Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Letters from Johns and Letters from Working Girls


For a variety of reasons, I'm stepping up my efforts to solicit, if you will, Letters from Johns and Letters from Working Girls. These two projects tell the true stories of sex work from the perspective of the clients and the sex workers. If you're a John interested in writing a letter, consider the following questions. Have you ever been with a prostitute? Why? And what was your experience of the girl? If you're a Working Girl interested in writing a letter, consider the following questions. Have you ever been a working girl? Why? And, what was your experience of being a working girl? These are not collections of jerk-off stories, but letters from real-life johns and working girls. All letters are anonymous. The projects have been profiled in Newsweek and Time. Read the story I wrote for Newsweek: "Dear John." The letters were also featured in Time's selection of this blog as one of the Top 25 Blogs. If you've been on the fence about contributing, this is your chance. If you have readers who you think may be interested in contributing, spread the word. If you have any questions, email me.
We create stories to share, and before I navigated to your blog, I had nothing to share. When Studs Terkel shows up at the door, the Average Joe asks, "Studs who?" Yet he's created an indispensable repository of American history by asking simple questions. You were my Studs, showing up unannounced at my door, like a census-taker, with three simple questions. -- #21