From Tracy Quan

Tracy Quan lets us know that she’ll be on the radio tonight – check it out!

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Hi everybody… Fox News beckons. I’ll be on The Alan Colmes Show (national in the USA) this Friday night, March 30, 11:00 pm New York Time It’s a round table that goes until 1:00 AM. We’ll take calls! Alan is on with three guests: a conservative*, a liberal*, and a “wild card.” (* If you find these categories a little puzzling, as I sometimes do, check out this fun quiz and website: http://www.politicalcompass.org/ ) I guess I am there to represent the voice of the wild card. This is a “free for all” current events show. There isn’t (yet) a sex work focus but you can influence that by calling in during the show: 1-877-367-2526 (1-877-FOR-ALAN) Wish me luck! Alan’s website: http://www.alan.com/index2.html  You can listen online: http://www.foxnews.com/radio/alancolmes/index.html  Or on your radio (find out how by clicking here): http://www.foxnews.com/radio/alancolmes/index.html  And, if audio is not your thing, you can read my latest piece at Fifth Estate: http://fifthestate.co.uk/2007/03/manhattan-cricket/ 

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Back in the Swing

Hi there – while I’m not exactly a new sheriff in town, I am now taking over this blog, as the creator no longer has the time and energy to make it happen!

 

I’ll be posting occasionally on matters of interest, but I’m largely hoping to continue the original blogger’s vision of this space as a place to make connections and serve as a clearing-house for information.  I’ll be updating the links list and looking for any other courtesan/prostitute/whore/sex-work related blogs to add, and I encourage you to add your submissions!  I’ll also be posting updates from blogs linked to this site – who is embarking on a new idea or way of doing business, who has a particularly great post this week, etc. 

 

It’s difficult to keep track of all the blogs, so please – nominate yourself! Send me links to your best post of the week! Let me know about new resources that should be shared!

 

Thank you, and happy blogging –

 

Courtesan Connection

Something with the season?

Doing some looking around, I noticed their seems to be a minor trend of bloggers either indicating they are closing down, or making some other change where what was the primary drive for their blog, is now something they are leaving behind.

Has me wonder if what has influenced me, is as much part of the change in season as it is life and circumstance.

Nevertheless it is time for me to bid you all adieu. A very nice woman, who many of you know from her own blog, has stated she would like to take over managing The Courtesan Connection. While she is interested in keeping much of the same focus, I am sure there will be changes, and I hope improvements, that allow it to progress and develop in a way that it remains a viable resource to those who come across it. I hope as well, that more of you find the time and interest to guest blog, and share thoughts and ideas here that may not be what you wish to post on your own pages.

I will allow the new author to announce herself in her own way. I will be in the background for a couple of days, then off for good.

Seeing what you all have written and shared made a difference for me. Thank you.

My best wishes to you all.

Humor – The Male Point of View

I am laughing so hard I can barely type

This video is the cause

Gives you a whole new perspective on Rent.

Media – Tracy Quan – Woman about town

For all of you in the New York area, Tracy Quan, columnist, blogger, and novelist, has the upcoming book reading. I recommend not being afraid of the word “vagina” if you plan on attending.

Manhattan, Weds., March 14, 2007 from 7:00-9:00 pm

“Sleeping with the Upper East Side, Downtown”

at Solas (upstairs lounge), 232 East 9th Street, btw 2nd/3rd Avenues, New York, NY 10003
http://www.solasbar.com/
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Tracy reads from Diary of a Married Call Girl.
http://www.tracyquan.net

Molly Jong-Fast, daughter of New York City and Erica Jong, revisits her “big fat Jewish bohemian upbringing.”
http://www.myspace.com/mollyjongfast
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Grace Reading Series: Dirty Springtime curated by Annie Ishii
http://www.elizabethmerrick.com/grace_reading_series/next_readings.html

VAGINA

This is getting ridiculous.

Does the United States really need to do all it can to be the laughing stock of world?

First we panic over cartoons, now we tell teenage girls not to mention a part of their body.

Does Canada accept “fleeing institutional stupidity” grounds for refugee status?

Oh and by the way, Principal Richard Leprine, glad you are doing your part to make sure these ladies are taught there are consequences for failure to obey orders. Am sure their future husbands will be happy the girls that go to your school know to move when men snap their fingers and properly respond to all commands, and don’t dare mention any of their inconvenient anatomical differences.

While this blog probably is not read by those who visit Abandoned Stuff, I would ask that all of you please do participate in his Vagina Challenge.

For those of you that are to lazy to go see the original link, the relevant part is quoted below.

The honor students, Megan Reback, Elan Stahl and Hannah Levinson, included the word during their reading of “The Vagina Monologues” because, “It wasn’t crude and it wasn’t inappropriate and it was very real and very pure,” Reback said.

Their defiant stand is being applauded by the play’s author, who said Tuesday that the school should be celebrating, rather than punishing, the three juniors.

“Don’t we want our children to resist authority when it’s not appropriate and wise?” said Eve Ensler, author of “The Vagina Monologues.”

The excerpt from “Monologues” was read Friday night, among various readings at an event sponsored by the literary magazine at John Jay High School in Cross River, a New York City suburb. Among the other readings was a student’s original work and the football coach quoting Shakespeare.

The girls took turns reading the excerpt until they came to the word, then said it together.

“My short skirt is a liberation flag in the women’s army,” they read. “I declare these streets, any streets, my vagina’s country.”
[…]
But Principal Richard Leprine said Tuesday that the girls were punished because they disobeyed orders, not because of what they said.

The event was open to the community, including children, and the word was not appropriate, Leprine said in a statement. He said the girls had been told when they auditioned that they could not use the word.

Reback said Tuesday that no one in the audience was younger than high school age. “What did we do that was so wrong?” she asked. “We were insubordinate, but the reason we were insubordinate was that we talked about our body.”

The school “recognizes and respects student freedom of expression,” Leprine said. “That right, however, is not unfettered.”

“When a student is told by faculty members not to present specified material because of the composition of the audience and they agree to do so, it is expected that the commitment will be honored and the directive will be followed,” he said. “When a student chooses not to follow the directive, consequences follow.”

Bob Lichtenfeld, superintendent of the Katonah-Lewisboro school district, which includes John Jay, said that had the teens, who are in their third year of high school, wanted to perform the play, they would probably not have met opposition.

“As long as the intended audience knows what to expect, we don’t have a problem with it.”

Stay of Execution

Sorry for the lack of change here folks.

What is up is I am dealing with some non-internet things that have prevented me from working on the blog, as well as getting several other things done. Again, nothing earth shattering or dire, but definitely time eaters.
Good news is that I have been emailed by some one interested in talking the blog over. So, that little issue hopefully will be worked out shortly. Bad news is I’m still behind on getting the links properly formatted and updated. I’m trying to accomplished that over the weekend.

Two people in particular, have offered me some encouraging words about staying with the blog and the writing I have done. They gave me a lot to think about, and really made a difference for me. I wish I had a more eloquent way of saying how much their notes meant to me other than “Thank you”. As I have yet to master the flowery phrase in a way that does betray my rather hokey roots, I’m afraid that will have to do.

I am going to need to step away from this blog and subject for awhile. I will keep writing, but I need to make some adjustments, deal with some issues, and make some changes. As you well know, life is like that. Someday I may return to this, but not right now.

So, drop dead date is now the Ides of March (15 March for those of you that forgot your Shakespeare). Hopefully I’ll avoid any daggers till then.
Take care.