Short notice bookings

As you all know I currently require a fair bit  of notice (I actually think it’s not much but the outrage it brings makes me think that others feel differently) for a booking. At the moment I need at a minimum to know before 6pm the day before. However I can take limited short notice outcalls but I choose not to. Why? Because I feel like I’m encouraging/condoning the practice of really bad text messaging, in my experience the quality of the booking request goes down with the a) the decrease in amount of notice given and b) the time of night the request is sent. Mathematically this would be expressed as

Q = (x·h)+1/(y·n²)

where

Q = quality of booking request,

h = absolute difference between 12 noon and time request was sent in hours,

n = notice given in hours

x,y = variables

So what constitutes a ‘bad’ text message? I shall give some instructive examples

  • Out tonight [hotel name] how much?

Where is hello or hi or some acknowledgement that I am a human? What is your name, how do I address you? As for how much MY PRICES ARE LISTED IN THE SAME PLACE YOU GOT MY NUMBER FROM, if you are expecting a special rate because you are special I will add a special person surcharge. Also in this place that has my phone number and prices it will have said I don’t do same day bookings. I have set a boundary and you have chosen to ignore it, this doesn’t give me any confidence that you will respect any other boundaries within the booking. If we ignore all of that I now have to engage in a back and forth to try and work out what type of booking you want and how long you would like to a) tell you when I can fit it into my schedule and b) give you the price as different types of bookings have different rates.

  • Text me baby

Sigh. Un

  • Hi r u free
  • Hello Corrine. How would I massage you and have some fun for 30 minutes for an outcall tonight?

CIA

Hello again! It’s been a while.
I was talking to a lovely person the other day about some of the weird things military get up to when left to their own devices and my conversational companion had never heard of the CIA’s LSD experiments under the MKUltra project, and more pertinent to a hookers blog the Operation Midnight Climax (they don’t name secret stuff like they used too).
MKUltra was the weird ass stuff they got into for a while (remote viewing, telepathy, mind control etc). If you’ve seen the movie The Men Who Stare At Goats it’s along those lines. But for real. From Wikipedia

Project MKUltra—sometimes referred to as the CIA’s mind control program—was the code name given to an illegal program of experiments on human subjects, designed and undertaken by the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

But getting back to Midnight Climax (snigger) this was an experiment where the CIA set up brothels (yes) and hired sex workers to bring clients back where the clients, usually businessmen, would be given, without their knowledge or consent, LSD so the experimenters could monitor the effects on an unknowing civilian (really). They picked these targets because it was unlikely they would ever admit to going to a brothel when they got back home so they’d never say hey there’s some weird shit going on. Again from Wikipedia

It was established in order to study the effects of LSD on unconsenting individuals. Prostitutes on the CIA payroll were instructed to lure clients back to the safehouses, where they were surreptitiously plied with a wide range of substances, including LSD, and monitored behind one-way glass. Several significant operational techniques were developed in this theater, including extensive research into sexual blackmail, surveillance technology, and the possible use of mind-altering drugs in field operations.

Ken Hollins has done some radio documentaries years ago (I think the BBC played them) that are on things like this, one was on the RAND Corporation and also a series called Welcome To Mars. Both worth listening to if you can find them. (I can’t remember which one covered CIA using LSD, I think it was the Mars series). (Update: I have linked to them in an earlier post).

In the interests of client confidence I would like to point out I have no one-way mirrors in my apartment 🙂

Intimate photos

I’ve just had a new photo shoot done by Kristy Milliken (@Dirt_Erotic on the twitters) which I’m very excited about. We had an interesting conversation about beautiful and intimate photography/art and I thought I’d share the links with you.

Hysterical Literature which I’ve mentioned before I’m sure but it’s so good it bears repeating. Hysterical Literature is a video art series by NYC-based photographer and filmmaker Clayton Cubitt. It explores feminism, mind/body dualism, distraction portraiture, and the contrast between culture and sexuality. (It’s also just really fun to watch.) The non arty Corrine explanation is that women are shown from the waist up reading a selection of their choice while an assistant masturbates them to orgasm off camera (it’s still really fun to watch).

Beautiful Agony is photos of people as they cum (that’s the Corrine description). Beautiful Agony began as a multimedia experiment, to test a hypothesis that eroticism in human imagery rests not in naked flesh and sexual illustration, but engagement with the face. We wondered whether film of a genuine, unscripted, natural orgasm – showing only the face – could succeed where the most visceral mainstream pornography fails, and that is, to actually turn us on. Yes, Agony is here to turn you on. But it will do much more than that.

(which reminds me of this totally not beautiful series. My train of thoughts went orgasm face > guitarists pulling orgasm face when they solo > guitarists pulling solo faces while they hold giant slugs. See? That’s logical and not at all indicative of a scattered brain 🙂 )

And another absolutely gorgeous series is The Sleep Of The Beloved by Paul Maria Schneggenburger. What happens to lovers while they are sleeping? Is it a sleeping just next to each other, each on his own, or is there a sharing of certain places or emotions? Is it a nocturnal lover’s dance, maybe a kind of unaware performed tenderness, or does one turn the back on each other? Is there a conjunction with the other, with one’s self?

Each picture of the sleep of the lovers is one long exposure. The exposing time is 6 hours, from midnight until 6 am. The room with the bed is in my studio, I am at no time of the exposure inside the room myself. I just light the candles, set up the stage. How might “Your beloved sleep” look like? (Corrine note: we all know I sleep like a starfish but I sleepwalk too, I’d have equal parts of stealing all the doona and acting out my dreams.)

 

New website!

Update: my contact form had a bug. It’s fixed now but if you haven’t heard from me try sending again.

Bear with me, it will be a few days before I’m back to normal xx

Short notice and bad texts

As you all know I currently require a fair bit  of notice (I actually think it’s not much but the outrage it brings makes me think that others feel differently) for a booking. At the moment I need at a minimum to know before 6pm the day before. However I can take limited short notice outcalls but I choose not to. Why? Because I feel like I’m encouraging/condoning the practice of really bad text messaging, in my experience the quality of the booking request goes down with the a) the decrease in amount of notice given and b) the time of night the request is sent. Mathematically this would be expressed as

Q = (x·h)+1/(y·n²)

where

Q = quality of booking request,

h = absolute difference between 12 noon and time request was sent in hours,

n = notice given in hours

x,y = variables

So what constitutes a ‘bad’ text message? I shall give some instructive examples

  • Out tonight [hotel name] how much?

Where is hello or hi or some acknowledgement that I am a human? What is your name, how do I address you? As for how much MY PRICES ARE LISTED IN THE SAME PLACE YOU GOT MY NUMBER FROM, if you are expecting a special rate because you are special I will add a special person surcharge. Also in this place that has my phone number and prices it will have said I don’t do same day bookings. I have set a boundary and you have chosen to ignore it, this doesn’t give me any confidence that you will respect any other boundaries within the booking. If we ignore all of that I now have to engage in a back and forth to try and work out what type of booking you want and how long you would like to a) tell you when I can fit it into my schedule and b) give you the price as different types of bookings have different rates.

  • Text me baby

Sigh. Unless you have paid me for my time I will not engage in conversations for gratification outside a booking. This includes by text, email, phone call, twitter. I love conversations and chit chat but I am a paid service.

  • Hi r u free

See above for treating me like a human. The details I need are when, where, what, how long and who.

  • Hello Corrine. How would I massage you and have some fun for 30 minutes for an outcall tonight?

I don’t know, how will you massage me? What do you mean? Please read before hitting send to see if your message is coherent.

So what does a good message look like? I’ve tweeted this a couple of times…

Hi Corrine I’d like to arrange a [number] hour [type] booking on [date] at [time], I’d also like [description]. Thanks [name]

[type] would be the type of booking, massage or full service or GFE for example. [description] could be if you would like something in particular like red lingerie, nuru massage, specific acts or fetishes. If you don’t have anything specific you’d really like that’s fine too.

Notable exceptions to the above are if you have trouble with writing English, for example you have literacy problems, English isn’t your first language or you have problems with fine motor control that make typing difficult. Please say if this is the case! I’ll understand I promise but if you don’t say I can only go off what you have written.

Business travel

I travel a bit, for work and pleasure, and have picked up some tips on the way. Thought I’d share them.

  • Powerpoints in hotel rooms are generally hidden behind the bedhead or there is not enough of them. Take a powerboard so you can have all your things charging (also good for when you are holed up in an airport). If you are travelling overseas this means you only need to take one plug adapter too. Consider also taking a short extension lead to make plugging things in behind bedheads even easier.
  • Take a spare phone. It’s not just sex workers who have business and private phones and the amount of times having a spare phone as a backup, when you have accidentally dropped your good one in a pool for example, that’s kept me contactable has been a godsend. Also handy when travelling overseas to put your local sim card in.
  • If you are travelling with laptops and smartphones you should have a VPN. Get one that allows multiple devices on the one account so you can use it on all your phones, tablets and laptops. Don’t ever use free, cafe or hotel wifi for sensitive, personal or work stuff without it on. Also good for watching local online TV, Netflix etc while overseas or overseas shows while here.
  • Sleep. You can’t function well at work without it and not getting enough will ruin your holiday. Invest in a good padded eye mask (the padded ones lift them away from your eyelids and are so much more comfortable). Light triggers brain hormones to wake you up and you can’t rely on an unfamiliar hotel room to be dark. Good for planes too. Also experiment with different travel pillows. Personally I find those U shaped neck pillows useless for most situations, my current favorite is a small square one that can be converted to U shape if needs be but is perfect for making a hard seat softer, snuggling into on a plane, cushioning a window to lean your head against, being a comfortable bed pillow if the hotel ones suck and a good prop for tablets or laptops. I even use it at home! Well worth finding one that suits you.
  • Active noise cancelling headphones for plane travel. Don’t muck around, just get them. I use them for even the shortest domestic flights. It’s amazing how draining being in a loud metal tube hurtling through the air can be, remove the droning background noise and feel the difference. Added benefit is being able to pretend you can’t hear the chatty person next to you that wants to share the life stories of all their cats.
  • Nasal sprays for flights really do help. You are sitting in close proximity to people with all manner of colds and flu, in incredibly dry air that dries out your sinuses and makes them more susceptible to picking up all those head colds. Keep those sinuses moist and flush out those bugs.
  • If you are travelling long haul get a massage before you go, you will be cramped up for a long time and you don’t want to be sitting with your knees next to your chin because the person in front has the seat all the way back and the people either side of you are invading your armrest territory whilst you have a sore back. (Also don’t be those people).
  • Food and exercise. It’s easy to do too much of the former and too little of the latter when you are jammed up in boarding gates and hotel rooms. Learn how to prepare simple yummy food in a hotel room with no kitchen, it can be done! Get a prepackaged undressed salad for example and add a boiled egg (you can boil eggs in the kettle didn’t you know). Take a yoga workout video on your mobile device, you can do this in your hotel room and stretching is really good. Use the hotel gym, yes it’ll be crap but you’ll feel better.
  • If you can fly with just carry on luggage do it. You’ll be the first to the taxi rank while the other schmucks are waiting for their bags. It’s not that hard to do, practice packing and be ruthless. Everything needs to have double or triple purpose, for example a good smartphone can replace many things for a couple of weeks. Yes really! I’ve edited spreadsheets, made porny videos, updated pdf’s, maintained websites with mine and it’s also my camera. Use the lightest bag you can find (you’ll only have 7-10kg to play with) and the biggest bag in all dimensions that meets the strictest size limits on your flights. Sometimes you can be lucky and get away with being over but more airlines are checking now (Jetstar even tags your carry on) and you don’t want to have to check it at the desk. If you are flying longhaul have a smaller light bag inside that has essentials you’ll want during the flight (nasal spray, headphones, book etc) and once onboard take it out and put it under the seat in front, the main bag goes overhead.
  • If you are travelling for work find some way of connecting with home. Phone, email, skype your friends. Read your local news online.
  • Get out and enjoy the places you are in!

Thoughts on censorship and decency

So, a thing happened and I am using my blog to put my thoughts down. Because it’s interesting and complex and jumbled and maybe this will give it some structure. But anyone who has tried to have a conversation with me will know of my rambling thought processes 🙂

The thing is OpenBazaar. It’s a concept I will admit to not having delved into the intricacies of, it’s in development and there is only so many hours in my day, but it excited me and I was keen for it to come to fruition (so I could use it!). Broadly it is an unrestricted marketplace. Specifically it is a peer to peer network. There is no website to buy things from and therefore no one runs it, regulates it or is profiting from it. A decentralised marketplace. I’ll touch on why, as a sex worker, I think this is a really interesting concept later.

Actually the thing that happened was BazaarBay. As I said OpenBazaar isn’t a website, it’s not like eBay, backpage or Gumtree where you can go and look at a site of things for sale, you need to be on the network to do that. However BazaarBay is a separate site that pulls listings to a website.

The thing happened on twitter, Place of Brief Miscommunications. A retweet landed in my feed, expressing displeasure at OB so I took a glance. OB had retweeted about BB being populated with content from OB. Problem was, on the front of this page for all the world to see, was a Woman For Sale, and for a little more you could buy a Woman On A Horse. I was offended that this was promoted and also a source of pride for both. I believe I used the term fuckwits. Abuse came back. I tried to explain I was offended by something that was in public space. I was told there was no control over this and I shouldn’t get upset with OB. And then I get blocked by them so there goes me advertising on there, or recommending it, when it is running in a finished sense.

I have issues and conflicts. Issues are that as a sex worker it is commonly assumed that I am commodified. ‘Prostituted woman’, ‘selling her body’ are routinely used in media and society and are so far from the truth I can’t even. These phrases imply that I am not considered a person by someone who is selling or controlling me, or by someone buying me. Nobody can buy ‘me’, they buy my time and expertise and this is EXACTLY the same situation when I work as a consultant. And people may market me, advertise me, promote me but they do not own or control me. I have free will. I routinely say no. I routinely say that is not acceptable. It is not a frivolity, these concepts are the very ones that are used to drive some incredibly dangerous legislative settings that are announced as being designed to save me but at their core, and based on the assumption that no one would ever in their right mind chose this career, they are aiming to jail, send us to reeducation camps (I shit you not), take children away, remove access to accommodation etc etc until the ‘choice’ is made to get a proper job like sewing (again I shit you not). So to have a Woman For Sale is not funny, or lighthearted. That an individual though it was acceptable says a lot about their attitudes. That an organisation didn’t even notice it in publicity is deplorable.

Another issue I have is censorship. This is the aspect I love about OB. Everywhere I go as a sex worker, in the real and virtual worlds, I have to self censor or am blocked from entering just on the basis of my work. I’ve written before about banking/financial institutions that refuse me, website and platform hosts and regulators delete me, late night radio shows run content warnings that go for longer than my non-explicit interviews, insurance companies require intimate and extensive details if they will cover me at all (and if you are thinking that sounds fair, it’s a disease risk no it’s bloody not, I have mentioned before that sex workers have the same, if not lower, rates of STI’s than the general population). People are offended by my existence. I have a fake name and lie to my friends and family to protect them from the religious and feminist attacks. So the idea of another space where I can advertise and sell products is great. It’s not just convenient, it’s a feeling that there is a part of the world that doesn’t assume I am a disease ridden vector and a cause for the downfall of decent society and says yep you can be here just like anyone else. That’s how an uncensored space impacts me at a personal level. But, and here is the but, we do not exist in a bubble. I feel it’s important to be aware and respectful of the people who are in the space with me. I recognise that I offend people just by being, my twitter profile is restricted access even though I rarely post anything more explicit than nipples because this is the world I exist in and offending people inadvertently is not nice. Putting a Woman For Sale into a public space, and it not even registering with anyone at any level that this will upset people is not OK. I actually think it’s the blase attitude that was the most offensive thing. The standard that you walk past is the standard you accept.

Another issue is that, and yes I reacted rudely, a platform that is a free for all will have inappropriate, offensive and illegal things listed. People will get upset. You can throw your hands in the air and say but it’s not me, I have no control over it, all you like but it is something you are going to have to deal with. What happens when people start posting snuff films or child pornography? The backlash will get loud.

And another issue (told you I had a few) is if it is decided that some things aren’t appropriate or OK and some things are where is that line? Back to my life and the selling of women. I think human trafficking is a great example. Horrible, awful, deplorable. definitely not OK, right? Yes, agreed. But did you know I fall within some definitions and markers for being a sex trafficked person? True, but I’m not. I’ve checked. There’s no pimps here (and the pimps thing is another language problem. Sure abusive controlling people exist and so do peoples landlords, children and partners who may be described as pimps in some settings). In some locations I would be arrested under trafficking laws. So clearly this line dividing right and wrong is squiggly, or opaque, or so broad as to be problematic. What’s right to me could be wrong to you and used by a third party to mislead a fourth. There’s no way of saying these things are OK 100% and these things are not. You can’t tick a yes/no box on most of this stuff.

BB is a good thing (and technologically a marvel) and when the human elements are at least talked it will be a great thing. And I feel like human elements never get talked about much in many spheres like media, politics, industry etc. It’d be awesome if on top of a being a technology, liberation leader individual limits could be respected as well.

On another podcast

I can’t believe I forgot to tell you all about this! I was on another podcast, if you want to hear my speaking sounds talking about sex work and Bitcoin pop Cryptogoss into your podcast player or head over here and listen online

Females

I’m writing this partly so I’ll have this link saved so I can just point to it in future.
Have you ever heard women being referred to as females? Happens all the time and it’s like fingernails on a blackboard to me (although if it happens in conversation I usually just inwardly wince and let it go). You’ll see headlines like “35 killer songs to remind you females are as strong as hell” (Mashable) and sound grabs like “she’s a hot female” (Celebrity Apprentice TV ad, but admittedly that was from the big brother doofus).
I’d never been able to clearly articulate why this grated with me but I saw this link on twitter and it’s perfect, please read 6 reasons you should stop calling women females

Corrine’s Guide to Technical Gadget Repair

This, in my experience, works across a wide range of equipment, computers, gadgets, tech stuff etc.

Take the malfunctioning piece of equipment. Buy a replacement in the same make and model. As soon as payment has been confirmed the original item will be now working perfectly.

Hope this helps. In related news I may have a spare Pebble smart watch for sale 🙂