A string of feminist-sex-worker narratives have been weaving through pop culture over the last few years, as typified by (2007–11), the British ITV2 series based on the memoir by the pseudonymous Belle de Jour. ” snaps the main character, Christine, played by Riley Keough, when her disapproving sister asks why she’s working as an escort.
“I work hard at being this,” meaning someone who can charge $700 an hour for sex. “Almost all of my friends do some sort of sex work,” says Katie, 23, a visual artist in New York. It’s almost trendy to say you do it—or that you would.”“It’s become like a thing people say when they can’t make their rent,” says Jenna, 22, a New York video-game designer.
Her adventures in “sugaring” started three years ago when she got hit on by an older guy and rebuffed him, saying, “Look, I’m not interested, so unless you’re offering to pay my student loans,” and he said, “Well . “ ‘Well, I could always just get a sugar daddy,’ ‘I guess I could just start camming,’ ” or doing sexual performances in front of a Webcam for money on sites like Chaturbate.
“People don’t call it ‘prostitution’ anymore,” says Caitlin, 20, a college student in Montreal. Some girls get very rigid about it, like ‘This is a woman’s choice.’ ”“Is Prostitution Just Another Job?
” asked magazine in March; it seemed to be a rhetorical question, with accounts of young women who found their self-esteem “soaring” through sex work and whose “stresses seem not too different from any young person freelancing or starting a small business.” “Should Prostitution Be a Crime?
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