by Furry Girl


Yesterday, I went to check my mail drop, and was happy to see an awesome new postcard from the St James Infirmary, one of my favorite nonprofits.  They provide free healthcare and other services to sex workers and their families in San Francisco, and they need donations from people like you to keep their doors open.

Just like with the SWAAY billboard campaign, the St James Infirmary was rejected by a number of outdoor media companies, like Clear Channel.  (Don't worry, the SWAAY billboard isn't dead, it's just taken ages to find someone willing to accept out money, but we've finally signed a contract and our billboard was sent to the printers this week.  I've been waiting to post about that ordeal until I have a definite launch date to celebrate.)  I'm happy to see American sex workers' rights groups getting on board with the idea that we need to engage the general public, so it's exciting to see this new campaign.

If you're in the Bay Area, the St James Infirmary is having a launch party on October 16th, so go celebrate with some of the most awesome sex workers' rights advocates in the country.

For the link-phobic, here are the lovely ads that will soon be appearing on the San Francisco Muni:

The last one, featuring Cyd, is my personal favorite.

(My only nitpick is that two of the posters mention being a mother as a means of showing the public that we're good people.  I realize that this is probably a smart political tactic, but it will always bother me when parenthood is eagerly thrust forward by "weird" groups - atheists, queers, sex workers - to prove that they deserve to be seen as real human beings.  So, if one is childfree by choice, or remorsefully barren, you deserve equality and human rights less than people who have kids?  But I digress.)


  1. So, if one is childfree by choice, or remorsefully barren, you deserve equality and human rights less than people who have kids?

    Most certainly not. And kindly note are some people who are antinatalists (for philanthropic reasons -- talk about a "weird" group) who also support sex-worker rights.

    Comment by James — October 6, 2011 @ 5:32 pm

  2. James: I got sterilized when I was 22 for ethical reasons, what one could also call philanthropic, I suppose. No matter how much bluster parents like to kick up about how their Little Johnny is going to be such an awesome and enlightened person, every baby you pop out increases your carbon footprint by almost 600%, further destroying the world for *all* life. When every major problem nowadays is directly caused by, or exacerbated by, human overpopulation, you have to be a pretty strange person to think the solution is having more babies. (And it's white middle class first worlders like me who are the biggest source of the over-breeding/over-consuming problem anyway, so I'm not one of those creepy racist anti-breeders who only points blame at brown people having kids.) I could leave a stretch Hummer idling in my driveway all day while roasting Amazon rainforest-destroying steaks over barrels of burning crude oil, and I'd still probably be doing less environmental damage than a liberal organic mommy who shops at Whole Foods and drives a Prius.

    Comment by Furry Girl — October 6, 2011 @ 6:00 pm

  3. Yes, I knew of your sterilization, and even noted it a while back. I think it's especially admirable that you wrote and published about the experience.

    Comment by James — October 7, 2011 @ 2:38 am

  4. Obviously a well-thought-out campaign. I particularly like the analogy with agriculture. These were clearly written with the target audience's ways of thinking uppermost in mind, which is necessary to effective communication -- something the Occupier movement ought to consider more carefully.

    Comment by Infidel753 — October 7, 2011 @ 7:03 am

  5. Yeah, I really liked the farm work one, too.

    Comment by Timory — October 7, 2011 @ 7:46 am

  6. I think the reason they choose to use motherhood to humanize sex workers is because although not every woman chooses to become a mother, many or most people have mothers (I say many people, because some have been emancipated or have never known a mother figure).

    Just a thought?

    Comment by Mel — October 12, 2011 @ 5:16 pm

  7. Mel: See my original post. " I realize that this is probably a smart political tactic..."

    Comment by Furry Girl — October 12, 2011 @ 5:27 pm

  8. Good campaign and Cyd is as cute as ever ( just in case he reads that ;)
    I actually think that the parallel with the agricultural sector is not the best.
    The argument in countries going for criminalisation of clients is that sex is not a necessity and that you can get it for free. Food is a vital necessity and needs to be produced.
    This is used to attack clients : you actually dont buy sex because you need it, you buy it to assert power over women. It then feeds the whole argument treating sex work as a pilar of patriarchy and that whores make all women rape-able, therefore putting the blame on women not men.

    Comment by Luca Darkholme — November 8, 2011 @ 4:26 pm

  9. Luca: I agree with you in that I don't like the farmwork analogy, because I don't think that government regulation is what sex workers need. I wish we could all get on board with full decrim, rather than legalization frameworks.

    Comment by Furry Girl — November 11, 2011 @ 4:45 pm

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