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Sex workers choose own paths

Sex workers choose own paths | Sex Work | Scoop.it

For emphasis, she threw in the word prostitute, and the pronoun I, as in “I am a prostitute and I am doing this because I do not have a job.”

 

Of course you are one of them and that is why you have such low self-esteem, an inferiority complex that ironically makes you feel superior enough to feel offended when someone fails to recognise your presence. You then bully him before you spilling your heart-wrenching story about your child who needs to be fed, financial needs and the fact that you have nothing else but your body to sell.

 

You can justify prostitution by calling it the world’s oldest profession, but when you add sob stories about how difficult life is, you become heartless and callous, a person who cares nothing about human suffering — the only difference is that you are your own victim.

 

Sex work, or prostitution, is a thriving ‘industry’ in the country and cannot be wished away, but we should admit that a majority of those who engage in it do so out of choice and should therefore live with the consequences without blaming the society.

 

Maybe some of them are comfortable with it as a profession and do not blame the society for their ‘woes;, but generally, when the stories of these twilight girls (and boys) are aired in the media like it was done last week, our hearts start bleeding and we see them more as victims than people who saw sex work as a viable income-generating activity.

 

If you ask me — and it is a good thing that no one has so far asked me — prostitution is an excuse used by lazy people who feel that they are too sweet, and too busy to look for other ways of earning an income.

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There's only one thing I can agree with in this whole article; and that is the fact that most sex workers choose the career. The rest is judgemental garbage based on stereotypes and a willingness to remain ignorant.

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Reposted this. I wish your comment would stick with the repost, Gracie.
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Prostitution Law and the Death of Whores

Prostitution Law and the Death of Whores | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Twenty years ago I first asked two questions that continue to unsettle me today. The first is answerable: What does a woman who sells sex accomplish that leads to her being treated as fallen, beyond the pale, incapable of speaking for herself, discountable if she does speak, invisible as a member of society? The answer is she carries a stigma. The second question is a corollary: Why do most public conversations focus on laws and regulations aimed at controlling these stigmatized women rather than recognizing their agency? To that the answer is not so straightforward.

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Jane Hilton Photographs: Exploring The World's Oldest Profession

Jane Hilton Photographs: Exploring The World's Oldest Profession | Sex Work | Scoop.it
An exhibition of new photographs by Jane Hilton, at Eleven, uncovers the hidden world of life inside Western (USA) brothels. Hilton first encountered Madam Kitt
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The exhibition mentioned is over, but the article is worth reading for context ~ then see more photos at Jane Hilton's website & order the book at Amazon.

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What’s It Like to Be a Porn Star?

What’s It Like to Be a Porn Star? | Sex Work | Scoop.it
To listen to this episode of Working with guest Jessica Drake, click the arrow on the audio player below: Subscribe in iTunes ∙ RSS feed ∙ Download ∙ Play in another tab On this episode of Working, David Plotz talks with porn star Jessica Drake about how she selects her scene partners and what it’s like...
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Voice Actors & Actresses Needed For Paying Audio Erotica Gigs

Voice Actors & Actresses Needed For Paying Audio Erotica Gigs | Sex Work | Scoop.it
I've been contacted by a new company to give them a hand finding voice talent for their recorded erotic stories. They are looking for voice talent -- especially male voice talent -- to create (reco...
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What I Really Do: The Entrepreneurial Spirit of Sex Workers

What I Really Do: The Entrepreneurial Spirit of Sex Workers | Sex Work | Scoop.it
I am a porn performer, professional escort and Dominatrix, and I have found that most of the world has absolutely no idea what my job is actually like. While my career is inherently rooted in entertainment and fantasy, I am also running three small businesses, facilitating educational workshops and fighting for sex workers rights. For me, my job has a certain sense of normalcy that just happens to be surrounded by high heels, vintage vibrators and lots of glitter. My own perception of my work often fluctuates between: ‘Imma sexual-ninja-genius!’ to ‘This is mega complicated’. Someone did actually create a “What I Really Do” Sex Worker meme. It is pretty amusing, but it really only begins to describe the complicated social perceptions of the world’s oldest profession.

People enter sex work for different reasons and for various amounts of time, and have very individual experiences within the industry. Regardless of varying experiences, society often attaches stigma and shame to our identities. This can be incredibly de-humanizing, which is part of the reason sex workers have historically been the targets of discrimination and violence. Sex work itself is not inherently dangerous – unlike being a deep-sea fisherman, a firefighter or serving in the Marines – the threat only lies in social norms and laws that prevent workers from doing our jobs legally and safely. This has negative ramifications on our health, safety and professional lives. Not being able to account for skills gained as a sex worker can result in undesirable gaps on a resume, prohibit transitions into other career paths and create fear of being outed or fired from vanilla jobs. This is a total shame because sex workers are some of the smartest cats that I know. Most of my colleagues possess an arsenal of branding, marketing and PR, education, website management and creative technical skills that make them highly successful in their chosen field, skills that would easily translate into an array of professional settings. Yet the stigma surrounding “What People Think I Do” constantly affects our ability to be successful and employable.
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Work Your Phone Sex Blog Like A Vintage Stag Film

Work Your Phone Sex Blog Like A Vintage Stag Film | Sex Work | Scoop.it
You've probably heard about the old stag films, maybe even seen a few. But do you understand their magic? Naughty and even nudie films have a long history, dating back to the early 1900s. While all...
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Written for PSOs, but excellent website marketing advice for those who wish to tease clients into paying for sex worker services.

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Note to anti-prostitutionists: Sex worker movements are nothing to sneer at

Note to anti-prostitutionists: Sex worker movements are nothing to sneer at | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Laura Agustin debunks lies told about her and the history of a whole social movement in favour of sex worker rights by a fundamentalist Swedish feminist.
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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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'I tell them I'm a hooker': confessions of a sex worker

'I tell them I'm a hooker': confessions of a sex worker | Sex Work | Scoop.it
One woman offers insight into her life as a sex worker; why she does it and what she tells her children.

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One woman offers insight into her life as a sex worker; why she does it and what she tells her children.

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My Bizarre Night With James Deen, Libertarian Porn Star

My Bizarre Night With James Deen, Libertarian Porn Star | Sex Work | Scoop.it
An HIV scare, Rand Paul talking points, and a (maybe) proposition. A turbulent night in New York City with porn’s boy-next-door.
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New prostitution laws could be ‘disincentive’ for johns to report underage sex workers: Professor

New prostitution laws could be ‘disincentive’ for johns to report underage sex workers: Professor | Sex Work | Scoop.it
One of the lead detectives in the teen pimping investigation wants men who purchase women for sex to ensure their clients are over 18 and are willing participants, but an advocate for sex workers warns doing so might put johns…
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Booker winner Richard Flanagan nominated for 2014 Bad Sex Prize - Telegraph

Booker winner Richard Flanagan nominated for 2014 Bad Sex Prize - Telegraph | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Richard Flanagan's The Narrow Road to the Deep North on the shortlist for prize highlighting the worst description of sex in fiction
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List of nominees; "award" on December 3rd.

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So bad it's good? ...Well, at least it makes ya laugh.

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Oakland's Threat to Sex Workers

Oakland's Threat to Sex Workers | Sex Work | Scoop.it

A new eviction policy broadly targets prostitutes, and while the city argues that the law will help fight child trafficking, there's no data or evidence to back those claims.

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15 things I learned buying a house as a sex blogger

15 things I learned buying a house as a sex blogger | Sex Work | Scoop.it
As a person who masturbates for a living and makes money through nefarious and elusive internet means, I had some... unique considerations as a home buyer.
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We condemn attacks on women at work, unless it’s sex work

We condemn attacks on women at work, unless it’s sex work | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Angela Campbell is an associate professor in the Faculty of Law, McGill University


In a fortnight marked by intense media focus on sexual assault and harassment in the workplace, another news item – also bearing deep-seated gender implications – has moved far more discretely through the Canadian public circuit. Bill C-36, the federal government’s proposed new law to govern sex work, passed through Senate last week, and is now set to receive royal assent.

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Google AdSense to news site: Change your content, or else | ZDNet

Google AdSense to news site: Change your content, or else | ZDNet | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Google's AdSense has told San Francisco news outlet The SF Appeal that it has three days to remove editorial content that violates its advertising policy. UPDATED.
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Not criminals, not victims: Sex workers' lives thrown into chaos under new law

Not criminals, not victims: Sex workers' lives thrown into chaos under new law | Sex Work | Scoop.it
On Thursday, November 6, seven masked sex workers spoke at a press conference in Vancouver to give specifics on how Canada's new prostitution law will harm them.
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The online campaign to replace 'prostitute' with 'sex worker' @sexwork

The online campaign to replace 'prostitute' with 'sex worker' @sexwork | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Sex workers and their allies are asking the AP Stylebook to change the term "prostitute" to "sex worker" in its 2015 edition. 
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Ignore Me, I'll Pay You; Blackmail Me, I'll Pay You Again (About Financial Domination & Humiliation Fetishes)

Ignore Me, I'll Pay You; Blackmail Me, I'll Pay You Again (About Financial Domination & Humiliation Fetishes) | Sex Work | Scoop.it
"Whip me, beat me, make me write bad checks." It's a classic humorous line about BDSM (though the origins are murky), but that last bit would seem to hit at the heart of the plethora of financial g...
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British Politicians Need to Look Out for Prostitutes | VICE | United Kingdom

British Politicians Need to Look Out for Prostitutes  | VICE | United Kingdom | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Unless they like the idea of women routinely facing violence, Westminster should put a bit more thought into the relevant legislation.
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Stop using "prostitute", but OK otherwise

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Charles Hill's Blog: The Unintended Consequences of Demand Side Reduction Strategies in the Market for Sex Work

Charles Hill's Blog: The Unintended Consequences of Demand Side Reduction Strategies in the Market for Sex Work | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Historically Seattle, like many other cities, has targeted the suppliers of sex services, particularly lower end “street prostitutes” who reputedly ply their trade along places like North Aurora Avenue. More recently, there has been an attempt to reduce the demand for sex services by arresting and then shaming “Johns”.   This shift in tactics is a variant of what has come to be known as the Nordic model, since it was first tried in Sweden. In Sweden prostitution has been decriminalized, but purchasing sex has been criminalized. The shift in strategy is rooted in a view that sex workers are victims who enter their trade out of economic desperation and/or because “pimps” coerce them. Interestingly, this view is at odds with the position taken by many current and former sex workers, who claim that far from being victims, they are free agents who have made an economic choice to enter their chosen profession, and are not coerced by anyone

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Fired for being chubby and sexy | Abigail Siren

Fired for being chubby and sexy | Abigail Siren | Sex Work | Scoop.it

They actually did it. My boss, aided by his miserable little wife, fired me.

For the sake of context this story begins in my recent blog post, this is what happens when your boss and his wife find your blog and don’t like what they see.

In that post, just in case you don’t want to read it, I describe what happened to me when my boss and his wife decided that they didn’t like my blog and my Twitter account and told me to take them down or get fired.


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An Explanation, but no apology.

An Explanation, but no apology. | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Everyday whorephobia is a collective, any current or former sex worker who agrees with harm reduction, decriminlization and our core beliefs (detailed here) can represent us. This representation ca...
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Why the group was silent for awhile ~ and how you can help!

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Interview With The Sex Researcher: Dr. Zhana Vrangalova

Interview With The Sex Researcher: Dr. Zhana Vrangalova | Sex Work | Scoop.it

If you're a regular reader of this blog, then you're probably a fan of sex research. But have you ever wondered who is behind the fascinating studies and theories discussed on this site? How did those folks get into this field in the first place? Where do their research ideas come from? And what is a day in life of a sex researcher really like? Today, I'm launching a new feature on the blog in which I will interview prominent sex researchers, scholars, and therapists in order to give you some insight into these & other questions.


My first interview is with Dr. Zhana Vrangalova, who holds a PhD in developmental psychology and is currently a sex educator, researcher, and blogger based in New York City.

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