Dacia on Fielding Media Requests re: Spitzer

Have You Been a Whore?

The MSNBC request came through Seal Press, the publisher of Naked on the Internet. I said I would talk to the show’s producer and possibly do the show if I could talk about sex worker rights, politics, and trafficking. They were casting for someone who had been a sex worker to talk about the mechanics of hiring a prostitute, and the producer I talked to point blank asked me the question that is the title of this post, though then he quickly backtracked and said, “I’m sorry if I’m not using the right terminology,” and I told him that no indeed he was not. When asked if I have had sex for money, I told him I had been a fetish worker and sensual masseuse (I’ve briefly been an escort too, though for a fraction of the time of the other jobs) – which seemed to disappoint him, and he said things like, “So you weren’t a real… you didn’t have sex…”

MSNBC was only interested in having a woman who had been a prostitute talk about the mechanics of hiring a sex worker – a little salacious how-to on national television, gotta love it. They told me flat out that they weren’t interested in discussing the political interests of sex workers or the issues around sex trafficking as it is today. And while I am not ashamed that I was a sex worker, and I know sound bites are short and cannot be anywhere near as complicated as my shit it, I don’t want to be MSNBC’s whore on television. It does nothing for me personally and nothing for the movement I’m part of for me to be boiled down to the essence of “will fuck for cash. here’s how.”

And because they are awesome and feminist, my publicist at Seal Press also wrote back to the folks at MSNBC and called them on using the word whore at me. So it’s good to have back up. I’m pissed but not surprised by the words thrown around by the MSNBC producer – the folks at Seal seemed much more perturbed than I was about it. Unfortunately, it’s par for the course. Being an author, filmmaker (albeit pornographer), curator, and having a masters from an Ivy League school all dissolves when the media knows you’re a whore.

From Melissa at Valleywag.com

Three things you can learn from Client 9

Let’s be clear: Today’s takedown has nothing to do with stopping prostitution. It’s about bringing down the governor of New York. There are three things you need to know before tonight’s cocktail-party chatter. Most people will get them wrong — and that’s the way the media wants it.

  • “Christin” won’t be found online. Don’t bother trolling the Internet Archive for her photo. The way high-end agencies work is the pics on the website aren’t the actual girls. Potential clients go in person to a madam after they make a deposit towards the first appointment. They then get to look at a photo book and decide who to hire from there.
  • There’s no such thing as a “$5,500/hour escort.” Agency-based prostitutes who command these rates don’t turn hourly tricks. These are evening, overnight, and weekend appointments. Spitzer wasn’t just “paying her to leave” after a blowjob, he was time-sharing a mistress.
  • Could it happen to YOU? No. You’ll never see a headline, “Prostitution Bust Nets 8 Alpha Geeks.” Federal prosecutors, who almost never make prostitution arrests, are using the Emperors Club to take down high-profile clients, just as Spitzer once did himself. Busting a bunch of techies gets nobody nothing. They’d sooner nab the newspaper editors and TV producers who’ll rush this story out today before going to their own appointments. If Jimmy Wales had hired, he’d have saved himself a lot of bad publicity.

Tucker Carlson comments on Spitzer

“Getting all high-handed that a grown man went to a prostitute is nauseating.” (1:11 into the video below)… A lot of us are like him, frankly (1:50 in)… Now just because he goes to a hooker they’re going to be getting all high handed on him (2:10 in)… I just think this is one of the least sleazy things he’s done.”

See video here.

Sam Stein on Dershowitz’s defense of Spitzer

“Men don’t use their brains when it comes to something like this,” he said. “They think with a different part of their body and that part of the body, the level of brains, there are no relationship to the level of brains in the skull, unfortunately. And when people think with that organ of the body, they make these kind of really, really terrible mistakes.”

Here is some more of Dershowitz’s defense

Gory Details

This article gives details of Spitzer’s DC-based booking with Emperors Club.

The writer harrangues him for being a NYC snob (no DC escort service was good enough for him), then turns around and calls the girls “hookers.”

Spitzer could face charges of violating the Mann Act.

How many more?

Eliot Spitzer, Randall Tobias, two examples of highly trumpeted Bush Administration alliance with alleged feminist activists Donna Hughes, Melissa Farley, Janice Raymond, among others, in the war against trafficking and prostitution.   From the Donna Hughes mailing list  http://www.endhumantrafficking.org/gstupdates/May%202007.pdf  there is the glorification of Spitzer,  and his work against prostitution.

Perhaps it is time to look at new initiatives, new activists, new ideas.  Perhaps what the sex worker rights movement is advocating?  We all oppose the trafficking of the 15 year old Venezuelan girl to Tijuana, but this false war on trafficking via TVPRA of the self styled new abolitionists, it continues to be layers of lies, of corruption and of abuse of the very people they claim to be rescuing, or wanting arrested depending on the moment.

I wonder if activists like Donna Hughes have interns to monitor their myspace top 12 friends list on a daily basis to stay ahead of their friends being arrested?

The Statement

New York Governor Eliot Spitzer’s statement lasted about a minute. I’m paraphrasing here — he apologized to his family for causing them distress and promised to work on fixing things with them.

He was really vague, did not admit to wrongdoing, did not mention sex or resign his position.

And now the pundits at CNN are going crazy. Wish they’d get someone intelligent to comment on the situation.