The tourists are the women who believe that all it takes to be successful in the industry is a pretty face and a nice body. They have no concept of sex worker stigma, beyond some fuzzy concept that stripping will be “cool,” “edgy,” “fun,” or worse, “empowering.” Sure, the industry is somewhat forbidden to nice girls like them, but their dabblings in sex work are all about not being a nice girl anymore–about going home for Thanksgiving dinner and thinking, “nobody knows I’m a sex worker” while they get a second helping of mashed potatoes from Uncle Jerry or Aunt Jane or whoever. More
Topic: Sex Workers
People make much of hooker slang. More
As we’ve learned from the writer in our wonderful Harlotry series, sex workers face a lot of difficulties when it comes to safety issues — often because of the laws that are supposed to “protect” citizens that, in reality, make sex workers’ lives much harder. Fortunately, some places in the world seem to actually see these women (and men) as human beings and want to improve conditions. More
“Leia” is a 24 year old Chicago sex worker. I met her at the UnHooked program we had both been assigned to by the court, and she agreed to give me an interview. …I was pretty nervous, going into it, as I’ve never interviewed anyone before. I met her at her house in West Lawndale, and asked her a few questions. Leia is not her name, and but it’s what I’ve been referring to her as up until a couple of days ago when she told me she would like to be known as “Miss Cash Money.” More
The month-long sting resulted in the arrests of men from all walks of life: lawyers, doctors, dentists, engineers, college professors and students, a stockbroker and a car salesman, with ages spanning 17-79. They were apprehended through an ad on Backpage.com (which, we’re now learning, is a haven for devil-may-care attitudes toward capitalization, as well as escorts). More
Being both a writer and a sex worker is hard. More
Jennifer Aniston has a new movie coming out this August called We’re The Millers–the trailer just arrived online and we’re finally getting proof that she does indeed play a stripper. While Jennifer Aniston as a stripper seems like a pretty unlikely casting choice (given that for most of her career she’s played the ultimate nice, wholesomely funny lady next door), she is preternaturally toned.
And wearing a hilarious wig! More
Here, we take a look at how stock photos (i.e. their creators) apparently see sex workers. But here is also where I stop being so serious and just make fun of how absurd these are. Okay? Okay.
Allow me to illustrate how all prostitutes are apparently flamingos… More
i. Even if it is legal where you are located, [do not] create profiles or provide content that promotes escort services or prostitution. More
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I believe a lot of what helped me deal with not only the rape itself, but also the abuse, was my background in sex work. More
If you haven’t noticed by our Shelved Dolls and Harlotry series, as well as plenty of our other individual pieces, The Gloss is a big fan of both sex workers and women of the past. We appreciate fashion from the days of yore — whichever “yore” that may be — as well as the personalities that accompanied its wearers. These vintage photographs of prostitutes from Storyville by E. J. Bellocq combine those interests wonderfully. More
One of the most common questions people ask–especially when they find out I used to be a whore–is whether my experience in the sex industry has made me better at sex.
They generally assume it has. More
Without at least some kind of partitioning, sex work will kill you. More
My bio says that I’m currently employed as a stripper, but this is not entirely true: I’ve been on vacation from work for several months now and we strippers, like all independent contractors, can’t be considered employed unless we’re actually retained by a club.
There are two reasons for the length of my vacation from work. More