Michael Musto’s Lou Reed obituary in the Daily Beast goes on at length about Reed’s penchant for including street sex workers and trans sex workers in his songwriting. Therefore, we can mention Lou Reed’s death in the Week In Links without going off topic.
Fellow Phoenix activists have started an indiegogo fundraiser site for the legal defense of Monica Jones, a trans activist, student sex worker, and SWOP-Phoenix member, who was falsely arrested for “manifestation of prostitution” as part of the Project Rose sting after her participation in a SWOP-Phoenix protest against the project.
Philadelphia voters will have an opportunity to vote against the retention of Judge Teresa Carr Deni, who famously ruled a sex worker’s rape “theft of services” in 2007. Philadelphia feminist activists are rallying to get out the “no” vote.
In a story we missed earlier this month, a Dallas magnet school Spanish teacher, Cristy Nicole Dewesee, was the subject of parents’ complaints to the school because of her Playboy past. We agree with a local paper’s editorial, entitled “Teachers Are Not Defined By Sex Industry Past.” Or maybe her student’s tweet said it best: ““She’s a teacher now, not a Playboy model anymore! Leave her alone[,] guys.”
A petition against the abolition of prostitution, the so-called “Manifesto of 343 bastards” (named in homage to Simone de Beauvoir’s 1971 abortion manifesto, the signers of whom were nicknamed the “343 sluts/bitches”) created an uproar in France in part because it claimed public intellectuals and authors among its signers.
The FBI says killer truckers are abducting street sex workers and other women at truck stops, raping them and leaving their bodies along the nation’s highways. If we never hear the phrase “high risk lifestyles” again, it’ll be too soon.
Spiegel Online interviews Johanna Weber, the founder of Germany’s first professional association for sex workers, the Professional Association of Erotic and Sexual Services.
The porn star hired to play Hannah Horvath in Hustler’s XXX reinterpretation of the HBO hit Girls doesn’t understand why Lena Dunham can’t appreciate her work. After all, performer Alex Chance maintains that “while Dunham ‘never has normal, hot, oh my God that’s porno sex’ in Girls and is ‘always second guessing’ to cater to her partner, the porn star has had some of her best sexual experiences on camera. (Although the This Ain’t Girls XXX sex had to be more awkward than normal porn to stay in character.)” Plus, “since Girls is ‘pretty much like a softcore porn to start, we didn’t think it was much of a stretch to go on and put the hardcore in it.’ ”
RH Reality Check interviewed activist sex workers Minnie Scarlet, Darby Hickey, and Violet Rose, about their experiences with feminism and what role they think feminism can play in sex workers’ rights.
Here’s yet more coverage on the sex workers’ rights movement’s support of Obamacare, quoting sex worker activists Siouxsie Q, Jolene Parton, and Maxine Holloway. The Affordable Healthcare Act will cover contraception, STD screenings and violence counseling. Its guidelines will make it harder for insurance companies to discriminate on the basis of on gender identity and HIV status, and its enrollment process doesn’t require users to report their employment.
A group of exotic dancers in Saskatoon are petitioning the city to halt pending changes that would restrict adult entertainment venues to industrial areas, saying the move puts performers and customers at risk because clubs would be restricted to outlying areas where there is less police presence.
Stoya emphasizes the importance of accurate writing about sex work in her Vice column, giving props to the Red Umbrella Project’s lit mag Prose and Lore and their upcoming documentary, as well as Melissa Gira Grant’s upcoming book, Playing the Whore.
Indian feminist Geetanjali Misra takes issue with Equality Now’s conflation of sex work and trafficking.
Aurora Snow reflects on how video killed the porn star in the Daily Beast, with quotes from Seka and Kelly Nichols.
Twitchfilm brings up an interesting point in its discussion of the “fake” sex scene in Blue is the Warmest Color: “[T]he whole conversation speaks to the ceaseless assertion that some kind of boundary line be maintained between ‘normal’ professions and the sex trade. You can pay an actress to show her tits, you can pay an actress to hump an actor bareback in a room filled with mirrors, you can pay an actress to glue a prosthetic vulva to her vulva and stick her nose up another actress’ ass… but, holy crap, don’t ever propose to pay an actress to perform an actual sexual act on another person on camera. That’s prostitution.”
Dr. Brooke Magnanti expresses her suspicions re: Jodie Marsh’s upcoming prostitution documentary, given the trafficking hysteria Marsh aired in interviews, in the Daily Telegram.
Dancers from Chester’s Platinum Lounge in Britain speak out about their reactions to the legal battle around the club losing its license, testifying to their love of the job, how safe they feel working at the Lounge, and how the income from stripping has allowed them to achieve many of their goals.
The Cambodia Daily’s Simon Marks exposed more of the lies told by anti-trafficking organization and Nicolas Kristof and celebrity darling the Somaly Mam Foundation.