The type of “client” that refuses to pay a sex worker

When you read the title above, you might think this is about a particular (stereotypically cisgender male)  client who tricks and cheats sex workers; surely they exists, but this isn’t about them. This article is about the other type of “client” that seek to gain access to our bodies and stories and services, but refuse to pay: activists, artists, journalists, researchers… Possibly, some will get … Continue reading The type of “client” that refuses to pay a sex worker

The UK’s new flagship immigration bill: “Hey! We invented illegal migration! Get a life!”

A new immigration bill is the “flagship” legislation by Home Secretary Theresa May is set to create a system of “checks” where everyone accessing accommodation, healthcare, anything really, needs to present identification documents (a choice of any of the 404 EU types that are acceptable) to proof that they have the “right” to be in the UK – i.e. are not “illegal”. If you want … Continue reading The UK’s new flagship immigration bill: “Hey! We invented illegal migration! Get a life!”

Breaking news! US Government shuts down – an embattled regime loses control

Today the United States Government shut down. When first saw it on the In the news list on Wikipedia, I thought some editor had mistaken april and october and decided to post a hoax; I was wrong… the US Government has shut down. Of course, when I started checking online, there were plenty of reports; though, it struck me that the language was markedly different … Continue reading Breaking news! US Government shuts down – an embattled regime loses control

The problem with “identity-based” organising | MovementsRethink part 5

This afternoon’s discussion focussed heavily on identity and identity-based organising and activism. It has been something I’ve been thinking about quite a lot and the discussion definitely helped me to think thoroughly through this. Identity politics are heavily present in contempory social movements; e.g. LGBTI, sex worker, transgender, gay, lesbian, woman, black, person of colour, asian, etc. There are simply too many labels referring to … Continue reading The problem with “identity-based” organising | MovementsRethink part 5

Sexuality and D66

Sex and Politics… it feels like a Long Island Iced Tea with too much sour mix. Yesterday I gave a workshop about sexuality for D66, a small social-liberal polical party in the Netherlands, together with the Björn van Roozendaal, Chair of IGLYO and Thirza Bronner, Chair of D66 Amsterdam-West. I was asked to talk about sex work and the sex industry in the Netherlands. Personally, … Continue reading Sexuality and D66