When I entered the adult industry I never realized I was signing up to not be taken seriously. Since I started pursuing my writing, starting with blogging, people have surrounded me with their doubts. I now have proven those people to be small minded and wrong. So, I now have to overcome the stigma of being a female within the adult industry who no longer gets physically naked for money. What a catch 22!!!
I still get stigmatized as a stripper in the “real world,” but I am not adult enough for the adult industry because I no longer get naked for money. If I have chosen to not have sex on screen or feature dance and I am an ex – stripper from small town Oregon, people within the Adult Industry now question my credibility. Something must be wrong with me in their eyes because I did not use my body to the fullest in my career as a stripper. This is something that is very difficult for men in the adult industry to understand, but sex work is hard on one’s heart and soul. Yes, stripping is sex work. However, I never imagined it to be so when I began.
The moral of my bath time blog is: People will always underestimate others because we have not walked in their shoes/stilettos.
“Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, those who work hard and play hard.”