Melissa Gira Grant

Jul 30

Richard Gere in “Human Trafficking in North Dakota" (via)

Richard Gere in “Human Trafficking in North Dakota" (via)

"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

Jul 24

(@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.

White Slavery, Charles Byron Chrysler, 1911.
(via)

White Slavery, Charles Byron Chrysler, 1911.
(via)

Jul 18

"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)

Jul 17

“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.)

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Jul 16

“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)