Letters from Working Girls / Letters from Johns

Writer Susannah Breslin (of Reverse Cowgirl), whose work I've blogged many times here on Boing Boing, has launched two new projects: Letters from Working Girls, and Letters from Johns.

As the titles suggest, the blogs consist of first-hand accounts from real sex workers, and from real clients of sex workers.

Here's a snip from "Working Girls":

I am 26. I'm a grad student in New York. Internet men pay to spank me. If I don't maintain certain grades, I lose my scholarship, and at the beginning of the semester I was flipping my shit about this one class, insisting I was going to fail and whatnot. I was wondering how I was going to pull three or six thousand dollars out of my ass, depending on how bad I did, and my friend said, "It's too bad you don't live upstate, because my friend Mary has a dude that pays her a fuckton of money to just spank her. No sex." So I had to figure that if Mary can find a dude like this upstate, there HAS to be people like this in NYC I can find. And I have a high tolerance for pain and a passing interest in spanking, so it was on.
And here's a snip from "Johns."
I started seeing her once or twice a month and have kept on doing so even though I've been in relationships. I won't lie and say I don't think of it as cheating, it is. I finally stopped when I met a woman who, to be honest, shared a lot of similarities with B. I told B about this and she wished me nothing but happiness. We've spoken a few times since and seen each other socially. It's a bit like work friends after one person has moved to a different job.


  1. That’s pretty interesting stuff. I wish there were more stories though. I’ve never used the services of a sex-worker, but have often been curious about the experience.

  2. This is a popular topic – you can listen to Sex Worker Stories a plenty on SWIRL (Sex Worker Internet Radio Lounge) and Anna Regina’s project, Working Stories. You can also read Matt Bernstein Sycamore’s anthology: Tricks and Treats with sex worker and john stories. And, the regular publication, Spread Magazine that is published by sex workers and contains articles by and about the sex worker industry. The list goes on…
    Best wishes on all your endeavors.
    Lady Monster

  3. For those of you who are too shy to check it out, there’s lots of stories on the Johns and only one for the ladies (so far)….

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