Transferring Sex Work Skills

A virtual skill share
February 4, 2008—all day

It’s easy to come up with ways sex workers transfer their skills to everyday jobs. But what sex work skills transfer to activism? Does it depend on the type of sex work? The personality of the individual worker? Does all sex work teach specific skills anyone can use in activism?

For this blog party, we’re going to define “activist” as anyone who works on challenging the mainstream perception and treatment of sex workers, even if they don’t personally identify as activists or belong to an organization (we’re trying to keep this discussion broad and open).

How do the social skills sex workers learn contribute to their activism? Are there learned behaviors and responses that get in the way of being an activist?

What about practical skills—comfort with phone work; Web design; book-keeping; physical-safety education? Does knowing how to walk in really tall platform shoes contribute to activism?

A lot of sex workers learn a lot about wide variety of topics to be able to sustain their business. Or they learn how to diplomatically meet the needs of different people at the same time. Do these skills translate to being a good activist? How?

The point is not to start an argument between specific types of sex work. Instead, take time to reflect how your special work has given you knowledge and strength you can take to the streets, the bedroom, the news room, the courtroom and Internet to change society. In fact, take these skills wherever you can!

We’re hoping to hear from a variety of workers, past and present, explain, for all the world to see, that sex work can do a lot more for the worker than pay their bills or victimize them.

To contribute, paste your post into an e-mail (no attachments) and send it to: boundnotgagged [AT] gmail [DOT] com with POST in the subject line.

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