Events

Upcoming Events:

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Where Did All the Porn Go?: The Sexual Sanitation of the Web with FOSTA/SESTA

Event Date:
March 18, 2019
12:00 pm–1:15 am

In 2018, the US passed legislation called FOSTA/SESTA. Advertised as a bill to stop sex trafficking, this bill had the side effects of further criminalizing prostitution, holding technology platforms liable for any sexual content that could be construed as prostitution, and has caused major websites to restrict sexual content. While the bill may have been well-intentioned; it has caused significant collateral damage; shutting down safety networks for sex workers; and pushing LGBTQ and other marginalized sexual communities off of the web. FOSTA/SESTA is a case study in how legislators, designers, and technologists must include all relevant stakeholders to prevent unintended effects.

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Conference Presentation: “Podcasts, and Sex Columns, and VICE Articles, Oh My!”

Event Date:
May 26, 2019

Four years into my PhD program in philosophy, I left full-time academia, disillusioned by the field’s hostility toward women. Since then, I have built a career outside of academia, which includes working as an online sex worker and social justice advocate. As someone who has recently returned to teaching, I do so as an activist-scholar […]

Previous Events:

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Event: December 17: International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, SWOP Pittsburgh

Event Date:
December 17, 2018
7:00 pm–9:00 pm
Event Location:
Persad Center 5301 Butler St #100 Pittsburgh, PA

This day was created to call attention to hate crimes committed against sex workers all over the globe. Inaugurated by Dr. Annie Sprinkle and started by the Sex Workers Outreach Project USA, the first annual day was in 2003 and was held as a memorial and vigil for the victim of the Green River Killer […]

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Roundtable Participant: Feminist/Queer Pedagogy Roundtable, University of Pittsburgh

Event Date:
November 8, 2018
3:00 pm–4:30 pm
Event Location:
University of Pittsburgh 401 Cathedral of Learning Pittsburgh, PA

Faculty roundtable discussion of issues in queer and feminist pedagogy. 

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Guest Lecture: Motherhood, Sex Work, and Stigma, Susquehanna University

Event Date:
October 24, 2018
1:30 pm–4:30 pm
Event Location:
Susquehanna University

Guest Lecture to Public Sociology Senior Seminar on motherhood, sex work, and stigma.

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Public Talk: Moving “Smart Justice” Forward: Community Narratives, ACLU of Pennsylvania

Event Date:
October 24, 2018
7:00 pm–9:00 pm

Join the Campaign for Smart Justice to hear panelists from the community share narratives on moving forward to foster Smart Justice in the Greater Pittsburgh Area. 

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Conference Presentation: Niches By the Thousands: Phone Sex in an Internet Age, Association of Internet Researchers

Event Date:
October 12, 2018
12:00 am–12:00 am
Event Location:
Le Centre Sheraton Montreal, Montreal, Canada

This panel explores the connections between our own technological moment and media

of the past to analyze the ways that we conceive of — and practice — notions of

intimacy.

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Conference Presentation: Instruments of Crime: Condoms, Prostitution, Prosecutors and Public Safety in Pennsylvania, Beyond the Wall: Reentry Summit and Prison Healthcare

Event Date:
October 5, 2018
Event Location:
The Pennsylvania Convention Center 13th and Arch Streets Philadelphia, PA 19107

Beyond the Walls brings together the communities that are affected by the crises of mass imprisonment. With a focus on community-led responses to the crisis in the criminal justice system, workshops reflect the needs of prisoners and former prisoners and will highlight the work being done to improve conditions inside the prison walls and in the communities to which prisoners are returning.

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Conference Presentation: “Where’s the B(eef)? Bisexuality beyond stereotypes and stigma” with Celeste Pietrusza, Bi-Visibility Community Conference

Event Date:
September 23, 2018
1:00 pm–2:00 pm
Event Location:
Persad Center 5301 Butler Street Ste 100 Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Bi Visibility Day Community Conference On-stage conversation on the history and issues in bisexuality (from 20th century to contemporary bisexuality), including: – psychology and pathologization of bisexuality – bisexuals and bisexuality in LGBTQ+ culture and activism – mainstream culture and bisexual representation (including “swinger” and “threesome” representations) – queerness and bisexuality – gender and bisexuality […]

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Conference Presentation: “Media, Sexuality, Power” Plenary Panel, American Sociological Association

Event Date:
August 10, 2018
5:00 pm–6:30 pm
Event Location:
State System at City Center, Philadelphia, PA

Plenary Discussion Panel
*Sponsored by Emerald Studies in Media and Communications
Media, Power, and Sexuality
Organizer and Moderator: Apryl Williams

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Moderator: “Queer Relationships” Panel Moderator, Theorizing the Web

Event Date:
April 27, 2018
3:00 pm–4:15 pm
Event Location:
Museum of the Moving Image, Queens, NY

Our expectations of romantic relationships are deeply heteronormative. The experiences and transgressive actions of queer people stand to change that for everyone.

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On Stage Interview of Laura Kipnis, on her book, “Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus,” Pittsburgh Humanities Festival

Event Date:
March 4, 2018
1:30 pm–3:00 pm
Event Location:
Trust Arts Education Center, Pittsburgh, PA

Sex is once again a lightning rod on college campuses, from alarming sexual assault statistics to controversies over free speech and “trigger warnings.” Laura Kipnis steps into this already fraught situation with her recent book Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus. 

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Public Lecture: Phone Sex, Anti-Sex Work Feminism, and Masculine Socialization, Pittsburgh Humanities Festival

Event Date:
March 3, 2018
4:30 pm–6:00 pm
Event Location:
Trust Arts Education Center, Pittsburgh, PA

Phone sex, as a medium that precludes the possibility of (physical, real life) sex, opens up a space for the intimacy that men seek but do not know how to ask for. I will provide several examples of what these interactions look like, and what I believe the value of this sort of labor is.

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Workshop: What to Say When That Ass Got You Shook: Dirty Talk Workshop, Fair Moans Collective

Event Date:
February 25, 2018
Event Location:
Metta: A Healing Arts Community, Pittsburgh, PA

Jessie Sage, a professional phone sex operator, will present on how to engage in sexy conversation, stressing that dirty talk and phone sex is not a substitution for physical intimacy or even foreplay but rather, an independent act that has its own seductive value. Workshop will include: – How to create an authentic, sexually-charged dialogue […]

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Guest Lecture: Masculinity and the Veiled Pursuit of Intimacy in Sexual Transactions, Kent State University

Event Date:
December 1, 2017
Event Location:
Kent State University, Kent, OH

Presentation on sex work to Dr. Elaine Frantz’s History of Sexuality class

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Workshop: Talk Dirty To Me: Phone Sex With Jessie Sage, Oasis Aqualounge

Event Date:
November 3, 2017
11:00 pm–
Event Location:
Oasis Aqualounge, Toronto, Canada

Tonight, explore the art of talking dirty, phone sex and ‘sexting’  to create unique,  erotic moments with your partner(s).

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Guest Lecture: Digitally Mediated Sex Work, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Event Date:
October 13, 2017
Event Location:
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

Presentation with PJ Sage to Dr. David Banks’ Digital Design in History course at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.