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Sex work for the soul


As a white, middle-class Australian sex worker, my greatest professional fear was being “outed” to the women’s and community organizations with which I worked. For twenty years I supplemented my activist work, with its concomitant high social capital but limited financial rewards, with sex work, which provides financial rewards accompanied by significant stigma. This paper discusses the strategies I built into my day-to-day existence to protect my privacy, manage stress, and keep a long-term secret from my loved ones and colleagues while engaging in activism to promote our rights and the notion that sex work is real, and rewarding, work