THE FEED: SHUTTING DOWN WEBSITES TO CURB SEX TRAFFICKING HAS LIFE-THREATENING CONSEQUENCES FOR SEX WORKERS

In Australia the majority of our states and territories have either legalised or decriminalised sex work, but in the US prostitution is only legal in ONE of the 50 states. This has pushed the…


LV: What even the most vanilla among us can learn from the BDSM community

“Sex is not what you do, it’s a place you go.” —Esther Perel Americans carry a lot of anxiety about having an exciting sex life. This anxiety inspires Cosmopolitan, Redbook and the like to publish a…


THE CUT: Julia Salazar’s Win Is a Huge Victory for Sex Workers

Julia Salazar’s victory in her State Senate primary last week felt noteworthy in the way many recent progressive wins have felt noteworthy: Despite a campaign marked by intense scrutiny of her…


CAFE MOM: Being a Sex Worker Doesn't Make Me a Bad Mother - It Actually Made Me a Better One

Sometimes it’s hard not to laugh when I stand over a “toilet” slave and let it loose all over them. They don’t know my 3-year-old did the same on my leg about two hours ago. In retrospect, toilet…


HUFFPOST: Sex Worker Activists Support Democratic Socialist Julia Salazar’s Primary Win

Sex workers’ rights advocates are celebrating Julia Salazar’s win in New York’s  Democratic primary for a state Senate seat on Thursday, saying that they have an ally in the 27-year-old Democratic…


NYLON: Why Decriminalizing Sex Work Is A Life Or Death Issue

Earlier this month, Lily Allen issued an unusual public statement via Instagram: Four years ago, during her ‘Sheezus’ tour, she slept with female escorts “cause,” she wrote, “I was lost and lonely…


REFINERY29: How To Make Consent Sexy, According To A Dominatrix

When Mistress Velvet, a BDSM dominatrix in Chicago, spanks a client, she demands that they tell her how much it hurts on a scale from 1 to 10. "I have to be careful and not just ask them, 'Do you…


JEZEBEL: Lily Allen's 'Defense' of Seeing Sex Workers Is Kinda Unfortunate and Also Fucking Amazing?

Over the weekend, Lily Allen announced in an Instagram post, “I slept with female escorts when I was on tour, cause I was lost and lonely and looking for something.” She continued, “I’m not proud,…


BROADLY: 14 Powerful Portraits Showing the Diversity of Asian-American Feminism

Ive always felt at home in my Asian-Americanness and my feminism, but there was a time when I felt like the two identities didn’t fit together. My parents, Taiwanese immigrants raising three children…


MEL: The Dominatrix Duo Demystifying Kink on Periscope

Mistress Lucy Sweetkill won’t show you her feet. Not on her Periscope broadcast, anyway, where the professional dominatrix is about to interview Katie Rex — a DJ who runs a fetish techno party called…