U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Report about SAGE

Here are links to a DOJ report about SAGE:

Read a summary of the evaluation
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Read the full report (245 pages)
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Is this the audit on SAGE that people on this board were writing about a while back?

Spitzer call girl sues ‘Girls Gone Wild’ for $10 million

By CURT ANDERSON, Associated Press Writer

MIAMI – The call girl linked to the downfall of former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer sued the founder of the “Girls Gone Wild” series on Monday for $10 million, claiming he exploited her image and name to advertise the racy videos

Ashley Alexandra Dupre, 22, contended in the lawsuit that she was only 17 — too young to sign legally binding contracts — and drunk on spring break in 2003 when she agreed to be filmed for “Girls Gone Wild” in Miami Beach.

Dupre “did not understand the magnitude of her actions, nor that her image and likeness would be displayed in videos and DVDs,” says the lawsuit filed by Miami attorney Richard C. Wolfe.

The lawsuit filed in federal court in Miami names as defendants “Girls Gone Wild” founder Joe Francis, two of his companies and a man purportedly involved in creation of two Internet sites that the lawsuit contends improperly use Dupre’s image to sell DVDs and other products.

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New York School of Burlesque on CBS This Morning

Did you find anything surprising about the representation of Burlesque in their coverage?

Any thoughts on Burlesque in general?

Thanks to Jo for posting this story via myspace!

Just the Facts

Miss Victoria X has compiled a comprehensive listing of case law and statues concerning sex work.

In light of the Rebecca’s Hidden Chambers bust, it might be prudent for many of us to brush up on the information she provided.

XBN Sunday Night 930 objectification/demonization of sex workers-from supposed allies and enemies alike

[187411] tonight 646 200 3136 www. xxbn.
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XBN Talk Radio   JillBrenneman and Renegade Evolution and all who want to join in!

www. xxbn. net

“objectification” Jill and Ren discuss how sex workers face issues of objectification/demonization-from supposed allies and enemies alike and how all too often,

4/27/2008
9:30 PM
60 Minutes

My door and SW coming out day.

When I discussed my becoming a Sex Worker with my mom, last week, she got up and walked outside and smoked a cigarette or several…

Hours later sex work in general gets brought up by my activism (I had just received a call about some sex work activism stuff), and we had a really, really good conversation about how sex work IS work, and how it’s no different. I could tell she kept having some issues around sex work, and I kept asking, so what is your issue? debunking them, and telling her how it really is (from my perspective of course)…

After what seemed like hours of this..” The real reason is I don’t like it when it’s not a conscious choice someone makes.”

So I start talking about some of my completely socially acceptable past, where I started down a job I didn’t really want, didn’t really think about, and didn’t really ‘choose’, but I didn’t really NOT choose either. I was pushed a little maybe, without doing it I would not have gotten a good grade in school. But never was I forced into that job.I remember her comment went something like this “Had I known I would have beat your teacher up!” Except it was just in front of me. Seemingly fairly easy to get into, and maybe interesting. Sure the bad grade thing, but it was never said “do this or bad grade for you”.. it was “So what are we going to do about your grade.. <insert boring teacher language here>.. Have you thought about this?” Not forced mom! She calms down a little.

This and many grey areas like this happen all the time in other work, it and every other reason definitely happens in Sex Work as well. The point mom, all reasons for getting into some ‘regular’ work are all valid reasons for people to get into Sex Work as well. Coercion and Forced are grey areas, for individual people involved in being forced or coerced into choosing as being forced. Some are clearly forced, some less clear. Regardless, definitely non-consensual anything is BAD (and illegal, without needing to make sex work illegal), whether it’s sex work or not. I’m definitely a very consciously aware type when it comes to sex work as a job. Why Sex Work as a job? Not because I need a job, but because I want extra income to pay for my Sex Work activism.

She definitely got my point. We didn’t talk of it the rest of my trip. She seems to be more ok with me being a SW than my transgender status. She can’t get my name right, won’t use the right pronoun, etc. She does let me wear my regular clothing though.

So, back to the closet door!! Mine would be purple, it would have video screens in/on it, and would show all the amazing footage, video, scrolling awesomeness that is BnG, and all the other blogs, video, podcasts, etc that give SW’s a voice to talk and say what needs to be said.

Thanks to Jessica, Karly, Kitten, Debauchette and all others coming out to your mom to start this great discussion! I wonder if perhaps April 20th should become Sex Worker Coming Out Day?

Love to all from a newbie, who is still confused as to how she is able to post amongst all this greatness!

More on Moms

I told my mom I am a sex worker. It went something like this:

(scene) Eating sushi downtown on a Tuesday night

Me: I got the check

Mom: No, honey, you aren’t working right now…

Me: Actually, I am.

Mom: (long silence) Are you doing THAT again?

Me: Yeah.

Another long silence

Mom: I am worried about your safety.

Me: Don’t Mom. My clients aren’t crackheads or misogynists. Some own multi-million dollar corporations and serve on the boards of museums and the symphony.

Mom: Oh. (heads to the bathroom for like, ten minutes)

Half hour later, some idle gossip about family members at Starbucks, and then left field….

Mom: Is what you do illegal?

Me: Only if I don’t pay taxes.

Mom: I just love this mocha latte. (sip)

Ten minutes later after talk of Christmas plans….

Mom: I better get a top notch nursing home.

Me: Sure, mom, you will.

Mom: Let’s go shopping.

Me: Let’s.

So there you have it folks. I LOVE YOU MOM!!!