The Candies Foundation prophet: preaching abstinence, selling sex

Candies Foundation founder Neil Cole sets himself up as the saviour of teenage girls, shaming teen mothers and promoting abstinence. But does this modern-day American prophet practice what he preaches? Neil Cole’s Candies Foundation is named after his clothing line – a line aimed at very young teenage girls. Its website even lets visitors useContinue reading “The Candies Foundation prophet: preaching abstinence, selling sex”

List of all the things the Government is doing to increase wealth gaps

  Work Tax Credit Sound good? Tax credits for poor people, right? Nope. Work Tax Credit is counted as “income” when calculating your Housing Benefit. So you actually get nothing. If you work less than 16 hours a week you won’t be entitled to Work Tax credit but that’s not so bad because you’ll actuallyContinue reading “List of all the things the Government is doing to increase wealth gaps”

New Clause 20: pros and cons of sex and relationships education

While I was getting the sex work debate posts together. this happened: On 11 June, New Clause 20 – which would have made personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education, including sex and relationships education (SRE), statutory in state schools – was defeated by 303 votes to 209 That’s from the Brook Charity’s website. Brook and theContinue reading “New Clause 20: pros and cons of sex and relationships education”

How the internet deals with racism and why we need a change

This is Vice.com’s interview with three “Babes of the BNP” as Vice has chosen to style these teens and young women. The fact that Vice is showing the BNP’s unbelievable ignorance and race hatred to all of us here in the UK is a good thing. It’s a great thing. But the undertones of sexismContinue reading “How the internet deals with racism and why we need a change”

Libel laws and free speech

Just as I was busy with with the sex work debate posts, our hard working newshounds managed to sniff themselves out another sex scandal. Now, I’m opposed to media intrusion of private lives. I’m baffled by the idea of “sex scandals” or the concept that sex can be news. And I’m against the news mediaContinue reading “Libel laws and free speech”

The Prostitution Debate: Extended Edition

On 3 June 2013, a debate on sex work was arranged by Solas, Centre for Public Christianity. The debaters were Laura Lee (Sex worker rights campaigner, blogger and sex worker), Douglas Fox (of the International Union of Sex Workers, editor of the blog Harlots Parlour and sex worker), Rhoda Grant MSP (who has put forwardContinue reading “The Prostitution Debate: Extended Edition”

Criminalising sex purchase in Scotland: public debate report & interviews

This short version of the article was first published on Blirt.com. For the longer version see The Prostitution Debate: Extended Edition. Douglas Fox, a sex worker activist, asked Rhoda Grant MSP “Imagine if your Bill [to criminalise sex purchase] is now law. Police break down the door and I’m caught in a hotel room withContinue reading “Criminalising sex purchase in Scotland: public debate report & interviews”