THE NEW YORKER: Increasingly Vulnerable Sex Workers Are Demanding Their Rights

On a recent Thursday at a bar in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, Jacq the Stripper was warming up a small crowd of ten or fifteen people who had come to attend a fund-raiser for the Black Sex Workers…


HARPER'S BAZAAR: Kinky Sex Could Be the Secret to Your Success

The way Claudia was able to benefit from her erotic encounter is a common theme among people with knacks for kink. Many successful visionaries throughout history, from artists to scientists and even…


GIZMODO: Sex Workers Fight Back

“We’re allowed to be angry now in news media,” says Red S. We’re sitting on a park bench as people slowly trickle in with red headbands, armbands, boots, and umbrellas. It’s unforgivingly hot, but…


HUFFPOST: Now It’s Coming For Their Bank Accounts.

A new law that shuttered websites used by voluntary sex workers to screen clients has already forced some to risk their lives by returning to the streets to find business. But the broad bipartisan…


THE NEW YORK TIMES: The Boundary Between Abuse and B.D.S.M.

“You want to make sure that you narrate what is going to be happening,” a blond woman in a skintight nurse’s costume said. She had just demonstrated how to safely, and consensually, stick a willing…


BROADLY: We Must Repeal SESTA, a Deadly Law That Does Nothing to Help Trafficking Victims

Earlier this year, Congress passed a deeply irresponsible and dangerous bill known as SESTA/FOSTA, which Donald Trump promptly signed into law. Proponents of the bill hoped SESTA/FOSTA would hold sex…


OUT: Mercy Mistress Explores the Crossroads of BDSM & Asian Femininity

The acronym BDSM is powerful in its ability to convey vivid thoughts and imagery. The practice, being as intimate and sensory-driven as it is, can bring to mind visions of handcuffs, whips, leather,…


THE NEW YORKER: The Rage of the Incels

 Lately I have been thinking about one of the first things that I ever wrote for the Internet: a series of interviews with adult virgins, published by the Hairpin. I knew my first subject personally,…


TITS AND SASS: A guide to hustling on Craiglist without the Personals

To the readers of this post, let me say first: I’m sorry, and I sympathize. I’m displaced and down in the trenches with you. I’m a ‘lower-end’ full-service and fetish worker. My way of life got taken…


VOCATIV: After Backpage: Cash-Strapped Sex Workers Take Care of Their Own

Last month, Jane Woolf, a 35-year-old sex worker based in Western Massachusetts, was down to 41 cents in her bank account, relying on an upcoming appointment to make ends meet. Then her client, who…