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

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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.

Like many other industries adversely suffering from the economic downturn, prostitution, the world’s oldest profession, is undergoing modifications adapting to a changing world. Continue reading

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

A Look at the Economics Behind the World’s Oldest Profession
By JOHN ALLEN PAULOS
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