In yesterday’s mail came David Henry Sterry and R.J. Martin, Jr., eds. Hos, Hookers, Call Girls, and Rent Boys: Professionals Writing on Love, Life, Money, and Sex. And while I’ve barely had time to crack it open, the first thing I see is a very short article by the magnificent Annie Sprinkle (Ph.D., even!), entitled “40 Reasons Why Whores Are My Heroes.”

There’s a lot here, that run from the prosaic

21. Whores relieve millions of people from unwanted stress and tension.

to the humorous

36. Whores have the guts to wear very big wigs.

to the explicitly political culmination.

40. Whores are rebelling against the absurd, patriarchal, sex-negative laws against their profession and are fighting for the right to receive financial compensation for their valuable work.

But I guess I must just be some sort of economist manqué, because what really stuck with me was

6. Whores have careers based on giving pleasure.

Any artist, indeed any worker of any kind, should be proud to say the same thing about herself. You can read the whole thing at Annie Sprinkle’s site here.

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