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I Watched Belle Knox Strip At A Gentlemen's Club

I Watched Belle Knox Strip At A Gentlemen's Club | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Despite my vehement support for Knox, her career and her right to make whatever choices she deems empowering and necessary, the overwhelming emotion I felt was discomfort. It was the least sexy sexual experience I've ever had....
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Insightful & honest response. Kudos to Alanna Vagianos for being able to dissect her personal response and individual choice from the rights involved in the discussion of sex work.

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Getting Around Ad-Block

Getting Around Ad-Block | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Advertise smarter, not nore aggressively. It used to be up to the visitor to decide, but not anymore. Here's how to get around ad-blocks!
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5 Truths About Sexual Fetishes (A Dominatrix's Perspective)

5 Truths About Sexual Fetishes (A Dominatrix's Perspective) | Sex Work | Scoop.it

The stereotype goes that when it comes to sex, men are as simple-minded as dogs. As someone with a few years' experience as a dominatrix and phone sex operator, I'm here to tell you that could not possibly be more wrong.

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Overall a good article, tho I wish the word "fetish" would be used properly (these are fantasies, not necessarily true fetishes).

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Outlaw Poverty, Not Prostitutes by Carol Leigh

This documentary of the 1989 World Whores' Summit in San Francisco features prostitutes and activists from around the globe discussing human rights as they effect…

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Writing Bondage Fiction

Writing Bondage Fiction | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Bondage fiction is a lot like heavy metal...the lyrics don't really matter as long as the sound is right. Lots of poseurs try to fake their way through the motions, but true believers can always suss the real deal after the first three notes. Cool costumes help, but aren't always essential. And girls can play lead, too.

In other words, it's a genre, and hallowed be its tenets, customs, mores and conventions.

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The 2014 Good For Her Feminist Porn Awards Nominations

The 2014 Good For Her Feminist Porn Awards Nominations | Sex Work | Scoop.it
This year’s nominees list once again showcases erotic entertainment that is smart, sexy, and appreciates viewers looking for hot feminist films. In addition to featuring just under 50 nominations, the 2014 nominee list includes 10 nominated websites.
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Good For Her is a Toronto Sex Shop

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In-Depth Report Details Economics of Sex Trade

In-Depth Report Details Economics of Sex Trade | Sex Work | Scoop.it
The landmark study, commissioned by the Justice Department, has provided a wealth of data on pricing, market structures and sex workers’ motivations.
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Bondage, leather 'daddies' and sci-fi sex work: 'Tart lit' definitely ain't dead - Telegraph

Bondage, leather 'daddies' and sci-fi sex work: 'Tart lit' definitely ain't dead - Telegraph | Sex Work | Scoop.it
'Tart lit', or sex memoirs, are still proving to be a popular niche - with three new books out this month. Dr Brooke Magnanti, who penned her own call girl memoirs as Belle de Jour back in the early noughties, reviews the newcomers
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Of Sex Positive Kiwis & Adult Toys In New Zealand

Of Sex Positive Kiwis & Adult Toys In New Zealand | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Once upon a time, two women from New Zealand, Wendy Lee and Ema Lyon, realized they had a specific kind of sexual frustration: No comfortable place to buy safe and good-looking sex toys. Fifteen years ago, the pair of kiwis decided to tackle their frustration head-on.


Worried about the health aspects and safety of sex toys, Ema and Wendy decided to go became makers of safe and healthy adult toys, primarily focusing on 100% silicone dildos. The ladies were taught how to mold silicon for their adult toys by Weta Workshop’s Richard Taylor. (Yes, that Taylor; the one who’s company created all of the props, prosthetics, weaponry, etc. for Jackson’s epic The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.)

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Why Spam Is Bad For Your Business

Why Spam Is Bad For Your Business | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Now, you might think that anyone with a blog or website would know how inappropriate and annoying spam comments are, but a few of them sincerely seemed unaware that what they’d done was poor form. So here’s my quick attempt to educate folks on the subject.


Leaving spam comments isn’t just poor form — it’s a poor thing to do for many reasons.


First of all, despite what some poor &/or ignorant marketing folks will tell — and sell — you, spam links are not good for SEO

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La Jolie Putain: An Open Letter To Anti-Sex Work Activists

La Jolie Putain: An Open Letter To Anti-Sex Work Activists | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Dear Sex Work Abolitionists, Nordic Model fans, Morality Police, and so-called "radical feminists",

I get it. We live under an oppressive, bullshit, ridiculous, totally imbalanced and unfair patriarchal system, all around the world, with varying degrees of institutional violence and oppression, especially for marginalized folks...


Where our paths diverge is when you start calling for the abolition of sex work and/or the criminalization of clients. Because you've experienced (or know someone who has) violence while doing sex work, that's justification for you to actively attempt to destroy an ENTIRE INDUSTRY, along with the livelihood of folks who still engage in that industry? Because one, or several, people violated your person, that's reason to criminalize an entire group of people (based SOLELY on gender) who've never violated anyone? Are you serious? Do you not see the parallels with racial profiling, or with gender stereotypes? What if every industry where workers have endured violence, duress, or coercion were abolished? There would be NO INDUSTRY AT ALL, including health care and social services.



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Men who pay for sex.

Men who pay for sex. | Sex Work | Scoop.it
I was wondering, what do you all think about men who hire women sex workers? I am hoping to do some work addressing stereotypes and misconceptions (I have found that almost always a little education in this area can go a loooong way), but I'm not really sure what I might encounter. Besides, of course, the really vocal groups and individuals who think sex work = sex trafficking = victimization, and so anyone on the 'demand' side of that equation must be a complete monster. I'm talking about women sex workers who are explicitly there voluntarily, although if you have any comments about male sex workers and/or female customers, I'd love to hear about that too.
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LectureHop: Sex Workers’ Rights are Trans Rights

LectureHop: Sex Workers’ Rights are Trans Rights | Sex Work | Scoop.it
On Thursday, The Gay Club (yes, that’s what it’s called) hosted a panel of queer activists (Emma Caterine, a community organizer at Red Umbrella Project; Dominick, author of Dean Johnson’s Reading for Filth; and Ryan Thoreson, a JD candidate at Yale Law School with extensive experience with LGBT NGOs) to discuss the issue of trans…
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Exotic Dancers Sue Strip Club for Labor Law Violation

Exotic Dancers Sue Strip Club for Labor Law Violation | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Exotic dancers at PT's Showclub in St. Louis are suing the strip club for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act by misclassifying them as independent contractors, rather than employees. To date, only one strip club in the U.S. has successfully unionized—the Lusty Lady, pictured here.

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Why Is It So Hard for Women to Write About Sex? - The Atlantic

Why Is It So Hard for Women to Write About Sex? - The Atlantic | Sex Work | Scoop.it
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Why Is It So Hard for Women to Write About Sex?
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Best Places For Adult Advertising

Best Places For Adult Advertising | Sex Work | Scoop.it
With the number of advertising programs that limit or down-right prevent adult products, services, and websites from participating, I'm often asked about just where adult businesses can advertise o...
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Includes solid info for mainstream advertisers (but there are NWS images as example ads).

malek's comment, March 9, 7:41 PM
Wow, and I think cats occupy the internet!
Gracie Passette's comment, March 9, 11:07 PM
@malek, surely you jest ;)
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In the Booth with Ruth - Meg Munoz, Former Sex Worker, Trafficking Survivor, Ally and Rights Advocate

In the Booth with Ruth - Meg Munoz, Former Sex Worker, Trafficking Survivor, Ally and Rights Advocate | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Too many human rights abuses are happening, too many opportunities being lost, and too many freedoms being denied... When you have those being trafficked being criminalized, we’ve got a problem. Wh...
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Traffic Jam: Sex Workers Take Sides in the Sex Trafficking Debate

Traffic Jam: Sex Workers Take Sides in the Sex Trafficking Debate | Sex Work | Scoop.it

"Teens sold for sex aren't prostitutes, they're rape victims." That's what the billboard just a few blocks from my house reads. I live in West Oakland near San Pablo Avenue, where the reality of minors in the sex industry is on my doorstep. The Bay Area, especially Alameda County, was recently named one of the nation's top sites for child sex trafficking.

I'm an independent sex worker. I love my job, partially because no one forces me to do it. I make my own hours and I choose my own clients. I didn't enter the business because someone coerced me, or because I was desperate for money. I'm also not a child.


I'm lucky. But many in the Bay Area are not.


Sex trafficking is an atrocity that violates fundamental human rights. Sex work, however, is just my job. The two are as different as night and day. But whether a person is forced into the sex industry or they enter it by choice, I believe that they deserve the same right to justice when they experience violence. However, sex workers are often left out of the anti-trafficking conversation.

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What Rights?

What Rights? | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Melinda Chateauvert will read excerpts from Sex Workers Unite! and sign copies of the book on Wednesday, March 12. For more information and to RSVP, visit http://sexworkersunite.eventbrite.com.
Do sex workers have rights? Put another way, can whores, hustlers, strippers, streetwalkers an...
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Digital Condom

Digital Condom | Sex Work | Scoop.it

The Electric Eel is an open source, digital condom concept designed to enhance your sexual pleasure. The prototype is built with conductive fabric and a Lilypad micro-controller, and delivers short electric impulses along the underside of the shaft for increased stimulation. The amount of electricity being used is very small, and the designs have all been personally tested by the design team for their effectiveness and safety.

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Yup, they're raising money for this and you can help.

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Using the crowd funding dealio to raise funds...

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Safety Tip: Improper Use Of Photos & Files

Safety Tip: Improper Use Of Photos & Files | Sex Work | Scoop.it
We’ve discussed images and PSO safety before, purchased content or not, but some recent events have prompted me to mention them again. Several times in the past few weeks, a specific issue been bro...
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The Red Light and the Cloud

The Red Light and the Cloud | Sex Work | Scoop.it
A history of the future of sex work
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Our Fading Erotic Heritage

Our Fading Erotic Heritage | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Erotic Heritage Museum is closing: [A]pparently due to an unpaid rent dispute with landlord, Déjà Vu strip-club magnate Harry Mohoney who donated the land for museum use back in 2008. Speaking to the Las Vegas Weekly, Mohoney assured visitors that the museum would not be closing its doors for good, saying of his now-former tenants, “They have been asked to vacate the property so that the Erotic Heritage Museum can be given a fresh new look at erotic history and art.”

Museum operations manager Jerry Zientara, however, see things a bit differently, claiming the museum’s collection is under the stewardship of the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality, the nonprofit organization that opened and has been operating the museum since its inception. “We don’t know when we’ll be loading things out,” he told Las Vegas Weekly earlier this month, “but we do expect to be doing that.” And, true to his word, a call for volunteers to help with removal of exhibits and cleaning of the space came


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If it can't make it in Vegas... Where?


Will the museum return?

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If it can't make it in Vegas... Where?


Will the museum return?

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