BY Alexa Salvato
on Jul 13, 2015
We hear most often about how the school-to-prison pipeline fills our prisons with poor youth of color, but there’s another harmful system that, until recently, has been overlooked: the sexual abuse-to-prison pipeline.
In a recent report by the Human Rights Project for Girls, The Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality, and the Ms. Foundation for Women called “The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline: The Girls’ Story,” four researchers explain that the majority of girls detained in the juvenile justice system have previously experienced sexual abuse. Read More
BY PRINCESS WEEKES
on Apr 07, 2015
France is seeking to ban dressing sexy in public, because apparently policing women’s bodies is easier than checking male privilege.
According to the Criminal Law of France, prostitution is legal, but there are laws against soliciting in public places. “Passive Solicitation” is the name of the new crime, according to the Mirror, and while no parameters have been set as to what kinds of clothing break the law, it is clear that the continued policing of women’s bodies has feminist groups in France enraged. Read More
BY Holly Trantham
on Dec 04, 2014
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 Associated Press Stylebook. Read More
BY Rebecca Peterson
on Sep 15, 2014
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 bleed. Read More
on Jun 23, 2014
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). Read More
BY Emma Tilden
on Jun 12, 2014
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 the other hand, continue to be criminal offenses. Read More
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“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 identities; as seen through her lens, Claudette is a woman, a husband, and a father. 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 preparation for the book.
And he learned a lot. Read More
BY Katie Fustich
on Sep 13, 2013
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 Feminist Current about the book, and the interview was simultaneously heartbreaking and highly enlightening. Read More
BY Tess Duncan
on Aug 12, 2013
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. Through Vera’s visits to clubs, she met Eden, then 18, who was working as a stripper. Read More