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Sex Work, Art Work

Jacq

I could not be more stoked to announce that my watercolours are part of Hello Zephy's show, Sex Work, Art Work. 

"Sex Work, Art Work is a multidisciplinary art exhibition with contributions from sex workers and the artists that stand beside them as allies.  Curated by Hello Zephy, Sex Work, Art Work will provide a public platform to empower sex workers, and help breakdown the stereotypes and misconceptions that keep members of the industry feeling the need to live in silence."

We refuse to conflate sex work with human trafficking, and so we're joining forces to have conversations about how we can break the stigma while exploring narratives around the perception of self worth, decency, empowerment versus disempowerment, and consent. 

The show is on until February 22 at 264 Water Street in Manhattan

Shoot Your Rapist in the Dick, 8x10 prints available fro $99, contact hello@hellozephy.com to purchase. 50% of proceeds go to Beauty For Freedom

Shoot Your Rapist in the Dick, 8x10 prints available fro $99, contact hello@hellozephy.com to purchase. 50% of proceeds go to Beauty For Freedom

Ben the Movie Man gets a flash tattoo from Jozie Furchgott Sourdiffe (@feistyink) 

Ben the Movie Man gets a flash tattoo from Jozie Furchgott Sourdiffe (@feistyink) 

All watercolours are available as $99 prints email hello@hellozephy.com for more info

All watercolours are available as $99 prints email hello@hellozephy.com for more info

Britney forever by the iconic Morgan Claire Sirene (@morgansirene) 

Britney forever by the iconic Morgan Claire Sirene (@morgansirene) 

Tru romance with Morgan Claire Sirene

Tru romance with Morgan Claire Sirene

You need to see this EPIC piece by Angela China (@gumshoeart) IRL it is wondrously enormous

You need to see this EPIC piece by Angela China (@gumshoeart) IRL it is wondrously enormous

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Shamless Pride

Jacq

I am thirty one years old today. I've been stripping for eight years, out to my friends and (some) family for seven of them, and out as fuck on the internet and beyond for four. 

I'm proud of who I am and what I do, but that doesn't mean I haven't been met with some resistance by the ones I love. 

When my first book, The Beaver Show, came out, my mum told my paternal grandma about it. My mum didn't mean to out me, but she did. It happens. I braced for awkwardness, but instead I received an email from my grandma detailing her stoke on how exciting my life must be as a 'traveling showgirl.' She mused about how we could somehow put together a double act; that it sounded like a real adventure. 

I couldn't believe it. I was expecting a very different reaction. So, I packed up a fresh copy of my book, and sent it to her. 

Several months later, I received this letter:

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Needless to say, we didn't speak for a few years. We're WASPs, so like, talking about real shit is rationed to once every decade. 

I guess I just want you all to know that I have brought shame to my family. And I don't feel an ounce of shame about it. 

 

I feel pride in the work that I do, and after re-reading this letter today, my mission to make other women in my community feel proud for the hard work they do is reaffirmed. We have a lot work to do, and we cannot change every heart along the way. 

After a nearly two-year radio silence, I recently emailed my grandma, giving her an update on Danielle and I, sent some candid snaps of our recent travels to New Mexico, and shared our plans for the future. I finished the email with:

"I am still proud of who I am and the life I have built for myself. I bring joy to people around me, and couldn't be happier making art, telling stories and learning from others."

She responded with family news and wished me a happy birthday, like nothing had ever happened. The book, the shame, all of it. It's still there, I'm sure, but we're not going to talk about it. And I'm ok with that. 

So, my fellow strippers/sex workers: you can't change every heart. Not everyone is going to come around. But that doesn't mean the work you do isn't valid, that you don't work hard; that you shouldn't feel pride in your hustle. 

It's my birthday today, so I have a favor to ask you: take a moment to celebrate and take pride in your sex work. I know some days are easier than others. I know rent is due soon and you might not have it yet. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't feel proud of the work you do to support yourself and your family. 

If you're in a position to share, I would love to hear from you. If you're not out, I hope you take a moment to celebrate #stripperpride #sexworkerpride on your own terms. 

I'm so fucking proud of my community and the work you do. I love you all. 

xx Jacq