En/Forced Femme: Sex Workers and Social Media
Social media has become ubiquitous, with everyone from celebrities to businesses jumping on the chance to communicate with customers directly. It comes as no surprise that sex workers have equally utilized these mediums to market themselves. In the wake of issues like Porn Wikileaks, G+'s nym wars and Twitter's hashtag censorship, sex worker Kitty Stryker will speak on what are the benefits and hurdles of this growing trend in the world of professional sex.
Kitty Stryker is a geeky sex worker and feminist activist with one high-heeled boot in San Francisco, California and one in London, England. In London, Stryker worked with the TLC Trust, an online organization connecting people with disabilities with sex workers experienced with emotional or physical limitations. She is the founder of the award-winning Ladies High Tea and Pornography Society, and was nominated by the Erotic Awards as Sex Worker of the Year for her charity and activism work.
Now back in the States, Stryker has been presenting Safe/Ward. a workshop on combating entitlement culture within alternative sexual communities. She has written for Good Vibrations, Filament, and Tits and Sass, built a social media strategy for Cleis Press, and consults with sex workers about their online presence. Her personal blog, Purrversatility, will have celebrated its 4th year in March 2012.