News: Join Flashmob to Fight Sex Work Stigma

On the 8th of March, International Women’s Day, sex worker Hege Grostad, and writer and activist, Anders Solli Sal, both from Norway, are asking the whole globe to flash their red umbrellas in solidarity with the sex worker’s rights cause. They are encouraging women, and men, all over the world to organize in groups, meet

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Erotica: 100 Words (Part Three)

I crave softness. Ebay has enabled my long-dormant cashmere fetish and by day, I am caressed by warming and decadent double-layers I thought would be forever out of my reach. Times change: what was once unattainable is now within my reach. The world is different now but that means there are new ways to get

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Erotica: 100 Words: Part Two

Letting go: two words that are becoming increasingly central to my life. Letting go of the past, clearing the baggage, seeing old patterns emerge but refusing to fall into their tempting groove. Letting go of expectations: shunning societally approved markers of adulthood, and facing the fear of living my life. Letting go of the self

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Erotica: 100 Words: Part One

I’m learning to love myself. I’ve tried before, but my standards were too high. Guilt was my punishment for failure. This is gentler. It’s not about perfection. It’s about treating myself as a lover: one I can mind read. Dining on canapes for a day; home spa; gin and tonic; quiet. – sweet pleasures. All

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Features: Sex Work and My Daughter by Miss Alice Grey

“Would you want your daughter working as a stripper/prostitute?” A common refrain from people who are anti sex work, and who see it as the ultimate argument. It’s also a bit of a personal point for me, as a former sex worker, and current daughter-haver. I get to hear it even more frequently now, whenever

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News:University of Manchester Announces ‘Queer Now and Then’ Seminar

The third and final event in the ‘Queer Now and Then’ seminar series (overseen by Professor Laura Doan) will be held on Tuesday 10 December at the University of Manchester: Earlier this year, newspapers and other media reported the founding of a new scholarly journal, Porn Studies-setting off, predictably, a flurry of responses ranging from

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News: Soho Sex Workers Raided by Police

Over 25 sex workers’ flats in Soho, Central London were raided by police last night (4 December). Police broke down doors, slapped closure notices on the doors of premises and threw women out onto the street. Some immigrant women were taken into custody on the pretext that they may be victims of trafficking, despite their

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