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Hi all, the following is a call for participants for my dissertation research! 

 

WHO:

 Adults (18+) of ANY GENDER who have worked in any of the followings sectors of the sex industry (escorting, camming, pornography or bdsm) at least 5 times in the past year in TORONTO or OTTAWA

AND

who have a disability/impairment or chronic illness or condition. You do not have to identify as disabled or consider your condition a disability to be eligible.

e.g. physical (MS, ALS, spinal injuries, amputations, etc), sensory (blind, deaf etc), learning (dyslexia, ADD/ADHD etc), psychiatric (depression, anxiety, personality disorders etc), neurological (autism spectrum), or other impairments such as HIV or chronic illness/pain.

WHY:

Sex workers with disabilities, chronic illnesses and pain are so often ignored in studies of sexual labour, and sometimes, our illnesses are leveraged against us to support laws which criminalize sex work. It is important that relevant policy makers, politicians, health care professionals and so on, have accurate information about the experiences of those with disabilities who participate in sex work and the ways in which current legislation impacts our labour and our bodies.

CONTACT:

If you answered yes to the above questions, I’d love to interview you for my dissertation research exploring the relationship between sexual labour and disability in Ontario. Interviews are expected to last anywhere from 40 minutes to two hours. Your participation is voluntary and confidential. You will receive a$25 Visa gift card as a thank you for your time and expertise. Tokens are available upon request.

If you think you are eligible, or have further questions, please send me a message here on Lyla, or email me at [email protected]

I look forward to hearing from you!

 

This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board of York University and complies with research ethics protocols identified by the Faculty of Graduate Studies at York University.

 

 

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