From the Courtesan Connection

Feed The Need to Read – Two Blogs of Note

Bound, Not Gagged, the activist group blog of the Desiree Alliance, has over the past year become the hub of on-line Sex Worker Advocacy in the United States. Demure and deferential it is not. Posts on Bound, Not Gagged (often referred to as “BnG”) are passionate, strong, and at times, unapologetically angry peals against abuse, injustice and ignorance about Sex Work and Sex Workers. This is a blog by people demanding and working to create change, and not willing to wait another generation for it to come about. Discussion and debate are lively on BnG, and honestly, not always thoughtful about the full impact and import of the positions staked out, a fault of many idealists and advocates and some very famous and influential people. BnG though is not a one-dimensional rant limited to politics and news of the latest outrage, it often carries notices and invitations to events and conferences such as the Desiree Alliance’s “Pulling Back the Sheets: Sex, Work and Social Justice” Conference scheduled for July in Chicago. While BnG is USA-centric in much of its writing and point of view, it has repeatedly highlighted and brought attention to the actions and activism of Sex Workers in other countries, and has not shied away from reporting on the abuse and difficulties they face as well. For anyone with an interest in Sex Work, it has become a must read. Informally, the Twitter posts of many of the contributors to BnG often act as a shadow blog to BnG, carrying on many of the discussions in a near real-time format that can be equally engaging.

Of course Bound, Not Gagged and Sex Worker organizations could not accomplish much with out good information, and one of the best news hounds of this community has turned out to be Amanda Brooks. Posting News Bits on the off-the-main-site-SWOP-East blog, Amanda serves up a daily digest of the news of note culled from her own web searches and Google Alerts. But this is not just dry headlines – her summaries are often targeted commentary on the hypocrisy, absurdity, and sheer idiocy of those that report on and act against sex workers with out doing any research or looking beyond what reinforces their own biases and assumptions. This lady will not go quietly into the night. Indeed, much like Napoleon conquered Europe on four hours of sleep a night, noting the time stamp on her News Bits has me wondering if General Brooks is training some stiletto-heeled Valkyries she will unleash as the Vanguard of the Sex Work Revolution & Empire. Don’t forget she is a Texan, and while their speech may have a slow musical drawl to it, they are not really known for their patience, as that fellow in the White House has clearly taught us. Regardless of any future need to prepare your own personal bomb-shelter, SWOP-East is not limited to what Amanda shares, and there is interesting and valuable commentary and updates on the main SWOP-East Blog from their extraordinarily literate and prolific staff and other contributors. Along with many of the other sites and blogs of organizations and individuals in Sex Work, these blogs are an excellent way to keep updated on news and issues that are relevant to the lives and actions of Sex Workers and other interested individuals.

5 Responses

  1. Wow! This was a surprise!

    It means a great deal to me to have this post shared on a blog and amongst people I have been very impressed by and think highly of. Thank you.

    The Courtesan Connection has a lot of work to be done to it. So please don’t expect much for now. However, I do hope it truly becomes an ally and resource for those in Sex Work and their supporters who wish to really listen and consider what Sex Workers have to share.

    Thank you once again.

    – The Courtesan Connection

  2. TCC- thanks for being a supporter! Your page has a lot of useful information. I also noticed that you have a blogspot page that you’ve updated too. And there are some really interesting links that aren’t on both blogs. Will you be updating the links so they are consistent? Will you keep both blogs active?

    Perhaps you’d like to submit something to present at the conference!

  3. No problem! It means a great deal to us that you mentioned us at your blog. Looking forward to reading future posts!

  4. Hello and thank you Stacey and Swoplv!

    Plans are for the WordPress blog to be basically completely wiped within the next 48 hours, so the database for it can be rebuilt, then all of the posts and comments restored, and then (the most time consuming part) all of the links in the blogroll re-entered by hand. Considering the number of dead links on the blogroll right now, and the many new sites and blogs that have opened up since the last time either blog was updated, there is going to be some lag.

    As I am concentrating all my effort on the WordPress blog right now, I have put a note on the Blogspot edition that for the moment, I will not be updating any of the links there. Once the WordPress site is up to speed, then I will work on getting the Blogspot version in sync.

    As I also mentioned in one of the previous posts, my intent at this point is to contact a Sex Worker Organization about them adopting The Courtesan Connection permanently. I’ve not done so yet simply because seeing how much of a mess it was in, and knowing what happened before, I think I need to address that first. While I am sure that excites everyone’s curiosity, please be patient. I will let all know as soon as that is addressed and any decisions are reached.

    Right now, any one wishing to have me add a link for their site is welcome to send an email to courtesanconnection at gmail I can’t say how quickly I will get to them, but I will be trying to do so as fast as I can! It would be helpful when sending email on links if you put in the subject line Link – “Your Site Name” and in the body of the email, the site name, the site address, the rss feed address (if it has one) the sites author (for blogs and personal sites) and a brief summary of the site. This is optional, but helpful. One of the difficulties I have had with the links and blogs in the past is trying to determine if a person is a Sex Worker or not, which has caused some embarrassment (and a few angry emails) when people have been mis-identified. So I have erred on the side of caution. (Which actually had me take off Melissa’s G’s site many many months ago, which obviously was a mistake! Sorry Melissa!)

  5. CC,

    I just discovered your site, and I love it! (And I was thrilled to read mentions of Amanda Brooks and SWOP East!) Thank you!

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