‘It’s not what you think’: Melbourne Festival of Sex Work 2013
Thursday 30 May – Monday 3 June
When you think of a sex worker, what do you imagine? The media is full of stereotypical images of sex workers, but do they reflect the reality? The Festival of Sex Work is here to explode your preconceptions and give you the opportunity to hear about sex work from those who know it best – the sex workers themselves.
The Festival is a celebration of the lives, skills, culture and community of sex workers, and features events including a Sex Work Historical Walking Tour, Digital Storytelling Film Screening, ‘Ask a Sex Worker a Question’ panel, and the Sex Work Research Symposium. Some events are public, and some events are sex-worker only. This event is 100% sex worker organised with 0% funding or sponsorship.
The Festival of Sex Work is organised by Vixen, a group run by and for sex-workers in Victoria. Vixen member, Tabitha Burke, says: ‘We are a group of workers who share one common goal – we want to speak out against the stigma associated with sex work. We’re tired of other people thinking they have the right to speak for us, or presuming to know what’s best for us. We hope this Festival will provide sex workers with a safe space to meet and share ideas, as well as a space for the wider community to get beyond the media stereotypes and see us for what we are – a diverse community who deserve better treatment than they’re currently getting.’
‘The festival has been put together by a passionate group of sex workers,’ added Vixen member Christian Vega. ‘Victoria is one of the only states in Australia without a funded peer-based organisation of sex workers – Melbourne was the first place in the world to fund sex workers to support each other and it is sad that we have forgotten this history. We are sick of sex workers being shut out of the discourse that shapes our work. We are not voiceless victims, and it’s unnecessary that these conversations about us occur without us.’
For more information and a full calendar of events, please visit our website:
For further media information or interviews, please contact:
Christian: 0403 941 185
Tabitha: 0404 401 118