Whenever my job is mentioned in newspapers, blogs, or magazines, the same tropes tend to pop up: moral panic, drug abuse, violence. Journalists quote us selectively, so that it sounds as if we’re living out the sex-negative, whorephobic stereotypes the public are used to consuming.
The vast majority of sex worker organisations are not only grassroots and run by volunteer sex workers, but due to harmful legislation and policy such as the anti prostitution pledge, they are also often cut off from government funding.
Fighting stigma can be one of the most gruelling and dangerous parts of existing
as a sex worker. With mainstream media projecting harmful and often false
assumptions as to who sex workers are while simultaneously coopting our
aesthetics, the battle to tell our own stories is ongoing. Today we speak to
editor and creative director Penelope Dario about her new industry focused
magazine Petit Mort [https://www.petitmortmag.com/] and the importance of
documenting and showcasing the creativity of th