WORKING CONDITIONS by RYAN CONRAD
Hustlers, hookers, dancers, rent boys, escorts, trade, or just your average gay university student looking for a generou$ older gentleman to help pay rising tuition costs: we are everywhere. While very public battles are being waged between radical feminists and anti-sex work feminists over the legalization of sex work in Canada, male sex workers have been largely left out of the conversation and rendered nearly invisible. While patriarchy and misogyny account for the heightened stakes in the battle between feminists over sex work, male sex workers also face similar safety related working conditions including those gestured towards in the text of this poster. These working conditions are framed and further compounded by poverty, classism, racism, ableism, hetrosexism, transphobia, sexphobia, serophobia, gender based-stereotypes, and the failure to recognize sex work as a form of labor. Sex workers, like all other laborers, deserve safe healthy working conditions and the dignity to work without shame, stigma, fear, or exploitation. This poster was designed in collaboration with Mikiki and with feedback from other sex workers, artists, and service providers.
Paula Treichler, How to Have Theory in an Epidemic. p.19
Please Don’t Infect Me, I’m Sorry || GAWKER by Rich Juzwiak
I used to read Rich’s old blog from time to time, but this article really makes him sound like an ignorant dick. It’s embarrassing that some gay men just wait for other people to educate them.
And then there are passages like this:
“It wasn’t until he got clean that he realized the true value of himself – now he says he’s healthier than he’s ever been. He has an insanely cut-up torso to prove it.”
What exactly is it about this article that is making people say it’s a “must read”?
If I were to write a response article it would be titled, “PLEASE DON’T CONDESCEND TO ME, I’M NOT SORRY FOR BEING POZ: YOU CAN KEEP YOUR FUCKING HUGS, YOU WEASLY COWARD” by Rich “i know it’s wrong but i think HIV people are really dangerous and as long as i never get HIV i don’t really have to confront my fear with anything but bigotry disguised as pseudo-science” Juzwiak
The comments on this Gawker article are making me want to suicide.
…”YOU CAN’T GET MORE AIDS, RIGHT?”
Crimp, Douglas. “Portraits of People With AIDS.” in Cultural Studies. Eds. Grossberg, Nelson, Treichler. New York: Routledge, 126-127. (via fuckyeahdouglascrimp)
Reblogging for a second time…
I’d like to challenge people dealing with visual representations of the body (their bodies just as much as the bodies of others) to think of ways to not only shift the terms of their representation (bad vs. good; pretty vs. ugly; shaming vs. proud; etc.), but also the modes of representation being employed to do so.
“AIDS IS NOT A BAD PERSONS’ DISEASE ROSE!”
MIKIKI with SCOTT DONALD
FUCK YEAH AIDS ACTION NOW POSTERS!