The conditions in which the actresses work, the degrading contracts they sign, their inability to either control images of themselves once they’ve left the profession, or earn money from their use—the censors aren’t interested in any of these aspects of female dignity. The authorities aren’t bothered that there isn’t a single specialist center where actresses can go to access the various pieces of extremely specific information pertinent to their work. One kind of dignity obsesses them, but they don’t give a damn about the other. Yet porn is made with human flesh, with the flesh of actresses. And in the end, the only moral issue it poses is the political aggressiveness with which these women are treated—offstage.
Imagine if we spent half as much time talking about the needs and challenges of freelance journalists as we do talking about “becoming your own brand.” Or imagine if we acknowledged in all the debates about new business models, how many of those models depend on stringers and freelancers.
Today I talked with the excellent Molly Knefel, co-host of Radio Dispatch, all about the constitutionality and politics behind the anti-prostitution pledge (which the Supreme Court is expected to rule on in the next two weeks).
“I lent this stack to a sex worker in need a while ago, and she has paid me back in cash! Always knew she’d come good…great timing too…tax is due. Argh! Some of it will go to my beautiful daughter’s vet bills too, she is the equivalent of 92 human years, and I make sure she’s looked after. There might be enough left to buy myself a sticky bun afterwards?” - Dollymopp of London
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“And the only reason Nancy Jo is at all relevant—at all—is because I had a fucking meltdown on my television show. She claims that we’re fame-obsessed teens. No, shame on you, Nancy! You have taken the pain you have caused me and you ran with it. Everything that they claim we are, they are. Everybody wants to be famous.” (via)
At her lawyer’s office, a week before her arraignment, Neiers denied any involvement in the burglaries. “I’m a firm believer in Karma,” she said, “and I think this situation was attracted into my life because it was supposed to be a huge learning lesson for me to grow and expand as a spiritual human being. I see myself being like an Angelina Jolie,” she said, “but even stronger, pushing even harder for the universe and for peace and for the health of our planet.” She was sounding almost like a real celebrity. “God didn’t give me these talents and looks to just sit around being a model or being famous. I want to lead a huge charity organization. I want to lead a country, for all I know.
— Lots of Lean In vibes in The Bling Ring. (Here’s the original Vanity Fair story.)