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Fatphobia: A Guide for the Disbeliever

(64) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 9:46 AM

When I talk about fatphobia, I'm often viewed with confusion and disbelief. I mean, we laugh at fat jokes, discuss at length banning fat marriage, make comments about how fat people should exercise or kill themselves. We may be threatened with murder for making a documentary on fatness....

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Paying For It: Is PayPal Hurting Sex Workers?

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 4:18 PM

"In a sluggish economy, never, ever f*** with another man's livelihood." - Risky Business

As a sex worker, I hear "why don't you leave the industry?" all the time. We all do -- it's one of the big questions I see Duke student and porn performer Belle Knox...

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Will Work for Compensation: Amanda Palmer, Interns, and Entitlement Culture

(9) Comments | Posted September 13, 2012 | 9:02 PM

So Amanda F*cking Palmer has gotten herself in the middle of a shitstorm, again. Not surprising, as she appears to like controversy (like many artists). This time it's about her request for "professional-ish" volunteer musicians from each town she tours in to be part of her show, in exchange...

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Why You Should Listen to Sex Workers Giving Marriage Advice

(55) Comments | Posted June 11, 2012 | 4:58 PM

Recently I wrote an angry response to an older Tracy McMillan article ("Why You're Not Married"). Her advice seemed outdated, sexist, patriarchal, heterosexist, telling women how they needed to be less driven, less sexual, and less angry in order to "bag a husband." My personal experience...

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Marriage Martyrdom: Advice from the Angry and Engaged

(31) Comments | Posted May 31, 2012 | 12:30 PM

Taking a half hour break from my marketing job, I decided to catch up with Facebook, as you do. I flipped through cute cat pictures, complaints about weather, political discussions and came across an article several buddies had posted with praise -- the rather firm-sounding "Why You're Not...

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The Girlfriend Experience

(1) Comments | Posted May 24, 2012 | 4:28 PM

I wrote a post last week about the reality of being a sex worker in a relationship, explaining that it's sometimes good, sometimes hard, often complicated.

Well, I have intimate experience with one of the greatest media-fed taboos in sex-worker romances: I fell in love with a...

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Public Relations: My Experience as a Sex Worker in Love

(6) Comments | Posted May 17, 2012 | 7:29 PM

"So what do you do?" is a question I used to get asked a lot at the pub in London. Generally, I sized the person up and decided how far up the exposure scale I wanted to go. (If you're curious, my answers, from least to most intimate, are blogger,...

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Principled Pornography: How Queer/Indie Sites Are Reframing the Industry

(31) Comments | Posted April 20, 2012 | 11:58 AM

As the one who organizes the international chapter of the Ladies High Tea and Pornography Society, and as a feminist sex worker generally, I am often asked how I can support pornography when it is clearly and inherently violence of men toward women -- as Gail Dines says,...

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Some People Enjoy Being Prostitutes... Get Over It

(131) Comments | Posted April 10, 2012 | 11:04 AM

"I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a door mat or a prostitute."
--Rebecca West, "Mr Chesterton in Hysterics: A Study in Prejudice,"
The Clarion, 14...

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Working URLs: Sex Workers And The Wild Wild Web

(654) Comments | Posted April 3, 2012 | 2:26 PM

The Internet is somewhat like we imagine the old Wild West to have been -- untamed, unregulated and anything goes. Tempers flare fast, and entering a forum can feel like walking into a shootout. Domains are like land snatched up by speculators -- choose wisely, and you could make millions...

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