THE NEXT WEB: Erika Lust "#MeToo left sex workers behind"

There’s no questioning that sex workers face judgement and stigma, as well as blatant, systematic discrimination. In media, they’re punished for their nonconforming sexuality by being victimized,…


HAZLITT: Good Faith

In the mid-1970s, the man who would later become my father joined the Unification Church. He had moved to a commune in Northern California after finishing college and wanted to share his newfound…


TIME: Sex Workers Are an Important Part of the Stonewall Story, But Their Role Has Been Forgotten

Late one evening in May of 1959, two members of the Los Angeles Police Department entered Cooper’s Doughnuts, a sketchy downtown coffee joint, looking for trouble. The LAPD, as the historians Lillian…


THE OUTLINE: If PornHub wants to support a cause, start with Sex Workers rights

News broke last month that Tumblr’s owner, Verizon, was looking to sell it. In response, the online porn company Pornhub swiftly inserted itself into the media fray by releasing a statement that it…


NEWSWEEK: ELIZABETH WARREN JOINS THOSE WHO WANT TO DECRIMINALIZE SEX WORK

Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Wednesday she is open to the idea of decriminalizing sex work in the country. She told the Washington Post she acknowledges that sex workers endure hardships and abuse, and…


SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN: BDSM as a Tonic for Serious Illness

My mother enjoyed kinky sex. To be specific, in her late 50s, after two decades of singlehood and celibacy, she discovered that she enjoyed sexually dominating willingly submissive men. I’m so glad…


THE ECONOMIST: The push to decriminalize sex work in New York

YANG SONG, a prostitute, worked in a massage parlour in Queens, New York. A Chinese immigrant, she was worried that her record of multiple arrests would block her path to citizenship and was…


NEWSWEEK: MASTERCARD NOW ALLOWING TRANSGENDER CUSTOMERS TO USE THEIR CHOSEN NAME ON CREDIT, DEBIT CARDS

Mastercard announced today it will begin allowing transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals to use their chosen name on debit and credit cards. The True Name card will allow customers to use…


JEZEBEL: California Bill Wants to Let Sex Workers Safely Report Crimes and Carry Condoms

As New York takes an unprecedented step toward decriminalization, California lawmakers are using a different approach to make sex work safer. A state bill sponsored by Sen. Scott Wiener would protect…


REFINERY29: If You’re Into Kink, You Need to Join One Of These Dating Apps

Kink can encompass a lot of things: bondage, yes, but also spanking, choking, feet, cuckolding, and watersports. And it turns out that many of us are at least a little bit kinky. One Canadian study…