by Furry Girl

10.27.11

Throughout my life, I've often felt like I'm in the middle.  (Which is a positive way of phrasing that I don't fit in well anywhere.)  I have too many fiscally-conservative views to be a proper leftist, but I'm not cheering for the uninsured to be left to die like some libertarians.  While I have an unshaved crotch and don't have a mainstream LA porn appearance, I lack the tattoos and rainbow hair to demonstrate that I'm "smarter than your average porn star," as one popular alternaporn site marketed its collection.  I also don't mesh perfectly with the American subculture of "empowered" sex workers, whatever that's supposed to mean.

There's this profile tacitly promoted by current sex workers' rights activism of how exactly one should look and behave if they are truly empowered: it's a movement for punks and anarchists, for feminists, for people devoted to deconstructing gender, for people with liberal arts degrees, for sex radicals and kinksters, for Pagans, for artists, and most importantly, for people who don't fit mainstream beauty standards.  In short, the typical person drawn to ho activism is the typical person drawn to any sort of activism: one who constructs their identity around to how they are not like the rest of society.  As a person who straddles the weird/normal border, I don't always feel like I fit in with American sex workers' rights activists, so I can only imagine what it's like for someone whose only "non-normal" trait is their occupation.  I have no solution to the problem of the over-representation of "lifestyle outsiders" other than to do my best to encourage more typical sex workers to step up and claim their stake in their own movement.

Inspired by Annie Sprinkle's Anatomy of a Pin-Up, I thought I'd make an Anatomy of an Empowered Sex Worker.

Do you have what it takes to be empowered?





6 Comments

  1. This is hilarious and i love it. I've noticed this anatomy of whatever theme in every stereotype group there is, and it's great to see someone actively mocking this conformity amoungst the non conformists. Almost every goth and emo kid at my school always went on about how the popular girls all look the same they are so unoriginal blah blah, but if you put a bunch of emos or goths together you can't tell them apart either. I think its a great example of how nothing anymore is truly original or different :)

    Comment by Chantelle — October 27, 2011 @ 6:48 pm

  2. -20 cred points for the tan!! (this was hilarious)

    Comment by Devin — October 28, 2011 @ 1:03 pm

  3. Hah, lovely.

    We all just don't fit nicely into little boxes. One of the things I ran into again and again was that I didn't fit in with the "Sex-positive, pro-sex worker activists" because I was a working sex-worker. I wasn't some academic, interested in theory, or some hipster, interested in being trendy. I was interested in safety, making my money, and not getting busted. day to day stuff. I've never read anything by Che Guverea (damn, can't even spell his name.)

    Comment by Comixchik — October 29, 2011 @ 8:22 am

  4. I enjoy your blog,I really do.
    However reading youre not "a proper leftist" is shocking.
    Maybe it is still worthwile to organise some more selfeducation.
    My suggestion would be to go on a sebatical to study life in any european country of your choice, preferably Belgium, Holland or Sweden.

    Comment by jan — October 30, 2011 @ 10:09 am

  5. Lol, I think I tick all the boxes except the feminist poetry and the glasses.

    Comment by Thierry Schaffauser — November 4, 2011 @ 11:21 am

  6. I tick some of the boxes, but I definitely don't get all the empowered ho "points." (And I don't think many people even read Che nowadays, but his visage still made for a quick representation of what American left-wing activists like.)

    Comment by Furry Girl — November 8, 2011 @ 3:01 pm

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