Interpersonal abuse; sexual, emotional, physical, psychological.
This can be about what we've experienced within our work, and/or abuse's we've experienced prior to our work.
Too often we're told as workers that we need to tell our sad stories about the abuses that happen to us during work. Then this is used against us to take away our rights as workers, and argue that that's why prostitution should be abolished. Or we get the message that we shouldn't talk about any prior abuse we've experienced, because people will use that to argue that that's why we ended up doing sex work.
Both of these experiences silence us as workers, a silence which is the same silence that we're told to feel around the original abuse.
Too often these experiences get portrayed through a perspective that is not our own.
We have voices, and we will use them.
This is a zine where we can frame our stories for ourselves.
Make whatever links we want, and show that certain other links of experiences for us are not relevant depending on each individual and their life.
This is explicitly a sex worker rights zine.
Here are a few examples of subject to explore:
- Having experienced historical abuse, identifying / or not as a survivor, and how getting into sex work is not related to that.
- Having experienced historical abuse, identifying / or not as a survivor, and how getting into sex work is related to that. The effects sex work has had on your journey of healing.
- Testimonies and stories about violence and abuse in the sex industry: in any format, share your story about violence/abuse and sex work, all our stories are deeply personal and unique and need to be told (expressing our stories is a powerful weapon against shame and silencing)
Talking about workers rights injustices in every field is important, and we will not be silenced simply because our field is sex.
- Analysis: How survivors voices (of historical violence or violence within the industry) are instrumentalised by sex work abolitionists (either by groups like SPACE, or by refusing to listen to survivors whose opinion is different from the sex work abolitionist dogma). Analysis of the meaning of violence/abuse/survivor, and the meaning of sex work.
- Advice: this zine wants to be both therapeutic and political. What advice would you give to other sex workers dealing with abuse, to service providers, or to survivors who are also workers or thinking about it?
Deadline for submissions is 25th July.
Submissions and questions to - email@example.com