AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: Policy on State Obligations to Respect, Protect and Fulfil the Human Rights of Sex Workers

This policy has been developed in recognition of the high rates of human rights abuses experienced globally by individuals who engage in sex work; a term that Amnesty International uses only in…


SLATE: Why Internet Advocates Are Against the Anti–Sex Trafficking Bill

This month, Congress is considering whether to pass legislation intended to combat sex trafficking online. It may sound like a worthy goal, but it would undermine a more than 20-year-old law that has…


ENGADGET: How 'sex trafficking' just opened the censorship floodgates

Illustration by D. Thomas Magee Throwing sex workers under the bus is actually the oldest profession. In a 388 to 25 vote Tuesday, the House of Representatives passed legislation that makes…


HUFFPOST: If Lawmakers Want To Protect Sex Workers, They Must Listen To Us

Next Monday, the Senate is set to vote on a bill that proponents believe would protect people who exchange sexual services for money. In reality, FOSTA-SESTA would do precisely the opposite. It…


ALLURE: If You Care About Sex Trafficking, Trust People in the Sex Trades — Not Celebrities

This is an op-ed by author Alana Massey on the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA). When I use my writing platform to discuss my sex work history and advocate for people who are currently in…


HUFFPOST: Meet The Dominatrix Who Requires The Men Who Hire Her To Read Black Feminist Theory

 Mistress Velvet is a dominatrix with a syllabus. The Chicago-based master’s graduate got her start in professional BDSM a few years ago. “I thought, well this could be something really fun, and…


THE WEEK: The female price of male pleasure

The world is disturbingly comfortable with the fact that women sometimes leave a sexual encounter in tears. When Babe.net published a pseudonymous woman's account of a difficult encounter with Aziz…


NYT: Here’s How to Deal With Men (Thwack!)

“So you like breaking rules, do you?” Kasia Urbaniak said to the bald man seated before her. “Or do you like getting in trouble? That’s pretty greedy of you, to come here and do something right…


BUZZFEED: Want To Learn About Boundaries And Consent? Listen To Sex Workers.

Opinion: Their work demands the constant creation and affirmation of sexual limits in a professional setting — something most people clearly struggle with. There’s a group of people who are uniquely…


BROADLY: A 'Lifestyle Slave' Is More Than a Sub Who Does All Your Chores for Free

The dynamic between a dominatrix and her 24/7 sub can be one of tender, mutual support. When I was in my mid-twenties, I was a dominatrix for a couple of years. I moved to New York at the age of 24…