Mind

A Look Inside A Phone Sex Hobbyist's Mind | Sex Work | Scoop.it
When phone sex operator come phone sex consultant Lynn met Tom, a man with some pretty strong phone sex calling habits (he has over 500 phone sex operators in his list of favorites alone!), she dub...

Via Craftypants Carol, Gracie Passette
more...
Gracie Passette's curator insight, April 6, 5:49 PM

Phone sex, sex addiction, hobbyists...

Scooped by Gracie Passette
Scoop.it!

OK, So Here's The Thing... #sexwork #erotica

OK, So Here's The Thing... #sexwork #erotica | Sex Work | Scoop.it

When I began writing erotica and non-fiction articles on sexuality I took a pen name for privacy. But it might surprise those of you who do not write to know that one of the biggest reasons was to separate one writing career from another.

Anyone who writes, as a profession or a hobby, knows that over-all perception of erotica authors is poor and no where is this belief held more firmly than within the writing community. "They're not real writers," other they say (or type). It's not just that we dare to write about sex (or even profit from it) but if we write about it, it must be because we "can't really write" and this is our last resort.

Anyone who writes erotica (dirty stories, erotic literature, porn -- whatever you choose to call it) will tell you that writing smut takes extra skill. For not only must you obey all the rules of writing but you must make it arousing too. Just trying to find synonyms for "cock" (without sounding cliched) and "orgasm" (virtually non-existent) is a challenge. But 'the real writers' will giggle and sneer. I've seen the cruelty in writer's groups and online forums firsthand.

Even mainstream editors and publications may reject your work on these very notions, or just from the fear of any association. Even for non-fiction works this happens. Mention you write 'about sex' in any fashion (or have them discover you do so) and you're blackballed. So in order to preserve my professional mainstream writing reputation, I created a pen name upon joining the ranks of smut writers.

You'd think that a group which has experienced such persecution and unfair devaluation would be wiser. But they are not.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Gracie Passette
Scoop.it!

Secondhand Rose: Do I Kiss & Tell? (Or, Why Sex Pros Make Better Bloggers)

Secondhand Rose: Do I Kiss & Tell? (Or, Why Sex Pros Make Better Bloggers) | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Whether an escort, a Dominatrix, porn actor, stripper, a phone sex operator, or 'just' an author, we all learn quickly to take a stage name and live two lives. One life belongs to the entertainer; the other with family and friends.

We do this for several reasons.

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Gracie Passette from Let's Get Sex Positive
Scoop.it!

Sex Blogger Directory - Top Sex Bloggers

Sex Blogger Directory - Top Sex Bloggers | Sex Work | Scoop.it
The best sex-positive bloggers on the Web
Gracie Passette's insight:

A growing list of sex positive blogs ~ and you can submit your blog as well.

more...
Gracie Passette's curator insight, April 1, 4:17 AM

A growing list of sex positive blogs ~ and you can submit your blog as well.

Scooped by Gracie Passette
Scoop.it!

Phone Sex Operator "Little Black Book" Tool Survey

Phone Sex Operator "Little Black Book" Tool Survey | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Phone sex operator Sarah Collins is developing a website application tool for the PSO industry called Black Book Vault (BBV). Like me, Sarah is a data hound, always using data to improve her busine...
Gracie Passette's insight:

This could be excellent for escorts and other sex workers as well!

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Gracie Passette
Scoop.it!

Of Mail Order Romance & Smut

Of Mail Order Romance & Smut | Sex Work | Scoop.it

While it is possible that Ms. Brosmer (or Mrs. Weider) simply signed away rights to her name to some photographer, it is even more likely that she and her husband, body builder turned health and fitness king Joe Weider, simply saw money to be made. It was Brosmer, after all, who was the first model to get residuals every time her photo was published, so why shouldn’t she make money off selling her photos directly to the consumer?

In truth, many of the pinup models and burlesque performers ran their own side businesses, selling photographs, autographs, etc. Lily St. Cyr sold lingerie. Lynne O’Neill, The Original Garter Girl, not only had one of these businesses, but apparently kept quite a bit of the correspondence from fans.

Like the models and performers of today, these women...

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Gracie Passette
Scoop.it!

Review Site For Phone Sex Operators

Review Site For Phone Sex Operators | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Tom Cat’s Phone Sex Reviews is not a phone sex directory or topsite, where placement or “ranking” is based on how much a PSO pays or how many “hits” a PSO sends to the site. It is not a bunch of spammy listings or fake reviews. It is a real review site where each and everyphone sex operator listed has actually been reviewed by an experienced phone sex caller.


There’s no “pay to play” schemes, no cheating to get to the top of the list or to get better ratings, no spam or scams for PSOs or callers. While I will be using some affiliate links (primarily for additional information on trends, popularity, and client interests), this review site isn’t about money; it’s all about the phone sex & the phone sex girls. It’s all about callers being able to find quality phone sex operators — and it’s a chance for quality PSOs to get some recognition without having to pay for it.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Gracie Passette
Scoop.it!

Adult Backwash's Place In Sex Blogging History

Adult Backwash's Place In Sex Blogging History | Sex Work | Scoop.it

A few weeks ago, the brave Dangerous Lilly started a conversation about the history of sex blogging. Not long after that, GlamKitty (GK) (who did participate in the adult side of BW as a member of The Unholy Trinity) began waxing nostalgic about Backwash.com in general. It was these two conversations (one digital, one real world) which prompted me to get involved in the Backwash Reunion and agreeing to run Dark Wry Toast as a resurrection, of sorts, of Adult Backwash.


While I (impatiently) waited for GK to make her post, so that I wouldn’t have to repeat too much, I thought about the reasons Adult Backwash deserves to be remembered.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Gracie Passette
Scoop.it!

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.
Gracie Passette's insight:

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

more...
Rescooped by Gracie Passette from #Prostitution : #sexwork is work !
Scoop.it!

The Problem With (Sex) Work | Jacobin

The Problem With (Sex) Work | Jacobin | Sex Work | Scoop.it

I was talking recently to an old friend and former editor at the late, lamented $pread Magazine, and she noted that many sex worker rights activists have little experience even interacting with the traditional Left, so reluctant are most leftists to come anywhere near their issues. She also lamented the unfortunate state of the debate over sex work, which tends to be reduced to two equally inadequate positions: a patriarchal moralizing that treats sex work as a uniquely awful form of exploitation in which women can only ever be regarded as victims, and a panglossian libertarianism that revels in sex work as a source of independence and self-expression while glossing over its less glamorous aspects.


The first perspective produces legislative atrocities like the proposed New York City bill that would have penalized taxi drivers for transporting prostitutes. The second perspective can neglect the coercive and violent parts of the sex industry, which are real even if they tend to be misrepresented as the entirety of sex work. But the real problem with a lot of the more exuberant pro-sex work arguments and their anti-sex work counterparts is a bit more subtle: the issue with sex work is not the sex, it’s the work.


Via Morgane Merteuil
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Gracie Passette from Crimes Against Humanity
Scoop.it!

Escort license ordinances moving quickly in south metro

Escort license ordinances moving quickly in south metro | Sex Work | Scoop.it

WESTON, Wis. (WSAU) -- Proposals to license escort services in the Wausau area are making rapid progress. 


On Friday, we reported that Wausau Police Chief Jeff Hardel would like to see an escort license ordinance as an additional tool to stop prostitution, and that work is underway on the draft language. Hardel’s wish to have such an ordinance throughout the metro area may happen quickly.

Everest Metro Police Chief Wally Sparks says such an ordinance could be enacted in their jurisdiction as early as next Monday.  “We’ve already got it passed for the City of Schofield. It has passed the Public Safety Committee at the Village of Weston, and for the April 7th meeting, it should be on the agenda. Hopefully, they will take it up and it will be passed at that point.”


If Weston and Schofield’s ordinance passes, and Wausau passes a similar ordinance later, Sparks believes they won’t need identically-worded ordinances.  “The intent is to have a similar ordinance, but either way, the purpose of the ordinance is the same for all of the communities, and that’s to give us another tool for enforcement and hopefully, a tool that serves as a deterrent and keeps people from setting up shop for prostitution services in the Wausau metro area.”


Sparks says having the tools to stop more prostitution will also help stop some of the other dangerous and criminal activity often tied to prostitution.  “It’s a growing problem, and it’s not just the sex-related crimes of prostitution, but a lot of these cases involve drugs, drug trafficking. A lot of times, drugs are exchanged for sex acts and so it affects more than just prostitution.”


So far, there have been two recent undercover sting operations to catch prostitutes and their clients, with ten arrests in the Wausau area since January.


Via Deanna Dahlsad
more...
Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, April 18, 11:09 PM

So many thoughts here...


Fundamentally, can you license something that is currently illegal? Isn't that entrapment or something?


Are we blaming "the drug problem" on sex work / sex workers now? Specifically what drugs?


And a whopping 10 arrests; sounds like there is a HUGE problem. Not.


Since this is abut drugs, how many drug arrests? What drugs?


Scooped by Gracie Passette
Scoop.it!

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...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Gracie Passette
Scoop.it!

You can write erotica too!

You can write erotica too! | Sex Work | Scoop.it
In one of my previous posts, I showed you a picture of myself holding this vintage magazine, and I mentioned that aside from the fact that I loved the cover, its image sparked ideas in my mind abou...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Gracie Passette
Scoop.it!

[Serious][NSFW] Redditors who have partaken in the services of a prostitute, what was the experience like? : AskReddit

[Serious][NSFW] Redditors who have partaken in the services of a prostitute, what was the experience like? : AskReddit | Sex Work | Scoop.it
As many details as you're comfortable with.
Gracie Passette's insight:

An "Ask Reddit" discussion between supposed clients & the curious; and of course there are negative comments from some hobbyists.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Gracie Passette
Scoop.it!

What Is Your City Masturbating To? - Digg

What Is Your City Masturbating To? - Digg | Sex Work | Scoop.it
The Pornhub Insights blog is responsible for post after post of awesome porn data. So when we decided we wanted to know what people were getting off to in cities like Anchorage, Honolulu and Detroit, we knew exactly who to ask.
Gracie Passette's insight:

Data here for sex workers, perhaps?

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Gracie Passette
Scoop.it!

Normal Trailer EN

Normal is a 48 minute creative documentary that brings the real life stories of male, female and transgender migrants working in the sex industry to the screen. Drawing on original interviews with people working in the sex industry in Albania, Italy and the UK, documentary director and anthropologist Nicola Mai reveals their unheard voices.

In Tirana we meet Besnik, an Albanian young man who uses violence to stop his women getting under his skin. In Rome, Catalin is a Romanian minor selling sex to other men as it’s the best job he’s ever had. Having used violence in the past, Adrian, a Romanian young man, now respects his working girl to keep himself safe and out of jail. In London there’s Candy, a Romanian young woman who loves her trafficker to the point of getting convicted for controlling. Alina, a Moldovan woman, decides to work independently in the UK sex industry after having been trafficked. We also meet Cynthia, a transgender woman selling sex to feed her estranged family while waiting to fix her papers.


These voices often go against the grain of popular expectations that most migrant sex workers are exploited and forced to sell sex against their will. Confronting these attitudes, Normal uncovers a layered, human story of migration and sex work. What we hear are unexpected, disturbing, sometimes moving and often contradictory life stories. The viewer is continually challenged by the truth of their words, their dreams and the lives that they lead. All the characters are portrayed by actors, guaranteeing the anonymity and safety of the original interviewees

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Gracie Passette
Scoop.it!

Make Sure the Enema Hose is Clamped (And other words of advice from a sex worker)

Make Sure the Enema Hose is Clamped (And other words of advice from a sex worker) | Sex Work | Scoop.it

When people hear the phrase, "Sex Work," they often picture either a prostitute or a dominatrix. What are some other forms of sex work that people may not think of so quickly?

Cam girls, phone sex workers, fetish models, escorts, strippers, porn actors, massage parlor managers … I could go on :) It’s important to remember that “sex worker” is a self- ascribed term. A sex shoppe owner, for example, may identify as a sex worker, as may someone who runs the front office of an escort agency -- or, they may not.

Gracie Passette's insight:

An interview with Sera Miles.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Gracie Passette
Scoop.it!

Whorephobia on Tumblr

Whorephobia on Tumblr | Sex Work | Scoop.it

It annoys me how everyone on tumblr who is a stripper refers to other strippers as “sex workers”


I AM NOT A SEX WORKER.

Gracie Passette's insight:

Click for the whole  conversation.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Gracie Passette
Scoop.it!

Safety Shoes For Sex Workers

Safety Shoes For Sex Workers | Sex Work | Scoop.it
The Aphrodite Project, named for the patron goddess of sex workers, has brought the strategies of sex workers' past to solving the needs of sex workers today by inventing what can best be described...
more...
No comment yet.