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Feminist Porn Hits The Mainstream Industry - And Makes People Uncomfortable

Feminist Porn Hits The Mainstream Industry - And Makes People Uncomfortable | Sex Work | Scoop.it
At AVN, a mainstream director said feminist porn made her uncomfortable. The industry is taking notice of feminism and they don't like being criticized...

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XBIZ 360 to Examine ‘The Disruption of Porn’

XBIZ 360 to Examine ‘The Disruption of Porn’ | Sex Work | Scoop.it
XBIZ will examine the factors affecting modern-day porn and what they mean to consumers and industry professionals alike in a special seminar at the XBIZ 360 Adult Film Conference next week.
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Jiz Lee, a genderqueer pron star & writer, will moderate the session:

 

“In the absence of comprehensive sex education, people use porn to learn about sex—what sex looks like, who gets to have it, and what it means to be sexy,” Lee said. “On its own, that's fine. But a limited example of what porn is has the danger in dictating what's 'normal,’ raising issues in our understanding of sexual health, and also our sexual psyche. Diversity in porn lets us find ourselves in the erotic landscape, proving we are all capable and deserving of love."

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Jiz Lee, a genderqueer pron star & writer, will moderate the session:

 

“In the absence of comprehensive sex education, people use porn to learn about sex—what sex looks like, who gets to have it, and what it means to be sexy,” Lee said. “On its own, that's fine. But a limited example of what porn is has the danger in dictating what's 'normal,’ raising issues in our understanding of sexual health, and also our sexual psyche. Diversity in porn lets us find ourselves in the erotic landscape, proving we are all capable and deserving of love."

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Why Do (Some) Feminists Struggle With The Notion Of Sex Work?

Why Do (Some) Feminists Struggle With The Notion Of Sex Work? | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Certainly not all feminists embrace sex work, but the issue is very much one of feminism. Recently, I found this conversation at Tumblr which illustrates a classic feminist conversation about sex work.

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Since both parties confessed to appreciating education, I schooled them.

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Reading gender: On Gloria Steinem's latest collection of articles

Reading gender: On Gloria Steinem's latest collection of articles | Sex Work | Scoop.it

This is also the Gloria Steinem the world has known for decades now. It’s seen her become an icon for women across the world, changing lives and thought processes. Earlier this week, Steinem released a compilation of her readings, titled “The Essential Gloria Steinem Reader: As if Women Matter”. Published by Rupa in English and Rajkamal publications in Hindi, the reader contains an introduction by Ruchira Gupta, Founder President of Apne Aap Women Worldwide, an NGO that works against sex trafficking. Gupta has also edited the compilation. The book contains a new essay by Steinem on sex trafficking, titled “The Third Way — An End of Trafficking and Prostitution: A Beginning of Mutual Sexuality”, along with other pieces written by the feminist and activist over decades of work with gender and violence. The essays address issues like gender inequality, marginalisation and violence, and approach each question from viewpoint that can be at once universal and context-specific.


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Has anyone read that "End of Trafficking and Prostitution" article? If so, please do tell!

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Reporting on ROSE: A Journalist’s Work In Phoenix

Reporting on ROSE: A Journalist’s Work In Phoenix | Sex Work | Scoop.it

We often have cause to complain about media coverage of sex work, but we haven’t had occasion to talk about how good stories can be edited into inadequate ones as they travel from reporter to final outlet. The fate of Jordan Flaherty‘s story about Project ROSE (Reaching Out to the Sexually Exploited) is a great opportunity to look at what happens when a journalist tries to show the public the whole story but is met with resistance from his employer.

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In defence of paying for a dominatrix

In defence of paying for a dominatrix | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Margaret Corvid: Sex is a basic human need, and kink my speciality. For it to be my job is not miserable, but necessary, joyous and beautiful
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Harlotry: Why I Need My Sex Worker Community

Harlotry: Why I Need My Sex Worker Community | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Without the sex worker community, I would not be able to gain the support and understanding I need in this job field.
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Push to decriminalize sex work, but stigma remains

Push to decriminalize sex work, but stigma remains | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Despite a decreasing prevalence of HIV/AIDS among commercial sex workers, health workers say the stigma associated with prostitution and the harsh laws against it are undermining sex workers’ access to HIV-related services.
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The Prostitute's Allure: The Return to Beauty in Commercial Sex Work

Research from Raj Arunachalam (University of Michigan) & Manisha Shah (University of California) via hired sex workers in Ecuador and Mexico. The hired sex workers then interviewed other sex workers employed in brothels and on the streets. (PDF)

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Romanian sex workers in turf wars over London pitches

Romanian sex workers in turf wars over London pitches | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Police suspect criminal gang behind 'taxing' of young women, many of them Roma, in east London and cities such as Birmingham and Manchester
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California Is The Only State That Treats Rape Victims This Way (Update)

California Is The Only State That Treats Rape Victims This Way (Update) | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Spurred by emotional testimony from sex workers, California officials voted Thursday to change a 1990s-era anti-crime regulation and allow prostitutes to receive money from a victim compensation fund if they're raped or beaten. 

 

Under the current system, those harmed in violent crimes can be paid for medical costs and related expenses, but prostitutes are excluded because their activities are illegal.

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Prostitution: a feminist perspective

Prostitution: a feminist perspective | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Concordia’s Simone de Beauvoir Institute applauded the recent Supreme Court ruling against sex work laws. Here’s why
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Edinburgh to end sex in saunas

Edinburgh to end sex in saunas | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Activists say a change in the city’s once-permissive attitude toward prostitution threatens health of sex workers
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Canada's Sex Work Laws: Don't Break What We Worked So Hard to Fix

Canada's Sex Work Laws: Don't Break What We Worked So Hard to Fix | Sex Work | Scoop.it

With the momentous decision from the Supreme Court on December 20, Canada's highest judicial authority confirmed what sex workers had known for many years: three of the laws restricting our trade were unconstitutional, and were decisively struck down. In their ruling, the Supreme Court of Canada left no doubt that these laws were not only ineffective, but dangerous; the SCC also told Parliament, in no uncertain terms, that watered-down versions of the same laws would not be acceptable replacements.

 

The court included a one-year stay of proceedings before the existing laws are to come off the books, ostensibly for Parliament to draft new laws. I have already written extensively on the five reasons that criminalization of the clients is unwise; further to that point, it is my contention that no new laws are required. The existing provisions of the Criminal Code of Canada are more than adequate to allow law enforcement to target the more harmful circumstances connected to prostitution, while simultaneously allowing consenting adults to do as we choose in the privacy of our own homes.

 

When it comes to prostitution, there are three aspects of sex work that the public finds most intolerable: the exploitation of children and youth, illegal trafficking in persons against their will, and disruptive displays of sexual solicitation. Each of these aspects are adequately covered by existing Criminal Code provisions,

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Intimate Photographs Of Sex Workers Are Indescribably Unsettling And Resonant (NSFW)

Intimate Photographs Of Sex Workers Are Indescribably Unsettling And Resonant (NSFW) | Sex Work | Scoop.it

American photographer Malerie Marder's latest work, Anatomy, features portraits of legal sex workers from the Netherlands.

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Especially enlightening for those who need to "see it to believe it" that sex workers come in more than the "standard young blonde Barbie" look.

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The Super Bowl Sex-Trafficking Story That Just Won't Die

The Super Bowl Sex-Trafficking Story That Just Won't Die | Sex Work | Scoop.it
With Super Bowl XLVIII on the horizon, it's now time for the annual "here come the prostitutes" story, an annual exercise is fear-mongering over a threat that never materializes.
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Questioning assumptions about sex work

Questioning assumptions about sex work | Sex Work | Scoop.it

But what if sex workers were seen as allies in a broader movement towards redressing community attitudes that support gendered stereotypes?

As a PhD student, I was privileged to undertake research into how women sex workers responded to various understandings about who they are as people and as sex workers. Far from simply colluding with a patriarchal model that positions their worth (and bodies) as vessels for the so-called ‘male sex drive’ (whether that’s seen as essential or socially constructed) they saw themselves as resisting, challenging and changing how some men viewed them and other women – not despite their sex work, but through it.

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Sex work is a game of risk, repeated outings and marginalisation

Sex work is a game of risk, repeated outings and marginalisation | Sex Work | Scoop.it

The discrimination I face, both because of my work and as an activist, are compounded in complex ways by the fact that I am both queer and a sex worker. Yet each is distinctly different and cannot be compared. Queer and sex work communities are diverse and no-one should attempt to speak to collective experience – I speak to my lived experience only.

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Samantha Bentley, Following on from what my darling friend Dani...

Samantha Bentley, Following on from what my darling friend Dani... | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Following on from what my darling friend Dani said, the idea of a porn STAR is to create a fantasy, a desire, something completely unreal and unattainable, for people to enjoy and lust after. Much...
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The escorts who want to rebrand male prostitution

The escorts who want to rebrand male prostitution | Sex Work | Scoop.it

 

Most people think of male prostitution as dangerous, degrading and exploitative work. But there are some who are attempting to reinvent it as a profession free of stigma by using all the tools of modern business, writes Mobeen Azhar.

"The aim is to be the best escort in the world." Josh Brandon's conviction is punctuated by a strong Welsh valleys accent. The twentysomething moved to London four years ago with dreams of modelling and celebrity.

But soon after his arrival he began working as an escort. Now he has a price list which includes hourly rates and a discount for block booking. He issues loyalty cards so customers who pay for nine "appointments" get their tenth free.

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Are Sex Workers’ Rights Becoming Thinkable?

Are Sex Workers’ Rights Becoming Thinkable? | Sex Work | Scoop.it

In most countries, the concept of sex workers’ human rights has been unthinkable for the last few millennia. As Bubbles, the co-founder of the blog Tits and Sass, has observed, “Sex workers are generally portrayed as victims or punchlines.”

 

Recent political developments, however, suggest some growing political awareness of sex workers as human beings.

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UNAIDS saddened by death of HIV and sex worker rights activist Andrew Hunter

UNAIDS saddened by death of HIV and sex worker rights activist Andrew Hunter | Sex Work | Scoop.it

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) is deeply saddened by the death of Andrew Hunter, who was known and respected for his tireless promotion of the rights of people from key populations most at risk of HIV, particularly sex workers.

 

Mr Hunter was a driving force of the sex workers rights movement globally and across Asia and the Pacific for decades. He was the President of the Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) and one of the founding members of the Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW) and NSWP.

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Ethical sluts and “dirty whores”: Straight talk about sex work

Ethical sluts and “dirty whores”: Straight talk about sex work | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Has sex-positive feminism, despite its victories, forgotten that sex work is actually work, and often quite brutal?

 

...Despite the acceptance of “sluts,” the “prostitute” remains a deeply embedded symbolic marker between decency and disrespect. The “ethical slut” engages in sex of her or his own “free” will, while the “dirty whore” insists on getting paid for sex. Sex-positive feminists and other “sluts” believe there is nothing morally wrong with consensual sex between two (or more) people in private, or for adults, in a semi-public setting such as a sex club, dungeon or swingers’ retreat. But money changes everything.

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Catastrophic Consequences

Catastrophic Consequences | Sex Work | Scoop.it

 

Nearly three years ago I wrote an essay entitled “Social Autoimmune Disorder”, in which I compared modern society’s persecution of sex workers to a disease “in which the body’s protective systems turn from attacking pathogens and other invaders to attack some portion of its own tissues instead”...

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