pause to consider

I’m going to catch flack for this post.  I don’t care.  Maybe it will be deleted as divisive?  This totally sucks.  The sudden rise in the last few months in this movement of activist pissing contests is so screwed up.  This movement needs everyone.  It is far too small and too new a movement to afford to expend bandwidth on judgment about who is doing correct activism, who is doing enough activism, and what the correct activist picture looks like.  Everyone one is equally important.  And that means respect for diversity, respect that each person in the movement is in a different place and has to offer what they have.  This has to be a movement that respects diversity of opinion, of time to give to the movement, of resources to give.  It has to be a movement that is built around the people in it.  It can not become a movement where the people fit into the bigger picture. There are far too many obstacles to sex worker rights and the sex worker rights movement for us to use bandwidth on trying to define performance and people into set goals of the movement.  The movement needs to work with the people.  We are way too new and small a movement to lose people which is what is happening and what will continue to happen over this sudden surge in passing judgment and trying to push conformity to singular goals.

People are giving what they have.  That needs to be good enough to please the status quo of the movement or we really need to rethink where this movement has gone in the last few months.

Everyone is important.  What they have to offer is important and the movement has to be built on respecting those.  The anti rad fems base their movement on compliance and have epic battles over who is doing the most, who is saying the holiest slogans, who interprets the vision of the movement best.   Too much negative energy wasted on pissing contests.

peace

reposted from my site..

I’m sorry, but what a crock. As the owner of the top website on the topic of Nevada’s Legal Brothels, and as a long time customer, a consultant, and personal friend to many of Nevada’s working ladies and brothel owners, I’d just like to set the record straight here.

You contacted me last week attempting to get me to engage you to write articles and take pictures for our magazine project which we did decline. Then all of a sudden here is this long diatribe regarding the “evils” of Bella’s Ranch. Well, I know a lot of ladies that have worked at Bella’s over the years, including my ex-wife. In fact I have a friend that was working there when you were there. And my partner and I were at Bella’s only a day or two after you left. There was no sign all the discontent and intrigue you’ve eluded too. But what does seem apparent is an attempt by a couple of independent working ladies to try to place a black mark on the Nevada Brothel Industry with a predetermined agenda. Admit it, your little stunt was designed to be sure that you could report a terrible time. I’m rather amused by your pictures too. Typical Nevada Brothel line-up? How would you know? As one that has been to virtually every brothel in Nevada, that parlor sure doesn’t look familar to me. Maybe it’s because you were violating house policies about taking pictures of ladies without there permission. Think?

This isn’t really very surprising to me. People like you float through every so often thinking your going to get your 15 minutes of fame at the expense of everyone else. Well, go cry to your independent customers because those that really know what the brothels in Nevada are like, don’t buy your manufactured story nor do we sympathize with your mythical plight.

Are there issues at the ranches? Sure. Just like there’s issues in hospitals, office buildings and every other business. Especially were people are in competition for the same dollars in a private contractor type forum. Nice try, but frankly it was obvious from your private message to me that you were simply manipulating the situation for the very purpose you’ve demonstrated. Trying to get some mileage and attention at someone elses expense. Well for the record, I have known many of the ladies at that particular establishment, I have met and was impressed by the management and staff, and I see nothing in your credentials to suggest that you have any credibility what so ever. My advice to you is to continue on in the independent market, wher scam artists and game players can shuck their clients without any real recourse or conscious. I’m sure you’ll fit right in.

Cordially,
G Edwin Judd
Owner/Publisher

http://www.nevadabrotheltimes.com

Ranch Run Magazine Project

solidarity for some?

I can’t even imagine what would happen in this movement if the tables were turned: a sex worker from a much different background with much different experiences coming into our community and telling us what is wrong with the way we work, and then blogging about it?  What would that look like?  PLEASE THINK ABOUT THIS.  Cuz I know that we DO know how this feels, we just have yet to make the correlation.

None of us are “THE” definitive experience of sex work.  We are all unique, just like everyone else.

So when we start drawing lines about who is a pimp, who works for peanuts, and the awful question of “why we do what we do”, (whether that be in an illegal system or within the legal and quasi-legal establishments), we are just dishing the same grief and disgust we all receive ourselves.  We are going further then the anti’s even, distinguishing who qualifies for solidarity within this movement.  This business of brothels has everyone’s panties in a bunch and ready to pull the trigger and throw around some weight from this movement, that frankly, we don’t have.

What will happen to this movement when we start drawing lines about what is acceptable business practices for sex workers?  There are far worse things than fines and padlocks.  Why stop there?  Let’s go after women with douchebag boyfriends who live off their money, or maybe even crack a whip on women who don’t identify as sex workers cuz they don’t take off their panties.  They don’t belong in this movement either, right?  Forget about our common core values of addressing violence and incarceration, right?  The very two things the brothel system is doing a better job of than us.

I am posting this up here, even though I feel like this stuff has gone way too far, cuz I want the world wide web to know that not every sex worker is co-signing this brothel hating.  There is a difference of personal blogging, and posting on BNG, which has quickly become the mouthpiece for this movement and is accepted as a united front by the world wide web and media.  Having said that, I am both glad and frustrated by the lack of editoralizing on this blog.  There is unequal representation of sex workers everywhere in media, and this back and forth has perpetuated that. I really think it should be addressed when sex worker-on-sex worker hating takes center stage in our public and private forums.

I also want the women at Bella’s to know that they have allies among this movement… and yeah, even among workers who are independent and/or illegal.  I know you have your reasons.  We all do.  And I will be damned if we have to justify ourselves and the way we work to anyone.  Even other sex workers.  Make your money, ladies.

This might be a good time to review our commitment to showing solidarity to autonomous communities within sex work, and look at the principles we have been exploring for years.  When we do ally work in unfamiliar systems of sex work, it is important to respect that we are guests within that community.  To take ownership of a community in order to justify condemnation would never be tolerated in any other context or overlapping community of sex workers.  Period.

The question we should be asking the brothels is “How can I be of service?”

If our help isn’t needed, we accept and respect that equally.  We wouldn’t have it any other way ourselves.

The Yes On K Campaign Kicks Off The Political Season at the El Rio

Posted on behalf of Maxine Doogan.  Please direct all inquiries to the listed contact or to Maxine.

THE YES ON K CAMPAIGN KICKS OFF THE POLITICAL SEASON AT THE EL RIO
WHO:                  Adult entertainer Madison Young, music by Digital
Intelligence Extreme, and hosted the Queen of Charm; Lady Monster and Fudgie Frottage
WHEN:                Friday September 5th, 2008, doors open at 9 pm
WHERE:             El Rio 3158 Mission St at Cesar Chavez, San Francisco, CA
94110   Call (415) 282-3325 for directions
ADMISSION:       $20 and up  DOOR PRIZES     Contact:   yesonk@earthlink.net

Check out the video from the last visit to the DCCC

And then the endorsement vote.
http://ie.youtube.com/watch?v=AruVP9ZSTZo

Speaking of Endorsements, we picked up a special one list night at San
Francisco Coalition For Labor Union Women.   One of their goals is to
organize the unorganized!  This group is worth joining.

Kudos for everyone¹s feed back, on the logo and the paid ballot arguments.
XXXOOO

Next meeting for YES ON K is Wed. Sept. 3rd 7-8:30 at 1260 mission/ 9th Everyone invited. ONLY 71 DAYS left!

Stay in touch and join the http://localpolitics.meetup.com/241/

Thanks for everyone¹s hard work
Maxine Doogan

Another Guilty Plea for Emporer’s Club V.I.P.

In Case of Escort Ring Tied to Spitzer, a Fourth Guilty Plea From a Booker

A holistic health counselor who worked as a part-time booker for the escort service that the authorities say was patronized by former Gov. Eliot Spitzer pleaded guilty on Monday to a federal prostitution conspiracy charge.

The counselor, Tanya Hollander, 36, told a federal judge in Manhattan that at first, she believed she was working for “a legitimate business” that made appointments for models and clients.

But she said that she had continued to work for the service, known as Emperor’s Club V.I.P., even after learning that it was involved in prostitution.

Ms. Hollander, who lives in Rhinebeck, N.Y., is the fourth defendant charged in the ring to enter a guilty plea.

The judge, Deborah A. Batts of Federal District Court, told Ms. Hollander that she could face up to five years in prison when she is sentenced on Nov. 25.

Freedom and Independence never felt so sweeeett..

as I drove along the open road the next day away from the brothel, away from all the bullshit I had endured, every tree, every mountain, every cloud seemed to reach out and give me a hug or a high five.  I got out of my car and took a photo of myself: free, independent and in control of my body and sex work once again.

Old West Sex Workers

This is kinda fun. It’s always heartening to see respect being paid to our old-timey sisters. This is from the current “Heart of Tucson Historic Walking Tour” program:

The women of the red-light districts were as much a part of the Wild West as were the miners, cowboys, and missionaries. Learn about these hard-working women who brightened the dusty landscape and whose specialized services were always in high demand.

In Tucson, there was a well-established red light district called “Gay Alley,” although I’m pretty sure gay doesn’t quite mean what it does today. There were also “disease-free health certificates issued by the local health officer.” (Wonder what the hell happened to that great idea?)

Some of the girls had kick ass names, too: Flora West alias The Stage Hand’s Girl alias Flo; Goiter Emma; Dean Darby alias The Quiet Blonde. We’re thinking about doing a commemorative thing around all the southwest hooker history for December 17th.

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