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Homosexualitiy in Eighteenth-Century England: The Raid on Mother Clap's Molly House, 1726

Homosexualitiy in Eighteenth-Century England: The Raid on Mother Clap's Molly House, 1726 | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Homosexuality in Eighteenth-Century England: A Sourcebook compiled by Rictor Norton
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The Whores of Yore (@WhoresofYore) on Twitter

The Whores of Yore (@WhoresofYore) on Twitter | Sex Work | Scoop.it

The loose morals and tight wit of history's whores.

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My fav new Twitter to follow, for sex worker & sex history.

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My fav new Twitter to follow, for sex worker & sex history.

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Anti-trafficking campaigns, sex workers and the roots of damage

Anti-trafficking campaigns, sex workers and the roots of damage | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Anti-trafficking campaigns have their roots in 19th-century efforts to ‘save’ white women from ‘white slavery.’ Contemporary strategies broaden the stigmatisation and criminalisation, impacting a range of vulnerable communities.
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Charming Pornographic Photographs of French Prostitutes from the 1930s

Charming Pornographic Photographs of French Prostitutes from the 1930s | Sex Work | Scoop.it
I talked to collector Alexandre Dupouy about a cache of pictures donated by an anonymous photographer.
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Annie Sprinkle and the Founding of December 17th

Annie Sprinkle and the Founding of December 17th | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Sex work activist Annie Sprinkle was the mind behind the original International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. After the conviction of "Green River Killer" Gary Ridgway, Sprinkle and activists from SWOP decided that a holiday was necessary to commemorate people in our community who have been the victims of violence, and to draw…
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Note to anti-prostitutionists: Sex worker movements are nothing to sneer at

Note to anti-prostitutionists: Sex worker movements are nothing to sneer at | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Laura Agustin debunks lies told about her and the history of a whole social movement in favour of sex worker rights by a fundamentalist Swedish feminist.
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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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Adult Backwash's Place In Sex Blogging History

Adult Backwash's Place In Sex Blogging History | Sex Work | Scoop.it

A few weeks ago, the brave Dangerous Lilly started a conversation about the history of sex blogging. Not long after that, GlamKitty (GK) (who did participate in the adult side of BW as a member of The Unholy Trinity) began waxing nostalgic about Backwash.com in general. It was these two conversations (one digital, one real world) which prompted me to get involved in the Backwash Reunion and agreeing to run Dark Wry Toast as a resurrection, of sorts, of Adult Backwash.


While I (impatiently) waited for GK to make her post, so that I wouldn’t have to repeat too much, I thought about the reasons Adult Backwash deserves to be remembered.

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About a now-gone Internet site that did allow adult content on a sister site; lessons about online publishing.

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The Red Light and the Cloud

The Red Light and the Cloud | Sex Work | Scoop.it
A history of the future of sex work
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Strippers Protest Censorship, 1959

Strippers Protest Censorship, 1959 | Sex Work | Scoop.it

“T’aint fair” reads one of the signs held by protesters of newspaper censorship in 1959. Was that a pun? Could very well have been as a lot of the signs are rather clever with the wordplay. These vintage magazine pages were found...

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Servant of God, or Prostitute?

Servant of God, or Prostitute? | Sex Work | Scoop.it

The Devadasi, a centuries-old caste of sacred temple priestesses, struggles to have it's own renaissance. One woman leads the way...

 

The origins of the practice are often disputed, but historians agree that in India by the 10th century this caste of sacred temple servants enjoyed great wealth & property as signs of respect & clout.

 

Considered married to the Hindu deities, the Devadasi were talented dancers, singers & even viewed as political advisors. At the core of Devadasi faith is the belief all men are incarnations of the male deities & so in addition to performing sacred temple ceremonies, Devadasis offered sexual services. In the act of making love, a man & a Devadasi enact the sacred marriage of god & goddess which therefore allows them to become divine themselves.

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Human Rights for Sex Workers: An Interview with Melinda Chateauvert

Human Rights for Sex Workers: An Interview with Melinda Chateauvert | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Fifty countries treat sex work as a legitimate job, and it has been legalized with restrictions in eleven others. Nevertheless sex workers are still widely stigmatized, discriminated against, harassed, and, in those countries where prostitution is considered illegal, treated as criminals. This is especially true in the United States, which is one of the few industrialized nations that continues to criminalize prostitution. As Melinda Chateauvert reveals in her new book Sex Workers Unite: A History of the Movement from Stonewall to Slutwalk, these laws have put sex workers at risk. 

 

Chateauvert agreed recently to talk with us about Human Rights Day and how important it is that the international campaign for human rights include sex workers, who have always been key activists in the struggles for gay liberation, women’s rights, reproductive justice, labor organizing, prison abolition, and other human rights–related issues.

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Whorestorian Sex Workers Unite!

Whorestorian Sex Workers Unite! | Sex Work | Scoop.it
A History of the Movement from Stonewall to SlutWalk
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Is Wearing Vintage Fashions Feminist? (Or, Sign Of The Times 1948)

Is Wearing Vintage Fashions Feminist? (Or, Sign Of The Times 1948) | Sex Work | Scoop.it

At my vintage living blog, Things Your Grandmother Knew, I’ve written about the tendency to romanticize the past, but I recently read two blog posts discussing vintage fashion in terms of “the vintage girl being the new feminist” and thought it was time to discuss the subject from a more feminist angle…


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Whether your passion is vintage fashion or sex positivity, you'll like this ~ it mentions sex workers in a positive light too.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, November 27, 2013 2:51 PM

Context matters.

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Whether your passion is vintage fashion orsex positivity, you'll like this.

 

Thanks @Deanna Dahlsad for including sex workers in this post!

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Whether your passion is vintage fashion or sex positivity, you'll like this.

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Dance, Ballerina, Dance (Remembering Kathy Keeton; Gone To Soon & Forgotten Even Faster)

Dance, Ballerina, Dance (Remembering Kathy Keeton; Gone To Soon & Forgotten Even Faster) | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Who was Kathy Keeton? For starters, Keeton was Guccione’s longtime girlfriend and eventual wife. But she ought to be remembered for far more than that.


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This woman ought to be among the largest names in feminism and publishing -- and an icon of the 1970s - 1980s.

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Playboy Bunny Facts

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The original Playboy Bunnies were required to be able to identify 143 brands of liquor and how to make 20 different cocktails as part of their job.


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Poker Alice Tubbs

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The story of Alice Ivers Tubbs, better known as Poker Alice, one of the best gamblers in the Old West, who was rasied in England, educated in borading schools, outlived three husbands, owned a brothel, and shot a man to death.


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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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Peek-A-Boob: Video Vamp (Lynn Muscarella) Phone Sex Cable TV Show (Playboy, June 1992)

Peek-A-Boob: Video Vamp (Lynn Muscarella) Phone Sex Cable TV Show (Playboy, June 1992) | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Nestled in the clutter of Manhattan's late-night television fare is the ultimate in safe sex for the cable-ready: Voyeurvision, the nation's only live call-in tele-fantasy show. Four nights a week, Lynn Muscarella, the show's campy, vampy hostess, slithers over the sheets while encouraging her phone fans to flesh out their sexiest fantasies. Most, not surprisingly, involve her - which delights the Brooklyn-bred Muscarella. She jokes, teases, pouts, writhes - even blushes. "I'm your video game," she coos to a caller. "Tell me what you want."

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Lightyears ahead of things!

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Elmer Gantry: A Reason To Get Up In The Morning

Elmer Gantry: A Reason To Get Up In The Morning | Sex Work | Scoop.it

What may have begun as the vengeful opportunistic act of a lover scorned (deflowered and left to prostitution) is quickly shown to be more complicated, exposing more than unfinished business but unrequited feelings between the two.


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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, February 25, 2013 6:09 PM

Lest you forget, Shirley Jones won an Oscar for her role of prostitute Lulu Bains in this film.

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Why the Sex Positive Movement is Bad for Sex Workers’ Rights

Why the Sex Positive Movement is Bad for Sex Workers’ Rights | Sex Work | Scoop.it

During the sexual revolution of the 1960s and 1970s and the sex wars of the 1980s and 1990s, the struggle to define sex positivity with respect to sex work served a purpose. To say that not all people have a horrendous experience of the sex industry, and that many sex workers value sexuality and see themselves as complex sexual beings as well as sex educators was an important statement to make, and one that had not been spoken before. However, it is essential to put this statement in historical context. To continue making the statement that many sex workers have a good experience of the sex industry without also including those whose experiences are negative and making space for them to speak up reveals a deep doubt about the validity of the sex positive argument. If we believe in the positive power of sexuality, we must also examine what happens when people’s lives are infused with sex negativity, and we must listen and support people with this experience in sharing their personal truths.

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An excellent article by Audacia Ray. A must read, espescially for privileged (aka white cis females).

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Melinda Windsor, Playboy magazine’s Playmate of the Month for its February 1966

Melinda Windsor, Playboy magazine’s Playmate of the Month for its February 1966 | Sex Work | Scoop.it

She had been working as an insurance rater and taking night classes at UCLA. She was going to use the money she earned posing for Playboy to finish her degree and then attend graduate school, her goal was to get a PhD and become a teacher. She did finish her bachelor’s degree later in 1966.

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Hip-hip-whore-ay for sex work paying for education ~ and whatever else women need.

 

Hip-hip-whore-ay for books and reading being sexy.

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FORTUNE MAGAZINE 1935, The Business of Burlesque

FORTUNE MAGAZINE 1935, The Business of Burlesque | Sex Work | Scoop.it

"This a selection from the article in FORTUNE in 1935. Pages 73, 149 and 150 are missing. The detailed industrial information is not unusual for the magazine in the 1930's, but the wealth of accompanying imagery (even at the back of the book) is unusually rich."

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