For a very funny funny satire piece on the 'dear me, college students are entering sex work' panic:
Female Grads now have Option of Paying Back Student Loans in Sexual Acts...I found this a while ago and couldn't stop laughing.http://www.thespoof.com/news/spoof.cfm?headline=s2i83194#this
I think most of the positive portrayals are created by people within the sex industry. I really do like these two blogs (and I really enjoyed SPREAD magazine when it was out)http://maggiemcneill.wordpress.comhttp://titsandsass.com
The former is a bit too...black and white, a bit too Camila Paglia on gender, and a bit too authoritarian-happy-hooker-ey. But it's still funny, witty and worth a read.
There's an interview in the LA times with the actor who plays a male escort in Hung talking about his own sex work as a broke actor...
"Hey, you grow up as an artist in a big city, as James Dean said, you're going to have one arm tied behind your back if you don't accept people's sexual flavors. You know, when I was a kid out here in L.A., I was homeless, I didn't have any money and I was living in my car. I was 18. I wasn't averse to going down to Santa Monica Boulevard and letting a guy buy me a sandwich. Know what I mean?"http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-ca-conversation-20111002,0,2768723.story
And this article critiquing the language in anti-prostitution advocacy:http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/sep/23/prostitution-sex-trade-demand-myth?newsfeed=true
And two articles, one in the huffington post, one in NYC's village voice critiquing the trafficking panic...http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ronald-weitzer/human-trafficking-myths_b_935366.htmlhttp://www.villagevoice.com/2011-06-29/news/real-men-get-their-facts-straight-sex-trafficking-ashton-kutcher-demi-moore/
The former, by the way, is by an academic by Weitzer. He really is the only academic I can found that can write and talk about sex work in a completely unbiased, unpoliticized way.
The article: "Sociology of Sex Work," Annual Review of Sociology, v. 35: 213-234.
(for free on the site) is definitely worth a read, or worth pointing anyone who has any biased and stereotyped understanding of prostitution broadly. anyways, every time I read an article about end demand, trafficking or the swedish model, I get intensely irritated and want to I don't know, create some sort of certification for reporting on sex work or advocating for something relating to sex work. Which would basically involve reading the aforementioned article every night for thirty nights until it seeps in, having conversations with a dozen individuals in different countries and sectors... http://departments.columbian.gwu.edu/sociology/people/90