When trying to describe my work to mainstream folks - people for whom Sex Work is a mystery & full of stigma - I compare my work to that of a Therapist, a Healer.
I have skills, inspiration, and passion for what I do. I care about my clients. I form a safe container for people to work through their shame, their isolation, and disconnectedness. They tell me what they are looking for, and if it is within my skill level and I think we are a good match, we meet. They give me money in exchange for these very valuable services. I see people grow, I see myself grow.
I also want to make the point that, Sex Work is often just plain fun! Simple as animal bodies coming together and exploring sex. That alone is a valuable, needed service in the world. The weight of stigma surrounding Sex Work directly stems from the sexual repression in our culture - hatred/fear of the body, it's Old Old crap. In the words of my co-worker - "It's sex people! Get over it!"
Another myth (and I'm sure you're already writing about this) - People believe that Sex Workers are all Victims. That there is no consent. On the contrary, consent is the entire foundation I build my work upon. In a Rape culture, where men are taught they can take without seeking consent, Sex Work is Vital. I teach people how to respect one another at this very basic, animal level. Don't get me wrong, setting and maintaining and teaching people about boundaries is a daily challenge, it's Work. But it's extremely valuable, needed work. It's changing the world.
I provide a service based around pleasure, opening, and healing. It's very direct - human at the most fundamental level - a consensual exploration & exchange of intimacy.
Intimacy, sex and physical connection is essential to human life, period.
Sex workers provide a needed service to the world. This work deserves a huge amount of respect.
I believe there will come a day where whores are rightfully honored.
I believe there will come a day when people know that Sex Work is about Love too."