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Sex Work in the Theatre - Gay News Network

Sex Work in the Theatre - Gay News Network | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Sex worker ‘Not-Nick’ makes money from people who are genuinely in love with him. In a conversation with playwright/actor Tim Spencer, the male sex worker tells us about his work, his family and his love life. Spencer spoke to Andrew Shaw about his play Show Me Yours, I'll Show You Mine and how its development blurred the line between art and reality.

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Too much Va Va Voom? Renault advert featuring close-ups of burlesque dancers is banned by watchdog because it 'treats women like sexual objects'

Too much Va Va Voom? Renault advert featuring close-ups of burlesque dancers is banned by watchdog because it 'treats women like sexual objects' | Sex Work | Scoop.it

A car advert featuring scantily-clad  burlesque dancers has been banned after watchdogs branded it sexist.

They were concerned that it featured ‘a  number of shots of the women’s breasts and bottoms, in which their heads were  obscured’.

The way the women had been presented in the  Renault Clio advert ‘invited viewers to see them as sexual objects’, it was  ruled.

 


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Q&A with Marie Calloway: Why does she write about sex?

Q&A with Marie Calloway: Why does she write about sex? | Sex Work | Scoop.it

For several years, Marie Calloway, 23, has explicitly described her lifestyle and sexual exploits on her blog. Now Calloway (a pseudonym she has used since the age of 19) has published a book, "what purpose did i serve in your life" (Tyrant Books, $19), said to be an account of her sexual encounters.
 
In "what purpose did i serve in your life," Calloway opens up about her relationships, which predominantly originate from cyber contact, as well as her sexual fantasies, largely involving self-degradation. In fact, her words and pornographic photographs (including images of her breasts covered in bruises) were considered so controversial that three separate printers refused to print the book.
 
A former women’s studies major, Calloway first garnered attention with her story "Adrien Brody," published on MuuMuu House, in which she describes a brief affair with a well-known New York editor. Since then, readers have been attempting to label her as either a trailblazing feminist or a self-destructive masochist.

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Stabbed to Death by Stigma

Stabbed to Death by Stigma | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Despite being the poster nation for sexual equality, Sweden's laws on sex work and attitudes towards it are woefully patriarchal.

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Will We Ever Be A Society Able To Accept Sexual Responsibility?

Will We Ever Be A Society Able To Accept Sexual Responsibility? | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Not long ago in human history the human body was understood as not only a source of pleasure but also as a conduit to the divine. Human sexual experiences and the human sexual imagination and human...
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The feminist and the sex worker: Lessons from the Indian experience

The feminist and the sex worker: Lessons from the Indian experience | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Despite decades of tension between feminists and sex workers, it is finally becoming clear that the former has much to learn from the latter.
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The Bloody State Gave Him The Power: A Swedish Sex Worker’s Murder

The Bloody State Gave Him The Power: A Swedish Sex Worker’s Murder | Sex Work | Scoop.it
On Friday, Swedish sex workers' rights organization Rose Alliance released this statement on Facebook: "Our board member, fierce activist, and friend Petite Jasmine got brutally murdered yesterday (11 July 2013).

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Suzy Favor Hamilton Shouldn't Be Shamed For Turning to Sex Work

Suzy Favor Hamilton Shouldn't Be Shamed For Turning to Sex Work | Sex Work | Scoop.it

In 1983, the Big Ten Conference established a women's Athlete of the Year award and later named it after Suzy Favor Hamilton, a University of Wisconsin middle distance runner and alumna who followed her illustrious college career with three appearances in the Olympic Games. She was more than qualified to have her name attached to such a prestigious award. Unfortunately, the conference announced on Tuesday that her name would be removed from the award after it was revealed in December that Favor Hamilton had worked as an escort since 2011.


"I do not expect people to understand," she wrote on Twitter, "but the reasons for doing this made sense to me at the time and were very much related to depression." She added that her husband knew about her work and didn't approve of it.


But something that the Big Ten needs to realize — along with the rest of the country — is that sex work is one of the most stigmatized professions in the world.

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The Merseyside Model–Why Crimes Against Prostitutes Are Hate Crimes

The Merseyside Model–Why Crimes Against Prostitutes Are Hate Crimes | Sex Work | Scoop.it

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Prada prostitutes

Prada prostitutes | Sex Work | Scoop.it

It is time for a grown-up debate about sexuality, says Howard Jacobson, winner of the 2010 Man Booker Prize. Memoirs by high-class hookers may be cartoonish, but no less so than accounts that cast prostitutes as victims of rapacious male sexuality

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A flashback piece, marking the high mark of prostitution in books & high society.

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Unfinished Conversations & On The Differences Between Sex & The Intimacy Of Companionship - Sex~Kitten.net

Unfinished Conversations & On The Differences Between Sex & The Intimacy Of Companionship - Sex~Kitten.net | 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.

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Escorts Dictionary

Agency (or Service) A company that advertises, usually on the streets of Las Vegas by way of guys handing out cards, using billboard trucks, and handing out magazines that provide girls to be sent ...
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Blogging Death Knells Are Premature & Passe

Blogging Death Knells Are Premature & Passe | Sex Work | Scoop.it
This sort of “blogging is dead, especially for business” thinking as shared in Beyond Blogging: 13 Content Marketing Opportunities for Ecommerce by Linda Bustos drives me nuts: Remember when business...

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Blogs are not dead, despite what you've heard. And this is great news for those working in the adult industry who are blocked from using Facebook and other giant sites. Click the links in the article for detailed info.

 

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Jeff Domansky's comment, July 12, 2013 4:27 PM
Amen, Deanna!
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Thanks for sharing :)
MartinSocially's curator insight, July 29, 2013 4:05 PM

The concept of individuals creating their own content will endure, platforms may come and go but the essence of origianal content is fundamental to the future of the internet and society as a whole.

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Hints for clients

Hints for clients | Sex Work | Scoop.it

A few of the finer points of being a [good] client. These aren’t deal-breakers or anything blacklist-worthy, not by any stretch. It’s about those special little things, those bits where a man misses the mark. Not really something he can prepare for; though if he actually took care of himself head to toe like his companion does it would cease to be an issue. Since the specific men who inspired these examples probably aren’t going to see me again (I don’t hide annoyance well), I hope that their next companions have an easier time of it.

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Contemporary Courtesan Kitty Stryker on being a feminist, dominatrix and professional sex worker

Contemporary Courtesan Kitty Stryker on being a feminist, dominatrix and professional sex worker | Sex Work | Scoop.it
The Californian dominatrix reveals more about her fascinating (and very kinky) career...
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5 Online Tools For Activists, By Activists

5 Online Tools For Activists, By Activists | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Why are social networks powerful tools for causes and campaigns? Many times, people begin to engage in activism only after they’ve been attracted by the fun stuff in a campaign — connecting with old friends and sharing photos, for example. When they witness others participating, they’ll be more likely to join the cause. With socializing as the primary draw, it’s become easier for organizers to attract more and more unlikely activists through social media.

 

But once a campaign reaches its critical mass, activists might think about moving to other platforms made with their needs — especially digital security — in mind. Platforms like Facebook and Twitter will remain standard fare for online activism. But the time is right for niche-oriented startups to create tools that can supplement these platforms. Here are a few worth investigating....


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There's some interesting points made about activism for public affairs and PR pros. These five sites are also worth monitoring to keep the pulse of what's going on in activism.

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No Rest For The Wicked: Blogger/Blogspot Censorship

No Rest For The Wicked: Blogger/Blogspot Censorship | Sex Work | Scoop.it

As you may well know by this time, Google, owner of Blogger/Blogspot, has upped the ante in their dislike prosecution of adult bloggers by changing their adult content policy. Which means if your site or one of your favorite sites has been replaced with a Google 404 error saying, "The requested URL / was not found on this server. That’s all we know." -- well, that's a lie.

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If this link should disappear, keep an eye on this domain: http://phonesexsecrets.info/

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Feminisnt » An argument for more sex workers to be out?

Feminisnt » An argument for more sex workers to be out? | Sex Work | Scoop.it

I've long contended that one of the best "quiet acts" of sex worker's rights activism is for us to be out of the closet in our "real life" friendships and interactions.  I think it's a very powerful statement in and of itself, without even delving into complex politics with people.  I realize that it's not an option for all sex workers, but it is an option that I think more of us could and should take, even in baby steps like striking up a short conversation that involves you disclosing your occupation to someone you're sitting next to on a train/bus/flight and will never see again.

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Risky business

Risky business | Sex Work | Scoop.it

So many of the dangers of sex work come from the laws and stigma surrounding it. Sex workers do not deserve violence or rape; these are not inherent dangers of the job. They’re things that happen because society chooses to demonize sex workers, to erase our value.

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Supreme Court helps Obama correct course in the fight against AIDS — MSNBC

Supreme Court helps Obama correct course in the fight against AIDS — MSNBC | Sex Work | Scoop.it

It hasn’t drawn as much attention as targeted killing, warrantless wiretapping, the ill treatment of Guantanamo prisoners, or White House meddling with the drug approval process. But the Obama administration’s dogged defense of the so-called “anti-prostitution pledge” has puzzled progressives as much as any policy in this president’s Bush-like second term.

 

The pledge law, adopted in 2003 to appease religious conservatives, bars U.S. support for any international health group that fails to speak out against prostitution—even if its clients are sex workers. Organizations as varied as UNAIDS,  the World Bank and the World Health Organization have condemned the rule for undermining the fight against HIV/AIDS, but Obama’s Justice Department hasn’t budged.

 

Now, thanks to a new Supreme Court decision, the pledge will finally be scrubbed from the books. In a Thursday morning decision, the court declared that the anti-prostitution pledge violates the constitution’s First Amendment. As Chief Justice John Roberts helpfully pointed out, that’s the one that “prohibits the government from telling people what they must say.”

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Argentina's prostitutes – mothers first, sex workers second

Argentina's prostitutes – mothers first, sex workers second | Sex Work | Scoop.it

On a Buenos Aires street corner, a Banksy-style graffiti shows a scantily clad woman leaning provocatively towards the edge of the building. Round the corner, the woman's hands reach out to a pushchair carrying a toddler. This, says the Argentine Prostitutes' Association (Ammar), is the reality of the sex trade in Argentina, where 86% of sex workers are single mothers.

 

The graffiti is part of a campaign led by Ammar, the first de facto trade union for sex workers in Latin America. For the past 19 years the group has been fighting to change the way society looks upon prostitution and make sex workers aware of their rights.

 

Ammar helped draft a bill due to be presented in the senate that would class sex workers as self-employed. If it becomes law, it would enable them to register with labour authorities, pay tax and get a pension.

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Sex-work research garners alumna doctoral award

Sex-work research garners alumna doctoral award | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Anna-Louise Crago, who earned a BFA in 2003 and MA in 2010 from Concordia, has obtained a Trudeau Scholarship — the most prestigious doctoral award of its kind in Canada — to pursue research on the experience of sex workers during armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Coming Out as a Whore: My Story

Coming Out as a Whore: My Story | Sex Work | Scoop.it

In the absence of any grand poetry or political polemic, I want to share something personal which I hope will help others who are dealing with the same problem; coming out as a sex worker.


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PHALLACY: The myth that prostitutes are 'used' by men

PHALLACY: The myth that prostitutes are 'used' by men | Sex Work | Scoop.it

The idea that sex workers are ‘used’ or that their bodies are commodities is a fallacy. But many feminists use this argument to claim that sex work is degrading, anti feminist, commodifies women or is harmful to them. Moralists (who are sometimes indistinguishable from the radical feminists) use the argument to justify looking down on sex workers or pitying them because they’re “degraded”. The radfem myths of ‘false consciousness’ and sexworkers’ lack of agency are also  heavily dependent on seeing them as used bodies, as sex slaves.

 

But if you think that sex workers are used by clients, that idea is actually made up of several patriarchal ideas about gender and gender rules.

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Laura Brown's comment, June 24, 2013 10:37 AM
If a woman feels used after sex, she feels used. If a man feels he is using women then that is how he feels. I don't think anyone has the right to negate their feelings based on some other political or social agenda. I have felt used by men before and it makes me angry, still.
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