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Advocates Voices: Sex Workers’ Perceptions of the Melbourne Declaration

Advocates Voices: Sex Workers’ Perceptions of the Melbourne Declaration | Sex Work | Scoop.it
While the Melbourne Declaration includes language regarding sex workers and drug users’ rights, many feel it's not enough. Hear what advocates have to say.
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Somaly Mam And The Cult of Glamourized Victimhood

Somaly Mam And The Cult of Glamourized Victimhood | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Yes, the famous anti-sex-trafficking activist fudged certain facts to gain attention for her cause—but this sorry tale should make us concerned about our own need for photogenic girls to save.
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A must read.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, June 4, 9:28 PM

Serious problems in a movement that profits off misinformation.

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I Don’t Care About Clients

I Don’t Care About Clients | Sex Work | Scoop.it

The point I am trying to make here is that if clients were contributing something valuable or even something innocuous to our movement, I could deal. Instead, they are perpetrating whorephobia. I fear that people who don’t know better will see posts like this and think these men somehow have more knowledge of our lives and the realities of our work than we do. After all, the conversations surrounding punters and activism are largely cisheteronormative, and most of these men bring their male privilege to the table, while not even being aware of these advantages.


Beyond that, this issue seems to cause a divide between sex workers and, as evidenced by my anon friend, makes those of us who don’t subscribe to this thinking feel isolated, as if we’re doing something wrong. As if it’s our responsibility to listen and care about what men have to say. After all, it’s part of our socialization as women and marginalized people to listen to men, just as it’s part of our male clients’ socialization to speak over us and for us.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, March 3, 7:09 PM

Interesting points about male advocates for female issues.

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Sex Workers: We're Not a Rescue Project, Not Trafficking Victims

Sex Workers: We're Not a Rescue Project, Not Trafficking Victims | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Sex work is not the same as trafficking. That’s the message many sex workers are trying to get across on Twitter as January, which the White House has named National Slavery and Human Trafficking
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About the #NotYourRescueProject hashtag & movement

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Call For Workshop Proposals for Woodhull's Sexual Freedom Summit 2014

Call For Workshop Proposals for Woodhull's Sexual Freedom Summit 2014 | Sex Work | Scoop.it
SUBMIT A WORKSHOP PROPOSAL Please plan to join us in Washington, DC August 14-17, 2014 for the fifth annual Sexual Freedom Summit, a national event
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Are sex workers' lives worth less than everyone else's? - Los Angeles Times

Are sex workers' lives worth less than everyone else's? - Los Angeles Times | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Are sex workers' lives worth less than everyone else's?
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On Tuesday, sex worker activists will gather to mark the 11th annual International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.
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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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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, July 12, 2013 1:04 PM

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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Sex work ruling flawed: activists

Sex work ruling flawed: activists | Sex Work | Scoop.it
While the Ontario Court of Appeal’s March 26 decision to legalize brothels is a landmark ruling that will make life safer for many sex workers, it does little to support those who still work on the streets, say sex-work advocates.
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Sex (Work) In the Classroom: How Academia Can Support the Sex Worker Rights Movement

Sex (Work) In the Classroom: How Academia Can Support the Sex Worker Rights Movement | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Over the last several years, the world’s oldest profession has become academia’s latest hot topic. As events, books and other media continue to increase the visibility of the sex trade, class time, and sometimes entire curricula, have sprung up to address its various (and varied) topics. Higher education and those who work within it play a number of different roles, impacting the lives of those in the sex trade both directly and indirectly.

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Tips for academics ~ and others, really.

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9 Ways To Be In Solidarity With Sex Workers

9 Ways To Be In Solidarity With Sex Workers | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Preamble: Once a working friend told me that she didn’t want to take on “sex worker” as a politicized identity (1).


I respect that: no one should be obligated to identify a certain way, or to take on politics that don’t inspire them. But for myself, I’m certain that sex work is not and can never be politically neutral; it can’t ever be anything less than a site of struggle. Being a person who exchanges sex for money is to be a certain kind of cultural outsider. It’s to be someone who is researched and criminalized, someone who is the subject of fascination and the butt of endless sitcom jokes. The disgust with which our culture regards whores is very old and runs very deep, and our radical communities are not immune to this.

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Decriminalisation of Sex Work in New Zealand - Alliance féministe solidaire
pour les droits des travailleuses(rs) du sexe

Decriminalisation of Sex Work in New Zealand - Alliance féministe solidaire<br/>pour les droits des travailleuses(rs) du sexe | Sex Work | Scoop.it
This video outlines the process of successfully lobbying to decriminalise prostitution in New Zealand. The New Zealand Prostitution Reform Bill was passed in 2003. The NZ Prostitutes Collective was actively engaged in lobbying and writing submissions to Parliament as well as ongoing face to face submission processes. They have also...

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Social-work projects fail sex workers despite helping-hands image | The Naked Anthropologist

Social-work projects fail sex workers despite helping-hands image | The Naked Anthropologist | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Social work icons show hands symbolising working together, mutuality, non-hierarchy, equality. But helping projects for women who sell sex fail constantly.
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Illustrated with many case examples from recent news.

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Rescue is for Kittens; Thanks, But My Pussy's Already Liberated

Rescue is for Kittens; Thanks, But My Pussy's Already Liberated | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Rescue is for Kittens, uh, so, thanks but my pussy is already liberated, son. Oh, and be nice to sex workers. And yes, Santa, there ARE consensual sex workers who weren’t sexually abused, aren’t...
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Activist Spotlight: Deon Haywood on Justice and the Movement in New Orleans

Activist Spotlight: Deon Haywood on Justice and the Movement in New Orleans | Sex Work | Scoop.it

In May of this year, I talked to Deon Haywood, Executive Director of Women With A Vision in New Orleans about her approach to organizing. WWAV scored a significant grassroots legal and political victory in the last year with the NO Justice campaign, which removed hundreds of cis and trans women from Louisiana’s registered felony sexual offender rolls. Deon is a longtime activist in the city of New Orleans, with a history of organizing low-income women of color around reproductive justice, harm reduction, and human rights.

 

...We are not all in the same boat. And if we keep playing like we are, we’re not really going to make the kind of change we’d like to see. Because the women I work with are never going to be able to jump into the sex workers’ rights movement. They don’t feel like that movement is for them.

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An ardent advocate for sex workers

An ardent advocate for sex workers | Sex Work | Scoop.it
As a former board member of Stepping Stone and one of the directors who hired former executive director Rene Ross, I felt compelled to address some of the recent media coverage concerning her departure.
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