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Anarchist Perspectives on Sex Work (call for submissions)

Do you have anarchist tendencies? Are you involved in Sex Work? Want to be part of a new printed zine/pamphlet? We’ve got the paper, but words are needed!

There’s a gap in the shelves at Active distro.
I’ve been looking through them to see if we had anything interesting on Sex Work to give to Queer Punx podcast and there’’s not a lot (& nothing recent). What we do have isn’t exclusively about the topic, or lacks Anarchist Perspectives on it. This bothered me.

We want there to be a new pamphlet about Anarchist Perspective on Sex Work, and we’’ll help make it happen.

The problem
No one at Active can write at length about the long-term realities of sex work. We have the printers, the ink, the staples, the hours of time it takes to print, fold & bind plus the distro to promote it, but we don’t have the lived experiences that are vital to making this kind of pamphlet worthwhile.
But some of you do.

What will be created?
The aim is to put together a pamphlet/zine with 5+ perspectives on Sex Work, from people that are/have been involved in the industry and can analyse it through an anarchic lens. Between the articles there could be poems/drawings/graphics to vary the content (if people submit these things). We’re actively seeking a diverse authorship and would really welcome submissions from PoC, trans*, disabled & older people, + people based outside of the UK.

How to submit?
People can send article submissions to esceulus@riseup.net, or post them on this piratepad (anonymously) or drop a link to a post you’ve already written through to me on Twitter: @esceulus . It would be awesome to get the first edition (ha!) done by the end of April. (double ha!)

Getting ACTIVELY involved:
If you want to be involved in collectively editing the pamphlet, that’’s awesome. I don’t want to *own* the thing and would prefer a collectively produced & edited pamphlet – so it would be lovely to have someone with long-term experiences of SW to collaborate with. This could be done in a co-working document (piratepad / googledoc / circulated .odt) or through google groups / emails.

What about £?
We won’’t pay anyone for submitting stuff, that’s not how Active operates. We’’re DIY, not for profit (sometimes frustratingly so) and quite contra to the whole *pay me wages* scene. We live Mutual Aid. This might cause problems as £ is a necessary evil in some circumstances. If you’’re willing to spend some of your time writing something for the zine then we’’re willing to spend our time putting it into print. [We will of course send you significant numbers of the finished pamphlet if you so desire!]

Active will pay the printing costs and we’’ll sell it at a rate that covers those costs. However, if people that submit the work want the pamphlet to be a fundraiser for a sex workers’’ rights group then we’’re happy to raise the price a bit & do it as a benefit (ideally all contributors will agree on a beneficiary, but if not, each contributor could allocate where their % donation should end up).

in anticipation

James, of Active Distro

Traveling for a postcard, your gap year exploration.

"I just want to travel, to see the world before I go to university."

So you plan your trip from the comfort of your parents’ house. Sitting on the sofa, clutching the laptop you were given for passing your AS levels. You’ve been inspired by seeing posts on Facebook, photos of distant sunshine and tropical beaches on instagram - you want to collect the same memories and experiences. So you plan your route, and petition your parents for the £.

You get driven to the airport by your folks and they hand you the *around the world ticket* and your passport. They know you so well, you’d probably have left them at home. Then they take a goodbye picture, *our little Holly/Jake about to see the world*, even though they’ve taken you around it three times on various holidays during your childhood… but this time it’s different. This time it’s just you… and their wallets.

You take your first trip to New York, because - well, that’s another part of the world right, and all of the TV shows that you grew up with were filmed there. Yellow Taxi into Manhattan. So cool, you walk around Central Park, try to find Central Perk, go to Macy’s…  snapping all the way.

Next step, California, LA to be exact, for Hollywood… as above, but for films, celebrities, the star-walk. Photographing every step along the boulevard.

Then a trip down to South America to visit… Peru & Machu Picchu. You get a tour guide to take you up to the top. You pose for a photograph. Visit done. Now back to the hotel. Taxi to the airport.

Flight to Australia. It’s like a sunny version of England, with even more white people. Visit the big red rock that you still call Ayers Rock. Take a photograph. Hang out in hostels, drink with other students - lots of photographs.

Now for some real travelling, a trip to Thailand. You visit the tiger sanctuary, because all of your friends have photographs of themselves petting chained up animals. You get the same photograph. Off you go to the beach, and the clubs. The nightclubs. The drink. The photographs. A boat trip, on a boat filled with others like you, but slightly different. Different enough to be interesting, but same enough for you to never really leave your moneyed comfort zone.

Landing in Kenya, you head to the Giraffe hotel. Chauffeured all the way, by people whose names you never bothered to remember. A few nights in a nature reserve, to give you the true African Experience. Photographs of long necks and long tongues stealing food from your plates. A short video to share online. Now back to the airport, ignoring everything you could see through the tinted windows of the vehicle carrying you and the other tourists.

Stop over. A quick trip around the airport shops, knick knacks collected, on-board for the penultimate destination. Boarding selfie.

Touchdown on a greek island, does it matter which? You’re not there for the history - and the only epic you want is a tune. Nightclubs, drink, photographs of the same, but different, people, all living their lives through collated experiences. Swim with dolphins, scuba, banana boat, more pictures. Soak up some sun. Spend more money collecting memories.

Dive into the water, surface. Don’t question the impact of your tourism.

On the plane home, you flick through images on your smartphone. Each one a memory only validated once you share it. Only worthwhile it if’s liked. Are you liked? Or is it the lifestyle you lead that people actually have an interest in. What happens when the money’s gone?

Now to university you go, not for the education - but for the lifestyle. Three, or maybe four years of nights out, selfies, staged enjoyment… and everyone is acting…

even you.

(Trigger warning for abuse.)

In activist communities, who is believed? And beyond that, what is the harm being addressed? Is it abusive power, control, and exploitation? Is it certain violent acts? Is it the exercise (or simple presence) of privilege? A survivor of domestic violence is likely to use violent behaviors to resist the objectification of being abused. A person who is battering can report actions taken by their partners that are mean, cruel, scary, or confusing. Out of context, they could be seen as abusive. In context, they can be understood as resisting power and control. People have the mistaken idea that batterers are “bad” and survivors are “good.” Battering is bad. Surviving battering is good. But, batterers and survivors are people. Understanding a given survivor’s actions when they confound our notion of “good victim”— or interpreting a given batterer’s charming manipulations— is not simple. In our experience, folks in activist communities too often end up confused and mobilize against the survivor.

People who batter can use their own vulnerabilities (such as their own experience surviving racism or homophobia, dealing with a mental illness or a previous assault, or facing exploitation in their family of origin or in the workplace) to control and manipulate friends, lovers, family, colleagues, and comrades. They set up loyalty tests. They believe that they are the victims. Often their vulnerabilities are real— and everyone’s vulnerabilities matter and merit reasonable attention— but their sense of persecution and entitlement is devastating to their loved ones and the community. Activist communities are particularly susceptible to manipulation by abusers because we are most likely to have compassion for how abusers experience institutional oppression and to understand how they are victims of unjust systems. Our empathy confounds our ability to see people who face oppression as people who could also be capable of, and should be accountable for, abuse.

Connie Burk, “Think. Re-think.” from The Revolution Starts at Home (via saltmarshhag)

(Source: rootsbooksmagic)

lychgate:

gentlemanbones:

yungthoracicsurgeon:

indikos:

My boyfriend got me this hat :3

What? Why? You’re so pretty like….what the fuck?

What. What.

nobody is reblogging this for your hat im sorry
its for your incredibly perfect and beautiful face


REBLOGGING FOR THE HAT(if you reblog for someone’s looks / prettiness then please think about what you’re saying to & about other people who don’t meet your *beauty standards* = “I only value appearances" - screw you)
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lychgate:

gentlemanbones:

yungthoracicsurgeon:

indikos:

My boyfriend got me this hat :3

What? Why? You’re so pretty like….what the fuck?

What. What.

nobody is reblogging this for your hat im sorry
its for your incredibly perfect and beautiful face


REBLOGGING FOR THE HAT(if you reblog for someone’s looks / prettiness then please think about what you’re saying to & about other people who don’t meet your *beauty standards* = “I only value appearances" - screw you)
Zoom Info

lychgate:

gentlemanbones:

yungthoracicsurgeon:

indikos:

My boyfriend got me this hat :3

What? Why? You’re so pretty like….what the fuck?

What. What.

nobody is reblogging this for your hat im sorry

its for your incredibly perfect and beautiful face

REBLOGGING FOR THE HAT
(if you reblog for someone’s looks / prettiness then please think about what you’re saying to & about other people who don’t meet your *beauty standards* = “I only value appearances" - screw you)

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    28/03/14: DIY music, touring, sexism and celebrities in an interview with out of control girl band The Tuts

  • Artist

    Queer Punx

qpunx:

Jack and Daniel are joined by Nadia, Harriet and Beverley of riot grrrl pop punk band The Tuts to talk about touring with Kate Nash, women in music, sexism in the industry, and doing it DIY!

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tumblr - The Tuts on Tumblr

facebook - The Tuts on Facebook

bandcamp - the Tuts on Bandcamp

youtube - “1978, Smiling Politely” by Martha at Indietracks 2013 with a Tuts stage invasion

Track 1 is Worry Warrior (Geocities Remix) by The Tuts

Track 2 is Sandy by Amazon Blu

Track 3 is Run by Perkie

Run by Perkie (music video)

Length: 1hr

Size: 60MB

Books of 2014: #30 The Light Fantastic, graphic novel

Title: Terry Pratchett’s The Light Fantastic The Graphic Novel
Author: (illustrators) Steven Ross & Joe Bennet, (adapted) Scott Rockwell, (lettered) Michelle Beck & Vickie Williams, (edited) David Campiti, (source text) Terry Pratchett
Publisher: Corgi, 1992
Printing: Paperback
Obtained from: World of Books
Cover:


Review:
Apart from the traditionally sexualised depictions of Bethan (which aren’t really necessary as TP never stipulated that her clothing revealed as much thigh and breast as possible) - it’s a good graph. Two different styles of drawing, I personally prefer the first part of the book  -  the second is a little too grainy.

Books of 2014: #29 The Heretic’s Guide to Vegan Cookery

Title: The Heretic’s Guide to Vegan Cookery
Author: Andy Murray
Publisher: Good Elf Press, 2008
Printing: A4 paperback
Obtained from:Hiding in the back room of the RSPCA shop in Hackney, 50p
Cover:


Review:
It’s a cookbook, but it’s also a notebook of text. Andy has fluffed out the cookbook with chatter. It’s a strange book that doesn’t really give enough guidance to be a useful cookery book, and it doesn’t have enough fluff to be enjoyable.

That said, there are a number of interesting text sections and a couple of the recipes do stand out as rather well thought out. Especially the recipe for chips. YOU HAVE NO FRY THEM TWICE (with a rest period while the oil reheats).

Books of 2014: #28 Nanny Ogg’s Cookbook

Title: Nanny Ogg’s Cookbook
Author: Terry Pratchett, Stephen Briggs, Tina Hannan & Paul Kidby
Publisher:Corgi 2001, (Original, Doubleday, 1999)
Printing: paperback
Obtained from:A bookswap with Ali from the local BHF shop [never buy from there, they test on non-human animals]
Cover:


Review:
I got this for the words, not the recipes. Only two of the dishes are vegan. This isn’t really a cookbook, it’s just an opportunity to fluff out an already delightfully fluffy person from the Discworld series. The first part of the book is about food, the second about etiquette. Both well written and full of good in-jokes for Discworld fans.

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