Topic: Sex Workers

Harlotry: The Very Annoying Girls Who Dabble Like Tourists In The Sex Industry

Harlotry: The Very Annoying Girls Who Dabble Like Tourists In The Sex Industry

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 »

One City Is Finally Spending Money On Improving The Safety Of Sex Workers

One City Is Finally Spending Money On Improving The Safety Of Sex Workers

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 »

Harlotry: Talking With A 24-Year-Old Former Street Walker

Harlotry: Talking With A 24-Year-Old Former Street Walker

“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 »

‘Operation Flush the Johns’ Aims To Humiliate Busted Patrons Of Sex Workers

'Operation Flush the Johns' Aims To Humiliate Busted Patrons Of Sex Workers

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 »

Here’s Your First Look At Jennifer Aniston As A Stripper

Here's Your First Look At Jennifer Aniston As A Stripper

Jennifer Aniston has a new movie coming out this August called We’re The Millersthe 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 »

These Storyville Sex Workers From 1912 Had Amazing Style

These Storyville Sex Workers From 1912 Had Amazing Style

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 »

Harlotry: On Quitting Stripping

Harlotry: On Quitting Stripping

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 »