Olympics

Sex worker boobs have as much right to be in a hotel as anyone else's boobs do. (Via coolhunting tapas on Flickr)

In this week’s magnificent, BFD news, an Australian prostitute won her discrimination lawsuit against a hotel that kicked her out because of her (legal) profession, not because of any disruptive behavior. American news media was all over it, apparently rubbing it in the faces of American prostitutes, who are so, so far away from having protections like that.

A Russian deputy prime minister called Madonna a “whore” on twitter, helpfully proving the already established fact that whore stigma is used as a weapon against all women.

Here’s a handy guide to becoming a feminist porn star.

This article weirdly calls The Erotic Review “The Erotic Highway.” Oh, and presents evidence that plenty of johns seek “emotional intimacy” as opposed to an exclusively physical release.

The National Whistleblower Center is working to ruin the professional reputation of an FDA official who was caught paying for sex. Meanwhile, an Ohio city Law Director admitted hiring a prostitute but refused to step down from his job.

Mercifully honest (but horrifying) headline: Indonesia’s Conservatives Would Rather Sex Workers [Get] AIDS.

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photo by Susannah Breslin

Susannah Breslin reports from the Exxotica Porn Convention on how the business has changed over the last decade.

A series of home invasions and robberies in San Francisco targeted Asian sex workers.

A volunteer EMT’s past as a porn performer is a source of controversy in Roanoke County, VA.

Looks like the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee wasn’t able to prove that Sheldon Adelson makes money off of letting prostitutes work his Macau casino. Yet.

New Zealand taekwondo fighter Logan Campbell ran a brothel in 2009-2010 to fund his training (prostitution is legal in New Zealand). We eagerly await a story about a female athlete who worked in one to fund hers. [READ MORE]

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Indian sex workers who could not get visas to attend the International HIV/AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., held a parallel meeting in Kolkata this week. Over 800 sex workers and activists from over 41 countries participated.

Canadian strip clubs and massage parlors announced plans to recruit at high school job fairs now that the government has discontinued visas for adult industry workers. “We will be taking a strippers’ dance pole with us to the schools,” said the head of the Adult Entertainment Association of Canada. Well played.

A Savannah prostitue solicited a reporter during a television interview with a police officer on the topic of prostitution. The cop and “Rhonda,” the prostitute, then engaged in a 30 minute discussion on the efficacy of social services and how realistic getting another job would be.

Porn star Lisa Ann (perhaps most famous for portraying Sarah Palin in Nailin’ Palin) will be stripping in Tampa to entertain all the Republicans attending the nearby RNC next month. Strip clubs throughout the city are anticipating big money—the average RNC attendee drops three times what their DNC counterparts would, according to this article.

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This video of Olivia Munn and Bethenny Frankel trying to pole dance hurts my soul a little. Leave it to professionals, ladies.

Porn star James Deen swears that he’s not fucking Lindsay Lohan, and that if he was, “I think I would tell everybody.” GQ ran a profile of him anyway.

Adult businesses in Canada can no longer hire temporary foreign workers under a new rule designed to curb human trafficking.

Vice interviewed a Luca, a male sex worker, about the anti-trafficking hysteria surrounding the upcoming Olympic Games in London.

The Huffington Post delivers a brief history on male strippers.

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The Stop the Arrests movement is calling for a moratorium on prostitution arrests in London throughout the 2012 Olympics.

Meanwhile there’s manufactured prostitution hysteria in the Ukraine preceding the Euro soccer championship.

Laura Agustín links to studies that have disproven the myth that trafficking spikes around major sporting events.

NYPD cop by day, stripper by night Steve Stanulis wrote and is starring in an Off-Broadway play about male strippers.

Meet the Fokkens, a documentary about Amsterdam’s 69-year-old prostitute twin sisters Louise and Martine, will debut at the Film Forum festival in New York this summer.

Do Wall Street workers really spend a billion dollars a year in strip clubs and nightclubs?

Instructors of Las Vegas’ Stripper 101 class have filed suit for invasion of privacy, claiming they weren’t told about surveillance cameras installed in their changing areas and classroom.

A woman accused of performing illegal buttocks enhancements using silicone and Krazy Glue (it is believed at least one recipient died) will be tried in Philadelphia for aggravated assault and practicing medicine without a license.

Famed Houston strip club Treasures is the target of a lawsuit by the city, which is suing to close the club as a public nuisance.

Dancers at the Crazy Horse in Paris are back on duty after striking last week.

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