Older story- Australia: The Porn Report

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

Brooke Phillips, HBO “Cathouse” Brothel Star, and Unborn Child, Shot Dead Before Arson

Brooke Phillips

Brooke Phillips (AP Photo/Dennis Hof)

November 17, 2009 7:00 AM

OKLAHOMA CITY (CBS/AP) Brooke Phillips, a pregnant Nevada brothel worker who appeared in an HBO reality series “Cathouse,” and another 22-year-old mom-to-be, had been fatally shot before firefighters discovered their bodies in a burning Oklahoma City home, investigators said last Friday.

Oklahoma City Police Department spokesman Sgt. Gary Knight said Nov. 13 the Medical Examiner’s Office determined that Brooke Phillips and Milagrous Barrera — both 22 years old and pregnant — had died of gunshot wounds.

The women were among four victims found in a Nov. 9 blaze. A man and another woman have yet to be identified. Authorities say the fire was deliberately set and are treating the case as a homicide. Continue reading

NV: Dozens Reply to Call For Male Prostitutes Special

By Jeff Knebel.
Published Jun 8, 2009

Inquiries began pouring in at the Shady Lady Ranch just days after owner Bobbi Davis publicized her plans to erect the new services she hopes will arouse new clientele and help to stimulate the limp industry.

As of Saturday, more than 60 candidates had responded to the Nevada brothel’s recently posted job advertisement for male prostitutes, Davis stated in a recent telephone interview.

“The Shady Lady Ranch is looking for a few good men,” the business’ website states.

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Older Stories: Who’s Counting: Sexonomics — Prostitutes’ Incomes

A Look at the Economics Behind the World’s Oldest Profession
May 7, 2006 —

The best-selling book “Freakonomics” examines the economics of some ordinary life situations. If these situations involve sex, the analysis might be better termed Sexonomics.

One of the first practitioners of sexonomics was Nobel Prize-winning economist Gary Becker, whose 1970s paper “A Theory of Marriage” pushed the economic analysis of sex into the purview of his fellow economists.

More recently, two other economists, Lena Edlund of Columbia University and Evelyn Korn of Eberhard-Karls-Universitat Tubingen, have published an intriguing paper, “A Theory of Prostitution,” (link: http://www.iies.su.se/seminars/papers/Edlund.pdf) in the Journal of Political Economy. Continue reading

Older Stories: Houston Officers Can Now Get Naked For Prostitutes

Unwritten Policy Allows Vice Officers To Disrobe
UPDATED: 10:08 am PST January 25, 2005

HOUSTON — Some undercover cops in Houston are now uncovered.

A Harris County prosecutor said Houston police are now allowed to undress as part of prostitution investigations. Some hookers demand johns take off all their clothes before negotiating a price. They mistakenly believe a real cop won’t get naked. Continue reading

Oldies: Civics Lesson in Leopardskin

Robyn Few believes the recent Supreme Court ruling on sodomy paves the way for prostitution to be legalized.

By Susan Goldsmith
December 10, 2003

Robyn Few wants to prove Antonin Scalia right. When former Berkeley high-school teacher Shannon Williams was arrested for prostitution earlier this year, no one would have imagined that her case would become a real-world civics lesson. She was busted in August after allegedly arranging to have sex with an undercover Oakland police officer, and was reportedly arrested at her home soon after she was handed $250 in marked bills.

Williams’ arrest made plenty of news in its own right, but it also convinced a recently convicted San Francisco prostitute named Robyn Few that it was time to start a crusade of her own. Williams’ case was what Few had been waiting for: the perfect vehicle to galvanize a long-dormant movement to make prostitution legal. Continue reading

Older Story: Griselidis Real

Virtuoso writer and ‘revolutionary whore’

Tuesday, 7 June 2005

It sounds like a pseudonym. But Grisélidis Réal was the real name of a unique woman who was a highly talented writer and also a revolutionary prostitute. Ironically, her first name is that of Boccaccio’s long- suffering victim of a brutal husband, the “Patient Griselda” of his last story in The Decameron. She became a universal symbol for marital fidelity, which was certainly not the outstanding virtue in Grisélidis Réal’s agitated existence.

Grisélidis Réal, writer, courtesan and social worker: born Lausanne, Switzerland 11 August 1929; married (children); died Geneva 31 May 2005.

It sounds like a pseudonym. But Grisélidis Réal was the real name of a unique woman who was a highly talented writer and also a revolutionary prostitute. Ironically, her first name is that of Boccaccio’s long- suffering victim of a brutal husband, the “Patient Griselda” of his last story in The Decameron. She became a universal symbol for marital fidelity, which was certainly not the outstanding virtue in Grisélidis Réal’s agitated existence. Continue reading

Older Stories: Hookers unite!

San Francisco sex workers are on a mission to decriminalize prostitution here and across the country.

By Ann Harrison 1/28/2004

IT SEEMED TO be the seedy underbelly of paid sex in the city. On Jan. 14, federal agents raided four suspected brothels in San Francisco’s Sunset District. Investigators say they busted a sophisticated international prostitution ring in which Asian women were allegedly smuggled into the United States and forced to pay off a $40,000 debt to their traffickers by selling their bodies.

The Standing Against Global Exploitation Project (SAGE), which works closely with local police departments, immediately condemned an underground industry that promises foreigners better lives with good jobs but instead forces them into sex work.

“Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery,” SAGE’s Linnette Peralta Haynes told the Bay Guardian.

Mark Wollman, special agent in charge of the Northern California Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which raided the brothels, was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle as saying the six women detained in the raid are being treated as victims rather than criminals. Yet some say that’s a strange distinction in a country that uniformly deems prostitutes – regardless of how they got into the business – criminals. Continue reading

Oldie but Goodie: ‘Whore’ stigma devalues women, victims of violent crimes

by Guest Columnist
Tuesday, April 17, 2007


This is the second part of a five-part series promoting Sex Out Loud's annual Sexual Health Week.Last November, four women were killed in a hate crime. On Nov. 28, the corpses of Kimberly Raffo, Barbara Breidor, Tracy Ann Roberts and Molly Jean Dilts were found in a drainage ditch near Atlantic City. One woman died of suffocation, another died of strangulation and the other two women's bodies were too decomposed for the coroner to determine the cause of death. The ongoing investigation of these hate crimes has been fairly low profile, as has the media coverage of the killings. As police continue to search for the killer, the families and friends of the victims are left to wonder: Why did a serial killer victimize these women, and why has the public outrage been so minimal? One answer is that all four women worked as prostitutes.
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Oldie but goodie: The whore, her stigma, the punter and his wife

new internationalist
issue 252 – February 1994

Nickie Roberts delves into some hidden history –
and comes up with challenging proposals for the future.

A prostitute is raped by a client. She does not bother to report the crime to the police, because in their eyes the rape of a hooker isn’t a crime: ‘You’re a whore, what do you expect?’ is their attitude.

A teenage prostitute is murdered by a serial killer, who then goes on to kill a young student. Only after a ‘respectable’ woman is killed is there a public outcry. And at the killer’s trial, the prosecution lawyer comments that the saddest aspect of the case is the fact that some victims were not prostitutes.

A New York police chief makes the following comments when being interviewed about the murder of a Puerto Rican streetwalker: ‘I think there’s something juicy about a prostitute getting killed. Some of them are young and attractive, and I’ve seen how some cops act around them. It’s maybe a little more exciting.’

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