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Eyebeam Assembly | Hacking//Hustling: A Platform for Sex Workers in a Post-SESTA World by OSD.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

I will be speaking on a panel called Hacking//Hustling: A Platform for Sex Workers in a Post-SESTA World, hosted by Melissa Gira Grant and Mistress Blunt @ Eyebeam Assembly in Brooklyn, NY. I was invited to speak as a sex worker & technologist on my experiences navigating fintech development as a sex worker & activist + the ways I’ve been specifically targeted for being successful in those efforts.

The event is full, but you can watch a livestream or add yourself to the waitlist. Info below.


Watch the livestream here

 

A new federal law called SESTA (Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act) has endangered sex workers and resulted in their erasure from online platforms that once provided work, community and safety.

 

Organized in collaboration with Melissa Gira Grant and Danielle Blunt, Hacking//Hustling: A Platform for Sex Workers in a Post-SESTA World is a two-day program of conversations and tactical skill sharing led by sex workers to generate knowledge that has been erased in the wake of SESTA. Hacking//Hustling is a space for digital rights advocates, journalists, and allied communities to come learn from sex workers and better understand the developing effects of SESTA on internet freedom for all. This program was organized with the belief that sex workers are the experts of their own experience and an internet that is safe for sex workers, is an internet that is safe for almost everyone.

 

A panel organized and moderated by Melissa Gira Grant and Danielle Blunt, will feature presentations from sex workers and sex worker rights advocates with a discussion on censorship, discrimination and policing in the wake of SESTA.

 

Following the panel, a half-day workshop (in collaboration with t4tech) will take place Saturday, September 22. Sex workers and digital rights advocates will work together to address the harms of SESTA legislation with a collaborative approach grounded in principles of harm reduction. We will learn how to to protect data, have safer communications, and build stronger online communities.  

 

More information about SESTA:

Sex workers and survivors of trafficking oppose SESTA

Congress passes SESTA, despite opposition from sex workers and survivors of trafficking

Crackdowns on sex workers begin before SESTA is signed into law

SESTA supporters say sex work can never be safe

Sex workers protest SESTA nationwide

A constitutional challenge to SESTA is filed

 

About the panelists and moderators:

 

Melissa Gira Grant is a senior staff reporter covering criminal justice at The Appeal and the author of Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work (Verso). She has been a contributing writer at the Village Voice and Pacific Standard, and her work has also appeared in the Guardian, the New York Times, BuzzFeed News, the New York Review of Books, and the Nation, among others. Her essays are collected in Best Sex WritingThe Feminist Utopia Project, and Where Freedom Starts: Sex Power Violence #MeToo. She lives in New York.

@melissagira

 

Danielle Blunt (she/her) is a NYC-based Dominatrix, a full-spectrum doula and sex worker rights activist. She studies power dynamics through kinesthetic modalities and researches the intersection of public health, sex work and equitable access to tech. Her work has appeared in Kink & Code, Tits & Sass and Psychology Today. She enjoys watching her community thrive and making men cry.   

@mistressblunt

 

Kiara St. James, has been a community organizer and public speaker for over 20 years. She has been instrumental in changing shelter policies that were discriminatory towards the Trans community. Kiara is the Founder and current Executive director of the New York Transgender Advocacy Group (NYTAG inc), A grassroots  501c-3 non-profit organization, that is Trans-led and intent on creating new opportunities for the Trans community, through various partnerships and innovative initiatives.

@kiaraditmas

 

Bardot Smith is the alias of an analyst, producer, and demimondaine living on the East Coast. She focuses her time on private consulting, erotic media production, and writing on economics and sex under capitalism. She enjoys pissing on men. She is currently studying for her Series 65.

@ICONOCLASTIAE

 

Lorelei Lee is a writer, sex worker, and activist. She began doing sex work in 2000 and has worked both on and offline. Her fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in Salon, The Rumpus, WIRED, Denver Quarterly, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Buzzfeed, The Establishment, and $pread Magazine, as well as in the anthologies Hos, Hookers, Call Girls and Rent Boys, Off the Set, The Feminist Porn Book, and Coming Out Like A Porn Star.  

@MissLoreleiLee

 

Ashley Paige is an International Travel Companion & Connoisseur of Kink

@AshleyPaigeNYC

 

 

“Whores Will Rise: Protest Art & Resistance Ephemera Against FOSTA/SESTA”

There will also be a community art show, curated by Brit Schulte, highlighting protest art/resistance ephemera from recent demonstrations against SESTA/FOSTA and calling for decriminalization, and labor rights for all sex working/trading people.

 

Brit Schulte (they/them) is a community organizer and under-employed sex working art historian currently splitting time between Chicago and New York City. They are a member of the Support Ho(s)e collective, Survived & Punished NYC and are the lead coordinator for the Justice for Alisha Walker Defense Campaign. Brit’s current organizing efforts center criminalized survivors, prison abolition and the decriminalization of all sex work/trade.

 

 

Eyebeam respects your safety. If you are interested in RSVPing and do not feel comfortable putting in your personal address, phone number, etc. please input the following information (Eyebeam’s contact information).

Street address: 199 Cook St.

City: Brooklyn

State: NY

Country: US

Phone: 347 378 9163

 

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Given the state of the internet, I am writing updates here. Given these updates and my twitter account, there remains no reason to contact me uselessly. I am unavailable to any inquiry whose intent is not to enrich my life. Being of service to me is not only a requirement of any interaction with me (because why else would I entertain it?), but it is a *component of the teaching element inherent in this dynamic.* If you're requesting a one-off appointment with me, you will still be following my protocol -- whatever I decide it to be at the time -- to even have a prayer.

To be fair, my standards for allowing you to occupy my time and share physical space with me are so challenging to meet because they are designed to automatically weed out the unmotivated, entitled, cavalier, and profane. To serve me, it will require an intentional and VESTED decision on your part. This should be uncontroversial, but I do enjoy the tantrums that it seems to inspire on a regular and relentless basis...going on years now.

Remember: I never have to give you what you want just bc you want it. What do you have for me?

To the victor, they say... 


Now. 

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Gifts:

Net-a-porter list: Preferred list. I like the visual layout...and receiving luxury gifts. 

Amazon list is mundanities. Mostly skincare & beauty, yoga, stationary, tech, books. 

I always like receiving luxury gift cards so I can shop on my own time. 

Since I'm moving, I appreciate giftcards for things I may need for my new apartment. 

My PO box address will change next month. You only really need this if you like to send me cash in the mail, but you can always send gifts there, too. 


New Clip: Too Much To Handle. 

This is a clip about mental devastation. I think you will like it. 


Speaking of too much to handle...I haven't had much time to edit clips. I have a queue but other things to do. I won't have time to film customs until the end of September. 

iWantClips is also experiencing disruptions from their processor. Money has been arriving late for some studios as their volume is throttled. I don't know what their prioritization schema is for payouts, but I do know that not many producers can absorb delays. If I pay my amex a day late, I have to pay a fee. So....It's not confidence building, to say the very least. They could get around these issues by decentralizing their registers or building individual ones de novo. My services could always be retained, of course, for a fee.

This is all well and good. After a run-up of improving months of sales, I'm going to schedule my queue and focus on a transfiguration.

I have recently begun supporting work on a project that will debut at AVN 2019.

I'll be on a panel on September @ Eyebeam in Brooklyn about hacking & sex work. 

I am excited to be back in New York. I said around the time I had been gone five years that "that bitch still can't get me to come home." But we always do go home, don't we? 

Providers and dommes and porn people and kink and burlesque and film art whatever people who want to make things and do things, I have life. I am ... reorganizing digitally from the spinal layers of the internet. 

A transfiguration, of sorts. 

Amen. 
Xx, Smith.