February 25, 2014 at 1:11pm
Anonymous asked: Really? So was time spent prepping self-reported? Do you know when this Lusty practice ended/how it started?
No tracking — it was just an automatic 30 minute’s pay bonus, paid out (if my memory serves) per shift. I’d have to dig up meeting minutes to know for sure, but I think it ended around 2003. (also hi! maybe I know you? yr coming up anon.)
Our impulses to create safe working conditions for workers are right on, but sex workers are asking for quite different things than people expect them to.
— Talking to Salon about sex workers’ demands
For these women, much of the “work” resided in the preparation, packaging, and grueling nightly display of the body that sells itself (rather than in specifically sexual labor, per se).
Temporarily Yours: Intimacy, Authenticity, and the Commerce of Sex by Elizabeth Bernstein
Scheduling the calls and getting ready for them is indeed much harder than the actual appointments themselves for me, too.
Once upon a time, the Lusty Lady used to pay dancers “prep pay” — a half-hour’s pay each shift to compensate for the time spent getting ready.
February 22, 2014 at 12:23pm
"NO MO HOS," Hemet, CA 2014 (via)
Allison discusses her article about the poster boy for unending war, and author Melissa Gira Grant (@melissagira) talks sex work, savior complexes, and a vegan dominatrix.
Go buy her great book, Playing the Whore
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What is the greatest danger sex workers face? Or what is the most important thing sex workers need? Or are those the wrong questions?
They’re impossible questions to answer because people’s needs are diverse and people’s experiences are diverse. So I think that’s the first place to start. There is no one solution, there is no one project, there is no one political point of view that can possibly speak to every single person who has experience in the sex trade.
— Thinking of Sex Work as Work, new interview up at The Atlantic
February 17, 2014 at 4:12pm
"Rubble of the Tool Box at 4th and Harrison (1971), Chuck Arnett’s notorious mural stood mutely over the ruins for almost two years." (via Folsom Street: The Miracle Mile - FoundSF)
February 15, 2014 at 11:15am
Kink.com, April 2011 (Google Street View)