Written by Jet Noir

burlesque, boylesque, performance, art

Courtesy of Leah Marie @ Share House Photography

Editor’s note: This article was originally posted on Jet Noir’s excellent blog, Jet Set Weekly. The post was written after Jet was inspired by a panel discussion on sex work and burlesque at BurlyCon 2014.

The term sex worker once confused my literal mind. I understood it to mean someone that was paid for sexual encounters (be they virtual via phone/internet or actual). When I heard a stripper refer to herself as a sex worker, I was confused. Sex isn’t in the job description of a stripper (not even in the private room)! How can someone be a sex worker if they don’t get paid for sex acts!? I checked the modern-day replacement for the World Book Encyclopedia, Wikipedia. And according to their definition…

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