Know Your Rights for Sex Workers

kittenINFINITE explains what your rights are if you are a sex worker arrested on the job, and what you should and should not do when dealing with law enforcement. The SWOP-Chicago gang re-enact some commonly used police tactics in interrogation and how you should handle yourself in each situation.

A Sex Worker-based Approach to Media

Though I know not everyone here is on the SWAN bandwagon, I do think they’re doing some good work.

Here are two news items from their feed about how they’re dealing with mainstream media, sex worker media and getting out their messages. Though these news items are vague on the how-to of it all, I like the concepts.

media sensitization seminar

sex worker training on community media

SWWET School for Johns

Saturday, 9/20, 11 am — 5 pm — SWEET JOHNS’ SCHOOL

S.ex W.ork E.nthusiasts E.ducation and T.raining School 4 Johns is a 6 hour seminar about interacting with Professional Sex Workers. It’s presented for clients, and people interested in becoming clients. S4J deals with all aspects of professional intimate encounters, including but not limited to: Erotic massage, BDSM, erotic dancing (stripping). We will have Professional Providers (including a pro from Nevada), Medical experts, Legal experts, and some demos of professional interaction. Co-sponsored by BAYSWAN and the Sex Workers’ Outreach Project.

At the Center for sex & Culture. 1519 Mission near 11th, San Francisco, CA.

$20-50 sliding scale, please RSVP at mail (at sexandculture.org and put Johns School in the header.

Top 100 Sex Bloggers of 2008

Bliss Warrior compiled a list of the top 100 sex bloggers of 2008, and she did a great job! (My only question: where is Renegade Evolution on the list?)

Please take a look at the list, and check out some of our friends and colleagues.

Oh, and take a look at the bottom of the list.

85-99. Fiammetta, Jill, Robyn, Scarlot, Melissa, Kitten, Karly, Holly, Surgeon, Stacey, Tara, Jessica,Gina, Wendy, and Tori https://deepthroated.wordpress.com

Bliss Warrior: Thank you for recognizing us! xoxoxo

Laura Agustín’s new blog: Border Thinking

Laura Agustín, author of the must-read Sex at the Margins: Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry, has re-vamped her website and launched it as a blog with much-needed international perspectives on migration, culture, economy and sex. Check out Border Thinking.

Here are some of the recent posts:

Add Matt Smith of the SF Weekly to the Salacious Sex Work Reporting Blacklist

At the Desiree Alliance this summer in Chicago, there was much discussion around media and one of the ideas that was brought up was to create a blacklist (and a good list) for reporters and interviewers who cover sex work-related issues.

Well I’m starting by adding Matt Smith of the SF Weekly to the blacklist based on this article. Not because it was an article that doesn’t support Prop K or sex workers rights per se, but because of the use of ridiculously sesationalized phrases like “blowjobs-for-badges” and his general tone of discrediting sex workers, their self-reported hardships, and any research conducted by people who have worked in the sex industry about sex work.   He spends the entire article tearing down Alix Lutnick’s SWEAT study, (as well as mis-spelling her name and the St. James Infirmary) and the idea that cops may regularly solicit sex, either as a bribe or as a client, from sex workers, and then only comes in at the very last paragraph to admit that possibly this phenomenon is worth looking into (based on the testimony of a public defender, who as someone who only works with sex workers from the outside is the only person he’s willing to believe on the matter, certainly not anyone who’s ever been in the industry themselves.)  Anyway, for somebody criticizing research techniques and demanding “hard science” this is dirty, sloppy, biased reporting and I don’t think Mr. Smith deserves the privilege of further interviews.

Nina Hartley and Margo St. James host Prop K Benefit Party! (plus easy donation button!)

Sexual Politics and Sexy Politicos
Hosted by Nina Hartley, Margo St. James, Sadie Lune, Scarlot Harlot, Carol Queen (and many more!)
Friday, Sept 19th,
8 PM-midnight  Sliding Scale from $20-$100 to benefit Prop K
September 19th, 2008
Center for Sex and Culture
At 1519 Mission St. San Francisco (In Between 11th and South Van Ness)
Come early to join Margo at the St. James Infirmary Open House @ 5:30 PM
just down the block at 1372 Mission St
Friends,
I wanted to send you this excellent op-ed which appeared in our paper today.  I also link a very bad editorial against us at the bottom of the page, which is not accurate (of course).
We set up a donor button on YesOnPropK.org, so do visit if you are so moved…even $5 will help towards printing, but $20 or even more would help even more…