Charis welcomes contributors femi babylon, Ashley Paige, and AK SAINI, for a conversation moderated by Christianna Clark in celebration of We Too: Essays on Sex Work and Survival edited by Natalie West with Tina Horn.
This collection of narrative essays by sex workers presents a crystal-clear rejoinder: there's never been a better time to fight for justice. Responding to the resurgence of the #MeToo movement in 2017, sex workers from across the industry--hookers and prostitutes, strippers and dancers, porn stars, cam models, Dommes and subs alike--complicate narratives of sexual harassment and violence, and expand conversations often limited to normative workplaces.
Writing across topics such as homelessness, motherhood, and toxic masculinity, We Too: Essays on Sex Work and Survival gives voice to the fight for agency and accountability across sex industries. With contributions by leading voices in the movement such as Melissa Gira Grant, Ceyenne Doroshow, Audacia Ray, femi babylon, April Flores, and Yin Q, this anthology explores sex work as work, and sex workers as laboring subjects in need of respect--not rescue.
A portion of this book's net proceeds will be donated to SWOP Behind Bars (SBB).
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Christianna Clark aka “Selena The Stripper” is a sex worker, writer, podcaster, and community organizer. After graduating from MICA in 2015, fae felt out of place in the elitist world of institutional art. Through stripping fae found financial stability and a community of incredibly strong, radically free thinking artists. Faer Instagram @prettyboygirl highlights faer writing and photography. Weekly exclusive content can be found on Patreon @therealprettyboygirl. Faer podcast, Heaux in the Kneaux, is available on all platforms. Christianna is the president of Soldiers of Pole, an organization building a coalition of strippers and sex workers working together to end discrimination and to decriminalize sex work across the United States. Fae is a resident author with Berlinable, a Berlin-based erotica publication. Fae is a political commentator for The Doe, an online magazine dedicated to presenting diverse opinions across the political spectrum.
femi babylon— formerly known as suprihmbé— is a genderfluid byke, hoodoo-american, and erotic labor theorist who coined “proheaux womanist” and “proheauxism.” In 2018 she won a grant from the Party Noire Collective and went on to publish libra season. Known as thotscholar on Twitter, she catapulted into the realm of notorious on social media by tweeting about poverty, erotic labor, race, reproductive justice, and bisexuality. A born and bred midwestern genius, her words have been published in VICE, Wear Your Voice, Autostraddle, Afropunk, and Yale University's LPE Blog. She is also a member of the SWOP-USA Board of Directors. Her work is available at thotscholar.com.
Ashley Paige is a Queer, Black, & kinky nonbinary femme who’s taken NYC by storm for well over a decade. As a Professional Dominatrix, Fetish Porn Performer, BDSM Educator, and sex worker with more than 13+ years in the adult industry - Ashley is a force of nature that creates and inspires change in every community to which she belongs. Dedicated to empowering other underrepresented peoples – her work as an activist, model, writer, and speaker focuses on amplifying the voices of Black & Brown womxn, Trans POC, and sex workers worldwide. The driving force behind Ashley’s work is to bridge the gap between eroticism, healing, catharsis, and kink – while making BDSM, touch therapy, and quality smut with BIPOC more accessible to the communities with which she identifies. Through sharing her unique perspective gained through the intersections of kink, race, intimacy, vulnerability, and sex – Ashley diligently works toward shattering the stereotypes of what Black womxn, Femdom's, and sex workers are - while highlighting that kink can be a healing experience for all, regardless of identity. Ashley also co-hosts #DommeNation, a monthly podcast which highlights the lived experiences of Black & Brown folks involved in the BDSM community (all parts of the community) & aims to prove that Black, Brown, Indigenous, Queer, Trans and Disabled folk not only live this life, they elevate it.
AK SAINI is a sex worker, storyteller, and activist whose advocacy work has been featured on the cover of the New York Times Magazine, and Marie Claire listed them as a sex worker better suited for the presidency than Donald Trump. They have curated sex worker storytelling events and film festivals in numerous cities and played a lead role in the passage of statewide legislation to end the use of condoms as evidence of prostitution-related offenses in New York State.
This collection of narrative essays by sex workers presents a crystal-clear rejoinder: there's never been a better time to fight for justice.