1. 30 Jul 2014   2 notes  
  2. "There is a website, brbxoxo.com, that “searches online sexcam sites and only broadcasts feeds when the performers are absent.” The rooms themselves are very interesting and vary widely in their layout, decoration, and overall aesthetics. They are not necessarily American. And they are not always beige. If you watch this website for some time you see all kinds of colors and images. In the bottom left room below you can see religious icons. Sometimes there are sex toys left on the beds. To me, the sex-worker rooms look far more “normal” than the big American rooms of YouTube. They seem lived-in and more permanent. Some care has been taken for lighting. Collectively the decorative sense of women who masturbate for the gratification of their customers is more novel, more humane, than the typical empty rooms where people perform for a (much) broader audience. I have no idea why this is." - “The American Room”

    "There is a website, brbxoxo.com, that “searches online sexcam sites and only broadcasts feeds when the performers are absent.” The rooms themselves are very interesting and vary widely in their layout, decoration, and overall aesthetics. They are not necessarily American. And they are not always beige. If you watch this website for some time you see all kinds of colors and images. In the bottom left room below you can see religious icons. Sometimes there are sex toys left on the beds. To me, the sex-worker rooms look far more “normal” than the big American rooms of YouTube. They seem lived-in and more permanent. Some care has been taken for lighting. Collectively the decorative sense of women who masturbate for the gratification of their customers is more novel, more humane, than the typical empty rooms where people perform for a (much) broader audience. I have no idea why this is." - “The American Room


  3. 30 Jul 2014   53 notes  
  4. (@TabathaSouthey, via @chelseagsummers)

Also, this is exactly why I started “Sex Workers, As Seen From the Art Desk" (dot tumblr dot com) today to collect these as they recur. It began with this utterly stigmapalooza cliche on top of an excellent op-ed by Naomi Sayers about the damage anti-sex work stigma causes.

    (@TabathaSouthey, via @chelseagsummers)

    Also, this is exactly why I started “Sex Workers, As Seen From the Art Desk" (dot tumblr dot com) today to collect these as they recur. It began with this utterly stigmapalooza cliche on top of an excellent op-ed by Naomi Sayers about the damage anti-sex work stigma causes.


  5. 24 Jul 2014   9 notes  
  6. White Slavery, Charles Byron Chrysler, 1911.
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    White Slavery, Charles Byron Chrysler, 1911.
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  7. 24 Jul 2014   2 notes  
  8. "What does it mean that at the same moment queer and trans people of color are being criminalized for having condoms, a pharmaceutical prevention method is the “hottest” debate among urban white gay and queer men?" (Central to PrEP conversations should be its impact on people living with HIV — Visual AIDS; photo: “Bondage”, 2001, Max Greenberg)

    "What does it mean that at the same moment queer and trans people of color are being criminalized for having condoms, a pharmaceutical prevention method is the “hottest” debate among urban white gay and queer men?" (Central to PrEP conversations should be its impact on people living with HIV — Visual AIDS; photo: “Bondage”, 2001, Max Greenberg)


  9. 18 Jul 2014   30 notes  
  10. “If the website itself is not a place where prostitution is practiced, encouraged or allowed, and neither is a computer, is the room where the computer is stored?”

    – The prosecution’s argument against the legality of an online sex work message board, 2012 (More on this at my blog-that’s-not-really-a-blog, which I’m refreshing today.)


  11. 17 Jul 2014   9 notes  
  12. Perversion for Profit,” from the mind of the late “moral entrepreneur” Charles Keating, whose post-war anti-porn politics set the model for today’s secular and liberal anti-porn activists.

    Watching this one again as I’m reading historian Whitney Strub’s book, Perversion for Profit (titled in a nod to Keating). From Strub’s reflection on Keating for Salon: "Banning books could be framed as something other than censorship. If a sleazy book with a name like “Lust Agent” is obscene, it has no constitutional claim to free speech. Ipso facto, to suppress it is not to censor it. Or at least, that’s how Keating’s semantic gambit went — and it worked, marvelously. His CDL [Citizens for Decent Literature] rapidly rose from a local Cincinnati group to a national behemoth, easily the nation’s preeminent anti-pornography organization in the 1960s and beyond. Keating stripped the movement against smut of its association with repression and prudery, instead boldly declaring that his cause could be reconciled with a sexually liberated age."


  13. 17 Jul 2014   13 notes  
  14. “It is our intention to make illegal the purchase of sexual services or the communication for the purposes of purchasing sexual services of any person, anywhere, anytime, in Canada, in the light of day, in the darkness of the shadows, inside or outside, wherever you can think of in Canada, up a tree, down a rabbithole, in a beaver den.”

    – Bob Dechert, Canadian parliamentary secretary to the justice minister (Prostitution bill hearings had strong evangelical voice | Toronto Star)


  15. 16 Jul 2014   5 notes  

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