Posts Tagged sex workers’ rights

6 questions for the media about the Soho anti-prostitution raids

On the night of December 4th police raided sex worker’s flats in Soho, London. Immigrant women were taken into custody, and the cops brought along the news media to take photos. The explanation for the arrests that the cops gave the media was that these women were the victims of trafficking. There wasn’t another perspective represented in the press coverage I saw. Which brought up a few questions I’d like to ask the media:
 

On the night of December 4th police raided sex worker’s flats in Soho, London. Immigrant women were taken into custody, and the cops brought along the news media to take photos. The explanation for the arrests that ...

Guest post: Sex worker hierarchy sucks

This is a guest post from a blogger who calls herself the Resident Hooker. In her own words:

My name is – well, that’s not important. What’s important is what I do! I write and I’m a feminist, obviously; but I’m also a sex worker. Here at Feministing.com we believe in engaging in critical analysis that prioritizes the voices of people living at important intersections, and that includes people like me who get paid to help people get their jollies off! To protect my identity, I’ll be posting under the alias the Resident Hooker. Enjoy!

This is a guest post from a blogger who calls herself the Resident Hooker. In her own words:

My name is – well, that’s not important. What’s important is what I do! I write and I’m a ...

The Feministing Five: Anna Saini

Meet Anna Saini—a community organizer, author, and radical activist who is thrilled to be literally lending her voice to The Red Umbrella Diaries—a soon to be filmed documentary featuring seven LGBTQ sex worker storytellers.

The film, which is still in its fundraising stage—check out its Kickstarter!—will be a culmination of the Red Umbrella Project—a storytelling series that has been running out of New York’s Happy Ending Lounge since 2009. On November 14th, Anna with The Red Umbrella Project will be performing her story-telling at Joe’s Pub in New York City and it will be recorded for the feature film. We chatted with Anna about her involvement in the Red Umbrella Project and her activism off the stage.

And now, without further ...

Meet Anna Saini—a community organizer, author, and radical activist who is thrilled to be literally lending her voice to The Red Umbrella Diaries—a soon to be filmed documentary featuring seven LGBTQ sex ...

Argentinian sex workers take to the walls

A series of Argentinian advertisements for sex workers’ rights has been making a small but well-deserved splash. Prostitution is legal in Argentina but brothels are not, and, without labor protections, sex workers are vulnerable to physical violence and economic exploitation.

Commissioned by the Argentinian sex workers’ union, Asociación de Mujeres Meretrices de Argentina, the wheat paste ads cover the corners of buildings. A view from one side displays a woman in a suggestive pose, but the full image reveals a family scene: a mother leading her kids home in their school gear, or a baby pushed in a stroller. The text reminds us that “86% of sex workers are ...

A series of Argentinian advertisements for sex workers’ rights has been making a small but well-deserved splash. Prostitution is legal in Argentina but brothels are not, and, without labor protections, sex ...

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For queer and trans people of color, the NYPD is the literal fashion police

Ed. note: This is a guest post from Verónica Bayetti Flores. Verónica is the Assistant Director of the Civil Liberties and Public Policy program (CLPP) at Hampshire College. She has worked to increase access to contraception and abortion, fought for paid sick leave, demanded access to safe public space for queer youth of color, and helped to lead social justice efforts in Wisconsin, New York City, and Texas.

After a couple of weeks of almost all LGBTQ-related news focusing on marriage, I was relieved and pleasantly surprised to read a story in the New York Times about the ways that New York City’s stop-and-frisk policy affects transgender and gender non-conforming people of color:

The elasticity that officers in New York and elsewhere have been ...

Ed. note: This is a guest post from Verónica Bayetti Flores. Verónica is the Assistant Director of the Civil Liberties and Public Policy program (CLPP) at Hampshire College. She has worked to increase access to contraception and abortion, fought ...

The way we talk about sex work is changing, but the way we treat sex workers is not

As I reflect on the The International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, which was on December 17, 2 Chainz comes to mind.

I listen to “I Luv Dem Strippers” everyday. Seriously. It took me more than a few listens to realize, however, that the lyrics (aside from the chorus) have absolutely nothing to do with strippers. The song is about how rich 2 Chainz and featured artist Nicki Minaj are. One has to wonder how we got to this point? Stripping is the new black and the exchange of sex(uality) for money is becoming a more glamorous narrative everyday.

In the kind of consumer culture where luxurious goods mean everything and nothing at the same time, the way we are ...

As I reflect on the The International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, which was on December 17, 2 Chainz comes to mind.

I listen to “I Luv Dem Strippers” everyday. Seriously. It took me more than ...

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Condom searches are being used to profile sex workers

You may remember the feminist blogosphere talking about laws that said carrying condoms could get you arrestedA new report from Human Rights Watch examines the issue: sex workers and people profiled as sex workers, especially trans women, are being targeted by the cops with condom searches in Prostitution Free Zones. This puts sex workers at risk, as they’re then reluctant to carry condoms. From the report:

In four of the nation’s major cities—New York, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and San Francisco—police stop, search, and arrest sex workers using condoms as evidence to support prostitution charges. For many sex workers, particularly transgender women, arrest means facing degrading treatment and abuse at the hands of the police. For immigrants, ...

You may remember the feminist blogosphere talking about laws that said carrying condoms could get you arrestedA new report from Human Rights Watch examines the issue: sex workers and people profiled as sex ...

The real secret service scandal: NOT paying for sex

The Secret Service debacle has been politicized, sensationalized and commodified. Spirit Airlines has launched a “more bang for your buck” ad, with an “upfront payment is required” warning.  The Republicans have made it an Obama issue, the president is angry and the press has covered it as a salacious scandal.  Meanwhile, neither the politicians nor the press have covered the real transgression. This was not about  U.S. government workers paying for sex; this was about refusing to pay for it.  In Colombia’s “tolerance zones,” the sex trade is legal. And yet, a U.S. citizen and government worker thought it was all right to break the law by giving a sex worker $30, less than a twentieth ...

The Secret Service debacle has been politicized, sensationalized and commodified. Spirit Airlines has launched a “more bang for your buck” ad, with an “upfront payment is required” warning.  The Republicans have made it an Obama ...

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