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Treating Sex Work as Work

Treating Sex Work as Work | Sex Work | Scoop.it

When researchers taught capuchin monkeys how to use money, it didn’t take long for one of the male monkeys to offer a female one of the coins in exchange for sex. Prostitution is often called “the world’s oldest profession” with good reason; it is a form of exchange that predates the human species, and has even been observed among chimpanzees.  Males tend to want sex much more frequently than most females are willing to accommodate, and where a demand exists it is inevitable that some individuals will choose to meet it for a price.  But because sex has traditionally been viewed as sacred, magical or otherwise special because of its ability to produce life, it has always been an area authoritarians felt especially compelled to enact restrictions upon; the fact that most of the sellers were female and most of the buyers male1 probably also had a lot to do with it, especially in pre-modern times when virtually all political power was concentrated in the hands of the client class.  We no longer live in a time when power depends upon gender, nor one in which coitus runs an uncontrollable risk of creating unwanted offspring, yet our laws regarding prostitution are still solidly anchored in the era when those conditions prevailed

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Vintage Sex Worker Pulps | Sex~Kitten.net

Vintage Sex Worker Pulps | Sex~Kitten.net | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Vintage paperbacks featuring sex work:

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Pissed off about how condoms are used as evidence

Pissed off about how condoms are used as evidence | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Pissed off about how condoms are used as evidence of prostitution in New York?
***If you live in New York State, fill out this form to send the postcards above to your elected representatives.***
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While NY did the right thing, these thoughts & images are important to remember. It's still happening elsewhere...

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Is Wearing Vintage Fashions Feminist? (Or, Sign Of The Times 1948)

Is Wearing Vintage Fashions Feminist? (Or, Sign Of The Times 1948) | Sex Work | Scoop.it

At my vintage living blog, Things Your Grandmother Knew, I’ve written about the tendency to romanticize the past, but I recently read two blog posts discussing vintage fashion in terms of “the vintage girl being the new feminist” and thought it was time to discuss the subject from a more feminist angle…


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Whether your passion is vintage fashion or sex positivity, you'll like this ~ it mentions sex workers in a positive light too.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, November 27, 2013 2:51 PM

Context matters.

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Whether your passion is vintage fashion orsex positivity, you'll like this.

 

Thanks @Deanna Dahlsad for including sex workers in this post!

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Whether your passion is vintage fashion or sex positivity, you'll like this.

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Sex Work Matters eBook

Sex Work Matters - Kindle edition by Melissa Hope Ditmore, Antonia Levy, Alys Willman.

 

Sex Work Matters brings together sex workers, scholars and activists to present pioneering essays on the economics and sociology of sex work. From insights by sex workers on how they handle money, intimate relationships and daily harassment by the police, to the experience of male and transgender sex work, this fascinating and original book offers new theoretical frameworks for understanding the sex industry.

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History of Prostitution (1939)

History of Prostitution (1939) | Sex Work | Scoop.it
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France introduces fines for buying sex

France introduces fines for buying sex | Sex Work | Scoop.it

A draft law that goes before the French parliament this week – and which has a good chance of passing in some form – will introduce a €1,500 (£1,250) fine, rising to €3,000 at the second offence, for prostitutes’ clients. Paradoxically, the proposed law would also make it easier for women, or men, to offer their bodies for sale on the streets. It would increase state funds to help prostitutes seek different lives. It would make it easier for foreign prostitutes to denounce traffickers and remain legally in France.

 

Supporters say this is a long overdue attempt to end the hypocrisies and contradictions surrounding prostitution in France. At present, prostitution is illegal in principle, but it is not illegal to be a prostitute. It is illegal to run a brothel or to be a pimp or to solicit even “passively” in public. It is not illegal to sell your body – or “buy” someone else’s.

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CASTING - Former Sex Workers for a new docu-series!

CASTING - Former Sex Workers for a new docu-series! | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Are you a former call girl or sex worker? Are you proud of your past? Did you have a positive experience? Is your life completely different now? Do you think you came out of the experience a stronger person? Are you open about your past and want to share your story?

If you were a part of this secret society, then we want to hear your story!

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I can only imagine how horrible this will be *shudder*, but...

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Goodbye, TalkSugar (Did Bitcoins Bite Them In The Ass?)

Goodbye, TalkSugar (Did Bitcoins Bite Them In The Ass?) | Sex Work | Scoop.it

As you may have heard, on November 16, 2013, Canadian phone sex platform TalkSugar announced it will be closing:

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News for callers, who will need to use the funds on their accounts, as well as PSOs and affiliates, who will need to cash out (with BitCoins, no less), by the end of the year.

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Gracie Passette's curator insight, November 25, 2013 4:28 AM

News for callers, who will need to use the funds on their accounts, as well as PSOs and affiliates, who will need to cash out (with BitCoins, no less), by the end of the year.

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A History Of Prostitution: How Old Is The Sex Trade?

A History Of Prostitution: How Old Is The Sex Trade? | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Wherever we find evidence of human culture, we find evidence of prostitution. When the earliest known human societies emerged in the fertile crescent of Mesopotamia, the sex trade evolved alongside temples, customs, markets and laws. Beginning in the third millennium B.C, the Sumerians, the first major inhabitants of ancient Mesopotamia, worshiped the goddess Ishtar, a deity that would remain a constant throughout Mesopotamia’s Babylonian and Assyrian empires. Ishtar was the goddess of love and war, symbolized by the planet Venus, and was born anew as a maiden every morning only to become a ‘whore’ every evening – the etymology of the word lying in the Indo-European root meaning ‘desire.’

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Same as it ever was?

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Gracie Passette's curator insight, November 25, 2013 4:23 AM

Same as it ever was?

Andrew Nayyar's curator insight, January 17, 2014 11:16 PM

A very unexpected and unique read of the history of prostituion and sexuality; Ancient Mesopotamia has a strong presenece in this article. Although in ancient times it wasn't viewed as prostitution, but rather religous practices and celebrations of fertility. 

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March of the Prostitutes in Costa Rica

March of the Prostitutes in Costa Rica | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Costa Rica News - For anyone that was in downtown over the past weekend you did not need to head to the Del Rey Hotel to see scantily clad women.  However this was not to promote sex tourism or prostitution in Costa Rica.
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Wish there was more coverage of this.

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Seeing the empty rooms of cam girls is completely sobering

Seeing the empty rooms of cam girls is completely sobering | Sex Work | Scoop.it
In the transaction of receiving real-time titillation via pixels over the Internet, it's easy to forget how complicated some situations can be.
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Why Not to Date a Prostitute – Sex in Costa Rica

Why Not to Date a Prostitute – Sex in Costa Rica | Sex Work | Scoop.it

After we published an article a few days ago entitled “Sex in CR & 10 Benefits of Dating a Prostitute“. It hit a nerve with many readers and although the benefits at the end were meant as pretty much a joke we had some responses to the article including the one below.  We will always try to allow other views and wanted to  run this as seen in the eyes of one of our readers.

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Let the comments pour in

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The Phillippine Sex Workers Collective: We Are Here To Win

The Phillippine Sex Workers Collective: We Are Here To Win | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Sex workers have always been treated with great disdain in Philippine society. To call a woman a prostitute (puta) or the daughter or son of a prostitute (anak ng puta) would perhaps be the gravest insult you can throw on any Filipino...

 

Most of us, sex workers, have gone through this process of acculturation in our lives. We have learned to accept that speaking up and being listened to is a privilege that the poor and the powerless are not entitled to. It does not help that we are forced to hide who we are since the society in which we live has ostracized us. That should make it easy for anyone to understand why it was not difficult for the feminist (abolitionists) to appropriate our voices and to start speaking for us. Society has made us invisible so to have women of power speak for us was a blessing or so we thought. It was not a blessing. It was exploitation. They were not speaking for us, they were speaking for themselves in our name. They have assumed the role of the “amos” and  again we whimpered in silence as they robbed us of our voices. Most Filipinos, the poor and the powerless, when faced by a desperate situation there is nothing they could do about would most often take the fatalistic way out. They would say “leave it to fate” (bahala na). And “bahala na”, it was for us.

 

For years, we could only stand , mouths gagged, as we watched our new “amos” build their careers speaking for other underprivileged and “mindless” women in their list who they claim do not have the ability to speak for themselves. We are on top of that list.

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May they recover from the typhoon quickly & resume the fight!

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Teachers are not defined by sex industry past | The Fairfield Mirror

Teachers are not defined by sex industry past | The Fairfield Mirror | Sex Work | Scoop.it

You’d expect the story of a young woman crawling out of abject poverty and an exploitative dead-end career into a professional well-respected vocation to be heralded with praise. But this story does not end well. The woman, having spent years putting a dark past behind her, is once again punished and ultimately ridiculed — kicked back into the dirt from whence she came.

 

Because if you were once involved in the sex industry you can never be a teacher. In fact, that pretty much means that you are never qualified to do any work beside sex work.

 

It’s not the sex industry that is the problem. It’s our inability to separate it from real life and real people.

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The author is right; why does this even matter?

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Why are we so afraid of teachers who have had sex?

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Glimpses of history in Storyville’s 3 remaining buildings

Glimpses of history in Storyville’s 3 remaining buildings | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Most of Storyville, the red-light district that existed along Basin Street near the French Quarter between 1897 and 1917, was torn down to make way for the Iberville public housing development before World War II. However, most of Iberville’s large brick buildings are now being demolished, allowing archaeologists and other scholars to take another look at Storyville’s history.

 

The district of bars and brothels took its name from Alderman Sidney Story, sponsor of an 1897 ordinance that limited prostitution to the area between North Robertson and Basin streets, and from Iberville to St. Louis streets.

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“Dumb Sluts Don’t Understand Obama Care”: Myth-Information Regarding Sex Workers & The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

“Dumb Sluts Don’t Understand Obama Care”: Myth-Information Regarding Sex Workers & The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Well, that’s pretty much what Warner Todd Huston said at Wizbang...

 

Whatever his problem is, the truth is that Huston really is the ignorant one.  Because while he is busy mocking those women and their work, his longest diatribe is on how these women won’t qualify for the insurance subsidies

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Facts about Obamacare for sex workers ~ and others.

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Sex and Sex Work from an Anarcha-Feminist perspective | Workers Solidarity Movement

Sex and Sex Work from an Anarcha-Feminist perspective | Workers Solidarity Movement | Sex Work | Scoop.it

In “Sex and Sex Work from and anarcha-feminist perspective”, Leticia looks at the theoretical background to the debate between those who argue for decriminalisation and those who “see sex work (or even sex in general) as violence against women”. She argues that because sex is commodified, sex workers should be treated in the same way as others who engage in exploitative labour.

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“The Role of Sex in History” – Body Impolitic - Laurie Toby Edison: Photographer

“The Role of Sex in History” – Body Impolitic - Laurie Toby Edison: Photographer | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Just for fun on the long weekend, this article got me thinking about sex work in history. Dating from the 2nd century B.C.E.

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My name is Bond: Life of a BDSM practitioner

My name is Bond: Life of a BDSM practitioner | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Christian Grey doesn't live in E L James' head. We spend an evening with a banker and BDSM practitioner In a bout of desperation last year, Martin Jones began applying to classified ads that sought...
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Rarely do you find stories of men who both pay for BDSM services as well as get paid for it; rarer still, clients who refer to Myers-Briggs.

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Harlotry: I’m Going Independent As A Sex Worker And I’m Pretty Terrified

Harlotry: I’m Going Independent As A Sex Worker And I’m Pretty Terrified | Sex Work | Scoop.it
After having a madame in a fetish house, I am once again striking out on my own, leaving my brothel and becoming independent.
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Airline offers passengers the chance to join the Mile High Club

Ohio-based Flamingo Air has now opened up private flights specifically designed for customers to enjoy a more-than-romantic trip through the skies.
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Porn stars warn celebs with sex tapes: Get out of adult industry while you still can

Porn stars warn celebs with sex tapes: Get out of adult industry while you still can | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Former MTV star Farrah Abraham, Anthony Weiner sext partner Sydney Leathers, and now Tami Erin, AKA Pippi Longstocking, have followed Kim Kardashian’s footsteps by releasing their own sex tapes. But unlike Kardashian, who parlayed her XXX past into a hit reality series and multimillion dollar endorsement deals, the new class of celebrity sex tape stars are instead making their way into the adult entertainment industry with appearances at strip clubs, topless dancing, and, in Farrah Abraham’s case, even having her private parts used as molds for sex toys.

 

What these porn novices may not realize is once you are in the industry, it’s extremely hard to get out.

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Trigger warning: refers to sex work as "the seedy, drug- and STD-laden business".

 

Which is precisely why some folks who want to leave the industry can't; the small-mindedness and prejudices of others keeps them stigmatized as "other" and "less than".

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Mainstream Advertising On Porn Websites

Mainstream Advertising On Porn Websites | Sex Work | Scoop.it

It has long been a mystery to me why more mainstream products that are sold to porn-watching adults are afraid to advertise on porn websites. Porn advertising is dirt cheap, and so you’d think that any brand that’s not afraid to admit its customers also like porn would be all over the porn website world with huge ad campaigns. Whiskey and cigarette advertisers used to buy endless full-page ads in PlayBoy and Hustler back in the day; why don’t they now?

 

Thus I was both heartened and pleased to see that one of the online food-delivery startups has not only taken to porn site advertising, they’ve blogged in detail about why they did it and how well it worked:

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Something many of us have long advised.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, November 19, 2013 6:36 PM

I've always thought that if you're looking at adult content, you won't be alarmed by mainstream companies being there; conversely, if you aren't at adult sites, you won't know about it to be bothered.

Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, November 19, 2013 6:37 PM

I've always thought that if you're looking at adult content, you won't be alarmed by mainstream companies being there; conversely, if you aren't at adult sites, you won't know about it to be bothered.


If your product or services fits the demographic, why not?

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Nothing beats a pragmatic approach, fully agree with your view
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'People talk about, not to prostitutes'

'People talk about, not to prostitutes' | Sex Work | Scoop.it
With a wave of sex workers’ groups opening up in Germany calling for improvements to the industry, The Local looks at prostitution in the country in the lates
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