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“Black and white closeup photo of the Statue of Liberty's face” by Fabian Fauth on Unsplash

On Wednesday, March 21st, 2018, the SESTA-FOSTA bill package passed in the US Senate. Since then we’ve seen numerous sites and services shut down or disable accounts relating to sex workers, for instance, Craigslist removed their personals section, Reddit deleted a several subreddits for sex workers. What SESTA-FOSTA does is remove the protections of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act with regards to sex work. You can read the text of the bill over on congress.gov.

While we’re certainly going to see more knee-jerk reactions from technology companies, the impact of SESTA-FOSTA is still mostly unknown. For the foreseeable…


Editors Notes: The following was originally sent out in an email to potential investors and advisors on December 1st, 2017. It has been published here for transparency, information in the below may no longer be accurate or correct.

As you may know, last month we announced PrivatePatrons, a new platform designed for independent sex workers to promote themselves and get paid.

Since then, we’ve received some press coverage (thanks Erika!), and have been working on our beta launch. People have also been signing up for early access by following the link in this tweet.

Over the past month, people have…


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Editors Note: This article was originally written in October 2017, however, was never published at the time. The publication of this article is to provide history and context, and isn’t entirely representative of PrivatePatrons today.

Last night, I announced a new project I’ve been working on at Unobvious Technology, called PrivatePatrons. Some initial details were published on twitter, and this article aims to consolidate and expand upon them. The goal:

Empower sex workers by providing a public profile through which they can advertise their online presence, gain followers & fans, and earn money.

There’s a few similar products/services out there…


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It’s the 25th of December, and I wanted to take a moment to sit down and reflect upon the year that has just unfurled. From conversations with many friends, I can say that we all agree that 2017 was the hardest year we’ve ever had, and that we’re all ready for it to be over and to look towards 2018 being better & brighter. …


This article was written by Latex Barbie, a highly popular Female Dominatrix and Findom; she’s made a name for herself with stunning latex outfits and clips that match. This article has been republished with her permission, after it was originally published on Fetlife, where it was intended for a fetish inclined audience.

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Another Financial Dominatrix, Empre$$ Jazzy, with cash from submissives. Photo copyright Empre$$ Jazzy, and used with her permission.

Everybody is always so curious about this subject.

It’s a hot topic, a buzzword that always has people perking up their ears. Is it real? What’s the deal? Do people really get off on sending hot girls their hard earned cash? The answer is YES. …


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Occasionally I receive questions on twitter about how to get a website as a sex worker. This article will try to provide a some things you should know when wanting to get a website.

I know that it can be confusing, even after making things for the web for the past 13 years, I still need to look up so many things when making a new site. Technology moves fast, and you shouldn’t feel bad if you don’t know how to do things.

Without further rambling, here’s some things you need to know.

Domain Names

The first thing people generally think about…


As a content producer, it can be hard to understand exactly how much money you’re going to earn. In this article, I’m going to describe the various business models in the industry and show the mathematics behind how much you get paid.

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Image from 401kcalculator.org, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

In the porn industry, a large number of services operate using “revenue share” business models. This is where you as a content producer will earn a certain percentage of the revenue your content generates. This article will show the mathematics behind your payout percentage, and how subtle changes can result in different earnings.

Often services will advertise to…


Today, we live in a world where adult content is widely available and consumed, yet the services that provide access to adult content leave a lot to be desired.

by many, however the services that control access have become incumbents thar have no interests other than profiteering.

The producers of adult content are left with a choice: accept poor service and high fees, or, face an uphill battle to become independent trying to find and setup payment processing & a website.

Additionally, consumers are given an insecure, unsafe, and untrustworthy means to access content. It’s no wonder a lot of…


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Relocating, it’s difficult, scary, and exciting, but comes at a cost: I remember the first time I was away from home for an extended period of time, this was when I was in San Francisco — it almost destroyed me. In all honesty, this is potentially when my depression should’ve been diagnosed, but that’s a story for another day.

My point is, relocating is REALLY difficult; The only way I have found to healthily relocate is to move because I want to live in a new city, not just because of work. For me, as I mentioned in a previous…


Two weeks ago, I published an article titled “Tech, this is goodbye”, since then I’ve received a multitude of responses. From people sharing on twitter, to writing replies on medium, to emails, even a few phone calls. Most of the people responding have been urging me to stay in tech, several people have even offered me jobs.

Others, however, have been more critical with responses that seem to entirely miss the points made in the article, including the guy on hackernews who has given me a new author biography: “Trigger Warning: Boring. …

Emelia Smith

I’m the founder of Unobvious Technology, a transgender woman, data engineer, kinkster and human.

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