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THIS WEEKEND! Fame & Shame on the LES: Heather Ács & Company 
  wondergirl
 
01:41pm 04/07/2011
 
Fame & Shame on the LES Presents:
this is what we have...

Solo Performance by Heather Acs
Music by Jazzmen Lee-Johnson and Gepetta


 

THREE SHOWS
Thursday, 7/7 @ 8pm at CSV, 107 Suffolk Street - $5
Friday, 7/8 @ 8pm at CSV, 107 Suffolk Street - $5
Saturday, 7/9 @ 8pm at Le Petit Versailles, E. Houston & Ave. C - FREE, but RSVP Required for Saturday show: http://bit.ly/rsvplpv

.......

Sometimes what we have is not enough. Sometimes what we have is far too much... Solo performance artist, Heather Acs will create something out of nothing to bring you an astronomical evening of storytelling, music, magic, and theatre that needs no stage.

You don’t need to be famous, you don’t need to be rich, dreamin’ is free. Enjoy an intergalactic exploration of adventures, interconnectivity & the story of stardust. Sometimes what we have, is just right.


HEATHER M. ÁCS is a Brooklyn-based, multi-media theatre performance artist, activist, educator and high-femme troublemaker. Her gritty, glittery work has been featured in festivals, theatres, and galleries across the U.S., Canada, and Europe. She performs and facilitates workshops at community spaces, colleges and conferences from coast to coast. Heather has worked with Justin Bond, Claude Michelle-Wampler, J. Ed Araiza of the SITI Company, and filmmaker, Steven Soderbergh. She is the Co-Producer of the Heels on Wheels Glitter Roadshow, a touring, performance-art cabaret of flashy, queer femme performers. She is also a dedicated teaching artist, using theatre as a tool for social change with low-income youth.

More Info:
http://www.departmentoftransformation.org
 
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Feminist men and feminist porn 
  vinnie_tesla
 
03:44pm 09/06/2011
  Professor Sarah Whedon interviewed me for the Good Vibrations blog this week. I was very pleased with the piece (I do come across as a bit pompous, but that might be because I'm a bit pompous), but it did leave out what I thought was one of the more interesting bits of discussion

So, I'm going to inflict it on you guys here. She asked me whether I consider my writing to be feminist pornography. I answered:
I would describe myself as feminist, and i would describe my work as informed by that.

I enjoy and support a lot of feminist porn, and I'd love to claim that label for my own work, but I think it's best reserved for that subset of smut that actually expresses female sexual perspectives and desires.

I have some aesthetic and sexual tastes that can look like feminist ideological positions--the women I'm most attracted to tend to be feminists, and so the female characters in my smut tend to be feminists or proto-feminists--but I try to resist taking any sort of credit for that. They're my tastes, and I didn't get to choose them.

Before I get too self-abnegating here, I do think that there is a lot of value in declaring, "This is what I like, this is what turns me on" in a culture that has such an absurdly narow model of who may be considered attractive, or even just looked at. This, once again, connects with that trying to see and be skeptical about the recieved models--in this case for attractiveness.


Subsequent thinking has me wondering if a slightly broader label of "sex-positive porn" might be useful to describe smut by people who are trying to expand past a narrow prescriptive model of gender roles and sexual expectations. Could such a thing be useful, or is it insupportably vague?
 
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Sex Toy Review on the Playgirl Wiggler  
  clubmix1996
 
03:03pm 24/05/2011
  This is a review for the Playgirl Wiggler and the Ready 4 Action vibrating anal beads by PipeDream! Both toys were provided by Nights Of Erotica!!! :)

 
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June 12: Second Annual Sex Worker Cabaret 
  wondergirl
 
12:29am 16/05/2011
 
Join us for the Second Annual Sex Worker Cabaret on Sunday, June 12, 2011!

Sex workers take the stage to tell their diverse stories through performance, narrative, puppetry, burlesque, comedy and more. This event starts with a curated selection of video works about sex work around the globe, and then features an all-star lineup of eleven performers.

Producers Sarah Jenny and Damien Luxe are proud to present this Sunday evening cabaret showcasing some of the most vibrant creative talent in the sex worker community. The cabaret is in homage to Annie Oakley’s Sex Workers Art Show (1997-2009) and takes place during LGBTQ Pride month, a time to reflect on the importance of community. Come listen to tales of self-determination, and bear witness to survival and celebration as sex workers eloquently — and at times raunchily — speak their truths.

With MCs Sarah Jenny and Damien Luxe and DJ Sirlinda!

WHEN: Sunday, June 12, 2011
TIME: DOORS @ 7:30PM, VIDEOS @ 8PM SHOW @ 8:30PM
TICKETS: $12 in adv. or $15 at the door (Click here to purchase tickets online.)
WHERE: Public Assembly, 70 N. 6th St., Brooklyn, NY

For more information, please visit www.sexworkercabaret.com

 
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Sex Worker Zine Project - Submission Deadline: May 1, 2011 
  wondergirl
 
06:27pm 13/04/2011
 
Sex Worker Zine Project – Call for Submissions
The Sex Worker Zine Project seeks to create a zine showcasing the diversity of sex workers’ experiences of all genders, sexualities, ages, abilities, nationalities, immigration statuses, races, and ethnic backgrounds. International submissions encouraged! This yet to be titled zine will be printed in full cover and will be available for sale with profits supporting the work of SWOP-NYC. All accepted contributors will receive a free copy of the completed zine. This zine is intended to be informal, informational, and accessible.

How to Contribute
Are you a current or former sex worker or someone who has experienced trading sex for money, food, housing, drugs, hormones, and/or other survival needs? We want to hear from you! Please submit your work on a sheet of paper 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (ex. half a sheet of letter size paper) with quarter inch margins, full color (or black and white, high contract) page to our zine project. Please do not fold the paper if possible. Include on a separate page (either attached with a paper clip or leave unattached) your name (does not need to be your legal name), age, email address and/or phone number, and a mailing address should you wish to receive a copy if your page is makes it in the final project. Please state how, if at all, you wish to be credited for your work. (ex. Sparkley Stacey, John Doe, Anonymous in India, etc.) Be creative! Use pens, markers, collage, glitter, what ever way you wish to express yourself! You can use text or images alone or together. You can submit up to five pages but we will probably only be able to print one page per person. Your original materials will not be returned to you.

Your submission must be postmarked by May 1, 2011.

Can allies contribute?

We will consider submissions by allies! If you are an ally, friend, family member, child, parent, or partner of a sex worker, your story and advice is also valuable! Please consider submitting a page to the zine and please note if you are an ally with your submission.

Submissions by E-Mail

You can submit your piece by email if you are able (for example, created in PhotoShop or if it is scanned) at 300dpi resolution. Please email to: sarahjenny(at)gmail(dot)com.

Submissions by Mail
Mail your submission to:
Sarah Jenny
721 Broadway
4th Floor, ITP
New York, NY 10003 USA

Prompts & Ideas for Submissions
  • Your techniques for self-care, ex. bubble bath, cooking a good meal, playing with your dog, etc.
  • Techniques for harm reduction, ex. getting tested regularly, tips for screening clients, strategies for staying safe, etc.
  • How To Be An Ally To Sex Workers
  • Tips for Partners of Sex Workers – how to be supportive, how to decide whether or not to come out to a partner, etc.
  • Illustrate your favorite work outfit
  • Illustrate your favorite outfit in general!
  • What does a bad day at work feel like? How do you cope? What would you like to see change?
  • Illustrate and write about what sex work is like in your city, region, or country.
  • Illustrate and write about what you imagine ideal working conditions to be like — ex. decriminalization, health care, etc.
  • Tell us about your sex worker community!
  • Parenting and sex work
  • How to create cross-movement solidarity within social justice movements
  • A list of your favorite support resources, books, magazines, and organizations
  • Anything else you wish to add!
 
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NYC: Sex Worker Cabaret- Call For Performers (Sunday, June 12, 2011) 
  wondergirl
 
01:59pm 15/03/2011
  Sex Worker Cabaret - Call For Performers
Sunday, June 12, 2011

Share Your Sex Worker Pride this June at the Sex Worker Cabaret on June 12th at Public Assembly in Brooklyn, New York!

Submit your proposals here >>>>> http://www.sexworkercabaret.com

We are looking for cabaret acts of 3-7 minutes each for an early evening (7pm -11pm) event: burlesque, performance art, literary readings, comedy, video art, musical acts, etc. are all welcomed.

Diversity encouraged! All genders, bodies, ages, and talents welcome to apply. We are currently looking for proposals that would be, on some level, about sex work: whether it be a story about your favorite/least favorite client, a burlesque number to She Works Hard For the Money, or a more abstract interpretation. Preference is given to current/former sex workers (self-defined) but we will also consider topical submissions from allies, partners of workers, etc.

Please submit a short proposal by April 7, 2011 about the act you are interested in doing. If we don’t know one another, please send a link to your website, facebook, etc. or a link to a video.

Compensation: This is a benefit for…you! Some overhead costs need to be covered but after that, all money received from the door will be pooled and split among the performers. (Each act is a share in the pool; each video is a half-share) We ask that you help promote as the more people we bring in, the more money for the performers. We can help out of town performers find housing, but are unable to provide travel stipends.

We are also looking for go-go dancers who would be compensated with part of the pooled funds -- but also receive tips. Go-go dancing is 7pm-8pm and during intermission. You may apply to both perform and go-go.

Please forward to anyone you think might like to be a part of this very special evening.

Deadline: Please submit your proposal by April 7th.
Submit your proposals here >>>>> http://www.sexworkercabaret.com


Questions? Contact: Sarah Jenny & Damien at producers@sexworkercabaret.com
 
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Sex Worker Zine Project - Submission Deadline: May 1, 2011 
  wondergirl
 
11:19am 10/03/2011
  The Sex Worker Zine Project seeks to create a zine showcasing the diversity of sex workers’ experiences of all genders, sexualities, ages, abilities, nationalities, immigration statuses, races, and ethnic backgrounds. International submissions encouraged! This yet to be titled zine will be printed in full cover and will be available for sale with profits supporting the work of SWOP-NYC. All accepted contributors will receive a free copy of the completed zine. For more info, visit: http://www.sarahjenny.org/blog/portfolio/sex-worker-zine-project/ .

How to Contribute
Are you a current or former sex worker or someone who has experienced trading sex for money, food, housing, drugs, hormones, and/or other survival needs? We want to hear from you! Please submit your work on a sheet of paper 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (ex. half a sheet of letter size paper) with quarter inch margins, full color (or black and white, high contract) page to our zine project. Please do not fold the paper if possible. Include on a separate page (either attached with a paper clip or leave unattached) your name (does not need to be your legal name), age, email address and/or phone number, and a mailing address should you wish to receive a copy if your page is makes it in the final project. Please state how, if at all, you wish to be credited for your work. (ex. Sparkley Stacey, John Doe, Anonymous in India, etc.) Be creative! Use pens, markers, collage, glitter, what ever way you wish to express yourself! You can use text or images alone or together. You can submit up to five pages but we will probably only be able to print one page per person. Your original materials will not be returned to you.

Your submission must be postmarked by May 1, 2011.

Can allies contribute?
We will consider submissions by allies! If you are an ally, friend, family member, child, parent, or partner of a sex worker, your story and advice is also valuable! Please consider submitting a page to the zine and please note if you are an ally with your submission.

Submissions by E-Mail

You can submit your piece by email if you are able (for example, created in PhotoShop or if it is scanned) at 300dpi resolution. Please email to: sarahjenny(at)gmail(dot)com.

Submissions by Mail

Mail your submission to:
Sarah Jenny
721 Broadway
4th Floor, ITP
New York, NY 10003 USA


Prompts & Ideas for Submissions
  • Your techniques for self-care, ex. bubble bath, cooking a good meal, playing with your dog, etc.
  • Techniques for harm reduction, ex. getting tested regularly, tips for screening clients, strategies for staying safe, etc.
  • How To Be An Ally To Sex Workers
  • Tips for Partners of Sex Workers – how to be supportive, how to decide whether or not to come out to a partner, etc.
  • Illustrate your favorite work outfit
  • Illustrate your favorite outfit in general!
  • What does a bad day at work feel like? How do you cope? What would you like to see change?
  • Illustrate and write about what sex work is like in your city, region, or country.
  • Illustrate and write about what you imagine ideal working conditions to be like — ex. decriminalization, health care, etc.
  • Tell us about your sex worker community!
  • A list of your favorite support resources, books, magazines, and organizations
  • Anything else you wish to add!
 
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On June 6th in NYC, Sex Workers Take the Stage for the Sex Worker Cabaret 
  wondergirl
 
10:04pm 02/05/2010
  SEX WORKERS TAKE THE STAGE FOR THE SEX WORKER CABARET
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Doors: 7pm
Performances: 7:30pm to 10pm
Tickets at the door: $10 - $20 sliding scale (Ages: 21+)
Slipper Room, 167 Orchard Street, New York, NY
http://www.sexworkercabaret.com


New York, NY - Sex workers take the stage to tell their diverse stories through burlesque, comedy, narrative, contortion, aerial performance, and more. Producers Sarah Jenny and Rachel Grinstein are proud to present an evening cabaret showcasing some of the most vibrant creative talent in the sex worker community. The cabaret is in homage to Annie Oakley's Sex Workers Art Show (1997-2009) and will take place during LGBTQ Pride month, a time to reflect on the importance of community. Come bare witness as sex workers eloquently, and at times raunchily, speak their truths.

The Sex Worker Cabaret will take place on Sunday, June 6, 2010 at 7pm at the Slipper Room located at 167 Orchard Street, New York, NY. The event will be MCed by Go Magazine's 2010 Readers Choice Award "Best MC" winner Sarah Jenny and DJed by DJ Sirlinda (Hey Queen!, Rumours, Gayface). Go-go dancers Calvin Clamdigger, Essence Revealed, and Violet Noxx will grace the stage during intermission.

Performers:
ANNABELLE XAAH
Annabelle Xaah is a Renaissance whore, who likes swinging from ropes, naked, singing and playing the mandolin. Her performance entails rope-swinging burlesque with original badass beats.

DAVID HENRY STERRY
David Henry Sterry was a boy ho, has written 12 books, and performed with everyone from Michael Caine to Will Smith to Zippy the Chimp. He will perform his minute piece from the New York Times lauded anthology, Hos, Hookers, Call Girls and Rent Boys: "Can You Imagine, 82-Year-Old Pussy Tastes Great!"

ESSENCE REVEALED
Essence is a dual degreed, former lap dance engineer of the upscale gentlemen's club scene, from NY to Vegas and sweet, sticky places in between. Essence innovates a dance form she calls "stripperlesque" in an excerpt from the finale of her solo show, Essence Revealed."

GERRY VISCO
Gerry Visco is an illegally blonde writer, performer, photographer, and fashionista, who regularly covers events and the arts for New York Press.

INBRED HYBRID COLLECTIVE WITH LOGAN STEVENS
Inbred Hybrid Collective's mandate is to stimulate a consciousness of the external factors affecting our human existence. Inbred Hybrid Collective will perform a musical conversation between hustlers in Times Square.

JODI SH. DOFF
How did a nice Jewish girl wind up spending a decade naked in Times Square? Writer Jodi Sh. Doff presents a peek from her one woman show.

LORELEI LEE
Lorelei Lee is a student, writer, and porn performer based in Brooklyn. She will read a work of autobiographical fiction.

LYDIA LOVE
Lydia Love mixes movement and spoken-word into performances of sincerity and sensuality. With candidness and complexity, Lydia will perform dance and spoken-word.

MATTHEW LAWRENCE
Matthew Lawrence is a writer and curator from Providence, Rhode Island. He will tell tales of why he wasn't a very good escort.

NICOLETTE DIXON
Nicolette is a theatrical know-it-all, muse, and barstool philosopher with a feminist bent. She will perform a series of monologues and a burlesque routine about lap dancing.
 
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NYC Call For Performers: Sex Worker Cabaret on June 6th! 
  wondergirl
 
05:49pm 06/04/2010
  Celebrate Sex Worker Pride this June at the Sex Worker Cabaret on June 6th at the Slipper Room!

We are looking for cabaret acts for an early evening (7pm-10pm) of burlesque, performance art, readings, comedy, and musical acts.

Diversity encouraged! All genders, bodies, ages, and talents welcome to apply. Please submit a short proposal about the type of act or number you’d be interested in doing. If we don’t know one another, please send a link to your website, facebook, etc or a photo.

We are currently looking for proposals that would be, on some level, about sex work: whether it be a story about your favorite client, a burlesque number to She Works Hard For the Money, or a more abstract interpretation. Preference is given to current/former sex workers (self-defined) but we are also considering submissions from allies, partners of workers, etc.

Compensation: This is a benefit for…you! Some overhead costs need to be covered but after that, all money received from the door will be pooled and split among the performers based on the number of acts they do. (Each act is a share in the pool with a max of 2 acts per performer.) We ask that you help promote as the more people we bring in, the more money for the performers.

We are also looking for gogo dancers who would be compensated in tips. You can perform and gogo.

Please forward to anyone you think might like to be a part of this very special evening.

Deadline: Please submit your proposal by April 7th.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Questions? Contact: Sarah Jenny – sarahjenny@gmail.com

Promoters: Sarah Jenny & Rachel G.
 
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$PREAD Magazine -- Call for Submissions 
  amazon_syren
 
11:43am 29/03/2010
  Just passing this along, from $PREAD Magazine (a few of you are going to see this a couple of times -- I'm putting it up on Trans_Sexwork, too):


*~*~*~*~*


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: RACE, RACISM AND THE SEX INDUSTRY/SEX TRADES

For our summer issue, $pread is proud to host a guest editorial collective of US-based sex workers and allies of color. The issue will explore race and racism within the sex industry/sex trades in the United States. How do you feel your racial identity affects your experience in the sex industry/sex trades or in sex worker rights movements? We are seeking articles from people of color of all backgrounds, including people identifying as part of immigrant communities.

Features pitches (a short 250-word write-up of your idea for an article of 2000-3000 words) should be sent to race@spreadmagazine.org, with the heading labeled by the section in which your piece might fit. Also listed below are some ideas for the regularly featured columns in $pread; if you would like to submit content for any of these, please send us a short pitch with details. Our deadline for pitches is April 15 at the latest, so please send your paragraph-length pitch in ASAP. The content deadline for full articles will be May 10, 2010.

**Are you a new/inexperienced writer but have a great story idea and want help developing it? Send in your idea and add a note indicating that you want support.

************

* Features: Features can talk about any aspect of race, racism and the sex industry/sex trades. While you don't have to limit yourself to the suggestions, here are some ideas we had for feature pieces (2000-3000 words):
- There are many grassroots organizing efforts and resistance struggles among communities of color engaged in the sex industry/sex trades around the country. Let us know what you're doing!
- Who controls how people of color in the sex industry/sex trades are represented in the media? We are looking for an article that analyzes media representations of people of color in the sex industry and offers suggestions for change.

* Hot Topic: Is sex work empowering for you as a person of color in the sex industry/sex trades? (200-300 words)

* Positions: This is a “for” and “against” piece. Should sex workers play into racial stereotypes, either their own or that of another race; or mute their racial identity upon request? We're looking for someone to argue "yes" and someone to argue "no." Each angle is allotted 400 words to explain why sex workers should or should not either play into a racial stereotype or play down a racial identity at a client's request.

* Healthy Hooker: Have you been discriminated against while trying to access health care because of both your racial identity and sex worker status? Want some advice? Write in!

* Reviews: Reviews on a recent sex work related book/film/performance/etc. that deals with race. Please inquire about available items or suggest material before submitting a full piece as we may already have someone covering it. Specify your location in your reply if you do not already have the item for review. (400-600 words)

* Scene Report: What's it like to work where you live as a person of color in the sex industry/sex trades? How are working conditions with clients, law enforcement, other workers, activists, outreach teams and your communit(ies)? Although this piece can be framed as a personal essay, it should contain information useful to working visitors and not seem entirely unique to the writer. (500 words)

* Heroes: What worker(s) from racially oppressed groups have inspired you? We're hoping to use this space to acknowledge women, men and transgender people of color who work to undo stereotypes, to call attention to issues that affect the sex industry and increase access and visibility for people of color both in the sex workers' rights movement and in the sex industry/sex trades. (300 words)

* Indecent Proposal: Details don't need to be graphic or wild as much as you need to convey why the situation unsettled or surprised you. (500 words)

* News Report: News Reports should be on a timely topic, ideally an issue relevant to sex workers outside of North America. This is not space for a personal essay or op-ed; the approach is decidedly journalistic and should include important dates, names, places and quotes. (150-300 words)

* Ask a Ho: Do you have questions about navigating the sex industry/sex trades as a person of color? Send in your questions! Write "Ask a Ho" in the subject line.

* Resources: This issue of $pread will feature an additional section of resources specifically for addressing racial oppression, including in the context of organizing and activism. Please send in resources.

* Art, Photos: Send in art for this issue on race and racism! Comics, Photos, Drawings, etc.

* Focus Groups/ Interviews: We welcome interviews, and transcripts from focus group discussions. Feel free to send in interviews or let us know if you’d like to be interviewed.
 
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Please help this independent film project 
  habibi
 
02:07pm 15/03/2010
 

Hello dears,
Here is my new feature film called 'Profane.' We are in need of finishing funds. We are producing and financing this on our own. It is almost finished! Thanks in advance for your support. Viva independent film!
 
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  jinniyah
 
10:55pm 22/10/2009
  What is pornography? What is erotica? What is the difference between the two? Is there a difference at all?

I often see the word "erotica" used to describe written word or "softcore" images, while "pornography" is used to refer strictly to images that are considered "hardcore." Although both are materials that aim to sexually arouse the consumer, the two words have very different connotations. Erotica is viewed as less-deviant, more loving, more intellectually stimulating, and more intimate. Pornography is deviant, purely sexual, with no socially redeeming characteristics. Somehow, this doesn't seem right to me. I'm not so sure there is much of a difference at all. Erotica and pornography are, instead, two different versions of the same thing. One is not superior over the other and erotica is not necessarily any less "pornographic."

What are your thoughts?
 
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Call for Submissions! 10/24: New York Sex Work(er) Film & Video Fest 
  wondergirl
 
02:08am 15/09/2009
  Hi all,

A few folks are trying to put this together. We'd love for you to submit work or volunteer/get involved in any capacity! Please help make this event happen. New York, we're ready!

Thanks all!

Yours,
Sarah Jenny
--------------------------------
http://www.sarahjenny.org/blog/2009/09/14/call-for-submissions-new-york-sex-worker-film-video-fest/

New York Sex Work(er) Film & Video Fest is a one day Film and Video art festival screening recent works including shorts, documentaries, and experimental works by and about sex workers. A panel discussion on sex work and the law, media, and art as well as an after party will follow.

When/Where

* October 24, 2009 (Time TBA)
* UnionDocs: 322 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211, [http://www.uniondocs.org/].

Submission Cost
FREE

All proceeds from this event go to support community activist work.

Submit Your Film/Video
Please send a link to your work for submission, the title, director, 200 word or less synopsis, year (ex 2007), location (ex. US), and length (ex. 8min), and a URL if applicable (ex. http://www.sexworkerfilm.com) by October 1st for consideration. If selected, you will be required to send in a DVD, to be received by October 20.

Send to: sarahjenny@gmail.com or contact for mailing address.

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In memory of Neda Salehi 
  sabrarosa
 
04:18pm 21/06/2009
 
mood: sad
As much as I hate to admit it, I have become, like a large portion of the US, inured to violence and pictures/videos of violence posted on the news or online. As a result, when I saw the video of Neda's shooting and death at an Iranian protest she attended with her father on HuffPo, I clicked it knowing it would be terribly sad but not thinking twice about how it would make me feel. You can imagine my surprise when I found myself having to fight back sobs while I watched the young woman's life bleed from her mouth and watched the life leave her eyes. Yes, the video is that graphic and perhaps that is why it's affect on me was so strong. Now I have watched people die before. I've sat at the bedside of dying people and held their hands as they breathed their last but for some reason this struck me heavily. I don't know if it emotion left over from old grieving left unfinished, if it was because she was a woman and hence it seemed more personal or if it was simply the violence perpetrated against her by the Basij but suffice it to say, it got my attention.



I don't pretend to understand everything about Iran and it's politics. What I do know is that the violence against the people being that we see being tweeted/blogged/video'd is wrong and a violation of basic human rights. While I have no illusions about my ability to effect a change there I do know, thanks to years of work with Amnesty International, is that governments don't like it when their injustices are seen and marked by the world and making sure that Iran and Ahmadinejad know we are watching is important.

Neda paid for her convictions with her life. We are hardly being called upon to sacrifice anything so valuable.

I have posted this here because women have ever been on the frontlines of the battle against injustice, be it fighting sexism or fighting for everyone's human rights.
 
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Carol Queen & Nina Hartley 
  jinniyah
 
04:43am 28/05/2009
  Is anyone here going north of I-81 to D.C. for The State of Sex: Sex and Freedom in the Obama Era with Carol Queen & Nina Hartley?

I really want to go, but I don't have a ride. I can pitch in for gas. I live in Blacksburg, Virginia.
 
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A request. 
  kaligrrrl
 
07:15pm 18/04/2009
  Hi all. I teach a class on activism at Cornish College of the Arts; one of the assignments is to interview someone who self-identifies as an activist.

One of my students would really like to interview someone who does activism around sex work but is having a hard time finding an interviewee.

Any volunteers? It would need to be done in the next two weeks.

Thanks!
 
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WARNING TO BOSTON SEXWORKERS ON CL!!!!!!! 
  chaoticerotic
 
02:54am 16/04/2009
  A visiting provider from NYC was recently murdered in boston. I read the follow up on Boston Police Twitter. Link below also shows video surveillance pics of the suspect.

http://www.bpdnews.com/2009/04/update_death_investigation_at_16.html

Another link led me here:

http://www.wakingvixen.com/blog/2009/04/16/sex-workers-murder-and-false-securities/

PLEASE, ladies. If you are going to be an indie sex worker, SCREEN YOUR CALLS! Do check ins with a buddy system. Share a room or have someone nearby.

This is why past indie work for me, be it dominatrix, dancer or so on, had a high work-to-result ratio. I'd get maybe ONE person out of every 50 replying people because something seemed off, they didn't screen right, they lied. Hell, ask for references. Yes, its work, but life is more important.
 
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Well isn't this lovely? 
  sabrarosa
 
11:29am 31/03/2009
 
Afghan leader accused of bid to 'legalise rape' - The Independent
Afghanistan's President, Hamid Karzai, has signed a law which "legalises" rape, women's groups and the United Nations warn. Critics claim the president helped rush the bill through parliament in a bid to appease Islamic fundamentalists ahead of elections in August.

In a massive blow for women's rights, the new Shia Family Law negates the need for sexual consent between married couples, tacitly approves child marriage and restricts a woman's right to leave the home, according to UN papers seen by The Independent.


So much for progress in Afghanistan.  We went in there supposedly to get rid of Taliban influence and lo and behold, the restore Sharia again. 
 
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Tonight @ CineKink... 'Wanton Female Desire' !!! 
  lisavnyc
 
09:17am 27/02/2009
  CineKink NYC presents…

Friday, February 27 - 9:00 PM

"Wanton Female Desire" (Shorts Program)
What is it that a woman wants? Most of the answers are infinitely varied, but the shorts in this celebration of female pleasure will help guide you in one generally appropriate direction.

Program includes:

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ABOUT CINEKINK NYC
Billing itself as "the really alternative film festival," CineKink NYC returns for its sixth annual appearance February 24-March 1, 2009, to be followed by a national showcase tour. Presented by CineKink, an organization dedicated to the recognition and encouragement of sex-positive and kink-friendly depictions in film and television, works featured at CineKink range from documentary to drama, camp comedy to hot porn, mildly spicy to quite explicit - and everything in between.

For more information, visit http://www.cinekink.com
 
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12:31am 12/02/2009
 

Mayhem!

The Weekend Event for Leatherwomen

May 8 – 10, 2009
Vancouver, Canada

Queer women’s BDSM, play, sexuality and fun. All. Weekend. Long.

We’re completely pleased to be bringing you a conference-style weekend, with play parties, education, entertainment, and a line-up of brilliant presenters. We would like to invite all past, present and future women who enjoy woman-to-woman BDSM to our unique weekend of kink, play, and fun.

Whether you’re just beginning to explore kink, or consider yourself a seasoned veteran, Mayhem! is the place to play hard, play soft, learn, or just hang out and socialize with some very damn cool women.

History

Mayhem! will be the first women’s kink conference in Western Canada since 1993 — and the first one ever in East Vancouver, the area many local lesbians call home.

The Mayhem! weekend is organized by Canadian Mayhem/Bride of Pride. Our goal has always been to put on the exact kind of party that we all dream of attending, and of course that includes inviting everyone along.

www.canadianmayhem.com

 
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