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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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.
net 930 Eastern

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!!!

Podcast with Kimberlee Cline at Red Light District

SerpentLibertine and Kimberlee Cline talk about dealing with disabled clients, Kimberlee’s new blog Intimate Healing, the concept of “feminist porn”, and the upcoming Desiree Alliance Conference in Chicago in the newest podcast on RedLightDistrictChicago.

Um, if you want to use my story….

Yesterday I posted a very sincere post about a conversation that I had with my mother. Later, Jessica at Jezebel posted this:

Karly Kirchner of sex-worker site Bound, Not Gagged recounts a similarly accepting response from her mom, but adds that she wants her mother to start reading her posts on the blog.

She goes on to quote Morgan Winters, whose bio at Utne Reader says:

Morgan Winters graduated from the University of Minnesota. He enjoys writing about media, food, and uncomfortable social situations—but never a combination of the three. With confidence and authority, Morgan does his best to convince his two children to listen to him. He rarely succeeds.

Wow. This guy sounds like an expert on the sex industry. Jezebel continues:

Perhaps those posts will lead Ms. Kirchner’s mother to a deeper understanding of the oldest profession and her daughter’s reasons for choosing it. But, says Morgan Winter on the Utne Reader‘s website, “There seems to be two basic motivations for writing about one’s tenure as a hooker, neither educational. The prostitute either wants to glorify or vilify the industry and its consumers. Either of these seems simplistic and disingenuous. After all, not only are we talking about the oldest profession, we’re also trying to understand arguably the most complicated physiological aspect of nature—sex—through books about themes that, if authored by anybody other than former prostitutes, would fall under the ‘teen’ section in the local library.” Even with a more nuanced view of prostitution, I can’t imagine any mother would be particularly thrilled to discover that her daughter was a hooker. I got an awkwardly scolding phone call from my mother when I wrote about foreskins. I can’t even imagine what she’d say if I told her I touched them for a living!

I am sorry for (correction) Jessica that her family is so uncomfortable with the human body that she would be scolded, as an adult, for writing about a simple part of the male anatomy. It’s no wonder that Winters would simplify a sex worker’s desire to tell her own story as either glorifying or vilifying the industry. Of course. We are either rabid, angry victims who are shameful and resentful of our past, or we are deluded gold-diggers.

When Diane Sawyer and Brian Ross pull this kind of shit, I’m not surprised. But if gossip blogs want to be taken seriously, you may want to actually re-post material available in the wealth of writing available on the ‘net by actual sex workers, we are the ‘experts.’

And Mr. Winters, you may want to stick to writing about food and socially-awkward situations that you’ve actually experienced yourself. It’s sad that a writer from Utne, who gave $pread Magazine an award for best new publication in 2005 (or 2006?) a publication that we thought supported the voices of sex workers, would over-simplify and minimize the experience and writing of sex workers.

His quote really does summarize his own as well as Jessica’s posts:

Either of these seems simplistic and disingenuous.

Panel discussion at William and Mary, ending the misrepresentations with facts

There are a series of blog posts circulating the internet of this nature, which, are presented as fact when in fact they are opinions of Sam Berg, opinions that are based upon her presumptions, which are often absolutely incorrect false and unacceptable. Thus, to me, it is imperative to put out a statement of fact about the William & Mary College events, about the organizer, Constance, members of the panel, SWOP staff that have been egregiously misrepresented and what truly transpired. While Sam Berg is certainly entitled to her opinion and perceptions, they remain just that opinions and perceptions not fact based, nor realistic analysis of the events.

Sam Berg’s factual misrepresentation

First, what did actually happen at the April 21, 2008 Conference on pornography. It was a three person debate with two moderators. The panelists were Karla Mantilla, Renegade Evolution and myself. It started late due to my late arrival as a result of major traffic delays caused by severe weather and a wrong turn which ironically lead me and my colleague Jessica Land being on a dirt road with sheep. The dirt road seemed to be a good indicator that I had gone the wrong way. For me the sheep confirmed this wasn’t the correct road to the college. It wasn’t. Correct assumption. Very cute sheep, even a mama feeding her babies.

I am very glad to have met Karla. I knew of her peripherally and respected her work and commitment to social justice from what I had seen of her work in the past. Meeting her in person and speaking with her both in the debate and afterward only further enhanced my respect for her. While we did not always agree, there were many times in which we did, many times in which all three of us did. Karla’s arguments were presented very well, she was respectful, civil, kind, and it was clear that she was there to debate issues not personalities which was completely consistent with the hopes and aspirations that Ren, I and other SWOP East members had. At no time did the discussion become heated, each person was given ample and equal opportunity to speak uninterrupted. And even when we disagreed it was respectful. I have no doubt that Karla is very dedicated to social justice and she is an articulate, approachable spokesperson for social justice. I was honored to debate with her, hope that we work together in the future as there is more than way to achieve social justice and the world is a better place when people are given different viewpoints toward that process and allowed to judge for themselves the best way to work for a better world. I don’t have all the answers and never claimed to, the world is a better place when many views are expressed and when differing views and diversity are respected we grow together and become stronger in our fight for social change. Karla’s presentation helped facilitate an event which brought people together despite differences of opinion rather than divide. Which in my opinion is what social justice movements should be focused on.

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Closets

Karly’s post got me thinking about a topic Amanda Brooks mentioned to me a couple of months ago: Sex Worker Coming Out Day.

If someone has covered this before, or was planning to in the future, forgive me, but I just can’t get it out of my mind. Part of what has kept this at the forefront of my mind is The Closet Project, “a collaborative community arts project that includes portraits of queer activists and coming out stories painted onto actual closet doors”.

I have viewed doors from the Closet Project twice now. First, on March 3rd when SWOP East hosted a movie night at a community space where many doors were housed. I was blown away at first sight. That had a lot to do with the beauty of the doors, but more to do with the fact that it was International Sex Workers Rights Day. I was painfully aware that many sex workers were unable to openly commemorate our biggest holiday, that they were forced to hide a part of themselves, that they would be forced to lie by omission.

I got a chance to view the doors again last Friday. Although the intensity of feelings was quite changed. It still had a powerful effect on me. And it still caused me to wonder if there will ever be a day when we can clean out our closets, when sex workers will be seen as average as Jane down the block, when we can gather in plain view and discuss our experience without fear of injury.

It is spring, the time where one is supposed to air things out. How many of us are hiding the best parts about ourselves, things we are immeasurably proud of, things that give definition to our lives?

Will there be a day when we can confidently display our own Closet Project?

What would that look like?

How would you decorate your door?

Insanely Sane Conversation With Mom

So, I’ve been navigating through the world of helping my mother really come to terms with my work. A post over at Debauchette has led me to reconsider the importance of having a sincere heart to heart with my mother, on the phone, from 2,000 miles away.

My relationship with my mom is incredibly ordinary I suspect, based on stories shared with women my age about their mothers who are my mother’s age. The bottom-line is: our generation enjoys an extreme degree of sexual privilege over women of our mother’s generation. For that generation, dealing with a super-intelligent and highly accomplished daughter who peddles sex and debauchery for pay is very complicated and very personal.

It may come as a surprise to some, but many of my colleagues are out with their parents about their sex work. My friends have had varying degrees of success. One of my favorite stories from a friend who came out to her mother as a professional Domina goes like this: “Mom, I want you to know that I am working as a Dominatrix. You’re welcome to ask me questions about it, but I’m going to answer honestly, so don’t ask if you don’t really want to know.”

Smart. Sensible. Simple. Conscious of how this is going to have both an emotional and social impact on our family and that they need to be able to set their own boundaries. And TRUST. Honesty is a luxury that family relationships so often deprive us of.

We want to ‘protect’ our mothers/fathers/siblings/partners’ families/etc from the painful reality that they’re related to a <em>whore</em>. Not because we are ashamed of what we do, but because it is complex and difficult and we owe the people that we love some patience and support, even when that means we have to face some criticism and doubt. We’re also giving our families an opportunity to demonstrate how sincerely they love us, trust us and want us to be safe and happy.

So we’ve brushed up against this a few times. My parents have seen my television interviews (I’m not sure how many or which ones.) i have the slight advantage of a family that is not very tech-savvy. I’m not concerned that my folks are out googling every incarnation of my name that they can dream up. However, I suspect that my friends families and my partners’ friends and families do. (Dealing with family of a partner warrants its own entire post, coming soon!)

So my mom has called me early in the morning and said “Was that you on that program about prostitution?” I lied. Yes, I know this will actually be a surprise to those who know me. But the first time that I was put on the spot by my mother, I lied. I lied for no good reason. I was afraid. It was also a point in my life where I had been abused by the media in so many ways, I was having my own shame and guilt about it. It’s bad enough that you risk your personal safety and professional livelihood when trying to speak about the ‘other side’ of sex work that the MSM always ignores. On top of that, other sex workers will ridicule and criticize you, especially those who don’t have the huevos to speak out themselves.

So when Mom asked about one particular piece that I did, I froze. I was scared. Not because she’s the sort to lash out and say mean things to me, she really wouldn’t. I’m not sure why i froze up, or even worse, why I lied to her. But i knew that she knew I was lying. Thus, we entered into a mutual state of denial together. That was two years ago. Since then I have tried to talk to her about this on a few occasions. Telling her about specific instances that I thought would make it simple for her. She knew that I had been an exotic dancer, so this really wasn’t such a big leap for her. But the denial was strong. Without actually spelling out ‘I fuck for money’ she just wasn’t hearing me. So I let her sit with it for a while.

A couple months ago my cousin called. My cousin is the first family member I came out to, In fact, she attended a media appearance with me a few years ago, behind the scenes. When the program manager was asking me questions in preparation for the segment and asked “Does your family know?” My cousin cut in and said “Her family is here supporting her.” Yeah, I’m a lucky girl, in many ways. So my cousin called and said, “I just talked to your mom. She said she thinks you’re a prostitute. I told her that whatever you’re doing is not nearly as bad as she perceives it to be. You need to talk to her.”

So I’ve been putting it off. Mostly because I haven’t had the time and resources to fly home and do it in person. And because I’m dealing with lots of other stuff. Which would explain the text I got from my former partner last night: “Ur mom is trying to get a hold of u. U didn’t tell her we broke up?”

Shit. I knew there was something I had forgotten to tell my mom. She’s going to be so disappointed, she was all excited that my partner was male, and white and you know, acceptable. Which wasn’t why I liked him, he’s fantastic in all kinds of ways, he just happened to also be born white and with a penis.

So anyway, I had to call my mom today, and I was newly motivated after reading Debauchette’s post. I think sex worker activism and the real change that it brings happens on a personal lever. The work that Debauchette did on 20/20, my work on other programs, the handful of other brave sw’s who have taken on the media while still in the biz, we are some brave people who deserve support from our community, even when we fuck up. But the positive changes that came from these appearances are not necessarily the ‘public image’ that we present, because frankly, we won’t be seen any different as interview subjects, we’re just fodder for sweeps week.

But the personal conversations that we as individuals end up having as a result of these shows, and maybe the boost in confidence and pride that seeing us on the screen gives to other sex workers that leads to them having meaningful personal conversations, I think that is where we make the most impact.

So I called my cousin first. “Okay, so we all agree that my mom is totally in denial right?” She said yes, and that I should just let it stay that way until my mom is ready to ask questions. And my cousin was sure that my mom knew about the break up, and the call to my ex was a sly mom way of getting more info from a different source. Right on mom, you’ve always been sly like that!

So next I call my mom. Yes, everything is fine, the new place is great, I’m stable and happy. So many great things happening in life that I just haven’t had time to call and check in. Yeah, I’m still a little sad about the break up and had the first pangs of missing him this week. But really, it was a peaceful split, it’s best for us both, we’ll have no problem staying friends. And then she asks: “Are you working?”

“Of course I am.”

“Well, what are you doing?”

“Same stuff.”

“And that is?”

“I’m an escort and Dominatrix.”

“Oh that weird stuff…”

“It’s not that weird, it’s actually pretty common.”

“Okay, well be careful.”

And then onto discussing how beautiful my cousin will look at her wedding, all the plans, bridal showers, etc that I will be missing. And a sincere “I love you” from both of us at the end.

It was easier than I’d imagined, but she had a couple years of priming and I’m fortunate to have my cousin on my team. I’m relieved, things are fine with Mom and therefor will be fine with everybody else in the family. I’m not dreading family weddings anymore. Not that it’s appropriate for me to announce during a wedding reception what I do, but at least my mom will be able to say what she wants to close family members and I can follow her lead, and to everybody else, I’m still just a student. 😉

So I’m going to encourage my mom to start reading BnG. When I visited her a few months ago I was at this site a lot. I guess when I’m not working (I never do in my home town) this is a site where I can come to be close to my people. She told my cousin, in the same phone call when she expressed her suspicions that I’m a ‘prostitute’- “She was on some website the whole weekend about gags and bondage, she’s into some strange stuff.” It will be funny to send her some specific posts and see what she thinks.

Thanks mom, I love you!!!

XBN www.xxbn.net live 7pm Eastern Monday just after William and Mary College discussion

XBN:  the SWOP East Broadcast Network will be broadcasting live starting at 7pm Eastern through 830 Eastern just after the conclusion of the panel discussion at William and Mary College.  The Program will be hosted by Kimberly from SWOP Chicago.  The broadcast will be available at http://www.xxbn.net or at any blog or website with a blogtalkradio widget for XBN which can be acquired at http://www.xxbn.net.  This will be a talk show format, William and Mary discussion members, audience, and the listeners of the show worldwide can call in at 646 200 3136 to share their thoughts, views, and feelings about the presentation, ask questions from participating presenters, conference organizers and the show host.  The show will archive at approximately 9pm eastern and can be played or downloaded at no charge.

We strongly encourage participation from both those involved and attending this event and from others through the world.  Please join us.

XBN is a service of SWOP East Media http://www.swopeast.org

Enough, who is being silenced?

So, I seems I might be uninvited to the forum at William and Mary. Why? Because apparently, Sam Berg, who has been booked as a panelist longer than I and is traveling further than I, is uncomfortable with me being there. Apparently, once upon a time I said I wanted to push her in front of a truck.

Ah yes, well all know of what Sam speaks, no? She speaks of this post, made by me, in a moment of anger…a post which has been “reframed by radical feminist thinking” to stand as “Ren hates all rad fems and wants to push them to die violently”, yet, never mentioned Sam at all. Never mind that three of the women mentioned in it: Laura, Andrea & Faith were radical or radical leaning feminists, never mind that several of the other women mentioned were WoC bloggers putting up with some really vile racist asshatery at the time, never mind that several of the women mentioned were putting up with some really vile sexism and misogyny at the time, never mind that at least one of the women mentioned, an atheist, was putting up with some really vile godbaggery at the time, and never mind that I have repeatedly explained this before and apologized profusely for making the statement, time and time again…oh yeah, and never mind I got threatened with outing and the publishing of parts of my legal name and unedited photos of myself at a time before I had started posting such things myself-by a radical feminist…oh, and never mind that to the best of my recollection, in all the situations that prompted my angry and ill-advised response, Sam wasn’t participating…I want to push her in front of a truck. So she doesn’t want me at William and Mary.

Which, if I might for a moment… I am the only person on the panel who is currently a sex worker. I am the only person on the panel who does pornography (the main subject). I could, oh, you know, be an interesting person with an interesting perspective to have there.

Oh, and should I mention when the Genderberg Forums, yes, the private super secret ones, where showing up in google-cache where the masses could view them a few weeks back I was the one who wrote to Sam and alerted her of this fact??? I wasn’t going to say as much, but I think now is the perfect time to mention it.

Maybe I should mention that, oh, within the last week I managed to team up, sort of, with a radical feminist in order to put some pressure on a “business man” who was marketing hateful, vile t-shirts?

Maybe I should mention that when lies were told about me on Genderberg, once requested, I removed the statements from the private forums of the site from my blog?

Maybe, even though I make porn and support the right to do that, I’m not a monster. Yeah, Sam and I have some history…but I’m not Lex Luthor here.

And for a moment, let us look at this realistically…I have no desire to do anything but debate Sam Berg. I have enough faith in my arguments that I am pretty sure they are all I will need, but consider this for a moment…I’m a 5’2”, 100 pound woman on allergy medication, who would be sitting in a chair, in a room full of people, on a college campus, with security present, who has to work- both porn and stripping- the next day, and would be driving 3 hours, with current gas prices, to get there. Hardly the perfect time for any sort of mayhem…and Sam could probably kick my skinny ass.

All I want at this point is a chance to speak my side, in a forum. I want the chance to FINALLY get to be a sex worker/porn whore who gets to speak for herself, rather than having anyone and everyone do it for me, or over me, or around me. And now, I may not get that chance…in part, because I made a really, really, really stupid statement in anger. But I don’t think, realistically, that is the entire reason.

I think there are others. I think Jill and I together are formidable when it comes to defending our stances. I think some folk don’t like to be challenged by those they are supposedly speaking for. I think there is a fear there, and it has nothing to do with trucks. I think some people, claim to love women and say they deserve to be heard might be lying a little bit when they say that. I also think maybe a little word called revenge might be floating around in their heads.

I want to be on this panel. Sam, I swear on everything sane or holy I intend to do nothing other than debate. It’s right there, in print, for the world to see, my promise, vow, oath, whatever, that debate is all I intend to do…maybe smirk a lot. But if you get your way and I’m not…you know, I can still, legally, be there in the room. In the audience. I don’t think, legally, you could have me barred from the event or the campus. So yes, I would be there anyway. What I am saying here is I won’t be silenced.

Not again, not now, not anymore. If you have faith in your stance and your arguments, you won’t try and silence me.

I am also encouraging allies and other sex workers to write to the event staff for this, if they feel so motivated, and say why they think I should be on this panel. Because I suspect some of them really think I should.

Sincerely- Ren

Debate at William and Mary monday night

I’m debating Sam Berg and John Foubert monday night at William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va,  anyone in driving distance who would like to attend would be great.  This is likely to be a partisan crowd toward the other presenters as my sense is they have been waiting for a shot at a sex worker rights activist given previous history.  They also need a speaker on feminist pornography which is not my strength.  Please contact me off list via swopeast.org if you would like to be connected to the conference coordinator.  I’m also trying to coordinate an XBN live broadcast to coincide with this starting at 630 but we need a host.  Anyone able to do it? 

Yes – I’d definitely like to have you on the panel.  It’s gonna be maybe 1.5 hours long, so from 5:30-7PM on Monday night; panelists will briefly introduce themselves (5-7-ish minutes each), then moderators will pose some questions for maybe 30-40 minutes, and the rest will be audience Q&A.  We’re going to be doing video interviews with panelists/audience members after the event.

Our other confirmed panelists are John Foubert, who is the professor of education here at the college who adamantly and publicly opposed the Sex Workers Art Show.  He is a self-identified feminist, and he believes that viewing pornography increases male sexual violence against women.  He also believes that the SWAS is pornography, and thus that having it on campus increases the likelihood of rape for women at this school.  He’s also the founder of the national all-male sexual assault prevention group 1-in-4 (http://oneinfourusa.org/).

The other confirmed panelist is a woman named Samantha Berg.  She’s the creator of the web-site genderberg.com.  She also seems to have coined the term “pornstitution,” and is a co-founder of the Antiporn Activist Network, and “has dedicated herself to educating people about the inherent harms of sexual capitalism.”

It may just be the three of you.  We’re working now to try to find someone with a knowledge of a genre called feminist pornography to round out this panel, but it may not happen.

I’ll be sure to send you some of the questions we’ll be asking panelists as soon as I have them.

Thanks! and Take Care!

$pread Magazine Launches Issue 4.1 East Coast, West Coast Style

East Coast Launch – NYC

SpinSpinNYC, SWANK & SWOP-NYC, and $pread present…. $pread it, Spin It Dance Party.

WHEN: Thursday, May 8, 2008 – 10pm – 4am
WHERE: Upstairs @ The Leopard Lounge, 247 E. 5th Street at 2nd Ave., New York, NY
WHAT: Dance Party with Sexy Raffle, Lapdances, Go-Go Contest
COVER: Suggested donation $5

Music by DJ Nutritious, DJ As If, and DJ Fritz
Art by Michelle Talich & Cricket Alexander

West Coast Launch – SF

The Reverse Cowgirl launch party for $pread Magazine Issue 4.1 will take place in San Francisco on June 21, 2008. Mark your calendar, and stay tuned for more info as we line up an amazing roster of talent for the most kick-ass party the Bay Area’s ever seen!

For more info on both parties, stay tuned by visiting $pread Magazine.

KPFA- Norma Hotaling

From Erotic Service Provers Union:

Greetings,
Hey guys, We need to respond to this. Norma Hotaling was on KPFA
saying that the
petition drive is being run by traffickers and madams and pimps just like it was in Berkeley.

http://www.kpfa.org/archives/index.php?arch=25814


It seems that Aimee Allision, a Green party member and the host of the morning show in KPFA needs to be educated on the issues behind the petition. Call the station and demand a rebuttal show please.

Please call her at 510-848-6767 at ext 265 and email her at morningshow@kpfa.org to educate her about the issues behind the petition.
Thanks
Maxine Doogan

Deborah Jeane Palfrey Found Guilty, But of What?

Deborah Jeane Palfrey

Today a federal jury found accused “DC Madam,” Deborah Jeane Palfrey, guilty not of prostitution, pimping or pandering, but of racketeering, money laundering, and two counts of using the mail for illegal purposes. The AP and others have spun this as Palfrey being found guilty of running an escort service, which, I don’t know — am I splitting hairs here with the dulled rage of someone who’s been following this story for a year?

Palfrey is free pending sentencing on July 24. Maybe we can invite her to host a part of the Desiree Alliance conference before she heads back to court?

Everyone, meet Alex…

He’s quite the charmer and businessman…and apparently, finds violence against sex workers amusing.

Navy officer tells of life as an escort

Baltimore Sun:

A Navy officer could face punishment — including a discharge — after testifying Thursday that while stationed at the Naval Academy in Annapolis she moonlighted for the alleged prostitution ring run by the so-called “D.C. Madam.”

Lt. Cmdr. Rebecca C. Dickinson managed the Naval Academy’s food services between September 2004 and May 2007, Navy officials said. She also taught a course on leadership for the leadership, ethics and law department.

She acknowledged on the witness stand Thursday in U.S. District Court in Washington that she also worked as an escort for a service run by Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the so-called D.C. Madam.

Dickinson, 38, a Tennessee native who was known to her clients as “Renee,” said she worked for the business for about six months starting in October 2005.