Twitter Story By Aziah King
I read the Zola story a few years ago and became OBSESSED. A true millennial story told via an Imgur screen shot of Zola’s tweets, Zola details a wild, action-packed, strip trip to Florida taken with a newfound friend. If you haven’t already read the story, I highly recommend it. To me it doesn’t even matter that some parts of the story were exaggerated, it’s a great tale told by a voice of our generation. Zola’s tone is personable, relatable and full of catchy slang; I still use the term “hoism” on the regular.
I personally think that what makes this story an important read for the average non-ho reader (beyond the sensationalism and quirky quotables) is the very real depiction of the dangers of sex work. The fact that the author, a young WOC, tells this sordid story with such frankness should give the reader pause about why and how certain aspects of this story are treated as commonplace or blasé. I don’t want to give too much away for the few out there who haven’t read the story yet, but that’s just a tiny bit of food for thought.
There's a lot of debate over the validity of certain aspects/this whole story. Does it matter whether this story is true or not? Why or why not?
What kind of sex worker stereotypes does this story uphold? Break down?
Why do you think this particular story captured the attention of the public? (Non-SWs, celebrities, the media, basically the entire nation.) What kind of narratives do you think the public wants to hear from sex workers?
If we were to cast this story as a movie, who would we want to star in it?