Media & Essays

Media

Talking Sex Work with The Red Umbrella Diaries Producer Audacia Ray – Filmmaker Magazine, November 12, 2015

Sex Workers Take Back Their Own Narrative In The Red Umbrella Diaries – Ravishly, November 12, 2015

New Documentary Aims to ‘Complicate the Narrative’ About Sex Workers – Village Voice, November 10, 2015

Why Do Sex-Work Diversion Programs Fail? – The Nation, September 25, 2015

Are New York’s Sex Workers Getting Their Fair Day in Court? – The Nation, published October 6, 2014

New York City’s Human Trafficking Intervention Courts – featured segment on WBAI’s Morning Show, aired on October 2, 2014

Why Are New York Courts Lumping in Sex Workers With the Victims of Human Trafficking? – Village Voice, published October 1, 2014

New Magazine Focuses on True Stories About Sex WorkThe Review Review. April 2014.

Sex Workers Lift Veil on Their Experiences With Collection of Memoirs. DNA Info. January 30, 2014.

Sex Workers Tell Tricks of the Trade. ABC News. July 12, 2013.

Giving Away, and Then Seizing, Condoms. New York Times. April 24, 2012.

Is New York on the Verge of Ending Its Condom Bait-and-Switch? Village Voice. April 24, 2012.

Essays

Sex Workers Telling Our Stories: From DIY Web Shorts to Feature DocumentariesBitch Flicks. January 31, 2014.

Whether we make online videos that directly respond to terrible portrayals of us in the media, videos with the purpose of educating and doing advocacy, or produce feature films, sex workers who make media are constantly pressed up against all of our stereotypes. Over the last decade, I have dealt with documentary media about sex work as an audience member, a subject, and a producer. Whether we’re portrayed as villains or victims, pretty women or desperate girls, sex workers are a popular focus of documentary projects. But the only way to reach beyond simplistic narratives is for sex workers to be involved in the production of these projects.

Why the Sex Positive Movement is Bad For Sex Workers’ Rights. Originally published in Momentum: Making Waves in Sexuality, Feminism, and Relationships. March 31, 2012.

…the reality is that people who don’t like sex, or don’t like having sex with strangers, or aren’t sexually oriented toward the gender of the clients they see, or don’t like doing sexualized performances, work in the sex industry every day. …For the majority of people who work in the sex industry, money, not sex, is the driving factor. Until a day comes when jobs are available that have wages that are competitive with the sex industry, particularly for cis and trans women, people of color, and young people who need to get out of unstable or violent housing situations, many people will sell or trade sex.

It is not just violent clients who hurt sex workers. The Guardian. December 17, 2010.

Denial of access to HIV services, restrictions on organising, and police crackdowns do not make it possible to eliminate the sex trade; instead they perpetuate stigma and discrimination. The global sex worker rights movement emphasises that it is possible to make the sex trade more hospitable to workers, but that institutional violence is one of the major barriers.