Author Archives: Audacia Ray

The Line: A New Doc About Consent

[Trigger warning] THE LINE trailer from Nancy Schwartzman on Vimeo. I met Nancy Schwartzman, the director of and a principal in the new short documentary The Line, last year when she was looking for resources about consent in the sex … Continue reading

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Testing and Early Treatment: HPV & Cervical Cancer in Low-Resource Settings

Over the last several years, Gardasil and the concept of vaccinating against human papillomavirus (HPV) have gotten quite a lot of press here in the United States. But combating HPV and cervical cancer in developing nations is a whole other … Continue reading

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Taking the Erotic Out of Sexual Culture

I’ve worked in and around sexuality for the past 8 years of my life, in capacities ranging from researching the history of gay bathhouses in nineteenth century New York to touching stranger’s penises for money to editing and producing blogs … Continue reading

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What do sex workers think about the ethics of biomedical research studies that are done on them?

Last year, researchers Dan Allman and Melissa Ditmore started a project asking sex workers about their experiences with and opinions about clinical trials, which they’ve turned into a 65 page report, Good Practice for Sex Workers’ Participation in Biomedical HIV … Continue reading

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7 Key American Sex Worker Activist Projects

A few weeks ago I gave a talk about with this title at an event called Interesting Amsterdam, and I thought it would be worth reproducing the bullet points and some examples here. The sex industry is big and weird … Continue reading

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Troubled Waters: Women on Waves Faces Many Challenges

NRC Handelsblad has a long article up about changes in laws around abortion in the Netherlands, which is pushing the amazing organization Women on Waves to cancel upcoming boat trips to provide abortions and information to women who cannot get … Continue reading

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The Urge to Help: International Feminisms and Advocacy

Before starting to work at the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) last fall, I hadn’t really had much interaction with feminists and women’s health and rights issues outside of the global north. I had traveled internationally to work and lecture, … Continue reading

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Guest Blogger Introduction: Audacia Ray

Hi there Feministe community! I’ll be guest blogging here for the next two weeks, so I’m kicking it off with a bit of an introduction to my work and my perspective. I’m celebrating my fifth anniversary as a blogger tomorrow … Continue reading

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