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When I started reading an article on New Statesman by Sarah Ditum (“Why we shouldn’t rebrand prostitution as ‘sex work’”), I was so ready to pounce with all my counter arguments in favor of using “sex work.” The word “prostitution” is archaic and harmful and all that bad stuff. Ditum was prompted to write this piece by a recent push to replace “prostitute” with “sex worker” in the 2015 ... Read More
After another example of offensive and frustrating conduct from US police, Los Angeles police are investigating whether there was misconduct in the Sept. 11 detainment and handcuffing of Daniele Watts, an actress known for her role in “Django Unchained”.   Watts was stopped after someone reported her and her partner, chef Brian James Lucas, kissing in their car. After refusing to show her ID, Watts was handcuffed, allegedly causing her wrist to ... Read More
After smoking through all 13 episodes of OITNB like crack, I underwent some serious “gaping-blankly-at-computer-screen” withdrawal and was in desperate need of a new easily accessible show to binge on (sadly Game of Thrones has not yet made its way to Netflix). So one afternoon while haphazardly surfing through the depressing array of TV options (you can imagine my disappointment after coming across the deceptively titled infomercial “Breaking ... Read More
Is it possible to sell your body without buying into a system of exploitation?  Canadian federal legislators have recently proposed a bill called The Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act, which decriminalizes prostitution unless it is in a public area where children might be affected.  It also decriminalizes advertising for sexual services, so long as it is the prostitute who is doing the advertising.  Both pimping and buying sex, on ... Read More
Warning: This post may not be safe for work. “Hermaphrodite [sex … is] the sex of the angels,” explains Claudette, an intersex sex worker, to the photographer Malika Gaudin-Delrieu. The pair began their collaboration after meeting in Claudette’s native Switzerland, where Gaudin-Delrieu was documenting the country’s legalized prostitution. With her recent series of photographs, the artist elegantly dispels stigma around complex gender ... Read More
  Renowned author and essayist William T Vollmann commits to his protagonists. In the case of his most recent heroine, Dolores of The Book of Dolores, he tried to live as a woman. Dolores is a transgender prostitute who interests include jewelry and geology. She is a housewife who often dons a black and red corset. She carries a whip into the bedroom. As accurately and earnestly as possible, Vollmann transformed himself into the female character in ... Read More
From the ages of 15 to 22, a woman by the name of Rachel Moran worked as a prostitute in Ireland. She found herself homeless when both of her parents were struggling with mental illness and soon turned to prostitution as a means of survival. In a new memoir “Paid For: My Journey Through Prostitution” Moran writes with the aim to reveal the world of prostitution for what it actually is; stripped of any myth and enchantment. Recently, Moran spoke with ... Read More
TRIGGER WARNING: This post contains nudity and photographs about prostitution. Photographer Alicia Vera is a Miami native whose intrigue with photographing strippers led her to a close friendship with a young woman named Eden. Vera had tried to take photos at various strip clubs over the years, but was consistently denied access. She was able to get the privileges she desired after landing an office job doing social media in the adult entertainment industry. ... Read More
Thanks to the awesome power of the internet, we know exactly which restaurants on our block have super dank Thai food. You can rate hotels, restaurants, services of all kinds, so it should come as no surprise that people rate escorts and prostitutes. A recent article entitled The Luxury Rental Girlfriend, sheds an interesting light on this relatively new phenomenon in the US. After interviewing a range of “hobbyists,” men who sleep with escorts and ... Read More
Child prostitution. Obviously a problem online, but who can we trust with the statistics to back it up? Interestingly enough, we definitely cannot trust the data produced from the Women’s Funding Network.  On September 15th, claims made by chief program officer, Deborah Richardson forced Craigslist to shut down its adult section on their site.  The Women’s Funding Network told legislators that juvenile prostitution has intensified at an ... Read More
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