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Why Legislating Sex Work Is Problematic

In light of California’s mandatory condom laws for adult performers, I’ve been thinking about why governments feel the need to step in and legislate sex work (I say legislate when often it is criminalized, but here I’ll be focusing on laws that regulate rather than prohibit). First, let’s think of people we categorically make laws about. Children: they have to go to school, they have to be under a legal guardian until they reach a certain age, and so on. Prisoners: they do not have full legal rights, but they retain many other rights, such as access to basic minimum living standards. The poor: there’s a whole body of laws, historically dating back to the Elizabethan era in England, governing employment and aid opportunities for the underprivileged. Continue Reading →

Carrying Multiple Condoms Is Proof Of Prostitution?

Laws in both New York City and Washington D.C. allow police to use condoms as evidence of prostitution, so if you are stopped and found carrying three condoms or more, it could mean trouble. This is terrible for sex education and sexual health campaigns that encourage people–sex workers as well as others–to have access to condoms in order to prevent pregnancy and disease transmission. If I were living in the US right now, I’d propose a condom-carrying protest out of sheer spite for that stupid law. Follow us on Twitter @mysexprofessor. Continue Reading →

Legalized Sex Work in Victoria, Australia

When I first arrived in Melbourne last January, one of the first things I did was take a tram to the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre. The MSHC is affiliated with the University of Melbourne and I knew I’d be taking many of my public health classes there. On my way there from the city center, very excited about exploring my new turf, I saw a maroon-colored, neon-lit building right down the street from the MSHC. “Is that a brothel?” I asked. Continue Reading →

Silly Sex Laws

I found this amusing infographic and it has shattered my lifelong dream of conducting official business in the Nevada legislature while wearing a penis costume. Most of the crazy sex laws pictured are similarly silly, but I find it unsettling that people felt the need to legislate against them in the first place. Follow us on Twitter @mysexprofessor. You can also make friends with us on Facebook. Continue Reading →