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Zhang Ziyi Reaches Settlement Regarding Libelous $100 Million Prostitution Claims

Zhang Ziyi Reaches Settlement Regarding Libelous $100 Million Prostitution Claims | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Zhang Ziyi has finally settled her legal case against a U.S. media website that accused her of prostitution.

 

The Beijing-born Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon actress reached an undisclosed agreement with Boxun News, who Ziyi sued last year for publishing libelous reports claiming she was paid up to $100 million to have sex with Chinese government officials

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Although ther is a long history linking prositution and acting... See here: http://sco.lt/9IOAPh

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Sex in the city: the changing face of adult retailing

Sex in the city: the changing face of adult retailing | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Cities are fizzing with opportunities to experience sex and sexuality. While sex usually takes place in private spaces, it is never really out of our minds.
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While this is about adult shops in Austrailia, the information on the types of shops, demographics, etc. isn't specific only to that country.

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Gracie Passette's curator insight, December 19, 2013 11:33 AM

While this is about adult shops in Austrailia, the information isn't specific only to that country.

 

Tho, where I live in the USA, people continue to freak out when these shops open ~ as if they aren't making money because people shop there. People scream, "What about the kids?!" But when we were kids, we were taught that there are places that are not for kids.

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It's Here! MPS Paid Dirty Chat!

It's Here! MPS Paid Dirty Chat! | Sex Work | Scoop.it

As many of you know, I have been soooo looking forward to My Phone Site aka MPS delivering on their promise of a paid chat or instant messaging feature for phone sex operators. (Chat has always been incredibly popular with many of my regular phone sex clients and I’ve been dying for a phone sex platform site to start this very thing!) Well, the new pay to chat feature debuted at MPS this weekend. The system was checked for bugs and has now officially launched!

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A new way to make money: Paid chat or instant messaging (IM). Details for clients and PSOs.

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A new way to make money: Paid chat or instant messaging (IM). Details for clients and PSOs.

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Only a minority of UK sex workers have been trafficked

Only a minority of UK sex workers have been trafficked | Sex Work | Scoop.it
The moral panic on the supposed prevalence of trafficking in the global sex industry rests on a lie: that the majority of sex workers are trafficked. In fact, the opposite is true.
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Supreme Court verdict could decriminalize sex work

Supreme Court verdict could decriminalize sex work | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Vancouver sex workers are optimistically awaiting a final verdict from Canada's highest court six years in the making that could see prostitution largely decriminalized.
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Fingers crossed!

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The Scarlet Isle: the politics of male sex work in Ireland

The Scarlet Isle: the politics of male sex work in Ireland | Sex Work | Scoop.it

When the topic of prostitution is raised within so-called polite company, two stereotypes generally spring to mind: the drug-dependent street walker under the control of her low-life criminal pimp, and the high-end escort with Hollywood good looks. In other words, prostitution – or (as we prefer) sex work – tends to be seen as a woman’s game, and a game of extremes. The reality of the situation is that the majority of sex workers lie somewhere between these two extremes.

 

Meanwhile, raise the topic of male sex work and your polite company might recall American Gigolo (1980), about a handsome heterosexual male escort, or Midnight Cowboy (1969), where a straight street hustler has to resort to “gay for pay” sex work to survive. Or they might just snigger at the idea, remembering the comedic Duece Bigolo: Male Gigolo (1999).

 

Put simply, we tend not to take the issue of male sex work seriously.

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About sex work and laws about it in Ireland ~ but great reading for any location really.

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Show me yours and I'll show you mine...

Show me yours and I'll show you mine... | Sex Work | Scoop.it

I wanted to write something about the human body in all its naked and diverse glory. I wanted to share the unexpected gift that sex work gave me; forgiveness for all my physical imperfections.

 

Working as a sex worker for many years I have seen naked bodies belonging to my clients, my co workers and myself in all sorts of positions, settings and lighting. Over the years I have become incredibly comfortable with human bodies and getting naked but that wasn’t always the case.

 

Taking my clothes off and showing my naked body to someone I just met, AND  having the nerve to expect them to pay me for it, was my first and most persistent fear about starting sex work. Before sex work my experience of being naked in front of people had largely been in the dark, after foreplay and with lots of anxiety. Each time i let my mind wander  what it would be like to do sex work, I would get stuck at the bit where I had to take off my clothes.

 

And it wasn’t just a concern for the first booking

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An essay on body image, vulnerability, and lessons in beauty from sex work.

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An essay on body image, vulnerability, and lessons in beauty from sex work.

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Does banning prostitution make women safer? The perils of interviews | The Naked Anthropologist

Does banning prostitution make women safer? The perils of interviews | The Naked Anthropologist | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Laura Agustín interviewed in New Scientist magazine under the title Does Banning Prostitution Make Women Safer?
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Rescue is for Kittens; Thanks, But My Pussy's Already Liberated

Rescue is for Kittens; Thanks, But My Pussy's Already Liberated | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Rescue is for Kittens, uh, so, thanks but my pussy is already liberated, son. Oh, and be nice to sex workers. And yes, Santa, there ARE consensual sex workers who weren’t sexually abused, aren’t...
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Are sex workers' lives worth less than everyone else's? - Los Angeles Times

Are sex workers' lives worth less than everyone else's? - Los Angeles Times | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Are sex workers' lives worth less than everyone else's?
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On Tuesday, sex worker activists will gather to mark the 11th annual International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.
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State laws, police practices contribute to 'HIV epidemic' in Louisiana, report says

State laws, police practices contribute to 'HIV epidemic' in Louisiana, report says | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Report claims police unfairly arrest sex workers for carrying condoms, chides state law for criminalizing syringe possession
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A 57-page report, "In Harm's Way: State Response to Sex Workers, Drug Users, and HIV in New Orleans," reveals what we already know...

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Fracking, Stripping, Speaking: The Sexual Politics of Sex Work

Fracking, Stripping, Speaking: The Sexual Politics of Sex Work | Sex Work | Scoop.it

The implication is that with the insufficient “supply” of women, tempting men with a hint of sexuality is too dangerous. This is almost a textbook example of victim-blaming, in which victims of sexual assault or aggression are construed to have been asking for it based on non-verbal cues, such as clothing, demeanor or profession. This sort of rhetoric flares up in large-scale rape cases. While covering the alleged rape of 14-year-old Daisy Coleman, known in the media as the Maryville case, an expert witness on Fox Newssaid, “What did she expect to happen at 1am in the morning after sneaking out?” The example in the New York Times article is a variation on the same concept; the woman is cautioned that she should adjust her behavior because this will either tempt or invite sexual aggression from men. It is not the man’s responsibility to not rape women; it is the woman’s responsibility to not ‘ask for it’.

 

It may seem redundant to point out the commodification of female flesh in the industry of sex work. However, the issue at hand is specifically the rationalization that it is a simple function of the influx of men that creates conditions fertile for exploitation and predation. Critically absent from this discourse is a question as to why the men in Williston engage in this behavior. Ara Wilson, an associate professor of women’s studies at Duke University, points out that the definition of capitalist markets as “benign vehicles” that merely channel “wants, needs, and desires” overlooks the fact that “desires can be fostered and created.” Anybody can see how a sense of necessity did not precede the existence of consumer goods like smart phones, jewelry, or the millions of toys produced each year. However, with sex work, it’s taken as a given that desire precedes the market, and Wilson notes that a discussion of the creation of desire for sex work “remain[s] surprisingly unexamined”.

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Overall an excellent essay; however, it does not make distinctions between sex & rape. Sex work is about delivering a consensual service; rape is not about sex ~ it is about violence.

 

See also: http://www.cultofgracie.com/2012/02/28/oil-isnt-the-only-slick-smarmy-thing-in-williston-nd/

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Gracie Passette's curator insight, December 16, 2013 6:43 AM
Overall an excellent essay; however, it does not make distinctions between sex & rape. Sex work is about delivering a consensual service; rape is not about sex ~ it is about violence. See also: http://www.cultofgracie.com/2012/02/28/oil-isnt-the-only-slick-smarmy-thing-in-williston-nd/
Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, December 16, 2013 11:06 PM

As [url=/u/606125 x-already-notified=1]Gracie Passette[/url] wrote, this article does not make distinctions between sex & rape. Sex work is about delivering a consensual service; rape is not about sex ~ it is about violence. See also: http://www.cultofgracie.com/2012/02/28/oil-isnt-the-only-slick-smarmy-thing-in-williston-nd/

Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, December 16, 2013 11:09 PM

As [url=/u/606125 x-already-notified=1]Gracie Passette[/url] said, this article makes good points but also misses distinctions between sex & rape. Sex work is about delivering a consensual service; rape is not about sex ~ it is about violence. See also: http://www.cultofgracie.com/2012/02/28/oil-isnt-the-only-slick-smarmy-thing-in-williston-nd/

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In Thailand, a Tough Life for Burma’s Male Sex Workers

In Thailand, a Tough Life for Burma’s Male Sex Workers | Sex Work | Scoop.it

In the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai, Burmese migrants sell their bodies for sex at “show bars” or other entertainment venues. The bars are legal, but it is illegal for migrants to work at them. As a result, many male sex workers do not seek medical assistance if they contract sexually transmitted diseases because they do not want to reveal their source of income.

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The Soho raids show us the real problem with sex work isn’t the sex – it’s low-waged work itself

The Soho raids show us the real problem with sex work isn’t the sex – it’s low-waged work itself | Sex Work | Scoop.it
The moral crusade against the sex trade, whether it is pursued by the police or by high-profile feminists who have never done sex work, serves the same function that it has always served, writes Laurie Penny.
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On Porn and Professionalism: The Staggering Hypocrisy of a Rarely-Questioned Perspective

On Porn and Professionalism: The Staggering Hypocrisy of a Rarely-Questioned Perspective | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Not for the first time, I am faced with the inevitable question: why the flying fuck (no pun intended) would seeing someone have sex preclude that person from “being an effective teacher [or whatever] and respected colleague”? What, seriously, is the matter with people? As maddening as I find this, I also feel truly bewildered, because I simply do not understand this phenomenon.

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I Spent a Month Living in a Romanian Sexcam Studio

I Spent a Month Living in a Romanian Sexcam Studio | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Webcam studios are to bedroom masturbators what brothels are to Johns. And if the internet had a designated red light district, it would be Romania, where there are currently an estimated 2,000 studios in operation. The cousins’ studio—Kazampo—is the latest addition to that digital den of sin. It’s housed on a Bucharest backstreet in a building that can accommodate up to 11 "models" at a time, all masturbating in the direction of a webcam for lonesome, horny Americans thousands of miles away.

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Well-Read On The Subject Of Sex Work

Well-Read On The Subject Of Sex Work | Sex Work | Scoop.it

I know many of you who read here are, or have been, sex workers. Myself included, of course. We consider ourselves to be sex positive feminists who want sex work to be recognized and respected as work. Most of us believe it should be decriminalized, if not completely legal, even if  we often disagree about how best to achieve those things. But often in our conversions on the subject of (and issues surrounding) sex work, it is clear that many hold onto their own experiences at the expense of seeing the larger picture. Just like those who were harmed come out swinging “against” sex work, we let our feelings color and even cloud our willingness to hear from others.

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This essay includes a reading list for those interested in sex work and related issues of debate.

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Sane thoughts on rational thinking too

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What the New York Times (and France) Got Wrong About Prostitution 

What the New York Times (and France) Got Wrong About Prostitution  | Sex Work | Scoop.it

The idea that we should treat sex workers as “victims” and not “criminals” sounds right, but it falls short.

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Once again, Melissa Gira Grant gets it right.

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Human Rights for Sex Workers: An Interview with Melinda Chateauvert

Human Rights for Sex Workers: An Interview with Melinda Chateauvert | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Fifty countries treat sex work as a legitimate job, and it has been legalized with restrictions in eleven others. Nevertheless sex workers are still widely stigmatized, discriminated against, harassed, and, in those countries where prostitution is considered illegal, treated as criminals. This is especially true in the United States, which is one of the few industrialized nations that continues to criminalize prostitution. As Melinda Chateauvert reveals in her new book Sex Workers Unite: A History of the Movement from Stonewall to Slutwalk, these laws have put sex workers at risk. 

 

Chateauvert agreed recently to talk with us about Human Rights Day and how important it is that the international campaign for human rights include sex workers, who have always been key activists in the struggles for gay liberation, women’s rights, reproductive justice, labor organizing, prison abolition, and other human rights–related issues.

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Rentboy University

How'd you like to make $250 an hour? Sounds good, right? Well, if you're willing to join the glamorous world of sex work, you might be in luck. So where do you start? Lucky for you, there's a class.

A few months ago one of our producers came across RENT U on twitter. At first we couldn't believe it, but when we dug deeper we found it was all too real. In some ways the group is a reaction to the popularity of rentboy.com, a site that pairs young men in need of financial assistance (so called "rent boys") with clients who willing to provide said assistance in return for companionship. 

Hawk Kincaid founded the new program for Hook Online, a not-for-profit online resource for men in the sex trade, in 2005. Since then, this industry-only series of workshops has met periodically and in secret, covering everything from legal issues faced by sex workers to marketing to how to negotiate with clients. Their next class, scheduled for Dec. 19, will focus on self defense. These classes are strictly off limits to the press, so we did the next best thing and took a private lesson for ourselves.

Clearly, Sam Matthews is not cut out for life as a sex worker. Although many male prostitutes are straight, not being prepared to have sex with men is kind of a career killer in the sex-for-hire trade.

Do you think you have what it takes?


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How Sex Workers See Their Own Sexuality

How Sex Workers See Their Own Sexuality | Sex Work | Scoop.it

There are a lot of myths surrounding the sexuality of whores. Everyone seems to assume we’re either nymphos or frigid, over-fucked to the point where we no longer have any interest in unpaid recreational sex. While I’m sure there are people who fit into these categories, I’ve never met any of them.

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I love this line: The extent to which they assume I mustwant them for no other reason than their possession of a penis would be insulting if their desire to be wanted wasn’t so oddly endearing.

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More Stand-Up Guys

More Stand-Up Guys | Sex Work | Scoop.it
These days it takes some serious balls for a man to stand up, demand rights for sex workers, and actually sign his real name to the thing. - Maggie McNeill A year and a half ago I published “Stand-...
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Asia Catalyst Report Calls China to Extend Reforms to Close Labor Camps for Sex Workers

Asia Catalyst Report Calls China to Extend Reforms to Close Labor Camps for Sex Workers | Sex Work | Scoop.it
China announced as part of a raft of economic reforms that it would close its controversial re-education through labor camps, but it’s less clear what will happen to a similar system of camps for the country’s sex workers.
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10 myths about prostitution, trafficking and the Nordic model

10 myths about prostitution, trafficking and the Nordic model | Sex Work | Scoop.it

When I followed up with an opinion piece for The Conversation on the success of the Nordic Model, a handful of men, and one prominent Australian feminist , spent hours trading inaccuracies about the Nordic approach to prostitution policy and disparaging anyone stupid enough to think that a booming industry which trades in women’s bodies is anything but inevitable.

 

These falsities and fabrications will be familiar to anyone who has written or said anything that publicly criticizes the sex industry. The same claims, usually without reference to relevant evidence, are repeated so frequently in certain spheres that they have practically become mantras. If you say it often enough, it becomes true, right?

 

In the interests of being able to offer more than 140 character responses to these predictable criticisms, here’s a list of responses to the most common myths I’ve had thrown at me.

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FSC: 'What You Know About Moratorium Is Wrong'

FSC: 'What You Know About Moratorium Is Wrong' | Sex Work | Scoop.it

On Friday, one of the testing facilities that serve the adult industry alerted us to a positive HIV test by an adult film performer. While we don't yet know if the performer acquired the virus in his or her personal life, or while working in adult film, we’ve called a moratorium and immediately halted all production.

 

Unfortunately, I've seen a lot of misinformation in the media, and some truly reprehensible behavior on social media over the past few days, and felt it was necessary to explain how a moratorium works, and call for compassion for the positive performer.

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