Recent Work

Publications, conferences, exhibitions and performances.


Easterbrook-Smith, G. “Genuinely Keen to Work: Sex Work, Emotional Labour, and the News Media” in Armstrong, L. and Gillian, A. (eds) Sex Work and the New Zealand Model: Decriminalisation and Social Change. 2020. Bristol University Press. pp. 157-176

Easterbrook-Smith, G. “Change can never be ‘complete’”: the legal right to self-identification and incongruous bodies.” International Journal of Gender, Sexuality and Law. 2020. Vol. 1, no. 1. pp. 134-158.

Easterbrook-Smith, G. “Sex Work, Advertorial News Media and Conditional Acceptance.” European Journal of Cultural Studies. 2020. doi:

Easterbrook-Smith, G. “By Bread Alone: Baking as Leisure, Performance, Sustenance, During the COVID-19 Crisis.” Leisure Sciences. 2020. doi: 10.1080/01490400.2020.1773980

Easterbrook-Smith, G. “‘Not on the Street Where We Live’: walking while trans under a model of sex work decriminalisation”. Feminist Media Studies. 2019. doi: 10.1080/14680777.2019.1642226

Easterbrook-Smith, G. “Illicit drive-through sex”, “Migrant Prostitutes”, and “Highly Educated Escorts”: Productions of ‘acceptable’ sex work in New Zealand news media 2010 – 2016.
Doctoral Thesis, 2018.
Victoria University of Wellington.

Book reviews:

“Review: Stephanie Hunter Jones, Sex Work and Female Self-Empowerment.” Sexualities. 2019. doi/10.1177/1363460719876827

“Review: My Body, My Business: New Zealand Sex Workers in an Era of Change.” Queer Studies in Media and Popular Culture, vol. 4, no. 1, 2019, pp. 109-111. doi: 10.1386/qsmpc_00009_5

Other Publications:

Review of Netflix’s BONDiNG. The Spinoff. 4 May 2019.

All the Worst Questions I’m Asked as a Sex Worker. Vice. 1 October 2018.

Conference presentations:

Symposium on Stigma, Discrimination, and Sex Workers’ Rights.
Productions of stigma in New Zealand news media post-decriminalization in the “Rhetoric, discourse and stigma” panel.
Victoria University of Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand, February 2018.

Gender, Work and Organisation Bi-Annual Conference.
How the ‘Less is Better’ Rhetoric is Damaging to Sex Worker Rights in the “Sex Work in the 21st Century” stream.
Keele University, England, June 2016.


“Human Resources”
Art exhibition and publication with Elisabeth Pointon, 2018.
Meanwhile Gallery, Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand.

The Human Resources press release can be found here, with the exhibition further discussed as part of a profile of Meanwhile Gallery in Salient.

“Paying For It: An Insider’s Guide to the New Zealand Sex Industry Vol II”
Live performance, 2017.
Bats Theatre, Wellington, New Zealand.

Nominated for a Wellington Theatre Award.


Feedback/consultancy for Mrs Warren’s Profession, dir. Eleanor Bishop.
Auckland Theatre Company, 2018.
Auckland, New Zealand.