This year, instead of struggling my way through big meals and small talk with people I see only annually, I thought it might be best to seek out the advice of a professional. Dr. Eric Sprankle is an Assoc Professor of Psychology and Co-Director of the Sexuality Studies Program at MN State University
As sex workers try and reclaim narratives of criminalization and policing, raids on massage parlors are subsumed by larger conversations on sex workers rights or trafficking. In the US, Asian sex workers are both hyper-visible in these conversations, while remaining invisible as active participants.
Thank you for your willingness to speak about your past as a survivor of domestic abuse, history as a sex worker, and pride in who your experiences have helped you become. But this is also a request that you make use of your platform to advocate on behalf of those constantly spoken over and silenced