Whore Tea

1 Jun

One of the main priorities of SWOP-LA is to build a thriving community.  Currently we are a small group and we are working hard to expand our community for sex workers and supporters.  There are currently consistent meetings for those who are interested in being a part of SWOP-LA, and we are working towards holding regular meetings of a more social nature for those who are currently sex workers.  In the future when we have a larger community, we would like to have a few different group meetings that are geared specifically for former members and for those who are interested in becoming sex workers.  However, as it stands, we are still quite small, so our main priority after general business is to create a space where current sex workers can come together and feel comfortable discussing sex work and all the trials and tribulations that come with this kind of work.  Keeping a space for current workers is important for the comfort of potential newcomers and current participants.

Our first current sex worker social was held this month at a local tea house, and was called Whore Tea.  The venue was charming, as was the tea and refreshments.  Our group consisted of three women, including myself.  One women works as an escort, another as a burlesque dancer, and I work as an erotic masseuse.  As always, it is nice to be open and honest about the work I do.  Sometimes it’s easy to forget how hard it can be to live with a secret, as I am not public about my work as others may choose to be.  Even if the conversation is not about sex work, just sitting among other sex workers relieves an underlying tension knowing that everyone present will not judge me based on the work that I do.  There are unique stressors working in the sex industry and it is extremely important to have the support of those who have direct knowledge of what it is like to do this kind of work.  Although having supporters is wonderful and invaluable, there is a sincere need to have a place where sex workers can have more than sympathy-they have true understanding of the nature of the work.

The next sex worker social will likely be held in an open outdoor picnic-type setting, as to maximize privacy and allow members to feel comfortable discussing topics that may not be appropriate for a general public setting.  Hopefully in the near future we will have a larger group and we can arrange for private restaurant rooms.  These socials are going to be a great place to socialize and hang out with other sexy people who are bold enough to use their sex appeal to generate income.  Hope to see you at the next event!

-Dara

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