Anaín Bjorkquist

sex workers series – definition of sex workers

Last night, I was telling my mother more about the training course that I am starting and she asked me if I was sure it was a good idea to become a professional sex worker. Her question didn’t catch me off guard because I knew she had a negative opinion about the training I’ve decided to begin. For the last six months, I’ve known that where I want to go with my career isn’t exactly the destination that many people in my family had in mind.

Where I am going is exactly the place that my life experiences, passions and talents are leading me in an effortless manner that brings me peace and joy. Not having “everyone’s” support yet is perfectly fine because I am sure that *this* is it. I know that in the end my mother will come around but to help her get there sooner I know that I have to help educate her on what exactly sex work is. As I thought about all her questions, all the nuances of sex work, the legalities and the fact that these would become questions I’ll have to answer for years to come I decided that it was the perfect time to start a new series of posts about sex workers.

My preferred definition of the term “sex worker” is a broad one that a San Francisco Sex Worker’s Writing workshop lead by Gina de Vries uses…

Sex Workers are people who exchange erotic labor for money/food/shelter, including but not limited to:

+Street and Survival Sex Workers
+Escorts and Personal Companions
+Sensual Massage and Sensual Body Work Providers
+BDSM workers; pro-dommes, subs, and switches
+Adult Film Actors; Porn Models and Performers; Nude Models; Cam Girls and Boys
+Exotic Dancers; Strippers; and Peep Show Workers
+Phone Sex Operators
+And many other Sex Workers and Adult Entertainers!

In the coming weeks my Sex Workers Series will take a closer look at each of these professions by highlighting the value each adds to society, the taboos, pros and cons, the education/training they require (if any), and provide resources for those that want to learn more.

The series kicks off next week by taking an in depth look at surrogate partners formerly known as sex surrogates. Until then I leave you with this CNN interview with Dr. Cheryl Cohen Greene, surrogate partner since 1973 and clinical sexologist, that should peak your interest.

And yes, I know that you want to know exactly what career path I have chosen has my mother all in a rage.

© Anaín Bjorkquist January 25, 2012 ~ All Rights Reserved.

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