Melanie Thompson on legalization of prostitution: “Thousands of us, mostly black and brown girls like me, are bought by men with money, like New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft or Wall Street financier Jeffrey Epstein, but also your neighbor. Black women and girls represent about 7% of the U.S. population, yet by some measures are more than half […]
La Madre Tonantsin. Copyright © Collette Crutcher, 1992. Mural at Instituto Pro Musica de California, 7 X 32 feet, 16th Street at Sanchez, San Francisco.
Madison Graham on what it was like being controlled by Dennis Hof, a Nevada legal pimp. “I was Dennis Hof’s personal assistant and publicist for 3 years and I was also prostituted in his brothels. In the beginning, I believed the myths about how the women in Hof’s brothels were there by choice, how the women but not […]
We know that these are especially difficult times in the sex trade. Are you in need of emergency resources? These service providers may be able to help with housing, food, transportation, referrals, and other emergency assistance. If any of them ask if you’re a victim of human trafficking and if you were ever pimped, then answer […]
Huschke Mau goes on a Frankfurt brothel tour led by an advocate for legal prostitution and confronts the web of disinformation that is being promoted to the public. She describes what it is like to know the truth about prostitution but to be confronted by lies about its harmlessness. Huschke Mau, Brothel Tour (6 pages)
Rae Story, excerpt from Working in a New Zealand brothel was anything but ‘a job like any other’, published on Feminist Current The boss liked us to work most nights and so the constant interference from (often) rabid men left us bruised and sore. This one particular john had a thick penis, which he liked […]
May 25, 2017 Taina Bien-Aime interviews Nomonde Mihlali (“Mickey”) Meji in Cape Town You have an extensive presence on the Internet as a “sex work” advocate but you now have joined the abolitionist organization Embrace Dignity. What was your journey? During my time on the street, one of my main concerns was police harassment. I needed […]
In no form of gender-based violence other than prostitution do we weigh the veracity of the victimization of a person on whether or not there is a third party. This third party litmus test has traditionally been used to determine my right to services, governmental funding, and even to determine if I deserve justice. Due […]
Letter to sex buyers from a Danish survivor of prostitution
Sex work is a relentless game of pandering to male narcissism. As a sex worker, it is literally your job to make a man feel special, superior, and satisfied as if he is the only being on the planet. This aspect of the job really leaves no room for the self. There is no space to explore or identify or evolve any aspect of your own being, because there is no room for you in the equation.
My modern version of prostitution was fun, easy and body-positive—until it wasn’t.
‘Would you like to stay for another dance?” I ask sweetly. He looks me up and down in grim appraisal, makes a miserable face and says,”Not if that was your best effort.” In the same sugary tone I tell him that maybe if he wasn’t so repulsive then girls might want to get a bit […]
http://www.bustle.com/articles/91812-i-had-sex-with-a-sugar-daddy-to-help-pay-my-tuition-and-heres-why-i Stories about women seeking richer, older men to pay their university tuition in exchange for sex are becoming more and more common. From the United States to the U.K., “sugar daddies” and “sugar babies” are becoming a reasonable option for women looking to not only exercise control over their own bodies, but also fund […]
Here in New Zealand, in the legal brothels, we have the same ‘happy hookers’ who claim being ’empowered’ ‘sex workers’ enacting ‘free choice’ and ‘agency’ as is buzzing all over the world. These women are not actually liars, but they aren’t saying what you think they are saying either. Their words have been manipulated by […]
If you like sex, this is not a letter to you. If you like women, this is not a letter to you. If you’ve somehow put these things together and decided they give you the right to buy what you like, this is a letter to you. If you’re a misogynistic bastard who gets off […]
My mom grew up in the middle of the Prairies in the middle of The Great Depression. She was a child of want, on every level imagineable. Her mom and her step-dad drank and fought all the time. Adults, in drunken stupors, had sex right in front of my mom. My mom saw what no […]
The first time I was arrested because of prostitution, on Benburb Street in 1991, I had a conversation with the arresting officer that I have never forgotten. I’d heard one of the older women talk about how we prevented rape, and, sadly, I’d latched onto that as some kind of validation, some kind of evidence […]
For the past fifteen years I have worked side by side with survivors of prostitution and trafficking. Without a doubt, survivors are people whose voices should be heard and whose unique perspectives on their experiences should be respected. It is disheartening to read other contributions to this blog and to discover that pimp-controlled organizations are […]
I’ve heard a few people recently referring to women who work as prostitutes, in pornography and as strippers, as sex workers. This, I have to say absolutely riles me. Why does it? I am sure some people will have not the slightest idea with what could be wrong with the term sex work. Considering that […]
James Baldwin wrote, “The victim who is able to articulate the situation of the victim has ceased to be a victim: she has become a threat.” I had no idea how threatening my voice was until I started to make it heard. None of us trafficking and prostitution survivors did, until we started to write […]
I’ll never forget the evening after the release of my first issue as editor of Feminist Voices. I remember the clothes I wore, the snowy sidewalk, the buildings surrounding me, the dreary winter sunset, the heavy bag over my shoulder as I trudged up the side street after work. I’d finished my shift at People’s […]