client behaviour, coercion, review boards

Do Sex Workers Work Within Their True Comfort Level?

When I first began working independently, I found it peculiar that clients asked which services I offered.  To me, the answer is self-evident: sex workers offer intercourse.  However, this is not what most clients want to know; instead, most clients want to know what extra services are offered in addition to intercourse.  These extras could… Continue reading Do Sex Workers Work Within Their True Comfort Level?

client behaviour, coercion, culture of silence, review boards

How the Disruption of the Internet Impacted the World’s Oldest Profession

The inception of the internet was a self-employment and consumer triumph and nowhere more than in the sex industry.  Prior to the internet, sex workers labored under the (oftentimes) controlling influence of managers/owners.  But now, sex workers could advertise their services directly to consumers.  Self-employment empowered sex workers to work from home, be their own… Continue reading How the Disruption of the Internet Impacted the World’s Oldest Profession

coercion, culture of silence, review boards

A History of the Contemporary Sex Industry – Part II: The Rise of Independents

The contemporary sex industry rapidly transformed as a consequence of two technological innovations: the cell phone and the internet.  Although the cell phone provided sex workers the opportunity to work independently, it was the inception of the internet which sparked a sharp rise in the number of independent sex workers.  Prior to the internet, sex… Continue reading A History of the Contemporary Sex Industry – Part II: The Rise of Independents

coercion, review boards

When Being Reviewed is NOT a Choice

Although sex workers disagree as to the effectiveness of review boards, all sex workers agree that being reviewed should be a matter of personal choice.  Because sex workers are diverse individuals, there are a variety of reasons why one might opt for a no review policy.  Some sex workers find public discussion of intimate moments… Continue reading When Being Reviewed is NOT a Choice

client behaviour, cyberbullying, review boards, sex workers

The True Nature of Choice Within the Consensual Sex Industry

When I first began in the industry, sex workers had more choices.  Although many sex workers worked for controlling bosses at massage parlours, at the end of the day, they had control over their own body.  Massage parlours had established conventions which favoured safer sexual practices: condoms and dental dams for all services.  No exceptions. … Continue reading The True Nature of Choice Within the Consensual Sex Industry

history, massage parlour, review boards

A History of the Contemporary Sex Industry: Part I – The Predominance of Massage Parlours

I became a sex worker in 2001.  When I began, massage parlours were the dominant player in my city because of a recent loosening of municipal bylaws which allowed them to operate more freely.  Street sex work still existed, of course, and there was both high track and low track.  However, as massage parlours became… Continue reading A History of the Contemporary Sex Industry: Part I – The Predominance of Massage Parlours

client behaviour, cyberbullying, review boards

Regarding the Review Stipulations on the Erotic Review

It has been brought to my attention that The Erotic Review, a well-known escort review board based in the United States, has changed its ratings structure.  Before the change, sex workers had to be known to offer specific sexual acts if they want to be rated higher than a seven out of ten in the… Continue reading Regarding the Review Stipulations on the Erotic Review

client behaviour, cyberbullying, review boards

A Few Thoughts on Review Boards

Escort review boards are a contentious issue in the sex industry.  Some sex workers find them a useful marketing tool whereas others find them an annoyance; sometimes, even controlling.  Regardless of how individual sex workers feel about review boards, we can agree that if reviews are to be written then they must uphold the dignity… Continue reading A Few Thoughts on Review Boards