The Crackdown: Sex Worker Suppression and Expression

In the wake of changes made to the Instagram terms of use, making the platform inhospitable to those that work in sex, Smutburger wants to look to the past to understand what is happening in our present day virtual world. Does the present day crackdown mirror historical control in Canada? (Gay, lesbian and S/M pornography being stopped at the border on its way to Little Sisters and Glad Day comes to mind.) What sexual practices are most targeted historically? Who is adversely impacted by this censoring right now? And what ways are there, if any, around this policing? What outlets and platforms are supportive of sex workers and which ones are controlling?  Where can one find sexual freedom and safety in the public sphere? Smutburger has curated a night exploring the roots and flowering of sexual suppression and expression to find out what the current day crackdown says about our country.

Image of the cover for the book 'Modern Whore - A Memoir' by Andrea Werhun