Tuesday May 03 2016 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg
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In conversation with Kate Sinclaire and signing Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus: Prostitution and religious obedience in the Bible (Drawn & Quarterly). Co-presented by The Winnipeg International Writers Festival as part of our collaborative Spring Literary Series with McNally Robinson. Co-presented by The Winnipeg Working Group in association with Cherrystems and Ciné Sinclaire.
The iconoclastic and bestselling cartoonist of Paying for It: A comic-strip memoir about being a john and Louis Riel returns with a polemical interpretation of the Bible that will be one of the most controversial and talked-about graphic novels of 2016. Mary Wept over the Feet of Jesus is the retelling in comics form of nine biblical stories that present Chester Brown’s fascinating and startling thesis about biblical representations of prostitution.
Brown weaves a connecting line between Bathsheba, Ruth, Rahab, Tamar, Mary of Bethany, and the Virgin Mother and reassesses the Christian moral code by examining the cultural implications of the Bible’s representations of sex work. Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus forms a fascinating and startling thesis about biblical representations of prostitution.
Kate Sinclaire is a pornographer based in Winnipeg. Her philanthropic soft porn site, Cherrystems.com, launched in 2008. After being approached to do more hardcore work on Cherrystems, she decided to develop her own film production company, Ciné Sinclaire. Her goal is to capture sexuality as it exists in the bedrooms (and living rooms and sex parties and hotel rooms) of the world. She also works for the Canadian silicone toy company, Fuze - enabling your dildo and butt plug desires ethically and with body safe materials. All while being an avid gardener and lover of graphic novels.
She has collaborated with such amazing folks as Courtney Trouble, Jiz Lee, and James Darling, and has spoken at Playground Conference (Toronto), Gender Fest Winnipeg, Catalyst Con (Chicago), the Queer Porn Film Festival (Brooklyn) and more - on topics of porn, sex work, and sex positivity.
The Winnipeg Working Group is organized as a chapter of the Canadian Alliance for Sex Work Law Reform. It is a coalition of sex workers, activists, researchers, health care professionals, and allies from Winnipeg who joined forces to challenge the view in Manitoba that all sex work is exploitative.
The WWG defends the position that approaches to prevent violence and protect the human rights of sex workers must be informed and directed by sex workers themselves, focused on harm reduction, and evidence-based. We advocate full decriminalization of adult consensual sex work. This human and labour rights and harm reduction framework requires that both sex workers and their clients not be criminalized. Follow the WWG on Facebook and on Twitter.