Friday, February 10, 2006

Sex Worker Art Show Presents New Picture Of Prostitution

PORTLAND, Ore. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Americans could get a different picture of prostitution thanks to a sex worker art show that is touring the country.

The show features various strippers, prostitutes, dominatrixes and phone sex operators, but instead of showing off their wares, they’ll be presenting skits, performance art pieces and spoken word dramatizations depicting various issues of sex workers.

According to curator and emcee Annie Oakley, the traveling show touches on the full range of experiences that sex workers go through and attempts to “demystify” the stereotypes people have about prostitutes.

In addition, Oakley says the show presents a positive message about decriminalized prostitution and gets audience members to think about it as a legitimate career that deserves “equal protection under the law.”

The tour begins tonight (Feb. 10) in Portland, Oregon, and while one of the troupe’s members sometimes does “fake solicitations” of people in the audience, Oakley says no one in the show is “currently working” or earning extra money after hours.

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