Blog poem: The Lost Art Of A Courtesan

From JWRadcliffe Talks Sex Blog
June 30, 2009 ·

An Honest Prostitute
God’s loving hand,
Made me beautifully grand.
Blue sparkling eyes,
A long dark silk mane;
Voluptuous curves of lies.

I wear a Brazier,
Of over 600 years.
Female beauty perfected,
Not tattered nor torn;
Our blazing intellect, inspected.

Passed down from my mother,
It didn’t quite fit my brother.
Manners polished pristine,
Gestures gracefully fluid;
Sexual essence undeniable obscene. Continue reading

Of prostitution and carnivals in Rhode Island

by 3rdeye
Thu Jun 25, 2009 at 01:56:00 PM PDT
For those of you not tuned into the politics of the biggest little state in the nation, let me let you in on our dirty little secret: Prostitution is legal in RI.

No, I’m not joking. Go ahead and look into it if you don’t believe me. Go-on, I’ll be right here waiting…
Back yet? See, I told you so! Well it seems that our little legal loophole may soon be closing.

Thanks to scare tactics and the intentional conflation of sex-trafficking with sex-work, a few of RI’s more conservative politicians have made prostitution into the hot issue to vote on. But would it interest anyone to learn how one of our local and noted University of RI professors has made a mockery of a little thing called ethics? Poll to freep and more after the break! Continue reading

Craigslist Makes World’s Oldest Profession Safer

Posted by Michael Hickins, May 11, 2009 05:34 PM

Craigslist has been under assault from state attorneys general with political agendas, the most recent being from South Carolina, for carrying ads for erotic services.

South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster has warned Craigslist that it would be “subject to criminal investigation and prosecution” if it doesn’t entirely remove its erotic services section by May 15.

Craigslist has tried to do its part to satisfy political demands, meeting with law enforcement officials and agreeing to curb ads promoting illegal activities. Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster noted in a blog posting that,

by all objective measures [Craigslist] has decreased misuse dramatically (approximately 90%) since craigslist and 43 attorneys general entered into a joint statement less than 6 months ago.

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Blog Post: Mad skills

Thursday, April 9, 2009
In my post the other day about SWOP-Chicago’s “tips for sex worker allies”, one of their suggestions was:

Respect that Sex Work is Real Work. There’s a set of professional skills involved and it’s not necessarily an industry that everyone can enter into. Don’t tell someone to get a “real job” when they already have one that suits them just fine.

But I wonder if people actually believe sex work does require skills. I know, at least, that when I tell people what I get paid per hour, their eyes kind of go big and they’ll say something to the effect of what a sweet job it is. And that’s true, sometimes it can be pretty nice work. But it is work. Continue reading

Pecah Lobang

[Reposted from Racialicious]

by Guest Contributor Monica Roberts, originally posted at TransGriotpecah lobang screen shot

Pecah Lobang is a documentary by 24 year old filmmaker Poh Si Teng about Muslim transgender sex workers.
Pecah lobang means ‘busted’, and Malaysian transwomen because of Sharia law increasingly find themselves harassed by fundamentalist adherents to the faith and negative attitudes from Christians as well.

One of the reasons is that crossdressing became a crime under Sharia law with severe penalties to match, but that wasn’t always the case.

Teng’s award winning documentary not only focuses on Natasha’s struggle to honestly live her life, but explores why Malaysian society has turned repressive on transwomen through interview with a religious scholar, a physician who conducted sex change surgeries, a sociologist, three attorneys and an outreach worker.

It’s also another reminder for transgender people all over the world that no matter what part of the planet we inhabit, we still fight the same battle for acceptance.

Link to Racialicious

Porn industry seeks federal bailout

January 7, 2009

Posted: 05:27 PM ET

From CNN’s Rebecca Sinderbrand and Mark Preston

Larry Flynt is asking for a bailout.

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Another major American industry is asking for assistance as the global financial crisis continues: Hustler publisher Larry Flynt and Girls Gone Wild CEO Joe Francis said Wednesday they will request that Congress allocate $5 billion for a bailout of the adult entertainment industry.

“The take here is that everyone and their mother want to be bailed out from the banks to the big three,” said Owen Moogan, spokesman for Larry Flynt. “The porn industry has been hurt by the downturn like everyone else and they are going to ask for the $5 billion. Is it the most serious thing in the world? Is it going to make the lives of Americans better if it happens? It is not for them to determine.” Continue reading

Sex worker who was charged for reporting her assault has spoken out

From Feministe

The Michigan 2L Speaks Out
Posted by: Jill in Crime, Law, Law School, Sex Work

The woman who was charged for reporting her assault has spoken out, sending an email to law school networks and posting a comment on Above the Law. A lot of people have been talking about her and she certainly deserves space to respond and to tell her story, so I’m posting her comment in full below.

My word of (unsolicited) advice for her, should she read this: You have people behind you. Really. You have me. You have a whole community of women and men who read this blog, some of whom are commenting on this post to show their support for you. You are incredibly brave and strong for reporting your assault. You are incredibly selfless and kind in thinking about the other women who might be protected by your report. You do not deserve the treatment you’ve gotten.  [Go to post to read the rest] Continue reading

What do asshole economists and rice have in common?

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Reader Meredith sent along a link to this post by Steven Levitt on the Freakonomics blog:

What Do Prostitutes and Rice Have in Common?
If you believe what you read, then the answer to that question is that they are both examples of one of economics’ most elusive objects: Giffen goods. But don’t always believe what you read.

A Giffen good is a product or service for which demand rises with price. In other words, if you hold everything else constant, but the good gets more expensive, the quantity consumed will increase.

I don’t think it’s inherently demeaning to analyze the economics of sex work. I do, however, think an entire post that equates human beings with a GRAIN is pretty fucking unacceptable. Also, note that the post does not compare the commodities purchased — i.e. sex and rice — but instead treats sex workers as if they themselves, rather than their services, are bought and sold.

Then, just in case any readers missed the fact that he doesn’t think sex workers are human beings, Levitt turns it all into a big joke:

I offer a Freakonomics contest: the commenter who provides the best answer to the question of what prostitutes and rice have in common within the first 24 hours of this post will win their choice of Freakonomics schwag.

You’ll be totally shocked to learn that the comments are a cesspool.

So I have a similar contest for you, dear commenters: What do asshole economists and rice have in common? Best answer wins a set of Feministing magnetic poetry.

Posted by Ann – December 17, 2008, at 03:32PM | in Economy , Sex , Sexism , Work

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Bettie Page: Interpreting an icon

Pasted Post From Feministing

I hesitated to write about Bettie Page’s death because, frankly, I don’t know much about her. I saw The Notorious Bettie Page, and I know she is recognized as an icon by everyone from Reason magazine (which called her “one of America’s most enduring brands”) to Bust (which refers to her as its matron saint). Like anyone who has achieved icon status, her image is bigger than her biography, and how people (feminists in particular) interpret Bettie Page often is more about their personal view of the world than about Page herself.

So I was deeply curious to read other feminist bloggers’ reactions to the news of her death. And unsurprisingly, the reactions reflected the spectrum of feminist views on sex and sexwork.

Feminist sex blogger Carlin Ross, on the blog she shares with Betty Dodson, Continue reading

Dirty Sexy Money

December 10, 2008


Control Tower


by Mistress Matisse

Last week, the National Bureau of Economic Research—otherwise known as the National Bureau of No Shit, Sherlock—officially confirmed the U.S. is indeed in a recession. It’s the second recession on George W. Bush’s watch. Kudos to Republicans, the “Party of Business.” Please leave before we’re all selling apples on the sidewalk.

There are two schools of thought about how a recession affects the sex industry. The rational view is that business should tank. We’re a luxury item, right? And if there’s no play money in the budget, well, there’s always a bottle of hand lotion and free online porn.

But it’s not just about an orgasm. People under stress crave pleasure and relief, and for a lot of men, a woman who can make harsh reality go away for an hour is worth cutting corners for. Thus, you’ll hear it said that sex work is actually a recession-proof business. <!–more–>

Reality lies somewhere in between. I’ve noticed some changes, but I’ve worked through economic downturns before and been fine, and I’ll handle this one too. To get a wider perspective, though, I asked some independent Seattle escorts if business has been down recently.

“Absolutely,” said Alana. “I am offering specials with a much greater frequency than I ever have. And, God, I hate specials.”

Natasha, who offers options like role-play and sensual massage in addition to traditional sex, said some of her regulars have vanished. “One was in commercial real estate. I gave him a session [on credit] and never heard from him again. That sucks. Some of my weekly guys are now monthly.”

Jessica, who does sensual bodywork, is holding the line. “Some clients have asked me if I would give them a discount. I don’t, and I’ve found that somehow they come up with the extra $20. I get calls where the first question is ‘What kind of special do you have today?’ Those morons, I won’t see them, even if I have an opening.”

Still, Jessica admits she’s booking fewer clients than she’d like.

So our industry does feel the economic pain. However, we usually stay afloat, even in tough times. As with any business, it’s good client relationships that are key.

Paige: “I’m doing fewer appointments overall, but they’re tending to be for longer times. I get fewer tips, but [the clients] actually seem to be happier to be there, like it’s a nice escape.”

Lynne: “New clients are looking for special rates, but oddly enough, my [regular] clients do not want a special—when I offer them a special rate, they don’t take me up on it and leave my regular fee anyway.”

Alana: “For the most part, they’re incredibly gracious, and I do still receive tips. Recession-proof? I’d say cyclical.

Natasha remarked in closing, “I find it interesting that I’m embarrassed to admit a less-than-stellar business income, like it’s somehow reflective of my service. Which it isn’t.”

Don’t you feel bad, Natasha—the people who should be embarrassed are in Washington, D.C.


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