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This collection of narrative essays by sex workers presents a crystal-clear rejoinder: there's never been a better time to fight for justice. Responding to the resurgence of the #MeToo movement in 2017, sex workers from across the industry--hookers and prostitutes, strippers and dancers, porn stars, cam models, Dommes and subs alike--complicate narratives of sexual harassm This collection of narrative essays by sex workers presents a crystal-clear rejoinder: there's never been a better time to fight for justice. Responding to the resurgence of the #MeToo movement in 2017, sex workers from across the industry--hookers and prostitutes, strippers and dancers, porn stars, cam models, Dommes and subs alike--complicate narratives of sexual harassment and violence, and expand conversations often limited to normative workplaces. Writing across topics such as homelessness, motherhood, and toxic masculinity, We Too: Essays on Sex Work and Survival gives voice to the fight for agency and accountability across sex industries. With contributions by leading voices in the movement such as Melissa Gira Grant, Ceyenne Doroshow, Audacia Ray, femi babylon, April Flores, and Yin Q, this anthology explores sex work as work, and sex workers as laboring subjects in need of respect--not rescue.


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This collection of narrative essays by sex workers presents a crystal-clear rejoinder: there's never been a better time to fight for justice. Responding to the resurgence of the #MeToo movement in 2017, sex workers from across the industry--hookers and prostitutes, strippers and dancers, porn stars, cam models, Dommes and subs alike--complicate narratives of sexual harassm This collection of narrative essays by sex workers presents a crystal-clear rejoinder: there's never been a better time to fight for justice. Responding to the resurgence of the #MeToo movement in 2017, sex workers from across the industry--hookers and prostitutes, strippers and dancers, porn stars, cam models, Dommes and subs alike--complicate narratives of sexual harassment and violence, and expand conversations often limited to normative workplaces. Writing across topics such as homelessness, motherhood, and toxic masculinity, We Too: Essays on Sex Work and Survival gives voice to the fight for agency and accountability across sex industries. With contributions by leading voices in the movement such as Melissa Gira Grant, Ceyenne Doroshow, Audacia Ray, femi babylon, April Flores, and Yin Q, this anthology explores sex work as work, and sex workers as laboring subjects in need of respect--not rescue.

30 review for We Too: Essays on Sex Work and Survival

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dee Dee (Dee Reads for Food)

    This book was equal parts enlightening and infuriating. It is not meant to be marathoned, instead, it requires time and careful consideration. Sex work has been historically frowned upon and so the traumas that sex workers are exposed to are not addressed with the care that they deserve. This book invites us into the world of the sex worker as each deal with the hows and the whys of their work as well as the ways in which they deal with and navigate the abuses that they face in their line of wor This book was equal parts enlightening and infuriating. It is not meant to be marathoned, instead, it requires time and careful consideration. Sex work has been historically frowned upon and so the traumas that sex workers are exposed to are not addressed with the care that they deserve. This book invites us into the world of the sex worker as each deal with the hows and the whys of their work as well as the ways in which they deal with and navigate the abuses that they face in their line of work. Even as I write this I'm consciously checking that I am not contributing to the biases that non-sex workers have had ingrained into our psyche where it's a 'given' that abuse is part and parcel with the occupation. Being a police officer means that you run the risk of getting shot in the line of duty, that doesn't mean that a downed officer is brushed aside as collateral damage/par for the course. No, there is outcry, investigations and repercussions. The decision to work in the sex industry, whether through choice or necessity, does not negate your humanity, your right to raise children, your ownership of your body, your agency in decision making. Watching each of these narrators find ways to survive in a world that doesn't care about them broke my heart. Ugh. I need to read this again...slower.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Restfulsimulation

    “The exclusion of sex work from the realm of work itself precludes any discussion around workplace protections for sex workers.” this quote from the book succinctly really says it. each chapter illustrates the nuances of sex work through diverse voices. highly highly recommend.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sydney Meyer

    Wow. What a gift of honesty and vulnerability. A must read book. This is such an important read to understand the life and experience of sex workers unfiltered through the lens of the media and the tropes of sex workers we are fed all too often.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Emma Ito

    we too: essays on sex work and survival is a powerful collection that i feel humbled to read. as the introduction states emphatically - this is not sex workers asking for rescue. this is a work that is "allowing our non-sex working readers to sit with us...but the collection itself is for us." these stories allow me to not only sit with them, but also to learn from sex workers who are radical; sex workers who fight for and speak of a safer future, where sex work is decriminalized and destigmatiz we too: essays on sex work and survival is a powerful collection that i feel humbled to read. as the introduction states emphatically - this is not sex workers asking for rescue. this is a work that is "allowing our non-sex working readers to sit with us...but the collection itself is for us." these stories allow me to not only sit with them, but also to learn from sex workers who are radical; sex workers who fight for and speak of a safer future, where sex work is decriminalized and destigmatized. a future where victims aren't revictimized. in this important book, sex workers openly and honestly share a piece of themselves and their experiences; i highly encourage all to read this and listen to their honest and powerful voices. i know i will be returning to this book often. "For a community that is constantly silenced and erased, spoken for and talked over, the gathering of so many voices here is powerful...We can speak and it is time people listened. It is time for our perspectives to be treated as legitimate. It is time to include us in all that affects us...We're speaking, and it's time to listen."

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jae Lin

    truly a gift. life changing.

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