So last year I did a documentary with the boy on being a sex worker in a relationship- an issue a lot of people are curious about but one that rarely gets addressed. And last night I finally got to see it, on Youtube. The group who did the documentary have been pretty shit about getting me a copy, and having seen it, I think I know why now. (I’m in part 3)
Now, take a wild guess as to my issues about this.
“How would a mother feel?” (don’t you mean YOUR mother?)
“Glamorous lifestyles” (did they meet me? like, for realz)
The idea that all sex work is equal (obviously, some have more agency than others)
etc etc etc. You read my blog, you know what I’ll say.
It’s not terrible, mind. It’s just editing that’s very silencing, and ends up painting an inaccurate, non-holistic view of sex work. Not only that, but it paints me as being very casual and la-de-dah about sex work, ignoring the risks and issues and how it’s hard sometimes, in a casual way that I’m just not. And that’s frustrating. It just adds to why sex workers feel isolated, and unable or unwilling to talk to the media about their experiences.
Media people- when you do stuff like this, you are ADDING TO THE PROBLEM. You are actively engaging in the oppression of women.You are making the world more dangerous for sex workers. It’s dehumanizing, exploitative, and unethical.
And I’m calling you out.
-Britain’s Less-Happy-Than-She-Was-Yesterday Hooker.
Having spoken just now to one of the people involved, she told me that it all got edited beyond their control… which I definitely believe. “I was impressed by your approach throughout this whole process and respect your voice in coming forth to take on big media agendas. I think the fact that you were there to counter the voices was pivotal and even more so, brave.” Thank you.
And big media?