Why am I writing this blog?
Hello everyone and welcome to my blog. I’d firstly like to thank you for taking interest in my blog and taking the time from your day to read my work. It’s really nice being able to write something, even if it’s just a blog and knowing that someone is reading it and getting something from it. This blog reflects my voice, my understanding, my education, my experiences within the sex industry. This is a blog that I’ve created to voice my opinions or to relay the opinions of others that I think are worth relaying. My ultimate goal for this blog is to challenge, discuss, and explore all issues relating to sex work, the stigma, any associated dangers, the discrimination and the reality (in its many versions). Of course, this will all be delivered through one perspective, that is, my own.
My ideas are not that of a scholar who weigh up statistics/studies/analysis; my thoughts are a kaleidoscopic reflection of my life and my experiences, as well as the experiences of other people in the industry that I have spent time with. I love vicariously learning through my peers and listening to how they go about their work, how their sex work experience differs from my own, and trying to figure out where the point of difference begins. I don’t write on the topic of sex work as an academic and I’m of the belief that academics don’t have an opinion anymore valid about sex work than that of a sex worker, even if this is the subject of their education. Sex workers live sex work, every moment of every day and they are the most qualified to know about the realities of sex work and what they need to better their lives. Sitting behind a desk doesn’t make anyone more qualified to speak of issues they haven’t experienced, especially when such issues come from an interest to advance ones own academic career.
My writing is of honest opinion. I try to be impartial when I explore a topic of interest, even if I am automatically vetted in interest as a sex worker. Removing myself from my own emotional attachments, and mind, supports my search for truth in a matter.
I have no intention of misrepresenting the sex industry, I am merely one face of a multifaceted industry. I hope that my writing has only a positive impact on the sex industry and the people of the sex industry feel no pain from what someone has taken from my writing.
For those that don’t agree with me, or have more to add, or think I need correction, I invite you to comment. If I say something wrong, quote something wrong, analyse something incorrectly, misuse statistics, please tell me. The last thing I want to be do is roam this world dim-witted. I try my best to think of things thoroughly, to think things through, to not be careless with my thought processes and to avoid, correct or overcome errors that might emerge from within my personality and character. I encourage discussion and amicable discourse, but please don’t take that as an invitation to personally attack me or any other sex worker. I am ready to answer criticism, but I am not to be threatened or dismissed and will not engage to any pot-stirrers nor engage with someone who refuses to expand on their own beliefs – yet expects me to.
The overall reason why I am writing this blog is because I face a lot of issues as a sex worker, and my feelings towards my work are often complex. Writing helps me make sense of myself. A lot of the things I have to go through as a worker I consider unfair; I’m constantly trying to validate my job or myself as a human being. I’m not a bad person, I try to do the right thing every time yet I am treated like a second class citizen and it hurts. I put on a brave face and I solider through as if it’s all water on my back – but it hurts. So I write, because if I write, maybe the general public will know what it’s like to be a sex worker, maybe they’ll learn something and maybe the stigma will lessen.
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