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6 Myths About Sex Workers Busted

www.upworthy.com | Posted 08.06.2014 | Business

Sex work is not a real job? False....

Can Sex Work Make More Sense Than Working At Walmart? Hell, Yes

Lara Michelle | Posted 07.29.2014 | Women
Lara Michelle

I understand that there are women who are indeed coerced into sex work, who are abused by pimps, mistreated by johns, raped and bullied by men on the streets. But that simply was not my story. I made a conscious decision to enter the sex industry. When I wanted to quit, I did. So yes, for me, a job in the sex industry certainly made more sense than a job at Walmart.

Sex Website Seizure Spurs City's Bid To Decriminalize Prostitution

Reuters | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics

By Mary Papenfuss SAN FRANCISCO, July 29 (Reuters) - The head of San Francisco's Erotic Service Providers Union has been a sex worker ...

A Second Chance to Do It Right

Marshall Stowell | Posted 07.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Marshall Stowell

No doubt the topic of conversation at the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia, will be "key populations." In other words, how do we reach those at greatest risk for infection -- men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs and sex workers.

Why I Support Canada's Proposed Prostitution Laws

Georgialee Lang | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Politics
Georgialee Lang

The view that prostitution subordinates and victimizes women and girls is not particularly popular, but I have seen it first-hand when I lived on Granville Street in the early 1970's and in Vancouver's west end in the 80's. The image of a "happy hooker" is a Madison Avenue gimmick that has no basis in reality. When my husband, Doug, ran the Vancouver Vice Squad, I saw again the squalor and exploitation of young, addicted woman, both tragic and poignant.

Duke Porn Star Donates Her Panties For A Good Cause

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 06.09.2014 | College

Two American porn stars are helping a Canadian sex workers' advocacy group raise money by selling off some adult-themed prizes, including sex toys and...

The Part Of Maya Angelou's Past You May Not Have Known About

HuffPost Live | Posted 06.04.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

After literary legend Maya Angelou passed away on May 28, she was extolled for her contribution to the world through works like "I Know Why The Caged ...

PEN Ten with Molly Crabapple

PEN American Center | Posted 07.13.2014 | Arts
PEN American Center

I don't live in a context where to make art is that daring. I'm not Ai Weiwei or Laura Poitras. I was scared to write about my own abortion, a fear that turned out not to be justified, and I was scared to write about Guantanamo because it felt too big and grave.

What It's Really Like to Be a Phone Sex Operator

Ella Jameson | Posted 07.06.2014 | Women
Ella Jameson

Marie is part of the "college girls" category, but this is as far as the truth stretches; the picture beside her sex chat persona is a voluptuous, sultry brunette. The reality is a petite and softly-spoken blonde who seems as far removed from an insatiable, risque vixen as you can get.

Antonia Crane Talks About Sex Work, Slut-Shaming, Biting Matthew McConaughey and Her New Book: Spent

David Henry Sterry | Posted 07.05.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

I met Antonia Crane when I was putting together an anthology I did about sex work & sex workers. From our first correspondence it was clear she was sm...

Bill Would Prohibit Condoms Being Used As Proof Of Prostitution

AP | DAVID KLEPPER | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York City spends more than a million dollars every year to distribute free condoms to combat unintended pregnancies and dise...

Hawaii Lawmakers Agree To End Police Sex Loophole

AP | By SAM EIFLING | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers in both chambers agree that legal permission for police to have sex with prostitutes should end. Hou...

'The Only Way I Can Do This Research Project Is If I Become A Stripper'

The Huffington Post | Allison Bresnick | Posted 04.18.2014 | College

"Kate," a senior at Oregon State University, works as a stripper. The way she got there was a little unusual. She uses the name Kate to protect he...

I Don't Want Your Pity: Sex Work And Labor Politics

Belle Knox | Posted 06.14.2014 | College
Belle Knox

We assign a cultural significance to sex; it is for procreation and the preservation of the family unit. We are told it is to be cherished and not commodified, but meanwhile sex screams at us from every billboard and TV channel. It seems sex can be used to sell everything except for sex itself.

Paying For It: Is PayPal Hurting Sex Workers?

Kitty Stryker | Posted 06.10.2014 | Women
Kitty Stryker

What do you do when your brand is adult-based and all your best connections, writing and media appearances relate not to SEO, but SEX?

Exiting the Porn Star Pity Party

Chris 'Go-Go' Harder | Posted 06.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Chris 'Go-Go' Harder

Please, please stop! Save your words of wisdom and balloons and banners for some other porn star's pity party! All of this confetti and icing and brain washing Kool-Aid is being wasted on me! Plus, I don't eat frosting.

Hauntingly Beautiful Portraits Of Homeless Individuals Show What Poverty Really Looks Like

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 04.08.2014 | Arts

Photographer Lee Jeffries has devoted much of his time to capturing the overlooked faces of homeless individuals across the globe. Trekking from Londo...

Belle Knox's Porn Crusade Is Fantasy, Not Feminism

Stefanie Williams | Posted 06.04.2014 | College
Stefanie Williams

I really, really hate Duke. I'll preface this whole thing by laying out my unabashed (and probably illogical) disdain for the Blue Devils up front. Ha...

9 Things You Didn't Know About American Prostitution

The Huffington Post | Carina Kolodny | Posted 03.14.2014 | Business

It might be the "world's oldest profession," but in many ways prostitution is a mystery -- especially in the United States, where the sex trade is one...

Monica Jones and the Fight Against Racial and Gender Police Profiling in the U.S.

Darby Hickey | Posted 05.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Darby Hickey

The rights violations that police commit in the course of enforcing anti-prostitution and other "quality of life" laws are so pervasive and those targeted so stigmatized that the system is rarely challenged. Which is why Monica's stance is so important.

Sex Workers Have Labor Rights Just Like Any Other Employee in NZ

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.09.2014 | Women
Michelle Chen

Advocates have long argued that the mistreatment of sex workers is a byproduct of endemic stigma and criminalization, which expose workers to discrimination, violence, structural poverty, and the increased threat of sexual assault and sexually transmitted disease. Though many sex workers do struggle with economic or social hardship, activists say the trade's underlying moral problem lies not with the profession, but with the society that systematically condemns it.

Why Belle Knox's Anonymity Was So Important, As Told by an Out Sex Worker

Eric Barry | Posted 05.06.2014 | Entertainment
Eric Barry

Belle Knox, who is impressively sagacious at just 18, is joining the company of some tremendous voices in the industry who are redefining what it means to be a sex worker.

Sticky Situation: The Porn Star, the Producer, and the Politics Behind the Strip and the Tease

Chris 'Go-Go' Harder | Posted 05.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Chris 'Go-Go' Harder

I've worked in the NYC nightlife and burlesque communities for over four years and, as of 2013, I began my career as a "porn star." The blurry line of sex worker and performance artist very much parallels the equally gray area of personal and professional grievances surrounding this issue.

Dear 'Duke Porn Star,' I Know What You're Going Through

Tasha Reign | Posted 04.29.2014 | Women
Tasha Reign

We have to fight to provide a strong, positive voice for sex workers worldwide. Knowledge is power, and while sexuality is controversial, we need to fight for our freedoms as women to express ourselves and put slut-shame to an end.

The Perfect Threesome? Porn, Patriarchy and Capitalism

Jennifer Ketcham | Posted 04.29.2014 | Women
Jennifer Ketcham

Just like the price tag on her education, patriarchal capitalism and free market principles determine the price tag on her body.