Sex Marks the Spot

What does it mean to be a sex worker? Former tradeswoman/current erotic performance artist Cassandra and professional dominatrix Mistress Djuna will answer that question at tonight's installment of Feminism & Co.: Sex Work, part of an interactive lecture and performance series at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver that explores gender roles in politics, art, history and popular culture.

Women's place in the workforce has been a recurring theme in this annual program, with speakers discussing such topics as home-based business -- last year saw the juxtaposition of Tupperware and sex-toy parties -- as well as more controversial professions. "We were attracted to a program on sex work because it's a very vexed discussion and debate within feminist circles," says Elissa Auther, who directs Feminism & Co. along with Gillian Silverman. Tonight’s edition aims to dispel the myths around the diverse trade, she explains: "We didn't want to create a program about the 'happy hooker.'"

The opening reception for Feminism & Co.: Sex Work begins at 5:30 p.m., and the lecture starts 6:30 at the MCA, 1486 Delgany Street; the all-ages program will include adult content. Tickets are $12 to $17 and are available at 303-298-7554 or
Fri., April 13, 2012


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