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Tips For PSOs & Cam Girls Getting Started

Tips For PSOs & Cam Girls Getting Started | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Anonymous said: pso question! how did you navigate thru your first call ever? ive been trying but it's difficult when you don't know what you're good at. do you just try different topics until you...
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The Review: American Courtesans (2013)

The Review:  American Courtesans (2013) | Sex Work | Scoop.it

AMERICAN COURTESANS is a documentary collecting interviews with a number of women who work or have worked in the sex trade industry, where they discuss their lives and careers from their childhoods to their current lives as escorts, producers, and activists.  I felt it was a great film, and it did a good job of showing the true face of the industry, good and bad.


The main interviewer is Kristen DiAngelo, who is also interviewed by one of the stars, sharing her own story while supporting others as they tell theirs.  I think this works well because it is honest about the context of the film maker, saying openly that this is her story, just like the other stories, take it as it is.


In the film, the stories of the women are sorted by stages rather than chronologically: childhoods compared, initiations into the industry compared, and so on.  While the ages of the courtesans means the stories happened at different times, the technique works to show how similar and yet different each one is.  Some had abusive parents, others had supportive parents; some had truly horrific introductions to the industry, some had positive experiences.  By the end you see how different they were, as well as how similar the challenges they faced have been.

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Short Video Interview with Porn Star Dean Van Damme

This British performer is also a tattooed model and producer/camera man of his own adult films. Big and sweet! He stars in Power Pussy and A Talk Too Dirty.
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Debunking 6 Myths about People in the Sex Industry

Debunking 6 Myths about People in the Sex Industry | Sex Work | Scoop.it
With inaccurate media representations and the cultural stigma, there are a lot of misconceptions about people in the sex industry. We too often fail to see the complexity and diversity in who is engaged in commercial sex, why they’re doing it, and the degree of consent and coercion involved. These
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PiggyBankGirls - Erotic Crowdfunding

PiggyBankGirls - Erotic Crowdfunding | Sex Work | Scoop.it
What is PiggyBankGirls all about? The idea came from talking to girls that are either in the erotic business or just the typical girl next door. Girls told  @PiggyBankGirls
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I Was A Streetwalker For A Night

I Was A Streetwalker For A Night | Sex Work | Scoop.it

I became a prostitute for a night. Not a high-class escort (the logistics seemed too daunting for an amateur like me) just a regular hooker out on the street. That would be simple enough, right?  All I had to do was go downtown where the real working girls congregated, all dolled up and dressed in my very sluttiest outfit.


I had no clue what to expect exactly, but that’s what made it all so exciting. Curiosity, as Victor Hugo famously opined, is a woman’s most powerful instinct. I was plenty apprehensive. But that, too, simply added to the excitement, the adrenaline rush. Maybe a tingle of sexual excitement as well?

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A&E Completely Misunderstands the Reality of Sex Workers

A&E Completely Misunderstands the Reality of Sex Workers | Sex Work | Scoop.it
8 Minutes turns a financial choice into a moral reckoning.
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As you'd expect, there's lots of heated discussion.

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Masturbation & Relationship Facts

Masturbation & Relationship Facts | Sex Work | Scoop.it
As a former escort, I can’t help but feel that beneath all this concern about “virtual sex being cheating” lies a fear and loathing of sex workers.
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Sink hole mystery: Tunnel to a 19th century brothel causes traffic chaos in city centre - Herald.ie

Sink hole mystery: Tunnel to a 19th century brothel causes traffic chaos in city centre - Herald.ie | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Dublin's Dame Street was brought to a halt on Tuesday when a two-foot section of the road collapsed.

A six-feet-deep hole appeared at the George's Street junction, around 100 metres from the Olympia Theatre, and was cordoned off from traffic and pedestrians by council workers.

Last night, historian Gerry Cooley told the Herald that an old cellar discovered in the hole could be part of a "long-rumoured tunnel" used by 19th century politicians to go to brothels.

"The King of England closed down the House of Commons and House of Lords in Ireland during the time when politicians were spending too much time in the brothels," Mr Cooley said.
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Taylor Swift buys porn site domains

Taylor Swift buys porn site domains | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Taylor Swift is the proud owner of many enviable items:

Gorgeous kitties, legs that go on forever, seven Grammy’s and err, two porn site domains. The pop goddess has reportedly purchased the rights to two rather questionable websites, TaylorSwift.porn and TaylorSwift.adult so that no one else out there can make money off her name, or porn.


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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, March 28, 2015 12:41 AM

It's exactly what I would do.

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Open Idaho Brothels…In 1989?

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Open Idaho Brothels...In 1989?: Openly-run brothels? In Idaho? In 1989? It turns out local tradition is a powerful force. Here’s part of an article from the Idaho Statesman in 1989: Wallace defends prostitution: “A mining town needs brothels"

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...And then what happened? *sigh*

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Lessons In Winnipeg Whores

Lessons In Winnipeg Whores | Sex Work | Scoop.it
While not all sex workers are into reclaiming the word "whore," I personally don't mind it at all. (I understand the political implications and significance of the most appropriate terms "sex work"...
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Rob Duke's curator insight, March 29, 2015 7:32 PM

I think reclaiming a word is a good thing.  See the work of Jacques Derrida: words are only important as there meanings relate to other words.  They're nonsense sounds until we make them mean something.

Gracie Passette's curator insight, April 3, 2015 8:42 AM

Old folk songs about sex workers.

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The GOP’s Sex Trafficking Shell Game: How Laws Against ‘Sex Trafficking’ End Up Hurting Women

The GOP’s Sex Trafficking Shell Game: How Laws Against ‘Sex Trafficking’ End Up Hurting Women | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Republicans are insisting on tacking anti-abortion language onto an anti-sex-trafficking bill—and it’s just their latest effort to exploit the issue to fight “sexual immorality.”
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Gaynor Johansen's comment, March 29, 2015 5:56 PM
I think that the article brings up some good points. The sex trafficking victims, voluntary or not, should be protected and helped. Government funding is probably the only way they would be able to get any programs for that so not allowing government funding would hurt the people that were victimized.
Gaynor Johansen's comment, March 29, 2015 5:56 PM
I think that the article brings up some good points. The sex trafficking victims, voluntary or not, should be protected and helped. Government funding is probably the only way they would be able to get any programs for that so not allowing government funding would hurt the people that were victimized.
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Monthly sex worker tests are ridiculous, health experts say (2011)

Monthly sex worker tests are ridiculous, health experts say (2011) | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Health Minister David Davis has backed down from a plan for Victorian sex workers to have fewer tests for sexually transmitted infections, prompting sharp criticism from public health experts who say the plan should go ahead.


...Professor of Sexual Health at Melbourne University, Christopher Fairley, said research showed monthly testing was unnecessary and a waste of public health resources because sex workers have much lower rates of STIs than other people.This was backed by a recent study of patients at the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre which showed that of 2896 female sex workers tested for STIs over three years, only 3 per cent were positive.

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I am not a perfect victim

I am not a perfect victim | Sex Work | Scoop.it
I am not a perfect victim. If, heaven forbid, anything ever happened to me, the new reports would not read “Rain DeGrey, wife, writer and activist, loving owner of 2 dogs and 2 cats” but rather “Rain DeGrey BDSM porn star” and that label skews everything else you might read. I would, in some way, *deserve* whatever happened to me because of my day job.

I never factored in that when I decided to become a Professional Naked Person that I would be trading in some basic rights as a result.
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Decriminalization vs. Legalization

Decriminalization vs. Legalization | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Anonymous said: I've been googling a bit and I'm still a little confused about decriminalization vs. legalization. Decriminalizing sex work would mean that sex workers wouldn't be subject to arrest or...
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Stripper in Clearwater Cleared (2011)

Stripper in Clearwater Cleared (2011) | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Stripper in Clearwater, FLA showing the judge that her bikini briefs were too large to expose her vagina to the undercover cops that arrested her. The case was dimissed.
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The hearing impaired burlesque performer dancing to her own beat

The hearing impaired burlesque performer dancing to her own beat | Sex Work | Scoop.it

She has charmed audiences across the world with her sensual burlesque routines. But when the lights go down and the curtain falls, Millie Dollar finds herself alone with her hard of hearing, which prevents her from communicating with others...

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Welcome to Sex Worker Classifieds

Welcome to Sex Worker Classifieds | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Please feel free to submit any of the following:

If you’re not sure how exactly to submit, please read the FAQ

If what you want to post about is advice, a coupon, or sex worker rights related, try sexworkerhelpfuls instead!

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Support Tara Burns creating Public Records On Sex Work and Sex Trafficking

Support Tara Burns creating Public Records On Sex Work and Sex Trafficking | Sex Work | Scoop.it

I'm Tara Burns, a writer, researcher, and former sex worker.  I just finished a huge research project on the human rights impacts of Alaska's prostitution and sex trafficking policy as part of my MA in Social Justice at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  ...I want to do all the rest of the states

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Will prostitution become legal in California?

Will prostitution become legal in California? | Sex Work | Scoop.it
A legal group has filed a lawsuit in federal court which argues prostitution is a right that is protected by the constitution. ESPLERP (Erotic Service Providers Legal Education and Research Project) is a group based in San Francisco, which has brought forth the claim.
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Gracie Passette's comment, March 28, 2015 2:09 AM
@Brandal Nicole Crenshaw I suggest you do some reading... I have a whole topic about sex work. http://www.scoop.it/t/sex-work
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As for the "How do you know that the prostitutes are willing, healthy, and receiving actual benefits instead of spreading illnesses, being forced into it, or simply doing it because they have no other option" questions, those can be asked of any job sector.

Slavery of any sort is vile; why only focus on the sexual sort?

Having work designated as criminal prevents actual victims from coming forward and getting out/help. It also prevents willing sex workers from getting help in areas of real criminal activity, such as rape ~ and includes murder investigations too.

As for the "Is this something that we want to have future generations come to see as acceptable", I say "Why not?"

What about sexual autonomy is so frightening that it should be outlawed & manipulated? There are plenty of other types of work which people object to.
Gracie Passette's comment, March 28, 2015 2:21 AM
PS If you read the article & followed the links, you'd discover more about the organization behind it, but here's a link: http://esplerp.org/about/values/
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Support Christina Parreira, a Sex Worker & Sociology PhD student researching legal brothels

Support Christina Parreira, a Sex Worker & Sociology PhD student researching legal brothels | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Hi! My name is Christina Parreira and I am a Sociology PhD student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. I am also an out sex worker, an activist, an instructor, and researcher. I am currently working on a project that involves interviewing legal brothel workers in Nevada, and hope to eventually continue this research internationally (but, that's still a ways off!) 

What I need help with NOW is funding to get me to various conferences where I will be presenting my data, including an international prostitution conference in Vienna, Austria (Prospol conference) and the AAG meeting in Chicago (Association of American Geographers). In Vienna I will be presenting on the topic of bodily labor in sex work, and in Chicago I will be presenting on the geographies of the brothels, including a discussion of regulation of sexual spaces and segregation of sex workers.

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Ten Reasons to Fight for the Decriminalization of Sex Work

Ten Reasons to Fight for the Decriminalization of Sex Work | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Ten Reasons to Fight for the Decriminalization of Sex Work
This is a great resource however the first slide that implies trans people are a third gender category is cissexist, transphobic and...
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Ziggi Ivan Santini's curator insight, April 19, 2015 3:22 PM

There will always be a demand to purchase sex. Criminalization has never and will never eliminate this demand.

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Women Who Pay For Sex ~ Mara Speaks

Women Who Pay For Sex ~ Mara Speaks | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Dear Maggie,

I’m a middle aged lesbian-leaning bisexual academic who identifies as a feminist.  Your blog came to my attention a few years ago via Twitter, and your daily digest of police state violence against sex workers is an essential part of my political reading.  While you have a wide array of discussions on your blog and in the comment threads, I have noticed one voice missing:  That of The Jane.  Or at least, This Jane.

I am a woman who has paid for sex and I liked it.  If I were a rich woman, I would unabashedly procure sexual services from providers of various genders.  If I were powerful enough, I would be honest and unashamed by such too.

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A voice not often heard from!

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These Guys Are Building A Business On Shaming Instagram Hookers

These Guys Are Building A Business On Shaming Instagram Hookers | Sex Work | Scoop.it
A new website emerged which is built on one premise. Profit by shaming hookers on Instagram.
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