Sex is Sex and Money is Money
Article By Svetlana Z.
Written by a Russian immigrant who goes by Svetlana, this article gives pull-yourself-up-by-the-boot-straps entrepreneurial advice that the author learned through her years as a high end escort. The advice is meant to be applicable to any business-minded person, but as a fellow sex worker, I found some of her advice practical and clever. At other times, Svetlana’s words can come off as condescending and even tone-deaf (spending money to make money is a tried and true aphorism in the self-made business world, but it doesn’t take into account a lot of factors that might make spending very difficult for some marginalized folks).
In general, this is a great perspective from an immigrant sex worker, which is a voice we don’t give a platform to often, so I would recommend this article for the author’s intellect and frank approach to business advice.
What parts of this story surprised you? Why? What parts could you relate to?
Spend money to make money
Make stereotypes work for you
The price is right
One is the most profitable number
What are some parallels between Svetlana and Zola? Or even the advice in Ho Tactics?
Svetlana sees herself as an entrepreneur. What defines a sex worker and/or entrepreneur?
Her four categories of guys:
Pay for companionship
Buying a relationship
Think they own you
How would you categorize your clients/customers?
Read the comments section of the story and think about how you would respond to this piece.