Listen to ALL of the Sex Workers

I recently participated in a facebook thread about this tumblr post on the topic of sex work, which in turn, was sparked by this tumblr post. The discussion I was in included a back-and-forth between me and someone who wants to abolish sex work by criminalizing the purchasing of sex, but not the selling of […]

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If You Want Me To Not See You As An Enemy, Stop Doing The Things My Enemies Do: An Open Letter to Z Budapest

A little background: I’ve been going to PantheaCon, an annual convention for pagan spiritual groups and communities, for many years. It’s a really fun con, with some amazing workshops, discussions, rituals, and parties. At the 2011 con, some transgender women tried to attend a ceremony that was advertised in the program as open to women, […]

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Shame and Violence: The Mechanisms of Social Control

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Jaclyn Friedman, the author of What You Really, Really Want (an amazing book that I think everyone should read), has a guest post over at feministe.us about the ways that women attack and shame other women around sexual assault. It’s a great read, but then, pretty much everything she writes is. One of the things that […]

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Fetlife Just Doesn’t Get It When It Come to Joking About Sex Workers

Last week, Fetlife (the kinky social networking site) went offline, as can happen. And the folks running the site decided it would be funny to tweet about it: Whoops… FetLife just went down like a drunk hooker… — FetLife (@FetLife) August 21, 2011 Predictably enough, a mini twitter-storm ensued, as various folks called Fetlife out […]

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Call for Submissions: Ain’t I A Woman: Race, Feminism And Social Media

This showed upon my screen and I wanted to pass it along. Please share it with anyone who might be interested. It looks like a fantastic project! “AIN’T I A WOMAN: RACE, FEMINISM AND SOCIAL MEDIA” CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS Morgane Richardson, Professional Feminist, Founder of Refuse the Silence and Ain’t I a Woman Events and Jessie Daniels, Associate […]

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When Arrogance Meets Activism: Ashton Kutcher and Sex Trafficking

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I’ve been an advocate for sex workers’ rights for a long time. Unlike many people, I think it’s possible to create a world in which people have the freedom to engage in commercial sex AND the freedom from having it imposed upon them. I’ve known too many people who paid their way through college or […]

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When Straight, White, Cisgender Men Don’t Get It

There’s a post on SexIs today from Roland Hulme, in which he shows that he almost gets how his privilege works. In his piece, he discusses the responses to a previous post of his, in which he wrote that (at the time), he was of the opinion that transgender people shouldn’t be able to change […]

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