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Book Review: Brothel: Mustang Ranch and Its Women

There really isn’t anything that solicits such polarized reactions from people as talking about prostitution. Arguments extend on all sides, with conservative family value types waxing on the inherent “immoral” nature of the profession (these same folks are usually participating in the very thing they have built such a public platform against), feminist groups decrying […]

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Persephone Pioneers: Audacia Ray

Audacia Ray is a woman I’ve admired from afar for a few years now. The writer, activist, and sex worker rights advocate first caught my attention with her top-notch book, Naked On The Internet: Hookups, Downloads, and Cashing In On Internet Sexploration, which explored women using the internet as a sexual space. I finally worked up […]

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Persephone Pioneers: Melissa Petro

Melissa Petro is a researcher, a writer, an educator – a person with years of experience underneath her belt and two master’s degrees to prove it. Yet, many might only be willing to write her off as just one thing – “the hooker teacher.”  Petro’s work about her experiences as a former sex worker finally […]