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This is so wrong. This is so doesn’t-get-it. This is so “but we wanted to come here to connect and confront and assuage our feelings of guilt about the past while committing acts of betrayal in the present.” This is so full of ‘organic conversations’ bullshit. This is weak in it’s comparison of owners of for-profit-plantations with owners of other venues that artists might appear in. This is so bullshit.

Mourning the death of Andrew Hunter, NSWP President | Global Network of Sex Work Projects

loriadorable:

feministwhore:

"The Global Network of Sex Work Projects mourns the loss of Andrew Hunter, our President and one of the founding members of APNSW and NSWP who died in Bangkok on 26th December 2013.

His sudden death is an enormous loss to the sex workers rights and HIV treatment activist movement, and leaves us without words at this moment as the tears flow.

Our heart and thoughts are with Dale his long-term partner, his friends and family at this devastating time. 

NSWP will collect and post tributes to his life and work on a memorial page on the NSWP website, if you have memories to share please email them to secretariat@nswp.org

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sad news :(

This is such a damn shame. NSWP is an incredible organization, and I’m so sorry to hear about this. Maybe a stupid question, but was this tumblr user ande-core?

Yah he was ande-core :( 

Mourning the death of Andrew Hunter, NSWP President | Global Network of Sex Work Projects

"The Global Network of Sex Work Projects mourns the loss of Andrew Hunter, our President and one of the founding members of APNSW and NSWP who died in Bangkok on 26th December 2013.

His sudden death is an enormous loss to the sex workers rights and HIV treatment activist movement, and leaves us without words at this moment as the tears flow.

Our heart and thoughts are with Dale his long-term partner, his friends and family at this devastating time. 

NSWP will collect and post tributes to his life and work on a memorial page on the NSWP website, if you have memories to share please email them to secretariat@nswp.org

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sad news :(

What makes this so hilarious to me is that Dawkins is actually credited with coining the term ‘meme’ and he can’t even tell when he is the subject of one. lol ‘coordinated campaign’

What makes this so hilarious to me is that Dawkins is actually credited with coining the term ‘meme’ and he can’t even tell when he is the subject of one. lol ‘coordinated campaign’

(Source: meta6)

laurelai:

unobject:

Re: that ”acceptable terms for sex workers” image going around. I’m a sex worker. I’ve done street sex work. Pimp is not a “problematic term” and pimps should not be given any ”acceptable” tittle- they are monsters, and the fact that this was included makes me literally physical nauseated (“ally” are.you.fucking.kidding.me?)- and the only way ANYONE could conceive of that is by intentionally ignoring the realities of street sex work, again, to cater to more ”acceptable” forms of non-survival sex-work.

I’m am literally disgusted by that section of the infograph, and if anyone tells you pimp is ”problematic” you should probably vomit on them.

While I agree real pimps are evil, the issue is that people who are not real pimps are being labeled as such by anti sexwork rights folks.

However the image did also fail to make this distinction and they really should have.

http://clarawebbwillcutoffyourhead.tumblr.com/post/70822293658/socialworkgradstudents

marginalutilite:

socialworkgradstudents:

socialworkgradstudents:

the other day a social work colleague was talking about a client who traded sex to a tattoo artist to get a tattoo she wanted, except that’s not how they put it, what they actually said was “so it’s really interesting because this girl rafficked herself to get a tattoo, like I hadn’t even thought about the fact that you could traffic yourself”

yes i had not thought of that either

in fact let’s none of us think of that okay

To clarify, I don’t mean to pick on my colleague there. we had both just come out of a class that taught us trafficking was any sex act for money. we were specifically told that you don’t need to be moved from one location or another to be trafficked and you don’t need a pimp to be trafficked, so by that definition camming from your bedroom is trafficking. so this wasn’t some ignorant whaaaaaa coming out of the blue, this is specifically what we were taught in social work school, and if you’re already inclined to believe that sex workers have no agency whatsoever and are in dire need of saving (maybe by you????), it sounds logical enough.

again, not meaning to pick on my colleague, because i was for sure the person who thought sex workers have no agency and are always in dire need of saving up until a few years ago, and it took a serious confrontation from a friend to shake that up. social work isn’t a place you’re likely to get that serious confrontation, social work is a place where an agency will legitimately believe they are peddling the solution to sex work when they have no current or former sex workers on their staff or board. but this is also the profession that is happy to peddle the solution to any marginalized group of people without letting that group in on the peddling, so.

omg can I ask what program you’re in where? I’m applying for MA & PhDs in social work specifically around sex work and sex work policy and ummm I don’t want to go where you’re going!  Even though you seem great!

I have a friend getting her phd at the local uni here rn and it’s been pretty supportive of her I believe; she’s not an out sex worker but she’s been able to do work on sw that does not approach it like this.  

Then I hear about this or like project rose and I’m just like what.  smdh

Attn: Josephine/ thestripperhatesyou, who wanted to know how the definition of trafficking had changed. Not only has it become completely conflated with sex work of any kind, it’s being taught this way to a new generation of social workers who will naively be colluding with the state in saving sex workers from themselves—from their intent to “traffick themselves”, the way those women were charged in Alaska. The twisted locution “sold her body” (honey, I am not an organ donor) has nothing on this.

But Josephine did get me on an anarchist radio show, the Fiifth Estate,  to inform the left abt this—so, sex worker tumblr, help me out with this and give me the best points on how the new salacious bullshit sex trafficking agenda endangers sex workers before Jan third.

"A law that prevents street prostitutes from resorting to a safe haven such as Grandma’s House while a suspected serial killer prowls the streets, is a law that has lost sight of its purpose." 

Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin

[Canadian legislation that offers no protection but leaves sex workers to hazard, and the johns that abuse them] is a seductive line of reasoning, but a deeply problematic one. To accept it is to conclude that, when a person engages in a lawful activity [under Canada’s Criminal Code], the state is free to abandon her to all of the risks and dangers associated with it, leaving her more unprotected than she would be if there were no law at all—the state may strip away all one’s defenses, and may do so for any reason or for no reason.
This argument turns on its head what is surely an important rationale for having a legal order in the first place: the need to protect the vulnerable from exploitation and abuse. Here [under criminal provisions struck down today], the law is used not to protect the vulnerable, but to make them more vulnerable. It reduces them to a condition that the Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben has called “bare life”.

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Michael Plaxton, University of Saskatchewan Law

Ruling goes beyond sex work: The state cannot outlaw self-defense

Contributed to The Globe and Mail

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Dec 6

It is no coincidence that is it so easy for NGOs that oppose sex work and declare it to be trafficking to get funding. The current moral panic around sex trafficking suits patriarchy just fine and has the added benefit of denying women of colour their rights, infantalising them as victims unable to migrate through choice. We are living in a time where those who claim to oppose patriarchy are in fact its biggest supporters, and it is time for the others, the transgressors, the women without approval to stand together and demand their rights.

- Public Bodies, on Sometimes, it’s just a cigar. (via peechingtonmariejust)

Dec 5
anarchosyndicalism:

Argentinian Poor Expropriate Food as Police Go on Strike



 As police go on strike in Argentina’s second largest city, Cordoba, the people have gone on a huge shopping spree, emptying every supermarket in the city. Despite there being massive unemployment and poverty across the city, the media and government have claimed the the shopping spree has nothing to do with being poor, and everything to do with ‘common criminality’. 



 The widespread emptying of supermarkets in Cordoba comes just twelve months after similar actions spread across the whole of Argentina.
I have no interest in the police strike as such, but the background is that the governor of Cordoba, Jose Manuel De La Sota, had offered the police a 52% pay rise (plus bonuses) which they rejected, despite being the best salary in the country. He claims that the police strike is a direct result of his decision to close 140 brothels in the city which had provided a steady income stream to a large number of corrupt officers.
The supermarket sweep appears to be a pre-planned event that had been organised following the police announcing their strike. It highlights how unstable the slum towns that surround Cordoba can be. People are living in extreme poverty, and with inflation currently at 20%, people are struggling to buy the most basic of commodities.

“He claims that the police strike is a direct result of his decision to close 140 brothels in the city which had provided a steady income stream to a large number of corrupt officers.” 
omg hilarious. 

anarchosyndicalism:

Argentinian Poor Expropriate Food as Police Go on Strike

As police go on strike in Argentina’s second largest city, Cordoba, the people have gone on a huge shopping spree, emptying every supermarket in the city. Despite there being massive unemployment and poverty across the city, the media and government have claimed the the shopping spree has nothing to do with being poor, and everything to do with ‘common criminality’.

The widespread emptying of supermarkets in Cordoba comes just twelve months after similar actions spread across the whole of Argentina.

I have no interest in the police strike as such, but the background is that the governor of Cordoba, Jose Manuel De La Sota, had offered the police a 52% pay rise (plus bonuses) which they rejected, despite being the best salary in the country. He claims that the police strike is a direct result of his decision to close 140 brothels in the city which had provided a steady income stream to a large number of corrupt officers.

The supermarket sweep appears to be a pre-planned event that had been organised following the police announcing their strike. It highlights how unstable the slum towns that surround Cordoba can be. People are living in extreme poverty, and with inflation currently at 20%, people are struggling to buy the most basic of commodities.

He claims that the police strike is a direct result of his decision to close 140 brothels in the city which had provided a steady income stream to a large number of corrupt officers.” 

omg hilarious.