Strippers United and PeepMe Points of Unity

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Points of Unity

We are a Celebration of Adult Creators

“Human beings have sex, discuss sex, crave visual representations of sex and sometimes perform sexual acts professionally. Just as crucially, people produce and digest works of art in order to survive. This has always been the case, but for the past few decades, human beings have also used the internet; at first cautiously and sparingly, and then in a great, unceasing torrent. Arguably, in 2021, no one “uses” the internet: close to a year into a pandemic that’s stripped us of nearly all activity and confined many of us to our homes, the internet and digital communication have instead become the air we breathe. “

From “First They Come for Sex Workers, Then They Come for Everyone,” Including Artists

Adult Creators do not have their very own online home built solely with their unique needs in mind. 

Marketing pivots to non-adult creators, new and/or stricter anti-adult policy adoption by platforms like Patreon, Instagram, and Twitter, to the complete removal of adult content all result in the mass de-platforming of Adult creators – effectively cutting them off from these essential resources. 

“…on the other hand, many users are outraged over what they see as an attempt to disrupt the entire culture of Tumblr and its community, where erotica and NSFW artwork and storytelling have thrived and flourished — and where marginalized communities that have built safe spaces may now be newly vulnerable.”

From “Tumblr is banning adult content. It’s about so much more than porn.

This creates significant barriers to success for adult creators. 

We seek to eradicate the harm created by sex-negative policy codified into the terms of service of platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, tik tok, Snapchat, and Patreon. 

We also seek to eradicate the harm created when formerly pro-adult brands, who built their success on adult creators, pivot to attract non-adult creators like magicians, fitness instructors, yoga teachers, influencers, and musicians, resulting in adult creators being pushed off the platform

As adult creatives, sex workers, and industry veterans – we are uniquely positioned to overcome these challenges. We are a team of change-the-world thinkers and experts who are unapologetically sex-positive and pro-sex work. We are fierce advocates for our community, and we will forever change the face of the adult industry. 

We are committed to providing an unfuckwithable space for adult creators to thrive on the internet. We are committed to being a celebration of adult creators.

We are committed to Economic Justice

There are 3 main entry points into the sex trade, Choice, Circumstance, and Coercion. We’re only going to focus on the term “circumstance” to draw a correlation of why and how the work we are doing at PeepMe is radical and potentially industry-changing for marginalized communities. 

The anti-porn lobby often uses “circumstance” as a reason to denounce the “choice” of marginalized folks to enter into sex work. They additionally use it to claim their right to rescue marginalized folx via lobbying for and supporting harmful legislation. What they fail to do is define “circumstance,” so we will do it for them. 

Systemic racism and oppression are the number one reasons why marginalized folks choose to enter into sex work. When people cannot access affordable housing, clean water, are living in food apartheid, have no access to well-paying jobs, or are excluded outright from traditional employment, sex work becomes the lowest barrier gateway to financial liberation. 

For marginalized folks simply trying to survive capitalism, working in the legal sex industry is a legitimate way to lift themselves out of poverty. Additionally, working in digital spaces allows sex workers to bridge the gap towards housing through taxable income.

The introduction of the internet allowed sex workers to move off the street, out of the back of weeklies, and into safe spaces where they could screen, have access to a wider range of clients, and create content to be sold to a global audience. However, the stigma associated with sex work and antiquated vice laws attached to banking, combined with shitty legislation allows platforms to build their success on the backs of adult creators then unceremoniously kick them off when they are ready for strategies that prohibit their presence. PeepMe’s mission is to eliminate this harmful practice by creating a platform that puts power exclusively into the hands of Adult Creators. 

PeepMe’s business model is built around ensuring that Adult creators will always have a safe space to conduct business on the internet. 

Our business plans include tithing to sex worker-led organizations which not only provide direct services to the most vulnerable sex workers who may not have the option of working online, but those who are actively lobbying to protect the rights & safety of sex workers who are. We also intend to utilize the vast resources of sex workers to provide peer-to-peer skillshare to lessen the learning curve for those who need the leg up. 

PeepMe is a cooperative platform that allows adult creators to learn, teach, grow, and thrive.

We believe All Sex Work is Real Work

We believe Sex work is labor, and under capitalism, all labor is vulnerable to exploitation. 

Criminalized economies like sex work have an increased risk of exploitation due to a lack of labor protections.  Many who participate in the sex industry live at the intersection of marginalized identities and, as a result, have limited access to other sources of income or employment due to stigma, discrimination, and lack of social support.  It is these individuals who have the highest risk of exploitation. 

The US government has failed to protect individuals in the sex trade from exploitation. 

Instead of empowering sex workers with labor rights, it has sought to deter people from sex work through harmful legislation such as the Mann Act, FOSTA-SESTA, and the Federal Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000.  These vaguely written and overly broad codes conflate consensual sex work with sex trafficking, leaving room for harmful interpretation and even harsher implementation. Ultimately these laws leave sex workers at a higher risk of exploitation instead of mitigating it. 

In theory, these laws are intended to protect vulnerable populations. In practice, the policing and criminalization of sex work disproportionately impact migrants, trans women, LGBTQIA people, and women of color.

Just like anyone seeking employment to take care of their basic needs, many in the sex trade do so to acquire the neccesary resources needed to survive: food, clothing, water, housing. Many face no explicit external force other than the need to survive. To collapse all commercial sex into involuntary trafficking diminishes the myriad of experiences of an incredibly diverse population.   

Due to the intense criminalization,  sex work has increasingly migrated online. The internet has given women, LGBTQIA, people of color, and all marginalized identities the freedom to pursue financial independence via adult content creation. However, overly broad legislation like FOSTA-SESTA seeks to curb this trend by continuing to conflate consensual sex work with trafficking. 

In 1988, the United States vs. Freeman determined that porn was not by definition prostitution. However, FOSTA-SESTA rolled back the clock on this groundbreaking legislation by declaring that all sex work, legal and criminalized, is subjected to stricter surveillance and prosecution.  The legislation made no meaningful distinction between sex trafficking and consensual adult sex work, and the impact of this harmful legislation was immediate. Within weeks of SESTA /FOSTA passing, hundreds of websites used by sex workers to conduct their business either closed their doors or enacted similarly strict and overly vague policies regarding adult content – resulting in the de-platforming of millions of sex workers globally.

Even today, sex workers are still experiencing the harm caused by the erosion of 230 protections under FOSTA-SESTA –  From Tumblr removing all adult creators en masse to Instagram’s recent terms of service update, Adult creators continue to be de-platformed. 

Corporate policies built on harmful legislation that disproportionately targets marginalized communities have escalated the need for safe digital spaces for adult creators.

In creating our platform, we will undo the harm caused by these overly broad and far-reaching bills. We have a deep understanding of the legal and regulatory climate because we have experienced it. We will be a home for adult creatives to thrive online without fear of being de-platformed. 

By empowering adult creators to benefit directly from their creative endeavors through ownership, we serve as an example to our society and political community to recognize all sex workers’ inherent value as individuals and as a community, and that all sex work is real work.

We believe Cooperativsm is the future of the adult industry

“Workers in the hustle economy remain wholly dependent, on the platforms that supposedly empower them. To further paraphrase Karl Marx: Is the platform a tool used by the worker — or is the worker a tool used by tech executives?”

FROM “THE GIG ECONOMY IS FAILING. SAY HELLO TO THE HUSTLE ECONOMY,” ONEZERO

Sex workers are the originators of the hustle economy: Owners controlling your movement, referring clients, and, in exchange, “sharing” a portion of your income. Sound familiar? “Gig” and “Share” are really just more palatable covers for a small few to extract the most benefit from a deregulated workforce. 

There is no greater deregulated workforce than the creators who fuel the adult industry. And, for far too long the industry has been run by a small few using the cover of bad laws to extract the most capital from the labor of sex workers. We seek not only to disrupt this paradigm but to abolish it altogether. 

When dealing with a system that has utterly failed us – it is up to us to build a new system.

Applying a cooperative model ensures that our creators have a voice in everything we do and that the creators who give our platform life benefit the most from the profit of their creations and the PeepMe platform.

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