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Gloria Leonard, Publisher, Pornography Star and Advocate, Dies at 73

Gloria Leonard, Publisher, Pornography Star and Advocate, Dies at 73 | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Ms. Leonard was a pornographic film star, and, later, a publisher of High Society magazine and a spokeswoman for the industry.


Gloria Leonard, who became a pornographic film star in her 30s and then a men’s magazine publisher and a prominent spokeswoman for her industry, died on Monday in Waimea, Hawaii. She was 73.

The cause was a stroke, her daughter, Robin Leonardi, said.

Ms. Leonard took a decidedly atypical path into pornographic movies in the 1970s, a time many in the industry now regard as its golden age, when films had story lines and actors enjoyed some crossover appeal with mainstream audiences. She was a divorced single mother, much older than most starlets and had held other jobs, including as a Wall Street broker and publicist.

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Sex workers’ rights are just workers’ rights

Sex workers’ rights are just workers’ rights | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Sex workers’ rights are workers’ rights and human rights — because sex workers are human beings doing work. That’s why the debate over sex work shouldn’t focus, as it usually does, on whether sex workers are "criminals" or "victims." Instead, sex workers themselves should have agency and a say in the policies that govern their practices.

It’s surprising how controversial those statements are, but they are missing from virtually every discussion of sex work in the United States. The ideas do, however, form the core of Playing the Whore, a fascinating new book on the state of the sex work debates by Melissa Gira Grant. Grant is one of the most interesting policy thinkers in the country when it comes to sex work, and this short book introduces and outlines her thinking on the matter.

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Book available at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1781683239/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1781683239&linkCode=as2&tag=sexkitten-20


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#Prostitution #Traite GAATW : what's the cost of a rumour ?

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Human trafficking is a very serious human rights violation that demands a sustained and holistic response based on real evidence. We are concerned that valuable resources and public momentum are being channelled towards a false link between sporting events and trafficking for prostitution, resources that are needed elsewhere.


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A Former Goldman Sachs Analyst Bets on Selling Sex Toys Online

A Former Goldman Sachs Analyst Bets on Selling Sex Toys Online | Sex Work | Scoop.it
AHAlife founder Shauna Mei has launched a new site to focus on products for "sexual enlightenment"


Startups that seek to introduce consumers to new products have been a steady theme in the rise of online shopping. Now so-called discovery commerce companies are circling a new market: sex toys.

It’s easy to see the logic. Revenue at brick-and-mortar stores that specialize in sex paraphernalia was about $610 million in 2013, according to research firm IBISWorld.

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Unfinished Conversations & On The Differences Between Sex & The Intimacy Of Companionship (Or, Robot Sex Vs Sex Workers)

Unfinished Conversations & On The Differences Between Sex & The Intimacy Of Companionship (Or, Robot Sex Vs Sex Workers) | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Rubbing our parts in robotic electronics, no matter how supple, no matter how able to respond in terms of coos and ooohs, no matter what level of "special order" creation status to match our individual personalities and needs, will not satiate our hunger for real companionship.


Humans appear to have a very pronounced attachment to companionship, so much so that we are most driven by desire and longing. We want, crave, unconditional love and acceptance.

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Interview: How Feminism Exploits Sex Workers

Interview: How Feminism Exploits Sex Workers | Sex Work | Scoop.it

This is the full text of the interview with feminist genderqueer sex worker @MxLaudanum, which was quoted in this article on the rescue industry I wrote for Cliterati (published 1/02/14). The interview itself makes a very powerful post in its own right. Written in just a couple of hours, it’s a stunning critique of contemporary feminism and how all of us on this planet tend to view the world in black and white.

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The right’s bogus sex work stance: Taking power away from women

The right’s bogus sex work stance: Taking power away from women | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Republicans claim they're fighting trafficking, but they're really exposing women to arrest and discrimination


But put aside the headlines and the panic. When I think of those women – and if typical arrest patterns bear out, women of color and transgender women will be disproportionately represented among them – I want to know, what happens next? Who will listen to them when the story has moved on?

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Educational museum about sex work opens in Amsterdam

Educational museum about sex work opens in Amsterdam | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Inside the Red Light Secrets museum, for those who want to learn more about how the area and industry works.
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Who Killed the Jeff Davis 8?

Who Killed  the Jeff Davis 8? | Sex Work | Scoop.it

A serial killer has allegedly been preying on Louisiana prostitutes. But a new investigation reveals a far scarier theory…


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Silent-Porn-Star: Jennifer Cody Epstein On Prostitute-Concubine-Post-Impressionist Pan Yuliang

Silent-Porn-Star: Jennifer Cody Epstein On Prostitute-Concubine-Post-Impressionist Pan Yuliang | Sex Work | Scoop.it

A brief interview with Jennifer Cody Epstein, author of The Painter from Shanghai, a novel based upon the life of Chinese painter Pan Yuliang.

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Q&A: The Woman Debunking Myths About Sex Work

Q&A: The Woman Debunking Myths About Sex Work | Sex Work | Scoop.it
All those stories about Super Bowl sex trafficking were bogus fear-mongering, says author and former sex worker Melissa Gira Grant.
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Novelist discusses her early-’90s stint working as a copy editor” at Hustler magazine.

Novelist discusses her early-’90s stint working as a copy editor” at Hustler magazine. | Sex Work | Scoop.it
The Rest Was Just Imagination - An interview with Lydia Millet


BLVR: Your book Everyone’s Pretty is reportedly based on your time working with LFP. Could you talk about this influence in specific terms? The book doesn’t seem concerned with reporting on or analyzing the pornography industry.


LM: No, that was other people’s bailiwick. To me, mass-produced pornography is excruciatingly boring and the industry only a little less so. I was mostly interested in the styles of neurosis I met there.

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Regarding Millet's book, Everyone's Pretty, which we reviewed at Sex Kitten here: http://www.sex-kitten.net/2453411133339.html


Amazon link: Amazon Link

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Regarding Millet's book, Everyone's Pretty, which we reviewed at Sex Kitten here: http://www.sex-kitten.net/2453411133339.html


Amazon link: Amazon Link

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Why I Post Nude Photos (and why I blog about sex)

Why I Post Nude Photos (and why I blog about sex) | Sex Work | Scoop.it

My photography is one facet of my creative expression through my blog, and the reason I do it is related to why I blog about sex in general. It’s all a part of reclaiming my love for my body and my sexuality.


My true sexual revolution didn’t happen until I started working at a sex shop during my senior year at UT. During the three years I worked there, I read and learned more about sex and met sex positive women who I could talk to. I finally got to the point where I was truly proud of my body and my sexuality again.

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Men, Casinos Are Betting The Pretty Employees Will Screw You Out Of Your Money

Men, Casinos Are Betting The Pretty Employees Will Screw You Out Of Your Money | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Speaking of those scantily clad casino waitresses... I would like to draw your attention to a pair of studies done regarding men's reactions to pretty and scantily clad women. In the 2003 study, th...

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The effects of scantily clad women on (hetero) male wallets

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Even if a man knows he can’t take the sexy casino waitress up to his room, a guy can — and will — dream. And that just helps the house.

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The women who hire male escorts

The women who hire male escorts | Sex Work | Scoop.it
And the men who fulfill their needs.


Some jobs you never see advertised. Think Hollywood actor, astronaut, adventurer. They're also the kind of professions people fantasise about, but if we sat down and realistically thought through what would be required to do them, most of us would conclude they're beyond our skill set. Male escorting is similar. Imagine that occupation listed in the classified ads: "WANTED: men willing to have robust intercourse with numerous women. Meet interesting people. Excellent pay, flexible hours, immediate start."


Excelling at male sex work, say those in the know, isn't just about the sexual gymnastics. Unlike female escorts - who tend to charge by the hour - a standard booking for a male escort generally involves a minimum of two hours. This is because most female clients don't just want sex, but conversation and affection, too. So yes, you will need to be a god in bed, but you'll also be required to play counsellor and friend.

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I wonder where they got the information / impression that male clients of female sex workers spend less time, are in need of less companionship?

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Strippers Protest Censorship, 1959

Strippers Protest Censorship, 1959 | Sex Work | Scoop.it

“T’aint fair” reads one of the signs held by protesters of newspaper censorship in 1959. Was that a pun? Could very well have been as a lot of the signs are rather clever with the wordplay. These vintage magazine pages were found...

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Decriminalising: Demoralising? EUSA to vote on sex-work motion

Decriminalising: Demoralising? EUSA to vote on sex-work motion | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Students will have the chance to vote on whether Edinburgh University Students' Association (EUSA) should actively support the decriminalisation of sex work at the Student Council meeting on Thursday 6 February.

The motion will call for EUSA to issue a statement demanding decriminalisation and to liaise with organisations such as SCOT-PEP and the Sex Worker’s Open University to work towards this goal.

The motion will also result in a zero-tolerance attitude to “whorephobia” and an investigation into how to support student sex workers at the university.

..."EUSA recently declared itself a feminist organisation. For me this is the most important issue for feminists in Edinburgh right now, and we have to do everything within our power to stop it.”

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Dear Gloria Steinem, What About Handjobs & Sword Swallowers?

Dear Gloria Steinem, What About Handjobs & Sword Swallowers? | Sex Work | Scoop.it
I deeply respect Gloria Steinem. But I am terribly disappointed by remarks she's made regarding sex work during her recent tour of India. This publicity tour promotes her latest book, The Essential...
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malek's comment, February 5, 2014 7:42 AM
using non-offensive word or expression in place of one that may be found offensive or suggest something unpleasant.
Deanna Dahlsad's comment, February 5, 2014 5:19 PM
@malek, sex workers find the the word prostitution offensive -- and prostitution is the word Steinem is using.
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Sex Workers: We're Not a Rescue Project, Not Trafficking Victims

Sex Workers: We're Not a Rescue Project, Not Trafficking Victims | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Sex work is not the same as trafficking. That’s the message many sex workers are trying to get across on Twitter as January, which the White House has named National Slavery and Human Trafficking
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About the #NotYourRescueProject hashtag & movement

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New Amnesty International report calls for legalizing sex work

New Amnesty International report calls for legalizing sex work | Sex Work | Scoop.it

It just couldn’t be clearer. “Amnesty International is opposed to the criminalization or punishment of activities related to the buying or selling of consensual sex between adults.”

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Jack the Ripper copycat murders spark call for sex worker protection

Jack the Ripper copycat murders spark call for sex worker protection | Sex Work | Scoop.it
The nearest thing Jackie Summerford has to a grave for her murdered daughter is a small pine bookshelf in her front room. It is covered in poems, candles and trinkets – her way of remembering  her youngest child, Bonnie Barrett, who was murdered by a serial killer who police believe was imitating Jack the Ripper. 
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Scantily Clad Casino Employees: Sex Sells, Right?

Scantily Clad Casino Employees: Sex Sells, Right? | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Have you ever wondered why casinos often employ scantily clad waitresses? I'm not making this up as some sort of feminist attack or even a complaint. Many casinos, like the Rio in Vegas, do more th...

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Prose & Lore: The RedUP Literary Journal | Red Umbrella Project

Prose & Lore: The RedUP Literary Journal | Red Umbrella Project | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Prose & Lore is the Red Umbrella Project’s literary journal, which collects memoir stories about sex work in two issues per year (Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer). The stories are original to Prose & Lore, and about 75% of the authors in each issue are previously unpublished. Many of the contributors participate in our memoir workshops and drop-in writing sessions.

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Also information on how to contribute even if you can't make the writing sessions.

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Janet Mock Opens Up About Her Experiences As A Trans Sex Worker At Age 16

Janet Mock Opens Up About Her Experiences As A Trans Sex Worker At Age 16 | Sex Work | Scoop.it

The trans advocate and author of of the upcoming memoir Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More released a six-part video series and essay today about her journey as a sex worker and how it relates to pop culture, death, and the power of words.

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Kaitlin Pearson—the Special Needs Teacher’s Aide on Leave for Racy Photos—Is Back at Work

Kaitlin Pearson—the Special Needs Teacher’s Aide on Leave for Racy Photos—Is Back at Work | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Kaitlin Pearson, the Fitchburg teacher put on paid leave because of her racy modeling photos, was welcomed back to work on Tuesday.
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