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Sour Grapes Sour Grapes

It seems that after the recent New York Times piece on sex work, those who seek to completely prohibit commercial sexual exchange are concerned they no longer have a stranglehold on the dialogue about sex workers’ lives. Over the past few days, there have been three pieces attempting to undermine the Times’ article:…

End Demand Approach to Sex Work is a Failure, Endangers Sex Workers End Demand Approach to Sex Work is a Failure, Endangers Sex Workers

For those not familiar, the Swedish Model (variously referred to as the Nordic Model or simply “End Demand”) is a sex work criminalization approach based on sex work exclusionary radical feminist (SWERF) ideology that was introduced in Sweden in 1999 with the express goal of eliminating prostitution. Contrary to…

Organizations That Support Full Decriminalization of Sex Work Organizations That Support Full Decriminalization of Sex Work

The following are some of the leading organizations that support decriminalizing sex work:

The Salvation Army Needs a New Marketing Firm The Salvation Army Needs a New Marketing Firm

The anti-LGBT, mostly anti-abortion, extremely fundamentalist, and anti-whore Salvation Army is at it again, equating sex work with poor parenting in an effort to boost its fundraising.

Clinton's Gaffe A Reminder That Voting Does Matter Clinton's Gaffe A Reminder That Voting Does Matter

In what can be most charitably characterized as a confounding lapse in judgement, Hillary Clinton used the occasion of Nancy Reagan’s funeral to inexplicably praise her for AIDS activism she never undertook. I say inexplicably because not only were the remarks entirely inaccurate, they were entirely unprompted as…

State of the Debate: Sex Work Edition State of the Debate: Sex Work Edition

The interesting thing about being a sex worker on Twitter is how entitled complete strangers feel to opine on your job, offer commentary on your character, and ask intrusive questions. I’ve been queried about what I would be doing if I wasn’t a prostitute, how my family feels about my employment choices, and what my…

Hack Trafficking for … Good?  Hack Trafficking for … Good? 

Hack Trafficking For Good is a project that seeks to “create innovative code, visualizations, and digital platforms designed to catalyze social change.” It specifically aims to use “data science to stop sex trafficking.”

Sometimes It's Best That We Don't All Get Along Sometimes It's Best That We Don't All Get Along

I think, tribalism is a mental prison…and pride of identity coupled with arrogance is one of the leading factors that limit one’s ability to abandon it. ― Duop Chal Wuol

Moving Right Along...  Moving Right Along... 

I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past. –Thomas Jefferson

I Will Not Fight with You about Sex Work Today I Will Not Fight with You about Sex Work Today

Each 17th of December the global sex worker community and our allies come together to remember those we’ve lost to violence over the past year. Begun in 2003 as a way to memorialize the victims of a Seattle serial killer who stated he “...picked prostitutes because [he] thought [he] could kill as many of them as [he]…

An Evening with an Anti: Down the Rabbit Hole with a Sex Work Prohibitionist An Evening with an Anti: Down the Rabbit Hole with a Sex Work Prohibitionist

Twitter is a horrible place for feminism … a place where intellectual laziness is encouraged, oversimplification is mandatory, posturing is de rigueur, and bullying is rewarded …1

Thoughts on Hashtag TheStory Thoughts on Hashtag TheStory

So, Zola kinda broke the internet right? In a simultaneously titillating and horrifying, rapid fire, Homeric Twitter tale, she exposed lots of folks to a supposedly true story that very likely simply confirmed almost every negative stereotype about sex workers they already had in their heads. And “vibing over our…

Feminism's Sex Work Problem Feminism's Sex Work Problem

…one could argue that the production of feminist discourse around prostitution by non-prostitutes alienates the laborer herself from the process of her own representation.

Jimmy Kimmel Slut Shames Hacking Victims for Lulz

"Stupid bitch," "whore," and victim blaming oh my. "Skit" not for the faint of heart.

Norming Gay Marriage (A.K.A. Told Ya So) Norming Gay Marriage (A.K.A. Told Ya So)

When I wrote my recent anti-gay marriage piece, one of the primary criticisms I received was that the right to marry didn’t equal a mandate to do so. While I accepted that premise (and still do, theoretically) I suggested that many were underestimating the normative impact of the institution, or how the increase in…

Perspective on the Gay Male Physique Perspective on the Gay Male Physique

Male homosexuality advertises the risk of the sexual itself as the risk of self-dismissal, of losing sight of the self… — Leo Bersani

Why I'm Against Gay Marriage Why I'm Against Gay Marriage

I always thought the privilege of being gay is that we didn't have to get married or go in the army.

To the Person Who Called Me a Faggot: Truce? To the Person Who Called Me a Faggot: Truce?

Dear Person Who Called Me a Faggot: I'm writing this to help you understand. Partially, to understand why I laughed in your face when you called me a faggot (you did seem a bit surprised) but more importantly to help you understand why that word isn't yours to use.

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