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Date Negotiations

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Date Negotiations Me: Sure, I'll go to dinner with you. But I expect you to pay. Him: Isn't that sexist? Aren't you a feminist? Me: Sexism would be if I assumed all men were expected to pay fo
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An Interview with Erika Lust on Crowdsourcing Feminist Porn

An Interview with Erika Lust on Crowdsourcing Feminist Porn | Sex Work | Scoop.it
"Even though I love coming up with my own scenarios for films, it feels way more communal and diverse to let people tell me their erotic visions. Ordinary people have extraordinary stories to tell, and they are a joy to shoot."
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Love Erika Lust! Here's my interview with her too.

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Check out this interview with a female porn producer... 

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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. 

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Encourage the feminist movement to be pro #sexwork, vote for @margaretcho! via @DPopTart

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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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Why It's Okay To Pay For Sex

Why It's Okay To Pay For Sex | Sex Work | Scoop.it
This essay isn’t about how nice my sex work clients usually are, how sex work can be therapeutic, or how we sex workers often work with disabled clients. It isn’t about the etiquette or morality of paying for sex, and it doesn’t offer advice to prospective clients or their loved ones.

These things are sometimes important and vital to this discussion, but the biggest reason that paying for sex is okay has nothing to do with convincing anyone that it’s a virtuous, liberatory, or feminist act.

Paying for sex is okay because if you’re for shaming and arresting our clients—owing to the fact that you think sex work is, for lack of a better word, gross—you’re for putting sex worker lives at risk in the name of a misguided moralism.
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Feminism in London conference: sex work, glass ceilings and ‘vulvanomics’

Feminism in London conference: sex work, glass ceilings and ‘vulvanomics’ | Sex Work | Scoop.it

The weekend event attracted more than 1,000 women – and some men – for inspiring discussions on the future of gender equality. Is this what a feminist conference looks like?


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NakedTruth.ca: What is a SWERF?

NakedTruth.ca: What is a SWERF? | Sex Work | Scoop.it
SWERF stands for Sex Worker Exclusionary Radical Feminist.

You know her. She calls herself a feminist and her life work revolves around eliminating sex work jobs.

She thinks men should all be ashamed for being men (naturally visual beings).

The name explains itself, but it is interesting to note that the SWERF mentality IS slowly dying like causes steeped in hatred usually do.

How To Identify If You Are a SWERF

Perhaps you are wondering if YOU are a SWERF. Perhaps you hang around with people in the rescue industry, or you have a good friend who has been saying a lot of things about "prostituted women" lately.

Perhaps you have been CALLED a SWERF and you're wondering
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I may be a SWERF because I do still think there is something wrong with people selling themselves to provide sex. I'm not a radical feminist but I do think our culture is still very much male dominated. You can see it very clearly when you look at the type of humour on TV. Not much of it seems that funny to me. But, I'm not a guy. Anyway, if sex weren't for sale would men ask for it in more accepted ways or would they choose to become aggressive and take sex instead? That would be up to the type of man they are and the culture they grow up in.
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Comment: Sex workers rights are not up for debate

Comment: Sex workers rights are not up for debate | Sex Work | Scoop.it
A New Statesman debate on sex work saw some feminist campaigners question prostitutes' ability to consent to sex work - but all they're doing is putting women at risk of violence
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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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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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Why Violence Against Sex Workers Is A Very Real & Feminist Issue

Why Violence Against Sex Workers Is A Very Real & Feminist Issue | Sex Work | Scoop.it
For those of you who have not yet read the long account of the terrible situation Jill Brenneman & Amanda Brooks find themselves in, get a cup of coffee and go do so. Their several year long or...
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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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Join Pivot as the Sex Workers' Rights Campaigner

Join Pivot as the Sex Workers' Rights Campaigner | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Pivot is looking for a full-time staff lawyer to lead our sex workers’ rights campaign.
About You

You are a passionate, trans-positive, feminist lawyer with a deep understanding of the human rights issues faced by sex workers in Canada and the fight for decriminalization of adult sex work.
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“we never gave up our power”: a conversation with Naomi Sayers

“we never gave up our power”: a conversation with Naomi Sayers | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Naomi Sayers is an Indigenous feminist from the Garden River First Nations, just east of Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, who has also worked as a sex worker in the north of Canada. Naomi shared with A Kiss for Gabriela that some of her current work advocating for the rights of Indigenous people in the sex trade springs from a 2012 workshop organized by the sex worker organization Maggie’s in Toronto on public education and challenging stigma. After attending the workshop, Naomi started telling her own story using her own words and sharing about her own experiences in sex work, challenging the messages she had heard for so many years from authority figures–counselors, doctors, nurses, and the justice system–that indigenous women are victims and incapable of deciding what is right for them.
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Putting Hypersexuality to Work: Black Women and Illicit Eroticism in Pornography

Putting Hypersexuality to Work: Black Women and Illicit Eroticism in Pornography | Sex Work | Scoop.it

"This article focuses on the labor marginalization of black female performers within the pornography industry. Their representations and experiences as sex workers are shaped by a racialized and gendered sexual commerce where stereotypes, structural inequalities, and social biases are the norm. Black women are devalued as hyperaccessible and superdisposable in an industry that simultaneously invests in and ghettoizes fantasies about black sexuality. In light of feminist arguments against the victimization of women by pornography, I have attempted to show that black sex workers, while facing multiple axes of discrimination and harm, also employ hypersexuality and illicit eroticism to achieve mobility, erotic autonomy, and self-care."



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Sex Tips From Feminist Porn Stars Will Change the Way You Think About Intimacy

Sex Tips From Feminist Porn Stars Will Change the Way You Think About Intimacy | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Because feminism and sex are not mutually exclusive.
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The Erotica Queen

The Erotica Queen | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Sex sells. No doubt. But writing on sex and sexuality is not easy, especially when one has to clarify innumerable times that she is not selling porn but erotica. "The difference between erotica and porn is the line that separates sex from sensuality. It is extremely unfortunate erotica is considered same as porn," says Sreemoyee Piu Kundu, writer of Sita's Curse which in her own words is India's first feminist erotica. "It has been the greatest challenge – to resurrect an age-old Indian cultural tradition, while also trying to adapt the genre to the changing mind and body of a modern Indian protagonist," she says.

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Some hair-splitting to denounce "porn", but worthy of a read ~ esp for the Indian cultural POV & points about sex ed.

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Why Many Young Chinese Women Are Writing Gay Male Erotica

Why Many Young Chinese Women Are Writing Gay Male Erotica | Sex Work | Scoop.it

An antipornography campaign in China has netted many young female writers of danmei, erotic fiction focusing on relationships between gay men, a popular outlet for those seeking to escape stifling social identities, scholars say.


...Danmei is part of an ‘‘ongoing sexual revolution’’ with feminist characteristics in China, perhaps the country’s first, said a Chinese academic who requested anonymity. China is currently undergoing a crackdown on pornography that has netted danmei writers and website managers, and closed some sites, sexual rights advocates said. ‘‘The campaign is really having an impact,’’ the researcher said.

Creating and consuming danmei is a way for women to explore their long-repressed sexuality, said Ms. Jacobs.

‘‘I think Chinese culture is still harsh on women in terms of how far they can go in developing a fantasy life or erotic art forms,’’ she said. ‘‘I think they have to be very careful in coming out with their fantasies. The norm is stifling.’’

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Tease

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Julie Tepperman and Amy Keating get intimate and interactive in one-on-one show at east-end performance crawl


...Keating took some women’s studies classes at university, and is interested in sex work and the third-wave feminist view that women who do sex work aren’t victims.


“They have a choice and agency,” she says. “I say that knowing that there’s a grey area and everything is not as simple as that – and that I’m speaking as a privileged white woman.”


Coincidentally, the two see a connection between the stripper’s world and that of live theatre.

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The Soapbox: How PayPal & WePay Discriminate Against The Adult Industry

The Soapbox: How PayPal & WePay Discriminate Against The Adult Industry | Sex Work | Scoop.it
I was packing my bags, looking forward to a week trip to the Feminist Porn Awards and the Feminist Porn Conference, having finally earned enough through my
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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

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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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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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The 2014 Good For Her Feminist Porn Awards Nominations

The 2014 Good For Her Feminist Porn Awards Nominations | Sex Work | Scoop.it
This year’s nominees list once again showcases erotic entertainment that is smart, sexy, and appreciates viewers looking for hot feminist films. In addition to featuring just under 50 nominations, the 2014 nominee list includes 10 nominated websites.
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Good For Her is a Toronto Sex Shop

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