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Students at the University of Michigan are launching a campaign to stop the “silent epidemic” of campus sexual assault.

Akiba Solomon is Colorlines’ new managing editor.

history of “female-friendly” porn.

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Quick hit: Ending sexual stigma through economic prosperity

The New York Times has an article today on the efforts of one Vietnamese woman to end the stigma and ostracism associated with sex work in her small and impoverished village. In  Vang Thi Mai’s village, women have been systematically abducted and trafficked across the border into China to do sex work, and when they return to the village, they are shamed and shunned. Mai takes them in and trains them in textile work, thereby enabling them to earn a living:

“When I began working with the victims, the town ostracized and criticized me for being associated with the women,” Mrs. Mai, 49, recounted in an interview. “They said the women were unpure and I should not befriend ...

The New York Times has an article today on the efforts of one Vietnamese woman to end the stigma and ostracism associated with sex work in her small and impoverished village. In  Vang Thi Mai’s village, ...

The Feministing Five: Somaly Mam

Project Futures is a new non-profit organization devoted to ending the horror that is global sex trafficking. And they’ve set out to do that in a very interesting way. Simply put, Project Futures is trying to make volunteering for social justice cool, by getting people, and especially young people, engaged in ending trafficking, whether it’s through concerts or cocktail hours. That might sound uncomfortably frivolous – after all, sex trafficking is a serious problem. But Project Futures is about changing the way we think about volunteering so that soon, it’s something we integrate into our daily lives, instead of, as they put it, “outdated activity run by retired people with time on their hands.” Founded in Australia, Project ...

Project Futures is a new non-profit organization devoted to ending the horror that is global sex trafficking. And they’ve set out to do that in a very interesting way. Simply put, Project Futures is trying ...

People in the sex trade respond to GEMS media storm

An INCITE! affiliate and collective of radical women of color, queer people of color, and Indigenous people who identify as people in the sex trades has written a compelling response to Rinku Sen’s ColorLines article “The Complexities of Sex Trafficking, and Some Simple Solutions.” I see their piece as addressing the larger media storm around “Girls Like Us,” the new book from GEMS founder Rachel Lloyd, which is the focus of Sen’s original article. In discussing any issue, especially one like the sex trade where those involved are marginalized in our culture, I think it is vital to center the voices of those most impacted. Lloyd was formerly in the sex trade, but her work is ...

An INCITE! affiliate and collective of radical women of color, queer people of color, and Indigenous people who identify as people in the sex trades has written a compelling response to Rinku Sen’s ColorLines ...

Demi and Ashton’s anti-child sex slavery PSAs miss big-time

Ya’ll know I appreciate using humor to raise awareness of important social issues. So, although I do think it’s generally very, very difficult to find the funny in child sex slavery, that’s not really my criticism of these star-studded new PSAs created by Ashon Kutcher and Demi Moore. It’s just, well, take a look…

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What?! Real men use household appliances, maintain basic personal hygiene, and feed themselves? No fucking way. First, it’s so sad that the stereotype of the inept man-child embodied in so many a Judd Apatow movie and Superbowl commercial has become such a key part of modern masculinity that this kind of frame even works as a ironic joke.

Sadder ...

Ya’ll know I appreciate using humor to raise awareness of important social issues. So, although I do think it’s generally very, very difficult to find the funny in child sex slavery, that’s not really my criticism ...

Research behind Craigslist Adult Services shutdown debunked [Updated]

Yesterday, the Village Voice City Pages published an article debunking the Women’s Funding Network (WFN) sex trafficking study that played such a pivotal role in the shutdown of Craigslist’s Adult Services section last fall and was cited by some of the biggest newspapers in the country.

The article exposed the WFN study as bogus and faulty, lending credence to something that sex workers and sex worker advocates have been saying for years: oft-cited stats about unrealistically high numbers of women and children being trafficked into the sex industry tend to have serious flaws. At best they paint an inadequate and victim-focused picture of the industry, and at worst they manufacture shame, fear, and sensationalism for private gain. ...

Yesterday, the Village Voice City Pages published an article debunking the Women’s Funding Network (WFN) sex trafficking study that played such a pivotal role in the shutdown of Craigslist’s Adult Services section last ...