Posts Tagged: Sex Work

"Do What You Love"—Oh, But Not That! On Recognizing Sex Work As Work

Astra Taylor’s forthcoming book The People’s Platform, about who has power and who gets paid in the age of the Internet, mentions the following quote about the virtues of “open-source” (read: unpaid) labor from Internet guru Yochai Benkler:

“Remember, money isn’t always the best motivator. If you leave a fifty-dollar check after dinner with friends, you don’t increase the probability of being invited back. And if dinner doesn’t make it entirely obvious, think of sex.”

That quote, unsurprisingly, is from a TED Talk. The talk's audience chose to reflexively laugh rather than actually think about sex or about work. It doesn’t seem to occur to anyone in the audience [...]


No More Cab Rides for Sex Workers?

.@MikeBloomberg says he will sign bill penalizing taxi drivers who engage in sex-trafficking after all.

— Dana Rubinstein (@danarubinstein) June 22, 2012

"There is no iota of evidence linking yellow medallion taxi cabs to sex trafficking," as the head of the taxi drivers alliance put it, but now cab drivers face a $10,000 fine for knowingly transporting trafficked victims. That's good! But pretty sure that's already a couple of crimes, if you're transporting an unwilling person? Called "accessory" and/or "aiding and abetting"? And "false imprisonment"? And "kidnapping"? So in this case, cab drivers also face the risk of a $10,000 fine and license revocation for [...]