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Re: “Is burlesque sex work?

Can you be arrested for burlesque? Yes, but it is highly unlikely and the charge wouldn't be prostitution. if a burlesque performer was arrested for a performance the charge would be along the lines of something to do with obscenity or public indecency.

The terminology 'sex work' and 'sex worker' was introduced to battle the pervasive stigma associated with prostitution and prostitutes. It was also thought to be a way of humanizing and legitimizing the trade and vocation. However, whoever coined that term wasn't thinking of how it might be misused or how it could derail important work by confusing the issues- which the above article demonstrates.

Now, years later- in some regions, particularly America, it has become a 'catch all' phrase. Basically anything to do with erotica and the exchange of money, whether sex is involved or not, whether the vocation is criminalized or not, can be described as 'sex work' in the eyes of many.

Some take the label as a show of solidarity. A nice gesture, but how does this add up in terms of activism, the fight for decriminalization and the movement seeking to establish access to human rights for people working in the criminalized sex trade?

I am an erotic service provider.

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Posted by Domina Elle on 05/18/2017 at 2:51 PM

Re: “Is burlesque sex work?

The term 'sex work' or 'sex worker' is very loosely used in the USA. Prostitute on the other hand- wouldn't encompass everything that 'sex worker' often has. Many in the adult services and performances arena use the term sex worker even though they aren't providing sex and aren't criminalized. Others don't want to use it for that reason. I personally prefer 'erotic service provider' a terminology coined by long time prostitute and human rights activist Maxine Doogan who founded the Erotic Service Providers Legal Education and Research Project as well as the Eroric Service Providers Union. It more accurately encompasses any and all vocations and services which span a spectrum in the adult industry. Burlesque could easily be considered an erotic service, but SEX work? I don't think so. Could you refer to a burlesque performer as a prostitute? I wager most would say NO. A burlesque performer is a burlesque performer. If the performer is also providing sexual services as a prostitute, that would be another vocation all together. A prostitute who also performs burlesque. Erotic service provider would cover it all even when they are taking it off.

LOVE to my sisters and brothers in the erotic services industry!

Support the case to decriminalize consensual erotic services: http://decrimnow.com

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Posted by Domina Elle on 05/18/2017 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Former Colorado Springs reporter named as finalist in prestigious contest

Hobbs shouldn't have trouble competing against young reporters at the Washington Post, as the Post no longer employs any reporters. All they have left are opinion piece writers and click-bait headline editors.

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Posted by CSIndyReader on 05/18/2017 at 10:48 AM

Re: “Watchdogs criticize Trump's easing of ban on 'politicking from the pulpit'

very well written article! the poor poor persecuted religious freaks... these holier-than-thou fools want their tax exemption and also the ability to snub their self-righteous noses at the rest of us intelligent and patriotic tax payers

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Posted by happyfew on 05/18/2017 at 9:41 AM

Re: “Watchdogs criticize Trump's easing of ban on 'politicking from the pulpit'

I'm sure Jim Daly appreciates the easing of the Johnson Amendment as much as he appreciates the $2.3 M Focus on the Family received from the Koch Bros for their political arm. (Denver Post). So does this mean that Focus on the Family (a business) has the spiritual welfare and needs of the Koch Bros. come before the needs of their flock? Do all followers of Focus on the Family support the voter suppression laws that are advocated by the American Legislative Exchange Council (a Koch funded political group)? Does Focus on the Family support voter surpressuon through its political arm? Do you think Focus on the Family really believes in the teachings of Christ when they are a mouthpiece for the Koch Bros.? When Jim Daly advocates for a candidate or piece of legistion in the halls of government or ballot issue, is he avocating for this flock or the Koch Bros.? Will Focus on the Family allow opposition to their position (KB) to be spoken at the same time? How does a front group for the Koch Bros. qualify for tax exempt status? Questions that need to be answered.

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Posted by Gary Casimir on 05/17/2017 at 4:07 PM

Re: “LGBTQ people change the burlesque landscape and find outlets for their identities

Just correcting my name... It's Viva Valezz! (not Valdez) - thanks so much for including me in this piece. Wonderful!
Though Mr. Valdez and I could be distant naked cousins! ;)

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Posted by Andrea Varela on 05/17/2017 at 8:57 AM

Re: “Mixed blessings

Sometimes it's frighting when people say things like he is a man of God but has never proved that his sons was raised back to life . He should go out of his way prove it happened. If he does not prove that one thing he is a feud and a lied about the whole thing. Does that then still make him a Man Of God .........I don't think it squares up with what Jesus said Let your yes mean yes . One lie leads to another you cannot trust a double minded man .

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Posted by Grame on 05/16/2017 at 12:57 PM

Re: “Wommack's pathway to prominence

If I was Wommack I would be shouting the fact of my son being drought back to life, I would have a link on my website linking it back to all intuitions who had knowledge of it or reported it ,like the hospital ,news reports on local tv or radio,because raising a person to life is not a common event and word gets round in a small town .Links to Doctors who treated his son before and after the event ,As Jesus said to the lepro go and show yourself to the priest and offer offerings .I am sure he just did not walk out of hospital and no one even challenged him.If he just walked out there must be a person responsible for the morge they would be missing a dead body some sort of paper trail would be out there .As I said if I where him it would be front page news on my site backed up with times and dated and witness reports etc. If my son got raised to life it would be a big talking point in my small town for years.

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Posted by Grame on 05/16/2017 at 11:51 AM

Re: “UPDATE: John Suthers on short list to replace Comey as FBI director

He sure isn't on the Tall list!

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Posted by Donald T Rump on 05/16/2017 at 7:41 AM

Re: “New female AFA commandant moving here soon, with her wife

Another sad day in America...

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Posted by John Phillips on 05/15/2017 at 4:17 PM

Re: “Indy joins newsrooms nationwide to report on hate with your help

Hate crimes just shot up after Trump got elected...?!
Can anyone actually dig deeper into this statement and qualify it? It is a vague and broad statement that leaves some wondering: who, what, when, where, and why, those things The Independent spends very little time bothering with. Those that wish to can say "Told ya so". Those that predict bad things and hope those bad things come to pass can quite possibly be the perpetrators of bad things. If hate is wrong and is implied to be an exclusive Right-Wing trait why are so many speaking and writing with such venom and vitriol about the president? Is that not enough to take a closer look at who might commit a hate crime? Of course it is.
Another example that I am trying to stress is how phrasing can and is intended in the first place to create a belief. While not actually having any basis in fact it is designed to allow the writer to be innocent of lying and the reader to be guilty of believing an implication of something was in fact not true. It is the now-trending wave of phony journalists not needing an editor to orchestrate the act of yellow journalism, they can write with their own biases as long as the the editor shares the same biases.
So an anti-drug web site reports that in Denver meth arrests are up 140% (approximate). So they imply to the impressionable that their whole premise of a "drug epidemic" is a fact. It had no other statement or stat on methamphetamine use being up, just arrests. Big difference. And pure propaganda. Also web sites want visitors because that is how money is made.
So the feigned concern is merely a dash at cash not unlike other "charitable" causes such as homeless shelters and soup kitchens. The directors keep some funds as salary and hope that homelessness continues. Those funds they do receive are mostly from government (taxpayers) divided up to executive agencies who while arguing about who receives how much pay themselves off the top. A lot of money wasted, no problem is solved and no crisis averted. The answer for the particular problem of homelessness is simple:buy them houses and stay out of their lives, do not make rules or set-up hoops for them to jump through. Those in government from city council on up then can work to scrap regulations that strangle growth and stifle business. The economy and free market can return which creates jobs and jobs keep people busy and too tired at days end to hate or bother to read about hate. Keeping hate, racism and bigotry is the media s job... If they were really trying to get to the source. The media is the source, they are the tool of government and government has every reason for us to stay poor and hating each other so we do not take a closer look at what they are doing.
They want you to shut up, be disarmed, afraid of saying no to illegal search and seizures, pay more tax, receive less services that you paid for and for the poor they have a tax called lottery, and your Fifth Amendment Right has been propagandized into the notion that remaining silent means guilt when it was intended to keep citizens from having to answer any questions at all at any time from authority. The work-around is the Grand Jury. Keep alive the notion that the Supreme Court makes the laws and what they say goes is almost genius.
Lets see the Independent do their dumb man on the street question sometime asking "What is The Rule Of Law" and "What Is The Law of the Land" then last not least "Who Gave You Your Rights". I will wager, if it is kept honest that few will know the answers. They know about beer and dopeand that is how it is supposed to be, huh?

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Posted by Bob Wyman on 05/14/2017 at 8:20 PM

Re: “Legally, it doesn't take much for a guest to stake a claim to your home

What if it is your ex husband who was only allowed to come over to babysit his child occasionally since he does not have a home of his own suitable for a child to visit at while the custodial parent/legal tenant is at work? One day he just refuses to leave. Police are called, he lies tells them he lives in the house,does not have belongings,keys,or any right to be in the house other than to visit his child. He even kicked in the front door to get inside when the door was locked. Also tells police that he was shoved out the door,now the legal tenant who pays all the bills is arrested,a protective order is placed against her and is legally banned to go back to her home, forced to live in her car with their child. Called donestic violence shelter and is refuses help since she is considered to be the "abuser".

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Posted by jnifrc on 05/14/2017 at 4:14 PM

Re: “Legally, it doesn't take much for a guest to stake a claim to your home

There is a homeless person leaving there trash and sleeping in my guest house can I change the locks and lock the gate. He/she was not invited to live there. Do I have to call the police or can I just lock the gate and change locks?

Posted by April2517 on 05/13/2017 at 10:24 AM

Re: “Morris Dees on the legacy of his Southern Poverty Law Center

http://www.massresistance.org/docs/issues/splc/targeting-mr-chapters-2017.html
Wealthy Anti-Christian Hate Group - Southern Poverty Law Center - has veered far off course

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Posted by Dean Teagan on 05/13/2017 at 9:07 AM

Re: “UPDATE: John Suthers on short list to replace Comey as FBI director

It is weird that Suthers name only appears here as being on the short list.
No other published short list has his name. This sounds more like Gardner wanting Suthers to think he is assisting in his career for favors down the road.

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Posted by TruB on 05/12/2017 at 7:50 PM

Re: “Watchdogs criticize Trump's easing of ban on 'politicking from the pulpit'

Any time religion has mixed into laws governing a civilization, we have seen the eventual destruction of the rights of the individual that was proportionately equal to the power gathered by the clergy. That is why the men who wrote the Constitution were so leery of allowing religion any power into the government while they knew that the government itself must stay out of religious affairs. Read the works and letters of the Founding Fathers to understand what they intended, not what David Barton or some other religious leader tells you they said.

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Posted by Arval Becker on 05/12/2017 at 4:12 PM

Re: “UPDATE: John Suthers on short list to replace Comey as FBI director

I dont know may fit right in hes been pretty good at doing what ever the local rich guy has asked of him. Why wouldnt he another rich guy?

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 05/12/2017 at 2:39 PM

Re: “UPDATE: John Suthers on short list to replace Comey as FBI director

You do know that prior to being Mayor of our "Victorian Age" town, John Suthers was the Attorney General of Colorado for 10 years, U.S. Attorney for Colorado and Fourth Judicial District Attorney? There is no way Trump will see a benefit in hiring Suthers. I believe Suthers is honest and forthright will not pledge loyalty to Trump.

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Posted by Jackie Reynolds on 05/12/2017 at 2:02 PM

Re: “UPDATE: John Suthers on short list to replace Comey as FBI director

Mr. Suthers seems particularly well suited to be Mayor of a Victorian Age town - and even though he comes highly recommended by Gardner, would the real world outside of Colorado really find Mr. Suthers as a good fit to play on the National stage?

The President of Council takes over as Mayor with the departure of a sitting Mayor; great wisdom seemed to be in play with council not selecting Mrs. Gaebler to serve as President of Council and thus be first in line to assume a position that takes emotional stability to be effective.

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Posted by Robert Gentry on 05/12/2017 at 11:16 AM

Re: “UPDATE: John Suthers on short list to replace Comey as FBI director

excellent!! Gaebler for Mayor!!

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Posted by carolyncathey on 05/12/2017 at 11:06 AM

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