sex industry

North American Anarchist Vol. 1, No. 2, December 1979/January 1980

Issue #2 of the North American Anarchist, with articles on direct action against the proposed Seabrook nuclear power plant, the Quebec independence movement, a controversial article on strip clubs, an unsuccessful organising campaign by tenants in Toronto, the outcome of the Iranian revolution, the Kamalla Miller case, anarchist feminist notes, psychiatry, reviews of a film about the IWW and a Trotskyist book about Kronstadt, the prison system, UAW contract negotiations, a police interrogation manual, Czechoslovakia after '68, a Papal visit and more.

Yanggongju as an allegory of the nation: Images of working-class women in popular and radical texts

Hyun Sook Kim's essay examining representations of working-class South Korean sex workers for U.S. military in popular and radical texts, both of which fix the identities of the women as "bad"/"good" and treat the female body as a metaphorical map of the Korean nation.

Published in Dangerous Women: Gender and Korean Nationalism (2012).

Whose personal is more political? Experience in contemporary feminist politics

An academic article by Alison Phipps about how some feminists deem their traumatic personal experiences more worthy than others in order to negate the rights and organising attempts of sex workers and transwomen.

E20: The Exotic Dancers Union

Exotic Dancers Union.

Podcast episode about the workers at the Lusty Lady strip club in San Francisco who in 1997 were the first women who managed to unionise a strip joint in the United States, and who later took it over and ran it as a workers’ co-operative.

In the mirror - Krailat

Kon Krailat's short fiction about an alienated male sex worker.

The woman in present society

A anarcha-feminist call to arms to working class women, published in Italian in Argentina in January 1896.

Alexandra Kollontai argues for sending sex workers to forced labour camps for 'labour desertion', 1921

Kollontai discusses prostitution in the USSR, stating that the short-term solution should be to place prostitutes into forced labour camps if they do not have additional regular employment. Kollontai argues against the criminalisation of selling sex as such, but takes the position that sex work is not productive labour but instead 'taking from the rations of others'. Professional prostitutes were to be treated as 'labour deserters' justifying the same treatment as 'speculators, traders and hoarders'.

Lenin orders the massacre of sex workers, 1918

Kaganovich, 1934

Lenin's letter to G. F. Fyodorov ordering "mass terror, shoot and deport the hundreds of prostitutes who are making drunkards of the soldiers, former officers and the like." in Nizhni, where the Czech white forces were amassing. Kaganovich implemented the terror although while there is some evidence of a sex industry operating in Nizhni (see comments) actual executions during the terror are estimated to be in the low hundreds and predominately men.

Sex, work and sex work - Red and Black Leeds

A pamphlet compiling interviews with and articles by members of Red and Black Leeds (RABL), giving an anarchist-communist perspective on sex work, from the perspective of anarchist-communist sex workers.

No justice, no piece! A working girl's guide to labor organizing in the sex industry

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A manual created by the Exotic Dancers Union in San Francisco from their experiences organizing a union at the Lusty Lady strip club in 1997. A valuable book both for those organizing sex workers and workers in general. A good overview of the NLRB election process, but also general tips on organizing and direct action.