How Many Will It Take?

According to the popular narrative, sex workers are “bad” or “defective” or otherwise abnormal; we are not to be trusted even to run our own lives, so when “good” women who claim to want what’s best for us say that we need to be criminalized for our own good – that our statements should be

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A Day for Whores

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.  –  Mahatma Gandhi Tomorrow is International Whores’ Day, the 39th anniversary of a protest in which… …over 100 French prostitutes occupied the Church of St. Nizier in Lyon.  In a very real sense, today is the birthday of the

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Cooties

Though human beings have developed a highly technological society based on scientific principles, the great majority of them are still immersed in magical thinking.  I don’t merely mean a few irrational beliefs which we recognize as irrational; everyone, including the most die-hard skeptics, have such beliefs, and there’s nothing wrong with that as long as

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Not What They Expected

Back in January I wrote, Until the advent of the internet, those who suffer from the sick need to control other people’s sexuality…must have felt that…they would always be able to suppress sex workers…But…the arrival of…social media gave…widely-scattered sex worker rights groups a way to connect easily and cheaply in real time, resulting in an explosion

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Censorship In The UK: The Internet, Media Myths And The Porn Panic

  No censorship plan could be complete without fearmongering. And as is often the case, the enemy these days is dirty, filthy, child-corrupting, woman-defiling, enemy-of-the-family, soul destroying sex. Well, porn, to be precise. But David Cameron’s porn filter blocks far more than porn. It blocks feminist, LGBT, sex education and political satire sites, as well

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Madonna and Whore

A compassionate prostitute am I.  –  The Goddess Ishtar, from a Sumerian cuneiform text Perhaps the loveliest compliment I ever received was from one of my customers. I honestly don’t recall whether it was before or after the act, but I was lying naked on the bed talking to him, with my hair falling about

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Blood on the Sand

In cinema and television, the goodies and baddies are usually distinctly different and in opposition to one another; the enemy of the baddie is a goodie, and anything done to bring down the baddie is automatically good.  But real life is rarely like that; in the real world, the enemy of a baddie is nearly

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Josie Cunningham: The Litmus Test Of What It Means To Be Prochoice

Unless you don’t pay any attention to internet culture, you’ll have heard of Josie Cunningham. The model, escort and mum of two sparked a Fifties-style outbreak of outraged pearl-clutchery when she told the Sunday Mirror she was having an abortion. Big news, huh? Woman Gets Abortion. But what people- yes, even pro-choicers- were against was

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Rescued To Death

Though it’s wrapped in layers of feminist and “anti-crime” rhetoric, the truth of the matter is that the war on sex workers (whether in its pure form or disguised as concern over “sex trafficking”) is “deeply rooted in Protestant Christianity’s obsession with ‘pure and pious womanhood’, and even when there is no Christian group involved in

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Property of the State

One of the tragic flaws of the human race is that the mass of people are wholly unable to see the big picture, which gives a powerful advantage to people and institutions wise enough and patient enough to invest their energies in a long game.  While many people can recognize the immediate problems with some

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So you want to know about trans sex?

Written by J Tebble, Project Assistant for All About Trans “Trans people are asked offensive questions about their private lives that would never be asked of others,” writes Freddie McConnell. “It’s time to stop the talk of ‘real’ names and body parts”. As part of the g2’s Generation Y Takeover, All About Trans hooked up

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All About the Men

Probably the most common stereotype of anti-sex worker feminists is that they’re all misandrists, and on the surface that certainly seems true.  But a closer examination of the issue reveals a deeper motivation which more closely resembles an obsessive concern with men at the expense of women.  Feminists are willing to deny models income in order

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News: Design a Sex Toy, Win Cash

Lovehoney has launched its 2014 competition to find the sex toy of the future. The sex toy retailer had a record number of entries to last year’s competition and now two of the winning entries are in production. Its 2009 winner designed a rotating wheel which simulates oral sex, The Sqweel. Hundreds of thousands of

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Teen Mothers Speak: Stigma, Misogyny-And The Failure Of Feminism

Teen parents- especially teenage mothers- are stigmatised. “Pregnant girls are viewed as either poor immoral victims who need fixing, or manipulating devious sluts who need punishing,” says Prym Face, Telegraph blogger, researcher, former young mother and founder of Promoting Respect for Young Mothers. “Support for teen mums is sometimes couched in a context of changing

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Available Weapon

Radical feminists are fond of pretending that women are not individuals, but rather mere appendages of some vast gestalt entity for which the feminists are the designated mouthpieces.  Many of their arguments against sex work rely on the notion that the private actions of individual women somehow resonate across this vast, incorporeal, hydra-like entity and

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News: Free Access to Porn Studies Journal

The first double issue of Porn Studies has launched – and it’s free online until 31 May 2014. Porn Studies is edited by Professor Feona Attwood of Middlesex University and Professor Clarissa Smith of the University of Sunderland and supported by an international editorial board. It’s “the premier dedicated, international, peer-reviewed journal tocritically explore those

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The Missing Word

There’s something missing from this story in Smithsonian magazine: …since 2012, about 900 workers have died while working on infrastructure in Qatar, in a building boom anticipating the World Cup…the Guardian reported that over 400 Nepalese migrant workers had already died at building sites.  Between 2010 and 2012 more than 700 workers from India lost their lives working on construction sites in Qatar, too.

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Event: ‘Far From Grey’ Robert Babylon exhibition

Adult brand Harmony will be offering a new dimension to their customers’ fetish fantasies with the opening of ‘Far From Grey’ on Tuesday 1st April, an exhibition by erotic photographer and artist Robert Babylon. Discover how much hotter bondage looks in several shades of neon as Robert’s unique, beautiful and extremely sexy canvases adorn the walls

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Habitable Room

The Vestal Virgins were among the most important people in classical Roman society; they were charged with keeping the sacred fires burning, and accorded numerous privileges in return.  One of the greatest of these was that their persons were sacrosanct; in other words, no person could touch them without their permission, upon penalty of death. 

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Why It’s So Hard To Fight Gender Role Stereotyping

Feminists have been critiquing and challenging gender roles for many decades; not just since the first wavers, but at least since Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of The Rights of Woman. But why are gender roles sticking around? This is obviously a complex issue with no single answer. But one reason could be that gender roles

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Ten Sexy Short Stories in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support

Make donating to charity a real pleasure, and remind yourself why self love is the greatest love of all. Yes, it’s time to buy yourself, a partner, a friend, friend with benefits and/ or some other lucky lover a copy of www.Cliterati.co.uk‘s erotic e-anthology Ultimate Pleasure, which was released by The XX Corporation just in time for

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Delightful Conversation

In early December, Elytte and Miranda Barbour were arrested on a charge of murder in the first degree, three weeks after getting married and moving from North Carolina to Pennsylvania: [The Barbours]…lured a man to his death with an ad on…Craigslist…because they wanted to kill someone together…Elytte Barbour told officers…that he and his wife, Miranda…[lured] Troy

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Helping Themselves

For most of the Twentieth Century, “authorities” in many Western countries (especially the United States) chose to portray sex workers as either criminals to be jailed or “problems” to be solved, “social evils” as the Victorians had termed us.  But by the 1970s, that narrative was wearing thin:  the sexual revolution had opened many people’s

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Sex Worker Rights Day

A slave is one who waits for someone else to free him.  –  Rosellen Brown Asian sex worker activists are my heroes; they are everything I wish American sex worker activists could be.  Here in the US, we let the media run so absolutely wild in spreading the prohibitionists’ poisonous lies that the few of

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