The H-word

The H-Word: Was it Good for You?

This is my final post for The H-Word, where I say thanks and you tell me what you loved and hated.

The H-Word: Big Money, No Whammies

I wanted to be beautiful. I wanted to be taken care of. I wanted to be rescued. I was sexualized long before I sexualized myself. Even as a child, I knew the way men looked at me. I knew what it meant. In Mexico, men called out in the street and hissed when I walked past. Even older men—friend... Read more »

The H-Word: Jessie Talks "Retirement"

The H-Word presents first person stories from current and former sex workers across the U.S. Jessie Nicole describes herself as a queer, stubborn, and committed anarcha-feminist. A former prostitute and dedicated activist, she lives in West Hollywood with her longterm partner. I asked Jessie... Read more »

The H-Word: Relationship Violence and the Racist Implications of the Mythical Pimp

Earlier this month the Village Voice made public the findings of a study conducted by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, which looked to define the most vulnerable population of sex workers: underage prostitutes.... Read more »

The H-Word: Maria Talks About the "Real World."

The H-Word presents first-person stories from current and former sex workers across the U.S. Maria is a 48-year-old hairdresser and artist who supplements her income selling sexual services to clients that she meets online. She talks about how... Read more »

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A sometime writer, social worker, dancer, artist and yogi, Dylan Ryan is also one of adult entertainment’s favorite feminist porn stars. She has been the recipient of The Feminist Porn Award’s Heartthrob of the Year Award and was named one of... Read more »

The H-Word: "Cleaning Up" OWS and Our Country's Historic Fear of Contagion

Not so good morning, America. I woke up yesterday to discover that on Monday night the police had cleared Zuccotti Park. As of this morning, Zuccotti Park remains largely unoccupied and quiet,... Read more »

The H-Word: Essence, Revealed

The first time I met Essence Revealed was two years ago at the Sex Workers Cabaret, an annual event in New York City where sex workers take the stage to tell their diverse stories through performance, narrative, puppetry, burlesque, comedy and more. Essence is a dual degreed, former lap dance... Read more »

The H-Word: WTF, America.

Every now and again I’m struck immobile by the state of our nation. I had wanted to prepare an article on the risks of sex work, real versus imagined, but I’m thinking what the fuck. Why bother. This country sucks. No one’s listening. I turned on the news this morning and... Read more »

The H-Word: "This is how hookers die."

“Sometimes it was very sexy and sometimes I was attracted to the person and sometimes I had great sex. And sometimes I was just going through the motions and it was neither good nor bad. And sometimes it was really unpleasant and I just got through it.” TRIGGER WARNING: The following story... Read more »

The H-Word: "The Pricetag is High."

The H-Word presents first person experiences from sex workers across the country. Here, Liv compares her job as a sugar baby to her perceptions of other forms of sex work. Read more »