The Willamette Week broke the news that I, Tits and Sass Week In Links editor Red, and my fellow dancer Amy Pitts are suing my former strip club this week after months of tedious and stressful settlement negotiations. Shorter and less informative video clips on the suit can be found here and here, but probably the best coverage so far is this New York Daily News story, which makes more meat puns than I would normally find decent.
Alaskan sex workers are raising money to go to Juneau to lobby the Alaskan legislature. You can support their campaign and learn about their efforts here: Nothing About Us Without Us!
Bengals defensive back Adam Jones was ordered to pay over $12 million for his part in a fight and shooting that broke out at the Vegas strip club, Minxx. Jones made it rain, dancers started fighting over the money, and eventually shooting broke out, injuring three people, including one security guard who was paralyzed from the waist down.
New MTA safety ads warn against pole dancing in subway cars: “Poles are for safety, not your latest routine.”
Tits and Sass contributor Naomi Sayers responds brilliantly to an interrogation around C-36 and the assumption that it protects sex workers, while outlining sex work activists’ next steps in a post-C-36 Canada.
Nigerian full service sex workers are offering three days of their services free if General Muhammadu Buhari wins the upcoming presidential elections in February. Clever reverse Lystrata tactic!
Porn actor Jiz Lee writes that people should be as concerned with ethical porn consumption as they are with ethical porn, since illegal distribution not only allows consumers to not pay for workers’ products, it also allows producers to evade the very safety standards set in place to protect performers.
Benjamin Frederickson worked as a HIV positive sex worker in the Midwest and New York for years, documenting his life and his work with Polaroids that are now being shown in an exhibition at Daniel Cooney Fine Art in New York until February 28th.
The chairperson for India’s National Commission for Women is speaking out again for better working conditions for sex workers.
“I was talking from the perspective of providing more security to women who are in sex trade and their children in terms of education, access to health which is very necessary for any form of empowerment for any woman in any trade.”
On Monday the South African government met with sex workers and NGOs to discuss the Global Fund and create an intervention plan to address HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis. The South African National AIDS Council is finalizing their sex worker program by the end of this year, and it will include peer outreach, although Sisonke, one of the sex worker advocacy groups in South Africa, is still advocating for decriminalization as the best way to empower sex workers to protect themselves from HIV and abusive clients.
In related news, the South African Law Reform Commission’s final report on “adult prostitution” will be out “shortly” and includes a few options that fall thankfully short of the End Demand model and full criminalization.
Sex positive feminist porn makes its usual claims of “authenticity.”
Words do matter, says a Seattle politician, explaining why they want to move to the End Demand model, employing the phrase “sexual exploitation” instead of “sex work”, to the dismay of sex work activists and clients alike. Elizabeth Nolan Brown tirelessly recaps all the arguments we just heard against C-36, and we should probably all memorize them, since we’re going to need them.
“Why Sex Workers Deserve Backpay“: an article with a fantastic premise that then goes on to consistently conflate trafficked, coerced, and willing sex workers, using phrases like “suppose you are sold for sex.” Though we all know that choice and coercion can be a continuum, treating the two situations as one and the same is also fallacious. A for the concept, C- for execution.
Police raided a Macau hotel and arrested ninety six women and six employees, including Alan Ho, the executive director of the hotel, over a suspected “vice ring.”
Formal and informal sex work has increased in Haiti since the earthquake five years ago, as more and more women turn to the work to survive.
Prohibitionists in Scotland attempt to create new hurdles for sex industry businesses to clear.
In a two day training on “Marginalised women and the law,” police in Mangalore, India, were told to focus more on the people pushing women into sex work than sex workers themselves.
Apparently anyone in porn is a “porn star” these days: Andre Shakti, indie pornstar, writes about what it’s like to be an indie porn star for Cosmo.
The United Arab Emirates disputes the claim that thousands of Nepali women have been trafficked to the UAE for sex.