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South African strip club owner creates a line of fragrances “aimed primarily at men” called Alibis. Scents include “I Was Working Late” with the hints of coffee, wool suits, cigarettes and ink. It looks like they’re only available at the club so we can’t confirm that this is not a joke.

Dr. Conrad Murray was more than one strippers’ annoying regular.

Sensibilities are offended in Miami over Swinging Richards.

How Cambodia’s anti-slavery laws are working out for sex workers: “Every single sex worker we spoke with said the police demanded bribes or stole money from them. Some officers demanded sex.” New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof live-tweets a brothel raid in Cambodia, which raises questions.

Speaking of Twitter, Ashton Kutcher defends Joe Paterno, turns his Twitter account over to his management team. [READ MORE]

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The Athens Vertical Pole Academy announces an upcoming breast cancer benefit performance

Melissa Gorga of Real Housewives of New Jersey denies rumors that she is a former stripper.

Two Pakistani police officers got caught on the wrong side of a sting operation. They were arrested at the Multan brothel, where a madam claimed that they had been extorting money.

Courtney Love has announced that she’s working on a memoir—we hope she talks about her days as a stripper!

The World Pole Dance Sport & Fitness Championship was held just outside of Budapest last weekend. Alesia Vazmitzl of Belarus won the women’s gold medal, and Evgeny Greshilov of Russia won the men’s.

Minneapolis and New York City hosted SlutWalks last weekend.

A writer at BusinessInsider.com suggests a new iPhone app to pay for lap dances when customers are low on cash.

A UK woman hired a stripper to entertain guests at her 100th birthday party, which appears to have been held at a nursing home.

Melissa Petro is blogging about sex work for Bitch.

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Two Brazilian pole dance champs held an “impromptu dance-battle” at a Rio de Janeiro dance studio.

Sino Weibo, the Chinese version of Alexa DiCarlo, was outed as a 31-year old married man living in Hangzou. He was fined 500 renminbi (about $79) for “cheating the public with fabricated facts” and “disrupting social order.”

Pervs from around the country convened last weekend at the Folsom Street Fair, San Francisco’s annual BDSM and fetish festival. [READ MORE]

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Sex writer Melissa Gira Grant published a piece in the Guardian last week questioning the rhetoric of anti-sex work activists—particularly Ashton Kutcher, who’s been collaborating with wife Demi Moore in a highly publicized “Real Men Don’t Buy Girls” campaign. (Kutcher and Moore’s “activism” has been discussed previously in several other Tits and Sass posts, like this one, this one, and this one, to name just a few.)

In her article, Grant deconstructs the myth of clients “buying” prostitutes instead of exchanging money for labor. Sex workers don’t “sell our bodies” any more than pro-athletes, construction workers, ballerinas or models do. We use our bodies for labor; they’re not “things” that clients can purchase. To buy something implies a permanent change of ownership. After several years of being a prostitute I find that I still very much own my body—despite all the men who have allegedly “bought” me.  [READ MORE]

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The totally irrelevant cover of the New York Post, Wednesday, August 10

Melissa Petro (once deemed “hooker teacher” by the New York Post) responds to the Post‘s Wednesday headline.

Wendy Babcock, Toronto-based sex work activist and law student, passed away on Tuesday.

There are only five days left to donate to the SWAAY Epic Step billboard.

Irish sex workers rights organization Turn Off the Blue Light recently claimed victory in a dispute with Google. The group had paid for an advertisement with Google AdWords, but found that, beginning in May, people looking for their site through the search engine were instead diverted to anti-sex work campaign websites.

A patron at the Pretty Woman Lounge, a Detroit strip club, shot and killed a club employee after being denied admission.

Even though she turned down an offer from Vivid to appear in an adult movie, apparently most Americans still think Pippa Middleton is a porn star.

Three American pole dancers and one Argentinean took home top honors at the International Pole dancing Competition last weekend in Denver.

Lee Grace Dougherty and her two brothers, who allegedly shot a cop in Florida and robbed a bank in Georgia, were caught Wednesday morning in Colorado. Since Dougherty worked as a stripper in Cocoa Beach, some clever writers at the New York Post (perhaps the same ones who wrote the “stox” headline above?) were sure to make up puns about her “rack” in reporting the story. [READ MORE]

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