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Hey there. In case we haven’t reminded you enough recently: we are always interested in submissions from our faithful readers who are current (or former) sex workers.

Just get to get your creative juices flowing (ugh, sorry), here are some topics we are interested in right now:

Take a look at our guidelines and then send your submissions and ideas to info at titsandsass dot com. (Don’t forget to check our last batch of topics because we are still interested in those as well.)

Check Out Our New Call For Contributions

comeoneWe are always seeking to add new writers to Tits and Sass, and to spur along contributions, we’ve put descriptions of what we’re looking for here. Check it out, and consider writing one of these for us. We rely on the volunteer work of the sex work community and would love to have more of you join us.

Reviews

Naked Music Mondays

Cats and Stacks

Dear Tits and Sass (Work Q&A)

The Week In Links

Tourist Report Reports

Ask A Pro (Health Q&A)

Tools of the Trade/Tricks of the Trade

I Couldn’t Do It

Hall of Game

Hall of Shame/Enemies Spotlight

Activist Spotlight

Hooker Purse

My Sex Worker Role Model

Where I’m Going From Here

Email us at info at titsandsass dot com. We can’t wait to hear from you.

 

Why We Don’t Vet Stories, Sources, and Contributors The Way Traditional Reporters Do

Image via Sebastian Wiertz (flickr user wiertz)

Because the barriers preventing sex workers from being heard are already high enough.

Writers have professional training in one arena, sex workers have professional training in another arena. Sex workers aren’t always equipped with the skillset to pitch to traditional editors. TAS functions as the middle ground, bridging that gap.

Traditional publications interested in publishing sex workers have frequently leaned towards the salacious (and only quite recently has that started to shift). TAS is a space for covering the everyday minutiae of our work.

Because sex workers are also often members of other marginalized communities that are also systematically denied agency and disbelieved as common practice.

Victims of rape, victims of police violence, positive workers,  the working poor, intravenous and street drug users, trans identities, street workers, black bodies, and “no human involved”s are all members of the greater sex worker community.

Because, until recently, the smell test hasn’t failed us.

We regularly reject pitches from contributors that sound fishy. The outing of “faux ho” Alexa DiCarlo is an example of what a sex worker that doesn’t pass the test looks like. Lily Fury was able to embed herself because 99% of her life added up. She was indeed a street worker, an escort, and a heroin user, just as she wrote, with a sex worker community pedigree going back to the Suicide Girls. She has bylines in a variety of publications and, until then, she had verifiably positive rapport with many sex working activists and writers.  She worked hard on her digital blackface. By the time we first interacted with her invented personas, they too had many sex workers who vouched for them. We, until recently, had a positive working relationship with her and no reason not to trust her.

Because we don’t want to be the gatekeeper of who is or isn’t allowed into sex worker spaces.

That’s why we don’t ask for “reciepts,” a video chat, or verification from a second party. That kind of monitoring could create a slippery slope in which those with the most social capital oversee who can access our spaces.

Because we don’t want to know your legal or professional identity.

As it states in our General Submission Guidelines, we actively encourage our writers to use a pseudonym. Sex workers mask their identities for a variety of reasons—mainly that the social penalties for being outed are high.

We, of course, will protect the privacy of our writer’s identities as best we can, but the less we know about your legal or professional personas, the less information we will have to submit should we be subpoenaed or audited.

Call For Submissions

Can you believe we've never written about this badass? Neither can we! (Image via IGN)
Can you believe we’ve never written about this badass? Neither can we! (Image via IGN)

Hello, dear readers. We don’t mean to interrupt, but we couldn’t help noticing your excellent sense of humor, great taste in websites, and ability to operate a computer. Why not combine those valuable skills to work for an equally valuable cause, like writing something funny and smart for us? We’re always open to pitches and submissions, and while our basic guidelines are always available here, we thought it was time to draw your attention to some topic ideas we’ve been hoping to cover. We would be so grateful if you ever wanted to lend your applicable expertise and impressive word-smithing to the site. Give us a shout at info AT titsandsass DOT com if you’re so inclined. (A friendly reminder: you must be a current or former sex worker to contribute.)

  •  Eliot Spitzer‘s return to politics: should he or should he not be welcome back?
  • Speaking of Spitzer, it’s the perfect time to run a movie review of Client 9, hint hint.
  • Legal brothel work: safer or more oppressive than going solo—or both?
  •  Write our first “Where I’m Going From Here” piece by sharing why sex work makes sense for you now and what you’ll do next.
  • Justified has prostitutes. House of Cards has prostitutes. Game of Thrones has prostitutes. Why aren’t you writing about them?
  • Oh, and don’t think we didn’t notice that heated discussion about Firefly and its courtesans/Companions in the comments section. Come out, come out, all ye closeted geeks, and write your pans and raves of various depictions of sex workers in speculative fiction.

You can also check out past call for submissions here, which have plenty of other worthy ideas and prompts to get your fingers on the keyboard. And we encourage you to use the comment section below to request coverage of various subjects. What would you like to read more about? What big stories and pop culture phenomenon have we missed?

Happy New Year! Write For Tits and Sass!

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Thanks so much for a fantastic 2013. We couldn’t have done it without our amazing contributors, all of whom volunteer their efforts to contribute to this community. We’re always open to new writers and pitches. Take a look at our Contribute page for some ideas.

We’re always looking to bring in new voices. And that means we’re especially interested in writers:

  • from outside of the United States
  • from diverse economic backgrounds
  • of color
  • who are sex-working men
  • who are transgender
  • from the Midwestern and Southern United States

Our only requirement is that you are or have been a sex worker.

We recognize that the stigma of sex work makes publishing your writing in a permanent, public forum intimidating! So, we will work hard to product your identity and will certainly allow you to use a pseudonym if that’s what you require.

We’re always looking for book, television, and film reviews, coverage of local activist events, and commentary on current events. Please email info@titsandsass.com or holler at one of our editors on Twitter; Caty handles activist news and book reviews, Josephine is happy to talk about popular culture of all kinds, and Susan (fka Bubbles) wants to hear about policy and labor issues. P.S. We’re always considering future editors, in case you’ve got some extra time on your hands.