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NiteFlirt Policy Changes (Or, Where Is My Favorite Phone Sex Operator At NiteFlirt?)

NiteFlirt Policy Changes (Or, Where Is My Favorite Phone Sex Operator At NiteFlirt?) | Sex Work | Scoop.it
On the morning of 08-14-2013, NiteFlirt's Erin" posted the following in the NF Forum: We regret that we will no longer support StatCounter on Flirt Profiles, listings, and NF Mail, and it will now ...
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Tips for helping callers undstand & deal with the issus at NiteFlirt

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Breast squeeze, UFO phone sex to highlight porn channel charity drive

Breast squeeze, UFO phone sex to highlight porn channel charity drive | Sex Work | Scoop.it

[P]orn starlets Kaede Ohshiro (@ohshirokaede) and Chiharu Nakai (@nakai_chiharu) will seek out extraterrestrial life by offering phone sex sessions to anyone listening in outer space.

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Prostitution poses valid claims: Sex work is legitimate work

Prostitution poses valid claims: Sex work is legitimate work | Sex Work | Scoop.it

There is also a great deal of hypocrisy when it comes to the laws of prostitution. Consider this situation: A man pays a woman $500 to have sex with him. This would be deemed illegal in the United States. But now suppose he still pays her $500 to have sex with him, but sets up a camera, films the act and then posts the video on the Internet. This is entirely legal — in fact, he is an entrepreneur in the $3.9 billion pornography industry.

 

Or, consider another example from the modern dating scene: Suppose a man isn’t looking for a girlfriend, a friend or any sort of company for that matter. He simply wants someone to have sex with without forming a connection or attachment. What does he do? The man will likely meet an attractive, but perhaps vulnerable woman and convince her he is interested, lie to her and take her out to dinner a couple of times. But once he finally gets her into bed, he never calls her again. This leaves the woman feeling used and hurt. In effect, the woman has been exploited, as she decided to have sex for a man who left her with the false promise of a relationship. At least a prostitute is fully aware of what she is getting herself into.

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Incredible photos of exotic dancers from the 1890s - Lost At E Minor: For creative people

Incredible photos of exotic dancers from the 1890s - Lost At E Minor: For creative people | Sex Work | Scoop.it
The Charles McClaghy Collection has released this intriguing selection of images of female exotic dancers from the 1890s, which shows just how different ou
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How To Look Good On a Webcam

How To Look Good On a Webcam | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Here’s a little something many of us dread – webcam meetings. It’s one thing to chat with friends and family using Skype or Google Hangouts, but it’s another thing completely to try to look good and maintain a professional image for a webcam meeting.

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Presentatie is het halve werk en onzekerheid is ook niet prettig, dus...

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Good article. Thanks for sharing, Nik!
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The Secret World of the Student Sex Worker

The Secret World of the Student Sex Worker | Sex Work | Scoop.it

"While there may always have been some incidental student presence in the industry... there can be little doubt that the growing impoverishment of the student population has [coincided] with a growth in the number of student sex workers."

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Salvation Army project raising funds for ‘undercover’ documentary on sex workers

Salvation Army project raising funds for ‘undercover’ documentary on sex workers | Sex Work | Scoop.it

A new documentary project raising funds online has drawn criticism from sex workers and sex work advocates for allegedly filming women employed in those trades without their consent.

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Developing Sex Worker Led Research

Developing Sex Worker Led Research | Sex Work | Scoop.it

For those that saw me at the conference, you most likely were handed a card about my new project, AIT Research, which has been about 2 years in the making and has finally come to fruition. This was originally a partnership between myself and a few activist friends who wanted to develop our own nationwide research survey on human trafficking in the sex trades. Since then, one of our original partners has dropped out of the project, but along with SWOP-Michigan’s Crysta Heart, we’ve created a platform to promote and develop sex worker led research that we hope will uncover some “truths” about our industry, as opposed to much of the biased research about the industry that comes from outsiders.

 

Our first AIT research project, The Erotic Labor Market Survey, or “ELMS” focuses on human trafficking in the various erotic labor/sex industries and was launched last week. With this survey, we hope to gain more accurate stats on how often trafficking occurs in the industry and whether or not workers, clients, and staff of industry establishments are properly educated on how to respond to trafficking situations when they are confronted with them. This project was our own direct response to the trafficking PSA that we created in 2012. One of the conversations that came out the the writing process of that video was that we create a survey for not just sex workers, but for clients and other industry personnel (staff at strip clubs/escort services/porn companies, etc.) on whether or not the can identify a trafficking victim and how they would respond if they did come across one. As we stated in that video, WE are the ones most likely to come into contact with individuals in coercive situations, yet because of the wall between us and most anti-trafficking organizations and efforts, there is little knowledge and education being done about what to do about it.

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Selling sex doesn't make you an unfit parent

Selling sex doesn't make you an unfit parent | Sex Work | Scoop.it

"It's absurd that sex workers don't have more protection, and their reputation suffers from the victimization. Jasmine suffered from the reputation and from someone spreading lies about her," explained Jacobsson, who had professional ties with Jasmine through Rose Alliance, where the mother of two was a board member.

Jasmine told her colleagues in the Rose Alliance that the district court took away her children because she "romanticized sex work" and that it deemed her an unfit parent. Social services received a tip-off suggesting the she was using drugs and drinking in front of her children. There were even suggestions that the 27-year-old was working from home, Jacobsson told The Local.

"This couldn't be further from the truth. For one thing, she hardly touched alcohol, but also, she was an upper-class sex worker. She would be coming into Stockholm from Västerås to luxury hotels, just once or twice a week, for a fee of around 4,000 kronor ($610) per hour," she added.

"She was doing it all for her kids. And she enjoyed doing it. You tell me another job where a mother can earn 6,000 or 7,000 kronor a week and still remain a stay-at-home mum."

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Your Crash Course on Nevada's Brothels

Your Crash Course on Nevada's Brothels | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Here is your crash course on the Nevada brothel scene.
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Tumblr Stumbles, Tries To Right Itself, Banks Left | The Marketing Whore

Tumblr Stumbles, Tries To Right Itself, Banks Left | The Marketing Whore | Sex Work | Scoop.it

On July 16, 2013, Tumblr creator David Karp was on The Colbert Report. During the short interview segment, Karp and host Stephen Colbert discussed a number of issues ~ including the naked, and sometimes fornicating, elephant in the room: porn on Tumblr.

 

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But then, just two days later, Tumblr instituted a new policy about adult content. Along with the pre-Yahoo sale attempts to exclude search engine indexing of adult Tumblr bogs, Tumblr’s new rules meant that adult-rated blogs and their posts would no longer show up in site tags; the former preventing blogs from being found off-site, the latter keeping blogs from being searched and found on Tumblr itself.

 

Obviously, this lead to quite the reaction from Tumblr users.

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What's behind all the changes? (Hint: It smells like money!) Can you trust Karp & Tumblr? (That may depend upon a few things.)

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Laura Brown's comment, July 25, 2013 5:00 PM
Adult content is always the wet elephant in the room on any web network. They all let the adult content start, as long as it keeps quiet and no one starts a fuss about it. If anything changes the adult content becomes controversial (even though it was quiet and ignored for years). Kind of an immature attitude. People obviously want porn - we are just supposed to be ashamed of it while telling everyone how natural and good sex is.
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Can Escorts Find Love?

Can Escorts Find Love? | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Getting rejected and abandoned is no fun. But even more seriously, if it looks like a relationship is about to end, most escorts will begin to worry that their former partner may reveal her secret life to family and friends or report her to the authorities. Living double lives as most escorts do, often leads to a profound sense of isolation. 


Family members and even close friends are not good sources of emotional support either. Most don't know the truth about an escort's life and work or they hold that truth in contempt. At best, they may tolerate what an escort does in hopes that she will come to her senses someday. But this isn't a safe place to take feelings and fears. Instead, escorts can become increasingly solitary. All too often it seems the clients of escorts are the only source of love and respect which an escort can count on.

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3 Simple Ways To Get Around The Porn Ban In The UK - Business Insider

3 Simple Ways To Get Around The Porn Ban In The UK - Business Insider | Sex Work | Scoop.it
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references to body parts: frequency analysis

references to body parts: frequency analysis | Sex Work | Scoop.it
I'm still celebrating 400 posts and 2 years of blogging. Yay me! (I'm allowed to celebrate, dammit. It's my blog.) Anyway, in figuring out my word count over
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Sex blogger "Dumb Domme" tracks her word usage. One part amusing; one part insightful... What might your blog say about you? Is it what you want to sell?

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In origin as well as in consequence, Sweden’s landmark legislation—pushed through Parliament with great fanfare by feminist Social Democratic politicians—has had as much to do with the symbolic...

In origin as well as in consequence, Sweden’s landmark legislation—pushed through Parliament with great fanfare by feminist Social Democratic politicians—has had as much to do with the symbolic... | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Elizabeth Bernstein, Temporarily Yours, Intimacy, Authenticity and the Commerce of Sex, The University of Chicago, 2007, p. 149-151

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Facebook - Erotica Writers Forum

Facebook - Erotica Writers Forum | Sex Work | Scoop.it
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The sex worker stigma: How the law perpetuates our hatred (and fear) of prostitutes

The sex worker stigma: How the law perpetuates our hatred (and fear) of prostitutes | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Our society turns a blind eye to the murder of sex workers, deeming them less than human. Why is that?

 

...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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Sex Workers vs. Spitzer

Sex Workers vs. Spitzer | Sex Work | Scoop.it
The former "Love Guv" is back in the public eye and calling himself a feminist, but the anti-prostitution measures he signed into law make life more dangerous for women in the sex trade.
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Nicaragua sex workers open office to defend rights

Nicaragua sex workers open office to defend rights | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Nicaraguan sex workers have for the first time set up an office to assist in protection from abuse, violence and discrimination.

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The State of Sex: Tourism, Sex and Sin in the New American Heartland

The State of Sex: Tourism, Sex and Sin in the New American Heartland (Contemporary Sociological Perspectives) - Kindle edition by Barbara G. Brents, Crystal A. Jackson, Kathryn Hausbeck.
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Toronto Police look to 72-year-old's work in sex trade for possible suspect

Toronto Police look to 72-year-old's work in sex trade for possible suspect | Sex Work | Scoop.it

She was known to her friends as the go-to person to prepare their income taxes. But 72-year-old Janina Wrigglesworth also had another occupation that involved an entirely different set of clientele.

 

Even in the months before she was killed, Wrigglesworth was involved in the sex industry, known to her customers by several names. One man knew her as Linda. A classified advertisement for massage services, posted in April of this year, carried her phone number and identified her as Diana.

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A man who saw her regularly over the past year after finding her number in a classified ad, came to her apartment Tuesday, only to discover she had died.

“I used to call her and say I wanted to see her and she said, ‘Okay, come here, no problem.’ She would talk to me,” said the 72-year-old man, who declined to give his name because he didn’t want his family to know he’d been there.

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Sex Industry & Sex Workers in Nevada

Sex Industry & Sex Workers in Nevada | Sex Work | Scoop.it

In both legal and illegal form, the sex industry is present in every state in the country. Yet, it is only in Nevada that sex industry is legalized in the form of brothel prostitution. While prostitution is illegal in Las Vegas, the city is internationally recognized as a highly sexualized tourist destination with a flourishing market in commercial sexual entertainment and services.

 

If the Nevada sex industry affects the state’s social health and its quality of life, it doesn’t do so in a uniform, easy-to-judge manner. The growth of the sex industry or pornoculture in the Silver State has a negative impact where it condones exploitation, oppression, crime, and continued stereotyping and stigmatization of women. The abundance of sexually charged entertainment can have a positive impact when sex workers have a range of viable economic options, when they are not forced into commercial sex against their will, and when Nevada’s tourism-based economy cultivates arenas of safe sexual expression and enjoyment.

 

There is little reason to think that the broader trends toward more sexualized everyday culture will play out differently in Nevada than in other parts of the country and the world. Las Vegas is likely to remain at the forefront of these cultural shifts and will continue to benefit economically from the current trends. This presents a significant opportunity for Nevada to move to the forefront of the national debate about these cultural trends, and to take the lead as an innovator in policies, programs, and practices that confront head-on the dangers and pitfalls associated with a growing, and most likely inevitable, sex industry in ways that minimize risk and exploitation and maximize safety and empowerment.

 

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We Pardon Spitzer, But Still Judge Former Sex Workers (Like Me)

We Pardon Spitzer, But Still Judge Former Sex Workers (Like Me) | Sex Work | Scoop.it
I would be fine with politicians' redemption if sex workers were allowed the same dignity of returning to normalcy.

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Isolation in Sex Work

Isolation in Sex Work | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Working in the adult industry, especially when you are an independent provider, is an isolated lifestyle disconnected from common culture

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Activists Block Atlanta Prostitution Banishment Plan, Propose Alternatives

Activists Block Atlanta Prostitution Banishment Plan, Propose Alternatives | Sex Work | Scoop.it

(APN) ATLANTA -- After opposition from progressive activists, Mayor Kasim Reed agreed to pull a proposal to banish prostitutes from certain parts of the City of Atlanta, known as the Stay Out of Areas of Prostitution (SOAP) ordinance.

 

Now, a work group of stakeholders including a contingent of activists, convened by the City of Atlanta, is holding meetings to discuss various alternatives to banishment that would address prostitution in Atlanta.

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