Just in case you woke up this morning sure that the brilliant and very original solution to your money woes is to become a sex worker—I mean, it’s worked out so well for our sample size of two—may I please direct you to “Behind Closed Doors: An Analysis of Indoor Sex Work in New York City,” a report put out by The Sex Workers Project. Read that. It’ll take about an hour. Pay special attention to the chapters on “Violence,” “Robbery from customers,” and “Police interactions,” but you know, of course bad things would never happen to you, so instead why don’t you actually just skip those and focus on “Finances.” This is not a solution to any of your problems. (Duh?) Duh.
I am in the middle of reading Melissa Gira Grant's new book, out from Verso next Tuesday, called Playing the Whore. It is very smart, very illuminating, and in many ways, very challenging. I'm planning to interview her for the site in the next week or so, but in the meantime The Nation published a great excerpt today, complete with anecdotes about the workaday reality for jobs we tend to have a lot of preconceived notions about.
Mother Jones has a really great interview with filmmaker Alexander Perlman, who made a documentary about truck stop sex workers. The documentary is called Lot Lizards, the term most truck drivers use for the sex workers, who are mostly women. The experience of making this documentary had a significant effect on Perlman—he's now looking to get a master's in social work.