Posts Tagged sex workers’ rights

#KnowYourHistory: Women of color have been moving beyond “pro-choice” for decades

On Tuesday, the New York Times published a feature on reproductive health advocates moving away from the language of “choice.” An important and interesting topic, the potentially illuminating piece instead served to obscure the history of the move away from choice language, completely erasing women of color’s crucial role in developing the reproductive justice framework that set the stage for this move by the larger and more well-funded (and, ahem, white-lady-led) reproductive health organizations. Since then, women of color in the reproductive justice movement have been hollering a collective WTF. 

On Tuesday, the New York Times published a feature on reproductive health advocates moving away from the language of “choice.” An important and interesting topic, the potentially illuminating piece instead served to obscure the history of ...

Take Action: Ban the use of condoms as evidence of prostitution in New York

Despite the fact that condoms are widely held as essential tools in HIV and STI prevention – as well as being a very effective non-prescription method of birth control – just carrying condoms could get you arrested.

That’s right: As we’ve covered before, in New York and other places in the United States, condoms are routinely used by the police as evidence that the folks they are stopping are engaging in prostitution. If this seems impossibly nonsensical to you, it’s because it makes no sense, but unfortunately for everyone common sense is not the main driver of public policy. 

Despite the fact that condoms are widely held as essential tools in HIV and STI prevention – as well as being a very effective non-prescription method of birth control – just carrying condoms could get you arrested.

That’s ...

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

“The games have always been a little gay.”

First queer arrests in Sochi.

Trans and sex workers rights activist Monica Jones targeted by police, arrested for protesting.

Janet Mock is on the cover of MetroWeekly.

Check out Feministing staff’s activism in Policy Mic’s list of 23 feminist digital campaigns.

“Bill Cosby has done great things for the country… but he’s also an old wanker and an assaulter.”

Alexandra Brodsky reads the internet.

“The games have always been a little gay.”

First queer arrests in Sochi.

Trans and sex workers rights activist Monica Jones targeted by police, arrested for protesting.

Janet Mock is on the

Weekly Feminist Reader

Can we address the systems that allow racism to thrive?

Painting Wendy Davis as a bad mother in the midst of her campaign for Texas Governor is bullshit and sexist.

“What they’re really about has nothing to do with abortion or the health of anyone; it has to do with controlling women.”

Catherine Samba-Panza is the new interim President of the Central African Republic, and the first woman to hold the position.

With more than 4 million page views a month, Rookie is emerging as a DIY multiplatform media empire of sorts for Girl America.

Why cat-calling is the worst.

On period tracker apps: “There is a basic need among women to understand their bodies ...

Can we address the systems that allow racism to thrive?

Painting Wendy Davis as a bad mother in the midst of her campaign for Texas Governor is bullshit and sexist.

“What they’re really about

Weekly Feminist Reader

Queen Bey has spoken.

This holiday season, help Just Detention International remind sexual assault survivors that they’re not alone.

There have been 26 school shootings — yes, 26, — since Sandy Hook.

A tenured professor in Colorado was forced to retire after giving a lecture on prostitution.

Beyond Eve Ensler: What should organizing against gender violence look like?

Queen Bey has spoken.

This holiday season, help Just Detention International remind sexual assault survivors that they’re not alone.

There have been 26 school shootings — yes, 26, — since Sandy Hook.

A tenured ...

Guest post: What motivated the raids on sex workers in Soho?

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Mitzi Poesener. Mitzi Poesener is the pseudonym of a British sex worker, writer, and activist, living and working in London.

It’s been six days since the raids on sex workers in Soho, and there is still rampant speculation about the real motives behind the actions. The operation (code named Demontere) was the result of 18 months worth of investigations, and involved 200 officers in riot vans supported by sniffer dogs and a helicopter.

It has been reported that this is Westminster council’s biggest operation in years. For such a large operation it is interesting to note that only 22 people have been arrested. Other sex workers have been sent, without charges, to ...

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Mitzi Poesener. Mitzi Poesener is the pseudonym of a British sex worker, writer, and activist, living and working in London.

It’s been six days since the raids on ...

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