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LOWE: Language key in humanizing sex workers

LOWE: Language key in humanizing sex workers | Sex Work | Scoop.it

The term “sex work,” she argues, moves away from the realms of legality and morality to the world of economics. It steers the discussion away from whether sex work is right or wrong, and away from the law, toward the real way most sex workers see their trade — as work. “Good managers, bad managers, well paid, not well paid — it’s a job.”

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And that's why it's a lot more than just being "pc" to use the term ~ it's accurate.

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Thou Shalt Not Search Adult Tumblr Blogs

Thou Shalt Not Search Adult Tumblr Blogs | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Thou Shalt Not Search Adult Tumblr Blogs: If you’ve got an adult blog on Tumblr, there’s a good chance Tumblr uses robots.txt to exclude the search engines from indexing it. Did you know that?

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Veddy interesting... However, this does not prevent people from finding smutty adult blogs on Tumblr ~ and quite quickly, I might add.

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Gender group calls for decriminalisation of sex work

Gender group calls for decriminalisation of sex work | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Sex workers in Johannesburg are demanding fair rights to operate within their industry. The Commission for Gender Equality says it has embarked on an investigation into how the law affects sex work.

 

It has discovered that the current laws which criminalise sex work in South Africa have failed sex workers and perpetuate abuse of their Constitutional rights. The Commission was briefing the media in Johannesburg on Thursday.

 

The Commission’s Janine Hicks says that the correct approach is to regard sex work as ordinary work, and allow the industry to be governed by existing labour and business laws intended to prevent unsafe, exploitative and unfair business practices.

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Victoria's Secret's Kylie Bisutti gave up her career for her faith on how modeling made her feel like a 'sex worker'

Victoria's Secret's Kylie Bisutti gave up her career for her faith on how modeling made her feel like a 'sex worker' | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Former Victoria's Secret star Kylie Bisutti, who gave up modeling last February because it clashed with her Christian faith, has told how the fashion industry made her feel like a 'sex worker'.


The five-foot-ten brunette, 23, who was based in New York but now lives in the quiet town of Big Fork, Montana, with her husband, Mike, said on the Today show: 'It definitely felt like I was being made to sell sex. I just really started to feel exploited and sexualized.'

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On one hand, we should be shocked that lingerie modeling ~ especially for VS ~ would be "selling sex'?! *snort*

 

Second of all, no one "made her" do this.

 

Third of all, does she have the right to say how a sex worker feels? ...It's pretty clear she means that in the derogatory sense.

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Working The Cocktail Party

Working The Cocktail Party | Sex Work | Scoop.it

The World Wide Web is very much like a cocktail party: You aren't sure who you'll meet, & drinking is optional.

In the realm of the Adult Webmaster, this is especially true. For like most parties, there are always the concerns of under-age attendees, party crashers (hackers), and those dreaded conservative neighbors who may call the cops.

Like any good host (or guest), we must be wise about our guest list ~ we should never tease minors or lure them into our festivities. We ought to do our best to not only be on the look out for the uninvited, but have plans in place in the event we do need to toss someone out as well as repair the damage done by such unwelcome guests. And we should do our best to make sure our party doesn't disturb our neighbors, or otherwise incite them into causing us legal problems. And if one angry person does make the call, we should have all our necessary papers at the ready (2257 etc), so that the interruption doesn't last long.

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A piece a wrote a few years ago ~ still holds up.

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The Pornocalypse Comes For Us All – ErosBlog: The Sex Blog

The Pornocalypse Comes For Us All: Recently I’ve been seeing lots of tweets and headlines suggesting that Amazon is going through another round of cracking down on porn ebooks, generally burying them deeper and making them harder to f...

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See also: http://www.marketingwhore.net/2012/03/06/legal-censorship-the-marketing-whore-is-back/

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Apologise over sex work comments, women demand

Apologise over sex work comments, women demand | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Women in Japan's island chain of Okinawa have demanded an apology from an outspoken Japanese politician who suggested US troops there make use of its thriving sex industry.

 

The comments from Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto came after he said "comfort women" – who most historians agree were pressed into sexual slavery for the Japanese imperial army during World War II – served a "necessary" role by keeping soldiers in line.

 

"Regardless of whether it is war-time or not, a view to use women as a tool [to let out sexual frustration] is intolerable," said Masako Ishimine, a senior member of a local women's body, quoted by the Okinawa Times, the day after Mr Hashimoto spoke.

 

"Does he mean women should simply take it because men work hard?"

 

The outrage came on the day Okinawa marked the 41st anniversary of its reversion to Japan at the end of post-WWII US occupation and after comments on history that provoked ire in South Korea and China.

 

Up to 200,000 women from Korea, China, the Philippines and elsewhere were forcibly drafted into brothels catering to the Japanese military in territories occupied by Japan during WWII, according to many mainstream historians.

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History; note, however, distinctions between sex work and slavery.

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Sex probe: Revealing the bare facts of industry

Sex probe: Revealing the bare facts of industry | Sex Work | Scoop.it

The local sex industry has almost doubled in the past 20 years and much of it occurs between the sheets in motel rooms across the New England North West.

 

Sex workers steer clear of hustling work off the street because in order for them to make money in country areas, they must be discreet.

 

The claims might startle some but it’s just some of the cold, hard evidence that has landed in front of UNE expert Professor John Scott, who’s been researching the industry for almost 20 years.

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I am a male escort

I am a male escort | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Jamie Close opens the door in St Kilda, Melbourne, as if he were greeting a client, giving me a warm handshake and a kiss on the cheek. He's friendly, not sleazy, and is smartly dressed in a suit.

 

He's not wearing a tie; two necklaces hang around his neck instead, adorned with crystals, "to ward off negative energy".

 

It makes sense. The 42-year-old former stripper and ex-member of male erotic dance troupe the Chippendales has long been interested in holistic therapies and esoteric practices.

 

His latest project, as a male escort, is for a business with the slogan: 'Intimate male companions for the woman who knows what she wants'.

"Listening" and "communicating" are essential elements of the service, says Jamie, which is less wham-bam-thankyou ma'am and more dinner, dancing, talking - the whole package.

 

"It's not just, like, come to room 216 and let's get it on," he says.

But ladies who'd rather get straight down to business will find their needs met too. Jamie's practised tantric sex for years and runs workshops on how to achieve the full body orgasm.


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Dear John Letters: An Anthology of Stories from Hookers, Customers, and Assorted Sex Workers

Dear John Letters: An Anthology of Stories from Hookers, Customers, and Assorted Sex Workers | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Sex workers have become much more visible in politics and culture over the last couple of decades. Thanks to a surge of activism starting in the 1990s, memoirs and essays about sex work have become their own subgenre. Even in liberal circles, a lot of stigma still remains, but publicly admitting that you're an escort, stripper, or porn star is a lot more likely to be accepted as a valid choice.

 

But while the workers have been able to edge ever so slightly into the daylight, the clients have remained securely and silently in the shadows. With their new anthology, Johns, Marks, Tricks, and Chicken Hawks: Professionals and Clients Writing About Each Other,co-editors David Henry Sterry and R.J. Martin, Jr. are trying to shift the conversation to include both sides of the transaction. Sterry, and Martin will be reading at The Booksmith on Haight Street tonight along with several contributors. Sterry, who worked as a rent boy when he was 17, talked to us about sex, money, and how to be a good client.

 

Click to read the entire interview.

 


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Playboy Bunny Facts

Playboy Bunny Facts | Sex Work | Scoop.it

The original Playboy Bunnies were required to be able to identify 143 brands of liquor and how to make 20 different cocktails as part of their job.


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Activist Spotlight: Nine, on Bad Policies and Holding Abolitionists To Account

Activist Spotlight: Nine, on Bad Policies and Holding Abolitionists To Account | Sex Work | Scoop.it

I spent six and a half years at a sex work project, from 2002 to 2009, providing outreach services to sex workers on the streets, in flats, saunas and massage parlors, and online. I gave out condoms and needles, linked people up with specialist services, took reports of violence and circulated them to other sex workers, provided emotional support, gave advice on legalities and personal safety—basically I just responded to whatever issues sex workers brought to me. However, we were sometimes limited in terms of what we could actually do, given that we were operating on pretty much a shoestring, and adequate support was not always available to sex workers from other agencies. I guess that’s what happens when the funding is almost entirely focused on sexual health, as if sex workers couldn’t possibly have any other needs. Hi, I may be ranting already.

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Lap dancer tells why she's moved to a new club - for women only - Birmingham Mail

Lap dancer tells why she's moved to a new club - for women only - Birmingham Mail | Sex Work | Scoop.it
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Lap dancer tells why she's moved to a new club - for women only
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Suriya is one of the top lap dancers booked to perform at a new club – strictly for women only.

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I Once Believed the Sexual Double Standard Favored Men | Betty Dodson with Carlin Ross

I Once Believed the Sexual Double Standard Favored Men | Betty Dodson with Carlin Ross | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Lately I’ve been getting men requesting sex coaching sessions similar to the work I do with women. While I believe this kind of sex training would make a big difference for them and their partners, private hands-on sessions with a man is called “prostitution” by our government.

 

Unfortunately, this remains illegal although it’s a victimless crime. Even a woman doing erotic massage is flirting with John Law. You can thank our puritanical government filled with lying, phony Christians, Mormons and Jews who consistently get caught “cheating” but end up redeemed after a round of public humiliation and they promise to seek professional help.

The closest thing we have to legitimate hands-on sex teaching for men is with surrogate partners who work under the auspices of a licensed sex therapist. However that entails two fees which can become a costly burden for most men. I don’t even know a therapist on the East Coast offering surrogacy therapy or training. This affective approach seems to be more available on the West Coast. You can Google Sexual Surrogate Therapy for more information. Until America can grow up, any man who seeks sexual guidance with the kind of practical hands on therapy that I believe really works is SOL.

 

It amazes me to remember how I once believed the sexual double standard favored men. I now realize that most men have little to no idea how to sexually please a woman. The result is that far too many women have never had an orgasm as we are raised to believe we’ll be awakened by Mr. Right. For every pre-orgasmic woman there’s a premature ejaculating man. Still America has no adequate sexuality education available that would include pleasure and orgasms. Meanwhile men judge themselves on their sexual skills or ability to “make a woman come” and to “get the job done” with no information other than viewing porn.


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Dominatrix Photography - Fetishes, Sexual Affairs & Sadomasochism | Aperture | Reserve Channel

Actor Eddie Steeples interviews distinguished photographer, Marla Rutherford, about the niche dominatrix photography scene. Rutherford explains her devotion ...

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My Fetish House Was Raided And I Got Arrested

My Fetish House Was Raided And I Got Arrested | Sex Work | Scoop.it

During my almost five-year career as a sex worker, I have experienced work-related fear exactly twice. The first time was at the very beginning of my adventures in the sex industry, when Grant, the gentleman I got my revenge on last week, outed me to my mother.

 

The second time was two weeks ago when I got arrested.

That’s right, folks, after almost five years of whoring in various legal grey–and even black–areas, it finally happened. Frankly, I’m shocked this was my first arrest. I’ve done significantly more illegal jobs with significantly less protection and screening… and I’ve always been fine.

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Five things being an erotic writer has taught me...

Five things being an erotic writer has taught me... | Sex Work | Scoop.it
These are all simple but life changing things that I quietly suspect most normal people know inherently, but for me they were revelations that came to me through the process and exploration of writing.
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How Writers Can Explore Erotica - mediabistro.com

How Writers Can Explore Erotica - mediabistro.com | Sex Work | Scoop.it
How Writers Can Explore Erotica
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The erotica genre has never been more exciting or more crowded. On today's Morning Media Menu, author Jamie Brenner shared advice for writers looking to explore this new world.

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LinkedIn apparently has a 'prostitution problem'

LinkedIn apparently has a 'prostitution problem' | Sex Work | Scoop.it

I always thought that Facebook was the social network for "fun stuff," while LinkedIn was the social network for "work stuff." I guess I need to change my definition of "work stuff." LinkedIn has just singled out escorts as specifically unwelcome on their platform, and changed their terms of service to banish users promoting sex in exchange for money.

 

To all you sex workers out there (I'm told you prefer the term "sex worker"!), be aware that this is not an overall ban on promotion of adult services on the LinkedIn platform. You can still promote yourself as a porn star or fetish model on LinkedIn, and it would still be legal and compliant with the updated LinkedIn terms of service. But you can no longer promote "escort services or prostitution" on your LinkedIn profile.

 

LinkedIn updated their terms of service to ban escort services on Monday. (You have to scroll two-thirds of the way down the page to get to the juicy part). In Section 10 of the terms, entitled LinkedIn "DOs" and “DON’Ts," the policy has been revised to state that LinkedIn users cannot "upload, post, email, InMail, transmit or otherwise make available or initiate any content that...promotes escort services or prostitution" -- "[e]ven if it is legal where you are located."

 

There's the rub. Sex work and escort services are legal in several countries -- and some parts of the United States, if I'm to believe the little cards that cab drivers hand me whenever I'm in Las Vegas.

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'Hey students, need a summer job?' Controversial billboards for dating site promotes oral sex and finding a 'sugar daddy' as aspirational options

'Hey students, need a summer job?' Controversial billboards for dating site promotes oral sex and finding a 'sugar daddy' as aspirational options | Sex Work | Scoop.it

One commenter, who supported the removal of the billboard, said: 'I'm not against prostitution (I believe it's their choice, it's never going away, sex trafficking is awful, they need to protect sex workers etc.), but this is an awfully trashy ad.'


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Documentary shows mum hiring escort for disabled son

Documentary shows mum hiring escort for disabled son | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Sex on Wheels will follow sex worker Laura Lee as she speaks candidly about her work helping disabled clients achieve satisfaction.

 

The cameras follow Laura from Belfast when she travels to Yorkshire to meet John, who has learning difficulties, after being hired by his mum Tracy.

 

Tracy says: “I’m very uncomfortable with it, but I have this need to make sure that John is happy, that he is not restricted, that this disability does not steal away my son’s right to lead a normal life.”

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China sex workers 'abused by police'

China sex workers 'abused by police' | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Sex workers in China are subject to abuse by police, including physical assault, arbitrary detentions and extortion, a new report says.
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Sex Workers Aren't Cheap, But

The big difference between sex for money and sex for free is that sex for money usually costs a lot less.


~ Brendan Behan

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How To Get The Most From Your Photo Shoot

How To Get The Most From Your Photo Shoot | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Your marketing photos should be welcoming and accurate. I always recommend professional shots. They should represent who you are and what makes you, you!
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“Objectively So Rare” & Rare Objectivity | Cult of Gracie

“Objectively So Rare” & Rare Objectivity | Cult of Gracie | Sex Work | Scoop.it

It’s important to note that the horrors of the Cleveland abductions had nothing to do with sex trafficking; Ariel Castro’s atrocities were his, the acts of single criminal male.

 

[This is also something folks would be equally wise to remember when it comes to the use of the word "sadist" in description of his acts; this has nothing to do with BDSM, neither in porn nor practice. Just as whatever religion Castro professes to prescribe to has nothing to do with that faith's real practice, any other associations, assumed or claimed, should not be accepted. Castro's inhumanity is his; to lay it at the feet of some other group, to misrepresent its origins or associations, to pretend it came from some "other" or otherwise purport false dangers, these things create panic and other actions which do not serve public safety or justice. Castro, and those like him, should be held accountable for their actions.]

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