Finding the internet a hateful place? Sick of being attacked by anti’s online, or just looking for an antidote to all the lies?
Look below for information to help recharge or re-engage.
Full Decriminalisation of Sex Work – for Sex Workers Health and Safety!
10 Reasons to Decriminalise Sex Work (Open Society)
Sex Work and the Law – the Case for Decriminalization (Desiree Alliance)
Decriminalisation of Sex Work – The Evidence Is In (HIV Australia)
The sexual health of sex workers: no bad whores, just bad laws (Ally Daniel, Social Research Briefs)
Decriminalising Sex Work Would Cut HIV Infections By A Third (Imperial College London)
The Swedish Model of Sex Work Regulation Harms Sex Workers
‘We Want to Save You – & If You Don’t Appreciate It You Will Be Punished’ (SWAN Network – Youtube)
The ‘Nordic model’ of prostitution law is a myth (The Conversation)
Swedish Model – A Failure (BAYSWAN)
The Problem With the “Swedish Model” for Sex Work Laws (New Republic)
Nordic Model of Prostitution ‘Makes Sex Workers More Vulnerable to Violence and STDs’ (IBT)
Advocacy Toolkit – The Real Impact of the Swedish Model on Sex Workers (NSWP)
Resistance to the Swedish model through LGBTQ and sex work community collaboration and online intervention (Nicklas Dennermalm, Digital Culture & Education)
Göran Lindberg and Sweden’s dark side (The Guardian)
Bad Science, Lies and Other Anti Sex Work Rhetoric
A Load of Farley (Maggie McNeill, The Honest Courtesan)
Remembering Judge Himel: Bold assertions and inflammatory language not useful to the court (Laura Agustin, The Naked Anthropologist)
The Sex Trade: Lies, the ‘Voice of the Voiceless’ and Other Silencing Tactics (Ruth Jacobs, Huffington Post)
Is One of the Most-Cited Statistics About Sex Work Wrong (Chris Hall, The Atlantic)
The War on Sex Workers (Melissa Gira Grant, Reason.com)
There is more to the prostitution debate than privileged sex workers and silent, abused victims (Abi Wilkinson, International Business Times)
Inside the Sensational Business of “Rescuing” Sex Workers (Mike Ludwig, Truth Out)
From aborton to sex work, why the state shouldn’t control women’s bodies (Frankie Mullin, New Statesman)
Rehashing Tired Claims About Prostitution – A Response to Farley and Raphael and Shapiro (Ronald Weitzer)
Amazingly Stupid Statements (Maggie McNeill, The Honest Courtesan)
Diversity of Sex Worker Community and Activism
All sex workers have the right to speak out about their lives and work – but the myth of the “privileged few” not only silences sex workers, it obscures the voices of sex workers of colour, those outside the West and the most marginalised in our communities.
Black Sex Workers’ Lives Matter: Appropriation of Black Suffering (Robyn Maynard, Truth-Out)
Why VAMP Supports Decriminalisation of Sex Work (Meena Saraswathi Seshu and Aarthi Pai, Feminist India)
Meet the Thai Sex Workers Fighting for Their Right to Earn a Living (Jean Friedman-Rudovsky, VICE)
South Africa: Coalition Launched to Decriminalise Sex Work (Ashleigh Furlong, All Africa)
What the Rentboy Raid Tells Us About the Gendered Rhetoric of Trafficking (Morgan M Page, Tits & Sass)
Why Cambodia’s sex workers don’t need to be saved (Patrick Winn, Global Post)
The creative protests of sex workers in Argentina (Georgina Orellano, Open Democracy)
Dear Justice Minister, Let’s Discuss The Concerns Of Sex Workers (Naomi Sayers, Huffington Post)
An open letter to Tom Meagher, from St Kilda street-based sex workers (Feminist Ire)
Who Are These People?
*NOTE – particular effort has been taken to find pieces written by sex workers, allies or general media about these people rather than referencing their actual work
Cathy Brennan – Outing, platforms, harassment and privilege (Jem, The F Word)
Caroline Norma – Make room for sex workers in the sisterhood … and don’t forget men (Anthony Smith, The Conversation)
Melinda Tankard Reist – “Gaping Arseholes” And “20-Foot Schlongs”: Australia Debated Porn Last Night And It Was Magnificent (Meg Watson, Junkee)
Rachel Moran – Played Out (Maggie McNeill, The Honest Courtesan)
Sheila Jeffreys – Leading feminist launches bizarre ‘racist’ attack on trans community (Star Observer)
And now… some humour…
Just Don’t Call It Slut Shaming: A Feminist Guide to Silencing Sex Workers (Feminist Ire)
Hanging Out In the Pimp Lobby (Sometimes It’s Just a Cigar)
Everything You Need to Know About the Pimp Lobby (Charlotte Shane)
Organisations that Support the Decriminalisation of Sex Work
Amnesty International – Sex Workers’ Rights Are Human Rights
United Nations (UN) – Sex Work and the Law in Asia and the Pacific (pg.21-31)
World Health Organisation (WHO) – Consolidated Guidelines on HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations (pg.90-91)
Human Rights Watch – Human Rights Watch: World Report 2014 (pg.47)
Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW) – Submission to Scottish Parliament in Support of Decriminalisation of Sex Work in Scotland
Open Society Foundations (OSF) – Understanding Sex Work in an Open Society
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) – Global Commission on HIV and the Law: Risks, Rights and Health (pg.40)
Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) – Why Decriminalise Sex Work?
Vixen Collective in alliance with Sex Worker Organisations in Australia – Sex workers stand in solidarity in calling for full decriminalisation of sex work!
* Only one reference has been provided for each organisation, when many are available and note that this list is (obviously) not intended to be an exhaustive list of references.
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