This is my final post for The H-Word, where I say thanks and you tell me what you loved and hated.
First off, it’s been a super rewarding experience writing for Bitch. What an honor! Thanks to all the incredible people who helped me pull it off: Antonia Crane, Audacia Ray, Dylan Ryan, Essence Revealed, Isaac Fitzgerald, Hank Zalen Photography, Jenny Heineman, Jessie Nicole, Lauren Gillette, Mariko Passion, Melissa Gira Grant, The Red Umbrella Project, Rumpus.net, Sarah Elspeth Patterson, Stephen Elliott, St. James Infirmary, all the ladies at Tits and Sass and everyone who shared their stories anonymously, as well as those people and institutions who influenced me throughout this process and earlier: Melissa Harris-Perry, The New School, Patricia J. Williams, PEN Writing program, Robin Kelley, to name a few. I also want to thank my editor, Kelsey Wallace, first for her patience (Oh, how many emails I sent her entitled “not ready”) and also for her fine editorial skills.
Thanks, also, to the NY Post for being an endless source of material. You are the institutional embodiment of all my concerns, a mouthpiece for societal misperceptions and damaging stereotypes about sex work and sex workers—a powerful testament as to why feminists need to defend sex workers’ dignity and rights. Thanks, also, for your part in my becoming the writer I now believe I was always meant to be. I know that wasn’t your intention, but thanks just the same.
Thanks, finally, to all the readers—especially those who commented. I really dig feedback, as (I’m sure) does Bitch. This post is your final opportunity to share your thoughts and opinions on The H-Word. Anything you liked or didn’t—or if you didn’t see or hear about something that you’d wished you had, let us know. Unlike back when I was escorting, I do care what my “reader” thinks and I welcome your criticism. I know that sex work is such a divisive issue, and I don’t expect to have changed any hard-set minds, but hopefully—whatever side of the debate you are on—you have read something here that haven’t heard before or that makes you see the industry in a new way. I know I have.