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We Too: Essays on Sex Work and Survival

We Too: Essays on Sex Work and Survival

This collection of narrative essays by sex workers presents a crystal-clear rejoinder: there’s never been a better time to fight for justice.

Responding to the resurgence of the #MeToo movement in 2017, sex workers from across the industry—hookers and prostitutes, strippers and dancers, porn stars, cam models, Dommes and subs alike—complicate narratives of sexual harassment and violence, and expand conversations often limited to normative workplaces.

Writing across topics such as homelessness, motherhood, and toxic masculinity, We Too: Essays on Sex Work and Survival gives voice to the fight for agency and accountability across sex industries. With a foreword by Selena the Stripper and contributions by leading voices in the movement such as Melissa Gira Grant, Ceyenne Doroshow, Audacia Ray, femi babylon, April Flores, and Yin Q, this anthology explores sex work as work, and sex workers as laboring subjects in need of respect—not rescue.

Foreword

Introduction

Stigma

That Sliver of Light

Your Mother Is a Whore: On Sex Work and Motherhood

Bifurcating

Sex Working While Jewish in America

How to Not Be an Asshole When Your Sex Worker Partner Is Assaulted at Work

The State

How to Rape a Sex Worker

Victim-Defendant: Women of Color Complicating Stories about Human Trafficking

Hustling Survival

Context for “Undercover Agents”

Undercover Agents

The New Orleans Police Raid That Launched a Dancer Resistance

Whores at the End of the World

The Workplace

Dispatch from the California Stripper Strike

What Media Coverage of James Deen’s Assaults Means for Sex Workers

Red Flags

Demystifying Porn, for Pornographers

From Victim to Activist: The Road to Ethical Porn

What I Have to Do

Family

Florida Water

A Letter to My Love

A Family Affair

“Are You Safe?”

Good Faith

Survival

The Alchemy of Pain: Honoring the Victim-Whore

When She Says Women, She Does Not Mean Me

The Invisibles

Wounds and Ways Through: A Personal Chronology of December 17

Healing

Going from Homeless Trans Youth to Holistic Caregiver

The Belly of the Beast

Searching for Foxy

We All Deserve to Heal

How to Build a Hookers Army

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