Happy International Women’s Day xx

I feel so privileged to work with such clever, strong and independent women. I manage a tribe of fearless, happy, confident girls who lift each other up every single day and I wouldn’t change a single one of them.

Escorting, the sale of sex, is the oldest profession in the world, and women have been using their body and sexuality as currency since the beginning of time. A trade off for sex/resources is legal, but as soon as someone is paid for their consensual sexual services, it is instantly criminalised, putting hundreds and thousands of women at risk by not being protected by the law. I am fortunate to live in part of the world where this isn’t the case, but there are so many women out there who aren’t and International Women’s Day needs to be about women everywhere who shouldn’t face discrimination for their jobs and who should be legally protected in the same way they would be in any other industry. Women in the adult industry wants rights, not rescuing and criminalising the purchase of sexual services directly harms and exposes sex-workers to dangerous situations by removals of safety platforms. Adult entertainers are highly paid, therefore generating a high tax bill and putting a lot of money back into the system – the legalisation of such work would encourage more sex-workers to declare their income and instead of being penalised for their line of work and then a tax evasion charge on top.

The sex industry is ran predominantly by females, the same females who are looked down on and stigmatised for doing something everyone in the world does, and enjoys, for a living. Women who are constantly lectured by people telling them they ‘are worth so much more’ – yeah, so much more than £7 an hour, whilst simultaneously being booked or watched. Unless women feel ’empowered’ by what they do, my least favourite word, owed only to its cliched and seemingly only socially acceptable justification for choosing to work in the adult industry. No job in the world is intrinsically empowering or not, and jobs don’t even need to be empowering to exist. The Adult Industry is the only industry in the world where the women are expected to be empowered by what they do instead of just noticing women making autonomous decisions about their life and bodies.

I really do hope that one day, anyone in the adult industry who identifies as being a woman, is granted the same privileges, protection and right as any other female working in any other industry.