The Tricking Hour
by Saint Agatha/ Irene Silt
Within this text, the notion of freedom means liberation and autonomy. The dream of a world without work, without money, without gender, while imagining forms of survival now for those who often have little to no choices, refuse to submit to the demands of tedious underpaid or unwaged labor, an abusive partner, or seek a life beyond work. Sex work is not a “better” type of labor, but a proposal for its abolition.
Rather than further marginalize sex workers by viewing their lives and deaths as either a site of titillation or disgust, Freedom & Prostitution looks at the freedom that sex work can allow, while addressing that the dangers sex workers face are not necessarily inherent to sex work, but to the violence of capital and the deeply ingrained misogyny and racism in the world today. The sex worker is not a person to be pitied, but another radical figure pursuing revolution through the collective movement of dissent as a means of re-constructing another history, and hopefully a future with freedom for us all.
20 Years of Failing Sex Workers
In this text Hartman articulates a Black abolitionist-feminist analysis of chattel and racial slavery’s implications on the lives of Black women, reproductive labor, and the category of the proletariat worker. She traces the history of Black women’s reproductive labor and modes of resistance under slavery to argue that “The agency of the slaves becomes legible as politics, rather than as crime or destruction, at the moment slaves are transformed into black workers and revolutionary masses fashioned along the lines of the insurgent proletariat.” The grammars of the worker and the general strike cannot provide a narrative that encapsulates forms of care, intimacy, and kinship enacted as survival for black women. She demonstrates how a politics figured outside the category of the worker has only ever shown up as “monstrous” and criminal.
We turn to this text reveal how a path toward decriminalization propped up on the glorification of the category of the worker risks maintaining and consolidating anti-Black conceptions of cis-womanhood under racial capitalism. We understand how our refusal of innocence and affirmation of criminality is indebted to this legacy of Black feminist analysis of work and practices of resistance.
A Disgrace Reserved for Prostitutes: Complicity & the Beloved Community
By: Pluma Sumaq
Additional Suggested Reading
Why You Shouldn’t Study Sex Workers
Understanding the Complexities of Sex Trade/Work and Trafficking
Reassessing Foucault: Modern Sexuality and the Transition to Capitalism