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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.

Sex and the Super Bowl

Lenore Skenazy | Posted 04.01.2014 | Sports
Lenore Skenazy

Why would a hooker waste time and money hoofing it to a one-weekend event where the prospects are dim, the rooms overpriced and the police on the prowl?

Five Things You Can Do to Fight Trafficking and Modern Slavery

Juhu Thukral | Posted 03.26.2014 | Impact
Juhu Thukral

It's important to start the year thinking about ways to address and prevent trafficking in persons, given that, throughout the world, so many workers and young people experience this assault on their dignity and autonomy.

Sex Workers in France Resist Attacks on Their Liberty

Michelle Chen | Posted 02.12.2014 | World
Michelle Chen

These days, French political culture appears to be retreating from its stereotypical liberalism on one of its best-known "vice" industries: the sex trade. Controversial new legislation in the country would criminalize paid sex.

Dear God, I Need a Job: The Struggle to Find Employment After Sex Work

Eric Barry | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Eric Barry

I decided to lose the pseudonym and come out publicly about being a straight male who was a gay escort. I wanted to show the world that sex workers can be educated, intelligent, well-adjusted people. People who went to Berkeley. People who worked at Google.

Nobody Left Behind

Michel D. Kazatchkine | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Michel D. Kazatchkine

As the Millennium Development Goals come to fruition in 2015 we are being faced with a terrible and daunting reality: that these key affected populations of HIV/AIDS are in fact being left behind.

ReThink Review: Afternoon Delight -- The Women of Summer

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.30.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

This summer has felt like a particularly strong one for women in independent film. Now, Kathryn Hahn makes a wonderful (mostly) dramatic turn in Afternoon Delight, a film about a woman who attempts to bring meaning to her life by letting a stripper move in with her family.

Why Some Straight Men Are Romantically or Sexually Attracted to Other Men

Joe Kort, Ph.D. | Posted 09.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Joe Kort, Ph.D.

Many men who have sex with men aren't gay or even bisexual. Although their mental and emotional state resembles that of the initial stages of coming out, gay and bisexual men go on to develop a gay or a bisexual identity, whereas these men don't.

What India's Sex Workers Want: Power, Not Rescue

Michelle Chen | Posted 09.20.2013 | World
Michelle Chen

Anu Mokal wasn't breaking the law when she was out walking with her friend last year, yet to the police, her very existence was criminal. As a sex wo...

The Red Light District

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 09.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

When I went to Thailand to visit my best friend Leah, it was very important to me that we stop in Bangkok to see the Red Light District. Like many naïve young women, I found the sex industry wildly compelling. At 22 sex was rewarding and certain, while the rest of my life felt absurd.

USAID v. AOSI: A Victory for Sex Workers and Feminist Allies

Aziza Ahmed | Posted 08.24.2013 | Politics
Aziza Ahmed

The U.S. Supreme Court case Agency for International Development v. Alliance for the Open Society Institute International is a landmark case for individuals working on alleviating the impact of the HIV epidemic throughout the world.

Beyond the Anti-Prostitution Pledge: The Public Health Buck Does Not Stop Here

Leo Beletsky | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics
Leo Beletsky

The Court's decision to strike down the pledge provision should not come as a surprise. In fact, the Justice Department had initially recommended limiting the pledge requirement to foreign entities because they understood the provision to be vulnerable to First Amendment challenges from US-based organizations.

David Moye

Brothel Owner Blasts LinkedIn's Prostitute Ban

HuffingtonPost.com | David Moye | Posted 05.15.2013 | Weird News

LinkedIn's decision to prevent prostitutes from using the site to market themselves has one legal brothel owner feeling, well, screwed. The busines...

Awareness: The First Step to Ending Women's Marginalization

Lauren Bates | Posted 07.03.2013 | Impact
Lauren Bates

2013-04-23-theraiseforwomenchallenge300x60.jpgFor six months I traveled through Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia and Nepal. I was curious about what it was like to be a woman in all of these places. I began to realize how deeply rooted these gender issues are.

This Website Allows You To Rate What?

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.02.2013 | Women

Ever wished you could find some user reviews of local escorts, just to make sure you don't end up with a dud on date night? We're guessing not, but...

Technology to Fight Modern Slavery

Bradley Myles | Posted 07.02.2013 | Impact
Bradley Myles

Human trafficking and slavery is in all of our backyards. It exists in nearly every country on earth and is a $32 billion industry. Technology can also be a powerful force to stop traffickers and help victims of this abuse find help. But there is still more we can do.

Rethinking Policing in the Age of AIDS

Aleksandr Zelichenko | Posted 06.25.2013 | Impact
Aleksandr Zelichenko

Good drug policy is good AIDS policy. Drug users and sex workers benefit more from services than from beatings and prison. And as law enforcement officials committed to protecting the public, we can support public health.

The Right to Fight AIDS

Serra Sippel | Posted 06.22.2013 | Politics
Serra Sippel

Today, we need more open discussion and debate about public health, not less. Current law stands in the way of the discussion and independent thinking necessary to find an end to the HIV epidemic.