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London 2012 Olympics: Crackdown on brothels 'puts sex workers at risk' | UK news | The Observer Scotland Yard has been accused of putting prostitutes at risk with its crackdown. Photograph by Alex Segre/Rex Scotland Yard has been accused of endangering sex workers after it emerged that officers were targeting brothels in London's Olympic boroughs as part of a coordinated clean-up operation ahead of the 2012 games. The Yard's human exploitation and organised crime command (SCD9) was launched in April last year, bringing together expertise in the fields of clubs and vice, human trafficking and immigration crime. London 2012 Olympics: Crackdown on brothels 'puts sex workers at risk' | UK news | The Observer
March 20 is Equal Pay Day in Belgium, and to draw attention to the country's 22% wage gap for women, zij-kant (a women's group organizing the equal pay efforts) has launched an awareness video and corresponding campaign starring porn actress Sasha Grey. It hinges on the fact that, according to the video, porn is one of the few industries where women are consistently paid more than their male counterparts. It is also a very strange and weirdly sad PSA that misses the point by making the equal pay issue all about porn, with a tone that is at once both slut-shaming and sensationalistic. (Also, it's NSFW.) Transcript here. Where to begin? "Become a Porn Actress": Sasha Grey's Equal Pay Day PSA Misses the Point "Become a Porn Actress": Sasha Grey's Equal Pay Day PSA Misses the Point
James Deen won’t stop apologizing. From the moment he emerges from the garage of his sprawling, gray house and shakes my hand, he’s sorry. He’s sorry about the construction workers patching a hole in his roof. He’s sorry about the porn visible on his computer. He’s sorry about his television—he had it set to wake him up when Scooby Doo came on, but Scooby Doo didn’t come on, and now he’s running late. He is not wearing a shirt. What Women Want: Porn and the Frontier of Female Sexuality - Lifestyle What Women Want: Porn and the Frontier of Female Sexuality - Lifestyle
The Dehumanising Effects of Smut The Porn Ultimatum | Cordelia Fine The Dehumanising Effects of Smut The Porn Ultimatum | Cordelia Fine Professor Sedgwick would, I think, be surprised – possibly unpleasantly – by the contemporary world. I can think of few more satisfying things to say to him than, “Ah, Professor Sedgwick. Let me introduce you to our prime minister, Julia Gillard.”
STFU Fauxminists! - Some more about porn from a feminist perspective. STFU Fauxminists! - Some more about porn from a feminist perspective. sanityscraps: I really think all this bullshit about “objectification” of women in porn stems from our society’s anti-female sexuality stigma, especially against women having sex regardless of marriage or—EVEN WORSE—enjoying it. God forbid a woman genuinely like having hardcore sex on camera.No one’s up in arms about men being “objectified” in porn because they’re simply not. And neither are women.
The other day I saw an ad for a porn site that I found rather disturbing. It was a looped flash video ad that featured a couple having very rough sex. The woman was “fish hooked” (had a finger in her mouth, dragging her head back at a painful angle), a penis was rubbed roughly on her face, she was choked and slapped. She also didn’t seem to be enjoying herself much; her face was red and she was crying. I didn’t want to see that. Let’s Talk About Extreme Porn Let’s Talk About Extreme Porn
Is Pornography Racist? In her new book Pornland (Beacon Press) author Gail Dines argues that our sexuality is hijacked by the multi-billion-dollar-a-year porn industry. (See my three-part interview with Gail here, here, and here.) Dines also argues that pornography is racist. But not everyone agrees. In the Pornland chapter titled “Racy Sex, Sexy Racism!” Dines writes that women of color are generally relegated to gonzo–a porn genre lacking any plot–which provides little glamour, security or status. Is Pornography Racist?
Yes, Pornography Is Racist Tobitastic, 1) I cannot speak for Dines, but I can speak for the general idea. Please read this: http://sfsworld.temple.edu/tempress/chapters_1100/1339_ch1.pdf. It is chapter one of “The Gender Knot” by Allan Johnson. Yes, Pornography Is Racist
Porn: Pleasure or Profit? Ms. Interviews Gail Dines, Part II Porn: Pleasure or Profit? Ms. Interviews Gail Dines, Part II In Part I of my interview with Gail Dines, the self-described anti-porn feminist discussed sexual freedom, coercion, safety and harm. Part II continues the conversation. And this time, porn actors respond.
Few industries are as controversial as the sex industry; few industries contain such human rights abuses. Often debates are polarised and simplistic: several organisations which campaign on this issue view all prostitution as violence against women, regardless of the consent of women who have sex for money. Due in large part to criminalisation, reliable data is rare and mostly relates to criminal activity, whether sex workers are perpetrators or victims.Few industries are as controversial as the sex industry; few industries contain such human rights abuses. Often debates are polarised and simplistic: several organisations which campaign on this issue view all prostitution as violence against women, regardless of the consent of women who have sex for money. Due in large part to criminalisation, reliable data is rare and mostly relates to criminal activity, whether sex workers are perpetrators or victims. International Union of Sex Workers International Union of Sex Workers
UPDATE: After posting this guest entry, it was brought to my attention that the blog from which it is cross-posted contains material that is racist, misogynist, fat-shaming and transphobic. Had I known that history, I would not have allowed this post to be published on Feministe. We will not be publishing work from this author again. And going forward, when guest posts are offered, I will do more homework into a blogger’s background and past posts, instead of just generally perusing their blog for anything that immediately stands out. The many types of prostitutes in ancient Rome
The women Let me preface this by saying I grew up in a well-to-do family. I had more opportunity and privilege than most, but the divorce of my parents in my first year of university ultimately drove me to completely check out of society. In the beginning of my crack addiction I always swore to myself and to anyone who brought up the subject that I would never sell sex for money. Unfortunately, I was very naive and uninformed about the progression of addiction and I did not yet know what desperation felt like. I do not remember my first trick, but I do remember many. Why do women become sex workers, and why do men go to them? | Society
ANATOMY OF A SEX SYMBOL by Sheila O’Malley | JOAN'S DIGEST “Maybe I’m a sexless sex goddess.” - Marilyn Monroe to Life magazine journalist Richard Meryman, 1961 The sexiest woman in America didn’t have an orgasm until the last year of her life. Despite her famous love affairs and marriages, not to mention the fact that she was the symbol of sex to millions of men worldwide, Marilyn Monroe’s inability to enjoy sex was something she was open about to close confidantes (male and female) and her psychiatrist, Dr. Ralph Greenson.
Never wear black stockings, Lynda Dearlove's grandmother used to warn her. "She used to say only two sorts of women wear them … nuns and prostitutes." It makes Lynda laugh to tell the story: because today she's Sister Lynda, a nun who is dedicating her life to working with sex workers in one of London's most notorious red-light districts, King's Cross. A sanctuary for sex workers | Society
Welcome to RhED's Website. Resourcing health & EDucation (RhED) is a specialist service for the sex industry in Victoria. RhED is committed to respecting and reflecting the needs of the sex industry. RhED has a broad body of knowledge of the sex industry, including staff who have experience in the industry; and the employment of peer workers who contribute to the delivery of RhED programs. This site provides a range of health, safety and legal information for sex workers. Resourcing Health & Education in the Sex Industry (RhED)
The Sex Workers Project
ontd_feminism: Canada's prostitution laws being challenged
Criminalize Only the Buying of Sex - Room for Debate
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Prostitution laws struck down by Ont. court - Canada
Partial victory for sex workers with Ontario ruling