This is what anti–sex work law enforcement looks like in the data age—a whole world that’s watching and at any time in the future can deny you a job, a visa, an apartment, a child. Who needs the courts when cops have cameras?
Scratch, a digital magazine for writers, asked me to recount my book tour, with a focus on the money:
A book tour runs on invisible money. From March 12 to April 10, 2014, in ten cities (in seven time zones) over sixteen events, I toured my new book,Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work. I “took her out.” For four weeks, I performed my value. My publisher, Verso Books, (almost entirely) covered my expenses, and I paid with my time away from freelancing. As a publicist friend told me, for the duration I should try to cultivate calm and remember that I was not the caterer—I was the party.