Feminism

COVID-19 is both a chance for innovation and a force of destruction for many industries, and sex work is no exception. However, in addition to experiencing the normal market ups and downs, they also have to deal with the stigmas held by society and the lack of federal support for those in the industry. Through her studio, Purple Door Productions, Colorado content creator and performer Tequila Mockingbird provides a judgement-free safe space for folks who want to shine in porn or entertainment. In addition to promoting...
During his debate with Senator Bernie Sanders on March 15, Joe Biden proclaimed he would pick a woman to be his Vice President if selected as the Democratic nominee. Biden was emphatic that is choice would be reflective of the nation; as he said during the debate, "If I'm elected president, my Cabinet, my administration will look like the country." Immediately, this declaration launched pundit speculations as to who Biden should choose. Several names of highly qualified women were floated, including Biden’s former competitors Elizabeth...
With air quality rising, carbon dioxide levels dropping, and animals slowly returning to their natural habitats, it seems that in this terrible time, one benefit of lockdown is a period of recovery for the environment. But in a conversation hosted by the Nobel Prize Museum, Greta Thunberg and climate scientist Johan Rockström discussed how COVID-19 has only made the need for immediate action to combat climate change even more apparent.   “Emissions reducing during the corona crisis is not a good thing,” Thunberg said. “You cannot say this...
As if you could dispute that Alicia Silverstone achieved instant icon status as Cher in the 1995 classic Clueless. Cher, a lovable, if a tad bit selfish, socialite was cute and charming, and the role catapulted Silverstone to A-list stardom at just 18 years old. But becoming an adult before Hollywood’s prying eyes wasn’t at all glamorous. Silverstone recently spoke to The Guardian about how just two years after Clueless, she faced a barrage of body-shaming after starring as Batgirl in Batman and Robin.  “They would...
The United Nations, specifically Secretary-General António Guterres, are expressing concerns about the reports of alarming increases in domestic violence. As the world remains shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, the U.N. is urging all governments to find ways to protect abuse survivors and think of them when creating response plans for this public health crisis. To introduce this topic, Guterres called for an immediate ceasefire around the world last month because of the virus outbreak. The U.N. chief said, "I appealed for an end...
As the Coronavirus rages on, it is becoming more and more prevalent that self-isolation is a privilege. It is estimated that there are almost 600,000 people experiencing homelessness on any given day in the United States. Most of these people do not have a place to shelter from the virus, let alone healthcare that can support them if they do contract it. When people do have a place to go, it is often in a shelter where self-isolation would be nearly impossible. Out of the 600,000...
The coronavirus has left no industry untouched. In just four weeks, at least 20 million Americans have lost their jobs. Among those that have lost their jobs are sex workers — strippers, dominatrixes, and those in the porn industry. For these jobs that require a lot of physical contact, there’s not really a work from home option. Although some performers have turned to webcam sites to earn extra income, it doesn’t drive the revenue that their in-person work did, reports The Daily Beast. In short,...
Pennsylvania was one of a few states to be hit head-on by COVID-19 early on here in the United States. So far, the state has seen nearly 30,000 confirmed cases and over 700 deaths. While these numbers are still staggeringly high, Pennsylvania has not seen nearly as many cases and deaths as other Northeastern states that were hit especially hard due to their proximity to New York, the U.S. epicenter of the pandemic: for example, New Jersey has unfortunately logged over 3,000 deaths. And Connecticut, with...
Government officials in Hawaii have noticed an increase in the number of women reporting landlords asking for sexual favors in exchange for rent. This suggests that landlords are using the COVID-19 pandemic to prey on some tenants' financial insecurity and fear of being evicted during a crisis. Immigration attorney Kevin Block told Australian news network 9NEWS that some landlords instead of asking for rent are asking for "other arrangements.” Some are even sending graphic sexual images and explicit messages when women tenants ask about rent. Block,...
Perhaps one of the most glaring impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic is the unprecedented skyrocket in unemployment in the United States. In just a matter of three weeks, 16 million people have filed for unemployment. This means that approximately 10 percent of the entire U.S. workforce is now indefinitely unemployed. Of the first 700,000 jobs that were lost in the months of February and March here in the U.S., 60 percent of them were jobs held by women, according to a new study from the...