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(Image via Melissa Gira Grant's twitter account)
(Image via Melissa Gira Grant’s twitter account)

You might recognize this sentiment: the sex workers’ rights movement is funded by “the industry.” We are “the pimp lobby,” whether we’ve ever been in any sort of management role ourselves or not, let alone whether we’ve abused or exploited other workers. You might think it’s pretty easy to laugh at that sort of thing, but if you’ve ever spent any time going through the e-mails that sex workers’ rights organizations receive, you’ll hear a lot of this, even from people and organizations who are sympathetic. They’ll make assumptions about “staff”—”we want to meet your staff”or they want to meet in “your office.”  There are people who try to chat you up about nonprofit careers at events, thinking you have jobs to offer them. And so on. It would be funny if it weren’t so frustrating, and if people with nasty motives didn’t use these assumptions against us.

It’s human to overestimate the resources of others and to underestimate one’s own. But let’s have some real talk.

Management doesn’t want to fund the sex workers rights movement. They do not have an interest in our vision for social change beyond issues of their own legality. Don’t believe me? This is management in action, or more specifically, strip club managers in action, allying themselves with anti-trafficking organizations. Management-directed organizations want to cover their own asses and reap benefits from the REAL money spigot, the anti-trafficking movement, of the “End Demand” variety, funded by former ambassador and current filthy rich lady Swanee Hunt. You’d see the same from escort agencies if they were legal, and you already do see the same from the legal Nevada brothel industry. As it is, some of the individuals in sex work management give us mild, conditional support, sort of the same way clients do. You know the storythey have many more demands than they do contributions. I have never seen any of them donate money.

Radfems, the “pimp lobby” is pretty firmly on YOUR side on this one.

Stacks & Cats

photo(3)My cat Stalin decided to appropriate my meager earnings from a Tuesday night stripping in Brooklyn. Possibly for the purposes of fighting capitalism and building industry but probably because he knew it was the most inconvenient thing for him to decide to snuggle with at the moment—Shanlita Bandita

Sex workers, submit pictures of your furballs and funds here.

I usually get lucky when I go to Austin.


What you are looking at is a weeks’ worth of spanking, ball-crushing, and general violence towards men. This is from the time when I went to Austin with my mom and worked while I was there. She was helping a friend with his restaurant, and in between helping work the register I did sessions. I think there is some truth to the theory that a visiting girl can do pretty well based solely on the fact that she’s visiting, because that was more money than I’d made that entire month and I didn’t use new photos in my ads. Maybe Austin is a town that really responds to my ads? I doubt it. There are only a few other women advertising there and they all had better photos and text, but I was the only black woman, and I was the only one leaving in three days, so . . . I MADE BANK. I bought Christmas presents with that money, as well as helping my sister pay for her tuition, after I put some in my mattress.

Bucks & Bunnies

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This is Frank the rabbit sitting on a couple days earnings from dancing in the wild and wonderful state of West Virginia. He made me do it 😉

Sex workers, submit pictures of your furballs and funds here.

Five Reasons Sex Workers File Their Damn Taxes

Schedule C and an example of a deductible expense.

1) Tax returns are the only proof of income you have if you’re self-employed and paid mostly, if not entirely, in cash.

2) It’s far better for the IRS to have your numbers to start with than to let them come up with their own.

3) If you get caught after not paying taxes for a number of years and get hit with a five-figure bill, it really sucks.

4) You become another person contradicting the stereotype of sex workers as tax cheats who don’t contribute to society.

5) It makes you (even more) morally superior to GE.