I’m going to be starting a new sex workers rights project. The name I’ve chosen for it is SWAAY, which stands for Sex Work Activists, Allies, and You. Of all the names I considered, I picked this one because it best explains what I want to do in two ways: outreach for normalizing sex worker politics into people outside the ho bubble, and SWAAY also works as a descriptive for what the aim is – swaying public perceptions.
[...] I truly believe that the most important thing that the sex workers rights movement in the US fails to do is to real public outreach. Before we can get to changing laws and decriminalize all of our professions, we need to start with simply humanizing ourselves and giving regular people the basic tools for understanding our issues. Most people don’t even know the term “sex worker,” and many who do think that’s just the PC way to say “hooker.”
Here’s how you can help, whether you’re an interested ally, a sex worker, or a curious passer-by: Furry Girl needs a few people who can give 15-20 minutes of their time in February to answer a survey that will help her shape the project’s focus.
Email swaay at swaay.org if you’re interested in completing the survey, with SURVEY as the subject line.
This week I’ll be announcing a very special fundraiser to help kickstart the launch. There’ll be something for supportive clients, fellow sex workers, and allies of all stripes. You’ll want to get in on this. Follow me on Twitter to be the first to know: @SabrinaMorgan