It’s that time of year again and we’re on the hunt for the Sex Blogging Superheroes of 2014. We’re looking for writers with charisma and courage, writers who are on a mission to promote sex positivity and save the world from bad sex. Because when you think about it, that job is pretty damned heroic. After all, the vast majority of people would choose rushing into a burning building over uttering words like "orgasm" or "clitoris" or "anal sex" in a public setting.
Gracie Passette's insight:
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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"..
Gracie Passette's insight:
Maybe it's not censorship; but it sure ain't discussion or problem solving now is it.
These days, porn performers don’t have to depend solely on being booked with established companies. As the effects of Measure B and online piracy impede major studio productions, some industry trends see performers subsidizing their careers with cam shows, custom videos, Clips4Sale studios, and launching their own member sites. Equipment and web technology is becoming increasingly accessible. Performers of any notoriety can grab a camera and do it themselves. You scratch my back; I’ll scratch yours.
Looking to learn from my embarrassing mistakes and gain ‘best-practice’ knowledge for the next time, I did what I should have done years ago: I decided to ask around.
There is something unethical and pornographic about the way the media announced the arrest of a young National-Award-winning actress for prostitution this week. The media was mean-spirited when it divulged racy details about the way the West Zone police (presumably from Mumbai as the 23-year-old actress lives in the city, according to sketchy media reports) along with Hyderabad police, swooped into a Banjara Hills hotel to arrest the actress and her "pimp" after setting up a decoy client.
The media didn’t care to conceal the name of the actress and but lasciviously disclosed every possible detail about her. This despite the fact that the law clearly says that the practice of selling one’s own sexual service is permissible, that sexual activity in exchange for a fee, between two consenting adults and in private is not a crime.
Satan's Angel was telling me that a friend of hers had, a few years ago, tried to talk her into selling panties ~ and I don't mean opening a lingerie store or having one of those lingerie home parties, I mean selling the panties she's worn, right off her own bottom.
Apparently the friend had quite a nice business going, and when Satan's Angel questioned how much she made, how many panties she sold etc. The friend assured her this was very lucrative and that she sold more panties than she could realistically wear.
My latest Guardian column, Privacy technology everyone can use would make us all more secure, makes the case for privacy technology as something that anyone can -- and should use, discussing the work being done by the charitable Simply Secure foundation that launches today (site is not yet up as of this writing), with the mandate to create usable interfaces to cryptographic tools, and to teach crypto developers how to make their tools accessible to non-technical people.
The line between "porn star" and "prostitute" is actually less blurry than you think, and Playboy would like to keep it that way. Not that Playboy wants to call their Playmates 'porn stars', either, but...