- The most comprehensive collection of sex worker personal narratives available. The most recent similar collection was Jiz Lee's Coming Out Like a Porn Star in 2015, and that collection was only able to cover one aspect of the sex industries: pornography. We Too: Essays on Sex Work and Survival includes voices from more aspects of the sex industries, from BDSM professionals to strippers to full-service sex workers and those who many would considered "trafficked persons."
- Despite the wide proliferation of the #MeToo movement, its stories have mostly centered on traditional careers and workplaces. This book points to the need to have the conversation about sexual harassment and violence expand to include a wide variety of labor. Many forms of labor are erased or sensationalized directly by sexism and misogyny, and voices from those sectors should be part of any larger movement regarding workplace safety as well.
- Although as a whole, this collection works on a political level to decrease stigma and make a collective argument about decriminalizing sex work, it is a compelling work of personal writing. The short memoir essays expose the complexities at the heart of sexual and intimate labor. The book will function as a tool of community and healing for those working (or with past experiences) in the sex industries, and it offers an intimate look into those industries for outsiders who wish to look in with compassion and increased understanding. It is not sensational, nor is it overly celebratory in a way that would render it ineffective in advocating for change in sex industries.
Edited by Natalie West with Tina Horn
"Funny and fresh and very not the same story you might have heard about sex work before--the pieces feel complex and exciting." --Xtra Magazine
"A necessary, wide-ranging, preconception-smashing collection of essays by writers who speak from experience within the sex industry. At turns, these essays are devastating, astute, funny, and heart opening. Taken together, they are a welcome antidote to the reductive narratives about sex worker experiences that we hear too often. We Too is an anthology that honors the humanity, diversity, and depth of insight within the field. Reading it made me want to stand up and cheer." --Melissa Febos, author of Whip Smart and Abandon Me
About the Author:
Natalie West is a Los Angeles based writer and educator. She worked as a professional Dominatrix while obtaining her PhD in Gender Studies. Her personal essays have appeared in Salon, Autostraddle, Kink Academy, Columbia Journal, and them. She moonlights as a sex work, BDSM, and queer community authenticity consultant for film and television.
Tina Horn hosts and produces the long-running kink podcast Why Are People Into That?! She is also the creator and writer of the sci-fi comic book series SfSx (Safe Sex). Her reporting on sexual subcultures and politics has appeared in Rolling Stone, Hazlitt, Glamour, Jezebel, and elsewhere; she is the author of two nonfiction books and has contributed to numerous anthologies including the queer horror collection Theater of Terror and the feminist essay collection Believe Me: How Trusting Women Can Change the World. Horn has lectured on sex worker politics and queer BDSM identities at universities and community centers all over North America. She is a LAMBDA Literary Fellow, the recipient of two Feminist Porn Awards, and holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing from Sarah Lawrence. Originally from Northern California, she now lives in Brooklyn.