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I am a sex worker

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Raven Skye's curator insight, June 25, 2013 12:17 AM

I'm a proud phone sex operator/phone whore/adult model and I am also a human being, a graduate student, a poet, an animal rights activist, a vegetarian, a daughter, a sister, and a good person. Support sex worker's rights. swop.org

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Ever-evolving changes affecting adult entertainment industry

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Faced with regulatory challenges and an ever-evolving consumer landscape, the adult entertainment industry has to keep changing if it wants to survive.

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Fantastic insight into the future of the Adult Entertainment industry for 2013 and beyond.

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8 ways to connect with your customers on Facebook

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Help For Phone Sex Operators

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Getting down to it with a phone sex operator - OnMilwaukee.com

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Help For Phone Sex Operators

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Questions To Ask Callers, Tips For PSOs On Public Phone Sex, Link Building & other ways make money as a Pay Per Minute Live Phone Chat Operator.


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How A 'Nice Girl' Started Working As A Phone Sex Operator

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If you have the right attitude, working on a phone sex hotline isn't the worst job in the world.

 

A woman who used to work as a "phone sex actress" hosted a Q&A thread on The Straight Dope Message Board, an adjunct to the popular Straight Dope column that's published in more than 30 newspapers in the U.S. and Canada.

 

According to "Tonya," she's a "nice girl" who worked in the industry from 1994 to 1997 because "the money was better than anything else I was qualified to do (or at least anything else that was legal)."

 

"Hey, as far as I was concerned, it was an acting job," she wrote. "Anyone who had actually seen me playing solitaire on my computer, sipping coffee and wearing a cotton nightshirt with little duckies all over it when I worked would never have doubted that."

 

We reached out to Cecil Adams, administrator of the site, who gave us permission to share some of the Q&As from her post. We've slightly edited questions and answers for clarity.

 

Q: Can I ask how you got hired?

 

A: I read about the job in the Help Wanted ads in the local newspaper. There was a group interview in a hotel conference room. In that interview, we were told about the job and given some tips. Those of us who were still interested at the end of the interview were given applications to fill out, and then we did audition calls. After the audition call, a supervisor called us to tell us whether we'd passed and then, we could begin working.

 

Q: How much did it pay?

 

A: When I started, it was $8.00 an hour plus bonus. Bonus was based on requests from people who specifically asked for you. You have to get more than ten requests per month to get a bonus. Most months I ended up averaging about $15.00 hourly. I also got a 1, 2, or 3 percent raise every six months.

 

Q: Did you receive any kind of benefits?

 

A: The only benefit we got was our birthday off with pay. My husband's job provided the health insurance.

 

Q: Did you have set hours? A separate phone line?

 

A: Yes, my regular shift was 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., which was timed for the kids being in bed. Because of my hours, no separate phone line was needed, but I did disable the call waiting while working.

 

Q: Were you working off a script, improvising within some specific guidelines or just totally making it up as you went along?

 

A: There was no script. It was all improv. We did have some general idea, though, because the call always went to an operator first, who found out what kind of woman the guy was looking for and if he was interested in anything specific. Then the operator would call me and say something like "I have a guy who wants a blonde with ..." Then, when she patches the guy through, I already had an idea of what he was looking for. The rest, I was pretty good at drawing out.

 

Q: How did the phone system work?

 

A: At the start of my shift, I'd call in and let the operators know I was ready. They'd clock me in. When a call came, they'd patch it through to me. When the call was over, I'd call the office and let them know I was free again. Break times worked the same way. When my shift was over, I'd call to clock out.

 

Q: Did your employer ever monitor your calls?

 

A: Calls were randomly monitored for training (we did training calls with a trainer who would give us advice on how to improve our performance) and to make sure we weren't breaking rules. And you never knew you were monitored until after the fact.

 

Q: What do you usually wear while working?

 

A: Well, the coy answer would be "whatever the client wanted me to be wearing." The truthful answer would be a cotton nightgown or sleep shirt in the summer, sweats in the winter (my office was in the basement, and it got chilly down there).

 

Q: How much variety was there in the kinds of callers you received?

 

A: There was a pretty good variety. I had guys who would call with their girlfriends; I'd have women who may have been gay, or may have just been investigating aspects of their sexuality; I had guys who were into animals, bodily functions, married women who cheat on their husbands, whatever.

Q: Did you ever have a call that didn't go the way you expected?

 

A: Well, probably the closest would be when the guy doesn't so much want to talk about sex as he just wants to talk. I was pretty good at that, too.

 

Q: What was the strangest call you ever had?

 

A: There was the one guy who wanted to talk to an overweight, 30-something-year-old housewife. And I thought to myself, 'Boy is he in luck!'

 

Q: How did you keep from just cracking up laughing?

 

A: Boy, it was tough sometimes. In fact, every once in a blue moon, I'd lose it, and fake a coughing fit.

 

Q: Did you ever actually get into it, or did you always fake your enthusiasm?

 

A: Just like anyone else with a normal, healthy sexual appetite, there are certain things that turn me on, and I did have some regular customers that I developed a good rapport with. About 98 percent of the time, I faked it, but the other 2 percent, I sometimes thought, I should be paying him.

 

Q: Were there things you couldn't talk about on the phone because it'd be against federal law?

 

A: The number one Federal law concerned child pornography. I could not, at any time, portray someone who was under 18 years of age. I couldn't talk about a time when I was under 18 and had sex (if a customer asked when I lost my virginity, the answer had to be 18 or over).

 

I also was not required (by the company) to participate in rape or forced sex fantasies. Although that was up to me.

 

Q: How did they keep you from taking your best clients and going independent?

 

A: We signed a contract saying we wouldn't. But when I told one of my regular clients that I was leaving, he told me he wouldn't talk to anyone else. I told him there was nothing I could do about that. I did however, offer to send him a photograph (not really of me, of course), and when I sent him the photo, I sent him a number I could be reached at, too.

I'm sure the company would have been very angry, and I'm not trying to justify my actions, but I really was going to be leaving anyway, and the fact that he was willing to pay me $100.00 an hour versus paying my former employer $85.00 an hour says something. He also calls me by my real name now, and I've seen him on TV.

 

Read the full thread with all the Q&As here.

 


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Monday Morning Motivation – The Hardest Part Of Being Self-Employed

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Understanding Sexual Repression

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'I make $800 a week at a foot fetish bordello': The unlikely job helping a student pay her way through university

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Olivia, who did not give her full name to the New York Post, said that she was introduced to the world of foot fetishism after responding to a Craigslist advert asking for 'Girls With Pretty Feet'.

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Ooops, sorry I hit send accidentally. Hey Raven, I appreciate your three topics and think they are all valuable contributions to the wide field of true sexual health. This is the only post on all three of your sites that doesn't seem totally appropriate since it seems to be an advertisement. All the others are informational, interesting, fascinating and even inspirational, but this post seems nothing more than a solicitation. It's your site and not mine of course, and I wanted to write you privately but couldn't find a way to do it, so feel free to delete it. I just wanted to give you my feedback. Otherwise keep up the good work!
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I'm aware of what it is. Thanks.
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How to Make the Most of Off-Hours When You're Self-Employed | TheSelfEmployed.com

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If you want to lower the stress in your schedule, here are some working ways to consider that will move you out of sync with the world.

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One word-RETROTASTIC! Not even a real word but the only one that I could think of that is truly fitting! Measurements: 36cm x 36cm
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A beginner’s guide to being a phone sex operator | Planet Ivy

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How Sex Workers Do Their Taxes

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Want to know what strippers can deduct and how prostitutes declare their earnings? We talked to writer and former sex worker Melissa Gira Grant to find out.

 

For sex workers, what are the practical reasons to pay taxes on sex work? What are the reasons not to?

 

Avoiding an audit is awesome. No one wants to be Heidi Fleiss'd. Particularly sex workers who operate a business with other sex workers — a house of BDSM, or a porn site with multiple models — the more people you have in business together, the more you might want to run a tight ship. Then again, if you're an independent escort, you might raise huge flags for claiming all of your income. It's a trade-off.

 

What percent of sex workers would you say pay taxes on sex work?

 

Even if I were inside the IRS, I couldn't throw out a reasonable guess: because prostitution is illegal almost everywhere in the US, and sex work more broadly — porn, stripping, etc. — carries such a huge social stigma, sex workers who file their taxes don't often claim "sex worker" as a profession on their taxes. The thing is, even though we face the risk of arrest, harassment, and social isolation for our work, we're still supposed to pay taxes on our income. How many do? It varies by industry. Strippers, phone sex operators, and porn performers work in slightly more formalized workplaces than escorts and massage parlor workers. They may even get W2's or 1099's.

 

Do you think MOST of them do? Or is there no way to say?

 

We put so much money back into the economy — hotel rooms, air travel, work clothes (the whole Pleaser company, which sells stripper shoes, would not exist without us), cabs, sex toy shops — all of which is taxed at point of sale. This idea that just because prostitution is illegal or sex work is part of the underground economy means we don't pay taxes is totally false. We just want to get something back for it, you know? And "sin taxes" on porn or strip clubs are always getting proposed as a way to financially punish people in the sex industry, or customers. In California they actually wanted to use a tax on strip clubs to raise money for domestic violence programs — as if strippers were somehow responsible? It's a hot button issue.

 

For those who do pay taxes, how do they report sex work? Are there any accountants who specialize in working with sex workers?

 

Again, that varies on the work, if you have another job that does generate a financial paper trail (always a good idea, and it makes you less reliant on the whims of the sex economy), and if you work independently or as part of a more formal business.

 

There's understanding accountants out there: ask your local Sex Workers' Outreach Project chapter for a professional recommendation.

 

What can sex workers write off?

 

If you are working in the sex trade as an independent contractor, like other freelancers, you can claim some work-related expenses as write-off's. Usually this just serves as a kind of chuckle-chuckle for dude econ writers who think it's absolutely hilarious that strippers could write-off heels and hair extensions. Tools of the trade, though. And especially when we don't get health insurance or other benefits from our employers — and if we're self-employed we might not be able to afford to cover those costs ourselves — every cent counts. Freelancers unite.

 

If sex work were legal, do you think more sex workers would pay taxes?

 

Sure, if the cops — whose salaries are paid for in part with sex workers' taxes — would stop arresting people for prostitution, that would certainly make paying taxes a much less bitter task.

 


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On Couples, Porn, Masturbation, & Phone Sex (Or “What’s The Deal With Phone Sex? Part Three”)

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Continuing our discussion of fantasy phone sex (part one, part two), we discuss the topic of phone sex in relationships. I asked a real-life married couple to talk about how his paying for professional phone sex services affects their relationship.

 

The Mr. runs Roue Ataraxia and the Mrs. runs Silent Porn Star. (Those of us familiar with the woman behind Silent Porn Star know the sex history blogger to be quite private about herself, so this is quite a rare event.) While this exclusive interview began with a discussion of phone sex, you’ll see there’s a whole lot more to discover than that!


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Why Am I Liberal? A Phone Sex Operator Answers

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I’m often asked, and usually in an accusatory tone, why I am a liberal. (Personally, I prefer to label myself a progressive; but I’ll save the hair-splitting differences for a phone cal...

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Reactions to phone sex operators (PSOs).


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I am a sex worker

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I'm a proud phone sex operator/phone whore/adult model and I am also a human being, a graduate student, a poet, an animal rights activist, a vegetarian, a daughter, a sister, and a good person. Support sex worker's rights. swop.org

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Top 10: Modern Fetish Models

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Go ahead, get turned on in the lap of latex while you check out our top 10 modern fetish models.

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