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

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

$10 Million Settlement for Strippers in CA, NV, TX, KY, FL, & ID

(4/11; CA, NV, TX, KY, FL, & ID) If you’re a stripper & worked in specific strip clubs in CA, NV, TX, KY, FL, & ID, you might you might be entitled to backwages of minimum wages & recuperation of your stage fees (illegal tip sharing) that management required you to pay as a condition … Continue reading

Swedish student who stripped + prostituted to pay bills is suspended by college

(May 2011; Stockholm, Sweden) A Swedish student who stripped in Stockholm and also prostituted to pay her way through college is suspended by dean at the college she attended. Fellow students supposedly felt her extra-curricular jobs reinforced the idea that women are sexual objects & they were uncomfortable with her job choices. “I have never … Continue reading

Strip Club On Wheels Seized In Racketeering Bust (Atlanta, GA)

(5/27/11) If you’re in Atlanta, GA, this strip club might just drive to you….or rather it could have before it got seized as part of a racketeering scheme. But it’s pretty brilliant: the idea of having a mobile strip club. I’m surprised that there’s not more around or that escort agencies haven’t expanded their already … Continue reading

Danielle Staub: “I have addictions and need psychological treatment”

05/19/2011 Danielle Staub has decided she needs professional help. The former The Real Housewives of New Jersey star has decided to “walk away” from a recently-signed 3-year contract with a strip club and seek treatment for psychological problems caused by childhood sexual abuse. “I have addictions with love and low self-esteem, and I need help!” … Continue reading

South Korean Prostitutes & Pimps Rally Against Police Crackdown

5/17/11 Seoul, South Korea Hundreds of prostitutes and pimps rallied Tuesday near a red-light district in Seoul to protest a police crackdown on brothels, with some unsuccessfully attempting to set themselves on fire. (Scroll down for photos) A crowd of about 400 people, mostly women wearing baseball caps, masks and sunglasses, chanted slogans like, “Guarantee … Continue reading

Caregiver Sentenced After Allowing Mentally-Impaired Woman To Work At Strip Club

http://www.lex18.com/videoplayer/swf/flowplayer.commercial-3.2.5.swf 5/16/11 Lexington, KY A Lexington caregiver has been sentenced to five years in prison for taking a mentally-handicapped woman in her care to work at a strip club. Patricia Hacker, a state registered nurse’s aide, was supposed to be taking care of the 21-year old mentally handicapped woman, watching after her, and according to … Continue reading