By now, you are probably aware of Rough Night and the animated and practiced (if not exhausted and slightly jaded because this happens all the f*cking time) reaction to it from the sex worker online community.
But if not, here’s a quick recap: on March 8th Paulilu Productions released the trailer for their latest summer chick-flick Rough Night, a film about five college besties (played by Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer, and Zoë Kravitz) drawn apart by their busy, upper-middle class lives who then…accidentally kill a male stripper at Johansen’s bachelorette party, and, according to the film’s PR materials, “are brought closer together…amidst the craziness of trying to cover it up.”
Because nothing says “female solidarity and bonding” like trying to cover up the manslaughter of a dead hooker. [READ MORE]
Tits and Sass is a Rihanna blog. This is a sound editorial decision Caty and I made a long, long time ago, and so far it has served us well. Tits and Sass has never been a Drake blog. Which isn’t to say we’re anti-Drake, we’re just not explicitly pro-Drake the same we are, say, pro-Rihanna. Recently, it came to our attention that Drake loves Rihanna, and we love Rihanna, so, therefore, we reluctantly give space to Drake. In any event, this is the internet, and you can’t just ignore something on the internet, because the internet will not allow it, the internet will force you to talk about it. So, here is the post in which we feebly acknowledge that Drake is opening a strip club. That’s right, you heard it here first, folks (actually, you probably didn’t). Drake is opening a strip club. This is our post about it. [READ MORE]
April Brogan (image via @brogan_rebecca)
Melissa Gira Grant’s story about April Brogan’s death from withdrawal complications while in jail is a heartbreaking look at how little regard the justice system has for sex worker lives. Our Caty is quoted on the double stigma drug-using sex workers face.
A woman running an underground brothel in Germany has been busted; her workers, undocumented Chinese migrants, will be deported.
A new Cambodian study reiterates what the Lancet already proved: further marginalization and criminalization of sex workers, even in the guise of ending trafficking, only puts us more at risk.
“Sex workers don’t owe you any answers” is a sharp, smart, and sadly necessary reminder by Alana Massey that we do not, in fact, owe you answers. Not to friends, not to teachers, and definitely not to sad little clovers on the internet:
“The best thing sex work taught me was that men will take every opportunity to demand things they feel entitled to,” Bruiser told me in a direct message on Twitter. “I literally owe them exactly nothing.”
Another day, another pole fail. (Photo by Flickr user kyle92)
A former stripper was in a car accident involving a pole which created the most unnecessary and painful reading experience of the week.
Sex workers that are refugees have special needs and concerns. This editorial argues that the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) needs to work harder to reach the sex working refugee committee.
Thousands of sex workers gathered in Seoul to protest the Special Law on Prostitution and the human rights and safety violations it allows:
“The police take photos of the naked bodies of female sex workers during a crackdown. Since condoms are used as a major source of evidence, women who are being apprehended sometimes swallow them,” Kang said.
Woman sacked by the Dutch central bank over her second job as…Wait, what?
Indian actress Charmi Kaur plays a sex worker in her latest film, Jyothilakhsmi, and some people are less than thrilled about it.
Eren, at Muslimah Media Watch, parses recent reports of an Arab sex worker finding Muslim clients by offering nikah mut’ah, or temporary marriage, and the Orientalism behind the “Muslim girl gone bad” fetishes:
So it seems that “bad” Muslim girls are not only hot and liberated, but they fit with the overall assumption that everything “exotic” should be up for Western consumption.
Samuel Pepys (photo by Glyn Thomas)
Brooke Magnanti’s “deranged Samuel Pepys” of an ex-boyfriend actually kept his own diary where he talked about her sex work: so much for his claims that she made it all up, inspired by dead sex workers she saw in the morgue.
Elizabeth Nolan Brown explains why the lay-feminist should also be glad that the Senate trafficking bill is currently dead. Why do we need another bill for things that are already illegal? Brown points out that
Federal law already prohibits a wide range of conduct related to human trafficking, slavery, and child sexual exploitation. It’s against the law to “recruit” or “entice” anyone for forced sex or labor, or any person under 18 years old for commercial sexual activity. “Harboring,” “transporting,” or in any way “obtaining” them is also illegal. So is “providing” or “benefiting from” them. Additionally, all 50 states have laws specifically criminalizing human trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of minors.
Jon Stewart should maybe read more of Elizabeth Nolan Brown’s work.
And more on the stalled bill.
Monica Jones spoke at the UN in Geneva about the need for increased action to protect the human rights of sex workers.
The South Carolina Supreme Court awarded workers’ comp to a dancer who was shot on stage and had previously had her claim denied by a lower court.
Carol Leigh writes about the damage that anti-trafficking campaigns do to sex workers for Open Democracy.
San Diego non-profits Via International and Women’s Empowerment International are teaming up to offer micro-loans to Tijuana sex workers.
The LGBT community in Indonesia, already doubly marginalized through homophobia and the stigma of sex work many in the community engage in to survive, now has to deal with an unofficial fatwa.