The above language, derived from Recommendation 86 of the U.N.’s Universal Periodic Review is now an official part of U.S. human rights policy thanks to the efforts of hundreds of activist groups. It’s a huge, heartening step towards affirming the rights of sex workers. While Tits and Sass is not an activist blog, one of the reasons this site exists is because there is a need to publicly state that people who accept payment to have sex, talk dirty, have sex on camera, strip, masturbate in front of a webcam, provide sensual touch, or pose for adult photos are not disposable and are not a special class of people who are fair game for violence and crime because of what they do for money.
Surgeon, the Tuscon sex work activist behind the national 86 The Violence performance piece that commemorated the resolution, was in Austin, TX on personal business last week. I was in town for South by Southwest and found her and Kellyanne, pictured below, posted up on the corner of 9th St and Congress Ave. Other activists did the same simultaneously around the country.