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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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U.S. State Department denies cover ups in prostitution, drug probes - TruthDive

U.S. State Department denies cover ups in prostitution, drug probes - TruthDive | Sex Work | Scoop.it

The U.S. State Department has denied allegations from a former department investigator who claimed top officials tried to halt or delay several potentially damaging investigations into prostitutions and drugs.

 

Aurelia Fedenisn, the whistle-blowing former investigator, also claimed that when the department’s Office of Inspector General tried to expose the interference in the report, the language was scrubbed.

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Inside Beijing's former brothels...

Inside Beijing's former brothels... | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Today we are touring Bada Hutong, an area a half mile square that is just south of Tiananmen Square and was the Chinese capital’s red-light district from the time of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) until the communists took over in 1949. In its heyday, this warren of lanes housed more than 300 brothels and 700 opium dens.

 

There were whorehouses to cater for every taste and budget. In the fanciest, fresh-faced girls sang songs, poured tea and entertained men in much the way geishas do in Japan. These women’s bodies were not bought outright; instead, would-be suitors wooed them with gifts over time. For those leaving such places unsated, however, there were also spots where heavily perfumed and thickly made-up street-walkers openly sold sex.


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What Photoshop's Move to the Cloud Actually Means for You

What Photoshop's Move to the Cloud Actually Means for You | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Adobe Photoshop, along with all other Creative Suite applications, just made a move to the cloud. Adobe decided to discontinue software you can actually buy so they can force you to rent the applications for a monthly fee.
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Brothel madam faces jail | UK | News | Daily Express

Brothel madam faces jail | UK | News | Daily Express | Sex Work | Scoop.it
A BUSINESSWOMAN who went on a £461,000 spending spree is facing jail after being convicted of running a lucrative prostitution racket.
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I love this quote: Stunned detectives found credit card records detailing how she bought luxury items from Harvey Nichols, Louis Vuitton and Mulberry.

 

Why would detectives be "stunned" that sex work is profitable?

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Harlotry: Men Who Pay For Sex Shouldn’t Be Punished With Public Humiliation

Harlotry: Men Who Pay For Sex Shouldn’t Be Punished With Public Humiliation | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Nassau County is publicly shaming men caught paying for sex–with an online database of their mugshots. This doesn’t solve anything or make sex work safer.

 

...I also have a lot of feelings about the use of the word “John” for clients, and the general dehumanizing attitude people have when they talk about men who buy sexual services.

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Interview with a Porn Star: Lorelei Lee on sex, gender, and "Public Sex, Private Lives."

Interview with a Porn Star: Lorelei Lee on sex, gender, and "Public Sex, Private Lives." | Sex Work | Scoop.it

If there’s a stigma around sex workers, it’s that we have placed them in a box of our own moral judgments, without really knowing anything about them.

 

What to make, then, of Lorelei Lee, who’s fluent in four languages, holds an MFA from NYU, writes poetry and screenplays, and references William Carlos Williams in herblog? Since emerging from the Kink.com dungeons (literally) more than a decade ago,  she’s become not only a featured performer and director, but a poster child for the sex-positive aspects of the porn industry: she’s smart, literate, and firmly empowered by her choice to be a professional “pain slut.”

 

Lee is a natural choice for the documentary Public Sex, Private Lives, an engrossing film—screening at DocFest—which challenges our assumptions about porn and the women who choose it as both lifestyle and profession. Lee is one of three subjects in the film—the others are Princess Donna and Isis Love—who allow the camera to peer into where they are truly most vulnerable: not in their onscreeen nakedness, but in their offscreen lives.


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No, Texas Law Does Not Say You Can Shoot an Escort Who Refuses to Have Sex

No, Texas Law Does Not Say You Can Shoot an Escort Who Refuses to Have Sex | Sex Work | Scoop.it

A misreading of the verdict in an upsetting Texas case has gone viral, since Gawker claimed: “Texas Says It's OK to Shoot an Escort If She Won't Have Sex With You.” Texas law does not say that, and the jury didn’t either. This story looks very different depending on if you are looking at the law or the reporting.


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The danger may not be where you think it is in Texas

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It's is horrible & shocking enough, without the "salcious sex worker" angle.

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Does legal prostitution really increase human trafficking in Germany?

Does legal prostitution really increase human trafficking in Germany? | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Guest post by Matthias Lehmann and Sonja Dolinsek [In the Irish campaign to criminalise sex workers' clients, supporters of this proposal have regularly pointed to the German experience as "proof" ...

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Aussie sex workers urge government to grant skilled work visas

Aussie sex workers urge government to grant skilled work visas | Sex Work | Scoop.it

While laws vary from state to state, prostitution in some form is legal throughout the nation. But sex work is not included among the approved professions eligible for entry under the 457 visa. The Australian Sex Workers Association, also known as the Scarlet Alliance, wants to change that.

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Scarlet Alliance argues sex workers should have legal migration options.

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Brazil Will No Longer Run These 'Happy Being a Prostitute' Ads

Brazil Will No Longer Run These 'Happy Being a Prostitute' Ads | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Like most things in Brazil, prostitution is legal.

 

Sex work even has its own holiday — June 2nd was International Day of the Prostitute. To raise awareness about safe prostitution and to work against the stigma that surrounds the profession, Brazil recently launched an online campaign called "I'm happy being a prostitute." And then they quickly canceled it.

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Would Scalia Strike Down 2257 on Fourth Amendment Grounds?

Would Scalia Strike Down 2257 on Fourth Amendment Grounds? | Sex Work | Scoop.it

A Salon article published today outlines the extent to which Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, for whom there is generally no love lost among the perennially liberal, actually finds common ground with left-leaning SCOTUS colleagues when it comes to a “raft” of Fourth Amendment cases.

 

The Fourth Amendment, for those who have forgotten, reads, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

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Help For Phone Sex Operators

Help For Phone Sex Operators | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Questions To Ask Callers, Tips For PSOs On Public Phone Sex, Link Building & other ways make money as a Pay Per Minute Live Phone Chat Operator.

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Female sex workers frequently offered larger fees by their clients in return for sex without a condom

Female sex workers frequently offered larger fees by their clients in return for sex without a condom | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Client demand for unprotected sex is contributing to the HIV epidemic among female sex workers, according to Canadian research published in the online edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. Investigators in Vancouver found that approximately three-quarters of sex workers were offered more money by clients for sex without a condom and that 19% accepted this money. Transgender women were more likely to accept extra money for unsafe sex, as were women who experienced client violence and users of methamphetamine.

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"I would prefer to be with a sex worker than a waiter"

"I would prefer to be with a sex worker than a waiter" | Sex Work | Scoop.it

There are men out there who're turned on by the idea of their girlfriends/wives having sex with other men; some men are turned on by the idea of their girlfriends/wives being paid for sex. You're clearly one of those guys. And you're within your rights to share this information with your girlfriend and to try to convince her to return to sex work. Because your fantasies of sex work---of her doing sex work---turn you on. Again, that's fine. But you could make a more convincing case, PIMP, if you were better acquainted with the realities of sex work.

 

You should suck off strange men for money.

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