sex work

25 Sep 2020

Why The EARN IT Act is Terrible for Sex Workers and the Internet as a Whole

Welcome to Brain-Throbs & Blow Jobs, a column highlighting the great minds and perspectives of Bay Area sex workers through interviews and photo portraits by Maxine Holloway. The internet makes sex work safer. Before the internet, it was challenging to work without third-party management or a brothel. Online platforms can allow

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14 Aug 2020

EARN IT: The Anti-Child Trafficking Bill That’s Actually an Anti-Sex Work Bill

Hello, internet. Pearl-clutching buzzkill politicians are trying to pass a bill that claims to be anti-child trafficking that is really just an attack on sex work. Again! If you’re an online sex worker who has been at it for awhile, a new entrant padding your bills with OnlyFans, a client

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05 Oct 2020

The November 2020 BAS Voter Guide

Primarily researched and written by Stephen Torres with help from Stuart Schuffman. We stand at the precipice of one of the most polarizing federal elections that has ever occurred in this country. Each day brings another dash of chaos, and yet here we are, once again sifting through another labyrinthine

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03 Apr 2020

An Interview with BlakSyn, the Human Behind @KinkyBlackEducator

BlakSyn (they/them) is a nonbinary professional in BDSM education and an innovator on these topics in both the on – and offline – realms.

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09 Mar 2020

Sex Workshops Should Be More Widely Available and Attended

by Kate Brunotts I recently attended my 3rd Babeland workshop, and I came out glowing as ever. Babeland, a feminist-founded sex shop, gives out free sex education workshops to the general public with great names like “Talk Dirty to Me” or “March into Pleasure.” In a short span of 3

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16 Jan 2020

How To Have A Body: A Show About Sex Work, Disability, and Survival

On a cold January afternoon in the Tenderloin in San Francisco, I stopped under a flashing rainbow sign on Eddy Street to meet Gina Stella dell’Assunta. Gina is a writer and performer from San Francisco, with deep roots in queer and trans sex worker and disability communities.

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09 Dec 2019

The War on Clap: How the Allies Fought VD

by Xan Holbrook There’s a wonderful phrase that the idiot-savants at the British Army Rumour Service, or ARRSe, love to employ to describe something truly invincible. That term is squaddy proof. The thinking goes something like this: you can build something, spend billions testing it in civilian circles, and claim

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15 Oct 2019

The Dos and Don’ts of Becoming a Sugar Baby

by Victoria Velez The concept of what a “sugar baby” truly is has been modified by mainstream media over the years, but the core ideology remains the same: a woman who enters into an “arrangement” with successful partner(s). The nature of these “arrangements” differs dramatically depending on a variety of

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20 Sep 2019

What Actual Sex Workers Think About the New Movie ‘Hustlers’

The movie weaves important stories of working-class struggles, immigrants, the economics of single-motherhood, capitalism, criminalization, and the lengths people are willing to go to as options are stripped away. Sex worker issues have always been tied to every single one of these narratives.

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