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Who Doesn’t Want A Man Servant?

Who Doesn’t Want A Man Servant? | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Remember last year when we told you about that imaginary boyfriend service? Well, there’s an even better service now, which employs humans, not bots: Man Service. Vice’s Broadly gave us…
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Again, Me With The Sex Work & Feminism Stuff

Again, Me With The Sex Work & Feminism Stuff | Sex Work | Scoop.it
What’s most amazing about this short video is the fact that escorts and porn stars are both included. Like actually together! Normally, as I have noted before in The Great Porn Star ~ Sex Worker Divide, porn stars typically take great efforts to not be included in the sex worker category, instead hiding behind their status as actors and actresses. While this actor/actress distinction has historically protected them from legal prosecution, there are many who prefer the “loftier” terms simply because it elevates them from prostitutes. In other terms, they suffer from whorephobia.
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Actresses and Sex Workers Aren't So Different After All

Actresses and Sex Workers Aren't So Different After All | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Do A-list advocates like Kate Winslet and Lena Dunham really know anything about sex workers? One hundred years ago, both would have been considered fallen women.
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When Beauty Is A Crime

When Beauty Is A Crime | Sex Work | Scoop.it
The blackmail was possible because at that time, colored cosmetics were not for ladies, only for prostitutes and/or actresses — the latter of which was equally reviled and in fact, the words ‘actress’ and ‘whore’ were synonymous to many.  This whore/Madonna beauty thing is partly why I began collecting/studying such things, so how intriguing to discover Madam Rachel!
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Women in the porn industry need rights and proper pay, not token gestures

Women in the porn industry need rights and proper pay, not token gestures | Sex Work | Scoop.it
On International Women’s Day, we don’t need token gestures that mask inequalities and offer no material benefits.

We need decriminalisation of the production, screening, advertising and sale of pornography and protections enabling performers to access industrial rights mechanisms and health and safety standards.
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Coins In The Slot (Or, Golden Escort Fantasies)

Coins In The Slot (Or, Golden Escort Fantasies) | Sex Work | Scoop.it
In Australia, where sex work is legal, a Gold Coast sex worker has been advertising her escort services by touting her past modeling experiences. Sounds like a good marketing ploy, right? Wrong. An…
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Good Overview: Scientists score one over celebrities in battle to decriminalize sex work

Good Overview: Scientists score one over celebrities in battle to decriminalize sex work | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Ignoring the protests of Hollywood actresses, Amnesty International has come out for the decriminalization of prostitution.
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#Pornocalypse Capital

But that’s not why I’m blogging about this article. Instead, I want to commend it for its summary of the financial challenges faced by innovators in sex tech. It’s as neat a summary of the #pornocalypse phenomenon as I’ve seen, and it confirms my long-argued theory that it’s the involvement of the investor class that drives the exclusion of sexuality from any modern business or product:
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Is Prostitution Just Another Job?

Is Prostitution Just Another Job? | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Many sex workers think their work should be as legal as accounting. And American society is closer than ever to agreeing with them.
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Stop using the "P" word!

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Sex Workers Share Stories Of Clients Using The "L" Word

Sex Workers Share Stories Of Clients Using The "L" Word | Sex Work | Scoop.it
"No one ever asked me if I felt oppressed, under-appreciated, or taken advantage of when I was a barista.

Yet when I speak on sex worker panels, I can almost guarantee that someone will make it their personal mission to do just that."
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Zealous Anti-Prostitution Prosecutor Paid for Sex Hundreds of Times - Hit & Run : Reason.com

Zealous Anti-Prostitution Prosecutor Paid for Sex Hundreds of Times - Hit & Run : Reason.com | Sex Work | Scoop.it
While cracking down on prostitution in Michigan, Stuart Dunnings III was routinely shelling out money for sexual services, authorities say.
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Another story showing the hypocrisy of those who fight against and "save" in #sexwork ~ which, of course, ends with his arrest for paying for sex himself.

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YET ANOTHER CONDESCENDING DUMP ON STRIPPERS

YET ANOTHER CONDESCENDING DUMP ON STRIPPERS | Sex Work | Scoop.it
YET ANOTHER CONDESCENDING DUMP ON STRIPPERS I was so stoked when I learned that an Oscar statue had been made in the likeness of a stripper! (Shout out to Jane Helpern/stripper-ally-goddess for always...
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Check out this ballsy retort on a piece of "art"...
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Of Boobs On My Twitter Timeline & Women’s Rights

Of Boobs On My Twitter Timeline & Women’s Rights | Sex Work | Scoop.it
I met an old friend for lunch today. As is the new polite norm for such lunches, he took a moment to deal with messages on his phone before putting turning it off & putting it back in his pocke…
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Phoenix Goddess Temple Proves Need For Sex Worker Solidarity

Phoenix Goddess Temple Proves Need For Sex Worker Solidarity | Sex Work | Scoop.it
"As long as the law can come for some of us, they can come for all of us."
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TheBodyHouse.biz's curator insight, March 9, 12:41 PM
Another example of how you guys love us... and hate us...
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The Myth of Super Bowl Sex Trafficking Obscures Real Issues #sexwork

The Myth of Super Bowl Sex Trafficking Obscures Real Issues #sexwork | Sex Work | Scoop.it
With no evidence of a Big Game-related spike, the crackdown on trafficked humans more often than not targets sex workers and consenting adults.
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An annual hysterical event

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The Complex Realities of Sex Work

The Complex Realities of Sex Work | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Olivia Grace is a sex worker based in Toronto who took issue ~ make that issues ~ with a recent Vice interview with a sex worker hobbiest. She felt her original response to the piece wasn’t enough, so she sent this piece in too…

The other day, Vice released a very lazy reporting job that wasn’t edited and talked to precisely the wrong person. I am talking, of course, about the article “We Interviewed a Sex Industry Hobbyist – the Worst Kind of John.” This article is written in opposition to that.
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Coming Out Like A Porn Star

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This week Erika reviews Jiz Lee’s book anthology. I’ve not yet sat down with it myself, but by all accounts it’s one I’ll be making time for soon. We’re such big Jiz L…
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Coming Out Like a Porn Star: Essays on Pornography, Protection, and Privacy, by Jiz Lee

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The Dangerous Catch-22 of Coming out As a Sex Worker

The Dangerous Catch-22 of Coming out As a Sex Worker | Sex Work | Scoop.it

People malign sex workers without realizing they're talking to one...


Some sex worker rights activists say that white women like Evie should come out as an act of solidarity. If everyone who’s had sex for money were open about it, would the public accept that sex work defies stereotypes and is more prevalent than most imagine? The answer is a Catch-22. Stigma and severe criminal penalties keep people from openly fighting laws and cultural attitudes.

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The treachery trinity of Tragedy-disbelief and murder of the soul, by Local child sexual molestation by the Local Catholic church, has not been dealt with by our justice system.  AS a Former Candidate for Governor of Indiana 2012, and Rape survivor by 2 cock sucking Priest in Indianapolis in 1961 or so at the local southside church with 2 steps. I am not even catholic.  After repeated misdirection by those willing to commit the Cardinal Sin of Covering up childhood sexual assault by clergy is running deep in this local church. I refuse to be denied my opportunity to reach restitution. Your Sin against Children will never be forgiven by any form of clergy until you made amends to our city and to ourselves. You see 2 of us were raped that morning. God Has a Personal Hold on your personal immortality in his afterlife. Make amends Now while you can. I want my story known one way or another. It Is "I".  a serial Childhood rape survivor. I want 2 things. A life-size monument to 2 noble people placed at the new restroom facility in front of the city-county building. In honor of our lost childhood and trip through Hell on Earth. Eli Lilly , Madam C. J. Walker. It Is "I". 

TheBodyHouse.biz's curator insight, January 24, 10:06 AM

Want some insight into the whos and whys of sex workers... then this article is a MUST read.

The fact is... it's almost a certainty that you know a sex worker. The nice college student, the pretty barista, the cute waitress, even your middle aged neighbor... these women (and many more) are very often offering a sexual service for money on the sly. 

Having said that... they deserve as much respect as anyone else. We need to stop our judgement toward these women. They're only fulfilling a demand that has existed since the beginning of time. 

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This past Saturday, on SNL’s Weekend Update: Trump is Like a Phone Sex Operator

This past Saturday, on SNL’s Weekend Update, Michael Che explained why he doesn’t believe Donald Trump is a racist: “None of what he’s saying is true! You don’t just develop racism overnight on the...
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Blurred Lines: The Contested Nature of Sex Work in a Changing Social Landscape

Blurred Lines: The Contested Nature of Sex Work in a Changing Social Landscape | Sex Work | Scoop.it

GJSS – Graduate Journal of Social Science, Volume 11, Issue 2

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You can read it all, in PDF format.

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Vote now for the 2015 Feminist Celebrity of the Year

Vote now for the 2015 Feminist Celebrity of the Year | Sex Work | Scoop.it
The Ms. Foundation for Women celebrates all feminists all year long. Women and men who believe in social, economic and political equality are working every day to change the conversation and build a more equal society for ALL genders. Their work makes all the difference.
In 2014 we teamed up with Cosmopolitan.com for our first EVER Feminist Celebrity of the Year survey. You voted and we recognized those who used their impact, influence and notoriety to promote true equality.  These celebrities not only publicly identified as feminists but worked to change the national and international dialogue around diversity, inclusiveness and intersectionality. 

Via Deanna Dahlsad, Gracie Passette
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Encourage the feminist movement to be pro #sexwork, vote for @margaretcho! via @DPopTart

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, December 4, 2015 3:54 PM

Surprise, some men are on the list.


If you must know, I voted for Margaret Cho.

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If you want to encourage the feminist movement to be pro sex work, vote for Cho!

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The age of ‘pre-crime’ has arrived

The age of ‘pre-crime’ has arrived | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Cities use license plate readers to send embarassing letters to anyone caught driving through areas known for prostitution.
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TheBodyHouse.biz's curator insight, December 3, 2015 11:06 PM

Seriously? This kind of crap is implemented by men against men.

Why? Guilt. A lot of men feel guilty for wanting illicit interactions with sex workers. 

 

So, they project their shame on the guys who are doing what they secretly yearn to do. They also know it cuts into the bottom line for the ladies offering their services. Double whammy. 


It's OK boys.. sex workers will still be around whenever you're ready to take the plunge...

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James Deen’s Alleged Assaults Were Ignored, Laughed Off by Casts and Crews #sexwork #porn #rape

James Deen’s Alleged Assaults Were Ignored, Laughed Off by Casts and Crews #sexwork #porn #rape | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Since Saturday, when porn actress and writer Stoya tweeted that she was raped by porn hero James Deen, four more adult film performers have come out agains
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Cauterucci's article gives the most balanced view of the whole James Deen rape story ~ including the debacles facing women in porn and sex work. While the adult industry has a much faster (and positive) response to its stars who rape and abuse than Hollywood and mainstream media do, there are always the following issues of whether or not it is rape if a person is paid or likes rough sex. 


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"There is nothing wrong or rape-like about enjoying rough sex and being good at it. There is nothing wrong or suspicious about acting out a consensual rape fantasy. But, as in offscreen/noncommercial sex, the entire validity of porn as an industry hinges on consent. Perversely, that may be one reason why a porn actress might feel compelled to stay silent about these kinds of violations: Women who act in adult films are often portrayed as victims with little agency or know-how, who must resort to a demeaning and dangerous career because they have no other options. Stories like the ones Fires, Lux, Rayne, and Peters tell—important as they are—don’t exactly contradict that myth.

But neither porn nor rough sex subjected these women to sexual assault, and they didn’t turn James Deen into a rapist. The allegations against Deen are full of references to ways porn actresses control their own careers: through lists of acts they won’t perform, lists of people they won’t perform with, and contracts that specify exactly what will happen in a scene. Deviating from the agreed-upon variety, timing, and manner of sex is just as wrong as any other kind of assault. The women who’ve told their horrifying stories about Deen know that. Deen and the bystanders who looked on and laughed did, too."

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Gracie Passette's curator insight, December 2, 2015 7:17 PM

Cauterucci's article gives the most balanced view of the whole James Deen rape story ~ including the debacles facing women in porn and sex work. While the adult industry has a much faster (and positive) response to its stars who rape and abuse than Hollywood and mainstream media do, there are always the following issues of whether or not it is rape if a person is paid or likes rough sex. 


Cauterucci:


"There is nothing wrong or rape-like about enjoying rough sex and being good at it. There is nothing wrong or suspicious about acting out a consensual rape fantasy. But, as in offscreen/noncommercial sex, the entire validity of porn as an industry hinges on consent. Perversely, that may be one reason why a porn actress might feel compelled to stay silent about these kinds of violations: Women who act in adult films are often portrayed as victims with little agency or know-how, who must resort to a demeaning and dangerous career because they have no other options. Stories like the ones Fires, Lux, Rayne, and Peters tell—important as they are—don’t exactly contradict that myth.


But neither porn nor rough sex subjected these women to sexual assault, and they didn’t turn James Deen into a rapist. The allegations against Deen are full of references to ways porn actresses control their own careers: through lists of acts they won’t perform, lists of people they won’t perform with, and contracts that specify exactly what will happen in a scene. Deviating from the agreed-upon variety, timing, and manner of sex is just as wrong as any other kind of assault. The women who’ve told their horrifying stories about Deen know that. Deen and the bystanders who looked on and laughed did, too."


Click links for more info on rape & rape fantasies ~ including issues in porn & sex work.

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Cauterucci's article gives the most balanced view of the whole James Deen rape story ~ including the debacles facing women in porn and sex work. While the adult industry has a much faster (and positive) response to its stars who rape and abuse than Hollywood and mainstream media do, there are always the following issues of whether or not it is rape if a person is paid or likes rough sex. 


Cauterucci:


"There is nothing wrong or rape-like about enjoying rough sex and being good at it. There is nothing wrong or suspicious about acting out a consensual rape fantasy. But, as in offscreen/noncommercial sex, the entire validity of porn as an industry hinges on consent. Perversely, that may be one reason why a porn actress might feel compelled to stay silent about these kinds of violations: Women who act in adult films are often portrayed as victims with little agency or know-how, who must resort to a demeaning and dangerous career because they have no other options. Stories like the ones Fires, Lux, Rayne, and Peters tell—important as they are—don’t exactly contradict that myth.


But neither porn nor rough sex subjected these women to sexual assault, and they didn’t turn James Deen into a rapist. The allegations against Deen are full of references to ways porn actresses control their own careers: through lists of acts they won’t perform, lists of people they won’t perform with, and contracts that specify exactly what will happen in a scene. Deviating from the agreed-upon variety, timing, and manner of sex is just as wrong as any other kind of assault. The women who’ve told their horrifying stories about Deen know that. Deen and the bystanders who looked on and laughed did, too."


Click links for more info on rape & rape fantasies ~ including issues in porn & sex work.

TheBodyHouse.biz's curator insight, December 4, 2015 12:08 AM

For God's sake... It's never ok to punch a woman in the face and take her from behind... even if she's a paid porn star. Even if she literally... asks you for it.

 

It doesn't matter that this happened on the set of a porn flick. This incident springs from the generalized notion that it's excusable to treat a woman abusively because you are a more powerful and dominant male. Get over yourselves!

 

I see this attitude (and often experience it) everywhere. It's the attitude whereby men believe women have been put on this Earth to serve them.


Men feel entitled to us. This leads to a sense of ownership. I'm not sure where this comes from (The Bible maybe?) but it has got to END.


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My Grandma, the Sex Worker

When Dad told me that my grandmother used to be a prostitute, I didn't know whether to believe him. Seven years later, I phoned up Grandma to ask.
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Margaret Cho Wants to Talk About Sex Work

Margaret Cho Wants to Talk About Sex Work | Sex Work | Scoop.it
“The ugliness and beauty that I saw made me think that sex workers are providing a valuable service to society,” Ms. Cho said of her dominatrix days. “We shouldn’t just be protected and legitimized. We should be worshiped.”

But despite prostitution’s existence in virtually all cultures, there’s an almost universal aversion to the very idea of it. As Ms. Cho pointed out, while “ick” is a common visceral response, it is not particularly useful for developing public policy.

“If you’re disgusted by sex work, if your impulse is to shame and to abolish, what are sex workers to do then?” Ms. Cho asked. “How can we continue to operate in shadows and secrecy when the shadows and the secrecy are what’s killing us?”
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