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December 17: Annie Sprinkle

Lawrence Bush
December 17, 2009
0806.SEx.G'wayjpgToday is the annual International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, launched in 2003 by porn performer and sex educator Dr. Annie Sprinkle (born Ellen Steinberg) and the Sex Workers Outreach Project USA. “We believe the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Lawrence v. Texas [overturning sodomy laws] gives lawmakers the legal authority to take steps to begin repealing the laws against prostitution,” says the coalition. “If decriminalized, sex workers would have access to protection from criminals just like every other citizen.” The symbol of the day is a red umbrella. “I wanted to kill as many . . . as I possibly could. I knew they would not be reported missing right away, and might never be reported. I picked prostitutes because I thought I could kill as many of them as I wanted without getting caught.” — Gary Leon Ridway, the Green River killer (Seattle), 2003

​​​​Lawrence Bush edited Jewish Currents from 2003 until 2018. He is the author of Bessie: A Novel of Love and Revolution and Waiting for God: The Spiritual Explorations of a Reluctant Atheist, among other books. His new volume of illustrated Torah commentaries, American Torah Toons 2, is scheduled for publication this year.