The Phone Whore's Alphabet: A is for Activist
I'm a relative n00b in the sex work world. I mean, yes, obviously, I feel comfortable doing the work, and I've found some good community support in online PSO forums, but I'm still learning about the sex workers movement and my role in it.
Going through this process is... odd. In other communities I'm occasionally seen as, if not a leader, at least someone who's in a visible/influential/pioneering position. With sex work, no one is expecting me to have an opinion and/or ideas for action about this work and issues affecting it. I'm kinda relieved.
Relieved, and a little restless. That's who I am. I'm sitting here thinking, huh, what should I do next? How else can I better get to know the other artists in my community? What should I know about other genres of sex work? How, on my limited income, can I support organizations that are making important programming and activism occur?
Call me a type-A personality; that's A for activist. (Also artist. And articulate. And anally fixated. But that's a different blog, sorry 😉 Anyway, as soon as "sex worker" became a part of my identity--that is, about four weeks after I got my first caller off--I went there: "what should I do now?"
I don't have an answer to that question immediately. It's gotta simmer for a little while yet. In the meantime, I'm working on my play, Phone Whore (more on that next week), which will certainly constitute visibility work in the world of theater. And I'm trying to broaden my blog reading outside my usual size-acceptance fields. Found Audacia Ray's blog recently, with this post that spoke strongly to my activist self.
Audacia's definitely getting on my forthcoming blog roll, along with other sex worker sites that, in my opinion, further the cause and/or give good read. Got suggestions for other sites to check out in the areas of sex work and sex education? Give them a shout-out here!