Fly in Power, the short video I produced with Grace Naw about the death of Yang Song, will show from Oct 1-11th through the Asian American International Film Festival.
Q&A for "Uncharted Waters: VR & Digital Shorts" shorts block will be live-streamed on Sunday, 10/11 from 6pm to 7pm EST
For more info go to AAIFF.org
Grace Naw and I are currently producing a longer format documentary, expanding upon the issues of migrant Asian sex workers and massage parlor workers and examining the history of targeted discriminatory policies against Asian women. We are supported by NYC Women in Media and Asian Women Giving Circle, but this project is a massive undertaking and we want to ensure that many migrant voices and narratives are included.
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Essays on Sex Work and Survival
Edited by Natalie West, with Tina Horn
Published by Feminist Press
Foreword by Selena the Stripper
Cover by Jacque the Stripper
This collection of narrative essays by sex workers presents a crystal-clear rejoinder: there’s never been a better time to fight for justice. Responding to the resurgence of the #MeToo movement in 2017, sex workers from across the industry—hookers and prostitutes, strippers and dancers, porn stars, cam models, Dommes and subs alike—complicate narratives of sexual harassment and violence, and expand conversations often limited to normative workplaces.
Writing across topics such as homelessness, motherhood, and toxic masculinity, We Too: Essays on Sex Work and Survival gives voice to the fight for agency and accountability across sex industries. With contributions by leading voices in the movement such as Melissa Gira Grant, Ceyenne Doroshow, Audacia Ray, femi babylon, April Flores, and Ashley Paige, this anthology explores sex work as work, and sex workers as laboring subjects in need of respect—not rescue.
Author's note: I am proud and humbled to have my story of survival and complicity of rape culture be included in this collection of Sex Worker Sheros. It took me years to bring forth the narrative of this piece to paper. In it, I bare my blood, sweat, tears, and stripper heels.