If you’re going to hate us, hate us for the traditional reason to hate us. Call us witches, not hipsters. — Witches Dance at Catland, Occult Bookstore in Bushwick
The trouble with Mr. Vollmann’s interest in whores is that it is apt to uncover hearts — or whatever — of gold. (“As an American streetwalker once remarked to me: I’m literally sitting on a gold mine.”) — NYT
One of the things that I had to do occasionally while I was collecting information for that prostitute story, “Ladies and Red Lights” from The Rainbow Stories, was sit in a corner and pull down my pants and masturbate. I would pretend to do this while I was asking the prostitutes questions. Because otherwise, they were utterly afraid of me and utterly miserable, thinking I was a cop. — Paris Review - The Art of Fiction No. 163, William T. Vollmann
Wordpressing up a new site, but until then, melissagira.com lives here.
The Internet is the greatest communication innovation of our age. The impolite question of every communication innovation is “What do we do when the peasants get access?” Facebook started at Harvard, trickled down through the Ivy League and into the general populace; Tumblr was a micro-blogging platform for a cultural elite and now is a billion-dollar Yahoo property. The part that doesn’t inspire the rapturous wonder and hyperbolic copy, is the simple geeky love of it. Social media is mostly business-friendly copy on top of the good old-fashioned desire for human connection. Folks want to talk, and often, to each other. From the early days of usenet to, yes, the blogs and tweets of today, we send ideas, feelings, brain droppings out into the world and hope they meet up with other folks. If we are very lucky, those who interact with us make sending them worthwhile. For the most part, branding and the banality of our day-to-day lives can co-exist peacefully, except when the brand is movement-making. Online branding demands an almost robotic adherence to a message, whatever that message is. Exclusiveness attracts interest that allows for popularity that can translate into stellar careers and influential places in society. Movement-making, at its best, is a roiling, argumentative, communal beast that’s based in an exchange across all sorts of channels. It doesn’t look pretty and it’s terribly hard to sell. — The Long Feminist Summer, Sydette Harry
Lee Miller (by, or more likely in collaboration with, Man Ray) (via)
From the new global minimum standards for
Implementing Comprehensive HIV/STI Programmes with Sex Workers: Practical Approaches from Collaborative Interventions.
People need to know how fucking amazing these new standards are. I think it’s a pinnacle of achievement for the sex workers’ movement globally. HIV interventions must be run by sex workers and programmes must support movement building and work for decriminalisation of sex work and removing other legal barriers for sex workers to achieve our full human rights.
Download here: http://www.who.int/hiv/pub/sti/sex_worker_implementation/en/index.html
I am getting emotional over this chart.