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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

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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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Gamelink.com 20th Anniversary Party

Gamelink.com 20th Anniversary Party | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Online retailer GameLink.com toasted 20 years at the Supper Club in San Francisco on Wednesday night, with a VIP party featuring an open bar, dinner and more than a dozen live performances.
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Adult industry parties are the best!

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Prostitution is Exploitation

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Steven Wagner argues that prostitutes are not acting voluntarily and thus should not be considered workers at all. They are slaves.
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Another response in he Cato debate on sex work.

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Prostitution Cannot Be Squared with Human Rights or the Equality of Women

Prostitution Cannot Be Squared with Human Rights or the Equality of Women | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Prostitution exists because inequality exists.   At the same time, prostitution embeds into society the very inequality it feeds on; thus perpetuating the subordination of women. 

 

For prostitution to exist as a monetary exchange, women must be commodified as products in the stream of commerce.  In commercial terms, I have a problem with both supply (too many women live in poverty) and demand (too many men believe they have a right to sexual access).  Both facts require that women be subordinate.  That is why the radical feminist position on prostitution is abolition.  Abolition is the only way to address the root cause of prostitution i.e. personal and structural inequality.  We must both improve the lives of women around the world so that they can truly exercise choice and independence and teach men to understand that sexual access is not a right.

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Continuing the Cato debate; this is the third entry.

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Prostituted words: Time for a new style guide

Prostituted words: Time for a new style guide | Sex Work | Scoop.it
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Wente's dehumanizing language is a testament to how deeply ingrained the stigma against sex workers still is in our society. In reality, what's degrading is not sex work itself, but the language Wente uses to describe it, which reveals her personal disgust for those who engage in it -- both sellers and buyers. Despite wishful thinking to the contrary, sex work has been part of every society for millennia and always will be.

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Prostitution as a Legal Institution

Prostitution as a Legal Institution | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Prof. Ronald Weitzer argues that prostitution should be treated as a legal commercial transaction. He finds that much of the conventional wisdom on the sex trade is the result of generalizing from experience under legal regimes where it is criminalized. He argues that in a legally tolerant regime, many of the problems we observe today would vanish.

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Part of the Cato series on sex work.

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Feminists confront sex work laws - World - NZ Herald News

Feminists confront sex work laws - World - NZ Herald News | Sex Work | Scoop.it
On Berlin's Kurfurstenstrasse, they are out in force - women in their late teens to late 40s, some of them perhaps older but dressed to look younger.
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Talk of changing laws regarding sex work in Germany.

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Eric Barry, Comedian, Discusses Life As A Male Escort On HuffPost Live

Eric Barry, Comedian, Discusses Life As A Male Escort On HuffPost Live | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Comedian Eric Barry stopped by HuffPost Live today to discuss his past work as a male escort and the stigma people who have engaged in sex work experience throughout the course of their lives.

 

“I don’t regret [being a sex worker] because I ultimately want to live in a world where being a sex worker or being a slut doesn’t have the stigma it does today -- and that people realize that you can enjoy sex and perhaps even make a living doing it and still be educated,” he said.

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Whorestorian Sex Workers Unite!

Whorestorian Sex Workers Unite! | Sex Work | Scoop.it
A History of the Movement from Stonewall to SlutWalk
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Another Phone Sex FemDom on the "What It Is That I Do" Meme

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“ Because I think there are some common misconceptions about what I do, I thought i’d do my part to explain.
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Dominatrix: What It Is That I Do

Dominatrix: What It Is That I Do | Sex Work | Scoop.it
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“ Since it’s easy to criticize, but it’s hard to do, I did a do. Here is the do on What It Is That I Do. YMMV, of course.
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My Red Book

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San Francisco Bay Area Escorts, incall, outcall, escort agency, massage parlors, AMP, AAMP, escort reviews, classified ads
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Where johns and punters talk the talk.

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Reddit Talks Sex Work: What We Can Learn By Listening | Neon Tommy

Reddit Talks Sex Work: What We Can Learn By Listening | Neon Tommy | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Societal stigmas against the sex work industry teach people to simply not talk about it. As with illegal drugs, if people don’t openly discuss prostitution, they don’t have to deal with it…right? 

 

This pointed ignorance helps propagate the many dangers within the industry, rather than helping to protect the nation’s youth as some people may prefer to believe. 

Enter the world of reddit.

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Amazingly positive ~ and proof that people can learn if they'd only listen.

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How One 65-Year-Old Spent Years Making Porn -- With His Wife's Blessing - Huffington Post

How One 65-Year-Old Spent Years Making Porn -- With His Wife's Blessing - Huffington Post | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Although Gordon toyed with the idea of becoming a rabbi, he ditched it upon discovering he'd have to study Aramaic for two years. After graduating from Antioch College in Ohio in 1970, he met his wife Carly -- who would go on to become a therapist -- and had a different kind of religious experience: "wife at first sight."

 

But something was missing from Gordon's fairly idyllic existence.

"I had my wife and I had all the love I needed. But sexually speaking, I wanted to explore something else," Gordon, now 65 years old, said. "I wanted to have a sexual experience that had nothing to do with love or relationship. I wanted some sex as 'recreation' and I wanted one of those 'bad' girls'."

 

And so, with his wife's blessing, Gordon went on to become one of the biggest porn stars of the 1970s and 1980s.


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Safety First: Gifts & Wishlists For PSOs

Safety First: Gifts & Wishlists For PSOs | Sex Work | Scoop.it

It's that time of year again, when naughty phone sex callers want to send good little phone sex operators gifts. But there are some things both should know...

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Good info for sex workers and their clients to know.

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theMistressWeb - Professional Mistress Listings | By Phone, Web & Mobile APPS

theMistressWeb - Professional Mistress Listings | By Phone, Web & Mobile APPS | Sex Work | Scoop.it
The only Mistress web portal you will ever need to use! It’s all in one place! Why would you want to go anywhere else?!
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Sex Worker Vs Survival Sex Worker

Sex Worker Vs Survival Sex Worker | Sex Work | Scoop.it
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Beautiful handmade poster/birthday gift from Emily Davidson. #feminist #feminism #sexwork #art #poster




We usually keep our reblogs to a minimum, but I love this poster so much that I thought it had to be shared.
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The Tiger Cure

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At a time when gay-conversion therapy is losing its last shred of credibility, I’d like to share some fond memories of my sex surrogate—the woman who set me free.
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Amazon Confidential: Week 6, The Pink Hand of Fate

Amazon Confidential: Week 6, The Pink Hand of Fate | Sex Work | Scoop.it
It's really true you can buy almost anything on Amazon, but who knew there would be such selection in the most intimate of products?
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Some folks, like the anon author of this article, are shocked to find adult items available at Amazon. In truth, this article is of note for Amazon's policies on such items.

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