Meeting 6pm August 22nd 2013
Stuff we discussed:
- Logos and slogans
- Progress on the clinic list/guide
- Flyers and materials: Sex Worker Myth vs Fact, Decriminalization vs. Legalization, What is a Sex Worker?
- Other stuff
Logos and Slogans
Progress: Laurie brainstormed quite a few. Among them:
- “The pleasure is all yours; the payment is all mine.”
- “Pay for play; it’s the American way”
- “If both consent, why the dissent?”
- “It’s only civilized when it’s decriminalized”
- “Free Enterprise for Negotiable Affections”
- various logo ideas that she thought up and explained to us, but now I don’t really remember well enough to explain them. I’ll let her do that.
If you want to give feedback, or if you have some slogan and/or logo ideas of your own, please share!
Some of the places we’ve contacted have been a bit wary of us because they don’t quite understand what we’re doing. So, we’re going with a new approach: we’re going to write up a basic info sheet on who we are, what we’re doing, what “sex work” is, etc. and the questions we want answers to. We’ll send it out to clinics (or bring it to them, whatever) prior to contacting them.
Here are the materials we have (and don’t have yet) for tabling at events. Obviously, some of these would also be useful for other purposes (info for clinics, etc.):
- What is a Sex Worker? – well, this one is easy. we’ve got:
- Who are sex workers? from SexWorkersProject.org
- and pretty much anything on this page: What is Sex Work? (For Friends, Family, and Allies of Sex Workers).
- Sex Worker/Sex Work Myth vs. Fact: I’ve found a few things we could use:
- Sex Worker Myth Vs. Reality (from SexWorkersProject.org)
- Prostitution: Facts and Fictions – Ronald Weitzer: Well-researched (with cited sources!) article from someone in the sociology dept at George Washington University. I haven’t read the whole thing yet, but it looks promising so far.
- Decriminalization vs Legalization:
- Well, there’s Also, there’s Ten Reasons to Decriminalize Sex Work – from OpenSocietyFoundations.org.
- This stuff is all over the internets. Basically, we just need to make a flyer explaining the difference between decriminalization (sex work would no longer be a crime, and the government stays out of the sex lives of consenting adults) and legalization (there are laws regulating sex work and requiring certain things of sex workers–the brothels in Nevada, for example) and why we want decriminalization.
- Brief info sheets about SWOP itself and the sex workers’ rights movement in general:
- Here’s one about SWOP-NOLA: Info Flyer for Tabling: Escorts, Service Providers, Strippers.
- Here are some others: SWOP-NOLA flyers
- I think our home page describes what we do pretty accurately and succinctly.
- SWOP national no longer has anything like this on their website, but we do have the Mission Statement here.
Other stuff we covered
- Only one person contacted me with interest in a skillshare so far, but now she’s got a better grasp of things. So that might be postponed for now.
- We have a couple of new contacts in the healthcare field. The one that attended today’s meeting is an RN in the process of becoming a sexual assault patient advocate.
Next meeting: 5pm on the first Sunday of September, which is September 1st! See you then.