You're a Dirty Gentrifying Tech Bro, and You Need to Be Spanked

Business is booming for Mistress Odette. The 26-year old was living in New York and working in a dungeon with a number of other dominatrixes, and eventually, like many New Yorkers do, she grew tired of the stresses that came with sharing space.She moved out to Austin, Texas four years ago to try and make it as an… »11/10/15 3:30pm11/10/15 3:30pm


No One Thinks to Call It Rape When You're a Sex Worker

I wouldn’t say that I was raped that night, but that’s not because I can’t be. And just in that sad assertion—that someone could hypothetically rape me—I’m in disagreement with an editorial published in this weekend’s Chicago Sun-Times, in which writer Mary Mitchell essentially argued that sex workers cannot be raped.… »9/16/15 5:00pm9/16/15 5:00pm

Men Consume, Women Are Consumed: 15 Thoughts on the Stigma of Sex Work

Last week, federal agents arrested the founder and five staffers of male escort site Two days later, GQ published “The Real Life of a Sugar Daddy,” a feature on’s buyers and sellers of sex. Here, Charlotte Shane, who’s been a sex worker for 11 years and a writer under this name for… »9/01/15 2:15pm9/01/15 2:15pm

Celebrities Have Vital Opinions About Decriminalization of Sex Work

Amnesty International, one of the most powerful forces in human rights protection, has just issued a proposal to decriminalize sex work and, predictably, it has been met with opposition. But fear not: learned gender studies scholars like Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt, and Kevin Kline are here to tell you that it’s a bad »7/27/15 9:15pm7/27/15 9:15pm

Ohio Town Fears Women Are Being Targeted by Serial Killer

A small Ohio city where six women have been murdered or disappeared may be targeted by a serial killer. The women have all died or gone missing from Chillicothe, a Rust Belt city whose population is just under 22,000. According to news accounts, several of the women had been sex workers; a few also had struggled with… »6/24/15 2:00pm6/24/15 2:00pm

DEA Head Will Resign In Light of All Those DEA Sex Parties 

Michele Leonhart, the head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, is reportedly due to announce her resignation sometime very soon. Leonhart is said to be resigning over a scandal in which DEA agents attended sex parties paid for by drug cartels and oftentimes thrown in the DEA’s own taxpayer-funded living… »4/21/15 9:00pm4/21/15 9:00pm

Outrage After Trucker Found Not Guilty in Death of First Nations Woman

A not guilty verdict in the death of 36-year-old First Nations woman Cindy Gladue is stirring widespread anger in Canada; Bradley Barton, a long-haul trucker from Ontario, was acquitted last week on charges related to her 2011 death. The jury evidently bought the argument that Gladue, a sex worker, died from wounds… »3/27/15 5:15pm3/27/15 5:15pm

'They Made it Into a Joke': A Q&A With a Brain-Injured Dominatrix

In August of 2008, just as 17-year-old Alissa Afonina was preparing to enter the twelfth grade, a car accident upended her life and drastically re-arranged her future. Afonina, her mother Alla, and her brother were riding along the Trans-Canada highway, in a car driven by her stepfather, Peter Jansson. Jansson was… »3/11/15 2:30pm3/11/15 2:30pm

Dominique Strauss-Kahn Says He Only Went to Like Four Orgies a Year

Dominique Strauss-Kahn began his testimony yesterday in his trial for "pimping," and we finally got to hear former International Monetary Fund head's defense for participating in lavish orgies in Paris and Washington. Strauss-Kahn's defense, nutshelled: He only went to four orgies a year, and he was totally unaware… »2/10/15 9:50am2/10/15 9:50am

Trial Begins for Dominique Strauss-Kahn in Prostitution Ring Case  

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former head of the International Monetary Fund and all-purpose disgusting old man, who made headlines in 2012 when a New York maid accused him of rape, is standing trial Monday in a different sex scandal (who can keep track?). Strauss-Kahn and 13 others are accused of "aggravated pimping" for… »2/02/15 1:30pm2/02/15 1:30pm