Monday, January 12, 2015

Monday Reading

Stoya and Melissa Gira Grant talk labour rights and sex work
by Zing Tsjeng
What do we talk about when we talk about sex work? Stoya and Playing the Whore author Melissa Gira Grant have both written extensively about how conversations about sex work need to include a discussion of work. That is, sex work is less about sex than it is about work; strippers, escorts and adult performers alike deserve the same rights, healthcare and protections that all employees deserve. In this head-to-head interview, the pair discuss how to get beyond the journalistic clichés of the industry and how sex workers are coming together to campaign for change and representation.
Read More at Dazed


New TV feature: women on panel shows
by Holly Combe
In February last year, BBC 2's comedy panel show Mock The Week installed a quota for female comedians, stipulating that at least one woman must appear on the panel per week. Danny Cohen, the director of the BBC, put this quota in place following advice from the BBC trust to urgently address the problem of the underrepresentation of women on television. This was sparked by a report commissioned by the Cultural Diversity Network that put the spotlight on panel shows such as Mock The Week and QI for only rarely representing women.
Read More at The F Word


“Hatred breeds hatred”: Charlie Hebdo, marginalisation and terrorism
by Guilaine Kinouani
Many remember the place of their upbringing with fondness and nostalgia. This may be particularly so for those who through life’s circumstances, have had to leave their childhood home behind. As a Parisian born and cité bred immigrant to the UK, for me the banlieue of Paris evokes memories of multicultural community and a sense of togetherness I have never experienced anywhere else. It makes me think of adolescent rebellion and the hiphop anthems which were the soundtrack to our youth. Since my departure I have constantly longed for the warmth and safety of those close knit communities, mainly made up of migrants, amongst whom my parents made their home amidst the dire deprivation around. However, returning to the cité after being away for many years was surreal. It feels like a different place.
Read More at Media Diversified


Are Comics Art?
by Paul Buhle
On a 1991 MOMA panel about comics and high art, up-and-coming avant gardist Art Spiegelman (still a few years away from a Pulitzer Prize and the fame of Maus) complained bitterly that for the art world, the historic importance of comics consisted in… making Roy Lichtenstein possible! For Spiegelman, the extraordinary achievements of comic artists across a century had thus been relegated to rough materials for the art of authentic mediocrity.


by Stacey Jay
If you don't know what happened to me last week regarding my cancelled Kickstarter and the insane backlash that followed, count your blessings. It was crazy, out of control ugly, and eventually escalated to a point that had me scared for the safety of my family.





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