'The Fallout to My Career Was Devastating': Speaking Out Amid the Porn Industry's #MeToo

Nearly three years ago, Ashley Fires was at home in New Hampshire making breakfast on a Sunday morning. While waiting with a spatula in hand to flip a pancake, she decided to quickly check Twitter on her phone. That’s when she saw a tweet accusing porn star James Deen of rape. “I just felt this compelling urge to say…

Kanye West Makes $75 Yeezy Sweatshirts Featuring Porn Performers—Will They Be Getting a Cut?

Last week, Kanye West announced that his Yeezy clothing line will be selling $75 sweatshirts featuring artistic renderings of several porn performers. The sweatshirts are part of West’s surprise turn as creative director of Thursday’s Pornhub Awards—an Oscars-like event for the adult industry, thrown by one of the…

Lily Allen's 'Defense' of Seeing Sex Workers Is Kinda Unfortunate and Also Fucking Amazing?

Over the weekend, Lily Allen announced in an Instagram post, “I slept with female escorts when I was on tour, cause I was lost and lonely and looking for something.” She continued, “I’m not proud, but I’m not ashamed. I don’t do it anymore.” The singer explained that someone had leaked portions of her upcoming…

Will Nevada's Brothels Shutter Thanks to Trump -Loving Dennis Hof's Political Campaign?

The future of some of Nevada’s most well-known brothels is in voters’ hands, according to the Associated Press. A November ballot initiative seeks to shut down the four legal brothels in Lyon County, all of which are owned by Dennis Hof, who is currently running as a Trump-loving Republican candidate for the Nevada…

Pittsburgh Sex Workers Are Being Charged With Carrying Condoms, or, 'Instruments of Crime'–Raising the Question of Who Is at Risk

Condoms are now “instruments of crime,” according to the Allegheny County, PA police, which has been using them to charge sex workers with first-degree misdemeanors, ostensibly toward the broader goal of cracking down on human trafficking. The news, first reported by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review earlier this month,…

Hundreds of Sex Workers Rally for International Whores Day

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA—“STIGMA KILLS,” “MY BODY, NOT YOUR CHOICE,” “SEX WORK ≠ TRAFFICKING”—those were just a few of the signs pumped in the air as over 300 sex workers and allies gathered Saturday in downtown Oakland for International Whores Day, a global celebration of sex workers’ rights. This long-standing annual…

Colombian Sex Workers Launch a Newspaper—and It's 'Flying Off The Shelves'

Sex workers in Colombia have started a newspaper that is “flying off the shelves”—a rare distinction for any newspaper these days. La Esquina—which means “The Corner,” in English—is made by and for sex workers in Bogotá’s red light district, according to the Guardian. It’s both distributed as a regular newspaper and,…

Craigslist Wiped Its Personal Ads in Response to Sweeping Anti-Trafficking Bill

Craigslist personals are gone. No more “w4m” or “m4m” or even “strictly platonic.” This famous little corner of the internet shut down in response to the Senate voting to pass the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA), a law ostensibly meant to prevent sex trafficking but that puts sex workers in danger and, as…

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