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

  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

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?

(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!

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

When Stripping Fades into the 3-Minute Cock Grind

  GUEST BLOGGER: Diana Morrison bases her post on her observations, reflections, & thoughts formed from over 10 years of dancing in a long list of strip clubs in Houston, California, Reno and Paris to name a few, being a foot model, & a bondage model. Diana also worked in the “real world” in veterinary … Continue reading

Why Sex Workers of Colour Give It Up for Less

GUEST BLOGGER: T. T. James worked in the sex trade for six years from age 19 to 26 in Toronto. She is a mother, visionary thinker & poet who writes, edits, and blogs. Check out her personal/opinion blog The Female Sex. ———————————————————————— In the sex industry, everyone discriminates. The fit, youthful, white sex worker is … Continue reading

Me Love You Long Time

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

RIP, Anna Jackson. You were a Warrior.

I was sucked into the Facebook vortex this past MLK weekend when I saw an update from Anna Jackson. It was actually posted by her daughter, Rissa. The updates here posted as if Rissa were speaking directly to her mother. I was in shock. Anna passed away on January 12, 2012. Rissa was mourning the … Continue reading

End Violence Against Sex Workers

December 17 is the International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers.  Though the day has already passed this year, I feel it’s important to remember those sex workers who are no longer here with us to celebrate holiday festivities alongside us.  They’re not here because they are dead–many murdered just for being sex workers.

Lucille Bogan aka Bessie Jackson: 1920’s-30’s Sex Worker & Singer

I just came across this 1920’s-30’s African American sex worker who was a blues singer from down South and was the first Black female to be signed outside of NYC or Chicago–then the hotspots for blues music. Born in Amory, Mississippi on April 1, 1897 as Lucille Bogan, she later anoited herself as Bessie Jackson. … Continue reading