Posts Tagged: sex work

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Missing

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I long to learn from my darkest teachers, feel the stab of their spectacular rejection. Perhaps I feel most alive when I’m hurting. ...more

Mary Wept over Sex Worker’s Rights

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At The BelieverShannon Tien caught up with Chester Brown, graphic novelist and author of the newly released Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus, which Tien describes as “essentially a layman’s interpretation of the Bible.” Mary Wept is a collection of graphic adaptations of Biblical scenes involving prostitution, including Brown’s interpretation of Mary as a prostitute, with the goal of shedding light on the truths of sex work and advocating for the rights of sex workers, while presenting his personal vision of the Bible.

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Jiz Lee, Coming Out Like a Porn Star

The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #52: Lauren Wissot in Conversation with Stoya

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Edited by queer porn performer and LGBTQ activist Jiz Lee, Coming Out Like a Porn Star is a wide-ranging compilation of answers to questions only sex industry pros seem to get. (And if you guessed, “Does your mother know?” to be at the top of the queries you are correct.)

Since the announcement of the book early last year, the sex worker-penned anthology has been named to Reason’s list of “Best Sex-Work Books of 2015,” and has even made it onto the syllabi at college campuses.

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Fringe Benefits

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A pervasive, and frustrating, myth is that dancing pays enough for us to stop complaining—that we get paid enough to be cool with however we’re treated. But that’s not true.

For the Times, Rumpus friend and contributor Antonia Crane details the discrimination and exploitation professional strippers often encounter in the workplace.

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Super Hot Prof-on-Student Word Sex #12: Antonia Crane, The Dirty Dozenth

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And this is precisely why I was so entirely blown away by Antonia Crane’s new memoir, Spent, which chronicles her dark and twisted path through the above horrors with remarkable elegance and restraint. To be honest: it’s pretty fucking annoying how elegant and restrained the book is. ...more

The Changing Face of Sex Work

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A University of Chicago survey found that fewer men are paying for sex—or did it?

In an interview with Slate‘s Amanda Hess, Post Whore America blogger Melissa Gira Grant takes a second look at the survey results and challenges the idea that “reducing the incidence of sex work is a good thing”:

I think what too many people mean when they say they want to reduce sex work is that they don’t want to drive by a motel where they think sex work happens, or they don’t want to come across sex ads online….They’re letting how sex work makes them feel override reality, and they’re missing the point.

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“A Sex Work Testament from Someone Outside the Movement”

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Emotions tend to run high around controversial confessional writer Marie Calloway’s blunt descriptions of sex, but few have discussed her exploration of sex work.

Enter sex-worker blog Tits & Sass, where two editors had a conversation about the feelings of recognition (and, sometimes, second-hand embarrassment) they had while reading about Calloway’s adventures as a “newbie hooker.”

It’s well worth a read, even if you think you’ve had enough Calloway coverage.

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Here Comes the Girl

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I didn’t analyze production levels or consider marketing strategies. I didn’t say to myself, “Tonight you’re going to get with the jack-off program.” I was a dime-a-dozen girl doing a customer service job, and that job demanded more and more of me whether I liked it or not. ...more