Came across this regarding this article: (this is in the comment section, where God bless them, the hookers are standing up and being counted and giving the anti’s shit about their beliefs!)
When I grow up :
23 Mar 2011 8:28:31am
I know a woman in northern NSW who used to be a prostitute. She now has four children, three of whom are girls. I asked her how she would feel about her daughters growing up and becoming prostitutes. She looked at me as if I was mad, and said she’d rather see them live in poverty all their lives than go through what she went through when plying her trade. I guess no one has told her about prostitute pride, the in thing now.
Mitor the Bold :
24 Mar 2011 7:33:44pm
I know a woman in Northern NSW too who used to work in a car factory. I asked her how she would feel about her daughters growing up and working on a production line. She looked at me as if I was mad, and said she’d rather see them live on the dole all their lives than go through what she went through in that soul destroying job. I guess no one has told her about upskilling, that choice that we all have if we take responsibility for our lives.
25 Mar 2011 6:23:04am
Oh good call.
Just want to point out that upskilling also happens within the sex industry.
If you don’t like being a streetwalker, you can get a job in a parlour or escort service, but of course you have to be prepared to work the length of your shift (usually between 8 and 10 hours), split your earnings (usually 50/50) and present yourself as management requires.
This can include anything from a dress code, (including topless or lingerie or a business suit or a sundress or…. anything really) to being required to knock 5 or 10 years off your age, or a dress size smaller, to being a different nationality, to fit in with what the receptionist has told the clients over the phone about you.
If you can’t work within the parameters management have set up, you won’t keep your job or build a regular clientele.
If you don’t like working for the man, you can work for yourself, but this requires you to run your own sole trader business, which of course requires you to do your own advertising, organise your own business premises and/or outcall service, and do a lot of things the parlour did for you.
The upside is you can now run your business as you see fit and set your own rates.
There are other paths people can take to upskill their way into a position more suited to them. Kinksters can train in fetish and BDSM practises.
People who more enjoyed the administrative side of the work can open their own parlour or escort service and arrange bookings for other workers who prefer to avoid the admin.
People who revel in the performance aspect can move into burlesque or porn.
As in other industries, upskilling or specialising will result in a better rate of pay and better working conditions. It isn’t the dead end job that people seem to think it is.