How Writers Are Like Prostitutes


Here at The Rumpus, we feature a fair amount of writing about sex work, prostitution, and writing. And I don’t believe we’ve ever made the tragic error of using either Sex and the City or Diary of a Call Girl (the show, not the book by Belle du Jour) as an example for anything, especially not sex work or writing. Perhaps June Thomas should have called her blog post “how people I imagine to be writers are like people I imagine to be prostitutes.”

If you’re really interested in writing about sex work by people in sex work, Antonia Crane has a series you might enjoy, for starters, and you can always browse our sex section as well.

Brian Spears is Senior Poetry Editor of The Rumpus and the author of A Witness in Exile (Louisiana Literature Press, 2011). His poem “Upon Reading That Andromeda Will One Day Devour Triangulum and Come For Us Next” was featured in Season 9 of Motion Poems. More from this author →