Brothels, class, and gentrification: A eulogy for the Pink Palace (repost)

This essay was published by the legends at Subbed In. You can read it on Subbed In's website here, do check out their other excellent content while you're at it. This essay was also shortlisted for Overland's Fair Australia Prize, full shortlists + winners can be seen here.   "You could close down Moe’s or the … Continue reading Brothels, class, and gentrification: A eulogy for the Pink Palace (repost)

Let me haunt you [poem]

Let me be the stain that marks your purity. Let me be deficit that defines your hierarchy. Let my blood be tested for the symptoms you can’t recognise. Let my cervix be scraped in procedures that you subsidise.   Let me be the shame that invents your respectability. Let us pretend that this has something … Continue reading Let me haunt you [poem]

SESTA: an attack on sex workers’ safety (repost)

I wrote this piece for Overland on FOSTA/SESTA. You can read it on their website here but I've copy/pasted it below too.  In March, the US Senate passed a bill known as the Fight Sex Trafficking Online Act (FOSTA), with ninety-seven votes in favour and only two opposed. This bill and its predecessor, the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers … Continue reading SESTA: an attack on sex workers’ safety (repost)

A saviour’s wet dream [hooker haikus]

The elusive Pimp rolls up his elusive sleeves, and flashes a smirk.   He stalks the alleys, his natural habitat. It’s Saturday night.   Bree, a sex worker (or “prostituted woman” to her rescuers),   lights a cigarette. “Oh Bree,” the pimp beckons her. He clears his pimp throat:   “Some of your earnings will … Continue reading A saviour’s wet dream [hooker haikus]

Getting fucked for (no) money: A capitalist pig gives his unpaid intern life advice [haikus]

"I hope that you know, I once sucked dick for free too. We have all been there.   One day you'll grow up. You'll be a boss yourself. You will have your own   Reserve labourers To attend to your wishes -- To get fucked by you.   And they will thank you For the … Continue reading Getting fucked for (no) money: A capitalist pig gives his unpaid intern life advice [haikus]

A sex worker’s consent: solidarity, not sanctimony (repost)

I wrote a piece about sexual consent at work and outside of work. Overland published it. It's available on their website but I've copy/pasted it below too.  Eighteen The night before exists only in flashes. Me, drinking in my living room with friends, then in a pub, then another pub. There’s a photo of me with … Continue reading A sex worker’s consent: solidarity, not sanctimony (repost)

Letter to Samantha Ratnam, re: Kathleen Maltzahn’s preselection for the seat of Richmond

I wrote this letter to Samantha Ratnam, leader of the Victorian Greens and MLC for Northern Metropolitan. I emailed it to her today and will send it by mail this week. For more information on how the Victorian Greens have repeatedly failed sex workers, visit Jane Green's blog. Express your concern by writing to Greens … Continue reading Letter to Samantha Ratnam, re: Kathleen Maltzahn’s preselection for the seat of Richmond