I wanted to say thank you, thank you to the people who have not contributed text or images to Whoretography but have been sending in donations. Trust me when I say this, it ALL helps. Its a massive help. BIG THANKS!
At the moment, I am using the donations to cover the costs of printing the dummy books and being in the production phase. Think ink, papers and book binding odds and ends and all the associated costs that come with self publishing for an MA.
I was a bit sceptical at first, putting a donate button on my MA website. I thought it was a bit rich actually and I really only did it as a cheeky two finger salute to Feminist Current after I was slated by Meghan Murphy on the twitter. I see they have a donate button to help deny rights to sex workers so I thought fuck you, I'll have one to help support legislative change through the medium of photography. Its what I know. I know sex work and I know photography.
Why I do I value your donations?
Because we need to keep challenging the visual machine that is the internet that imprisons sex workers in a culture of misunderstanding and shapes peoples understanding of their bodies and work.
Prohibitionists are now using sex worker self representation in digital imagery as proof absolute that the sex industry cherry picks its speakers to silence the women they seek to rescue. Of course, like all good prohibitionists they ignore the whole story. They ignore the use of imagery in sex work prior to the inception of the internet and argue that photography has now gentrified sex work with photo-shop hiding the dirty trafficked reality of sex work.
They seek to exclude sex workers from a cultural norm of self representation online and punish them for visual representation. We all represent ourselves through digital platforms these days, creating self portraits about our lives, truths and experiences but in keeping with the deviant narrative of whore prohibitionists argue that sex worker visual self representation online is nothing more than a calculated move by pimps and traffickers to sell the happy hooker myth.
If you are uncomfortable with how sex workers represent themselves through the visual platforms of social media, then I suggest you stop seeking sex workers out. I am not uncomfortable and I think the way sex workers use visuals should be celebrated and studied, what really is the impact that photography has on the sale of sex online?
Your donations will help me to publish these books in a professional capacity, hold exhibitions and help me use photography for cultural and political change.