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June 3rd: International Day for Sex Worker Rights

Discussion in 'Anarchism and radical activism' started by QueerPunk, Jun 1, 2010.

  1. QueerPunk

    QueerPunkExperienced Member Experienced member Forum Member




    Dec 29, 2009
    Technically June 2nd is marked down by certain Sex Worker collectives as International Whores' Day.

    Then of course on the 17th of December is International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.

    I am involved in a group called VIXEN which is the Victoria Sex Industry Network. The group was formed after Camp Betty 2007. Camp Betty was on the Queen's Birthday Long Weekend in Melbourne and it was promising to be a weekend of radical sex and politics and very very Queer. It was about then that Sex Workers realised that we had no activist style peer support group or advocacy group that had not been auspiced by the community health service so VIXEN was formed.

    The site is here.

    http://vixencollective.com/cms/index.ph ... &Itemid=70

    The mission statement reads like this:

    "To empower all sex workers through the provision of community and peer support, and promoting the cultural, legal, human, occupational and civil rights of all sex workers.

    VIXEN aims to overcome divisions between workers and acknowledge the links between us all. We celebrate us in all our diversity!

    VIXEN is committed to promoting the wellbeing and rights of sex workers from all unique backgrounds. We value our members' diversity of race, culture, gender, sexuality, ability, choice of drug use, ways of working and so on!

    Mostly, VIXEN just wants to have fu-un."

    Vixen will not represent the interests of bosses or managers; however will offer information on the rights of workers, all sex industry businesses, and the responsibilities of owners/managers.

  2. ungovernable

    ungovernableAutonome Staff Member Uploader Admin Team Experienced member




    Aug 21, 2009
    Male, 35 years old
    Canada Canada
    There's something i never understood about feminism.

    They blame the porn actress and some persons on this board say i should feel guilty and ashamed because i watch porn.

    But on the other side, the same persons also defend the sex workers and their rights...

    Someone please explain me the logical behind this !
  3. Rathryn

    RathrynExperienced Member Experienced member Forum Member




    Oct 21, 2009
    There doesn't seem to be any. Some people are just anti-porn and some people are just pro-porn. Me? Personally? I love porn, then again I don't have a girlfriend at the moment :p
  4. Bunny

    BunnyExperienced Member Experienced member Forum Member




    Mar 13, 2010
    Did anarchofem leave because I'm surprised you didn't get a rant from her.
    As long as their are no children or animals involved and everyone in it or posting pictures is willing doing so, you shouldn't feel guilty.
    I used to be under the impression that sex workers (male and female) where told what they had to do and had no say in it; however i looked it up and found that they have agents who talk with them and the producers/photographers about what the model/actor/actress will and will not do. After learning that, I'm for people watching it if thats what they want.
    And to answer the second part, i guess falls under defending worker's rights in general. If thats what they want to do, then they should be safe doing it.