Twenty-Bi-Teen is well underway.
“I identified as a heterosexually-inclined bisexual when I started giving hand jobs for money, and I left more or less a lesbian. It wasn’t the only factor in that transformation, but boy was it a major one.”
Harlots’ second season has five queer women and a story that proves sex worker narratives are uniquely capable of illuminating the restless, uncomfortable gender dynamics and power structures that may experience shifts in style or public acceptance, but never by degrees of import or influence.
“She kisses me. I hold on to her arms lightly, not wanting to hurt her, not wanting to weird her out, make her uncomfortable. She’s here for me: I’d hired her for exactly that, and she agreed to it, and she’s here.”
Sex workers are resilient and face near constant opposition via social stigma or legal obstacles. Regardless of the conditions, for some people, it is the only way to feed their family. The FOSTA-SESTA package-bill is not going to save sex trafficking victims; it’s just going to turn consensual sex workers into victims themselves. Decriminalization is the only solution to preventing sex trafficking and separating sex workers from that label.
One of the most annoying things I have heard during this process of figuring out what to do and how to react to the FOSTA-SESTA prohibition deal is “Don’t panic.”
The Pervert is definitely going to turn off some readers, it’s full of swearing and violent homophobia and transphobia and explicit sex scenes, but for the people who read it, it will stick with them forever. This book is a wake up call.
Over the last two years, a story about a trans girl living in Seattle and surviving through sex work was published in issues of ISLAND Magazine. Now, It’s being put together as one book, The Pervert, by Michelle Perez and Remy Boydell.
Despite taking place 250 years ago, Hulu’s Harlots manages to depict indoor-market sex work more authentically than any show or movie I’ve seen (and I’ve seen a lot!) — queer stuff very much included.
What does it mean to be queer and a sex worker at Skirt Club?
“It became a running joke between my partners and I, that I was both too stigmatized and too famous to get my needs met.”
Here’s how a single 20-year-old Latina queer polyamorous femme who works as a nonprofit employee and fetish model does poly.
Given the one-year deferral requirement for MSM and women who have sex with MSM, it seems unlikely that the adjustment in policy will majorly impact the supply of available blood
Amber Rose’s Slutwalk truly embraced and celebrated the duality of women’s lives in the modern world, and it was a radically inclusive event — one with an explicit policy against all forms of oppressive language and behavior as well as an explicit intent to include, lift up, and acknowledge the unique and compounded struggles of trans women, women of color, queer women, poor women, and differently abled women.
“Why is it that trans women of color have to experience so much violence to remember that they have each other’s back?”
Amnesty International’s Board has put together a draft policy on sex work that could lift up and protect some of the most vulnerable and marginalized folks around the world – and feminists and human rights advocates alike could learn a lot from it. The only problem is that they’re too busy speaking over the sex workers and researchers who emphatically support the proposal to really do so.
“As a trans woman, I’m pretty willing to watch most movies about or featuring trans women, and I’ve been waiting to fall in love with one of them for a long, long time. I came close when I saw Gun Hill Road, but in the end, I was really just enamored with Harmony Santana’s performance. It wasn’t until I saw Tangerine that I really felt butterflies.”
Bill O’Reilly’s dumb thoughts, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, some really alarming high school educators, violence against a trans woman in Brazil, an anti-abortion lawsuit in Virginia, and more!
“The magazine’s legacy turns 10 years old this month, though its publication was cut mercilessly short at five and a half years. Started by Rachel Aimee, Rebecca Lynn and Raven Strega, Aimee recalls a trio without any publication experience and an urgency to compile the stories of sex workers available to them.”
“In May of 2013, Monica Jones became one of the people arrested by Project ROSE; the charge was “manifesting prostitution” for accepting a ride home to her neighborhood from men who turned out to be undercover cops. This week, Jones was found guilty, and faces the possibility of serving time in a men’s prison as a trans woman.”