Desiree Alliance presents "Sex Work: Culture, Policy, and Benefits
Exploring the Lives of Sex Workers and their Diverse Realities"
A coalition of sex workers, social scientists, professional sex
educators, scholars, health professionals and their supporting
networks announce a Convergence in San Francisco, California,
July 19th-20th, in conjunction with the San
Francisco Sex Worker Arts and Film Festival, July
20th-22nd and additional events in
San Francisco beginning July 14th.
You can join the convergence organizing group and participate in
the process by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please include a little bit about yourself and why you
wish to get involved in your email to her.
The conference portion of this convergence will bring together
sex workers and sex worker advocates and allies interested in
exploring sex work as a culture, the policies surrounding
it, and benefits sex workers receive from their work. The goal
is to acknowledge that sex work is a professional endeavor
peopled by diverse individuals with diverse needs, cultures, and
We are open to all sex work related proposals, and specifically
welcome all submissions and proposals having to do with these
general concepts: sex worker art, culture, and creative
endeavors; positive aspects of sex work; harms that result from
bad or short-sighted policies; and benefits of current
sex worker-friendly policies.
We are eager to receive proposals from sex workers themselves
(you do not have to publicly self-identify), people of color, migrants, and
all genders and sexual orientations. Contributors may be sex workers, academics, and
anyone else interested in contributing.
Examples of topics for proposals are:
--Violence against sex workers (Ipswich,
Atlantic City, Brandy Britton, Lucy in OC, etc.) and how
the laws contribute to this
--Effects of sex work policies on specific communities: single
mothers, people of color, migrant workers, and various genders
--Sex worker art, culture, and creativity
--Economic and social benefits of sex work (i.e., good job for
single mothers, service to disabled community, etc.)
--Transferable professional skills developed in sex work
--Special forms of knowledge sex workers develop
--Trends in sex work (internet: blogs, websites, review boards,
etc; spiritual sex work; cooperative incalls; professional
associations; bad client lists; screening; etc.)
--Varieties of sex work and how they are approached, why they
are chosen, and how they are lived
--Personal stories from sex workers and/or their loved ones
--Sex workers' relationships (family, love, and community)
Alliance is a coalition of sex workers, health professionals, social scientists,
professional sex educators and their supporting networks. We seek to
encourage a better understanding of human sexuality by promoting ethical
and unbiased research into sexual subcultures; to promote saner and more
sensible approaches to policies relating to adult sexual health and
behavior. We use this information to educate and empower the public to
have healthy and rational attitudes about sexuality.
Alliance is a Project of Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (SEE), a