Archive for April, 2009

I Am a Sex Worker: Video and Audio PSA

April 29th, 2009 at 10:21 am

There were a lot of things I loved about doing the Speak Up! training, but I am really excited about this public service announcement. I had the idea for this video last year but hadn’t had the opportunity to see it through until the media training. It’s just a minute long – check it out, […]

Things I Learned About Love This Year

April 27th, 2009 at 1:39 am

Me in my kitchen, rocking my birthday dress and a bowl of curried chickpeas and tomatoes, one of many dishes that I prepared for my birthday party this weekend. See more twitpics taken by Debauched Diva here. Lots of other pictures (some embarrassing) were taken too, and will probably be appearing on the internet sometime […]

The Impact You Can Make: Speak Up and Other Communication Revelations

April 25th, 2009 at 12:30 am

Since the story of the murder of a NYC-based sex worker in Boston broke last week, I’ve been keeping up on the details of the story mostly through Twitter and the enthusiasm and resources of sex worker advocates. Eliyanna and I used the sad and frustrating example of this story during the Speak Up media […]

Speak Up! was amazing

April 20th, 2009 at 12:24 am

I present to you: the first crop of Speak Up! participants. I don’t quite have the words to describe Speak Up, except to say that it was seriously amazing, and I am so glad that I put in the (heaps of) time to make it happen. I need some time to put my thoughts together, […]

Sex Workers, Murder, and False Securities

April 16th, 2009 at 1:02 am

This evening while I was at the grocery store stocking up on food to feed the sex workers who will convene at my apartment on Friday night for a pre-Speak Up night of eating, socializing, and analyzing media, I was checking my email (as I do, obsessively) and read this message: Urgent: Masseuse Advertising on […]

Celebrate the first Speak Up sex worker media training with us!

April 14th, 2009 at 11:20 am

Last fall a group of NYC based sex bloggers got their brains (and boobs) together to make a gorgeous pin-up calendar, which you can learn all about here. Sales of the calendar benefit Sex Work Awareness (SWA), a young advocacy organization that I co-founded with several former $pread staffers. SWA works to do public education […]

Tales of Fucking and Brunch

April 12th, 2009 at 3:18 am

Once upon a time, this blog was a sex blog – like, the kind with hot sweaty fuckery and lots of noms de blog. That fact is an embedded part of my personal history of the internet, so I’m always surprised when people don’t seem to know that about me and about the dirty origins […]

Naked City Nostalgia (My Fave Videos)

April 10th, 2009 at 10:12 am

Last night when I dug up the Naked City TV episode about Sex 2.0 I sat and watched a bunch of episodes of the show, and it made me feel all nostalgic about making the show and writing the Naked City blog for the Village Voice. It was a year ago this week that Naked […]

Sex 2.0 in DC, May 9th

April 9th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

I’m super excited for the second year of Sex 2.0, which is taking place in the DC metro area (technically Silver Springs, MD) on Saturday, May 9th. Last year Amber spearheaded efforts at organizing the event, and there was so much excitement about it that we pretty quickly decided that there would be an event […]

What’s in a Word? Why Language Matters When it Comes to Sexuality and Gender

April 9th, 2009 at 2:49 am

I have something of a love/hate relationship with language around sexuality and gender. Language can be used as a weapon, as a tool of oppression and dismissal (I think of the times I’ve seen trans friends visibly wince when someone pointedly uses the wrong pronoun at them); it can be used to liberate and expand […]