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Between the Synapse

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May 15th 2014:#Hashtag Activism and Sex Workers

Twitter has evolved from a vehicle transporting 140 characters on a highway that bypasses typical routes of media distribution to perhaps the primary form of expressing public emotion and support for causes. Nothing has brought Twitter’s role to the forefront than the recent #bringhomeourgirls campaign, created in response to the Boko Haram Terrorist organization’s kidnapping of hundreds of Nigerian school girls. We’ll discuss the rise and impact of Hashtag activism, focusing on how it’s being utilized by sex workers to further their cause for recognition.

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Maggie McNeill

Maggie McNeill was a librarian in suburban New Orleans, but after divorce economic necessity spurred her to take up sex work; from 1997 to 2006 she worked first as a stripper, then as a call girl and madam. She eventually married her favorite client, retired, and moved to a ranch in the rural Upper South. There she writes a daily blog called “The Honest Courtesan” which examines the realities, myths, history, lore, science, philosophy, art, and every other aspect of prostitution; she also reports sex work news, critiques the way her profession is treated in the media and by governments, and is frequently consulted by academics and journalists as an expert on the subject.
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