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On white dreads and cultural appropriation

Posted at 17:00 on 13 Aug 2018 by Pandora / Blake

Yesterday I retweeted a tweet about white people wearing dreadlocks. Specifically, it was from a sex worker of colour addressing white sex workers who accessorise their look with locks.

The tweet called this out as cultural appropriation, and I retweeted it in solidarity with the anti-racist sentiment it expressed. Unfortunately this seems to have triggered several defensive responses from white people - including some surprising hostility.

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Tags: anti-racism, Black hair, cultural appropriation, dreadlocks, racism, white supremacy

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Life-saving sex worker support service Open Doors is under threat

Posted at 17:28 on 3 Aug 2016 by Pandora / Blake

The other day I attended the sexual health clinic at Homerton University Hospital. I was impressed. The clinic was clean, modern and well staffed; I was seen quickly, and the care I received was non-judgemental, helpful and thorough. In fact it was probably the best experience of attending a sexual health clinic I've ever had in London. During the short time I was sitting in the waiting room, I saw posters and leaflets advertising the other free services Homerton University Hospital offers to the public, including Out There, the walk-in center for bisexual and gay men, and Open Doors, a free and confidential advice service for people working in the sex industry.

If you look at the Open Doors website (there are three other Open Doors NHS clinics in London, but I think the Homerton one is the longest running) their mission statement is clear:

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Tags: Hackney, intersectionality, law enforcement, marginalisation, migration, Open Doors, police, racism, sex worker rights, stigma

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