Tellingly, Grant says barely a word about the women at the heart of this debate: those who are enslaved and coerced—illegal immigrants, young girls, runaways and throwaways, many of them survivors of sexual trauma, as well as transwomen and others cast out of mainstream society. Poor people, like the Chinese- and Korean-speaking women who are bused every morning from Queens to work in Nassau County massage parlors, or drug addicts doing survival sex in the Bronx, or the Honduran teenagers trafficked by a popular, politically connected New Jersey restaurateur—these girls and women are nowhere to be found in her pages. Nor does Grant concern herself with women like those Liberty Aldrich of the Center for Court Innovation told me she works with, the vast majority of whom would like to leave sex work but need help to do it—to get a GED, a place to live, connections to people who care about them.
It’s truly a way of oppressing women and keeping them “in their place” in my opinion. Try being a sex worker who has done public, legal sex work and getting a job outside of the adult entertainment industry.
No, wait. Try being *any* sexworker and having dedicated 10+ years to your life to the job, and then not being able to get anything more than minimum wage once you hit 30 because you haven’t had any work experience… ever.
Because that’s the sad reality of the matter. We’re living in an economy where even MEN are told “you need experience for this entry level, non-paid internship, bye” and we’re encouraging women to go into such an ephemeral career - one that will last them 10 years at most - and basically try to be reintegrated into society after they’ve often been used and abused? With no applicable skills? And if they’ve done public work, they basically cannot work with vulnerables (and in some cases, cannot work at all)? What happens when these women, who have had no real experience in the working world, try to reintegrate back into society? They can’t. They are stuck. What can they do beyond relying on men for the rest of their lives? It’s sad. It truly does keeps women in their place. The short-sightedness of it all is astounding.
Excuse me? No relevant experience my ass. I book my own clients, I run a fucking business. I understand advertising, networking, book keeping, scheduling and client relations very very well.
The reason we can’t get jobs outside of the industry is because of anti-sexworker prejudice, not because we’ve got no skills.
If sex work was considered real work, if they actually looked at our experience in the industry as what it is, work history then we’d be extremely employable after a career in sex work.
We are self motivated and driven, we have keen business acumen and keenly developed people skills, we also tend to understand business management pretty well, so if it did become normalized, if it was looked at as just another type of work? Well then the problems you claim it causes would no longer be problems.
I have gotten SO good at cold reading people, so good at listening, empathizing and analyzing in this line of work… no relevant skills indeed.