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COYOTE, or Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics, is an American sex worker activist organization. COYOTE's goals include the decriminalization (as opposed to the legalization) of prostitution, pimping and pandering, as well as the elimination of social stigma concerning sex work as an occupation.

Though it is frequently described as a prostitutes' rights group, COYOTE's mission includes advocating for all varieties of sex workers of all genders, including strippers, phone sex operators and adult film performers. COYOTE provides counseling and legal referrals for sex workers, and assistance in leaving sex work for different careers.



COYOTE provides expert advice and sensitivity training for social service and law enforcement agencies that deal with sex workers. COYOTE members have testified as expert witnesses during trials. The organization works to educate the general public about sex work, and promotes education about safe sex, AIDS and sexually transmitted disease among sex workers, their clients and the general public.


COYOTE was founded in California in 1973 by Margo St. James, a feminist and alleged former prostitute. She chose the name COYOTE because novelist Tom Robbins called her a "coyote[citation needed] trickster" and came up with "Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics" to fit the chosen acronym. St. James believed that sex work should be considered labor equivalent to any other career, writing in 1977 that "to make a great distinction between being paid for an hour's sexual services, or an hour's typing, or an hour's acting on a stage is to make a distinction that is not there." (Chapkis)

In 1976, COYOTE, led by St. James filed a lawsuit against Rhode Island. In the case, COYOTE v. Roberts, the argument was based on how much power the state should have to control the sexual activity of its citizens. The lawsuit also alleged discrimination on how the law was being applied. Data was submitted that demonstrated selective prosecution, the Providence Police was arresting female sex workers far more often than the male customers. St. James testified in the case. Although the case eventually was dismissed when RI General Assembly changed the prostitution statute in 1980, COYOTE and St. James are given credit as one of the reasons prostitution in Rhode Island was decriminalized,[1] prostitution was outlawed again in 2009 (see Prostitution in Rhode Island). "Samantha" and Gloria Lockett were co-directors of COYOTE in the early 1990s. They had been critical of the group for focusing on "higher class" prostitutes (such as call girls and escorts) and white sex workers, while ignoring the concerns of streetwalkers and ethnic minorities. (Chapkis)

Norma Jean Almodovar is currently the director of COYOTE Los Angeles. There is also a COYOTE branch in San Francisco.

See also


Further reading

  • Chapkis, Wendy. Live Sex Acts: Women Performing Erotic Labor (1997, Routledge, New York). ISBN 0-415-91288-1
  • Jenness, Valerie. Making it Work: The Prostitutes' Rights Movement in Perspective (1993, Walter de Gruyter, Inc., New York)
  • Pheterson, Gail. A Vindication of the Rights of Whores (1989, Seal Press, Washington.) ISBN 0931188733

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Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

See also Coyote



Alternative spellings

  • cayeute (obsolete), cayota (obsolete), cayote (obsolete), coyoto (obsolete)


  • IPA: /kaɪˈ(j)əʊtiː/
  • IPA: /ˈkaɪ(j)əʊt/
  • IPA: /kɔɪˈ(j)əʊteɪ/
  • IPA: /ˈkɔɪ(j)əʊt/
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From Spanish coyote, from Nahuatl coyotl.





coyote (plural coyotes)

  1. A canine species native to North America.
    • 1824: William Bullock, Six Months' Residence and Travels in Mexico, p. 119
      Near Rio Frio we shot several handsome birds, and saw a cayjotte, or wild dog, which in size nearly approached the wolf.
  2. A smuggler of illegal immigrants across the land border from Mexico into the United States of America.

Scientific names


  • (canine) prairie wolf


Derived terms

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From Nahuatl coyotl.


coyote m. (plural coyotes)

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  1. coyote
  2. (Mexico) A smuggler of illegal immigrants across the land border from Mexico into the United States of America.
  3. (Mexico) fixer, middleman

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The head of a coyote in Yosemite National Park
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Canidae
Genus: Canis
Species: C. latrans
Binomial name
Canis latrans
Say, 1823

Coyote (Canis latrans) is an animal of the Canidae family. The word "coyote" comes from the Náhuatl (Aztec) word cóyotl.



The color of the coyote's fur is a grayish brown to yellowish gray on the upper parts, while the throat and underside are a more white color. The forelegs, sides of the head, muzzle and feet are reddish brown.


Coyotes live only in North America and some areas of Central America. They live in the countryside, but also in cities too. The coyote is found though out North American from California up to as far as Alaska. They normally live in dens About 6 feet wide and four feet tall.


The coyote is an omnivore and can eat many kinds of food: fruits, grasses, and vegetables in the autumn and winter months along with small mammals, for example rabbits, mice, shrews, voles, and foxes. They also eat birds, deer, snakes, and lizards. In the city, coyotes find food easily. They dig up plants in gardens and eat food out of garbage cans.

Sometimes, they join small packs (groups), but normally hunt alone. Coyotes live in dens. They dig a tunnel under the ground and then dig out a larger area at the end of the tunnel where they sleep and have their babies or pups. They can have six pups at a time. Often a coyote den will have two entrances, with one that is hidden. Sometimes they dig more than one den, so they can move if an enemy finds the den.

Coyotes do not have many enemies. Wolves used to eat coyotes, but there are not many wolves left in North America compared to the number of coyotes. The biggest enemy of the coyote is people. They do not usually attack people, but sometimes eat small pets such as cats.


The coyote is a character of many myths from Native American peoples. The coyote is often protrayed as a joker, and stories are told to explain things he does, such as why he barks at the moon.

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