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Don't ask if porn "empowers" women - instead, ask if your feminism does

Don't ask if porn "empowers" women - instead, ask if your feminism does | Sex Work | Scoop.it
We don’t demand that waitresses feel "empowered" in their jobs for us to recognise their agency in choosing the work, and we don’t tell other workers who serve male customers that they can’t be feminist.
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Of Sex Workers Jill Brenneman & Amanda Brooks

Of Sex Workers Jill Brenneman & Amanda Brooks | Sex Work | Scoop.it
As in feminism, there have been a number of waves in the sex worker movement. This is due in no small part to the turnover in activists themselves, for it is they who help shape conversations as we...
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George Bernard Shaw's Politics Of Sex Work Still Apply Today (Are You Really Surprised?)

George Bernard Shaw's Politics Of Sex Work Still Apply Today (Are You Really Surprised?) | Sex Work | Scoop.it

The very real economic component of gender disparity, of how male privilege affects women, continues to be heard in serious talks about modern sex work and feminism today. The issue of censorship limiting discussions of the same — as well as discussions and depictions of truth, sexuality, and other taboos — also continues.

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Exclusive Kaylee Pond Interview Part Four: What Women Want To Know About Being A CamGirl

Exclusive Kaylee Pond Interview Part Four: What Women Want To Know About Being A CamGirl | Sex Work | Scoop.it
We've been talking with the lovely 26 year-old webcam model, and self proclaimed geek, Kaylee Pond. In this last part (yes, I know; it's sad to see it end!), Kaylee answers some more personal quest...
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Are All Women Essentially Prostitutes?

Are All Women Essentially Prostitutes? | Sex Work | Scoop.it
A perspective from someone who knows what she’s talking about
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I love this maybe extreme but defintiely true on a LOT OF AREAS 

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Suppressed again? Feminism in London conference excludes sex workers from panel on sex work

Suppressed again? Feminism in London conference excludes sex workers from panel on sex work | Sex Work | Scoop.it

A guest post from SWOU (Sex Worker Open University) about the failure of the upcoming 'Feminism in London' conference to include any sex workers on its sex work panel.

Upcoming autumn event Feminism in London is planning to hold a panel discussion about sex work -- without having any current sex workers on the panel. Ironically, this sex worker-free sex work panel was originally called "Suppressed Voices"..


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Maybe it's not censorship; but it sure ain't discussion or problem solving now is it.

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What (Many) Sex Workers Don't Want To Talk About

What (Many) Sex Workers Don't Want To Talk About | Sex Work | Scoop.it

There are things, personal things, many sex workers don’t want to talk about; including me. And that’s a pity. Because it holds the sex worker movement back.


Most cultural shifts regarding unequal persons, such as the civil rights movement and the current positive momentum changing attitudes regarding LGBTQ issues, are arrived by showing the oppressed for what they are: human beings. The sex worker movement has been trying to make a push sex worker rights in terms of human rights and labor rights, by showing the personal plights of sex workers as it pertains to the criminal status of sex work, i.e. the legal system. But there are other issues. Issues which prove the humanity of sex workers by aligning them with “regular folk”, especially women.


Fundamentally, there are two primary reasons why sex workers cannot expose the other human indignities of the people involved: One, sex workers are primarily women and women are not yet equal (which also impacts why sexual commerce is the domain of men); two, sex work involves sex, something our culture is really screwed up about. When you combine them, you get one thing that’s definitely not allowed: the sexual autonomy of women.

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#YesAllWomen, Except #Sex Workers? - Is #feminism excluding sex workers?

#YesAllWomen, Except #Sex Workers? - Is #feminism excluding sex workers? | Sex Work | Scoop.it

#YesAllWomen, Except #Sex Workers - Is #feminism excluding sex workers?


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Support Hos: Game of Thrones

Support Hos: Game of Thrones | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Game of Thrones, HBO’s biggest show, is bringing the fantasy genre to the masses in a major way. Featuring a sprawling cast and storyline that’s been pared down from George R.R. Martin’s series A Song of Ice and Fire, it’s full of fantastic performances, high production values, international sets and scenery, and some of the most exciting and tense moments on television.


It is also filled with violence against women, particularly, the sex workers who inhabit the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros.


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Vloasis's curator insight, June 27, 2014 3:26 PM

A thoughtfully-written article coming from an angle you may not have considered: that of a sex worker. The struggle to be safe in that industry (if such a thing is ever possible) is something that Game of Thrones tends to sidestep by largely focusing on male-centric points of view.

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Feminism, Sexuality & Porn: Exclusive Interview With Erika Lust Of Lust Cinema

Feminism, Sexuality & Porn: Exclusive Interview With Erika Lust Of Lust Cinema | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Yes, Erika Lust has won awards for her erotic films; but perhaps it's more important that she makes films that you want to watch. And now, she employs the same eye she uses behind the camera to fin...


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Performers Talk Feminism and Porn (Short Video)

Honorable Mention, Feminist Porn Awards 2014. This is a shorter, censored/tamer version for Vimeo. The full original film with more detail and more explicit examples…
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Is Being a Porn Star Feminist?

Is Being a Porn Star Feminist? | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Porn stars aren't typically labeled as feminists or women’s studies majors, but Belle Knox, a Duke freshman who made headlines recently after she was outed by her classmate, is both. Whatever you make of Knox, her story offers a lot to think about.
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See also: Of Feminism & Inequality In Porn & Sex Work

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See also: Of Feminism & Inequality In Porn & Sex Work

Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, April 24, 2014 6:41 PM

[url=/u/606125 x-already-notified=1]Gracie Passette[/url] says, "See also: Of Feminism & Inequality In Porn & Sex Work "

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Sex & Disabilities

Sex & Disabilities | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Among the articles in the Feminist Times series on sex work, was a thought-provoking one about people with disabilities. In Nobody’s Entitled To Sex, Including Disabled People, Philippa Willitts, a...
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Of Feminism & Inequality In Porn & Sex Work

Of Feminism & Inequality In Porn & Sex Work | Sex Work | Scoop.it

The Feminist Times has an excellent series on sex work, covering a diverse range of issues. (Sadly, it is only found by searching for the hashtag #SexIndustryWeek, as if finding it on Twitter was more important than a person being able to find all the discussion on the site.) Because it is a diverse series, there are plenty of articles I do not agree with; but that’s what makes it a good discussion, so, please, do take the time to read them. However, there’s one article in particular that raised my hackles and prompts me to write today ~ primarily because it has gone without comment. Such absence of comment might make people think it is “right”. And it is not.

The article is #SexIndustryWeek: Dworkin Was Right About Porn, by VJD Smith of Glosswatch. In it, Smith uses the words of Andrea Dworkin to align all porn as patriarchal misogyny abusing and raping female victims:

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, April 9, 2014 10:27 PM

Some of the assumptions feminists make about sex work and porn; insightful.

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Negative aspects involved in feminist arguments against porn and sex work.

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Student auctions her virginity for online notoriety

Student auctions her virginity for online notoriety | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Despite the fact that Raine appears thrilled to make the transition “from virgin to literal whore”, in positioning herself “above” sex workers by insisting that she will lose it only for “exorbitant” sums of money, Raine’s project smacks decidedly of classism and whorephobia.


In her book about virginity in America, The Purity Myth, Jessica Valenti wrote, “What’s the difference between venerating women for being f-ckable and putting them on a purity pedestal? In both cases, women’s worth is contingent upon their ability to please men and to shape their sexual identities around what men want.”

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As this (maybe not real?) woman proposes to sell her virginity, she slams sex work & feminism.

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Anti Sex Work Tirade

Anti Sex Work Tirade | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Consequently, her argument that selling sex is a way of disrupting patriarchy, and thus patriarchal capitalism, falls short for me. Just like the price tag on her education, patriarchal capitalism and free market principles determine the price tag on her body. It’s patriarchal capitalism that will determine she is “shot out” and should retire. And after she’s retired from selling sex, she will have to re-enter a patriarchal capitalist society, “ashamed” or not of her economic choices.

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I agree that education is important;  and I'm anti-patriarchy. But this conversation dismisses the factual subject of people, of women, who like sex work. For a myriad of reasons, we like sex work. And that's too shocking for so many brains.


And funny how we never have these conversations about the capitalistic body issues of aging etc. regarding models, athletes, etc.

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I Watched Belle Knox Strip At A Gentlemen's Club

I Watched Belle Knox Strip At A Gentlemen's Club | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Despite my vehement support for Knox, her career and her right to make whatever choices she deems empowering and necessary, the overwhelming emotion I felt was discomfort. It was the least sexy sexual experience I've ever had....
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Insightful & honest response. Kudos to Alanna Vagianos for being able to dissect her personal response and individual choice from the rights involved in the discussion of sex work.

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Spanish 'prostitution for beginners' workshop angers prominent feminists

Spanish 'prostitution for beginners' workshop angers prominent feminists | Sex Work | Scoop.it

An enterprising association of sex workers in Barcelona has angered some of Spain's most prominent feminists by offering an "intro to prostitution" course in response to what its members say is a growing number of women turning to sex work in the wake of Spain's financial crisis.

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Women’s work (Framing Sex Work in Terms of the Economy & Inequality)

Women’s work (Framing Sex Work in Terms of the Economy & Inequality) | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Most of the discussion surrounding a Duke woman’s decision to participate in pornography has focused on the feminist and gendered implications of being involved in a sex work industry, but we have neglected to mention the economic structures that influence such decision-making. The fact of the matter is, when thinking about career options and economic viability, women are forced to operate in a different framework than men.


Women being more likely to enter a sex-related industry is a result of the economic structures in place that make it extremely difficult for women to compete with men in a workplace—especially in industries that are traditionally male-run. Even if you’re a Duke student with every opportunity in the world, as a woman you are never immune to the effects of gender inequality. Not only are we operating within a system that preferences cis-male employees, but we also live in a place where the economy is dependent on low-wage workers who can’t survive off of their income.

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La Jolie Putain: An Open Letter To Anti-Sex Work Activists

La Jolie Putain: An Open Letter To Anti-Sex Work Activists | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Dear Sex Work Abolitionists, Nordic Model fans, Morality Police, and so-called "radical feminists",

I get it. We live under an oppressive, bullshit, ridiculous, totally imbalanced and unfair patriarchal system, all around the world, with varying degrees of institutional violence and oppression, especially for marginalized folks...


Where our paths diverge is when you start calling for the abolition of sex work and/or the criminalization of clients. Because you've experienced (or know someone who has) violence while doing sex work, that's justification for you to actively attempt to destroy an ENTIRE INDUSTRY, along with the livelihood of folks who still engage in that industry? Because one, or several, people violated your person, that's reason to criminalize an entire group of people (based SOLELY on gender) who've never violated anyone? Are you serious? Do you not see the parallels with racial profiling, or with gender stereotypes? What if every industry where workers have endured violence, duress, or coercion were abolished? There would be NO INDUSTRY AT ALL, including health care and social services.



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Interview: How Feminism Exploits Sex Workers

Interview: How Feminism Exploits Sex Workers | Sex Work | Scoop.it

This is the full text of the interview with feminist genderqueer sex worker @MxLaudanum, which was quoted in this article on the rescue industry I wrote for Cliterati (published 1/02/14). The interview itself makes a very powerful post in its own right. Written in just a couple of hours, it’s a stunning critique of contemporary feminism and how all of us on this planet tend to view the world in black and white.

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Decriminalising: Demoralising? EUSA to vote on sex-work motion

Decriminalising: Demoralising? EUSA to vote on sex-work motion | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Students will have the chance to vote on whether Edinburgh University Students' Association (EUSA) should actively support the decriminalisation of sex work at the Student Council meeting on Thursday 6 February.

The motion will call for EUSA to issue a statement demanding decriminalisation and to liaise with organisations such as SCOT-PEP and the Sex Worker’s Open University to work towards this goal.

The motion will also result in a zero-tolerance attitude to “whorephobia” and an investigation into how to support student sex workers at the university.

..."EUSA recently declared itself a feminist organisation. For me this is the most important issue for feminists in Edinburgh right now, and we have to do everything within our power to stop it.”

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Dear Gloria Steinem, What About Handjobs & Sword Swallowers?

Dear Gloria Steinem, What About Handjobs & Sword Swallowers? | Sex Work | Scoop.it
I deeply respect Gloria Steinem. But I am terribly disappointed by remarks she's made regarding sex work during her recent tour of India. This publicity tour promotes her latest book, The Essential...
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And here I was thinking Steinem might have grown & evolved her position on sex work after all these years...
malek's comment, February 5, 2014 7:42 AM
using non-offensive word or expression in place of one that may be found offensive or suggest something unpleasant.
Deanna Dahlsad's comment, February 5, 2014 5:19 PM
@malek, sex workers find the the word prostitution offensive -- and prostitution is the word Steinem is using.
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Why Do (Some) Feminists Struggle With The Notion Of Sex Work?

Why Do (Some) Feminists Struggle With The Notion Of Sex Work? | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Certainly not all feminists embrace sex work, but the issue is very much one of feminism. Recently, I found this conversation at Tumblr which illustrates a classic feminist conversation about sex work.

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Since both parties confessed to appreciating education, I schooled them.

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