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Does Amnesty International's Sex Work Resolution Support "Gender Apartheid?"

Katherine Koster | Posted 11.10.2015 | World
Katherine Koster

Addressing inequality, a complex web of intersecting oppression and societal discomfort with the inclusion of people who engage in commercial sex is harder than blaming the sex trade for the exploitation and marginalization of women.

Social Media, Zola And The Sex Worker Horror Story

Josephine | Posted 11.02.2015 | Media

Every sex worker has a horror story. We get robbed, arrested, beaten, humiliated. I file those events away in memory as "shit happens" because the alternative is too depressing. Maybe that's what Zola was doing: defusing the horror of her experience with humor.

Cocks & Bonds: That Time I Considered Hiring a Sex Worker as a Man With Disabilities

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 10.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

Disability and sex work is never openly discussed. We need to start asking: how does it feel to pay for sex or sexual pleasure, not necessarily because you have the capital or even the desire to, but because you feel you may have no other choice?

In This Sex Shop, Even The Most X-Rated Toys Are Cuddly

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 10.19.2015 | Arts

For some, the thought of walking into a sex shop is an intimidating hypothetical, filled with naughty magazines, scintillating DVDs, loads of di...

Working It: The Activist Art Magazine Fueling Labor Rights for Strippers and Other Sex Workers

Katherine Koster | Posted 10.01.2015 | Women
Katherine Koster

It's a Wednesday afternoon, a few hours before her domestic violence hotline shift begins, and Matilda Bickers has put out the final call for submissions to the fall version of Working It, a Portland-based quarterly by, about, and for sex workers.

Six Problems With Media Coverage on the Sex Trade

Katherine Koster | Posted 09.22.2015 | Media
Katherine Koster

Look -- we get that you're under time pressure and for last minute news overviews, it's easier to just cut and paste from press releases. But if repeated research and in-depth features indicate that the press release is not a complete or accurate description of what happened, this becomes dishonest reporting.

Human Trafficking Jam: Sorting Out Consensual Sex From Slavery, Coercion and Abuse

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 09.17.2015 | Politics
Clay Farris Naff

You don't have to approve of the buying and selling of sex to see the wisdom in Amnesty's proposal. I'm certain that humanists, along with everyone else who considers themselves a civilized human being, would join unanimously to oppose human trafficking. However, the conflation of these evils with consensual commercial sex is wrong.

Chicago Sun-Times Editor Thinks Sex Workers Can't Be Sexually Assaulted

Katherine Koster | Posted 09.14.2015 | Chicago
Katherine Koster

She mocked that the victim would call 911 rather than going to a "pimp." She called forced sex at gunpoint "theft of services." She stated that taking the sexual assault of a sex worker seriously "minimizes the act of rape," is "an insult" to real victims.

Protesters Say Raid On Rentboy Escort Site Puts People At Risk

The Huffington Post | Lila Shapiro | Posted 09.03.2015 | Gay Voices

NEW YORK -- A crowd gathered outside the federal courthouse in Brooklyn on Thursday to protest last week's government raid on a gay escort website, a ...

Subpoenas and Community Condom Policing: The War on Condomless Porn

Katherine Koster | Posted 08.28.2015 | Los Angeles
Katherine Koster

Last week, three large adult industry STI testing and treatment facilities were served subpoenas demanding the release of adult performer medical records dating back to 2007.

Rentboy Raid Latest Salvo in Government's Counterproductive War on Sex

Alison Bass | Posted 08.28.2015 | Crime
Alison Bass

The Rentboy raid is just the latest salvo in what civil rights attorneys and sex worker rights advocates say is an "ongoing war against sex" by the government.

When Did Gays Become the Morality Police?

Christian Gabriel | Posted 08.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Christian Gabriel

The modern LGBT rights movement has been veering toward conservatism for some time, evidenced by its primary and overarching mission to finally achieve Marriage Equality.

Legal in Theory: Germany's Sex Trade Laws and Why They Have Nothing to Do With Amnesty Sex Work Proposal

Katherine Koster | Posted 08.27.2015 | World
Katherine Koster

Germany (and the Netherlands) have been swept into the ire over Amnesty's new Sex Worker proposal: "After Germany legalized prostitution in 2002, police reported it became much more difficult to target abusive pimps" Time Magazine claims.

Trafficking and the State of the German Sex Trade

Katherine Koster | Posted 08.27.2015 | World
Katherine Koster

Ultimately, there are problems with Germany's sex trade...but not the problems getting media buzz. And as irritating as this discourse is for sex worker advocates, the harm of these myths is not only discursive.

This Is Why The Rentboy Raid Is About Way More Than Just Sex Work

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.03.2015 | Gay Voices

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Police Investigate Whether Woman's Death Is Tied To Date

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 08.20.2015 | Black Voices

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Hiring A Sex Worker Is Not 'Buying' A Person

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 08.12.2015 | Impact

When talking about sex work, words matter. Amnesty International voted Tuesday to develop a policy supporting sex workers' rights. The new resolu...

Amnesty International Votes To Develop Policy On Sex Workers' Rights

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 08.11.2015 | Impact

Amnesty International delegates approved a resolution Tuesday to develop a policy on sex workers' rights, recommending that it calls for full decrimi...

Here's What Amnesty International's Sex Work Proposal Really Means

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 08.04.2015 | World

Amnesty International will vote this month on whether to advocate worldwide decriminalization of sex work. If the policy is adopted, the hum...

8 Things To Know About Amnesty's Draft Proposal On Sex Work

Katherine Koster | Posted 07.30.2015 | Impact
Katherine Koster

Confused about the Amnesty International draft proposal? Here are some of the major points, broken down. The safety and human rights of sex workers, not the interest of clients and third parties, drive the call to end indirect criminalization of sex work.

Refusing Bad Touch in Africa

Misbah Noorani | Posted 07.24.2015 | Impact
Misbah Noorani

It is evident that this girl, like so many other girls at Waa, sees the value of education. I first understood this while conducting an Agree-Disagree debate activity with a group of girls, age 13, at Waa.

Why Couples Should Consider Booking Pros for Threesomes

Kitty Stryker | Posted 06.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Kitty Stryker

If you're looking to experiment with extracurricular sexytimes, booking a male escort may be one way to increase the odds of success and comfort. If you think it might be for you, learn how to be a great client, tip generously, and communicate well!

Here Are Some Of The 'Obnoxious' Questions That Sex Workers Are Tired Of Hearing

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 06.22.2015 | Gay Voices

In Love Not Given Lightly, author Tina Horn chronicles the lives of those she encountered throughout her own experience within sexual counter cultures...

Jon Pressick on Best Sex Writing of 2015: Consent, BDSM, Porn, Race, Sex Work & Being Canadian

David Henry Sterry | Posted 06.29.2015 | Books
David Henry Sterry

I met Jon Pressick a few years ago when I wrote a book about sex. That's what happens when you write a book about sex. You get to meet Jon Pressick. He has talked about sex to some of the coolest sex people in America, and lived to tell the tales.

My Struggle To Survive As A Homeless Youth

Kristopher Sharp | Posted 06.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Kristopher Sharp

My life is proof that we can change the future of thousands of youth forced into homelessness by simply valuing their lives, making investments into their futures, and recognizing that they are worth more than a few bucks and some leftover lunch. I am worth something -- and so is every other homeless youth.