Sept. 1, 2010, 8:08 PM EST
Music mogul Simon Cowell has refused to kick an escort off his hit British talent show “The X Factor,” insisting, “We haven’t banned prostitutes.”
Chloe Mafia, 20, has made it past the first stage of the competition, despite tabloid reports suggesting the wannabe pop star had been working as a $240-an-hour prostitute.
And Cowell is adamant the single mom will not be axed because of her controversial activities.
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He tells The Sun newspaper, “We can’t just take people off the show because they might do something that upsets some people. If a person applies to be on ‘The X Factor’ it’s obvious to me that they want to do something better with their life.”
Cowell, who quit as a judge on “American Idol” in May, is currently in talks to bring his “X Factor” show to the U.S.
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Posted Jun 29th, 2010 06:07 PM by Mark Kernes
LOS ANGELES—Those who showed up at the Cal/OSHA Advisory Meeting on Bloodborne Pathogens in the Adult Film Industry today expecting a discussion of whether condoms should be mandated in adult movies were in for a surprise: According to both Cal/OSHA inspector Deborah Gold and agency attorney Amy Martin, condoms are already required for sex scenes, and any production that doesn’t use them is breaking the law.
“I’d just like to make something very clear,” Gold said at one point. “Right now, the standard mandates the use of condoms, so people who have come here and think that we’re arguing about whether we’re going to mandate the use of condoms need to understand that the current status quo is Continue reading
Alan McKee, Katherine Albury + Catharine Lumby
Melbourne University Press 2008
A book review by Danny Yee © 2008 http://dannyreviews.com/
A study of the production and consumption of pornography in Australia, The Porn Report is based on a three year project which involved a survey of a thousand Australian consumers, detailed analysis of the fifty most popular DVD titles from the largest distributors, and interviews with producers. This is augmented with additional research and some general background, beginning with a general history of pornography, drawing on Walter Kendrick’s The Secret Museum.
The survey of pornography users was not random, but was broad enough to demonstrate that the common stereotypes are wrong: unsurprisingly, given that pornography users make up about a third of Australian adults, they are fairly Continue reading
Jo Weldon has been a fixture of New York nightlife for many years. Her latest project, The Burlesque Handbook from HarperCollins /ItBooks, is available as a pre-order on Amazon and due out June 1. She is the headmistress and founder of the New York School of Burlesque and has taught and performed around the world. She has toured with The Sex Workers Art Show, been on the road with hair bands and recently co-produced the first evening of “W.O.(e)R.D., Women of experience Read Downtown,” with Heather Litteer. She is a dedicated blogger, primarily about burlesque but information, advice and opinion about related topics, from pasties to politics, sneak into everything she writes. She is universally liked, globally respected and one of the world’s most skilled tassel twirlers. A conversation with Jo can begin on one subject and meander through dozens until you’ve lost half your day. Here, we present a few choice snippets on feminism, domestication, rock dudes and, of course, burlesque. Continue reading
By Edward Ortiz
Published: Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 1I
Last Modified: Monday, Feb. 22, 2010 – 9:59 am
RANDALL BENTON email@example.com "I love this character," says Karen Slack, who sings the role of Violetta in the Sacramento Opera's "La Traviata." "I think of Violetta as a real woman. She's the most real character I've ever had to play."
As she walks across the bare stage of the Community Center Theater during a photo shoot, soprano Karen Slack exudes unwavering confidence and regal sensuality.
Those are two attributes Slack will bring to the Sacramento Opera production of Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Traviata.” In the production, which opens Friday, Slack will sing the most famous courtesan role in the operatic repertoire – Violetta.
The role is a demanding one for a soprano. It calls for sensitive acting that conveys a woman living outside societal norms. And it demands a versatile singer, who can sing lyrically in one act, powerfully and darkly in another.
“I love this character,” said Slack. “I think of Violetta as a real woman. She’s the most real character I’ve ever had to play.” Continue reading
By David Burt
Published Monday, February 15, 2010
Charlie Croom/Photography Editor. Buck Angel, a transgender porn star, said at a Pierson Master’s Tea that he “wasn’t hiding anymore” after his sex change.
Despite receiving an anonymous threat before his visit, Buck Angel, a female-to-male transgender porn star, spoke at a Master’s Tea as part of Sex Week at Yale on Saturday.
Angel shared his life story with an audience of about 50 students at the Pierson College master’s house. He emphasized the importance of self-acceptance and urged people not to submit to the labels society assigns them. Some students said they disagree with his participation in pornography, while others said they enjoyed his message.
Angel grew up in Southern California as a girl who enjoyed sports and often hung out with the boys, he said; both his family and his neighbors treated him like a boy. Continue reading
SEX WORK / Group raises funds for memorial in Vancouver’s gay village
Nathaniel Christopher / Vancouver / Friday, July 03, 2009
On Jul 2, the Davie stroll came alive once more as community members, sex worker advocates and politicians marked the 25th anniversary of a court injuction that quashed the once vibrant sex trade in Vancouver’s gay village.
Check out the event pamphlet (PDF download), read more about when the West End had sex worker strolls, and watch the video from the Jul 2 event:
The West End Sex Work Memorial Project seeks your financial support for installing a permanent marker near Davie and Bute. For more information, visit westendsexworkhistory.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604-822-4389.
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