Sexual Gentrification: An Internet Sex Workers Built

Sex workers were early adopters of new technologies, pioneering and spearheading the use of new advertising mechanisms and financial technologies, populating platforms and building up their commercial user bases. Despite the integral part sex workers played in constituting the Internet, sex workers are now being deliberately excluded from services, platforms, and economies as part of widescale digital gentrification, sexual sanitization, and displacement.

This panel explores the proactive and unique role of sex workers as digital innovators and the grave consequences of sexual gentrification on sex worker safety and livelihood. 

Time: Tuesday, April 6th, 12 – 1 pm EST

Panelists: Sinnamon Love, Daisy Ducati, and Melissa Gira Grant

Moderated by: Danielle Blunt at Hacking//Hustling

About the panelists:

Sinnamon Love is a kinky, bi, poly grown-up, NSFW content creator, and AVN Awards & Urban X Awards Hall of Fame Inductee. Sinnamon is a 26-year veteran sex worker and the founder of the BIPOC Adult Industry Collective, an organization dedicated to dismantling the harmful impacts of racism and wage disparity in the adult industry through financial assistance, mental health, and wellness resources, and education.

Follow Sinnamon at SingleinBrooklyn.com.

Melissa Gira Grant (she/her) is a staff writer covering justice at The New Republic. She is the author of Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work (Verso). She was a senior staff writer at The Appeal, as well as a contributing writer at the Village Voice and Pacific Standard. Her feature reporting has been published by BuzzFeed News and the Guardian, and her commentary and criticism has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Bookforum and The New York Review of Books. Her essays are collected in Best Sex Writing, The Feminist Utopia Project, and Where Freedom Starts: Sex Power Violence #MeToo. She lives in New York.

Daisy Ducati: Bio coming soon

Danielle Blunt (she/her) is a New York City based professional Dominatrix and co-founder of Hacking//Hustling, a collective of sex workers and accomplices working at the intersection of tech and social justice to interrupt state surveillance and violence facilitated by technology. Blunt is on the advisory board of Berkman Klein’s Initiative for a Representative First Amendment (IfRFA) and is one of the 2020 recipients of EFF’s Pioneer Award. You can follow her kinky adventures on OnlyFans and AVNStars.

This Panel will be held via Zoom and livestreamed to YouTube on Tuesday 6 April 2021. 

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