By Kendra Holliday | January 10, 2013 at 6:29 am
Just yesterday, I saw these stories in the media:
and then there’s this sad story: Fired from her schoolteaching job after revealing she had once been a Craigslist call girl, Melissa Petro describes the world that awaits people who leave the trade.
Notice the shame surrounding these stories.
I notice that the only way a woman can speak openly about her personal experience as a sex worker is if she qualifies that she is a FORMER sex worker. She can’t talk freely about it if she currently provides sexual services for money. You know why? Because in most places it’s illegal, and there’s an awful stigma attached to it. Which is stupid.
Repeat after me:
Sex work is not wrong.
Prostitute is not a bad word.
Quite comparing women to whores like it’s a bad thing.
I’m a sex worker/prostitute/whore/sex surrogate, and I’m proud of it.
The sex work I know is fulfilling, healing, beautiful, sacred, and therapeutic. It’s also fun.
So get over it already and go thank a sex worker. They’re everywhere!