Which Sex Workers Deserve To Be On YouTube?

Thinking about Lisa’s comments on whether or not sex workers should use social media (like this blog):

If giving individual voice to a sex industry worker perpetuates the stigma and so futhers the agenda of those who truely are waging a campaign to silence us, than it hurts us all as a movement and an industry.

…makes me concede that, yes, there is a war on sex workers going on. But is withdrawing any of our voices from the precious few outlets we have available to us doing any of us or our common cause a service?

As long as people like this guy, who gets $100,000 a year from members of his community in order to harass alleged and actual sex workers off the streets is out there uploading his paid-for jolly-getting off the backs of our sisters and brothers to YouTube…

…then like hell I’m going to use YouTube, too.

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  3. Gosh- to me that looks like free advertising for those lovelies he caught on film. They’re beautiful!🙂 And they sure as heck wouldn’t be there if someone wasn’t patronizing them. Mr. Gower or whatever his name is clearly doesn’t “get ” this.

    Is any of our activist community in that area? Wouldn’t it be a great tactic to turn a camera on him? To follow him as he follows the ladies? Isn’t there some event happening in Atlanta soon (sex 2.0 or something like that)? Let’s go!!

  4. My favorite was the blonde who said “Do you think I look better as a blonde? Honestly?”😀

  5. my response to Steve Gower is on my blog…in video format.

  6. swoplv,
    Yes, Sex 2.0 is in Atlanta, on April 12. Unfortunately, Gower and his crew are also responsible for us losing our venue (which was in Midtown), so we are currently scrambling to find another venue.

    There are some activists here, myself included; I helped organize our Dec. 17 event, and we discussed Gower and the YouTube videos there (which is how reporter Andisheh Nouraee learned about the issue). We are trying to get a more cohesive movement together here, but it’s difficult in Atlanta. Things are different here than in New York, San Fran, Vegas, and some other places that already have well-established sex workers’ right activism. But we are working hard and would love to do a march through Midtown for Dec. 17 next year.

  7. That is some FUS! it should be illegal for him to harass people like that. I hope that more women will fight this fight. Thanks for being here BNG.

    Widow Centauri

  8. Amber I am sorry to hear about the lose of the venue. I am from the south and spent a few years doing sex work in Atlanta. Just like any other place in the south, there is plenty of sex work going on we just don’t want to talk about it. I really appreciate the efforts that you are making to organize sex workers and allies. Don’t give up, you are making waves and that’s a good start. Would love to march through midtown with you.
    Robyn

  9. This is so disturbing…. does he find trans sex workers in his community particularly offensive, or is it all sex workers? I can’t tell.

    There needs to be an investigation into the laws surrounding this kind of harassment, because with the boom of youtube and other formats for outing sex workers, posting videos has become a pastime of creepy weirdos who like to “clean up the neighborhood” as a front to obsessively stalk sex workers who live in their own community.

    Why, just a few months ago Michael Donnelly of Bucktown, Chicago, put a camera in his condo lobby to videotape a provider and her clients without her knowledge or consent. Following his official complaint to the police department, he compiled a short video of all the comings and goings of the clients, along with the spectacular finale of her arrest, then promptly posted it on youtube with her website and real name. Where is the justice?

  10. Pam, that’s disgusting, what happened to that Chicago provider with posting her legal name online. Criminalization has put indoor workers into such a hard place — it’s not like that worker could assume she could check in with her neighbors if they had complaints w/o outing herself in the process. It forces the situation into a big community gossip fest in that condo, and makes her damned if she does (talk about how to have a home business respectfully) and damned if she doesn’t. And it’s not like she could get a license or legitimately rent an office.

    And then what to do about the moral crusaders who get so upset by sex workers that they can’t stop pursuing us! It’s nasty — and they would never even pay for the opportunity to do a little humiliation play like they really want.

    (And thanks for coming by!)

  11. […] piece about Gower. For a short time there was outrage over this asshole in the local blogosphere as well as the larger sex workers’ rights blogosphere, but sadly Gower and his MNA sidekicks (see Peggy […]

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