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Raise a Solidarity Fist!

Posted in Legal, News, Politics and Sex with tags , , , , on September 29, 2010 by paigetsindfw

Canada did it!

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As reported in the Huffington Post, a Canadian court has struck down many of the key provisions that effectively rendered their supposed freedom to engage in prostitution meaningless. Yes the government plans on a repeal, and yes there is a 30 day waiting period before the decision can take effect, but solicitation and operating a brothel will soon likely be entirely legal!

The news is NOT perfect. We can very much expect the problems of pimps to remain in some form (they have also been legalized), and an abusive employer is an abusive employer in ANY industry. But this is why decriminalization is so important and so much better than “legalization”, which implies regulation of behavior that is implicitly dangerous. Decriminalization says you are completely free to make your own decisions on this matter. Sex workers may now report safely on bad johns and abusive pimps. This clearly motivated the court, as shown in their opinion, which we hope so very much to become common sense around the world, that the laws banning prostitution and the like only serve to further harm and marginalize a huge segment of all societies, condemning them to further victimization and no voice to protect themselves.

Go Canada! May we learn from example!

You Go… Guyfriend?

Posted in Gender Issues, Legal, News, Politics and Sex with tags , , , on January 15, 2010 by paigetsindfw

Equal opportunity in all professions may have just taken a big step forward in the last couple days when the “oldest” profession welcomed in a long suffering minority to its ranks.

Men.

And here he is!

Nevada's First, Legal, Male Prostitute (he prefers "gigolo", please)

He’s been profiled in Details and this story comes to us by way of The Huffington Post, the link for which is right here.

What they don’t mention here is that, until recently, despite prostitution being legal in Nevada (Las Vegas remains a bizarre exception. Just quit it, LV. That family friendly campaign went over like a lead enema bag.), the law was written in such a way that, probably unintentionally, forbade men from participating, because it made specific reference to organs men don’t generally have.

I doubt I’ll be the first to welcome him into the ranks, but with the Desiree Alliance conference coming up and lots of workin’ gals there, myself included, to talk about rights, activism, and other things, I’d still like to extend a warm handj… shake, handshake, to the new feller. He might want to stop comparing himself to Rosa Parks though. There are anilingus fetishists with better taste than that notion.

Now let’s get started on ensuring people of all genders, who DON’T want to work in a desert brothel, have the sexual freedom to decide for themselves who they’ll be intimate with, when, and if they’re willing to give it up for dinner or 300 an hour.

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