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More Than Sexy: Conundrums Faced by Feminists in Porn

August 3 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Presenters: Jupiter’s Slut, Jet Setting Jasmine, Jessica Drake

How do you deal with sexism, when it’s your job to be sexy? How do feminists in porn deal with issues around propagating harmful stereotypes, unhealthy power dynamics, and body image? What do women in porn believe are their most effective tools for empowering themselves and others, and where are they still falling short? Hear personal narratives from different parts of the porn industry as they discuss their experiences of sexism and sexual liberation. THIS WORKSHOP WILL BE LIVE STREAMED…

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Sex Work and Disability: Shifting the Focus to Disabled Sex Workers

August 3 @ 10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Presenter: Emily Dall’Ora Warfield

When we talk about sex work and disability, we almost always discuss the disabled people (mostly men) who pay for sex workers’ services. It is rare that we discuss disabled sex workers or even consider their existence. Using unpublished first-hand accounts from the above-mentioned study as well as published first-person memoir, this session will shift the focus of conversations about sex work and disability to disabled people who trade sex, thereby shifting the dialogue from consumers’ desires to workers’ rights.…

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Capitalism is Not Consensual: Sex Work and the Shaky Foundations of Consent

August 3 @ 2:45 pm - 4:15 pm

Presenter: Kate D’Adamo

This session will look at the history of consent, rape-able bodies, and how the modern concepts of sexual consent have been built upon structures rooted in property, capitalism and criminalization, and how they have consistently marginalized women of color, LGBTQ communities and criminalized populations. As we often center the conversation on consent along the lines of victim/perpetrator, rarely we questioned how those notions are constructed, and what that means for a common understanding of what justice looks like. This presentation…

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Criminalization of Sex Work is a Human Rights Violation and a Labor Rights Concern

August 3 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Presenter: Isobel Connors

This session will discuss the various ways sex workers are criminalized under both prostitution and sex trafficking legislation and the outcomes it has for the everyday lives of those who engage in sex work. This presentation directly addresses the rights to housing, healthcare, safety, and dignity for sex workers regardless of race, class, substance use, and sexual or gender orientation. This session will inform on the better practices and policies for both sex workers and sex trafficking victims and explain…

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Avoiding Harm When You Need an Ambulance

August 4 @ 10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Presenter: Dimitri Willert

Calling 911 in an emergency is especially perilous for sex workers who can face arrest and prosecution if they come into contact with Police. Yet few, if any, would consider not calling for aid if anyone needed it. This places sex workers in the dilemma of either protecting themselves or helping others. We will discuss what calling 911 means, and how to navigate the process while protecting yourself and your privacy.

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Courting and Whoring: Balancing Work and Play

August 4 @ 2:45 pm - 4:15 pm

Presenter: Taylor J Mace

As sex workers, especially those of us who are additionally marginalized, dating can be complicated. There are so many things in a relationship that can be negatively affected by our careers in ways that non-sex workers’ aren’t. Dating, especially when you’re new to it, can be a minefield. This workshop aims to cover some of the major hurdles faced by sex workers trying to date, as well as provide some tips for how to support a sex worker that you’re…

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