Just saw this on the Associated press wire and thought I would share it. Congratulations to the UA for not censoring it!
You can find the whole article at: http://wire.ap.org/APnews/?SITE=CAWES&FRONTID=HOME.
Porn Stars Flock to Tucson Sex Fest
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Dancers, porn stars and gigolos were here for a festival aimed at destigmatizing the sex industry and removing some of the shame associated with those who work in it.
``It\'s educational, community-building, an attempt to take the silence away. Sex workers are marginalized. This is about unheard voices,\'\' said Juliana Piccillo, co-director of the 2002 Sex Worker Arts Festival, which started Thursday and continues through Sunday at various locations.
Besides applause, the festival, which includes documentary films about the sex worker industry, poetry, dance, photography and music, is drawing criticism.
At issue is a $2,700 grant from the Tucson/Pima Arts Council that the festival is using, plus the fact that two festival sessions take place on University of Arizona property.
The story says \"Sex workers are marginalized.\" Reminds me of another news story a few years back about the males in the porn industry were going to get organized to put themselves in a stronger bargaining position with porn film studios.
And I had to wonder what issues they\'d go on strike over, if it came to that. Perhaps, \"better working conditions\"? [img]/ubbthreads/images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
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