Feminists and Other Puritans

Every time one reads an article that doesn’t mindlessly parrot “sex trafficking” hysteria or some other aspect of the anti-sex movement, yet isn’t written by a sex worker or ally, one can be sure there will be an obligatory sentence about how it’s “surprising” or “paradoxical” or whatever that anti-sex carceral feminists (to use my

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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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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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Objectification Is The Cause Of Slut Shaming- Why Don’t We Recognise This?

  “Objectification.” It’s a word we hear all too often. The charge of “objectification” is levelled at films, the news media, lyrics, art, and of course porn. Sometimes we intersectional or sex positive feminists might feel like it’s a catch-all term which silences those who have sex industry careers- especially since it is used to

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Comment: Why Sex Workers Are #notyourrescueproject: Rape by anti-trafficking NGOs, stigma by feminists

“If we want anything from outside like sweets, chewing gum or magazines or phone credit we have to give hand job or blow job to security,” reveals Molli Desi Devadasi. But she’s not talking about a prison. Molli, now a UK-based sex worker, was “rescued” by an anti-prostitution NGO while employed as a sex worker

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Slut Shaming: When Teens Adopt Traditional Values

Slut shamed to death. Not just Amanda Todd, Rehtaeh Parsons and Audrie Potts but other victims all over the world who we’ll never hear about. Most of the women we do hear about are middle class, cis, white and very young. They usually have caring, confident parents who can publicise their stories, hire lawyers and

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News: New Sex and Feminism Research Made Available by Harvard

The Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (RIAS), Harvard University, has completed a five-year project to address its backlog of uncataloged print, manuscript, and audiovisual material.  This involved cataloging of the entire print backlog (12,813 titles), 207 manuscript collections and 8,479 unpublished audiovisual items. Unexpected discoveries include a videotape of the last

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Columns: Back and Forth

While the struggle for civil rights for some minorities has been largely unidirectional, moving steadily forward toward the goal, the war for sex worker rights has been a chaotic melee waged on many fronts.  This is not to say that there were not setbacks in the struggle for women’s rights, racial minority rights, gay rights,

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Books: Unmastered – A Book On Desire, Most Difficult To Tell by Katherine Angel

A fascinating book looking – as the subtitle says – at a topic that can be very, very difficult to discuss: female desire. It’s difficult for many reasons: because ‘good girls’, apparently, aren’t supposed to possess sexual desire at all; because feminists who admit to having certain desires are often shamed (whether by others or

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