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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:

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

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

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Dear New Porn Creators:

Dear New Porn Creators: | Sex Work | Scoop.it
• Don’t ever make the mistake of telling people your real name - first, middle, last, just don’t do it.
• Don’t steal people’s ideas - especially if they’re original. Things like teacher and nurse...
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Tips for porn makers, camgirls, clip sellers, etc.

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"I’ve never been offended by the word “whore.” Not even when I was supposed to be."

"I’ve never been offended by the word “whore.” Not even when I was supposed to be." | Sex Work | Scoop.it

I’ve never been offended by the word “whore.” Not even when I was supposed to be.
The world fears sexually autonomous women. Like any other fear, there ought to be respect involved. Even if folks...

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How to Make Hot Homemade Porn

How to Make Hot Homemade Porn | Sex Work | Scoop.it
We were so excited to interview Danny Wylde for this weeks comic. Hes a master of pornography making, and the perfect expect to help any of you who might be wanting to make some home made porn. Fol...
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Does anyone actually pay to have phone sex these days...

Does anyone actually pay to have phone sex these days... | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Does anyone actually pay to have phone sex these days?! Ha! Porn is everywhere, there are cam girls and custom clips. I don't believe you make any money at this and are just pretending to make money.

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Dear Not-So-Enlightened Anon,

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Banks And The #Pornocalypse: Operation Choke Point

Banks And The #Pornocalypse: Operation Choke Point: Back in 2014, I wrote a little bit about Operation Choke Point, the US Department of Justice effort to intimidate banks into refusing to handle the banking business of a wide variety of po
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Vancouver client of sex workers speaks out against federal law despite risk of being prosecuted

Vancouver client of sex workers speaks out against federal law despite risk of being prosecuted | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Patrick Clark doesn’t fit the profile of a typical sex-trade activist. Not only is he male, he was born with cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair.


His impaired muscle coordination and unusual movements clearly indicate that he’s living with a serious disability—a product of brain damage that occurred when or just after he was born.


Yet Clark’s mobility issues didn’t stop him from joining the third annual Red Umbrella March on June 13 in downtown Vancouver. Red umbrellas have become the international symbol of sex workers’ solidarity since being adopted as an icon by Venice prostitutes in 2001.


In the eyes of the federal Conservative government, Clark is a criminal because he occasionally pays to have sex.

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WHY IS THIS DISABLED MAN A CRIMINAL FOR BUYING SEX WHILE ANOTHER MAN IS NOT A CRIMINAL BECAUSE OF HIS DISABILITY WHEN HE RAPED A PERSON HE WAS SLEEP WHEN HE DID BOTH IS WRONG BUT WHY CONDONE THE WORST AND CRIMINAL THE OTHER A CRIMEISA CRIME!

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Building content-neutral platforms is important for diversity and public health…

Building content-neutral platforms is important for diversity and public health… | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Building content-neutral platforms is important for diversity and public health

I'm personally firmly of the belief that platform providers should not attempt to police creative expression, including sexuality-based expression, that is legal and non-hateful. Proactively blocking access to content is not a sensible way to build services that are useful to the world at large. Providers should respect users' preferences if they ask not to see certain types of content. But providers should default to showing users information that they've specifically requested instead of behaving in a paternalistic manner.

Permitting freedom of expression about sexuality and access to age-appropriate information on sexuality is beneficial to users. Users are best served with information that is appropriate to their needs. This includes the freedom to express non-mainstream sexuality, express it in non-mainstream ways, and access information published by others about non-mainstream sexuality. Platforms should not attempt to censor legally permissible expression related to legal, consensual activity.

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An Interview With Alexandra Rayne About Sex Work

An Interview With Alexandra Rayne About Sex Work | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Alexandra Rayne is a working in the sex industry and is london based. We took some time to discuss sex work, politics and BDSM.

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Exotic dancers file lawsuit against Foxy Lady - WLNE-TV (ABC6)

Exotic dancers file lawsuit against Foxy Lady - WLNE-TV (ABC6) | Sex Work | Scoop.it
By News Staff news@abc6.com Former exotic dancers at the Foxy Lady in Providence are suing their old employer. A dancer who worked at the providence club from 2012 to 2014 filed a class action suit...

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The precedent has been set. Profit through litigation.  

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NakedTruth.ca: What is a SWERF?

NakedTruth.ca: What is a SWERF? | Sex Work | Scoop.it
SWERF stands for Sex Worker Exclusionary Radical Feminist.

You know her. She calls herself a feminist and her life work revolves around eliminating sex work jobs.

She thinks men should all be ashamed for being men (naturally visual beings).

The name explains itself, but it is interesting to note that the SWERF mentality IS slowly dying like causes steeped in hatred usually do.

How To Identify If You Are a SWERF

Perhaps you are wondering if YOU are a SWERF. Perhaps you hang around with people in the rescue industry, or you have a good friend who has been saying a lot of things about "prostituted women" lately.

Perhaps you have been CALLED a SWERF and you're wondering
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I may be a SWERF because I do still think there is something wrong with people selling themselves to provide sex. I'm not a radical feminist but I do think our culture is still very much male dominated. You can see it very clearly when you look at the type of humour on TV. Not much of it seems that funny to me. But, I'm not a guy. Anyway, if sex weren't for sale would men ask for it in more accepted ways or would they choose to become aggressive and take sex instead? That would be up to the type of man they are and the culture they grow up in.
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The Women Behind Erotic Fiction

The Women Behind Erotic Fiction | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Warning: The captions of this post are excerpts from the featured writers' erotic literature and contain sexually explicit language.  Who are the people behind erotic fiction, those accounts of racy affairs and clandestine romances so often stashed away in secret, read in the privacy of one’s home?

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Quote: “Easy to imagine they would be foxy, leather-clad mistresses, whip in one hand, the other on the keyboard. I knew the reality would be very different. I wanted to see behind their pseudonyms and secret lives,” Woolfall said in a statement.


Why even begin with the nasty stereotype? Do men get that wrap?

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Comment: Sex workers rights are not up for debate

Comment: Sex workers rights are not up for debate | Sex Work | Scoop.it
A New Statesman debate on sex work saw some feminist campaigners question prostitutes' ability to consent to sex work - but all they're doing is putting women at risk of violence
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Sex workers just want you to understand that:

Sex workers just want you to understand that: | Sex Work | Scoop.it
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“1. We do this for money, not liberation or empowerment or anything else. Money.
2. We deserve rights and protection just like any other worker.
3. You hurt both victims and consensual...
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There are some who would take exception to #1...

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Today's Phone Sex Marketing Tip: Watch Your Ps

Today's Phone Sex Marketing Tip: Watch Your Ps | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Have you evaluated the seven Ps in your service marketing mix? Most people have heard of the Four Ps in marketing: Product, Price, Place and Promotion. But did you even know that when it comes to s...
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"She's trying to tease you, you dumb motherfucker!"

"She's trying to tease you, you dumb motherfucker!" | Sex Work | Scoop.it

About yelling "take it off!" as discussed by Aziz Ansari

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What is life like being a high priced escort?

How much money did you make? What did you use your cash for? What was your education level? Do you consider yourself to be intelligent? Did you have any other options in life? Why did you choose to be an escort? What types of clients did you have? What were the "transactions" like? What did you talk to your clients about? Are your clients rude to you? What do you do now? Was being an escort fulfilling, if so, how? Would you have done it again? What was your childhood like, ie. broken home? What was your socio economic status? Could you write a simple biography as a response to the question?
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Rather Call A Mistress Than A Shrink Or Priest

Rather Call A Mistress Than A Shrink Or Priest | Sex Work | Scoop.it
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“phone-sex-secrets there is a lot of truth to that. Sometimes there are things I want / need to talk about and someone I don’t actually know in my “vanilla” life is the best person to...
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A "Cheap" Client or Lover

A "Cheap" Client or Lover | Sex Work | Scoop.it
A lesson learned. I just ask myself: how did I resort to him when I had a man who sacrificed his life for the sake of my love? So, as the Kama Sutra advises, “if he is poor and destitute, she should get rid of him as if she had never been acquainted with him in any way before.” In other words, ‘cheap’ men need to be discarded, as they are not worth our time.
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People Say Sex Work Hardens Women Like It’s a Bad Thing

People Say Sex Work Hardens Women Like It’s a Bad Thing | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Yes, I am hardened and don’t get the feels as easy as I used to.  I love it, I’m tough and I don’t take shit, The only way this is a bad thing is if you’re a dude who wants me to treat you like you’re entitled to something.

Yes x1000

This is why guys whine about seeing “pros” - they know we are less easy to manipulate

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Click to read the entire discussion ~ this is what many sex workers are talking about when they discuss empowerment.

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"Philanthropy Needs to Go Where Government Won't." A Funder Looks Out for Sex Workers

"Philanthropy Needs to Go Where Government Won't." A Funder Looks Out for Sex Workers | Sex Work | Scoop.it

The health and safety of sex workers: It's not an issue most of us tend to think about every day, but it's yet another example of how marginalized populations are often left out of essential public policy discussions on subjects like health care, housing, education, and workforce development.


That's why we thought it would be a good idea to jump on the phone with some leaders in the field of health and safety for sex workers to find out what philanthropy is doing, and what philanthropy could do, about this segment of our community.

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Sex workers further victimized by deportations, groups say

Sex workers further victimized by deportations, groups say | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Groups that push for sex workers rights are criticizing police and Canada Border Services Agency for deporting those involved in recent massage parlour raids.

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26 Escorts Reveal What Their First Day At "Work" Was Like

26 Escorts Reveal What Their First Day At "Work" Was Like | Sex Work | Scoop.it
The world's oldest profession.
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Clearly most of these people didn't plan or mentally prepare themselves well... And at least one sounds more like rape to me.

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Martyr for Phone Sex

Martyr for Phone Sex | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Oh the Slings & Arrows …… of a mother effin Bitch Boy.

If you’re the sort who appreciates a bit of alliteration, we could call this particular rant post “The Incredible Case of the Curiously Obtuse Cretin.” If we’re talking in soundbites, then our title might well be “When Good Phone Sex Goes Wrong.” Either way, in the instance of FemDom Phone Sex, if something goes wrong, the caller is by default fully & inexcusably culpable. Even though I did know better.
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"Ladies. Sugar Babies do not have a pussy monopoly. We cannot band together and demand a minimum allowance."

"Ladies. Sugar Babies do not have a pussy monopoly. We cannot band together and demand a minimum allowance." | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Ladies. Sugar Babies do not have a pussy monopoly. We cannot band together and demand a minimum allowance. We can’t meet in a council and decide the price of companionship or twat across the board out here. A girl accepting 400 a meet does not stop you from a 6k/month allowance. You stop yourself from that shit by worrying about what Sally is accepting. Sally has kids to feed, meds to buy, she’s more concerned about the safety, security and respect provided by her Splenda daddy than if he can afford to up her allowance, she’s just happy to have some help. Don’t knock...

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What You Really Wanted To Know About Escorting

What You Really Wanted To Know About Escorting | Sex Work | Scoop.it
People are always asking about escorting... "Who would do that?" and "Why?" are the most commonly asked questions. Typically, those questions are equally applied to both the escorts themselves and ...
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