Archive for March, 2014

Falling over invisible whores

March 24, 2014

everyday whorephobia

Some of you may have come across the Invisible men tumblr, one of the most whorephobic recent productions of the anti sex work brigade. They of course claim it’s not whores they dislike, but the clients, despite knowing nothing about them, but the tumblr revealed their true feelings.

Firstly the design, sex workers were not seen as individuals, or even human, instead they were objectified and othered by being presented as white masks, interchangeable and all individuality removed. Now no doubt the designers of the site would claim that they were actually showing how the men viewed the workers they reviewed, but the very reviews show this is not true. Some (although by all means not all) may use misogynistic launguage, others a singular lack of realism. Quite a few of the cherry picked reviews seem to be of people who went to a walk up brothel and expected a…

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Stop The Panics of ‘Porn Culture’

March 22, 2014

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In the wake of the Stop Porn Culture website I read this article:

Porn Stars And Prostitutes Picket Anti-Porn Conference

A comment under the piece got me thinking: “There is nothing intrinsically wrong with paying for sex, or porn, anymore that there is anything intrinsicallyy wrong in charging people for food, water, clothing, or a roof over their heads. As long as it only involves consenting adults, within the laws of the land, and as long as children and those who don’t want to see it are protected from it, let sex workers to their thing. These anti-porn feminists and religionists who oppose pornography are usually very damaged people with hang-ups about sex, sometimes coupled with an irrational fear and hatred of male sexuality which they clearly do not understand”.

I genuinely believe that as a society we have a deep seated fear of sexuality and the changing modes of…

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Without a Face: Six Iranian artists and six portraits

March 21, 2014

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By: Roshanak Keyghobadi | March 19, 2014

صورت من صورت تو نیست , لیک… 
جمله توام , صورت من چون غطا
صورت و معنی تو شوم چون رسی
…محو شود صورت من در لقا 
مولانا

Art historian Shearer West (2004) describes portraitures as “aesthetic objects,” with “pragmatic and symbolic function.” West also explains that: “self-portraiture by its very nature engages in some way with artistic identity, but how that identity is represented and perceived is heavily influenced by the status and gender of the artist at different periods in history.[i]

Historically in Iranian miniature paintings humans have been depicted as ideal figures and portraitures were two-dimensional with minimal hints of chiaroscuro.  In the Safavid era (1501–1736) Reza Abbasi created a new genre in painting by enlarging and depicting single characters, which were more realistic and with individuality; and Sadeqi Beg has apparently “painted thousands of marvelous…

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Brzezinski’s “Grand Chessboard” Mapped Out Battle for Ukraine in 1997

March 20, 2014

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03/15/2014

Chris Ernesto/AntiWar:

Why would the United States run the risk of siding with anti-Semitic, neo-Nazis in Ukraine?

One of the keys may be found by looking back at Zbigniew Brzezinski’s 1997 book, The Grand Chessboard in which he wrote, “Ukraine, a new and important space on the Eurasian chessboard, is a geopolitical pivot because its very existence as an independent country helps to transform Russia. Without Ukraine, Russia ceases to be a Eurasian empire.”

“However, if Moscow regains control over Ukraine, with its 52 million people and major resources as well as access to the Black Sea, Russia automatically again regains the wherewithal to become a powerful imperial state, spanning Europe and Asia.”

The former national security advisor to Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981 and top foreign policy advisor to Barack Obama, Brzezinski wrote that US policy should be “unapologetic” in perpetuating “America’s own dominant…

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Sincerely Seeking

March 20, 2014

The Honest Courtesan

Last week I published a letter from an exceptional woman:  though she’s a Christian with a strong personal aversion to sex work, she has deeply considered the issues and realized that there are many, many problems in “anti-trafficking” discourse.  After my last letter she wrote again with more good questions, but her letter was so complex that I have separated out the individual questions not only to make this column easier to read, but to protect her privacy by eliminating personal details.  If you haven’t yet read last Wednesday’s column, you really ought to do so before proceeding with today’s.

A friend of mine belongs to an anti-trafficking ministry which gives out gift bags to ladies in brothels and tries to build friendships with them.  The gift bag includes shampoo and sometimes cookies and earrings, and also a packet of tissues, inside which they have slipped a hotline for…

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Russia retaliates against Obama sanctions: pulls billions from banks & U.S. treasury

March 17, 2014

Consortium of Defense Analysts

Obama vs. PutinBarack Obama and Vladimir Putin at the Group of 8 conference in northern Ireland, June 2013

On March 6, 2014, Barack Obama signed an executive order, and made good on his threat to impose sanctions on Russia over the latter’s “invasion” of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula.

In addition to declaring a U.S. “national emergency” due to the Ukraine crisis being an “extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States,” Obama’s executive order, “Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine,” also “authorizes sanctions on individuals and entities responsible for violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, or for stealing the assets of the Ukrainian people.” (The term “entity” means a “partnership, association, trust, joint venture, corporation, group, subgroup, or other organization.”)

Actions have consequences. It now appears Russia has retaliated by dumping U.S. treasury bonds and withdrawing…

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Fictional Interlude: Travelers’ Tales

March 14, 2014

The Honest Courtesan

This world of imagination is the world of eternity.   –  William Blake

In a place that is not a place as material beings understand the term, on a plane of existence several levels above our own, three friends came together to share stories of their travels since the last time they had met.  I shall refer to them as Red, Green and Blue, but what they actually call themselves (if indeed they use a concept as crude as “name”) I do not know.  As was their custom they eventually lapsed into a philosophical discussion, debating various ideas in much the same way as sentient beings everywhere in the multiverse do, and one of the topics they touched upon was the ephemeral nature of the societies created by material beings.  Soon the conversation turned to a comparison of these societies, and they began to speculate about which of these had…

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Was it really a Russian INVASION of Crimea?

March 13, 2014

Consortium of Defense Analysts

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Crimea is an autonomous republic in the southeastern region of Ukraine.

On February 22, 2014, the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych was ousted out by popular demonstrators. On 26 February 2014, thousands of pro-Russian and pro-Ukraine protesters clashed in front of the Crimean parliament building in Simferopol. Pro-Russian protesters wanted Crimea to secede from Ukraine and sought assistance from Russia.

On 28 February 2014, Russian Ground Forces occupied airports and other strategic locations in Crimea.The interim Government of Ukraine described the events as an invasion and occupation of Crimea by Russian forces.

In an interview with King World News on March 7, 2014, former U.S. Treasury official Dr. Paul Craig Roberts said, “Now, there’s been no Russian invasion.  That’s a lie coming directly out of Victoria Nuland’s [U.S.] State Department and it has spread all over the world. According to the Russian/Ukrainian Agreement, Russia is permitted 25,000 troops in…

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Dominatrix: unionize don’t demonize sex workers (with video)

March 9, 2014

Down Under

March 8, 2014

The Honest Courtesan

Do you come from a land down under?
Where women glow and men plunder?
Can’t you hear, can’t you hear the thunder?
You better run, you better take cover.
  –  Ron Strykert & Colin James Hay

Perhaps it’s due to their geographical isolation, the reversal of the seasons, or their exposure to the Aurora Australis or some esoteric exhalation from the Antarctic regions or South Pacific.  Or maybe it’s something in the food down there, or a frontier environment which fostered individualism without the congenital tumor of Puritanism which still afflicts America.  But whatever the reason, it seems as though the people of Australia and New Zealand are a lot more practical and sensible than the rest of the English-speaking world about a lot of things, including sex work.  As we’ve discussed before, New Zealand decriminalized prostitution entirely in 2003, and though our trade is only legalized in Australia…

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