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Trigger Warning: This post contains discussion of prostitution While on display at Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects little over a week ago, Malerie Marder’s thirty portraits hung unframed, pinned simply to the wall. Part of the artist’s first solo show, each photograph in Anatomy depicts one of the Netherlands’s diverse group of legal sex workers. The work is also available in book form.     In previous projects, Marder has ... Read More
If you are sexually active in New Orleans, this outrageous title could be a reality.  The New Orleans Police Department recently started enforcing a "loitering for prostitution" statute that allows anyone whom the police suspect of prostitution to be arrested if they are carrying condoms.   The ironic part is that this statute was put in place to lower Louisiana's high levels of HIV and AIDS, but all it's doing is scaring sex workers—the very ... Read More
From the ages of 15 to 22, a woman by the name of Rachel Moran worked as a prostitute in Ireland. She found herself homeless when both of her parents were struggling with mental illness and soon turned to prostitution as a means of survival. In a new memoir “Paid For: My Journey Through Prostitution” Moran writes with the aim to reveal the world of prostitution for what it actually is; stripped of any myth and enchantment. Recently, Moran spoke with ... Read More
For most Americans, the Super Bowl is all about chicken wings, beer, and good company. But in the shadow of this massive sporting event, there lie disturbing truths about the Super Bowl’s history of attracting sex traffickers. Large-scale events that are fueled by booze, excess, and consumption are also hotbeds for the underground sex trade, though this gritty reality is often eclipsed by fanfare and funny commercials.  Clemmie Greenlee, a former victim ... Read More
Ancient Greece is comin' back to life, y'all. Aristophanes' famous play Lysistrata follows a group of women who are fed up with the way that men are ruining their government. To effect the change they want to see, securing peace for the Athenian state, these cunning women decide to withhold sex until their goals are met. Long (and very funny) story short, the men cave to the women's desires because of the irresistible wiles of the feminine form. Lysistrata and her ... Read More
…Or what should have been seen as such, but...no, not so much for Ye Haiyan. The single mother, sex worker and activist has been detained by Chinese authorities for the organization of a mass protest of people carrying red umbrellas, banners, petitions, all promoting legalization of prostitution. According to non-profit publication  The China Development Brief, this protest was a first for China.It seems that the last anyone has heard about Ye, also ... Read More
Interested in hearing about life, love, money and sex from past and present professionals in the sex industry?  Sex Worker Literati is a monthly reading/performance series spawned from the book Hos, Hookers, Call Girls, and Rent Boys: Professionals Writing on Life, Love, Money, and Sex. Sex workers, former sex workers, and people who have worked in the sex industry come together to read and perform their stories, showcasing the diversity of the business ... Read More
Everyone’s gotta story about their first time, no matter how awkward, horrifying, hysterical, or mind-blowing it was. And yep, even those that have sex for a living, from $2,500 high-class hookers to $25 rent boys, started somewhere. Come laugh, come cry as sex workers tell their cherry-popping tales this Thursday, Jan. 7th, at the Happy Ending Lounge, 302 Broome St., NYC @ 8 pm.  Storytellers will read from the anthology Hos, Hookers, Call Girls, and ... Read More
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