Working Sex

Sex Workers Write About a Changing Industry

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January 2008
304 pages
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Working Sex

Sex Workers Write About a Changing Industry

By Annie Oakley (editor)

$15.95 USD, Trade Paper Original, January 2008

Being a sex worker isn’t something to write home about for most women (and men) in the $12 billion-a-year sex industry.

Prostitutes, strippers, and adult film stars put themselves, and what they do for a living, out on the street, stage, and TV screen every day, but they often keep their working lives hidden from friends, family, and other employers. They do this because sex work is widely considered illegal, unhealthy, and immoral.

Edited by Annie Oakley, Working Sex, New Voices from a Changing Industry features stories and contributions from sex workers—strippers, prostitutes, domes, film stars, phone sex operators, and internet models—who are speaking out. This provocative anthology showcases voices from a vibrant community intent on unmasking the jobs they do with dignity and pride.

Contributors tackling issues of class, gender, race, labor, and sexuality with blazing insight and critical observations include Michelle Tea, Stephen Elliot, Nomy Lamm, Ana Voog, Vaginal Davis, and Mirha-Soleil Ross.

About Annie Oakley (editor)

Annie Oakley is the founder, director, emcee, road manager, and den mother of the Sex Workers Art Show, a touring performance troupe made up of current and former sex workers. She has shepherded the show from a fledgling project in Olympia, Washington, to a nationally acclaimed touring extravaganza. Annie Oakley founded the Sex Workers Art Show, in 1997 to help fight negative stereotypes about sex work. “The main goal is to present sex workers as multifaceted people,” she said, “so they can begin to be taken seriously as people who deserve labor rights, social access, safety and dignity.” Oakley has lectured, performed, given workshops, and exhibited her artwork at venues and colleges all over the country. She was co-producer in 2004 of Olympia’s semi-annual queer cultural festival, Homo-A-Gogo. She likes reading, eating, arguing, and shoes.

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