Natalie is a writer, editor and stripper from California who works there and in Las Vegas. She strapped on her first pair of seven-inch stilettos and never looked back, despite taunts from the bartender of "Why don't you brush your hair?" and "Grunge isn't cool any more." Ignoring those who were determined to crush her dreams, Natalie persevered, still doesn't brush her hair, and is doing pretty fuckin' fine nonetheless. Also, grunge will always be cool, and the bartender was eventually fired for being an asshole.

photo by Julian Cash

Sex work activist Annie Sprinkle was the mind behind the original International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. After the conviction of “Green River Killer” Gary Ridgway, Sprinkle and activists from SWOP decided that a holiday was necessary to commemorate people in our community who have been the victims of violence, and to draw the public’s attention to the danger of working without legal protection and under harsh societal stigma.

Eight years later, the holiday is unfortunately as poignant as ever, as the Long Island serial killer has been occupying headlines for the past year. Annie spoke with me about the origins of December 17th, and the most memorable moments in her several decades of activism. [READ MORE]


Stacks & Rats

by Natalie on November 7, 2011 · 6 comments

in Furballs & Funds, Money

Despite their reputation in political cartoons and at union protests, rats actually hate money. I spent more time than I’d care to admit trying to get Tatiana and Zéa to be the first rats to pose for Stacks & Rats. There was a lot of this:

I spent an embarrassingly long time trying to get them to hang out around the money and give me a good photo, and then I started to feel a little like a psycho pageant mom, insisting that her freaked out toddler smile big and look cute for the camera RIGHT NOW OR ELSE.

So I tried having them pose with my stripper shoes instead and had a little more luck. Here is Tatiana: [READ MORE]


Sex Workers Occupy Oakland

by Natalie on November 3, 2011 · 0 comments

in Activism

Sex work activists join the march to the Port of Oakland yesterday.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, over 100,000 people participated in Occupy Oakland’s General Strike yesterday, the first general strike in the U.S. since 1946. Check out this recent article on for a discussion on how sex workers fit into the Occupy Movement.


St. James Infirmary, the famed San Francisco clinic that specifically serves sex workers and their families, kicked off their new ad campaign this past week. After working (unsuccessfully) to advertise the clinic on billboards, the campaign found a home on the San Francisco Muni. Through November 11, 50 SF Muni buses will display their posters, with the tagline “Someone you know is a sex worker.”

(It’s true, by the way. It’s funny how many times, when I’ve shyly come clean about my deep, dirty secret career, the reaction has been not just apathy or curiosity, but a “me too.”)



I just finished reading a story in the latest Utne Reader about this ultra-creepy software that came out last March. Check it out: FalseFlesh is an image editing software program that lets users apply X-ray vision to people in fully clothed, G-rated photos. So, without being a real life stalker or rapist, you can create homemade non-consensual nudie pics of anyone you like, and they’ll never even know. Getting consent to see someone naked can be such a hassle sometimes and—let’s face it—also a letdown. [READ MORE]

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