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'Riding the Turnpike' Explores Sex Industry In Connecticut

'Riding the Turnpike' Explores Sex Industry In Connecticut | Sex Work | Scoop.it

The show's subject matter should get attention. It centers on the sex industry on the Berlin Turnpike, home of big box stores, fast food franchises and 1,200 motel rooms, many that rent by the hour.

 

The work, set in a strip club, follows four women involved in prostitution in different ways and for different reasons "and explores the variations and definitions of trafficked youth and women, survival sex workers and voluntary sex workers. The lines between who is trafficked, who is there of their own free will and who is there for survival, are blurred as we watch the women navigate their own desperate situation," writes Hartbeat, describing the show.

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Anti-Prostitution Pledge Heads to Supreme Court | The Nation

Anti-Prostitution Pledge Heads to Supreme Court | The Nation | Sex Work | Scoop.it

On Monday, the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a case that will decide if recipients of government aid can be forced to oppose prostitution – or potentially any other issue as a contingency of receiving U.S. funds. The case, Alliance for Open Society International v United States Agency for International Development, arises from a controversial policy governing AIDS education, prevention, and treatment, a decade-long fight that's crossed political lines and was kicked off by Rep. Chris Smith as part of a larger conservative attempt to undermine reproductive and sexual health care. With HIV and AIDS projects facing closure if they don't adopt the government's position on sex work, it's sex workers who are paying the ultimate price.

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The brothel worker: 'I regret not working in the sex trade as soon as I got here'

The brothel worker: 'I regret not working in the sex trade as soon as I got here' | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Posing as a maid, Hsiao-Hung Pai infiltrated the murky world of the UK sex trade and spoke to some of the migrant mothers desperately working to send money home to their families
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Curious sex-worker’s guide to anti-customer (end-demand) initiatives | SWAN

Curious sex-worker’s guide to anti-customer (end-demand) initiatives | SWAN | Sex Work | Scoop.it

In this issue, SWAN News will focus on anti-customer (end-demand) initiatives. We will try to answer the following questions: what are the ways that some governments and police are trying to crack down on sex workers’ clients? What sex workers think about it? What they’ve done to stop it? Besides this introductory text by Anna-Louise Crago, read more about this topic in the Sex Worker’s Report in this issue.


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'Everything I Know About Social Media Marketing I Learned Doing Sex Work'

'Everything I Know About Social Media Marketing I Learned Doing Sex Work' | Sex Work | Scoop.it

"Everything I know about social media marketing I learned doing sex work," sex worker Kitty Stryker tells CNNMoney. "Currently I'm using Hootsuite a lot; I'm using Klout a little nit. I also use Twitter calendar, which is just this simple free thing, but it's got very interesting analytics data."

 

These women offer a variety of services: Sexual massages, prostitution, escort, and dominatrix work. Some women charge anywhere from $350 to $500 an hour. Karen, who charges $500 an hour, estimates she has made nearly $1 million doing sex work over the last decade.

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Calling Thatcher a prostitute insults sex workers: Numsa - Times LIVE

Calling Thatcher a prostitute insults sex workers: Numsa - Times LIVE | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Numsa's second deputy president Christine Olivier told members to refrain from referring to Thatcher as "the prostitute".

 

"It is an insult to sex workers. Using the word prostitute as a term of abuse is deeply offensive to sex workers, whose interests Numsa took an interest in arguing for," she said.

 

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Big Susie's brings fight for sex workers' rights to Hamilton

Big Susie's brings fight for sex workers' rights to Hamilton | Sex Work | Scoop.it

At the moment, the group's main goals, is to lobby against laws and social misconceptions that, it says, discriminate against sex workers. These factors, Scream notes, are among the greatest threats to their wellbeing.

“There isn't a minimum labour standard like there is with other jobs. Many other jobs have health and safety risks involved as well, but because sex work is criminalized we don't have access to danger pay, sick leave or workers' compensation.”

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How Sex on Tumblr Will Change Media | Nerve.com

How Sex on Tumblr Will Change Media | Nerve.com | Sex Work | Scoop.it

American journalism has a beginner's complex when it comes to fucking. Gawking instead of touching, overthinking instead of cozying up, giving tips instead of giving tip. One in five Americans view porn, and between a quarter and a third of all global Web searches are for porn. Yet magazines and newspapers keep sex at a gigantic arm’s length. For an industry stuck at second base (specifically, side boob), there’s finally a foreshadowing of journalism’s sexy coming of age. Thanks to foreigners, porn and women. But mostly porn, in the hands of women.

 

The foreigners are key. Relentless, fast, dismissive of America’s tormented sex drive. Canadian-born, New York-based Vice investigates Swiss brothels, tests out homemade sex toys and runs an entire Not Safe For Work section next to Travel and Tech. Gawker Media, founded by a British-Hungarian, launched, ran and released Fleshbot, a blog with more ass-fucking than “Before Night Falls.” Its Jezebel site is always talking sex and publishes gems like the “March Madness Sex vs. Chocolate” competition, a clever play on the annual month-long U.S. college basketball tournament. (Blow jobs easily beat hangnail fingerbang in the first round.) Ten years ago, Vice and Gawker were considered journalism backwaters. Now they’re valued at $1 billion.

 

Sex should already be everywhere in American journalism. The media are part of a sensual family of artists, singers, musicians, novelists, writers, filmmakers and poets. Every song is about foreplay, fucking or fallout; “Fifty Shades of Grey” is the latest bestseller and a painter’s raison d’etre is the nude. I remember in Dorothy Allison’s “Bastard Out of Carolina,” the leading lady, Bone, masturbates against a tree limb at 12 or 13. That’s honesty you’ll never read in a newspaper, which is ironic, because papers are supposed to reflect the public’s interests. Journalism’s always been tied down by two prude dudes: America, who decided that political gossip and violence stories are more acceptable than naked booties. And advertising, who always bows to political heat or gets up in arms when an ad is placed too close to sex. As if a Chevy is more sacred than fucking. Scram, guy!

 

Then the Internet came, tsunami-style, to rearrange the madness. Conservative as an ism is suddenly floating upside down in a bottomless sea of everyone. Every second, another voice, another layer, another site, a billion times over. The Internet unmoored civilization’s three deepest anchors: Money’s no good here, everything’s free; assault is impossible; and property doesn’t exist. The Web is generally a very  kind place: LOL cats conquered the world without displacing a soul. We get a much more beautiful equilibrium between masculine and feminine tastes, especially when it comes to sex.

 

By 2010, one in every two-and-a-half Web pages was porn. Two years later, hard core is giving way to more sensual porn, women are taking over the director’s chair and sites like Viv Thomas, X-Art and Hegre refine the pace.

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Review: Don we now our Gay Apparel, by Shaun Cole

Review: Don we now our Gay Apparel, by Shaun Cole | Sex Work | Scoop.it

If there’s a predominant theme in Cole’s book on the history of gay fashion in the twentieth century, it’s that gay fashion is always imperfectly mimetic, a tangled mix of “passing, minstrelization and capitulation”, to quote sociologist Martin P. Levine (pg. 3)

 

Even before the trial of Oscar Wilde, there was the trial and acquittal of Ernest Boulton (aka “Fanny”) and Frederick Payne (aka “Stella”) in 1871, two homosexual men who were also crossdressers and sex workers (Pg. 15-16). Ever since, those three categories have been conflated in the public mind (sometimes with justification). Gay men have overlapped with and been in fashion dialectic with other marginal groups (sex workers, soldiers, sailors, aristocrats, police, punks, bikers, artists, etc) for a variety of reasons: camouflage, recognition both covert and overt, political statements, defensive intimidation, generational differentiation, heightening male beauty, conspicuous consumption, personal fetishes or parody.


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The Oldest Profession Goes High Tech! Inside The Lives Of Silicon Valley Sex Worker Millionaires

The Oldest Profession Goes High Tech! Inside The Lives Of Silicon Valley Sex Worker Millionaires | Sex Work | Scoop.it

The world's "oldest profession" has gone high tech, as an influx of sex workers hit the Silicon Valley area—and like any successful entrepreneurs, they're making bank!


The Bay Area's higher than average wages, combined with a large concentration of young single men is like manna from heaven for some professional ladies, who, according to a new report from CNN Money are making in excess of a million dollars plying their trade -- and OKMagazine.com can offer you a glimpse inside the steamy and seedy side of Silicon Valley vice life.

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Sex Work, Violence, and Queer Community

Sex Work, Violence, and Queer Community | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Authors Amber Dawn and Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore discuss queer identities, cycles of violence, and how we’re shaped by the people and places that surround us in this revealing author conversation.
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Laws targeting 'third parties' in sex trade, put sex workers at greater risk: U of O study

Laws targeting 'third parties' in sex trade, put sex workers at greater risk: U of O study | Sex Work | Scoop.it

A study conducted by a University of Ottawa criminology professor has confirmed what sex workers and those in the industry have said and known for years — the laws meant to protect sex workers from exploitation by targeting people who work in the industry but don’t actually do sex work end up putting those who do at much greater risk.

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Adult Content Guidelines

Adult Content Guidelines | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Advertising for adult content is disallowed, except for advertisers that have been accepted into the Adult Advertising Program. The following markets support the Adult Advertising Program: Canada, France, Germany, Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom, and United States.

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Approved (adult) - AdWords Help

Approved (adult) - AdWords Help | Sex Work | Scoop.it

A status given to an ad when it or its website is considered to have adult content that might not be appropriate for all audiences. These ads can still appear, but only in certain situations.

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Law enforcement shifts focus in battle on prostitution crimes in Lynn

Law enforcement shifts focus in battle on prostitution crimes in Lynn | Sex Work | Scoop.it

“When I see the prostitution arrests, it tells me how bad the heroin problem is in the city,” Lynn Police Lt. Peter Holey said last week. “When I see the arrests of the johns, I see there are a lot of men who are willing to take advantage of the women’s addictions for their gratification.”

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German play undresses sex industry

German play undresses sex industry | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Be honest: Most of us are curious what really goes on inside brothels, and inside the heads of the women who work there. A new play portrays prostitutes' real-life stories - and invites the audience to become clients.

 

The German government can only estimate how many sex workers there are in Germany, where prostitution is legal. Supposedly there are around 400,000, half of which are likely immigrants. The sex industry turns over around 15 billion euros a year ($19.5 billion).

 

But where do sex workers come from? What type of people are they? In collaboration with the German Theater in Göttingen, the theater collective Werkgruppe2 has produced a piece of theater, entitled "Red Light," that provides answers to these questions.

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NMSU sociologist studies sexuality using popular TV shows

NMSU sociologist studies sexuality using popular TV shows | Sex Work | Scoop.it

If television is a reflection of society, then a study of two programs on cable TV by a New Mexico State University researcher may help to expand how women's sexuality is viewed in the United States. Kassia Wosick, assistant professor of sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences, recently shared her findings at the Pacific Sociological Association annual conference in Reno, Nev.

 

At the heart of Wosick's research are two television series that depict women who pay for sex. Wosick, along with one graduate student and two undergraduates, are using content analysis and focus groups to study HBO's "Hung," a scripted production, and ShowTime's "Gigolos," a reality-based series.

 

..."People have a tendency to dismiss sex research," Wosick said. "They have a tendency to relegate it to biological or physiological, and the sociologist has so much to say about sexuality in general. And partly why my research is so timely and important is that it really brings together traditional discourses with more contemporary discourses in terms of sexuality, the body, pleasure and desire."

 

Wosick's research involves investigating women's sexual consumerism using the two TV shows. She is looking at how women consume sex-related materials and services in an industry that is traditionally targeted toward men. Wosick is gathering data about women as consumers of pornography, erotic materials, sexual experiences, and also male-focused services such as strip clubs.

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Sex Worker Open University

Sex Worker Open University | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Sex Worker Open University is a project created by an for sex workers. You might beworking as an escort, rent boy, porn actress/actor, professional dominatrix or submissive, cam model, erotic masseuse, sexual healer or street worker; this is a place to socialize, learn new skills, and create events together.Our aim is to empower our community through workshops, debates, actions and art project as well as fighting against our criminalisation.

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Why sex workers deserve better | Herald Scotland

Why sex workers deserve better | Herald Scotland | Sex Work | Scoop.it

WHAT do you know about the sex industry?

 

Or do you choose to know nothing?

 

Glasgow is hosting the Sex Workers' Rights Festival, a series of events protesting against plans to further criminalise their work, a move they believe will make prostitution more dangerous for the men and women involved. A Sex Worker Open University (Swou) event this weekend will ask for protection at work and human rights.

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26 Things To Consider Before Developing Your Website

26 Things To Consider Before Developing Your Website | Sex Work | Scoop.it
This infographic lists 26 things you should consider before developing your website. These are things to think about before you actually start the process.

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Help for sex workers with the mighty web.

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Many Haryana youth seek to marry sex workers

Many Haryana youth seek to marry sex workers | Sex Work | Scoop.it
There are at least 1,500 eligible bachelors in Haryana who are awaiting their marriage with women sex workers. In a state blemished with a skewed sex ratio and free-flowing Khap diktats, this is a pleasant surprise.
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Madam Dora DuFran - Prostitution and Marriage on the West Frontier

Madam Dora DuFran - Prostitution and Marriage on the West Frontier | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Madam Dora DuFran was one of the most prominent and successful madams in the Old West. Her story is legendary among historians that study the way madams, brothels, and prostitution worked. Madam DuFran was a true entrepreneur and feminist. She knew that to survive the time, she needed to be the best and have the best girls underneath her. She is a true success story of the time as she started off as a prostitute and ended up carrying her own business.

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Of Sex Work & Sex Workers (Part One Thousand?)

Of Sex Work & Sex Workers (Part One Thousand?) | Sex Work | Scoop.it

In Working Girls: Or; What, Exactly, Is Dangerous About Sex Work?, Radical Faggot wonders if supporting his friend in her decision to become a sex worker is a good idea.

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