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My Bizarre Night With James Deen, Libertarian Porn Star

My Bizarre Night With James Deen, Libertarian Porn Star | Sex Work | Scoop.it
An HIV scare, Rand Paul talking points, and a (maybe) proposition. A turbulent night in New York City with porn’s boy-next-door.
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Yale Law Students Love Hookers

Yale Law Students Love Hookers | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Sex, corruption, hypocrisy, oh my! And yet, should anyone even care about this? The answer is "yes," but not for any of the reasons you'll hear from the nattering nabobs....
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Click bait title, but worthy of reading in terms of priorities & scapegoating.

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Sex work and the politics of rape: why the government owes women an apology

Sex work and the politics of rape: why the government owes women an apology | Sex Work | Scoop.it
When Conservative MP Robert Goguen asked Timea Nagy, a former sex worker who alleges she was gang raped, whether the attack was a case of freedom of expression, well, it was hard to know how to react.This all took place during a recent committee meeting regarding Bill C-36, which aims to transform the legality of sex work in this country.
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The Problem With (Sex) Work | Jacobin

The Problem With (Sex) Work | Jacobin | Sex Work | Scoop.it

I was talking recently to an old friend and former editor at the late, lamented $pread Magazine, and she noted that many sex worker rights activists have little experience even interacting with the traditional Left, so reluctant are most leftists to come anywhere near their issues. She also lamented the unfortunate state of the debate over sex work, which tends to be reduced to two equally inadequate positions: a patriarchal moralizing that treats sex work as a uniquely awful form of exploitation in which women can only ever be regarded as victims, and a panglossian libertarianism that revels in sex work as a source of independence and self-expression while glossing over its less glamorous aspects.


The first perspective produces legislative atrocities like the proposed New York City bill that would have penalized taxi drivers for transporting prostitutes. The second perspective can neglect the coercive and violent parts of the sex industry, which are real even if they tend to be misrepresented as the entirety of sex work. But the real problem with a lot of the more exuberant pro-sex work arguments and their anti-sex work counterparts is a bit more subtle: the issue with sex work is not the sex, it’s the work.


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Want To Win The War On Poverty? Rebuild The Labor Movement

Want To Win The War On Poverty?  Rebuild The Labor Movement | Sex Work | Scoop.it
When conservative Ohio Governor and former Lehman Brothers executive John Kasich feels compelled to remind his fellow conservatives that upon entering Heaven, “Saint Peter is probably not going to ask you much about what you did about keeping government small. But he is going to ask you what you did for the poor,” you know poverty has reached center stage.

From the homilies of Pope Francis, to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's (pictured) inauguration speech, poverty and its close cousin inequality are playing starring roles in the current political discourse. The President’s 2015 budget proposal, released earlier this month, calls for a significant increase in federal spending on anti-poverty programs, and while these proposals are likely DOA in the Republican-controlled House, Democrats across the land have promised to campaign on the issue leading up to the 2014 midterm races. This year, then, appears little different from much of 2013: the spotlight on poverty shows no sign of dimming.

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And include sex workers in the labor movement; perhaps not unions per se, but in valuing workers & workers rights ~ and sex work as work.

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Not necessarily all feminist; but unions have their place in feminism and other battles of equality -- and unions are the way to cease this war on the masses.

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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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The right’s bogus sex work stance: Taking power away from women

The right’s bogus sex work stance: Taking power away from women | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Republicans claim they're fighting trafficking, but they're really exposing women to arrest and discrimination


But put aside the headlines and the panic. When I think of those women – and if typical arrest patterns bear out, women of color and transgender women will be disproportionately represented among them – I want to know, what happens next? Who will listen to them when the story has moved on?

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March of the Prostitutes in Costa Rica

March of the Prostitutes in Costa Rica | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Costa Rica News - For anyone that was in downtown over the past weekend you did not need to head to the Del Rey Hotel to see scantily clad women.  However this was not to promote sex tourism or prostitution in Costa Rica.
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Wish there was more coverage of this.

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Alberta politician Allen offered deal in Minnesota prostitution case: lawyer

Alberta politician Allen offered deal in Minnesota prostitution case: lawyer | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Alberta politician Mike Allen, who was on government business when he was charged following a police prostitution sting in Minnesota, has been offered a plea deal.

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“Objectively So Rare” & Rare Objectivity | Cult of Gracie

“Objectively So Rare” & Rare Objectivity | Cult of Gracie | Sex Work | Scoop.it

It’s important to note that the horrors of the Cleveland abductions had nothing to do with sex trafficking; Ariel Castro’s atrocities were his, the acts of single criminal male.

 

[This is also something folks would be equally wise to remember when it comes to the use of the word "sadist" in description of his acts; this has nothing to do with BDSM, neither in porn nor practice. Just as whatever religion Castro professes to prescribe to has nothing to do with that faith's real practice, any other associations, assumed or claimed, should not be accepted. Castro's inhumanity is his; to lay it at the feet of some other group, to misrepresent its origins or associations, to pretend it came from some "other" or otherwise purport false dangers, these things create panic and other actions which do not serve public safety or justice. Castro, and those like him, should be held accountable for their actions.]

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Overturn US anti-prostitution pledge to support sex workers and combat HIV

Overturn US anti-prostitution pledge to support sex workers and combat HIV | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Chi Mgbako: Supreme court must put public health above misguided moralism and end Pepfar policy that stigmatises sex workers
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Litigation for Emancipation | Cult of Gracie

Litigation for Emancipation | Cult of Gracie | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Litigation for Emancipation is a GoFundMe project to raise enough funds to begin a federal court case proposed by Erotic Service Providers Legal, Education and Research Project (ESPLER). ESPLER’s legal battle aims to advance our sexual privacy rights by attacking the prostitution law of the state of California on the grounds that morality is not a basis for legislation.

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In the video, you'll hear from First Amendment and constitutional rights attorney H. Louis Sirkin about the legal issues and history of prostituion involved in this case.

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Who's The Boss

Who's The Boss is a short film by Maxine Doogan. It poses a rhetorical question in post Proposition K, San Francisco Ballot measure in 2008 to stop the enfor...
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Anti-Prostitution Pledge Heads to Supreme Court | The Nation

Anti-Prostitution Pledge Heads to Supreme Court | The Nation | Sex Work | Scoop.it

On Monday, the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a case that will decide if recipients of government aid can be forced to oppose prostitution – or potentially any other issue as a contingency of receiving U.S. funds. The case, Alliance for Open Society International v United States Agency for International Development, arises from a controversial policy governing AIDS education, prevention, and treatment, a decade-long fight that's crossed political lines and was kicked off by Rep. Chris Smith as part of a larger conservative attempt to undermine reproductive and sexual health care. With HIV and AIDS projects facing closure if they don't adopt the government's position on sex work, it's sex workers who are paying the ultimate price.

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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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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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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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Column: Sex work | The Aggie

Column: Sex work | The Aggie | Sex Work | Scoop.it

It is very difficult, if not impossible, for a prostitute to seek justice for these abuses because she or he is then at risk of exposure to the law, not to mention judgment by society.

 

Many sex workers, especially higher-end escorts, are not forced into prostitution because of debt or drug addictions. These men and women choose sex work as their profession (a quick Google search for “sex worker interview” demonstrates the wide range of interests and situations that lead people into this line of work). The criminalization of the services they offer is founded on the opinions of those who think their personal morality should apply to everyone in this country.

 

Unfortunately, others involved in prostitution are not so lucky. Many are victims of physical/emotional abuse or hard drug addictions, or are forced into prostitution against their will. This type of prostitution is not consensual, and I wholeheartedly agree that those responsible for such exploitation should be punished.

 

This country’s taxpayers spend $200 million every year for the arrest of sex workers. Couldn’t this money be better spent preventing and persecuting those guilty of such exploitation, like sexual coercion and the trafficking of immigrants and minors?

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Why Am I Liberal? A Phone Sex Operator Answers

Why Am I Liberal? A Phone Sex Operator Answers | Sex Work | Scoop.it
I’m often asked, and usually in an accusatory tone, why I am a liberal. (Personally, I prefer to label myself a progressive; but I’ll save the hair-splitting differences for a phone cal...
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NSWP Condemnation of Proposition #35 | Global Network of Sex Work Projects

NSWP Condemnation of Proposition #35 | Global Network of Sex Work Projects | Sex Work | Scoop.it

"NSWP condemns California's Proposition #35 on the basis that the legislation is based on a dangerous conflation of sex work and human trafficking, which fails to provide a workable approach/solution to stop forced labour and other abuse, but rather serves to heighten the criminalisation and marginalisation of sex workers and those associated with them (including their families). Proposition #35 is based on unfounded claims and a significant lack of evidence and exploits a public concern over human trafficking and slavery. The definitions that are employed by the drafters of the proposition are over-reaching and explode any distinction between sex work and human trafficking."

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Sex in the shadows | Montreal Mirror

Sex in the shadows | Montreal Mirror | Sex Work | Scoop.it

"The proposed east end tolerance zone for street hookers is misguided and in the wrong place, say sex workers’ rights advocates"

 

"this idea seems to be a lot a more about the repression of sex workers than about their safety"

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Supreme Court to hear prostitution appeal

The federal government will appeal a landmark ruling from the Ontario Court of Appeal that struck down several anti-prostitution laws, a move that sex workers say was expected.

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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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Prostitution Discussion

Political Jack - Popular discussion forum for US politics on the topic of prostituion ~ should it be legal?


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