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9 Stereotypes Sex Workers Are Tired of Hearing

9 Stereotypes Sex Workers Are Tired of Hearing | Sex Work | Scoop.it

We would all benefit from questioning some of these tired stereotypes and tropes so that, hopefully, they won't be part of our conversations again.

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Sex work and the politics of rape: why the government owes women an apology

Sex work and the politics of rape: why the government owes women an apology | Sex Work | Scoop.it
When Conservative MP Robert Goguen asked Timea Nagy, a former sex worker who alleges she was gang raped, whether the attack was a case of freedom of expression, well, it was hard to know how to react.This all took place during a recent committee meeting regarding Bill C-36, which aims to transform the legality of sex work in this country.
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Study: To Lower Rape and STD Rates, Decriminalize Prostitution

Study: To Lower Rape and STD Rates, Decriminalize Prostitution | Sex Work | Scoop.it
A loophole in Rhode Island decriminalized prostitution between 2004-2009. During this time the state saw significant decreases in rape and gonorrhea.
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How the Financial Sector Is Making Life Miserable for Sex Workers | VICE United States

How the Financial Sector Is Making Life Miserable for Sex Workers | VICE United States | Sex Work | Scoop.it

In a recent article, VICE News speculated that the Department of Justice’s initiative Operation Choke Point may be putting pressure on banks like Chase to terminate the accounts of several high-profile porn performers, including Teagan Presley, Stoya, and Chanel Preston. On Twitter many other porn performers claimed that their accounts were being closed, and that they had been offered little explanation beyond being labeled “high risk.” An insider at Wells Fargo responded, “We encourage these industry workers to come to us," according to TMZ. By the time Mother Jones was pushing back with a “Chase representative” claiming that Choke Point was not singling out people in the porn industry, I was exasperated.

By and large, these articles failed to mention the fact that sex workers like myself are shut out of institutions every single day. Whorephobia, the fear and hatred of sex workers, is one of the very first things every single sex worker learns how to navigate.

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The flawed thinking behind brothel licensing

The flawed thinking behind brothel licensing | Sex Work | Scoop.it
As a sex worker who has worked across Australia under a range of regulatory regimes, I find it amusing that politicians constantly debate workplaces that they know absolutely nothing about, except that such debate can lead to terrible changes for my work. Currently in New South Wales the sex work debate is centered around whether the then senior Liberal MP Chris Hartcher's 2011 election promise of licensing brothels is worth pursuing in legislation. Since it has already failed as a system for regulation in Victoria and Queensland you would think such a silly idea wouldn’t get very far. However the political lure of licensing as a ’solution’ to supposed ‘crimes’ within the NSW sex industry has gained much more traction than it deserves. 
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How To Write About Sex Without Being Boring

How To Write About Sex Without Being Boring | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Sexuality is one of our most basic drives, but it's also fundamental to our identities as people. Which means sex is the subject of a million cliches, and tons of terrible writing. Not to mention, stupid prejudice. The good news? Science fiction and fantasy writers have a special opportunity to look at sex afresh. Here's how.
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Advocates Voices: Sex Workers’ Perceptions of the Melbourne Declaration

Advocates Voices: Sex Workers’ Perceptions of the Melbourne Declaration | Sex Work | Scoop.it
While the Melbourne Declaration includes language regarding sex workers and drug users’ rights, many feel it's not enough. Hear what advocates have to say.
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Is "Sex" A Right That Should Be Recognised In Law?

Is "Sex" A Right That Should Be Recognised In Law? | Sex Work | Scoop.it
This question is one posed regularly and often dismissed both by anti sex work campaigners and also by some women and men who presume that the question is somehow a justification for a mythical mal...
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Why men use prostitutes

Why men use prostitutes | Sex Work | Scoop.it
The reasons why many men pay for sex are revealed in the interviews that make up a major new piece of research
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Google reverses 'real names' policy, apologizes | ZDNet

Google reverses 'real names' policy, apologizes | ZDNet | Sex Work | Scoop.it
In a dramatic reversal from policy enforced since it was created three years ago, Google will now allow users to use any name they want across Google services.

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PSO Help: Dealing With Negative Feedback, Ratings &/or Reviews

PSO Help: Dealing With Negative Feedback, Ratings &/or Reviews | Sex Work | Scoop.it

After a few months of running the phone sex review site, some things have become quite clear: some phone sex operators don’t know how to properly handle less than glowing reviews.


Just as you can make the most of your positive reviews, you can make a real mess out of less than favorable reviews. In fact, you can make things even worse.

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Excellent advice for anyone in any business, but tailored for savvy sex workers.

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What I Want to Know Is Why You Hate Porn Stars by Conner Habib

What I Want to Know Is Why You Hate Porn Stars by Conner Habib | Sex Work | Scoop.it

What I Want to Know Is Why You Hate Porn Stars - Why Do You Hate Porn Stars? What Is It About Us that You Don't Like? 


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It can't be factual. The reason you hate us, I mean. It's fine, not all emotions have to be based on facts. We're human beings, after all. I just wanted to make sure you knew it couldn't be factual.


You might think the thing that upsets you about us is that we're ruining society. And there are studies. You like to start sentences with the phrase, Studies show that...


But listen. The facts? You're going to have a hard time with them.

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A Cutt Above: A Stripper Memoir

A Cutt Above: A Stripper Memoir | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Finally! A stripper memoir about more than naked women.
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Kickstarter page for getting the book in print.

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Kickstarter book project

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Regulations Force Move: Kink.com has leased office space in Las Vegas

Regulations Force Move: Kink.com has leased office space in Las Vegas | Sex Work | Scoop.it
San Francisco based Kink.com announced today that it had leased production and office space in Las Vegas, and has already wrapped production on two movies.
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Phone-sex cop now "Cutie Off Duty"

Phone-sex cop now "Cutie Off Duty" | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Police brass didn't like Officer Terra Barrow's old side job as a phone-sex operator, but she says they OK'ed her new risque gig.

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Confusion!

We take it as a joke, but what about hypocrisy? what about politicians?

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Prostitution-Free Zones Under Fire

Prostitution-Free Zones Under Fire | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Members of the LGBT community and allies rally outside the Wilson Building in April as part of a demonstration to build support for a bill that would repeal prostitution-free zones. (Photo...
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The First Time Someone Paid Me For Sex

The First Time Someone Paid Me For Sex | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Despite all my fears and mistakes, my first time as an actual prostitute went very smoothly. While I wasn’t exactly expecting it to be horrific, I also wasn’t expecting the almost charmingly awkward experience that it turned out to be.
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Love the last line: I couldn’t help but wonder why everyone wasn’t a whore.

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The San Francisco Transgender Film Festival (SFTFF) seeks entries for 2014 Festival

The San Francisco Transgender Film Festival (SFTFF) seeks entries for 2014 Festival | Sex Work | Scoop.it
CALL FOR ENTRIES San Francisco Transgender Film Festival SUBMISSION DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 1, 2014 November 7-9, 2014 San Francisco, USA www.SFTFF.org The San Francisco Transgender Film Festival (SFTFF) seeks entries for our 2014 Festival (November 7-9, 2014). SFTFF accepts narrative, documentary, experimental, animated films and music videos. All work should be created by transgender/genderqueer people. We …
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Charity raises concerns over 'punitive police raids' on sex workers

Charity raises concerns over 'punitive police raids' on sex workers | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Charity Scot-Pep said unannounced 'welfare visits' on sex workers who work from home are being brought in.
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Closure of prostitution website costly for sex workers

Closure of prostitution website costly for sex workers | Sex Work | Scoop.it
The FBI's seizure of MyRedBook, one of the Bay Area's most popular prostitution websites, and the heroin-overdose death of a Google executive in Santa Cruz, who was allegedly injected by a prostitute he hired on a "sugar daddy" website, has underscored the digital transformation of the world's oldest profession. While police have focused on shutting down the online flesh trade - or have used websites as entry points for undercover stings - some sex workers say they have found an avenue to do their job that is safer and more independent than the streets. Last month's seizure of MyRedBook, and the arrests of two Northern California residents who allegedly made millions running it, particularly upset some sex workers because it was one of the few places on the Web where they could advertise for free. Efforts lauded by policeBut to police and those who fight human trafficking, the closure of such businesses sends a tough message and should be celebrated. "The behavior remains illegal," said Alameda County Deputy District Attorney Casey Bates, who heads the office's human exploitation and trafficking unit. Safeguards on websiteOne member, 28-year-old Patricia West, said the takedown of MyRedBook stripped sex workers of a valuable asset: forums on the website that vetted clients, blacklisted predators and offered advice and support for those who needed it. 'Choose to do this'Bates, the Alameda County prosecutor, said independent sex workers like Parton and West are not the focus of law enforcement efforts to cut human trafficking.
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The Problem With NiteFlirt Social Shouts

The Problem With NiteFlirt Social Shouts | Sex Work | Scoop.it
NiteFlirt has just launched Social Shouts, a way to "broadcast important NiteFlirt-related updates to your social media followers and customers." Simply link your social media profiles with your Ni...
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Good insights for sex workers marketing via social media

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Hello~~!! I am a Female Erotica Illustrator, AMA! [ NSFW ] : IAmA

Hello everyone!! **I am 28, female, and run my own business drawing people's desires for money! I make my entire livelihood off of erotica work!** A... (Hello~~!! I am a Female Erotica Illustrator, AMA!

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Dan Savage, Shorties

Dan Savage, Shorties | Sex Work | Scoop.it

I saw an online ad for an escort who was quite possibly the hottest woman I've ever seen. But instead of asking for a session, I offered to take her out to dinner instead. After all, escorts can have boyfriends, too. She agreed to the date, and we had a lot of fun. During the meal, she asked me what I did for a living, and I told her. I then asked if she liked what she did for a living, and she responded that she just worked in a department store. Most escorts are pretty subtle in their ads — they don't come out and say, "I'll have sex with you for money" — so she may think I'm innocent enough not to have realized that she's an escort. Or she knows I know but didn't want to mention it. Either way, we've been on a few dates since, and at some point, I'd like to tell her that I know and I'm okay with it. Should I?

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For Brazil’s sex workers, a World Cup brothel boom turns to bust

For Brazil’s sex workers, a World Cup brothel boom turns to bust | Sex Work | Scoop.it

In a country with conflicted attitudes about its sexy reputation, workers speculate that men spent too much money on tickets or the high cost of living...


“They think that because of Carnaval, bikinis and the tiny clothes we wear.” That’s what women are supposed to be like here, added Ms. Vasconcelos. “But then men say, ‘there are no good women any more, there are no women you can marry,’ ” because the sexy image women feel compelled to present is also considered tainted.


The sociologist Marlene Teixeira Rodrigues, an expert on gender and prostitution at the University of Brasilia, calls it the “daily hell” of Brazilian women. “You’re thought of as accessible – women in all social classes, races, and generations, in every way,” she said.

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Sex worker rights activist Ye Haiyan says she is barred from leaving China

Sex worker rights activist Ye Haiyan says she is barred from leaving China | Sex Work | Scoop.it
The prominent social worker and rights activist was expected to attend the World Aids Summit in Melbourne on Wednesday
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