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.
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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 www.mcadenver.org.
Fri., April 13, 2012