Posts in EDITORIAL
Breaking Myths about Prostitution

Prostitution is often assumed to be ‘victimless’. This is a prevalent theory which suggests that all individuals present are consenting. This opinion ultimately conceptualizes prostitutes as people who have chosen this life, who make profit from it and live glamorously. While it may be true that some individuals in the industry choose this line of work and are fulfilled by it, we must recognize that this is not the experience of all sex workers. 

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Meet Blythe, a 2019 Dress designer

Blythe is no stranger to our community. As our CEO/Founder she has led our community and shown us the power of small, consistent, everyday actions. In six years, the Dressember movement she started in college has raised roughly $7.5MM toward the fight to end trafficking. This is her third year designing a dress for Dressember. This year, her design is named after her husband, Jordan. Let’s get to know Blythe, designer of “The Jordan” dress.

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Meet Ben, a 2019 tie designer

Ben Higgins is well known and loved for his role as "The Bachelor" on ABC's hit reality dating show. Today, Ben uses his platform for good as co-founder of Generous International, a for purpose company dedicated to contributing profits to social issues around the world, starting with a cup of coffee. With a vision to change the way society thinks of consumer products, all Generous merchandise is designed specifically to create and multiply good in the world. Whether creating jobs, feeding children or improving education, it begins with giving back in order to build a world that we all want to live in. Enjoy our interview with Ben Higgins, designer of “The Ben” tie.

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Meet Branden, a 2019 tie designer

Branden Harvey is a storyteller focused on the good in the world. He's the host of the podcast Sounds Good, the creator of the Goodnewspaper, a printed newspaper full of good news, and built an online community over more than 250,000 world changers. He's helped brands like Disney, Square, Southwest Airlines, and (RED) tell meaningful stories with heart all over the world.

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"Ridge Runners" - What it Was Like to See Human Trafficking Happening in My Small Town

The film Ridge Runners follows the investigation of a missing twelve-year-old girl, led by Detective Rachel Willow. At first, Willow and her community are doubtful that anything beyond a runaway-child case is possible in their peaceful town, but as the investigation continues, Willow finds the case is much more complicated than it appears on the surface.

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What The Planter's Prospect Teaches Us About Advocacy in Art

I've always loved the art of painting. I'm primarily drawn to it for its beauty, but subject matter is equally important to me. That's why I was delighted to stumble upon a book by John Michael Vlach entitled The Planter's Prospect: Privilege & Slavery in Plantation Paintings. In it, Vlach describes paintings and drawings of plantation landscapes and what they have to say about slavery. There's an important lesson to be learned about what the art we create can do.

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How to use your anger to fight with LOVE

Sometimes when an injustice is too great, it can be easy to use whatever motivation calls on your heart to dive headfirst into the fight against it. If a house is on fire, it doesn’t matter if you are a trained fireman or just a regular passerby with a bucket of water - everyone who can help, should. However, if we are looking to fight the long-term battle without burning out or losing hope, we have to check our motivations first. Rather than coming from a place of anger, hatred or even despair, our desire to fight for justice should come from a place of love.

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What I Learned about Human Trafficking from a Sci-Fi Sex Worker

When I streamed the 2002-2003 Joss Whedon series Firefly about ten years ago, I understood the spaceship crew that smuggled goods to maintain their independence from an inegalitarian interplanetary government, but I was uncomfortable with the presence of a sex worker among them. Inara Serra held the title of Companion: a state-licensed, guild-trained, freelancing sex worker. She leased a private shuttle on the ship Serenity and shared in the crew’s life on the outskirts of the realm. I was grateful to have my prejudice challenged and to learn to respect the basic human dignity of a woman whose chosen career path was not one I would choose for myself.

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A 2nd Cup - More Than A Coffee Shop

A 2nd Cup is not your average cup of joe, or as its website boasts: “It’s more than a cafe. It’s coffee with a cause.” A 2nd Cup is a 501(c)(3) non-profit coffee shop fighting human trafficking in Houston, Texas, one cup of coffee at a time. A unique combination of business and philanthropy, A 2nd Cup truly offers a life-changing cup of coffee; using its profits to fight against human trafficking. 

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The Struggle With Stranger Danger

Growing up, I was convinced I needed to worry about random people approaching me, but what I’ve since learned is that only 28% of perpetrators of sexual assault are actually strangers, and the “Romeo pimp” is much more common today in cases of human trafficking than the “guerilla pimp.” This means that it is really those that we love who we need to be able to stand up against.

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How powerful is fashion?

When Dressember first started, it wasn’t “Dressember” at all. It was one woman, Blythe Hill, and her decision to wear a dress every day of December, merely as a style challenge. For the next few years, Blythe and her friends, and then her friends’ friends would do just this; and by 2013, Blythe decided to take a step forward and use the style challenge to make a difference in the world, specifically for victims of human trafficking. Thus launched Dressember, and the dress became the flag for this growing movement.

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