Where Did All the Porn Go?: The Sexual Sanitization of the Web with FOSTA/SESTA

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 03/18/2019
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Location
Gates-Hillman Center, Room 8102

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Abstract:

In 2018, the US passed legislation called FOSTA/SESTA. Advertised as a bill to stop sex trafficking, this bill had the side effects of further criminalizing prostitution, holding technology platforms liable for any sexual content that could be construed as prostitution, and has caused major websites to restrict sexual content. While the bill may have been well-intentioned; it has caused significant collateral damage; shutting down safety networks for sex workers; and pushing LGBTQ and other marginalized sexual communities off of the web. FOSTA/SESTA is a case study in how legislators, designers, and technologists must include all relevant stakeholders to prevent unintended effects.

About the Speakers

Jessie Sage (@sapiotextual) is a sex worker, writer, and public speaker covering sexual politics, sex work, and feminism. She has a weekly sex column in the Pittsburgh City Paper, and co-hosts the Peepshow Podcast. She’s written for The Washington Post, VICE, Men’s Health Magazine, The Establishment, and more. She is also an organizer of SWOP Pittsburgh (Sex Worker Outreach Project).

PJ Sage is co-host of the Peepshow Podcast, which focuses on sex and social justice. He teaches Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies and is writing a dissertation on the professional cam models’ labor and intimacy with clients. He is an Associate Editor at QueerPGH and an organizer with the Pittsburgh chapter of the Sex Workers’ Outreach Project. He is also an XBIZ nominated adult clip producer and photographer.