Posted in Diary, tagged activism, blogging, California, drugs, Illinois, Oklahoma, psychology, Texas, The Forms of Things Unknown on April 24, 2017|
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Last week was a whirlwind of travel and other commitments; it seemed as though I just couldn’t stop! This isn’t to say it was all unpleasant; far from it! In fact, as I alluded to in Friday’s “Learning to Relax“, a lot of it was very pleasant indeed. And this week is shaping up to be another good one. The only really bad thing about last week was multiple rental-car company screwups which made what should have been ordinary tasks into multi-hour ordeals, but while I’d usually get very upset about those, this time they only barely ruffled my feathers. My credit card company temporarily shutting off my card because they seem to think it’s suspicious for a person whose billing address is in Houston, and whose account was started in Tulsa, to be in Dallas is a different story; however, a few minutes of screaming, cursing and telling a customer service rep that I’m 50 years old and don’t need their permission to travel sorted that out quickly enough. Even my flights were relatively stress-free now that I’ve doubled my dose of diazepam and added yet another precaution: eat absolutely nothing for at least 6 hours before takeoff time, so there’s nothing in my stomach to lose if I do get queasy. I’ll be trying that again this week when I fly to San Francisco; I’ll be very busy Friday and Saturday, but if you can do an evening appointment on Thursday & can be a little flexible in case my flight arrives late, drop me a line. Also, sometime in the next month or so I’ll be visiting Chicago to promote The Forms of Things Unknown; I’ll keep you posted!
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Posted in Current Events, Links, Miscellaneous, Music, Tyranny, tagged animals, California, consensual crime, cops, disease, drugs, Florida, Hawaii, pregnancy, prisons, psychology, Stop faking!, video, Wisconsin on April 17, 2017|
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He had had prior run-ins with local authorities. – Alexandra Petri
Guitarist J Geils, who founded the band that bore his name, died this week; a lot of sex workers dislike the band’s most famous song, “Centerfold”, for what seems to be acceptance of the Madonna/whore dichotomy. But the narrative persona in a song does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the songwriter (were the Rolling Stones advocating for war & genocide in “Sympathy for the Devil”?) and in this case, I’ve always felt the last line of the song indicates the writer’s real feelings about people who express the dichotomy. The links above the video were provided by Rick Horowitz, Jesse Walker (x2), Popehat, Mike Siegel, Radley Balko, and Mike Chase (in that order).
From the Archives
- Sex work is as legal in Christchurch as anywhere in New Zealand, but some would love it to be otherwise.
- Dutch pass more anti-whore laws, feign surprise when number of illegal whores increases.
- Those trapped in magical thinking can’t see that a human-shaped toaster is still a toaster.
- Competing to see who can inflict the most mindlessly-draconian sentences.
- Headlines, recursion, cops, dinosaurs, censorship, pre-crime, fake English.
- Even the silliest iterations of “gypsy whore” myth now contain disclaimers.
- Journalist argues whores are cattle who should be harvested by the state.
- Minds befuddled by prohibitionism are confused by predictable outcomes.
- Tiny minority of politicians manages to impose Swedish model on France.
- This listicle is more interested in being “cute” than it is in being accurate.
- They say it’s about “pimps”, but it’s really about sex workers and clients.
- Gays who promote anti-whore crusades are the sleaziest sleaze there is.
- Yes, Zimbabwe is actually ahead of the US in this area of human rights.
- Weird mixture of “sex trafficking” fantasy & technical-magazine writing.
- It was only a matter of time before male “survivors” started cashing in.
- I doubt an unwitnessed, informal contract would really protect anyone.
- Strip club alcohol bans are the most Puritanical of all sex “regulations”.
- Defining human sexuality as a medical “problem” in order to control it.
- “Sex addiction” is the defense of choice for non-violent sex offenders.
- You’ll notice that none of these laws really affect picket-fence queers.
- Grady Judd destroys people’s lives for his own self-aggrandizement.
- The Swedish model has virtually eliminated prostitution in Sweden!
- Article on women visiting massage parlors is a kiddie-train wreck.
- An interview with Chester Brown about his newest graphic novel.
- Another marketing firm creating bogus prohibitionist “studies”.
- One can never have too many anti-Swedish model editorials.
- Is Al Jazeera swinging away from anti-whore hysteria again?
- The source of all this bile is that a man went to a strip club.
- An evening with Mistress Matisse & Elizabeth Nolan Brown.
- Lehrer, Lovecraft, cops, cookies, the TSA and much more.
- A motel chain is systematically ratting out guests to cops.
- Massage therapists just can’t resist anti-whore posturing.
- A few journalists are starting to see where this is going.
- Could any woman really be satisfied by a micropenis?
- “Sex trafficking” smoke & mirrors obscure the truth.
- “Christian” vigilantes playing with people’s lives.
- More anti-whore propaganda mouthed by shills.
- Sex work is neither contagious nor a pathology.
- Interviews, pizza, and a nameless pink cocktail.
- Indian sex workers are getting tired of bullshit.
- A good criticism of US “anti-trafficking” policy.
- The predictable consequences of brothel raids.
- Ned really should’ve stuck with professionals.
- Banker fired for moonlighting as a domme.
- Malawi continues to do what the US won’t.
- How police profile and shame sex workers.
- I hope they keep feeding on each other.
- A review of The Girlfriend Experience.
- Strip clubs banned in Saskatchewan.
- In which Kaytlin Bailey comes out.
- This is actually kind of revolting.
- Introducing SWOP Behind Bars.
- This can only be a good thing.
- Boo hoo hoo, the poor wives.
- Burn. It. To. The. Ground.
- Naked Comedy Showcase.
- No, I won’t shill for you.
- Rapist cop of the week.
- Faces of prostitution.
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It’s amazing to me that supposedly rational adults go around making stupid proclamations like “the commodification of sex is sad”. For right now, let’s ignore the utterly asinine notion that some small fraction of people feeling “sad” about something is an argument for its criminalization; I’ve already covered that pretty thoroughly elsewhere. And just for today, let’s ignore the incredible stupidity of the concept that “fair exchange is sad”, which appears to imply that coerced, uneven and unfair exchanges are wonderful; let’s also forget about the fact that such moronic opinions are used as an excuse to send armed thugs to deceive, shame, brutalize, rape, rob, cage and destroy the lives of peaceful adults for the “crime” of consensual sex. Let’s limit ourselves to examining that childish and ignorant opinion in isolation from its inevitable consequences in a society where the powerful believe they have the right to use violence to inflict their opinions, no matter how utterly imbecilic, on others, and where those with severe malacia of the cranium and vertebrae fervently support their rulers in that belief. Stripping away those other factors, what we’re left with is this: Sex IS an exchange, whether you like it or not; it always has been & always will be. In some unusual & lovely circumstances the exchange is so intimately mutual it seems to cost nothing to either party, but such situations are both rare & very short-lived and people’s needs are neither. Furthermore, I find it very strange (and, frankly, stupid) that people only reserve words like “sad” for sexual exchanges; nobody goes to see a great movie & then says it was “sad” that they had to pay admission, that the actors were professionals & that the movie made money. And nobody enjoys a delicious dinner and then claims it’s “sad” they had to pay the check & tip the waiter. But somehow, sex generates a lot of idiotic Utopian mumbo-jumbo in the minds of otherwise reasonable people (and even more so in the minds of the evil and/or intellectually deficient). So if you think it’s “sad” sex is subject to economics, I have only four words to say to you: Grow the fuck up.
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One of the most wonderful things in the world to me is when I introduce people I love to one another and they become friends as well. In a world full of chaos and conflict, there’s something deeply gratifying about facilitating connections that increase the amount of love in my personal ecosystem. As I’ve mentioned before, it deeply distresses me when people I love argue with one another; the other side of that coin is that I feel validated and emotionally fed when people I love have a positive effect on each other’s lives. Grace has now met all of my Seattle friends (during several visits and at the last Desiree conference) and they all liked and welcomed her; then last month I had the joy of organizing a small get-together in which two of the women I love most in the world (who already knew each other but weren’t really close) had a chance to bond and become much closer. Then last week, another very dear friend visited me from out of town, and I had a very small party to introduce her to my inner circle…and once again, they all bonded and will, I think, become good friends. That’s a winning situation for everybody involved; each of them gains a new friend, and the coven in which I feel safe and loved grows a little larger. It’s no secret that I’ve had an unusually difficult life, and many have remarked on how hard and cynical it has made me. But when I’m with people I love and trust I can lay down my figurative sword and doff my emotional armor (and often my literal clothes) for a while, and let the din of battle fade into the distant background, and I don’t think even my umpteen-greats grand-mère Aella will begrudge me that brief respite.
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Posted in Current Events, Links, Miscellaneous, Tyranny, tagged animals, Canada, cops, drugs, Florida, hysteria, Never Call the Cops, Pennsylvania, politicians, psychology, Tennessee, Things We Choose To Do Together, video, weaponry on April 3, 2017|
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There are many instances of drug dealers altering flavor and packaging of cocaine or methamphetamines to appeal to children. – Dianne Feinstein
As regular readers know, I never used cannabis before moving to Seattle, and I dislike smoking the stuff. But I’ve become very fond of edibles, and here’s an interesting video on the differences between smoking & eating (courtesy of Emma Evans). The links above it were provided by Mirriam Seddiq (“does”), Tim Cushing (“nope”, “reason” & “dinosaurs”), Amy Alkon (“Neighborhood”), Police Misconduct (“dog”), and Grace (“together”).
From the Archives
- When women learn they can profit more by whoring, more become whores.
- “Sex trafficking” fanaics’ ignorance is exceeded only by their megalomania.
- Scottish cops won’t stop endangering sex workers with “end demand” crap.
- Two teens tried as adults for murdering a friend to appease Slender Man.
- Cops, Steven Banks, paperbacks, sex toys, coloring books & much more.
- Molly Smith debunks claims the Swedish model “decriminalizes” whores.
- A manipulative sadist tries to disguise his actions as consensual BDSM.
- Even most who really were coerced into sex work hate criminalization.
- All the most enlightened countries use US-type anti-sex work rhetoric.
- In other words, female students are much, much more inclined to lie.
- France re-criminalizes “looking like a whore”; one Italian city follows.
- Sex worker kills drunk, violent client who tried to fuck her bareback.
- King County isn’t done destroying people’s lives for consensual sex.
- Danish prohibitionists claim sex work is “spreading” like a disease.
- “Sex addiction” is the defense of choice for upskirt photographers.
- Headlines, loss, cops, laws, spontaneous activity and much more.
- This is painfully stupid even for a “sex trafficking” publicity stunt.
- Colorado politicians make it easier to destroy teens for “sexting”.
- An attempt to defeat sex worker rights by underhanded means.
- It wouldn’t do to stop murdering and caging people all at once.
- My friend Savannah Sly is among the pictures featured here.
- Tara Burns with a guide on reporting about “sex trafficking”.
- Don’t feel bad if you got caught by my April Fools’ Day post.
- Regulating sex under the guise of “fighting discrimination”.
- A retrospective of my columns from March 2012 and 2013.
- How much money did Seattle waste on this boondoggle?
- The Seattle Times continues its revolting badge-licking.
- There’s this problem I invented! Now buy my software!
- So “signs of trafficking” idiocy isn’t confined to the US.
- Another “stripping causes sex trafficking” wankfest.
- Politicians fling toilet bills like monkeys fling poop.
- Thai sex worker activists are made of awesome.
- Do prohibitionists think I’m an actual she-devil?
- Global warming turns women into WHORES!!!
- The Swedish model is defeated in France.
- Still think you don’t live in a police state?
- Rapist cops of the week, 2015 and 2016.
- More truth about the Swedish model.
- Oooooh, it’s a SPOOOOOOKY hub!
- The harlotography that wasn’t.
- Bree Olson: Her Untold Story.
- How convenient for the State.
- It never stops with us, ladies.
- It was only a matter of time…
- Assault with a lucite pump.
- Chester Brown’s new book.
- Well, this was unexpected.
- Cambodian trauma porn.
- An April Fools gag.
- My first selfie.
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