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Seven Things I Learned as a Male Phone Sex Operator

Seven Things I Learned as a Male Phone Sex Operator | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Noah Brand talks about his days working phone sex, and the important lessons he took away.

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Michael Massaia's Stark Photographs Of Discarded Vegas Call Girl Cards

Michael Massaia's Stark Photographs Of Discarded Vegas Call Girl Cards | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Michael Massaia is a documentary style photographer who specializes in black and white film. His "Lost: Las Vegas Call Girl Cards" series touches on the over-saturation of advertising, commodification, waste, and salaciousness within our culture.

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This is what happens with most flyers and promotional pieces of paper that are handed out on the streets, put on windsheilds, etc. The fact that it's about selling sex makes me take pause...This appears to be one case where erotic images of women involved in sex work are actually adding value and humanizing the advertisements. Food for thought.

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Secrets of a Sex Writer: Erotica Writes and Wrongs « Instructional « Erotica

Secrets of a Sex Writer: Erotica Writes and Wrongs « Instructional « Erotica | Sex Work | Scoop.it

If you have a particular passion or knowledge, think about how you can bring that to play in erotica. For instance, I played in chess tournaments as a teenager, and logged many hours at the chessboard, so I’ve incorporated that dueling dynamic into stories, as well as everything from a bukkake party fantasy to my love of fishnet stockings to my lust for doing dishes. Because it’s fiction, you can play things up in ways you wouldn’t in reality, and experiment with other genders and sexual orientations. It’s clear when someone knows the world they’re describing well, whether because they’ve lived it or researched it. Try to find a way to make your story stand out; this could be by including detail about location, clothing, or a particular turn-on. 


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On International sex workers day Sierra Leonean women in the trade want it legalized

On International sex workers day Sierra Leonean women in the trade want it legalized | Sex Work | Scoop.it

On the 12th annual International Sex Workers day which is celebrated every year on March 3, the Movement of Vulnerability and Empowerment (MVE) an NGO in Sierra Leone is calling on the government to legalize prostitution.

Prostitution is illegal in Sierra Leone and commercial sex workers are often harassed by the police. They accuse organizations like the MVE of encouraging underage  girls to work in ghettos, bars, pubs, etc as commercial sex workers. The MVE is quick to brush off these accusation.

 

“We don’t allow anyone below the age of 25yrs to work as sex worker,” says Ms. Felicia Williams, a commercial sex worker and Public Relation Officer of MVE.

 

“I am a mother of two beautiful kids that are going to school, I care and cater for them. I won’t encourage them to get into prostitution until they are 25 years old,” added Ms. Williams. The MVE has branches across Sierra Leone which registers sex workers and encourages them to have healthy and protective sex lives.

 

“Most of these women are married myself included, because of that we wouldn’t want a situation wherein they will take sicknesses from the street to their homes,” said Ms.Watey Kondeh, a commercial sex worker and co-ordinator at the Cline Town division. Ms. Kondeh stresses on the area sex workers being harassed by the police and gangsters in Freetown.

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Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Prostitution In Nevada

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Prostitution In Nevada | Sex Work | Scoop.it
A major source of government revenue.
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Excellent presentation of the history & facts; brief and plenty of photos.

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Interview with Brayden Forrester Mr. Chicago Escort of The Year (NWS)

Interview with Brayden Forrester Mr. Chicago Escort of The Year (NWS) | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Getting to interview Brayden Forrester, the Chicagoan who is basically representing every US state that is not on a coast at The Hookies on March 22, 2013. Affable and down-to-earth, Brayden has the personality to match the looks.

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Global Sex Workers on the March!

Global Sex Workers on the March! The Sex Worker Freedom Festival: 21 to 26 July 2012 | Kolkata, India.

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Real Life Stories: Diary of a Mistress Part XXXVI

Real Life Stories: Diary of a Mistress Part XXXVI | Sex Work | Scoop.it
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I know, from experience, that guys like Hottie will have been cheating since the wedding, and beyond.

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Catching Up With The Fokkens | Cult of Gracie

Catching Up With The Fokkens | Cult of Gracie | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Remember the Fokkens? Well, dear old Louise and Martine Fokkens, the 70 year-old twin sisters known as “Amsterdam’s oldest prostitutes”, have retired.

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Enter the world of Mizz Barbie Bitch, and BDSM in Toronto

Enter the world of Mizz Barbie Bitch, and BDSM in Toronto | Sex Work | Scoop.it

The metal kitchen chairs with soaring backs did seem an odd decorating choice, particularly with bright pink boas draped over top.

But it was the medical equipment in the kitchen that really tipped one off that this was no ordinary condo. There, beneath a large pane of glass, was a stretcher doubling as a dining table.

“It’s actually a post-mortem table, for autopsies,” a woman later explained in a Yonge Street coffee shop. “And those chairs, as soon as you walk in, they’re there to tell you you’re just a little man in a big place.”

Mizz Barbie, we’ll call her (she has asked that her real name not be used for security reasons), has worked as a dominatrix for 20 years, tying up, whipping, humiliating and fulfilling strange desires.

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Interview with Naomi Sayers: Anishinaabe Academic, Activist, Blogger and Former Sex Worker + Photo Essay of "No More Silence" Rally, Toronto 2013 (reprint)

Interview with Naomi Sayers: Anishinaabe Academic, Activist, Blogger and Former Sex Worker + Photo Essay of "No More Silence" Rally, Toronto 2013 (reprint) | Sex Work | Scoop.it

In order to be fully welcomed, the public needs to begin to address the stigmatization that sex workers face that imposed by the public themselves. There is a term for this: whorephobia which is simply defined of as the fear of sex workers (where fear often incites violence). By labeling the violence and stigmatization that sex workers face as such, we can address the violence and stigmatization as not being inherent in the work itself and we move away from the idea that sex workers “deserve” the harm done to them (which often, the public agrees with the whorephobes who inflict harm/violence on sex workers). Like I said before, being critical of how you interpret your own location within the social (or political) world. Non-sex workers especially need to be able to understand their own position and privilege in the social/political world.

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I respect the women who come to me: Male prostitute - Mumbai

I respect the women who come to me: Male prostitute - Mumbai | Sex Work | Scoop.it

A 27-year-old masseur-turned-male prostitute talks about his life journey, his women clients and why he thinks it's no crime to fulfil their sexual needs.

 

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Rarely, when I confide in people about the work I do, some admit that they find it disgusting and morally and socially unacceptable for women to indulge in such acts. I do not agree with that at all.

 

If men can go around with prostitutes, why should anyone have a problem if women hire a man — who is an object of desire for them — and do similar things?

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Laura Brown's comment, March 14, 2013 3:36 PM
I have heard of women hiring a male escort to make them feel desired and better about themselves in general. But, the actual sex with a male prostitute does seem gross to me. Fair or not, that is my first reaction. It isn't a nice reaction, especially when I do know women who are sex workers (past or present) and I don't feel the same way about them. But, a male sex worker seems really skanky to me, dirty. But, even at the worst point in my marriage I could not bring myself to sleep around. So, that is probably something to do with how I feel about the whole thing. I'm not saying I'm right or wrong. It's just what I feel.
Gracie Passette's comment, March 15, 2013 2:39 AM
It's pretty rare here in the US to find male escorts with a female clientele... I'm sure it has more to do with gender income disparity as much as anything else.
Laura Brown's comment, March 15, 2013 12:46 PM
Probably a lot of women are too busy and tired at the end of the day to really care about having sex. It would be the intimacy which they would really like and I don't think you can really get that with a prostitute or some guy you pick up somewhere.
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State includes sex workers and transgenders in women's policy

State includes sex workers and transgenders in women's policy | Sex Work | Scoop.it

MUMBAI: In a first of its kind move, the ministry of women and child in state launched the policy on women with a dedicated chapter on issues faced by sex workers. The policy which was launched by chief minister PrithvirajChavan last week speaks of better access to health, education and other development programmes for women.

 

"Besides looking at various concerns that face women, it is for the first time that the policy has also considered issues and opinions of those women who are the most marginalised and suffer exclusion," Chavan had said while addressing a gathering in Pune to launch the policy.

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Sex work among the pre-colonial Akan | the adventures of cosmic ...

Sex work among the pre-colonial Akan | the adventures of cosmic ... | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Since I wrote this post on sex work in pre-colonial Igboland, my interest in sex work as it exists (or not) in the history of West African peoples grew immensely.

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Sex and the SPVM

Sex and the SPVM | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Every year, beginning in the spring and early summer, the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) plants fake police officers disguised as sex workers on corners normally occupied by outdoor workers, in an attempt to target and prosecute clients seeking sexual services.

 

Sex work – the exchange of sex or “sexually-charged” acts for money or other valuables – is legal in Canada. However, it is incredibly difficult for sex workers and their clients to engage in this exchange, given the stringency of legal particulars.

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Laura Brown's comment, March 14, 2013 3:40 PM
Sex work is not illegal but (as far as I remember) hiring a sex worker is not legal. They try to catch the pimps this way as well as the men/ people paying for sex. It is complicated, how could it not be? But the law was changed because they did not want to prosecute the sex workers themselves.
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The War on Sex Workers (links)

The War on Sex Workers (links) | Sex Work | Scoop.it

some additional reading on items mentioned in the story:

 

• The Social Science Research Center at DePaul University’s study of the Chicago Police Department’s “johns” mugshots websites.

 

• Women With A Vision’s “No Justice” project, which ended the police practice of charging sex workers with “solicitation of a crime against nature,” which had forced them to register as sex offenders in Louisiana.

 

• Dr. Kumkum Roy, Director of the Women’s Studies Programme at Jawaharlal Nehru University, invited Gloria Steinem to speak on sex work during her trip to India as mentioned in my piece. She writes, after hearing Steinem and her co-panelists speak, “Ms Steinem and Ruchira Gupta of Apne Aap refuse to recognize that unionized sex workers are voicing their own opinions—these women are dismissed as puppets of pimps and brothel owners—a gross simplification in view of the sheer numbers of women across the country who have unionised in a bid to claim human rights and dignity.”


• The 2012 Chicago Reporter investigation into the staggering increase in felony arrests of sex workers, “Escorted to jail.”

 

• Ann Jordan, interviewed for this piece, publishes at Rights Work, a project of the American University Washington College of Law Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, which includes a valuable Fact Checker feature for researchers, journalists, and advocates.

 

• The Sex Workers Project continues advocacy and research around sound sex work policy.

 

• The Best Practices Policy Project also continues their work on bringing the United States in alignment with recommendations on sex workers’ rights made through the United Nations Universal Periodic Review of Human Rights.

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The War on Sex Workers - Reason.com

The War on Sex Workers - Reason.com | Sex Work | Scoop.it
An unholy alliance of feminists, cops, and conservatives hurts women in the name of defending their rights.
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Laura Brown's comment, March 14, 2013 3:43 PM
Sex sells and women-to-go. No wonder women are still not really seen as equals.
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A Nation of Sex Workers: An Interview with Tracy Quan

A Nation of Sex Workers: An Interview with Tracy Quan | Sex Work | Scoop.it
I've been reading Tracy Quan since before I was a sex worker, when a prequel to Diary of a Manhattan Call Girl was serialized on Salon.com, and I've been chummy with her online since 2003, when she graciously replied to my e-mails.

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Sex workers given free English lessons in X-rated words

Sex workers given free English lessons in X-rated words | Sex Work | Scoop.it

FOREIGN sex workers are being given free English lessons to help them understand the filthy things they’re being asked to do.

Overseas strippers, prostitutes and escorts are being invited to attend classes, which also help improve their patter with punters and help boost their safety dealing with landlords.

 

Hundreds have taken up the offer to learn from sex worker-led co-operative X:talk, who launched the idea several years ago in London.

 

Students learn from sex leaflets containing X-rated slang and sex jargon, while also taking part in role plays to work on their language.

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Desiree Alliance: Call for Proposals

Desiree Alliance: Call for Proposals | Sex Work | Scoop.it

The Desiree Alliance 2013 conference includes 5 tracks:

 

1. Academics and Policy

2. Activism

3. Arts, Entertainment and Media

4. Business Development

5. Harm Reduction and Outreach

 

...We are open to all sex work related proposals, and specifically welcome all submissions and proposals having to do with these general concepts: sex worker art, culture, and creative endeavors; positive aspects of sex work; harms that result from bad or shortsighted policies; and benefits of current sex worker-friendly policies.

Contributors may be sex workers, academics, and anyone else interested in contributing.

We are eager to receive proposals from sex workers themselves (you do not have to publicly self-identify) people of color, migrants, and all genders.

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Deadline extended until April 1, 2013.

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No Real Wedding Rings, Just Burning Rings Of Fire: The Jerry Enriquez & Wilfried Knight Suicides

No Real Wedding Rings, Just Burning Rings Of Fire: The Jerry Enriquez & Wilfried Knight Suicides | Sex Work | Scoop.it

By now you’ve likely heard that gay porn star, and 2010 GayVN Performer of the Year, Wilfried Knight has killed himself, just a matter of days after his husband, Jerry Enriquez, had committed suicide. While suicide ought never to be simplified, the major strain on this couple was the fact that they were not accepted as a couple.

 

...Along with the struggle for gay rights and immigration status there was another issue in this that’s been largely ignored in the coverage: that of Knight’s status as a sex worker. He wrote the following ~ a long preamble to the entire story of his struggle and loss, which shows just how much the stigma of sex work affects the acceptance and understanding of grief. That addition status of “porn star” was like another circle in Dante’s hell for Knight

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My kinky life as a ‘foot hooker’

My kinky life as a ‘foot hooker’ | Sex Work | Scoop.it

It’s hard to get a leg up in this town — so one college student is getting a foot in the door instead.

 

After responding to a Craigslist ad last year, a 19-year-old NYU student became a “foot prostitute,” offering up her toes to men for the promise of $500 to $800 a week part-time.

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Meet the 'sexy' dominatrix who helps Irish men live their '50 Shades' fantasies - Newstrack India

Meet the 'sexy' dominatrix who helps Irish men live their '50 Shades' fantasies - Newstrack India | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Meet the 'sexy' dominatrix who helps Irish men live their '50 Shades' fantasies
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London, Mar. 10 (ANI): A dominatrix from Czech Republic is touring Ireland and is making the wildest dreams of kinky fellows come true.

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