The New York Times:
Can We Learn About Privacy From Porn Stars?
LOS ANGELES — I DIDN’T expect to become a porn star. People rarely do. I was 19 years old, and my photographer roommate had an offer from a website to buy some nude pictures. We did a shoot and then waited two weeks in case I woke up in a panic over the idea of releasing naked photos of myself into the world. But I didn’t, and so I turned to the required paperwork. One of the boxes to fill in read “Stage Name (if applicable).”
Stage names are common in the entertainment industry — whether in Hollywood, rap or pornography — and they’re used for all sorts of reasons. But at a time when people can be whoever they like on the Internet, when we are all negotiating who we are in which setting and for which audience, somehow the combination of a woman whose job is fantasy and her fantasy professional name can make people lose their minds…
[Pictured: Catherine Healy of the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective.]
A prostitute has won a landmark sexual harassment case against a Wellington brothel owner.
In what is understood to be a world first, the Human Rights Review Tribunal awarded the young woman $25,000 in damages for emotional harm as a result of sexual harassment.
Aaron Montgomery, who no longer owns The Kensington Inn in Victoria St, was described as a bully who enjoyed controlling and humiliating women and tried to pressure workers into having sex with him…
Proposal: The creation of all-trans community theater groups. We collectively pick a play and a director. Everyone gets a role. We rehearse together, a few times a week for a few months. We do a staged reading.
We do this for ourselves. We do this to create a space where we’re each comfortable…
Our Trans Women’s Theatre Ensemble debuted their piece “In My Skin” in NYC last November, and we have a short film documenting it that we’ll be posting online in March. We used a devising process - starting with improv and then collectively creating a script for the piece. This spring we’re doing a series of improv workshops and hopefully we’ll do another piece within the year. Hopefully members of the troupe will be presenting the film and a panel about the process at Philly Trans Health in June.
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Red Umbrella Project has a community organizing opportunity for those who care about sex workers’ rights, human trafficking, and alternatives to incarceration in NYC. We are conducting research on the new Human Trafficking Intervention Courts located in Queens and Brooklyn and need some volunteers to help in recording information (but don’t worry, no knowledge of statistics is required).
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(via Project ROSE Is Arresting Sex Workers in Arizona to Save Their Souls | VICE United States)
In May 2013, Monica Jones, a student and sex-work activist, was arrested for “manifesting prostitution” by the Phoenix police.
Hers was one of over 350 arrests carried out by Project ROSE in conjunction with Phoenix police since the program’s inception in 2011.
Project ROSE is a Phoenix city program that arrests sex workers in the name of saving them. In five two-day stings, over a hundred police officers targeted alleged sex workers on the street and online. They brought them in handcuffs to the Bethany Bible Church. There, they were forced to meet with prosecutors, detectives, and representatives of Project ROSE, who offered a diversion program to those who qualified. Those who do not could face months or years in jail.