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Queers, Poverty, and Transactional Sex: Notes from the Sex Workers Festival of Resistance

 A couple weeks ago I attended the Sex Workers Festival Of Resistance in Glasgow, a 5 day conference organised by and for sex workers, with sex worker only sessions where we organised and shared skills, plus public sessions on various issues. The conference was organised by SWARM, until recently known as SWOU. I was on … Continue reading

Sex, Work and Sex Work

New pamphlet from the RABL: Sex, Work and Sex Work. Get in touch for a hard copy, or download the PDF below: sex work pamphlet

Prohibition, the Sex Industry and the State

In a response to “The Prostitution Debate Has Become Mired in Libertarian Thinking,” Kaspar Konsequent argues for the decriminalisation of sex work as a step forwards for sex workers. Continue reading

Falling Star: Countering Gender Essentialism with Sex Essentialism

Some Definitions Patriarchy: Patriarchy is a system of domination. Historical analysis suggests it came about with the advent of agriculture and private property some thousands of years ago, for the purpose of controlling the means of reproduction. People who were able to give birth were given the role of “woman” and became dominated by “men” … Continue reading

Porn, Sex Positivity, and Working Class Solidarity

The UK’s gradually expanding porn law restrictions have been going on for years and eventually came to a climax the end of 2014, when previously existing restrictions were applied to all pornographic material made in the UK. Continue reading

This Is Not Our Victory

Today saw the election of North Islington MP Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the UK Labour Party. His remarkable leadership campaign attracted a storm of near-hysterical criticism from both established Labour figures and the right-wing press, but gained considerable support from across the UK left. For most of the British left, this will doubtless be a cause for considerable celebration.

We’re not celebrating. Continue reading

This Is Not Our Defeat

The results are in, and once again, the British electorate have voted in the party the rich and their friends in the media told them to. Despite pre-election predictions of hung parliaments, “progressive” coalitions, or minority governments, the Conservatives walk away from this election with a slender majority, having increased their share of seats in … Continue reading

Paradise Reclaimed: Leeds Community Project and the Freedom of Taking Action

Every time I was on site at Leeds Community Project over the few months that we were there I felt an intense freedom like nothing I’ve experienced before but hope I’ll be lucky enough to re-create many times in the future. This experience of disobedience to power never felt humiliating or dangerous or frustrating; it … Continue reading

Students are Revolting Part II: The Revenge

Four years ago, in the aftermath of the installation of the current coalition government, students took to the streets and occupied university property in protest against the rising cost of education, cuts to course budgets and student services, and the creeping privatisation of higher education across the country. The protest movement, though short lived, showed … Continue reading

Sex Work and Sanctions – a Response

This is a response to an article on the International Socialist Networks blog which I’ve found pretty concerning. Mistress Magpie writes about the government’s decision not to allow escort ads on Universal Jobmatch, the jobcentre’s website. She seems mainly concerned with what this implies in ideological terms, less so with the real material consequences of … Continue reading

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