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Why I'm Opposed to Criminalising the Purchase of Sex

Why I'm Opposed to Criminalising the Purchase of Sex | Sex Work | Scoop.it

The Member of the Scottish Parliament, Rhoda Grant, believes sex workers are imbeciles who should be denied the right to earn a living and subjected to state-sanctioned sexual assault to ensure that they comply with the dictates imposed upon their profession. Not that she puts it quite like that.

 

In her proposed bill to criminalise the purchase of sex in Scotland (open to public consultation until the 14th of December), she's gone for a paternalistic tone, suggesting authority with her (unfounded and patently untrue) statements about the sex industry while offering protection to the poor souls forced to work in it with promises to keep them safe from the big bad men who exploit them by paying to have sex with them. She's very noble in her presentation: she's also woefully uninformed. As a result, the proposed bill is based on presumption, prejudice, and stereotype, not on fact. But then, who needs facts when emotive statements, hyperbole, and fudged statistics will do the job just as well? It's not as if the outcome of the bill will affect the lives of thousands or anything.

 

Grant's theory is that criminalising the purchase of sex will end demand for the services of sex workers. Her initial claim, sort of said in the draft bill, was that the sex industry would simply vanish into thin air when all sex workers were given nice jobs that didn't offend her moral sensibilities. Then, talking in the Daily Record in November, she declared "If you drive it underground so no one can find it, it wouldn't survive". Speaking on Sunday Politics Scotland last weekend, she then decided that it needed to stay visible so those wishing to purchase sex could find it. Seems she's more than a little confused. Criminalising sex will drive the industry underground, but it's not going to die there...


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FetishCOD's comment, December 18, 2012 2:33 AM
Disgusting. Politicians need to keep their noses out of the sex industry.
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Porn Studies | Special Issue: Porn and Labour | Call For Papers

Porn Studies | Special Issue: Porn and Labour | Call For Papers | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Critics of the porn industry are quick to claim its deleterious effects on consumers, and too often presume exploitative abuse of performers. Yet, such arguments ignore the voices of porn performers and producers. It has been the performers and producers themselves who have refused the silencing tactics of stigmatization and shame and spoken candidly in a variety of news and social media venues about their working experiences, their attention to craft and skill, and their efforts towards more ethical, respectful labour conditions. Yet, their strategies of negotiation toward greater self-determination remain problematically undertheorized.

Media and cultural entertainment industries are under greater critical scrutiny around precarious labour, problematic gender and sexual relations, entrenched racism and other forms of prejudice and exclusion, industry convergence, and occupational health and safety. At the same time, critical media and cultural industry scholarship notes an expansion of independent and DIY production, new forms of labour exchange and commercialization, collective and collaborative networking, and audience engagement. Pornography is no different and is, in many ways, leading this entertainment revolution.

This special issue of Porn Studies invites scholars, critics, artists and producers, activists, and educators to explore the contours of Pornography and Labour. Topics may focus on any aspect of pornography production that
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The Dutch central bank fires an inspector who failed to report her part-time job

The Dutch central bank fires an inspector who failed to report her part-time job | Sex Work | Scoop.it
THE stock market was invented in 1602 in central Amsterdam, when traders gathered on the New Bridge for the then-disreputable purpose of speculating in shares of the East India Company. Today the New Bridge marks the entrance to Amsterdam’s Red Light District, an area dominated by other trades long considered disreputable but which the city’s liberal government has tried to bring above-board. But even in Amsterdam, sex work has not shed its stigma, as a former supervisor at the Dutch Central Bank (DNB) discovered last year. The Dutch magazine Quote reported this week that the woman was fired last autumn for having secretly moonlighted for years as a self-employed sex worker, out of an address in the heart of the Red Light District.

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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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This Tech Startup Is Helping the Cops Track Sex Workers Online

This Tech Startup Is Helping the Cops Track Sex Workers Online | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Rescue Forensics claims it can scrape "massive quantities of data" from online escort ads and give that information to law enforcement, but advocates for sex workers say that such a service doesn't help anyone.
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More people jumping in to profit by "saving" ~ this time with tech that is dangerous to sex workers and others.

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How Can You Support Porn Stars & Sex Workers?

How Can You Support Porn Stars & Sex Workers? | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Hey Molly, I know you're a supporter and friend of several pornstars and I was wondering what your views are on the industry as a whole - do you believe that the destructive negative side of the industry (eg. the commodification of sex, objectifying women, ingraining unrealistic standards of attractive in men's minds, and causing damage by legitimizing an industry which is often nasty and degrading to actors at a lower level). How do you reconcile these factors with your support. Thanks :)
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Molly given an excellent reply.

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The American Rescue Industry: Toward an Anti-Trafficking Paramilitary

The American Rescue Industry: Toward an Anti-Trafficking Paramilitary | Sex Work | Scoop.it
An investigation into US anti-trafficking organizations shows they are focused on intervening in women's lives without regard to their needs.
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About That Brothel Tester Position...

About That Brothel Tester Position... | Sex Work | Scoop.it
You may have heard about a job posting for a "brothel tester" last month. The posting was made by Kaufmich, a German social network for sex workers, brothels, and other companies in erotic environm...
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Sex Workers WANT to Stop Trafficking - YouTube

Sex workers and advocates for sex workers say why it's important to include them, and their clients, in the fight against sex trafficking. They ARE part of t...
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Porn, Privacy & Face Recognition Technologies ... The Coming Storm (with image) · ACES

New Facial Recognition Programs scan a person's face and fetches all images of that person that are (or have been) published online within seconds and with incredible accuracy.

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What are the implications of emerging technologies like face recognition and biometrics on adult industry performers?

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Sex workers fight back: ‘It’s my choice to be here’

Sex workers fight back: ‘It’s my choice to be here’ | Sex Work | Scoop.it
THE AUSTRALIAN sex work industry has fought back against claims that most sex workers are abused and forced to enter the industry against their own will.
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My life as a call-girl: Mum-of-one tells how she was inspired by movie to give up law degree and become a hooker

My life as a call-girl: Mum-of-one tells how she was inspired by movie to give up law degree and become a hooker | Sex Work | Scoop.it

A SATURDAY job in massage parlour led to work as call girl and a champion of sex workers' rights.


GROWING up in a strict Irish Catholic family, Laura Lee was lined up for a respectable career as a lawyer.

 

But after watching a film about a hooker, Laura astonishingly decided she wanted to become a call girl.

 



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Las Vegas is 'sugar daddy' central, website claims

Las Vegas is 'sugar daddy' central, website claims | Sex Work | Scoop.it
If you're a lady looking to be taken care of then you're living in the right spot, at least according to a Las Vegas-based website.

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Just Sign on The Dotted Line- The Anti-Prostitution Loyalty Oath

"Just Sign on The Dotted Line: The Anti Prostitution Loyalty Oath" narrated by Cosi Fabian, presents a history of a policy regulating provision of foreign aid. The policy requires that recipients of USAID funds sign an oath that they will not support sex workers' rights. This policy is a telling example of how the U.S. exports repressive ideologies through conditions set for foreign aid recipients.


Compiled for all those interested in sex workers issues and human rights, this video timeline and accompanying resources provide a comprehensive course in the history of, and resistance to "The Pledge."

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Dan Savage: How does Dan feel about the rights of sex workers? - YouTube

"How does Dan feel about the rights of sex workers?" Follow Dan Savage on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DanSavage Follow Dan Savage on Twitter: https://...
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I don't know who Dan Savage is but he make some good points about the issue of legalizing prostitution...

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How To Be an Ex-Porn Star: 10 Tips on Taking a Break from APAC VP Conner Habib

How To Be an Ex-Porn Star: 10 Tips on Taking a Break from APAC VP Conner Habib | Sex Work | Scoop.it
One of the most common – and offensive – questions that porn performers get from viewers is, “what are you going to do after this?” It’s as if porn star can’t exist, be looked at and wished upon, without viewers imagining that same star collapsing. Or perhaps better said, some fans have trouble meeting porn stars without expressing their anxieties of having watched. Another way of saying, “What will you do after this” is “I’ll stop watching you some day!” or “One day you won’t be desirable anymore!”

It’s just rude for fans to ask that question. But it is important for performers to be able to have an answer. Maybe not a complete one, but some gesture toward an answer somewhere.
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About Those Cheap Callers & Clients...

About Those Cheap Callers & Clients... | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Aside from the services of a sex worker truly being a luxury purchase, it’s important for callers to realize that sex workers are like other service providers (like doctors, accountants, construction contractors, marketing consultants, etc.), and so they can’t ask for discounts. As services are
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Canada’s new prostitution law explained with LEGO bricks - YouTube

John and Sally get busted for prostitution by a police officer who tries to explain the new law.
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If you are an adult model who has thought about a members site...

If you are an adult model who has thought about a members site... | Sex Work | Scoop.it
If you are an adult model who has thought about running a members site, but haven’t done so because it would be too expensive, time consuming or difficult to set up on your own, I suggest using...
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Graphic Depictions, Scene 02

Graphic Depictions, Scene 02 | Sex Work | Scoop.it
That’s one of the things I find most appealing about directing: if I only achieve 80 or 97% of what I’m after I can look over my own choices and figure out how to get the remaining percentage next time. When the end result is close to total success, I can feel satisfied about having picked the right people to help me achieve it.

But back to the video in question…

The audience is an immediate audience within Graphic Depictions, but also a stand-in for the actual audience: the largely anonymous internet. In the same way performing in a stage production leaves me blind to all but the vaguest facial features of the front row, a performer whose work is distributed on video has little concrete idea of who their audience is.
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Amsterdam sex workers protest window closures in Red Light District

Amsterdam sex workers protest window closures in Red Light District | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Prostitutes and supporters told Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan that window closures are depriving them of safe workplaces
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Tips For PSOs & Cam Girls Getting Started

Tips For PSOs & Cam Girls Getting Started | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Anonymous said: pso question! how did you navigate thru your first call ever? ive been trying but it's difficult when you don't know what you're good at. do you just try different topics until you...
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Applies to many forms of sex work.

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The Review: American Courtesans (2013)

The Review:  American Courtesans (2013) | Sex Work | Scoop.it

AMERICAN COURTESANS is a documentary collecting interviews with a number of women who work or have worked in the sex trade industry, where they discuss their lives and careers from their childhoods to their current lives as escorts, producers, and activists.  I felt it was a great film, and it did a good job of showing the true face of the industry, good and bad.


The main interviewer is Kristen DiAngelo, who is also interviewed by one of the stars, sharing her own story while supporting others as they tell theirs.  I think this works well because it is honest about the context of the film maker, saying openly that this is her story, just like the other stories, take it as it is.


In the film, the stories of the women are sorted by stages rather than chronologically: childhoods compared, initiations into the industry compared, and so on.  While the ages of the courtesans means the stories happened at different times, the technique works to show how similar and yet different each one is.  Some had abusive parents, others had supportive parents; some had truly horrific introductions to the industry, some had positive experiences.  By the end you see how different they were, as well as how similar the challenges they faced have been.

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Short Video Interview with Porn Star Dean Van Damme

This British performer is also a tattooed model and producer/camera man of his own adult films. Big and sweet! He stars in Power Pussy and A Talk Too Dirty.
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Debunking 6 Myths about People in the Sex Industry

Debunking 6 Myths about People in the Sex Industry | Sex Work | Scoop.it
With inaccurate media representations and the cultural stigma, there are a lot of misconceptions about people in the sex industry. We too often fail to see the complexity and diversity in who is engaged in commercial sex, why they’re doing it, and the degree of consent and coercion involved. These
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