Pompeo, Stirring up the Kettle on Rent Boys and Methheads

After being given ample content on rights work, the relation to workers of other genders, and the ins-and-outs of racist and sexist discrimination and policing by a number of New York’s working boys, Joe Pompeo pulled a Jessica Pilot  in the New York Observer with “The Hipster Rent Boys of New York.” Not a word on racial discrimination, or the use of video peepshows, strolls, or the few last-standing hustler bars, and not a word on organizing.

It wouldn’t have been so bad if the comments section wasn’t crammed full of those nasty little “diseased,” “Narcissistic,” “drug-addicted,” “meth-head” accusations that complete the very definition of an Internet article about us whores and those whoring regardless of gender.

But that’s enough raving. In other news, the Freakonomics guy (and Columbia sociology professor) Sudhir Venkatesh keeps getting quoted in what I think are questionable articles. He’s the guy who wrote a piece for Slate Magazine citing the 40 percent figure, as in 40 percent of sessions don’t include touching or sex. Maybe I should invite him on a work date?

One Response

  1. It’s always fun to be called a victim, or a “diseased,” “Narcissistic,” “drug-addicted,” “meth-head”. Chances are you can find a sex worker who fits some or all of these labels, but I also bet we could find a politician, a CEO, and maybe even a president or two that fits some or all of these labels. Since one person might be in the worst possible position, let’s assume everyone else in that ‘class’ is also in that same situation.

    They’ve tried this with race, with gays, with ‘non-americans’, different casts, etc, etc. They’ve always always ended up losing. I know we can win. I’m glad they haven’t tried new broad sweeping tactics to oppress people, because we can look back through history of other oppressed groups who have won and know we will win.

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