Also (and this is edging into controversial territory wrt opinions I actually care about) I’m personally skeeved by women who move into sex work from pole dancing classes.
I believe that, whatever the reason or background, sex workers need and deserve human and labour rights and I understand it’s divisive and not totally productive to draw distinctions (as wargasmmm pointed out) between the—what did I call them?—for loves and for moneys, but people who enter sex work from a pole dancing background (and also because they’ve “been researching it for school”) are coming from a different financial position: a luxury position that can afford the expense of a stigmatised leisure activity, that has time for it even!
They’re coming from the Empowermint! side and in my experience (ten years worth, ok) they are more likely to do more for less when they want to, more likely to do things for free, less likely to have an understanding of or investment in solidarity and the ways we’re exploited, less likely to even FEEL exploited (because they can check out whenever they want), much more likely to be invested in management and to side with management, and more likely (despite their habit of sitting in customers laps for free) to judge other girls who go beyond their bounds of respectability. Not to mention they take up spots on shifts that workers who actually need the money, need.
It just seems like more gentrification to me. Their luxury is displacing us. It’s a changing market (at least in Portland) as strip clubs become places for more well-off women to build up personal brands and edgy cred, parleying shifts in dive bars into local (or national, in lynsie’s case) notoriety. It’s a hustle, for sure.
And what I’ve seen in tumblr hadn’t changed my mind. Like, sex worker who got into it from pole dance class defended witchbladething?
I’m trying to figure out how it’s possible to work with this class of worker, what we have in common and how not to feel threatened by the changing market that they’re only a sign of, not the total cause of.