Sex worker fury, a CP frameup: NSFW sex news longreads

by Violet Blue on August 24, 2014

  • “This is the last fucking straw. As sex workers, we have had enough. We are sick of the public (including much of the left) clinging to the vestiges of a puritanical past. Therefore, with all due defiance and anger, we welcome you to a nuanced position on sexuality and labor: the work of sex.”
    Labor Intensive: In Defense of Sex Work (Red Wedge Magazine)
  • Twitter came under criticism this summer for allegedly censoring ads for condoms or sexual health information, even though the company’s policy allows those kinds of ads. RH Reality Check reported in June about four companies and organizations that claimed Twitter had not only censored their ads, but also blocked their accounts from advertising.
    Twitter Faces Renewed Criticism for Condom Ad Policies (RH Reality Check)
  • “This isn’t a population we can afford to ignore, or an issue we can afford to sweep under the rug. First of all, people with developmental or intellectual disabilities do have sexualities; everyone does. Secondly, people with developmental or intellectual disabilities are at alarmingly increased risk (relative to the general population) of experiencing many kinds of abuse, including sexual abuse.”
    Sexualities and People With Intellectual Disabilities (Robin’s Toy Nest)
  • In 1960s Paris she became known as the world’s most exclusive madam, whose client list was said to include John Kennedy, de Gaulle, Onassis, and multiple Rothschilds, and whose beautiful and cultivated girls often went on to marry wealth, power, and prestige. But among the many secrets Madame Claude kept, perhaps the greatest were her own. William Stadiem, who knew the elusive Claude in the 1980s, follows her trail to the South of France.
    Madame Claude and Parisian Sex Work: Behind Claude’s Doors (Vanity Fair)

  • Jane Hilton’s latest book Precious gives a rare look inside Nevada’s brothels, exiled by law to secretive, ranch style locales in the deserts. A series of striking, mostly nude portraits of the women that live and work there, Hilton’s images are a non-judgemental look at one of the world’s most misunderstood professions.
    Inside Nevada’s secret brothels (Dazed and Confused)
  • I can’t begin to emphasize, in strong enough language, how wrong and harmful this is. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation is wrong, in the face of science and against the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, and with this blatant misinformation is actively campaigning against the prevention of HIV/AIDS.
    AIDS Healthcare Foundation Launches Ad Campaign Against PrEP (Buzzfeed)
  • When I did my first sex and tech talk at Dorkbot SF (2005) I specifically said that patents (patent trolls, I said) were the reason we didn’t have the kind of teledildonics that were possible. “When the RealTouch [NSFW] interactive device came out in 2009, it was hailed as the future of sex—a way for a man to get it on remotely with an adult video star or live model. Five years later, you’re lucky if you can buy one secondhand.”
    Are Patents to Blame for Stalling Teledildonics? (Future of Sex)

Main post image: Lana Zakocela shot by Cameron Hammond on Nowear Land.

Violet Blue

The London Times named Violet Blue "One of the 40 bloggers who really count" and Self Magazine named TinyNibbles one of the “Best Sex Resources for Women.” Blue is an autodidact and pundit on sex and technology, hacking and security, porn for women, privacy and bleeding-edge tech culture. She is a journalist for ZDNet, CBS News, CNET; she's an educator, speaker, crisis counselor, volunteer NGO trainer, and the author and editor of over 40 award-winning books.

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1 Hug August 25, 2014 at 1:09 pm

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