by Furry Girl
Thank you so much to all of the supporters of SWAAY's sex work billboard! We did it!
Extra special thanks to @xiancallgirl for being the largest donor, and to Dr Brooke Magnanti/@belledejour_uk for plugging the fundraiser so many times on Twitter and her blog. It was also covered by The Gloss, Feministe, and countless other sex bloggers and sexuality tweeters. Supporters of the billboard collectively raised an impressive $7572, which exceeded the goal of $7300. (Epic Step says they use overages beyond the target amount to get a placement in a higher traffic area.)
Thanks to all of you, sex work issues will be breaking further out of the pink bubble. (LAist.com has already created some buzz about the billboard, and I was contacted by a Los Angeles TV station this afternoon.) This is exactly what I started SWAAY to: bring the cause to mainstream audiences and help the sex workers' rights movement grow beyond our current tiny (but awesome!) network of supporters. One billboard in one city isn't going to change the country overnight, but it's a step in the right direction. Only through greater public understanding and respect can we ever hope to start chipping away at the laws that criminalize our lives and make our work dangerous, stigmatized, and filled with over-burdensome red tape.
The billboard will appear in LA in about 2 weeks, and be up for 4 weeks. As soon as I have a date and location, I'll post it. Since this was such a success, I will be doing a billboard fundraiser again in the future for a different city, but I'll give you all a break from my incessant fundraising pleas for at least a couple of months. (I'm thinking either DC or NYC, since both of those cities, like LA, are filled with people who influence the rest of the country.)
If you donated, please forward your Epic Step confirmation email to swaay AT swaay.org if you would like to be added to the donor thank you list on the about page of swaay.org. I'm happy to thank you under whatever name, company, or handle you like, as well as link to you. I'm eventually going to be creating a donor thank you tree of "silver/gold/platinum-level" supporters, so please let me know how much you donated.
Please let me know if you are owed a gift. Anyone who donated $7 or more is eligible for a 10-pack of stickers, so forward your Epic Step confirmation email and your mailing address to swaay AT swaay.org Donations over $100 from currently active providers are eligible for a 3-month trial of SafeOffice.org If you forward your Epic Step confirmation email to swaay AT swaay.org, I'll send that along to the folks at SafeOffice.org.
The next thing I'm focusing on between now and when the billboard goes up is to get swaay.org in perfect order. The main area that the site is lacking in the section on how to respect sex workers.
Rather than having me or any other one writer explain to people how they can be respectful friends and family members, ethical clients, and good allies, I wanted this section to show an array of voices from current and former sex workers. The "hurdle" I have for this area is that I am looking for people who have worked in the US, and I want to post a small photo of your face alongside your short writing contribution to humanize us and show that we're relatable, fairly normal-looking people. If you're someone who is out enough to be showing your face online, I really hope you'll take 5 minutes to submit something. Please forward that link and send your own advice for how other people can treat you well. There's so much writing about "it's awful that people do [shitty thing] to us," but I want to have something more positively-framed about how people can be good to us.
Furry Girl: a good time not yet had by all.
- I operate SWAAY.org, an accessible sex workers' rights site that educates the general public about our lives and our issues.
- I've been vegan for 13 years because it's the easiest way for an individual to contribute to less violence, suffering, and exploitation.
My adult sites
- Cocksexual.com: Strapons
- EroticRed.com: Menstruation
- FurryGirl.com: Unshaved
- TheSensualVegan.com: Store
- VegPorn.com: Herbivores
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New to my blog? Some favorite posts
- "You have no right to dislike feminism after all it's done for you!"
- "You misrepresent true feminism by focusing on the bad feminists. They're not real feminists anyway!"
- An argument for more sex workers to be out?
- Degrading, violent desires
- Do you have what it takes to be an empowered sex worker?
- Feminism is the shitty relationship you had in your early 20s
- Feminist porn isn't a branch of sex workers' rights, it's an obstacle
- How are we branding sex workers rights in the US? (Let's focus more on *worker*, less on *sex*!)
- How to do your homework on trafficking, "rescue", and the affected communities
- Let's stop pretending that "objectification" is a thing that exists
- Musings on ethical porn and the red herrings of "feminist porn" and "violent porn"
- My call for a "working" class uprising against inaccessible discourse and the over-representation of dabblers
- Sex trafficking is the new crack: manufactured "epidemics" as political tools
- The common logical fallacies deployed by anti-sex worker activists
- Things I've gained from being a sex worker: an anti-paternalistic perspective
- Vigilantism and 'crushing bastards': in praise of anger, hatred, and taking joy in the smiting of one's enemies
- Want to play BINGO with the antis?
- Watch out for psuedoscience: my long-time nemeses of concern trolling and "teaching the controversy"
- What do I mean when I say "sex worker"? Why I'm against an overly-broad definition
- Why I call them "anti-sex worker" rather than "anti-porn" or "anti-prostitution," and why you should too
Favorite sex/ho blogs
- Amanda Brooks
- Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers
- Belle de Jour
- Born Whore
- Bound, Not Gagged
- Dan Savage on SLOG
- Danny Wylde
- Jiz Lee
- Kat's Stories
- Laura Agustín
- Lux Nightmare [2006-2007]
- Maggie McNeill
- Our Porn, Ourselves
- Sequoia Redd
- Serpent Libertine
- Sex Worker Pie Charts
- Sexonomics by Brooke Magnanti
- Shit They Say to Sex Workers
- Stuff Sex Workers Eat
- Whore Madonna