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Sex Workers, What Do People Totally Get Wrong About You And Your Profession?

Not everyone has daddy issues.

Sex work can be a *controversial* topic in our society. And with popular depictions of sex work and sex workers often focusing on stereotypes or headline-worthy destruction, the view can be one-sided.

So to shed some realistic light on sex work — if you're a sex worker, what is it that you want people to know (and even understand) about sex work?

What misconceptions do people have about sex work that you'd like to clarify? Maybe many people make stereotypical assumptions about your childhood and upbringing.

Or you can discuss when and why you began doing sex work.

Is it a thing of your past by now? Why'd you decide to stop?

You could also discuss the taboo. Are you open about your work socially? And how does it affect people's perception of your identity?

Then there are the more practical aspects. What ground rules do you keep — like about respect from clients? How do you stay healthy? Do you feel safe?

And, last but not least, the abstract — what have you learned about human sexuality through your work?

Whatever it is that you want people to know and understand about sex work, please share in the comments below! You could be featured in an upcoming BuzzFeed Community post.

If you're more comfortable remaining anonymous, please answer in this Google Form!