Recording and resources now available In Case You Missed It Anti-Sex Work Feminism and the Lived Reality of Criminalization and State Violence - A Roundtable Discussion "New tropes are formed and when new tropes are formed, the people who don't fit into those tropes, either in the media or for client consumption, are going to have less social mobility and people are going to be less interested in your story if your story is not as consumable. But your story not being consumable doesn't mean that you don't need to eat, that you don't need housing, that you don't need community and companionship, that you don't deserve rights." - Tina Horn In this conversation, we heard from the incisive thinkers, advocates, and practitioners writing about and working in the sex work industry on the existential threat posed by this movement and the embrace of anti-sex work rhetoric by lawmakers and progressive movements alike. From the Christian Right institutions intent on dehumanizing Trans people to the exclusionary and anti-democratic feminists touting a narrow and violent definition of who feminism is for to mainstream women's and feminist organizations that differentiate between sex work and other forms of labor under extractive capitalism and, finally, to the Republican and Democratic lawmakers systematically depriving sex workers of safe access to their livelihoods; we delved into the harms posed by these actors and the strategies of resistance rooted in safety, empowerment, and structural alternatives to policing. Watch Now Read the full transcript here. Featuring: Heron Greenesmith: Heron is a policy attorney with over a decade of LGBTQ advocacy experience. Currently monitoring anti-LGBTQ advocacy, movements, and leaders as Senior Research Analyst with PRA, Heron is also an adjunct Professor of Law at Boston University School of Law, an Antibigotry Fellow with the Center for Antiracist Research at Boston University, and an Editorial Board Member at the Bulletin of Applied Trans Studies. Melissa Gira Grant: Melissa is a journalist, author, and filmmaker. She is a staff writer at The New Republic and author of Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work (Verso), and A Woman Is Against the Law: Sex, Race, and the Limits of Justice of America, forthcoming from Little, Brown (US) and Verso (UK). Oni Hadiya: Oni is an exotic dancer, community organizer, and single mother living in the DMV area. She is also the founder and Director of On Muvas, a growing grassroots organization dedicated to radical political education for community, creating safe spaces and providing career development for sex workers, while cultivating community and radical self care for young mothers. Tina Horn: Tina hosts and produces the long-running kink podcast Why Are People Into That?!. She is also the creator and writer of the sci-fi sex-rebel comic book series SfSx (Safe Sex). Her reporting on sexual subcultures and politics has appeared in Rolling Stone, Playboy, Hazlitt, Glamour, Jezebel and elsewhere. TS Candii: TS is a leader in the social justice movement for Black and Brown Trans Civil Rights. As a former sex worker, TS Candii uses her first hand experience with racial and transgender profiling as well as employment and housing discrimination to expose the roots of transphobia and white supremacy. In 2020 TS Candii founded Black Trans Nation(BTN) and Black Trans Nation NY (BTNNY). Moderated by Koki Mendis. Join the Fight Support Black Trans Nation and TS Candii's organizing work creating change for Black Trans sex workers. Follow and Donate to On Muvas, Oni Hadiya's growing service organization for sex workers. Inform your resistance by reading Melissa Gira Grant's groundbreaking book on the anti-sex work movement: Playing the Whore. And get inspired to join the struggle by reading Tina Horn's graphic novel series SFSX (Safe Sex). Volume 2: Terms of Service, newly released today! Recommended Readings Beyond Strange Bedfellows: How the “War on Trafficking” Was Made to Unite the Left and Right (2018) by Melissa Gira Grant OnlyFans May Have Rescinded Their Sexual Content Ban, But Sex Workers Remain Skeptical (2021) by Tina Horn OnlyFans and similar sites gave these adult content creators more control. Now they worry about losing it (2021) by Lateshia Beachum, spotlighting Oni Hadiya N.Y. paves way for 'healing' by ending its 'walking while trans' ban, says advocate (2021) by CBC Radio, spotlighting TS Candii Transgender Sex Workers in New York City Struggle to Survive the Pandemic (2020) by Rebecca Chowdhury, spotlighting TS Candii The Real Story of the Bipartisan Anti-Sex Trafficking Bill That Failed Miserable on Its Own Terms (2021) by Melissa Gira Grant Toward Radical, Queer, Erotic Movement-Building: A conversation on labor and pleasure with Kemi Alabi and Tina Horn of the Echoing Ida and We Too collections (2021) by Clara Llang, Catherine Henderson, Daniela Ochoa-Bravo, Alex DiBranco, and Sadie Morris June The NYPD Arrests Women for Who They Are and Where They Go — Now They’re Fighting Back (2016) by Melissa Gira Grant Political Research Associates | 1310 Broadway, Suite 201, Somerville, MA 02144 Unsubscribe [email protected] Update Profile | Constant Contact Data Notice Sent by [email protected] powered by Try email marketing for free today!
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