Sex

Everything Seems Evil When You Add Sex To It

One of the lessons I’ve learned from reading Maggie McNeill’s Honest Courtesan blog for the last couple of years is that opponents of sex work will try to make even the most routine business practices sound evil. I just finished a three-part think piece about some aspects of that, and already Maggie has pointed me […]

Speak Up For Sex Workers

Over on the Twitter, retired call-girl Maggie McNeill is urging some of us bloggers to join her campaign to make every Friday the Thirteenth a day to speak up for the rights sex workers. She think’s it’s especially important to get support from outside the sex work community: A number of advocates are working to respond […]

And Now For Some (Almost) Porn

It’s probably a sign that there’s something wrong with me, but somehow I find this video charming. It’s composed entirely of just-before-things-get-naughty scenes from porno movies. I guess that knowing what happens next produces a certain tension with the innocent music and images. Warning: In and of itself, it’s safe for work, but technically these […]

Prosecuting Johns – Part 3: Respecting Women

This is the third and final post in a series of responses (starting here) to an opinion piece by Melissa Farley and Norma Ramos arguing that the customers of prostitutes are sexual predators and should be punished as such. The article made me angry, and I’m trying to explain why. The equation of slavery and prostitution […]

Prosecuting Johns – Part 2: Strange Logic, Strange Language

Yesterday, I posted Part 1 of my response to an opinion piece by Melissa Farley and Norma Ramos arguing that Eliot Spitzer and other men who hire prostitutes should be punished as criminals. The article made me angry, and I’m trying to explain why. To start with, although Farley and Ramos want leniency for prostitutes, […]

Prosecuting Johns – Part 1: Gender Bias

In response to the news that former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer would not be charged with any crimes crime for hiring prostitutes, Newsweek magazine published an opinion piece by Melissa Farley and Norma Ramos arguing that this was “a stunning betrayal of the public trust,” and coming out in favor of cracking down more heavily […]

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