Sex work is an umbrella term used by many to encompass all sorts of erotic labor, practice, and trade. This includes, but is not limited to, full service providers, escorting, cam work, adult film performers, dommes, stripping, sugar baby work, fetish provision, etc. It’s work. A lot of it is unfortunately criminalized because of patriarchal moral panic, white supremacy, anti-immigrant sentiment, and misogyny. The term ‘sex work’ was coined by Carol Leigh in the 1980s and is useful in organizing efforts to build solidarity and break down whorearchy (or the internal stratification of labor/hierarchy within the sex industry) as well as push back against the anti-sex work so-called feminists who refuse to acknowledge erotic labor as labor.
June 7, 2018 / by Red S.
Read an excerpted selection of the article here.