Apologise for the delay to this blog, the $E$TA/FO$TA passing through the senate has derailed some of my writing capacity this week. For those of you who have not heard of this new legislation, the Congress and the Senate has just passed a bill that conflates sex work with human trafficking. Any website which now hosts sex worker promotion or advertising could be prosecuted for aiding in human trafficking. This goes against previous legislation that maintains that websites are not liable for the content that their users produce for example Facebook is not liable for what it’s users post or generate. No other industry has legislation which singles them out in this manner and the support for sex workers to be able to advertise and screen clients online, has been deafeningly quiet from those who usually hail free speech and attempt to protect it.
What this means is that it will become increasingly hard for those who wish to sell or buy adult services to use websites, lots of which are hosted in the USA, to continue to use the internet to advertise to clients. It effects both clients and providers all over the world because lots of the social media and website platforms or servers we use are based in the US. It also means that providers will have to heavily self censor what they write. It will mean that workers in the USA, who are those most effected by this legislation might not be able to screen clients or work for themselves any more. It makes everyone less safe.
What else have I been up to (other than backing up everything I have ever done online in case it gets pulled overnight)?
Eating and watching lots of films amongst other things. Here is one of my favourite photos from my week of meals...
Black panter, where to begin? Brilliant Afro Futurism costuming? A cast entirely of POC (barring X). The fact that it was a box office hit which gives more credence to more POC films being funded by major production houses. I throughly enjoyed Black Panther, it blended my adoration of sci-fi and excellent attention to detail and beautiful almost painterly shots and backdrops. Also how amazingly hot is Michael B Jordan?
A client requested a session in which I wore a sheer dress and nothing beneath it, you get to see a more SFW version below. I really enjoy role-play and costume suggestions!
I followed this up a couple of days later with a screening of Human Flow. I was excited to see Ai Weiwei’s film and was interested in his perspective on the current refugee crisis. On the record, I am hugely pro refugees and people leaving areas which are politically, socially, environmentally or economically unsafe for them. I believe every human has intrinsic worth which is not based on their skin colour, nationality, race, sexuaility, religion and I feel that as a country which is based on immigration, our current immigration policy in Australia is shameful.
Wei wei’s film had beautiful and poetic (it literally had lots of poetry interspersed through it) moments in it. The plight of refugees is chilling, saddening, enraging and full of uncertainty and fear and this was captured, however I feel as though the film could have been half as long and it would have been far more powerful. There were no strong narratives in the film. We didn’t follow anyones story and in my experience this is the most powerful way to convey empathy and show humanity. I feel as though Michael Winterbottom’s In This World made a much more powerful comment on refugees then this film did because it followed a single true story of someone fleeing political instability.
Saturday night is sex party night and I went to a divine and delicious play party. I glowed and throughly basked in the joy of many limbs and bodies everywhere and all the divine conversations. A sex worker, like a magician, never reveals her secrets but needless to say a marvellous time was had.
Sunday was a recovery day, over 5 years ago I gave up sugar, I intermittently started eating it again 6 months ago but again I’ve given it up but on Sunday I tried some delicious tasty pastry morsels and was introduced to RuPaul’s Drag Race which I’ve avoided due to RuPaul being transphobic but for many his programs are culturally important so I thought I would see if it tickled my fancy. It was fairly entertaining but it is not something I will be dedicating additional time to.
On Wednesday I returned to Canberra, a place I throughly enjoy due to the availability of art. I was whisked away by a favourite regular and enjoyed some brilliant Japanese food.
Passover was celebrated with friends, stories were told, food was shared. Elijah’s place was set.
Newcastle for the long weekend, I return there every month or so as I love it so. The food, the cafes, the beaches, the Bogeyhole! For the weekend much was spent enjoying the beaches and the weather, I met up with 3 lovers and we ate 171 oysters between us, quite a feat (although we all felt we could have eaten more had we wanted to).
Tumeric Lattes and Macha Lattes were drunk! Sunsets were watched from balconies. I tried a new Kilchoman Whiskey. It was not as heavily peated as I would have liked but it is always good to increase your awareness and pallet diversity, even if it indicates what you already knew which is... Peat or nothing!