Another amazing interview with the folks at RawSex!
Originally Posted July 26/14
This is about the Vancouver event held on July 24. Thanks Maggie for this wonderful article!
Several women inspired me last night. And made me laugh. And cry.
Scarlett Lake and Velvet Steele have made their living from sex work for decades. Last night, for over an hour, they answered questions from a supportive audience about their lives, (more…)
To be or not to be? That’s always been the question, and most likely always will be. When I set out on my own journey to be happy in my own skin, I must say I was somewhat naive to certain aspects that were to come along with it. Aspects that girls, and women go through on a daily basis. I am not going to outright spell it out for you, but because I can, and will, within the context of this tidbit, be somewhat vague.
I’ve always been androgynous, something I was able to use to my advantage in my early days of advertising professional fetish services; “Androgynous Pretty Boy/Girl Will Whip You Into Shape!” It paid off, clients got it and so did the rest in my social circle. At the time I was still very much immersed in dealing with my own dysphoria, (more…)
Manscaping is a good thing, but these days it has been taken to extremes in my eyes and the beholders of many others. What started off as a process to clean up the hair from unruly eyebrows, legs, backs and butt crack, seems to have extended beyond that to the forearms of so many overly processed pretty boys. Looking at smooth forearms evokes images of prepubescent boys, that make even the most tolerant give their heads a shake. Hairy forearms on a man, that’s what’s sexy this week.
Hair on a man is not all coarse and prickly, but quite the contrary, soft, downy and wonderful to touch! Even the legs, of which the women and men into men, know the feel of hairy legs rubbing up against their own in the heated frictions of passion, (more…)
Tits, boobs, juggs, ta taas, knockers, breasts, fun bags, the girls, guns, the rack, the top 10 slang names given to those beautiful orbs that adorn the chest of the amply endowed women, and some men. Like it or not, they are the ultimate in defining femininity for those who have embraced wearing them up and out there on full display for the world to see and enjoy. I am not talking about running around with them airborne, but rather presented in their full voluptuous glory, of which I for one am happy to see, and, do myself.
The sign that a woman is coming into adolescence and then again sexual prime, are the growing orbs, the first thing noticed by the throngs of boys and jealous girls in middle school, those bouncy, fleshy mounds, the first thing noticed and remembered. (more…)
Abolitionists are continually telling folks that sex workers don’t have a choice, nor have the ability to make their own choices. What makes them the experts behind their religious front. Did they ask sex workers? Did they ask the other thousands out there? NO, because they don’t want you to have a choice, they don’t want to give you a choice, they don’t want you to have the freedom to make your own choice. Only they are the ones allowed to have a choice in their eyes, and that is frightening, because some politicians are listening, and when one option for choice is taken away, thus begins the trickle down effect diminishing our ability for further choices to be made. (more…)
Shoulders, the nice broad shoulders of a man atop a perfectly sculpted V-shaped torso, crafted ever so carefully at the gym, or part of the natural physical make-up for those gifted through good genetics. Rounded strong shoulders that curve into deep valleys to bulge over mountainous biceps. Shoulders caressed by eager hands and looked upon by doting eyes, strong shoulders well shaped, and defined are what’s sexy this week.
The highly sought after shape by masculine men for the upper body is the afore mentioned V-shape that begins with a small waist and flares out to either side of the collar bone. For some it begins with the muscular and well defined pelvic lines that disappear into the garments worn on the lower half of the body. (more…)
FIRST, a feminist advocacy group for the rights of sex workers and decriminalization of prostitution, in partnership with the BC Civil Liberties Association is holding a series of community education sessions on sex work.
Come hear an introduction to the Bedford case by our Moderator Kerry Porth and ask questions of sex workers in a casual, respectful space. The goal is to engage the public and give community members the space to learn about sex work and the effects of Bill C36 from sex workers themselves.
Our first event is on July 24th at 6 pm at Heartwood Community Cafe, 317 E Broadway, Vancouver, BC,
Unceded Coast Salish Territories
Our schedule for the evening will be as follows:
6 PM – Antonette Rae // Spoken Word Artist
6:15 PM – Introduction by Kerry Porth, Moderator
6:30 – 8 PM – Q & A with Guests, Questions provided from the audience
We will also have a door prize of a gift basket courtesy of the SPACES project! (http://blogs.ubc.ca/spaces/)
Our Guests for July 24th
ANTONETTE RAE – Bio forthcoming!
VELVET STEELE is a woman who is a trans activist and sexual health advocate. She recently finished working with the City of Vancouver Task Force on Sex Work in an advisory position, is currently a sensitivity facilitator with Living In Community, sits on the advisory of the Canadian Alliance for Sex Work Law Reform and is an active member of the BCCEC (British Columbia Coalition of Experiential Communities). It’s her life as a Domina that has led her to advocacy and sexual activism helping to assure the rights of individuals directly involved in the sex work community and those associated. It is from this community that she further strives to bring an awareness and understanding to those not familiar, through public speaking engagements and advisory positions within non-profits and government agencies.
Her newly re-released website at www.velvetsteele.com presents all her body of work to the public in one location.
KERRY PORTH (Moderator) was born in Vancouver and completed a undergraduate degree at Simon Fraser University in 1986. For six years, Kerry was the Executive Director for PACE (Providing Alternatives, Counselling & Education) Society in Vancouver’s downtown east side and is currently the chair of the board of directors for Pivot Legal Society. A former sex worker and passionate human rights activist, Kerry is a well-respected educator who regularly lectures at colleges and universities about the sex trade. Recently, she presented to the federal Justice Committee about Bill C36, the Harper government’s response to the historic decision by the Supreme Court last year to strike down Canada’s harmful prostitution laws.
Heartwood Cafe’s washrooms are currently not wheelchair or scooter accessible. They have made an agreement with the neighbouring Starbucks who have kindly welcomed our patrons to use their fully accessible washrooms without the need to purchase anything. Please note that Starbucks washrooms are not scent-free.
The Radical Accessibility Mapping Project has kindly done an accessibility audit for the space. To check it out, please see the following links:
Access Overview: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1pUC1YbkDiD2dAx-iYhg-VzTIcSmISRzW9Nr930q6MYU/edit?hl=en_US
Full Access Audit: https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AkEveutSlMoVdGxmVVNVWDZNUDVjeVJnNHZHSG5GTFE&hl=en_US
Radical Access Mapping Project: adicalaccessiblecommunities.wordpress.com/radical-access-mapping-project-vancouver/
Albeit a few days late this week, but only for a few reasons. My original intention of Sexy This Week was to stimulate thought, and create a happy awareness of life and the lovely elements that make up our daily lives. Elements that in my eyes, and those of many others, are sexy and beautiful, sexy and beautiful enough to put a smile on a dull face, and make a gloomy mind blossom into colourful thoughts of epic proportions. Life that’s sexy and beautiful, that’s whats sexy this week. (more…)
Life at the sex shop isn’t always about the young, beautiful, and physically fit venturing through the doors for the latest and greatest of sex toys on the market. It’s a variety of folks that come from all walks of life, of all backgrounds, cultural beliefs, religions, anything and everything, you name it, we see it. I realized long ago working as a sex educator and at the sex shop, that sex doesn’t stop as a person ages, let alone when a person loses a loved one. In particular someone who has been with an individual all their loving adult life. (more…)