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Posts Tagged ‘sex work’

Communities of Privilege, Ethics Of Pleasure, Economies of Pain

The recent hospitalizations and arrests at Wesleyan University, initiated by the indulgence in a club drug called Molly, is prompting a lot of self-examination on the campus, and I can imagine that much of that self-examination is at risk of being polarized – even derailed – in a way that sex work conversations, and conversations about…

Let Labor Unite Us

I’ve been looking back over past labor day posts and the one I wrote five years ago really struck me as touching on many of the themes I’ve been thinking about lately. I’m reposting it here in its entirety. Much has changed, and how much has remained constant across these five years. Perhaps most significantly,…

Last Call for Participants in Adult Industry Truth survey

There is much talk about trafficking in adult entertainment industries, but much of the data used in those discussions is terribly flawed. Last week, at Woodhull’s Sexual Freedom Summit, I learned about a research project that aims to fill some of the gaps in what we know by studying the experiences of workers and clients in…

Talking About A Revolution

In the US, July 4 is the day we celebrate the freedom and independence that stems from a revolution. We do this with fireworks, barbecues, parades and all manner of nationalistic displays. There are readings of the Declaration of Independence, discussions of self evident truths, and lots of American Flags. I plan to celebrate this…

91 Bad Words About Young People and Prostitution: The New York Times Edition

It’s only 11 lines and 91 words, but most of them are bad. If you are looking for a clear, concise example of the wrong way to write about young people and prostitution, the story below is perfect. I’d have been angry about this piece of reporting anyway, but coming right on the heels of…

Dangerous Intersections

Could a webcam model also be a paid escort and an active member of a “hookup” dating site?  Naturally, the answer is “yes,” but at what costs?  Blurring the lines between these adult-themed user categories creates an uncharted hybrid of legal exposure, for both, the individual model/escort and those operating the associated websites.  However, more…


Amber Hollibaugh, Jeffrey Montgomery and Esther Perel To Be Honored The Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance is pleased to announce the 2012 recipients of the Vicki Sexual Freedom Award.  The Vicki Sexual Freedom Awards recognize individuals who have made landmark contributions to the sexual freedom movement. This year Woodhull is proud to honor three heroes of the…

Sin Tax Error

Should strip clubs be taxed to fund state services for sexual assault victims? Tracy Clark Flory raises that question in a recent Salon article. Strip club taxes seem to be popular these days. According to Flory, States from Georgia, Pennsylvania, Texas, Illinois, and California have all proposed targeted strip club taxes taxes.  Flory doesn’t offer…

Some People Enjoy Being Prostitutes……… Get Over It

“I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a door mat or a prostitute.” –Rebecca West, “Mr Chesterton in Hysterics: A Study in Prejudice,” The Clarion, 14 Nov. 1913, reprinted inThe Young Rebecca, 1982…

If you can’t beat it, regulate it

US should follow Canada’s legalization of brothels to make the sex industry safer, more transparent   The sex industry has consistently been one of the most physically and psychologically damaging environments to work in, and aside from the top tier professionals with politicians on their client rolodex, much of the industry’s danger comes from the unregulated…

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