Do you work in the Sex Industry?

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Do you work in the Sex Industry?

Nashville Nashville
IE, "Sex Worker".

What does Sex Worker mean to you? Care to share what you do? Are you a performance artist? Phone Sex Operator? etc. Do you participate in a Sex Workers Outreach Project?
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
No, I do not work in the Sex Industry.
118
Yes, I am a paid Sex Worker.
13
I volunteer but do not get paid for what I do in the Sex Industry.
2
I used to but I no longer work in the Sex Industry.
6
I am attending school for, lectures, workshops, etc. to one day work in the Sex Industry.
I dream of one day working in the Sex Industry.
26
I have no aspirations of ever working in the Sex Industry.
37
Other.
13
Total votes: 215 (159 voters)
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06/10/2009
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Carrie Ann Carrie Ann
I sell amateur BDSM porn. Does that count? *blink*
06/10/2009
Nashville Nashville
Quote:
Originally posted by Carrie Ann
I sell amateur BDSM porn. Does that count? *blink*
I'd say Yes. Course that's by my definition.
06/10/2009
Carrie Ann Carrie Ann
Yay! *votes*
06/10/2009
Backseat Boohoo Backseat Boohoo
I dream of working there. Believe it or not, I would love to be a stripper; it's too much fun, and it's really lucrative. Never got accepted at a club, though, and at this point in my life, I'm probably getting a little too old/crochety for it.

I considered attempting to break in to porn, but I'm not really porn star material.

Working in the sex toy industry on an executive level is a close second to my #1 career choice.
06/10/2009
Mamastoys Mamastoys
I work in health care and hope to retire in less than 5 years..then not working anywhere!!!!!! going to ride my motorcyle and use the camper lots more than we do now!!
06/10/2009
Victoria Victoria
Quote:
Originally posted by Backseat Boohoo
I dream of working there. Believe it or not, I would love to be a stripper; it's too much fun, and it's really lucrative. Never got accepted at a club, though, and at this point in my life, I'm probably getting a little too old/crochety ...
Wrong-o, lady. You are not *too old* for stripping and I kinda think there's no longer a such thing as 'porn star material'; I think if you're having fun in porn, it's good. Attitude is primary, body type is secondary. Look at all of the alt-porn out there, for example. And the no-faux stuff.
06/10/2009
Victoria Victoria
I have a question, as well...considering I have read many takes / stances on this topic, how do you see me and my job (the Review Program being only part of my job, as Marketing Director)? Would you consider me a sex worker? I will not be at all offended by totally candid and honest answers. Just curious about what different perceptions and definitions are for different people.
06/10/2009
Backseat Boohoo Backseat Boohoo
Quote:
Originally posted by Victoria
Wrong-o, lady. You are not *too old* for stripping and I kinda think there's no longer a such thing as 'porn star material'; I think if you're having fun in porn, it's good. Attitude is primary, body type is secondary. Look at all ...
I'm too old mentally. I'm a really cranky bitch. =P

As for why I'm not porn star material...well, a lot more goes in to porn than just looking good. I honestly don't think I'd have the patience to be directed where to stick my hand, how to move my tongue, etcetera in the middle of fucking. I'd throw things.
06/10/2009
Nashville Nashville
Quote:
Originally posted by Victoria
I have a question, as well...considering I have read many takes / stances on this topic, how do you see me and my job (the Review Program being only part of my job, as Marketing Director)? Would you consider me a sex worker? I will not be at all ...
I suppose I'll be the first to answer.

I'm not sure. When I think of a Sex Worker I think of someone that deals directly with sex and is paid to engage in a sex act. Such as a prostitute that has physical sex with clients, a phone sex operator that creates the aural illusion of having sex with a customer, models and actors that have sex in films or pose for pornographic materials with one another, exotic dancers that display their bodies up close and personal with customers and often engage in physical contact with lap dances, etc.

Your position here is along the same lines as a person that operates a strip club, or even bartends, dj's, or provides security for - an audio engineer or cameraman that works on a porn movie set- or a computer tech for a website that offers pornographic material. You don't deal directly with sex but you're an accomplish of sorts, you're part of the whole process that makes it happen.

Am I making sense here?
06/10/2009
Liz2 Liz2
Quote:
Originally posted by Victoria
I have a question, as well...considering I have read many takes / stances on this topic, how do you see me and my job (the Review Program being only part of my job, as Marketing Director)? Would you consider me a sex worker? I will not be at all ...
I say no! I see a sex worker as one who is having sex with another person for payment or performing on camera for payment. Same for phone sex for payment.
06/10/2009
Victoria Victoria
Quote:
Originally posted by Nashville
I suppose I'll be the first to answer.

I'm not sure. When I think of a Sex Worker I think of someone that deals directly with sex and is paid to engage in a sex act. Such as a prostitute that has physical sex with clients, a phone sex ...
That's why I asked.

Some people see any one who markets the adult industry as being a facilitator. Some associate sex workers only with those who make physical contact. Some people, as you say above, even see models who do erotic photo shoots as sex workers. It is really interesting to hear where some people see the line being. And, I think as time goes on, the definitions will change. Stigmas are fading and access is increasing.
06/10/2009
Mamastoys Mamastoys
Quote:
Originally posted by Nashville
I suppose I'll be the first to answer.

I'm not sure. When I think of a Sex Worker I think of someone that deals directly with sex and is paid to engage in a sex act. Such as a prostitute that has physical sex with clients, a phone sex ...
I agree with your response..I think of someone directly connected with sex acts as a sex worker..In The Pink is OUR private provider! LOL
06/10/2009
deceased deceased
I've worked behind a counter selling adult products in the late 80's while I was in college (I was in college forever and had some weird jobs) and I also was a volunteer safe sex educator and AID/HIV educator (and did the phlebotomy too). I've also done a few modeling jobs when I was younger that where erotic in nature. Sex was not involved, but nudity and costumes where. They were for ads for an adult industry, not porn, just adult entertainment.
06/10/2009
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
Quote:
Originally posted by Nashville
I suppose I'll be the first to answer.

I'm not sure. When I think of a Sex Worker I think of someone that deals directly with sex and is paid to engage in a sex act. Such as a prostitute that has physical sex with clients, a phone sex ...
I think this is interesting because you titled the thread "sex industry" but to me there are more than just "Sex workers" in the industry so In the Pink would work in the industry but not necessarily be a "sex worker".
06/10/2009
Dragon Dragon
We should be able to vote twice.

I don't work in the sex industry. I teach preschool. I'm a gemini so double nature suits me well! Lol

But dreaming of working in the sex industry is very cool.
06/10/2009
Oggins Oggins
I agree with Sleeping Dreamer about where Victoria stands in the sex industry but I can also see where others would view her as being part of it too. I personally don't see her as being a part of it and think that there should be a more defined line for "Sex industry" and "Sex toy industry".

The sex toy industry enhances sex where the sex industry has sex, right? So, while the sex toy industry may very well be enhancing sex on camera, they aren't the ones having sex. That line can get kind of blurred in adult videos where toys are advertised though. Sometimes it's almost like the movie is sponosored by the toy company so I'm not sure on that one.

As far as Victoria herself, I don't see her as part of the sex industry. She's our fabulous program manager and referee at times, or at least until I see otherwise, LOL!
07/19/2009
Owl Identified Owl Identified
Quote:
Originally posted by Nashville
I suppose I'll be the first to answer.

I'm not sure. When I think of a Sex Worker I think of someone that deals directly with sex and is paid to engage in a sex act. Such as a prostitute that has physical sex with clients, a phone sex ...
I agree. People that sell toys or hold the boom mics for pornos are not sex workers in my book. Sex workers do something that actually involves engaging in sex acts or simulating them (ie: strippers, models, etc.)
09/07/2009
MiniTs MiniTs
Quote:
Originally posted by Backseat Boohoo
I dream of working there. Believe it or not, I would love to be a stripper; it's too much fun, and it's really lucrative. Never got accepted at a club, though, and at this point in my life, I'm probably getting a little too old/crochety ...
As a former stripper I can tell you that 20 is in no way too old to get into stripping I've worked with women who were old enough to be my mother!
06/02/2010
scissormetimbers scissormetimbers
Quote:
Originally posted by Nashville
IE, "Sex Worker".

What does Sex Worker mean to you? Care to share what you do? Are you a performance artist? Phone Sex Operator? etc. Do you participate in a Sex Workers Outreach Project?
I don't often think of myself as a sex worker, but I suppose its true. I sell amateur porn and erotica, though I'm considering retiring.
07/30/2010
PassionQT PassionQT
Quote:
Originally posted by Adriana Ravenlust
I think this is interesting because you titled the thread "sex industry" but to me there are more than just "Sex workers" in the industry so In the Pink would work in the industry but not necessarily be a "sex worker".
I have the same impression. I have no problem working in certain areas of the adult industry. I'd love to work in a toy shop behind the counter, except I would want the day shift because I am not a night owl.

I do phone work here and there so I replied "yes", but when I think 'sex worker' I'm also thinking people paid to have physical contact with someone for sex.
07/30/2010
P'Gell P'Gell
Does writing reviews for sex toys and articles about sex count?

I did bathing suit modeling and even starred in a one time cable show (when cable was brand new) about fitting bathing suits on different body types (mine was petite and short.) But, I don't consider THAT "sex industry" at all.
07/30/2010
P'Gell P'Gell
Quote:
Originally posted by Victoria
I have a question, as well...considering I have read many takes / stances on this topic, how do you see me and my job (the Review Program being only part of my job, as Marketing Director)? Would you consider me a sex worker? I will not be at all ...
Maybe not a traditional "sex worker" Victoria, but certainly IN the Sex Industry. I see it the same way I see writers to do erotica or people who work in brick and mortar sex shops. There is no physical contact with others, sexually, but it is still "Sex Industry." IMO.
07/30/2010
Red Vinyl Kitty Red Vinyl Kitty
I sell amateur BDSM porn as well, and I am also a web cam video chat host in a fetish category on an unnamed website.
07/30/2010
twistedheartsx twistedheartsx
I volenteer by writing my reviews and whatnot, does that count I'd love to actually have a job in the sex industry though, depending of course on that job.
07/30/2010
Alura Une Alura Une
Not sure if it counts...I occasionally sell pornographic/erotic art?
07/31/2010
Jenn (aka kissmykitty) Jenn (aka kissmykitty)
I work in the sex industry in terms of working for an adult toy company, but that's it.
07/31/2010
Midway through Midway through
I work for a cam site with a submissive best friend of mine. If that counts.
08/01/2010
PonyPlay PonyPlay
I've worked at places that sell sexual products. I quit a while ago because I had to go to school but I wish I still had a job like that! I would work here if I could it would be fun!
08/01/2010
Miss Naughty Kitty Miss Naughty Kitty
I'm a cam model don't know exactly where that fits in.
08/01/2010
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