Whore Pride

Young, Empowered Sex Workers Want Respect Along With Your Dollars

Sex work is clearly thriving in New York, but nowadays it has a new face. If you think I'm unique in having friends who sell their bodies, think again. Perhaps the time is ripe for the new magazine $pread: Illuminating the Sex Industry (spreadmagazine.org). $pread co-editor Raven Strega tells me, "We want the general public to become aware of issues such as the physical working conditions of sex workers and their health care and housing needs, and to start considering sex workers as real people rather than mythical beasts who only come to life when someone drops a quarter into a slot." Strega emphasizes that those who take pride in their work are likely to be young, college-educated, able-bodied, and probably white. Another $pread co-editor, Mary Christmas, acknowledges the current cultural cachet of porn stars such as Jenna Jameson, but calls sex workers "invisible, because cultural biases make it unsafe for sex workers to be 'out' to their family, friends, and other employers." For blogger Ray, being open and honest with most people she knows is vital to her. "It's important to me to be outspoken because I'm putting my cunt where my sex-positive mouth is. The combination of talking, writing, and doing is really the only way to destigmatize sex work and diverse sexualities generally."


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