WE <3 and miss having Emma on staff at RedUP!
But it is awesome to see her consulting at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, all part of her plan to be a badass lawyer. Cute interview and notable for frequent mentions of cats!
Should sex workers encourage clients to talk to their partners about their kinks?
Deon Haywood of Women With A Vision talking about post-Katrina New Orleans, gentrification, sex workers and marginalized communities..
Prison Is Not Feminist: These photographs are of attendees at the exhibition of No Selves To Defend that was held on July 18, 2014 and were taken by photographer Sarah Jane Rhee. The sign was designed by Antonia Clifford.
According to @prisonculture, this is how they framed the actual exhibit:
We decided that we would anchor it with the stories of Celia (a 19th century enslaved black woman) and Marissa (a 21st century unjustly prosecuted black woman).
"[sex workers] came to merchant street and took control of their bodies—bodies that were radical in their mere existence in this misogynistic, transphobic, elitist world[…]The varied, often conflicting portraits these women presented shaped my developing composition of womanhood. When I am asked how I define womanhood, I often quote feminist author Simone de Beauvoir: "one is not born, but rather becomes a woman."[…]This short, powerful statement assured me that I have the freedom, in spite of and because of my birth, body, race, gender expectations, and economic resources, to define myself for myself and for others." -Janet Mock (Redefining Realness)
Love when readers share their quotes that resonate with them with me. Thanks for reading Redefining Realness.
- Josh Ryley
Read the rest of this story and more sex worker memoirs in Prose & Lore: Issue 1
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