Today’s sex worker is not only skilled in erotic performance, but tech savvy as well. The use of social media as part of professional practice has merged with social media as a political tool. Tech savvy performers use the platform to very publically and instantaneously critique major industry forces and demand change. While rape culture and the conventional porn industry aren’t going to be dismantled overnight, sex workers (who have always been on the front lines of feminist causes) are using the tools of their trade to organize quicker, more collectively, and more effectively than before.
“Shadowbans: Secret Policies Depriving Sex Workers of Income and Community,” Tits and Sass
June 12, 2019
“Shadowbanning is an opaque practice that effectively denies sex workers their livelihood.” Juniper Fitzgerald and I co-wrote this piece on the social, political, and financial implications of shadowbanning on sex workers.
“Loving Your Reflection, Loving the Skin You’re In fashion show celebrates body-positive community,” Pittsburgh City Paper
April 24, 2019
There is a growing body-positive community in Pittsburgh that intertwines fashion, burlesque, and small business. Danielle Thorn, the show’s director, sees the fashion show as an opportunity to bring together diverse people who are all working toward the same ends. She says, “We may not have traditional body types, but we are strong, and even stronger when we work together.”
“Fantasy of Phones,” ZeroSpaces
April 3, 2019
Our intimacy, which is often intense, is an intimacy that is bound inside of a certain erotic imaginary. We play with each other using words and ideas.