Wednesday, December 17, 2014

December 17th

Today is the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. For those of you who don't know much about this day, here is a link to the Wikipedia article.

I wrote a poem today to read at the Denver vigil tonight. I am typically not a poet, as you have probably noticed if you are a regular reader of this blog and who has read some of my past poetry work. This was mostly just an exercise in acknowledging all that is powerful and good in myself and in other sex workers I have known. For anyone who has known a sex worker, a lot of this probably seems repetitive or trite. But for those who continue to stigmatize, discriminate, criminalize and otherwise dehumanize us, these sort of sentiments cannot be highlighted enough.

It is currently untitled, because every title I can think of sounds ridiculous.

Sex workers are strong
Sex workers are brave
Sex workers are courageous
Sex workers are intelligent and witty and charming
Sex workers are independent
Sex workers pay their bills
Sex workers are business owners, administrators, accountants
Sex workers are rebellious and radical and resourceful 
Sex workers are compassionate and kind
Sex workers are healers, therapists, confidants
Sex workers can keep a secret
Sex workers are parents, family, friends, lovers, partners
Sex workers are lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, trans, gender non-conforming
Sex works are slutty, asexual, sex-positive, sex-critical
Sex workers identify all over these spectrums
Sex workers are people of color
Sex workers are disabled
Sex workers deal with drug dependency 
Sex workers are disenfranchised and oppressed
Sex workers have good days
Sex workers have bad days
Sex workers have OK days
Sex workers have the ability to consent
Sex workers have the ability to withdraw consent
Sex workers do work
Sex workers have a job, sometimes several 
Sex workers deserve food, water, clothing, shelter, health care 
Sex workers deserve money with which to purchase these basic human rights
Sex workers deserve and demand safety
Sex workers are people
Sex workers are human