A woman named Arielle Egozi made a post with a screenshot where her work experience included self-employment with sex work.
Now, that’s an unusual thing to find on LinkedIn, but that’s not what made me write this article. She explained how her sex work allowed her to leave an internship with great benefits, not only because she had enough money stashed away, but also because it made her feel powerful and allowed her to see what she can make of her. when she owns it. intentionally.
She also talked about the emotional work that this job entails. Yes, ‘work’, because it is a consensual paid job. And how can you charge exorbitant amounts for it.
She asks a legitimate question, ‘how is this different from any other client work?’ When you think about it, it really isn’t. She empowers her, she makes her financially stable to leave the things that don’t make her happy and do the things that she truly loves. And there is nothing wrong with that.
In a post, Egozi explained the reason for mentioning ‘sex work’ in her LinkedIn profile. The interesting thing is, that she described it as her ‘job’. She shared, “I left an in-house job with fancy benefits two weeks ago and the reason I could do that was sex work. I had just enough saved from selling and engaging my image that I could ask myself if I was happy. I wasn’t. Yeah, the few grand I’d stashed up over time helped, but the biggest reason I could walk away is that sex work shows me what my power can do when I own it intentionally.”
And went on to state her opinion on it, “The answer I come to, again and again, is that it isn’t. So it’s now up on my linkedin. Because not only is my new standard for incoming creative clients that they be at least half as respectful, generous, and grateful as the John Does online — but that anyone who I partner with celebrates and accepts every experience as one i will inevitably bring with me into a project. They don’t have to understand it, but they better respect the hell out of it.
Sharing her experience, she added, “I have no problem taking rejections from those that don’t want to pay it, because I charge what emotional labour is required right into the fee. I set and hold boundaries, and engage only in ways that are safe, playful, and abundant for me. I don’t waste my time with anything less (sic).”
One user wrote, “We talk about women’s rights in the context of abortion but we don’t see much talk about the right of a woman to use her body (physically or graphically) to earn income. Athletes, musicians, models, acrobats, and even construction workers use their bodies to generate income, and everyone seems good with that. We can’t all work behind a desk at a computer.”
One person wrote, “This is a very dangerous game you are playing. Sure you may have clients who are nice but people lie. At any moment a person wishes to harm you they can. Be mindful ma’am. I just want you to think more about the outcome, than the current situation. You get money, but is it worth looking in the mirror and crying in the shower when you still feel unfulfilled trying to fill a void?” (Arielle Egozi Sex work)