Blunt has worked in healthcare and tech for over ten years. Her experience is vast, but her expertise is in: equitable access to technology, public health, BDSM, professional domination, yoga, and sexual health.
Blunt is a NYC-based dominatrix who studies the art of BDSM as a healing modality through an interdisciplinary lens. She is also a yoga instructor, full spectrum doula, public health researcher, and one of the co-founders of Hacking//Hustling, a collective of sex workers and allies working at the intersection of technology and social justice.
She has her Master’s in Public Health, and researches the intersection of sex work and equitable access to tech. She served as the former care coordinator to Persist Health Project, the first sex worker health organization in NYC.
She was the lead researcher on Hacking//Hustling’s report “Erased: The Impact of FOSTA-SESTA & the Removal of Backpage”, a participatory action community research project studying the effects of FOSTA-SESTA and the removal of Backpage on sex workers’ health and well-being.
Currently, she is serving as the lead researcher on Hacking//Hustling’s research on shadowbanning, content moderation, and section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
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- 2016 – 2018: Masters in Public Health.
- 2007 – 2012: BS in Psychology and BFA in Photography.
- 2020 – present: Advisor, Decoding Stigma, New York, NY.
- Advisor to a cross-institutional coalition of laborers, futurists, advocates, artists, designers, technologists, researchers, teachers, and students who want to compel conversations about sex and sex work at the tech schools.
- 2018 – present: Co-Founder, Hacking//Hustling, New York, NY.
- Co-founded and continue to organize with a collective of sex workers and accomplices working at the intersection of tech and social justice to interrupt state surveillance and violence facilitated by technology.
- Leading community-based participatory research on sex work and equitable access to technology from a public health perspective. This research is among the only scholarship on the human impact of FOSTA and shadowbanning. This research is being used in the EFF-led constitutional challenge of FOSTA, in ACLU’s 2020 report on the decriminalization of sex work, and in Astrea Lesbian Foundation’s 2020 report (“Technologies for Liberation: Toward Abolitionist Futures”).
- Create community-led, interdisciplinary convenings at institutions such as Harvard, Cornell, and Eyebeam.
- Create and disseminate harm reduction tools and trainings, including myriad resources on FOSTA and the EARN It Act, for lawyers, technologists, and the sex working community.
- 2018 – 2019: Community Organizer, Survivors Against SESTA, New York, NY.
- Organized a sex worker lobby day and political education materials.
- Organized a demonstration for International Whores Day with over 2000 participants nationwide.
- Facilitated relationships between media and community members.
- 2015 – 2018: Director of Communications, AltSex Conference, New York, NY.
- Worked with a team of three to produce an annual 3-day conference and monthly workshops for mental health professionals and community members on alternative sexualities.
- 2013 – 2016: Researcher and Care Coordinator, Persist Health Project, Brooklyn, NY
- Researched barriers to healthcare for sex workers in New York and published, “No Lectures or Stink-Eye”: the healthcare needs of people in the sex trade in New York City”
- Worked on legislative campaigns, such as ending the use of condoms as evidence of prostitution in New York City.
Consulting and Advisory:
- Summer 2020 – present: Tech and Criminalization Consultancy, Astraea Lesbian Foundation.
- 2019 – present: Community Advisory Board Member of Berkman Klein’s Center for Internet and Society’s Initiative for a Representative First Amendment (IfRFA) at Harvard University.
- 2019 – present: Community Advisory Board Member of The Surveillance Technology Oversight Project (S.T.O.P.), NYC.
- Summer 2020: Puerto Rico Convening of the Queer Tech Community, Astraea Lesbian Foundation.
- Summer 2018: Sex Worker Stigma Effect on Social Work, curriculum development, Hunter School of Social Work.
- 2013 – Present: Best Practices Trainings for Working with People Impacted by the New York City Sex Trades: Mt. Sinai, NYC Department of Health, Downstate Medical Center, John Jay College, Beth Israel Medical School, Gay Men’s Health Center, Ali Forney Center, St. Ann’s Harm Reduction Corner, Planned Parenthood, NYU, and the Greene Clinic.
- Sex Work Village at the Internet Freedom Festival. (Upcoming: Postponed due to COVID)
- Sex, Tech and the Internet: Gentrification, Barriers and Design Justice, Harvard Law, Cornell Law, and Hacking//Hustling. (Upcoming: Winter 2020).
- Fighting Surveillance Tech with Trademark Transparency, with Amanda Levendowski and Kendra Albert, Hacking//Hustling and Decoding Stigma. Fall 2020.
- Legal Literacy Training: Surveillance and Sex Work, Hacking//Hustling. Summer 2020.
- Digital Literacy Training: 3-Part Series, Hacking//Hustling. Summer 2020.
- Memes, Social Media and Protest, Hacking//Hustling and Women of Sex Tech. Summer 2020.
- WTF is EARNIT?, Hacking//Hustling. Winter 2020.
- Big Tech is Watching: Surveillance on the Street and Online, KINKOUT: Spaces, MoMA PS1. Winter 2020.
- BDSM, Healing, and Neuroplasticity, with Andrea Glik, LMSW. Fall 2019.
- Transference and Power Dynamics in BDSM and Psychotherapy. Interview with Avigail Hurvitz-Prinz, LMSW. Fall 2019.
- A Platform for Sex Workers in a Post-SESTA World. Organized in collaboration with Melissa Gira Grant, Eyebeam, t4tech, and Ingrid Burrington. Fall 2018.
- Whoretopia Future Lab: Beyond Decriminalization, writing workshop series with Tina Horn. Summer 2018.
- International Whores Day, Survivors Against SESTA. Summer 2018.
Publications and Written Work:
- Technologies for Liberation: Toward Abolitionist Futures, Astraea Lesbian Foundation. Winter 2020.
- Posting Into the Void: The Impact of Shadowbanning on Sex Workers and Activists, lead researcher, Hacking//Hustling. Fall 2020.
- International Whores Day Zine, produced and published by Kink Out Productions, contributing writer. Winner of Broken Pencil Magazine’s best political zine and in MoMA PS1’s permanent collection. Summer 2020.
- Erased: The Impact of FOSTA-SESTA and the Removal of Backpage Research Summary, Technology, Anti-Trafficking, and Speculative Futures, Anti-Trafficking Review Special Issue Release. Spring 2020.
- Account Shutdown Harm Reduction Guide, Hacking//Hustling for Harvard Conference. Fall 2019.
- Dominatrix, Mistress Blunt, reviews Netflix’s Bonding. Vice. Motherboard. Spring 2019.
- HEADCASE: an anthology of LGBTQ Writers and Artists on Mental Illness. Contributor. Winter 2019.
- Self Development Through Surrender and Pain. Psychology Today. Summer 2018.
- Online Worker Safety: Hazards and Cautions: A Practical Harm Reduction Guide on Why and How Sex Workers Can Protect Ourselves at Work, Hacking//Hustling for Eyebeam. Spring 2018.
- The Health Care Hustle. Tits and Sass: Service Journalism by and for Sex Workers. Spring 2015.
Honors, Awards, and Funding:
- Recipient of the Barlow Award from EFF’s Pioneer Ceremony. Fall 2020.
- Grant Recipient: $125k from the Open Society Foundation for Hacking//Hustling. Summer 2019.
- Dean’s List, CUNY School of Public Health. 2017-2019.
- CUNY School of Public Health and Health Policy Graduate Assistantship. 2017.
- Luigi and Anita Traverso Scholarship for Excellence in Photography, 2012.
- Dean’s List, SUNY New Paltz, Dean’s List. 2007-2012.
Selected Talks and Panels:
- Invited Talk: Sex Work Online: Censorship and Exploitation at Digital Sex Workers’ Festival for International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe (ICRSE). Winter 2020.
- Guest Lecturer: Feminist Political Theory: Payment Processors and Online Sex Work at Bard University. Fall 2020.
- Invited Talk: IFF Community Knowledge Share: Coffee Talk with Danielle Blunt. Internet Freedom Festival. Summer 2020
- Panelist: Movement Lawyering: Challenging Narratives Around Online Laws Pertaining to Sex Work. The Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs, The Cyberlaw clinic and Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University. Summer 2020.
- Panelist: Communications Decency Act Section 230 and the Future of Online Speech, Case Western Reserve University. Summer 2020.
- Invited Talk: Drug User Organizing call on EARN IT, Urban Survivors Union.
- Panelist: Summer 2020: Memes, Social Media and Protest, Hacking//Hustling and Women of Sex Tech, Organizer and Speaker. Summer 2020.
- Invited Talk: Spring 2020: CDA 230 and The EARN IT Act, Women of Sex Tech Conference.
- Invited Talk: Spring 2020: FOSTA-SESTA and EARN IT: What Mental Health Professionals Need to Know, The AltSex Conference.
- Interview: Never Have I Ever Been Pierced, NHIE Podcast with Cory B. And Gaby Scaringe. Spring 2020.
- Invited Talk: Sex Work in Covid-19, Harm Reduction Coalition. Spring 2020.
- Invited Talk: Networked Bodies of Resistance. NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. Tech 4 Social Good Day. Moderated by Gabriella Garcia. Winter 2019.
- Guest Lecturer: Introductory Sociology on Social Deviance and Sex Work, John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Winter 2019.
- Invited Talk: Initial Findings on the Impact of FOSTA-SESTA and the Removal of Backpage. Sex Workers, Surveillance & Tech Convening, Harvard Law School. Fall 2019.
- Invited Talk: From Spreading Hate on 8chan to the Safety of Sex Workers. Speaker at Lesbians Who Tech. Fall 2019.
- Invited Talk: Hidden in Plain Sight: Propaganda, Surveillance, and the 21st Century Vilification of Sex Worker, Lecture at Bard College with Melissa Gira Grant. Spring 2019.
- Guest Lecturer: Sex Work and Sexual Health at NYU. Dulcinea Pitagora. Spring 2019.
- Presenter: Health Equity in the Age of Shadowbanning and SESTA: How Obfuscated Infrastructure and Systems of Content Moderation Harm Whores and Everyone. Internet Connection Panel at Theorizing the Web. Moderated by Brandon Arroyo. Spring 2019.
- Interview: Kinky Yoga: Interrobang. Why Are People Into That? Tina Horn. Fall 2018.
- Interview: Danielle Blunt On Health Care Access for Sex Workers. The Peepshow Podcast. Fall 2018.
- Interview: Hacking//Hustling: A Sex Worker Led Tech Conference. The Peepshow Podcast. Fall 2018.
- Presenter: Dystopia Now: Erasing the Internet by Erasing Sex Workers. Presentation with Melissa Gira Grant at Data & Society’s Future Perfect conference organized by Ingrid Burrington. Summer 2018.
- Invited Talk: BDSM and Healing: The Somatics of Power Dynamics. The Eulenspiegel Society. Summer 2018.
- Invited Talk: Negotiating Boundaries: Psychology Meets Sex Work. AltSex Conference. Spring 2018.
- Workshop: BDSM: Rituals of Healing and Spirituality. 3-day workshop with Yin Q. and Martine Phoenix. New Women’s Space. Spring 2018.
- Invited Talk: Building Safer Spaces: Perspectives from Sex Workers. KINKOUT Sex Work Panel. Euridice Gallery. Winter 2018:
Selected Tech Media Coverage:
- SESTA-FOSTA is ‘detrimental’ to sex workers’ safety, study confirms, Ana Valens, Daily Dot, January 24, 2020.
- Is social media silencing Black Lives Matter? Sex worker collective seeks answers, Ana Valens, DailyDot, June 22, 2020.
- What is ProtonMail, and should you use it?, Ana Valens, DailyDot, June 10, 2020
- Anonymous user uploads four terabytes of private videos from only fans. Michael Thomsen, DailyMail UK, February 2020.
- SESTA-FOSTA is ‘detrimental’ to sex workers’ safety, study confirms, January 24, 2020. Ana Valens. Daily Dot.
- Tough Talks: Propaganda, Surveillance, and the 21st-Century Vilification of Sex Workers. Hannah Ardent Center. Charlotte Albert, 2019.
- Sex Workers of the World United, Scott Stern, American Scholar. June 3, 2019.
- Tumblr’s Porn Ban Further Stigmatizes And Alienates Sex Workers Online. Melanie Ehrenkranz, Gizmodo. 2018.
- Porn Stars Vs. Instagram: Inside The Battle To Remain On The Platform. Otilla Steadman, BuzzFeedNews. October 18, 2019.
- Episode 32: Danielle Blunt On Health Care Access for Sex Workers, Peepshow Podcast, 2019.
- Sex Workers Fight Back Against a Dangerous Law by Stepping Into the Spotlight, Melanie Ehrenkranz. Gizmodo. June 4, 2018.
- The Web-Hosting Service for Sex Workers, by Sex Workers, Against SESTA/FOSTA. Arvind Dilawar. The Nation, August 2018.
Selected Kink Media Coverage:
- What is Ethical Porn? Griffin Wynne. Bustle. 2020
- Men who love getting their balls absolutely destroyed, Samantha Cole. Vice. 2020.
- What is edge play? Everything you need to know about the high-risk kink. Daily Dot, January 2020.
- A Whip-Smart Guide to Finding Your Perfect Domme, Hustler Magazine. February 2020.
- Dominatrix, Mistress Blunt, reviews Netflix’s Bonding. Motherboard – Vice. April 2019.
- Inside The World Of Brooklyn Dominatrixes And Their Orthodox Jewish Clients. Buzzfeed News. July 2018.
- Dasya Yoga: Self Development Through Surrender and Pain. Psychology Today. June 2018.
- InterroBang: Mistress Blunt on Dasya Yoga. Why Are People Into That? January 2018.
- No, You’re Not a Bad Feminist for Liking ‘Porny’ Sex Acts. Glamour, 2017.
- La Maison Du Rouge – Interview with Lucy Sweetkill and Mistress Blunt. Periscope. 2017.
- 18 Kinky Pictures From The Gritty Underworld Of BDSM, BuzzFeed, 2017.
- 18 Intimate Photos Show What Being A Dominatrix Is Really Like. Refinery 29. July 2016.
- What’s so Kinky About Judaism? Dame Magazine. December 2015.
- This BDSM Food Blog Combines Kink with Serious Cooking. Vice. April 2015.
The Nation, Motherboard, Gizmodo, Daily Dot, Psychology Today, Vice, BuzzFeed, Glamour, Headcase Anthology, Prose & Lore, Tits & Sass, and Kink & Code.