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Valiant Gnostic Of Sexuality

January 28, 2016
by Gracie
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Have You Ever Paid For Sex? Please Take This #SexWork Survey

Please read the letter below and fill out the survey. We want our clients and working ladies to help dispel negative myths about this industry.

If you have ever paid for sex please take this survey! We are interested in your experiences! There is a shortage of systematic data collected on clientele of brothels, and this survey hopes to change that.

A research study currently being conducted by the (sex work-friendly) sociology department at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas (UNLV), seeks to collect data and broaden the scholarship and research on the attitudes of adult clients of prostitutes. Customers of legal Nevada brothels, are invited to take the brief, 100% anonymous survey This UNLV survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete and will help researchers to gain a fuller understanding of the clients of sex workers.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.bunnyranch.com

This is the posting at the Bunny Ranch; direct survey link is here.

January 7, 2016
by Gracie
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The Dangerous Catch-22 of Coming out As a Sex Worker

People malign sex workers without realizing they’re talking to one…

Some sex worker rights activists say that white women like Evie should come out as an act of solidarity. If everyone who’s had sex for money were open about it, would the public accept that sex work defies stereotypes and is more prevalent than most imagine? The answer is a Catch-22. Stigma and severe criminal penalties keep people from openly fighting laws and cultural attitudes.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: fusion.net

Excellent & required reading.

December 4, 2015
by Gracie
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Vote now for the 2015 Feminist Celebrity of the Year

The Ms. Foundation for Women celebrates all feminists all year long. Women and men who believe in social, economic and political equality are working every day to change the conversation and build a more equal society for ALL genders. Their work makes all the difference.
In 2014 we teamed up with Cosmopolitan.com for our first EVER Feminist Celebrity of the Year survey. You voted and we recognized those who used their impact, influence and notoriety to promote true equality.  These celebrities not only publicly identified as feminists but worked to change the national and international dialogue around diversity, inclusiveness and intersectionality. 

Sourced through Scoop.it from: salsa4.salsalabs.com

Encourage the feminist movement to be pro #sexwork, vote for @margaretcho! via @DPopTart

December 2, 2015
by Gracie
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James Deen’s Alleged Assaults Were Ignored, Laughed Off by Casts and Crews #sexwork #porn #rape

Since Saturday, when porn actress and writer Stoya tweeted that she was raped by porn hero James Deen, four more adult film performers have come out agains

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.slate.com

Cauterucci’s article gives the most balanced view of the whole James Deen rape story ~ including the debacles facing women in porn and sex work. While the adult industry has a much faster (and positive) response to its stars who rape and abuse than Hollywood and mainstream media do, there are always the following issues of whether or not it is rape if a person is paid or likes rough sex. 

Cauterucci:

“There is nothing wrong or rape-like about enjoying rough sex and being good at it. There is nothing wrong or suspicious about acting out a consensual rape fantasy. But, as in offscreen/noncommercial sex, the entire validity of porn as an industry hinges on consent. Perversely, that may be one reason why a porn actress might feel compelled to stay silent about these kinds of violations: Women who act in adult films are often portrayed as victims with little agency or know-how, who must resort to a demeaning and dangerous career because they have no other options. Stories like the ones Fires, Lux, Rayne, and Peters tell—important as they are—don’t exactly contradict that myth.

But neither porn nor rough sex subjected these women to sexual assault, and they didn’t turn James Deen into a rapist. The allegations against Deen are full of references to ways porn actresses control their own careers: through lists of acts they won’t perform, lists of people they won’t perform with, and contracts that specify exactly what will happen in a scene. Deviating from the agreed-upon variety, timing, and manner of sex is just as wrong as any other kind of assault. The women who’ve told their horrifying stories about Deen know that. Deen and the bystanders who looked on and laughed did, too.”

Click links for more info on rape & rape fantasies ~ including issues in porn & sex work.

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April 21, 2015
by Gracie
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True Ad-Vice About Presidential Politics

Sex workers at Nevada’s Moonlite Bunny Ranch have officially announced their endorsement of Hillary Clinton for President of the United States:

While mainstream sites and, especially, conservative bloggers want to reduce the Hookers For Hillary endorsement to “humorous news” or even tried to flip this into a Hillary attack point, the Bunnies have an actual four-point platform behind their endorsement. Which is far more than I can say for most pundits. Hell, it’s more than most candidates have. And saner that what’s out there too.

Among the Bunnies’ platform points are protection of health care reform (aka The Affordable Health Care Act, which made health insurance available for the first time to the 500 independent contractors at the Bunny Ranch ~ and millions more citizens) and support for agencies that protect the public’s health.

And how’s this for a salient economy platform point?

*Prevention of a return to supply side economics

Bill Clinton presided over the most prosperous time in Bunny Ranch history, which coincided with a tax increase on the wealthiest Americans such as brothel owner Dennis Hof. The Bunnies recognize that thriving economies are built from the bottom up, where the vast majority of their clients originate. A return to relying on the disproven theory of trickle-down economics would only serve to exclude the vast majority of hard-working Bunny Ranch clients from having the discretionary income to enjoy with their favorite Bunny.

Sure, all this can all be seen as a publicity move by Hof. Especially the line about avoiding future Secret Service scandals by making sure “her detail ‘buys American.'” But what’s wrong with that?

Hey, Republicans, isn’t earning your income preferable to a handout?

Honestly, I’d like to amend Shawnee’s plea that voters should be as serious about elections as gamblers to include sex workers too. Sex workers certainly are marginalized, but they are voting citizens with needs as well as an eye on the economy.

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April 20, 2015
by Gracie
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This Tech Startup Is Helping the Cops Track Sex Workers Online

Rescue Forensics claims it can scrape “massive quantities of data” from online escort ads and give that information to law enforcement, but advocates for sex workers say that such a service doesn’t help anyone.

Source: www.vice.com

More people jumping in to profit by “saving” ~ this time with tech that is dangerous to sex workers and others.

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April 13, 2015
by Gracie
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About That Brothel Tester Position…

kaufmichYou may have heard about a job posting for a “brothel tester” last month. The posting was made by Kaufmich, a German social network for sex workers, brothels, and other companies in erotic environment ~ and their clients.

The job posting was in Kaufmich’s Magazine, where the tasks were defined ~ as translated:

Test brothels after service, cleanliness and compliance with safe sex practices. You will enjoy sex with various women and then create a score which is then published on www.kaufmich.com. Also visit Kaufmich events such as bukkake parties and gang bangs, which will then be evaluated according to their quality.

Along with being the usual sort of “people person” many employers seek, qualified applicants were to be team-oriented and be able to meet the following requirements:

  • (Technical) university degree in a business direction (preferably hotel industry) or equivalent
  • Practical experience from several years of brothel visits, experience Escorts advantage
  • Clean, neat appearance
  • Health certificate
  • Ideally experience with ISO 9001 or EFQM
  • Communicative and analytical skills
  • Enjoy working with people, no reservations
  • Accuracy, creativity and openness to new, complex applications
  • Fluent in German, spoken and written, any additional language (preferably French) is an advantage

There were plenty of comments, and, I surmise, applicants for this “dream job.” However, it was noted by at least one person, that the job posting was “very focused on the male candidates,” if not outright discriminatory:

A female candidate will not have a chance, because who “enjoy sex with different women and developing assessments that are published in KM”?
I also think a visit Bukkake parties and gang bangs, would be for a female testers not to be thrown more of a test.
There are actually female tester, but “must set decoy” one, which is associated with costs.
So I think the task for the job misrepresented, at least for a female candidate.

This, of course, was not mentioned in any of the media coverage, including at Newsweek.

Days later, Kaufmich published an update on the brothel tester job opening, including a version in English:

We here at Kaufmich.com stand for equality and societal acceptance of sex work and thus fully support our members in a non judgmental pursuit of their individual lifestyle preferences. The job advertisement, which was perceived by many as an early April fools day joke, was in fact our attempt to raise awareness for the level of social stigmatization that sexual service providers are still exposed to. Would such a job really be that strange? Brothels are legal businesses in Germany and many other countries. Despite their legal status a quality tester for a brothel, however, seems to attract much more attention than, let’s say, a hotel tester or mystery shopper. How enormously viral this average job opening became in the end even exceeded our wildest dreams.

So we are not actually looking for a brothel tester. We completely trust the authentic evaluations of our members for that job. It is indeed our escorts and their clients who can best judge how satisfying a service, client or establishment really was to them. Our members are the real quality testers!

While I do applaud the publicity stunt, there remains no comment on the sexist assumptions of gender in sex work.