We 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.
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
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.
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.
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?
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?
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
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 email@example.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.