I know I’m in the minority with my views on infidelity, and that’s what makes things with my current partner so complex. More
Topic: sex work
If you are looking to rent your place on Airbnb, you should be aware that your guests will almost certainly use your place for sex. If you’re cool with that, rent away. More
There are a lot of weird things about sex work that you don’t really notice once you’ve been doing it for a while–or ever, if you started early enough. One of those things is the fact that many areas of the sex industry involve basically being a professional “other woman.” More
People are always ragging on millenials, but today’s teenagers are growing up with a degree of media-savvy poise that was unimaginable a generation ago. That became really clear yesterday when Duke University student and porn star Belle Knox appeared on Bethenny Frankel’s talk show to talk about her fame and future. More
About a month ago, my boyfriend and I broke up. More
There’s been a big push in recent years to make sex work “empowering.” Renting access, however limited, to your body is now almost some kind of feminist right of passage for mostly middle-class young women. I tell people I’m a sex worker, and one of the most common positive reactions is, “That must be so empowering for you!” More
There comes a time in every single girl’s life when she needs a professional to tend to her needs. More
It isn’t that I fundamentally disagree with most of the basic principles of feminism. I don’t! But I cannot in good conscience call myself a feminist. More
Like any subculture, the subculture of sex workers has its trends. More
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The sad truth is that there are a lot of aspects of my work that are dishonest. I dishonestly use a false name, I dishonestly pretend to be turned on by clients or activities that hold little appeal for me, I dishonestly portray myself as ecstatically happy even when I’m in the throes of severe depressive episodes. More
I understand why Daniel is uncomfortable with my work–it is a tragic failing of most men that they want to own the women they love–but that doesn’t make it any easier.
PLUS: How readers can see me speaking live about sex work. More
This is a far cry from all the time I wasted in middle school, waiting to be the last girl in the bathroom so no one would hear me pee. More
I know other women have found partners who accept and even encourage their participation in all aspects of the sex industry, but for better or worse, the man I have chosen either can’t or doesn’t want to accept anything but the bare minimum of physical contact with my clients. More
Sex work can be an incredibly isolating profession. In a world where our work is at the very least frowned upon, if not directly criminalized, it’s extremely difficult to find support. Even relatively understanding civilian friends tend to be unable to truly relate to the difficulties of life as a sex worker. Too often, the solution to a complaint about work is, “Well, if you hate it so much, why don’t you quit?” More