First and foremost I’d like to give a shout out to the BRILLIANT word whorearchy. As a person with a passion for words (why yes, I did use behooves in a recent tweet, thank you for noticing) I love a pun, a play on words and especially completely new words.
Whorearchy is the self perpetuated class system of sex work, dividing those with privilege and those without.
I’ve spent a lot of time researching the Whorearchy. I’ve probably mentioned the construction of this thread to a dozen people over the last 3 months. And no doubt they all wondered where it was I mean it’s not that hard to blast privilege, right?
Everything I write to my sex work brothers and sisters is written with love. This is no exception.
Isn’t she lovely?
Rita is a full service sex worker.
She used to be a sugar baby when she was younger, to pay her way through university which of course meant she was much, much BETTER than those old dirty whore prostitutes.
She might be a sex worker, but she’s determined to charge an arm and a leg for it.
Aren’t they edgy and cool?
Winona used to work in a brothel but now they work privately.
Living in a share house, Winona faces some barriers to working.
They find it hard to find money for advertising and can’t afford photo shoots.
Okay. So who did you identify with? Rita or Winona?
Likely it was a little bit of both.
The simplified version of Whorearchy is that Rita is to blame here for perpetuating stigma and shame. Good point. Correct
But society tells us it’s bad...
We call that INTERNAL STIGMA
Yup. You read it here first. Your only have yourself to blame.
Whorearchy is all YOUR fault.
Somewhere inside each of us, is a voice that ranges from a tiny occasional whisper to a full out screaming rant
I AM A WORTHLESS SLUT!
and on we go.
Yep. I went there.
Male privilege. Yup. Got that for life too, in case you become a woman. But whether you rich poor, black or white, dumb or smart. Male privilege makes your life better. Forever
But who asks that of ‘elite hookers’? How could the ‘elite’ do that?
Something that’s cyclic? Something that is not set in stone, but comes and goes.
Let’s take another looks at Rita and Winona. A year in the future.
What about migrant workers? What about the issues they experience?
Everyone else? Hold up a minute
Nope it’s the Winona’s screaming that the Whorearchy makes her feel like shit about herself.
You can just be a sex worker. No reason, no excuses
I mean it’s just a job right?
See selling sex is so complicated!
UNLESS...we all accept our part in it, and we all decide to let it go....