Sex Industry

We Must Realise That Pornography Doesn't Exist in a Vacuum

Helen Reeves | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Reeves

I've been listening to current debates about pornography - most recently about young children watching it - and it got me thinking. For feminists, pornography is one of those particularly contentious issues, along with prostitution and the other sexual industries. Really, anything with a sexual element is quite a contested terrain.

Famous London Strip Joint Could Face Closure

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK

One of London's flagship strip clubs could face closure after its licence was refused by Camden council, it has been revealed. Spearmint Rhino, the...

Respect the Choices of Women Who Go Into the Porn Industry

Isabel López Ruiz | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Isabel López Ruiz

For me, being a feminist is about respecting women's choices, whatever they may be. If a woman over the legal age requirement wants to voluntarily participate in the porn industry, that's fine. If she doesn't, that's fine as well. Young women like 'Lauren A', Duke University's freshman porn actress, are being publicly shamed for exposing their bodies on camera. It seems like the idea that a woman could have full control over her body is still shocking to some. When people accuse her of taking part in an industry that 'degrades' women, they don't realise their comments are degrading in themselves, as they refuse to acknowledge her individual voice and bodily autonomy.

IDS Has 'No Idea' How Much He's Paying To Get Young Into Sex Industry Jobs

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith has come under fire after the Department for Work and Pensions admitted it does not know how much it is paying adult employers in go...

Stop Paying To Get Young Into Sex Jobs, Labour Tells Govt

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Politics

Ministers have come under pressure to stop helping young people work in strip clubs and porn film sets as the government offers £2,275 for every full...

Nightclub Boss 'Kidnapped' By Angry, Stiletto-Wearing Lapdancers

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

A club boss has told a court of the moment he was kidnapped by three lapdancers and their manager - with the women wearing "miniskirts, stilettos and ...

Somaly Mam Opens Cambodian Beauty Salon Staffed by Former Trafficking Victims

Lisa Anderson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Anderson

With the hope that new jobs in the beauty industry will provide new lives for girls scarred by sex slavery, Cambodian anti-trafficking activist Somaly Mam cut the ribbon for a beauty shop bearing her name in one of the country's prime tourist destinations.

International Day of the Girl: Reclaiming the Girl Word

Stephanie Davies-Arai | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Stephanie Davies-Arai

To celebrate International Day of the Girl I would like to reclaim the word 'girl' and restore it to its original meaning: a young woman below the age of eighteen.

The Debate About Prostitution Isn't a 'Legal Vs Illegal' Binary - We Can Find a Middle Way

Mary Honeyball | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Mary Honeyball

Blanket criminalisation clearly isn't working. It doesn't address the core problem, and sometimes perpetuates it; prostitutes are convicted, criminalised, have less of a route out than before, and thus return to the sex industry. A subterranean economy is created, which is demeaning at best and dangerous at worst. So, if the current system is failing then where do we go from here? This is the question I've tried to answer through my work at the EU. There are two alternatives for the UK. The first is the well-publicised Dutch model, which legalises both being a sex worker and using one.

Stabbed to Death by Stigma

Kate L. Gould | Posted 16.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Kate L. Gould

Despite being the poster nation for sexual equality, Sweden's laws on sex work and attitudes towards it are woefully patriarchal. The purchase of sex is illegal and the prevailing view is that sex work is a form of self-harm and women who choose to work in the sex industry are victims without agency or reason.

Sponsor A Scholar Fraudster Admits Sex Trafficking And Voyeurism

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education

A fraudster has admitted luring women into having sex with him by claiming they would be paid up to £15,000 in university scholarships, on a fake web...

Why I'm Opposed to Criminalising the Purchase of Sex

Kate L. Gould | Posted 02.02.2013 | UK Politics
Kate L. Gould

The Member of the Scottish Parliament, Rhoda Grant, believes sex workers are imbeciles who should be denied the right to earn a living and subjected to state-sanctioned sexual assault to ensure that they comply with the dictates imposed upon their profession. Not that she puts it quite like that.

Lucy Sherriff

Website Offers £15,000 For Students Willing To Have Sex With Strangers

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 30.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education

A website offering to arrange financial "sponsorship for scholars" in return for sex has renewed questions over whether higher tuition fees are drivin...

Dancing Dirty for the Disadvantaged

Kandy Klein | Posted 10.07.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Kandy Klein

To perceive the sex industry as a resource for those who desires can be judged as abnormal is to miss its role as a facility for those who are sometimes seen as being abnormal themselves, and so find themselves coming to us for a form of social sanctuary.

This House Would Decriminalise Prostitution

The Cambridge Union Society | Posted 25.06.2012 | UK Politics
The Cambridge Union Society

Talia Robertson, a first year student studying Politics, Psychology and Sociology argues in proposition. Anti-prostitution arguments are often couche...

Stag Party Stripper Organisers To Tutor University Master Students

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 20.04.2012 | UK Universities & Education

A company better known for organising stag parties which include strippers, lap-dancing and S&M "punishments" will be tutoring university students. ...

Is the ‘Porn Chic’ Tendency Affecting Girls’ and Boys’ Body Confidence?

Manu Sareen | Posted 29.05.2012 | UK Politics
Manu Sareen

Many young people upload photos of themselves on popular websites, and I am thrilled that so many take full advantage of the different social media. However, at the same time it is apparent that too many girls and boys are copying symbols and codes from the pornographic industry.

British Mum Accused Of Running Lucrative Prostitution Ring In NY

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.03.2012 | UK

Scottish woman Anna Gristina has been accused of running a multi-million-pound prostitution ring in New York. The 44-year-old mother-of-four who is...

Why Stripping Can Be A Feminist Act

Sheila Hageman | Posted 04.05.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Sheila Hageman

It's taken me a while to own that not only am I a feminist now, but I always have been, even when I was a stripper. And for me, being a feminist is about not apologising for the decisions I make or made about the ways I choose to use my body and see myself as a woman in this world.

Feminists Stage Meat Market Porn Protest

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 23.11.2011 | UK

Dressed as butchers and businessmen, feminist groups are protesting outside a porn trade summit in London, trading have fake female body parts in the...