Columns: Friday the Thirteenth

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. – Martin Luther King, Jr. This coming Friday will be the first Friday the 13th since I’ve been writing for Cliterati; most of you are probably wondering what that has to do with anything.  Well, it’s just this:

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Columns: What’s the Difference?

I challenge you to distinguish a naked prostitute from any other naked woman. – Henri Leclerc No matter what Western religions claim, sex is no different from any other human activity once the possibility of creating human life is removed by birth control.  I strongly suspect that realization is the real driving force behind most of

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Columns: By Any Other Name

When I was guest blogging at The Agitator last July, a reader asked a question whose answer might, I think, be interesting for Cliterati readers as well. So here it is, modified slightly for this format: Speaking of hookers, what are the rules (or traditions among those in the profession) regarding the use of words

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Columns: I’m Sex Positive by Cliff Pervocracy

I’m sex-positive! And I’m realizing that’s a painfully ambiguous term.  I’ve seen people use it to mean everything from “not viewing sex as inherently evil” to “insisting that everyone should have tons of orgasms and it’ll solve all their problems.”  You can see how people using the first definition could have some seriously unproductive arguments

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It’s Complicated

Most people yearn for a simple world where the goodies wear white hats and the baddies black, where people and behaviors can be easily sorted into neat little boxes, where good intentions lead to good outcomes and bad intentions lead to harm, and where everyone agrees on hierarchies of morality and the relative importance of

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Chauvinism

Language changes over time; words come and go, and new words are used in place of older ones.  One word which was common in my youth but has since declined sharply in popularity is “chauvinism”, meaning “blind and fanatical devotion to something”.  A chauvinist is one who believes his own group, belief system or whatever

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China Dolls

This past Tuesday, the European Parliament passed a call for continent-wide censorship of sexual content, justified by a view of women more at home in Victorian thought than in the second decade of the 21st century.  Yes, I know you heard that the measure was defeated, but that’s because the Fourth Estate no longer bothers

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Columns: Vulnerability

The fashionable anti-sex work dogma of our times is that prostitution is “paid rape”, an exertion of “patriarchal dominance” by violent men acting out their misogyny through the “buying” of women.  The most fanatical of the True Believers proclaim that all sex workers are in reality “slaves” who are “owned” by pimps and traded like

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Columns: Straining at Gnats

Sex worker rights activists hear a lot of arguments against decriminalizing our profession, absolutely none of them sound or reasonable (no matter what those who use them may believe).  Most of them are based in one religion or another, and by religion I mean any belief system which is unsupported by (and may even fly

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Skin To Skin

Few people would deny the importance of skin-to-skin contact in the psychological, emotional and even physical health of the newborn infant; study after study since Harlow’s seminal work with Rhesus monkeys in the 1950s have demonstrated that even if all of a baby’s physical needs are met clinically and dispassionately, it will not thrive in

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