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,…


US NEWS: What's Wrong With '50 Shades of Grey'

 THERE'S NOTHING "GREY" about it. "50 Shades of Grey," E.L. James' racy best-seller that's now in movie production, portrays a relationship steeped in intimate partner violence, according to a study…


DAILY BEAST: Inside Sex Workers’ Fight for the Next Ocasio-Cortez

This rainy Sunday, sheltered by trees and surrounded by a circle of supporters, Julia Salazar gave a short speech that covered a number of her core concerns, from labor rights to stable and…


NY TIMES: How Sexism Follows Women From the Cradle to the Workplace

White women born in parts of the United States where sexist attitudes are more prevalent grow up to earn less and to work less than women born elsewhere, relative to men born in those same states,…


SPLINTER: The Rise of the Sex Worker Rights Lobby

On August 1, Cecilia Gentili, the policy director at the HIV/AIDS-prevention nonprofit Gay Men’s Health Crisis, squeezed into the back room of The Three Diamond Door bar in Bushwick, for what had…


VERYWELLMIND: Kinky Sex - The Difference Between BDSM and Abuse

BDSM, an acronym for “bondage, discipline/dominance, submission, and sadomasochism” is often misunderstood by the general public. One of the most common misconceptions is that BDSM is dangerous,…


ROLLING STONE: Sex Workers Begin New Push for Decriminalization

On a sunny June afternoon in Ridgewood, New York, close to 200 sex workers and their allies gather in a windowless queer performance space called the Dreamhouse. A DIY nightclub best known for…


OPEN DEMOCRACY: Putting sex workers’ rights at the centre

In 2018 the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW) published the research ‘Sex workers organising for change.’ The research documents how sex worker rights organisations in seven countries…


COLLECTIVE: Sex workers took over Reddit’s AMA and it was amazing

As sex workers continue to fight FOSTA/SESTA, over 60 sex workers, advocates, educators, policymakers, and trafficking survivors took toReddit’s AMA (Ask Me Anything) on June 21 to answer questions…