Academic Studies

Long time no post.

Hello!

Thought I would give you a brief up date of what I have been up to as I know it has been a bit quiet on the blog lately and my twitter feed is awash with sarcasm, summer antics and not much photography talk.    I finally finished the MA (at last), handed in dummy versions of the books in May and graduate in October.  For those of you who would like to know, I got a First for my dissertation that asked the question "Is it possible to reclaim the word whore through creative practice as research?"  but that does not mean it is the end of Whoretography - oh no my peoples, this is only the beginning.  This is now my passion, my photographic purpose that I will do along side my commercial work, this matters to me.

This is what I have been doing: 

  1. Hand delivering box orders, if I have not got to you yet you will hear from me on Sunday.
  2. Applying for PhDs - currently waiting to hear back from a few universities. 
  3. Updating the rejection page on the website to list all the mainstream places Whoretography has been rejected from - the list is long my friends.
  4. Ironing out a few kinks and quirks with the commercial photographer's list.
  5. Finalising the dummy books to get them to a stage I can present them to publishers
  6. Arranging exhibitions andinstallations influenced by the work of Christer Stromholm who once said, that his images of prostitutes as being“about insecurity… about humiliation… about the quest for self-identity and the right to live” (Vaillat, 2017). This coupled with the notion that “the book is the natural home, and the best showcase for photographers, because of the nature of the medium itself, making a photobook by virtue of the fact that it requires the selection and sequencing of a number of photographs, gives meaning to the photographers work.   The photobook allows the photographer the potential to tell a story, the possibility of constructing a narrative.”
  7. Heading to Australia to design a book cover for an academic publication and to work with an amazingly inspirational woman whose daughter was a remarkable person.
  8. Working on edition two of the magazine and submitting the original edition to competition for self and independent publishers.  AND FINALLY
  9. The matter ofInsuh Yoon,  I have written an article about him and sought some legal advice prior to publishing, as soon as I make the required changes we are good to go.

 

Want your client voice heard?

Are you a customer of escorts/sex workers  who advertise on line or via apps? Do you purchase webcamming services? Are you a customer of a professional dominatrix?

 

Please Help Us Out & Contribute to an important study on internet based sex work

 

The  research project ‘Beyond the Gaze’ is the largest study to date of internet based sex work and is being carried out by an experienced team of researchers at Leicester and Strathclyde Universities, who have many years experience of carrying out research with people working in adult services/sex industry including their customers.   It is a legitimate and important UK wide study which is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and is exploring the use of online and digital technologies in the sex industry.   Go to our website to find out more about the research and the team who are carrying it out http://beyond-the-gaze.com/   As part of this research we are seeking the views and experiences of customers  through an online survey which should take no longer than 10 minutes.  This survey is designed for customers of  all genders and sexual orientations.   The survey does not collect any identifying information, it is completely anonymous, has permission from the University ethics committee and we work within strict ethical guidelines to protect the privacy and anonymity all people taking part in our research.

 

Please go to the survey at the following link;https://leicester.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/customersbeyondthegaze

 

The survey is open until  31st August 2016. We’d really value you input! Thanks for considering this and hopefully for taking part.

 

If you would like more information about the survey or the project please feel free to contact: Professor Teela Sanders on tlms1@leicester.ac.uk

Project Mention.

Whoretography scored a mention at an international conference on media and communication held last Saturday. Whoretography was discussed in relation to sexual marketing on the Las Vegas strip. Some of the points raised were the dangers of the continued use of the hyper-sexualised images of sex workers that lead to violence and stigma and that sexual marketing is about the spectacle, the illusion, the mirage of sex and very little to do with actually selling sex.

In Plain Sight : Sex Worker Participants Required

As sent to Whoretography

My name is Raven, I've been an advocate for sex worker health, safety and recognition for many years in Canada. I used to run a sex worker organization called PACE Society in Vancouver and I coordinated the BC Coalition of Experiential Communities, a regional sex worker research and advocacy group. My most recent advocacy project was Hooker Monologues, performed March 2016 in Canada. I'm now at the University of York doing my PhD and I'm proud to be on the board of ScotPEP, a sex worker organization. See my Bio https://www.york.ac.uk/sociology/our-staff/students/raven-bowen/

My past academic work was about how people transition in and out of sex work, deal with 'whore stigma' and challenge those who see sex work only as harm. I highlight that some people are not entering or leaving sex work, instead they find ways to balance jobs in both sex work and square (non sexual) work at the same time. I call this 'duality.' 

 I'm seeking participants to interview to explore how people manage information about themselves, decide who to disclose to and who not to, carve out different work identities, keep secrets, switch back and forth between jobs, and how experiences in either job to helps or hinders performance in the other. We will discuss the benefits and challenges of working in this very versatile way and discover tips and strategies to help others who do the same. 

More details are on the project blog https://dualitystudy.blogspot.co.uk/ but here are the basics:

 Participants must:

·         be over 18 years old

·         work in the off-street sex industry

·         hold at least one non sex work paid job (all paid work included, casual, part or full-time,  self-employed, etc.)

·         live and work in the UK and

·         have relevant experience juggling both kinds of work

Other info:

·         This study is open to all genders and nationalities. Since everyone has such busy lives, I am very open to doing interviews over the phone or via Skype™, or face to face where possible.

·         Participants will receive a £25 Amazon gift card or an electronic Amazon gift card if you've done a phone or Skype™ interview as a thank you for providing your insights.

·         This study received ethics approval from the University of York on May 13th 2016 and I will do everything possible to make sure your participation is safe. I will not collect or disclose personal information about participants outside of an email address to send gift cards as needed.

The goal of the study is to expand the ways that people define and describe sex work and sex workers. Some discourses discuss sex work as something that someone is 'trapped' in or has 'survived', or as something that people are either ‘in’ or ‘out’ of. There is very little academic work on strategic involvement in sex work and few studies challenge mainstream notions of who a sex worker is or can be.

I argue that sex workers participate in all kinds of skilled work across jobs in sex work and square work and unless outed, most people can be in a room with or work with sex workers and not know it...and for good reason! The violence of stigma perpetrated by mainstream society keeps people in hiding, hence the title of the study 'In Plain Sight: an examination of 'duality', the simultaneous involvement in sex work and square work.' 

This study will be a way to talk about duality safely and challenge the simplistic understandings of people who do both kinds of work and the biased representations sex workers.

 If you're interested, email me at dualitystudy@gmail.com