Author: JeanK

On Why Sex Educators Owe Solidarity to Sex Workers

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When people ask what I do, I say “I’m a sexual health educator”. While I do a lot of things related to sexual, gender and social justice, “sexual health educator” just seems to fit both my professional and personal lives best.  So what is success as a sexual health educator? The best sexual health educators cultivate a space where people feel free to explore and ask questions. Quality sexual health education sets students up with the […]

Ways of Acting in Solidarity with Sex Workers This Week

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1. Call your Member of Parliament before the second reading of the bill (this will be happening either tomorrow (June 12th) or Thursday (June 13th) by the sounds of things). While you’re at it, send them an email, a tweet and a Facebook message. Feel free to use the text below: Dear ______________________________________ , I’m writing to call on you as a Member of Parliament to defend sex workers’ right to safety and security by […]

Required Reading about Proposed Laws for Non-Sex Workers

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The last couple days have been very hard for sex workers and harm-reduction organizations who advocate for sex worker rights around the country. On Thursday, Justice Minister Peter MacKay tabled new sex work legislation; while it comes as no surprise that the proposed laws criminalize the purchase of sexual service, many were surprised at how much further the government has gone. Besides being an emotional whirlwind, organizations have been trying to sort out the eventual […]

Government releases results of public consultation

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Yesterday, The Government of Canada released the final report for the Online Public Consultation on Prostitution-Related Offences in Canada based on the 31,172 responses they received. I’ve expressed my distaste for the way the consult has been done in the past (and some sex worker groups have outright dismissed it), so for those looking at the results as though they matter all that much, I have three questions:  What do you actually know about sex […]

Reproductive Rights Are Human Rights

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Today I attended and spoke at a rally to commemorate the first anniversary of Dr. Henry Morgentaler’s death and to call for improved access to abortion for Maritimers. It was also a rally meant as an expression of solidarity with reproductive justice advocates in New Brunswick who are pushing back against the imminent closure of the Morgentaler Clinic. I also think it’s important to publicly discuss some of the issues that exist with the pro […]

Anti-porn is anti-sex worker

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Throughout the history of sex worker activism, those who support rights and safety for sex workers have had to push back against feminists who seek to make their careers off of sex workers’s backs. Anti-porn academic Gail Dines is in Halifax this week, speaking at a conference– Emergent Learning–that you, too, can attend for $300. The cost of the conference is extremely restrictive to most, let alone the survival sex workers in Halifax who should […]