sex work


A Quarter of Tumblr's Users Are There to Consume Porn, Data Scientists Estimate

In cracking down on porn, Tumblr is harming a group of porn consumers that is largely made up of young women.
Matthew Gault
sex work

#ThotAudit Is Compiling Massive Databases of Sex Workers and Reporting Them to PayPal

Some of the spreadsheets contain nearly 200,000 entries.
Samantha Cole
sex work

People Are Threatening to Report Sex Workers to the IRS in #ThotAudit

By encouraging people to report sex workers to the IRS, online harassers are putting them at risk.
Samantha Cole
sex work

A New Zealand Woman Was Charged for Doxing a Sex Worker Online

This case happened in a country where sex work is legal, but it still illustrates how people exploit stigma and shame.
Samantha Cole
sex work

Sex Workers Pioneered the Early Internet—and It Screwed Them Over

Sex workers were placing ads and organizing far before the internet as we know it even existed.
Sofia Barrett-Ibarria
sex education

Facebook and Patreon Are Making It Harder to Find Sex Educators

By listing them as "adult" and suspending their accounts, platforms bury sex educators and health advocacy organizations.
Samantha Cole

YouTube Banned An Erotic Film Production Company After It Posted Interviews With Sex Workers

Film producer Erika Lust had her account shut down and was banned from YouTube after a third strike against the channel.
Samantha Cole

Patreon Is Suspending Adult Content Creators Because of Its Payment Partners

The subscription crowdfunding platform Patreon confirmed that they are increasing efforts to review content, due to payment processor pressure.
Samantha Cole

This Researcher Studied How Sex Workers Are Portrayed in Video Games

Bonnie Ruberg examined how sex workers are treated and programmed to behave in games like Grand Theft Auto V and Fallout: New Vegas.
Samantha Cole
killer robots

In 'Westworld,' Sex Worker Robots Now Hold All The Power

The show uses sex work as a proxy for wider themes of consent, trauma, exploitation, and empowerment.
Becky Ferreira
sex work

Largest Sex Worker Conference in the US Is Canceled Amid FOSTA Fears

Organizers of the Desiree Conference say they "cannot put our organization and our attendees at risk."
Courtney Trouble
sex work

'They Think They Have a PhD in Whoreology:' How Lobbying for Sex Worker Rights Helps Educate Us All

Sex worker and activist Phoenix Calida on how talking to politicians about her rights on Capitol Hill was a little scary, but well worth it.
Phoenix Calida