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Sex Work and Sexuality

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The Editorial: Sex Work and Sexuality

Not only has evolving discourse on sexuality influenced the fate of how sex work is understood, but also with the growth of sex workers’ rights movements, discourses on sex work are now being able to influence how we think about sexuality. In our issues on Sex Work and Sexuality this month, we hope to be able to traverse some of these convergences.
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क्या ‘धंधा’ (यौनकर्म) भी काम होता है? – भाग II

सम्पादकीय नोट : इस लेख का पहला भाग अप्रैल के पहले संस्करण में प्रकाशित हुआ था सेक्स वर्कर के अधिकारों के लिए आन्दोलन से प्राप्त सीख क्या धंधा करना भी काम है? क्या व्यवसाय करना काम है? क्या ऐसा कोई व्यवसाय जिसमे सेक्स सेवाएं प्रदान की जाती हों, काम की परिभाषा में शामिल किया जा…
A poster from organisation RedTraSex.

Walk in Our Shoes

"How different it would be if for a moment health care providers could feel what we feel when we go to a hospital and are challenged..." And so, the women sex workers of RedTraSex (Network of Women Sex Workers from Latin America and the Caribbean) developed Ponte en Nuestros Zapatos (re-edited 2015). Now, reaching out to a wider community, is the brand new English version Walk in our Shoes: Good Practices Guide for Health Care Staff (2016, translated by Alejandra Sardá-Chandiramani). Yes, it is so brand new that it is not up on their website as yet, though we have permission to use it here.
Quote written on a grey background: "If we really want to have a meaningful conversation around porn, it's time we stopped talking about its imagined harms."

Porn. Panic. Ban.

I’m convinced we’re having the wrong conversation around digital porn. If we really want to have a meaningful conversation around porn, it’s time we stopped talking about its imagined harms. It’s time we started talking about actual harms. It’s time we started talking about the fault lines of consent.
Silhouette of a short-haired woman standing in a room. Light enters through curtains on a window.

Notes from Special Court No. 54

Special Court No. 54 is a hall filled with whizzing ceiling fans. When the magistrate enters or exits, people rise to bow. Lawyers in black coats and white pants or saree/suit, sit at a long desk in plastic chairs a level below the magistrate with a clutch of researchers like myself, and anti-trafficking missionaries who “rescue fallen women”.
Two sex workers standing and talking outside a chawl. They both are dressed in sarees, and are wearing a red bindi on their forehead.

Review: What Sex Work Taught Feminism: Tales of the Night Fairies

Note: Five sex workers – four women and one man – along with the filmmaker/narrator embark on a journey of storytelling. Shohini Ghosh’s Tales of the Night Fairies explores the power of collective organising and resistance while reflecting upon contemporary debates around sex work. The labyrinthine city of Kolkata (Calcutta) forms the backdrop for personal and musical journeys.
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