CNN Money: Strippers vs. Clubs in fight over Labor Rights

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  CNN Money interviewed me & some other strippers regarding employment rights entitled “Strippers vs. Clubs in fight over Labor Rights.”  I appreciate that they focused on the labor aspects of stripping to debunk the notion that strippers are independent contractors when in fact they’re employees.  The article also quoted 1 of our supporters, Shannon … Continue reading

HOURS Left to Fund LICENSE TO PIMP on Kickstarter

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LESS THAN 24 Hours to Fund LICENSE TO PIMP on Kickstarter This Kickstarter Update #13 contains an audio excerpt from an interview I did with a stripper named “Kat.”  She has worked as a stripper in San Francisco for nearly 2 decades and started when she was 18 years old.  She’s still going strong + … Continue reading

What Would You Do to Stay In Control?

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(1.)  character profile:  Mariko Passion If your workplace engaged in illegal labor practices, what would you do to stay in control? MARIKO PASSION quits stripping at her favorite club as the work becomes increasingly sexual and spills into her personal life. After she files wage complaints against former strip club employers to collect her back-wages … Continue reading

Fund this Film!

Mariko Passion during her finale performance at Crazy Horse (San Francisco)

We’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign to complete a rough cut of our feature documentary, License to Pimp. Please support us in getting this story seen & heard!   License to Pimp CHARACTERS & STORY: License to Pimp is a feature documentary about the choices that three San Francisco strippers make as their workplaces engage in … Continue reading

Me Love You Long Time

Me Love You Long Time @ Aljira 2012

I am 1 of several artists of Southeast Asian descent who is included in a group multi-media art show @ Aljira (Newark, NJ) that features artists using “various media and complicated visual strategies to upend or explore gender expression, sexuality, sex work, and new subjectivities.” Curated by Edwin Ramoran, it’s appropriately entitled Me Love You … Continue reading

O’Farrell Theatre’s court dance nears end

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03/25/07 The Mitchell Brothers O’Farrell Theatre has never been a stranger to controversy, but while some see the infamous strip club as an embattled symbol of free expression, others see a track record of labor troubles. For the second time in its storied history, the theater’s management company faces a class-action lawsuit by dancers who … Continue reading

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