I absolutely love research and I love writing. So when I recently decided to write about common sex industry myths, it occurred to me that this was a perfect chance to conduct an informal survey.
The survey could easily be distributed through social media and the internet as the sex industry boasts a large and very cohesive global online community.
Certainly, an online survey is not a controlled study by any means, but it may still offer us new perspectives on some of the most commonly-held stereotypes perpetuated by discriminatory laws and prohibitionist SWERFs.
Stereotypes addressed include:
- The average age of entry into the sex industry is 14 years old.
- All sex workers come from broken homes.
- Sex industry workers do this work because we were sexually abused as children.
- Sex industry workers are uneducated and / or have low intelligence.
- We are unable to do other jobs.
- We are forced into the industry and never enter the industry by choice, whether it's financial desperation or being pimped.
- All sex workers are drug addicts.
- Sex workers are vectors of disease.
- Sex industry workers are physically, financially, and emotionally controlled and abused by bikers / pimps / traffickers.
- All sex industry workers are victims of human trafficking.
- We are sex addicts.
- We are home wreckers.
- We are not fit to be parents.
- Sex workers do our work because we have low self esteem.
- We are unable to have stable, healthy relationships.
- We don't pay taxes.
- We do not contribute to society. We are the dregs of society.
- Police are entitled to discriminate against us.
How far off the mark are they? Are any of the stereotypes true?
The Naked Truth invites ALL SEX INDUSTRY WORKERS - escorts, massage, dancers, webcam, dommes, adult film actors, etc - to participate in this informal, anonymous, online survey.
Results will be posted shortly and shared on this site and our facebook page. Please subscribe for updates.
About the Author
Annie Temple is the stage and writing name of Trina Ricketts. Trina has 17 years experience as a striptease artist and 15 years as a sex worker rights activist, but she's been a rebel all her life. In 2000, she founded NakedTruth.ca to support other entertainers by reducing isolation, educating about health and safety, sharing information about gigs, challenging stereotypes, teaching etiquette to customers, and organizing in-person events for charity and to promote ethical businesses in the industry.