Women’s Whork advocates ‘bad bitches’ aka sex workers deserve financial and legal freedom, but it’s more than just turning up to the club and hustling hard that will allow us to accomplish these goals.
Her website, podcast and Instagram provides support and information, such as articles; Taxes for Sex Workers 101, Marketing to Clients, Healthcare for SW and Money Mindset for sex workers. Women’s Whork kindly took the time out to explain why strippers need to pay taxes and educate ourselves about; money, marketing and our legal rights.
How did you get into the industry?
Since the first time I understood the connection between the female body and money (I was about twelve), I knew I would be a sex worker in some capacity. I was always the girl sending/selling my nudes. I did cam and some sporadic dancing starting at 18. But around 21 I became serious about dancing, learning the skills, and making and saving money.
What inspired Women’s Whork?
In school, I learnt about how laws in our country (America) have changed throughout time regarding women at work. The Supreme Court changes their laws all the time, depending on who is on it. Our civil rights laws have changed throughout time. Ten years ago, we would never have thought we would have had gay marriage but here we are.
“Womens’” was important because I learnt that many of the reasons why Gay men have not been accepted into society is because they act more like women. Feminine attributes are less valued in our society, the job that requires the most feminine qualities (sex work) is often frowned upon. I just look at it as work for women. I wanted other women, and the rest of the world, to see it that way. We deserve rights just like all other Americans. Our job is not something that should bring shame, we provide a great service.
Sex workers are often excluded from mainstream financial industry. You’ve written an article about how to file taxes so it’s not as difficult for sex workers to get loans, buy/rent homes, credit cards, ect. How do you pay your taxes?
Recently, I have started my own DBA bank account, and I filed my personal taxes through the method I explained on my website. I also have had some day jobs throughout my dancing career, that was my taxable income.
‘Money mindset’ is a great article! Did you have a poverty mindset?
No, I never had a poverty mindset, I always see an abundance of wealth around me. The idea for that article was inspired to help one of my best friends, who grew up in poverty. Unfortunately, dancing was not allowing her to escape this lifestyle because of her mindset. I wanted to write that article for women who do not realise how they think about money can be hindering their success.
What could strippers do to change that mindset?
Strippers need to do research, listen to business podcasts, read millionaires self help books, and learn how to make better financial decisions. By learning about people with money, how they act, and how they financially react to setbacks and global financial conditions will allow you to adapt those principle to your life. Actually, talk to your customers and learn how they made the money they just spent
‘Marketing to Clients’ is an interesting article, you say sales differ based on generational demographics, each generation (Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, and Millennials) is more inclined to have a ‘type’ of stripper they prefer, based on their generational experience. What led to this discovery? And what are some of the benefits of this information?
One; I noticed how each type of man of these generations reacted in the club. This was real life experience. Two; I was a marketing major, and this is how textbooks lay out people. Marketing textbooks separate people into their generations, buying styles, and also race and gender. I could have included race and it’s a very sensitive subject. Honestly, I noticed the large difference as a dancer between generations and not between races.
Sex workers often can’t feel like they can speak out about the difficulties they experience in their careers without receiving the standard replies of “maybe you should quit”. What would you advocate them to do to get help?
The ‘maybe you should quit’ is something I have heard many times, mostly from my ex boyfriend. It is important to have people who believe in you. My Dad always told me to keep going, despite my bad nights. He wanted me to achieve my goals, whether or not, he actually fully understood what I was doing at work. He understands that there are bad days in every industry, and that anyone in any job has to get through a bad day. Quitting dancing does not solve the problem. Even when I got kicked out of clubs, got in fights, didn’t make money, the show goes on. If you do not have someone to motivate you, motivate yourself. You can always talk to yourself positively and keep going the next day. It get’s better!
What’s your club like?
I have worked at multiple clubs, but my most recent and frequent club was actually a new club in my area that was created to play only rock and country music. It is a sister club of one of the most popular clubs in my area that only plays techno. Of course, many middle aged customers do not like rock music. Recently though, they added hip hop and top 40 music in. The weekend crowds are getting younger. The best thing about this club are the girls. They’re not crazy or competitive. We work and make money, without having to fight. This is a change from the previous last clubs I have worked at.
Any advice you would give to baby strippers?
Believe in yourself. When I was a baby I had so much confidence and thought I was so hot in my super closeted life, but when I got out there with the big girls I felt like a little baby. The good news is that there is a massive “teen” fetish, and even at 23 I still fit the barely legal mold. My innocent look got me ahead. So if you are starting to dance, don’t compare yourself to other girls, play up on your positive attributes and become the best version of yourself.
Which sex working activists inspire you?
I love all the activists especially the ones I see on Instagram now coming up. I feel like anyone who releases art about sex work is a sex worker activist in some capacity. The more we project our jobs into the world, the more we are seen, which leads to our rights. I am so proud of the @NYCstripperstrike and Amber Rose Slut Walk. Amber is really a smart and good activist and never lets people forget her stripper past. I want there to be more activists though, especially in politics!
Any financial goals you’re working towards?
I am currently working on buying my first home. It is long over due and I am so excited for it. I am looking forward to paying off my graduate degree, and retirement. Retirement is not far away, I believe! Overall, I want to be smarter with my money and investing as a long term consistent goal.