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No Right to Earn a Living Via Prostitution, Says Federal Court

“There is no constitutional rights to engage in illegal employment,” rules the 9th Circuit court. Elizabeth Nolan Brown|Jan. 17, 2018 2:31 pm Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye/NewscomA federal appeals court has sided against the Erotic Service Providers Legal, Education, and Research Project (ESPLERP) in a case challenging the constitutionality of California’s law criminalizing prostitution. During oral arguments […]

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Steady Rise in Student Perfectionism Since 1990s

Westend61/NewscomSince the 1990s, college students have grown steadily more likely to place unrealistic demands on themselves and others, according to a new analysis of nearly three decades of psychological testing data from the U.S., the U.K., and Canada. Recent student cohorts were also significantly more prone than their predecessors to perceive others as having excessively […]

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The Best Sex Work Writing of 2017

Fine Art Images Heritage Images/Newscom As 2017 comes to a close, I want to highlight some of the year’s best writing, reporting, and research on sex work. Traditional media is not known for its nuanced and accurate portrayals of erotic industries, but more than a few fair accounts managed to slip through the mainstream cracks […]

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Prostitution Ad Ban Creeps Forward, Threatening Social Media and Sex Workers

John Lund Blend Images/NewscomA measure making prostitution advertising a federal crime passed the House Judiciary Committee this morning. “This legislation is about more than just Backpage.com,” said bill sponsor Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Missouri), promising that the changes would “wreak havoc” on “hundreds of websites.” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Virginia) crowed that the bill […]

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Cops Out HIV-Positive Woman to Neighbors and Media

“Around the corner, there’s a family neighborhood that’s decorated for Christmas,” a local television station reports while airing her photo. Elizabeth Nolan Brown|Dec. 7, 2017 2:05 pm Broken Arrow Police Department/FacebookEvery time I think sex policing cannot hit a new low, the news delivers something like this story out of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. After an […]

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Cops Brag That They Bullied a Woman Out of Town After a Neighbor Said She Sells Sex

Larksville Police Department/FacebookWhy should cops bother with investigations and due process when they can rely on anonymous tips and social shaming? That seems to be the attitude in Larksville, Pennsylvania, where police are bragging to local news that they bullied a woman out of town after a neighbor suggested she might be a sex worker. […]

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Calling Men ‘Scum’ or ‘Trash’ Is Now Hate Speech

modified screenshot from facebookjailed.comDozens of female comedians have had their Facebook accounts suspended for posting derogatory messages about men. Facebook justified these suspensions by describing the women’s words as “hate speech.” Their messages weren’t about specific men, mind you; we’re not talking about targeted harassment here. They said things like “men are scum” and “men […]

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French President Vows Crackdown on ‘Verbal Violence’ Against Women

“We are not a puritan society,” French President Emmanuel Macron claimed Saturday in a speech marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. He then called for the criminalization of wolf-whistling and gender-based insults, and for requiring France’s TV and radio regulators to police video games and web content. That last item […]

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