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London 2012 Olympics: Crackdown on brothels 'puts sex workers at risk' Scotland Yard has been accused of putting prostitutes at risk with its crackdown.

London 2012 Olympics: Crackdown on brothels 'puts sex workers at risk'

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. "Become a Porn Actress": Sasha Grey's Equal Pay Day PSA Misses the Point. 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.

"Become a Porn Actress": Sasha Grey's Equal Pay Day PSA Misses the Point

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? What Women Want: Porn and the Frontier of Female Sexuality - Lifestyle. James Deen won’t stop apologizing.

What Women Want: Porn and the Frontier of Female Sexuality - Lifestyle

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.

The Dehumanising Effects of Smut The Porn Ultimatum. Professor Sedgwick would, I think, be surprised – possibly unpleasantly – by the contemporary world.

The Dehumanising Effects of Smut The Porn Ultimatum

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. Let’s Talk About Extreme Porn. The other day I saw an ad for a porn site that I found rather disturbing.

Let’s Talk About Extreme Porn

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. 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.

Is Pornography Racist?

(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. Yes, Pornography Is Racist.

Tobitastic, 1) I cannot speak for Dines, but I can speak for the general idea.

Yes, Pornography Is Racist

Please read this: It is chapter one of “The Gender Knot” by Allan Johnson. 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.

Porn: Pleasure or Profit? Ms. Interviews Gail Dines, Part II

Part II continues the conversation. And this time, porn actors respond. International Union of Sex Workers. The many types of prostitutes in ancient Rome. 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.

The many types of prostitutes in ancient Rome

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.

Why do women become sex workers, and why do men go to them? The women Let me preface this by saying I grew up in a well-to-do family.

Why do women become sex workers, and why do men go to them?

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. ANATOMY OF A SEX SYMBOL by Sheila O’Malley. “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. A sanctuary for sex workers. 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. Resourcing Health & Education in the Sex Industry (RhED) The Sex Workers Project. Ontd_feminism: Canada's prostitution laws being challenged. Warning: there is some mention of abuse and violence against prostitutes in this articleCanadians should have realized that prostitution in Canada could never be the same after British Columbia pig farmer Robert Pickton was convicted of the horrific killing of six prostitutes and suspected of murdering dozens more.

As details of the shocking case spread across the country, some prostitutes came to believe their only recourse was to fight against a legal system that put them at heightened risk. In Canada, prostitution itself is legal, but communicating for the purpose of prostitution is illegal, as is conducting business in a brothel and living off the avails of prostitution. Criminalize Only the Buying of Sex - Room for Debate. Max Waltman is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at Stockholm University who has written about sexual exploitation and pornography in Canada, Sweden and the United States.

Not to be bought and sold for sex should be a human right. Sweden effectively recognized this in 1999, criminalizing buying sex and decriminalizing being in prostitution. 0e51eb7f.pdf (application/pdf Object) Prostituutiosuomessa.pdf (application/pdf Object) Prostitution laws struck down by Ont. court - Canada. Terri-Jean Bedford, left, and Valerie Scott, shown in 2009, along with a third woman, launched a constitutional challenge of Canada's anti-prostitution laws. An Ontario court ruled Tuesday the Criminal Code provisions relating to prostitution contribute to the danger faced by sex-trade workers. ((Michael Turschic/CBC)) An Ontario court has thrown out key provisions of Canada's anti-prostitution laws in response to a constitutional challenge by a Toronto dominatrix and two prostitutes in 2009.

Partial victory for sex workers with Ontario ruling.