1. “People here are going to think you’re one of the porn stars.”

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    A male adult film producer to a female reporter, during an interview at an adult entertainment convention (via saidtoladyjournos)

    Worthy blog. But. While this may have been fucked up for this journo in particular, think about it for a second in context with what people say about women who actually do or have worked in the sex industry. (Handy example!)

    Solidarity, ladyjournos. I’m with you, I am you, but pitting us against each other is just doing the man’s work on our own (unfairly undervalued) dime.


  2. 22 Feb 2013   4 notes  
  3. It’s true. Check the mastheads. You can only imagine what the staffs of Dissent and Reason get up to on the Nation cruise every year.

    It’s true. Check the mastheads. You can only imagine what the staffs of Dissent and Reason get up to on the Nation cruise every year.


  4. 20 Feb 2013   21 notes  
  5. “Broadly, what unites us as a class is opposition to compulsory virtue, to whore stigma. I think it’s fallen out of vogue now that “slut shaming” has been taken on as a term. But the theoretical precursor to that was “whore stigma,” which was proposed in the early nineties by Gail Pheterson. I don’t think she was a sex worker, but she’s an academic who wrote a lot about sex work. And Jill Nagle ran with it in her book, Whores And Other Feminists, and she took it back to Adrienne Rich, to “Compulsory Heterosexuality and the Lesbian Existence.” So if there is whore stigma–just like there’s compulsory heterosexuality–then there is compulsory virtue. And all women are injured by compulsory virtue. That’s a point of opportunity, to say, so long as the worst thing you can call any woman is a whore, are we going to stand up to that?”

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    Waging War On Sex Workers, Zoe Schlanger interviews Melissa Gira Grant - Guernica / A Magazine of Art & Politics

    “opposition to compulsory virtue.” Love it. 

    (via differentclasswar) Thanks, Sarah!

    (via differentclasswar)


  6. 16 Feb 2013   41 notes  

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