Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Redefining Sex Work
East Bay Express ^ | October 17, 2012 | Ellen Cushing

Posted on 10/19/2012 8:30:43 AM PDT by AmericanSamurai

The East Bay is home to a new — and growing — group of sex workers who are educated, empowered, and open about what they do for a living. But Prop 35 would force them back underground.

Jolene Parton is a ho. She's also a Berkeley native, a comic-book fanatic, a Dolly Parton aficionado (hence the name, which is fake), an NPR listener, and a big fan of Vietnamese food. She wears big round glasses rimmed in translucent pink plastic, and, in her ears, jade-green plugs. She's redheaded and rosy-skinned and pretty in the kind of way that would be at home in a J. Crew catalog, but for the pierced septum and stylishly half-shaved head and aforementioned plugs; as is, she's probably more like American Apparel material. And she's been working in the sex industry, broadly defined, for about four years, first doing odd jobs at what she describes as the "entry-level" end of the sex-work spectrum — foot fetish stuff, artsy nude photography, one night during which she "cuddled with a guy in his apartment for money" — and then in porn and at various peepshows and strip clubs; a bit over a year ago, she started escorting. And when she says she loves her job — which she does, often and unbidden — she does so with the kind of steady-eyed enthusiasm that's hard to fake.

"It's been great, honestly," she told me a couple weeks ago at an Oakland Chinatown lunch spot, steam rising from the vermicelli bowl in front of her and fogging her lenses.

(Excerpt) Read more at eastbayexpress.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: sex
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-61 next last

1 posted on 10/19/2012 8:30:45 AM PDT by AmericanSamurai
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: AmericanSamurai

These ho’s are making a lot of tax free money! Where’s the IRS to audit them?


2 posted on 10/19/2012 8:32:07 AM PDT by AmericanSamurai
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: AmericanSamurai
Where’s the IRS to audit them?

What kind of audit did you have in mind? Their books?

3 posted on 10/19/2012 8:34:50 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: AmericanSamurai
Chirpy nonjudgmental writing, it all gives me an upset stomach.
4 posted on 10/19/2012 8:37:23 AM PDT by Hans
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: AmericanSamurai
Jolene Parton is a ho. She's also a Berkeley native, . . . . . an NPR listener, . . . .

She's doing her research to have something to talk about with her Dem clients. They can discuss America's inherently racist society or Nina Totenberg's views on the Supreme Court's sexism while they are going at it.

5 posted on 10/19/2012 8:38:29 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: AmericanSamurai

Jolene Parton is a ho. She’s also a Berkeley native, a comic-book fanatic, a Dolly Parton aficionado (hence the name, which is fake), an NPR listener, and a big fan of Vietnamese food. She wears big round glasses rimmed in translucent pink plastic, and, in her ears, jade-green plugs. She’s redheaded and rosy-skinned and pretty in the kind of way that would be at home in a J. Crew catalog, but for the pierced septum and stylishly half-shaved head and aforementioned plugs; as is, she’s probably more like American Apparel material.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

This thread IS PERFECTLY FINE without pics.


6 posted on 10/19/2012 8:39:03 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd
"the pierced septum and stylishly half-shaved head and aforementioned plugs".

Er, she escorts the guys where exactly (besides the nearest bed)?

7 posted on 10/19/2012 8:42:58 AM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd
This thread IS PERFECTLY FINE without pics.

I disagree.....


8 posted on 10/19/2012 8:43:13 AM PDT by Right Brother
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: AmericanSamurai

They aren’t paying any taxes, imagine how much these whores can save if they do save their money. Although if they continue whoring into old age, not a pretty sight.


9 posted on 10/19/2012 8:43:40 AM PDT by AmericanSamurai
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: AmericanSamurai

I remind all of you that the most self-consciously Christian society in the history of the world — the Christianized Roman Empire after Theodosius outlawed paganism — had no laws against prostitution. The penances for fornication applied by the Church back in those days were quite stern, but it was not seen as a matter for the civil arm to enforce sanctions against.


10 posted on 10/19/2012 8:43:44 AM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Hans
Chirpy nonjudgmental writing, it all gives me an upset stomach.

Leftist NLP tactics - throw X technique at Y subject to impose Z emotional re-programming.

And then demand public imitation - or you're voted off the island.

Liberals: You don't know them. You only think you do.

11 posted on 10/19/2012 8:43:54 AM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: AmericanSamurai
Yeah I haven't forgotten the scumbags in Oakland who want police to leave those child prostitutes alone.

Photobucket
12 posted on 10/19/2012 8:46:54 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Right Brother

My goodness, I doubt she has a pretty face like Julianne Hough.


13 posted on 10/19/2012 8:48:18 AM PDT by AmericanSamurai
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: AmericanSamurai
See everyone----the Bam has created 'shovel ready jobs'. Plenty of customers ready to start digging. Being a ho is one profession that isnt in danger of being outsourced. What a wonderful jobs recovery for women receiving more than equal pay vs men and the women dont need to hide their private woman parts either.
14 posted on 10/19/2012 8:48:23 AM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Right Brother

Either she’s spent a good part of her earnings on her hair, which seems improbable, or that gorgeous color and curl is natural.

My son noticed a crockpot on the table in the corner. How practical! But where’s the cat?


15 posted on 10/19/2012 8:49:21 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Will this be on the test?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: AmericanSamurai

typical leftists - sex has nothing to do with romance, or trust, or love

Its all WORK.

They spoil everything!


16 posted on 10/19/2012 8:49:53 AM PDT by PGR88
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: AmericanSamurai

She’s smitten with her job because she’s young and the money is so good that she doesn’t recognize enough yet the degredation of her human dignity by the client and thus herself.

But she will. That’s when the drugs come in. And they have too, because the money’s too good. Thanks John for helping her out, mutually of course.


17 posted on 10/19/2012 8:52:55 AM PDT by If You Want It Fixed - Fix It
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Right Brother

Ack, TRANNY!


18 posted on 10/19/2012 8:54:13 AM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: AmericanSamurai

Just as every thoughtful gun owner knows that gun control laws won’t stop criminals from getting guns, it must be recognized that laws against prostitution will not stop the sex trade.

I have no strong feeling about this issue but it’s hard to defend laws that make it illegal to sell something that is legal to give away.


19 posted on 10/19/2012 8:54:17 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: AmericanSamurai

How did I get in this handbasket, and why is it so hot?


20 posted on 10/19/2012 8:56:26 AM PDT by ArGee (Reality - what a concept.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: If You Want It Fixed - Fix It

Very true, she’s probably one of those pagan/wiccan liberals or even atheist.


21 posted on 10/19/2012 8:56:44 AM PDT by AmericanSamurai
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: Darksheare

ROFLOL!


22 posted on 10/19/2012 8:58:25 AM PDT by AmericanSamurai
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: AmericanSamurai

Sex is a gift from God between a man and woman, there’s no such thing as sex workers. There are whores however.


23 posted on 10/19/2012 9:00:15 AM PDT by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: AmericanSamurai

You see the reflection upper left, right?


24 posted on 10/19/2012 9:00:29 AM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: AmericanSamurai
Yes but would she qualify for a middle clAss tax break? Plus she may be redistributing more than just her wealth. The new liberal 1%'ers of the East Bay?
25 posted on 10/19/2012 9:01:19 AM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Pearls Before Swine

Their books?

No...just their binders.


26 posted on 10/19/2012 9:01:28 AM PDT by proudpapa
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: AmericanSamurai

27 posted on 10/19/2012 9:01:46 AM PDT by Right Brother
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: proudpapa

LOL-—good one.


28 posted on 10/19/2012 9:02:42 AM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: Vision

Somebody famous once observed that whores aren’t paid for the sex; they’re paid to go away afterward.


29 posted on 10/19/2012 9:02:42 AM PDT by Oberon (Big Brutha Be Watchin'.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: Darksheare

Yeah. I can’t imagine what guy in the right mind would pay good money for that.


30 posted on 10/19/2012 9:02:56 AM PDT by AmericanSamurai
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: AmericanSamurai

I’ll support the IRS auditing these hos just as soon as the IRS audits every other woman in the US for the free dinners, drinks, and gifts they extort from men in exchange for sex.


31 posted on 10/19/2012 9:04:40 AM PDT by Boogieman
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: AmericanSamurai

Operative term “right mind”.

Also, what person in their right mind would dress or behave as a member of the opposite sex?

[Yes lurkers, that IS a man in the one image posted above. No, not the Carrot Top image. I said man, not mutant.]


32 posted on 10/19/2012 9:04:47 AM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: Right Brother

33 posted on 10/19/2012 9:07:11 AM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: Tax-chick

Methinks the crock pot is a field expedient autoclave...


34 posted on 10/19/2012 9:07:31 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: Right Brother

So if she gets an STD who is supposed to pay for it, oh I forgot we will all be expected to “pitch in” and be responsible for HER LIFESTYLE CHOICE of being a complete SLUT...

In some ways if “Whorin” were legal it would be better because her “empoyer/pimp” would be able to pay for herhealth insurance (premiums would need to be high) or she would have to buy her own and she couldn;t skirt taxes as easily so even if we did have to help pay for her skanky behavior, at least she would be contributing to that pool as well. at the very least...

I think whorrin should be legal, but we should be able to express our 1st amendment rights and chastise publicly any one who is a whore or partakes in whoes.


35 posted on 10/19/2012 9:12:40 AM PDT by GraceG
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Darksheare

I’m going to have to write a complaint to Mz. Cushing that she made us think this was a woman and not a tranny.

“SHE LOOKA LIKA MAN”!! lol


36 posted on 10/19/2012 9:13:07 AM PDT by AmericanSamurai
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

To: Right Brother

37 posted on 10/19/2012 9:13:07 AM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: GraceG

Honestly, I’m surprise no college is offering a degree in whoring yet. I mean, aside from Journalism and Political Science, of course.


38 posted on 10/19/2012 9:15:22 AM PDT by Oberon (Big Brutha Be Watchin'.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 35 | View Replies]

To: RightGeek

Those weird ear plugs are the nastiest uglist things I have ever seen.


39 posted on 10/19/2012 9:15:49 AM PDT by GraceG
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: muir_redwoods
Just as every thoughtful gun owner knows that gun control laws won’t stop criminals from getting guns, it must be recognized that laws against prostitution will not stop the sex trade. I have no strong feeling about this issue but it’s hard to defend laws that make it illegal to sell something that is legal to give away.

What's the real difference between an escort, and having a girlfriend who perpetually needs help paying her bills?

40 posted on 10/19/2012 9:16:56 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (political correctness is communist thought control, disguised as good manners)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: Oberon

Yeah, maybe Harvard or Yale can be where they start to offer one. Or some other liberal sh*thole Ivy league campus.


41 posted on 10/19/2012 9:17:48 AM PDT by AmericanSamurai
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 38 | View Replies]

To: Tijeras_Slim

Lol - good suggestion!


42 posted on 10/19/2012 9:17:51 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("You know I'm always there for you," he told her, as he hurried out the door.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: AmericanSamurai

LOL!
Miss Swan returns!


43 posted on 10/19/2012 9:21:38 AM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: Vision

Ho’ing, the profession one gets when one gets so many tats and peircings that they can’t or won’t find an honest job.


44 posted on 10/19/2012 9:22:28 AM PDT by GraceG
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: Right Brother

Oh, Good Lord. I’ll bet she has tats where I’ll never look, I couldn’t stand the smell.


45 posted on 10/19/2012 9:27:59 AM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: PapaBear3625

You can send the escort away for a year or two, then call her back and all is good


46 posted on 10/19/2012 9:30:45 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 40 | View Replies]

To: PapaBear3625

[ Just as every thoughtful gun owner knows that gun control laws won’t stop criminals from getting guns, it must be recognized that laws against prostitution will not stop the sex trade. I have no strong feeling about this issue but it’s hard to defend laws that make it illegal to sell something that is legal to give away.

What’s the real difference between an escort, and having a girlfriend who perpetually needs help paying her bills? ]

Whorin’ should be legal not because we want whorin’ but because by outlawing whorin’ we are infringeing on individual rights to make dumb ass decisions. The whores need to know that we expect them to take full responsibility for whatever happens to them in their chosen profession and not to expect any social acceptance of their trade.


47 posted on 10/19/2012 9:38:03 AM PDT by GraceG
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 40 | View Replies]

To: AmericanSamurai
...Dolly Parton aficionado (hence the name, which is fake), an NPR listener, and a big fan of Vietnamese food.

A whore who's a liberal? What's next? A sunny day that's warm? Ice that's cold? Bears that sh*t in the woods? This is breathtaking. I'm waiting for the interview in 20 years... the one where she's still in the 'oh wow it was so liberating'...

48 posted on 10/19/2012 9:44:39 AM PDT by GOPJ
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GraceG

Some women are just of low character.


49 posted on 10/19/2012 9:45:13 AM PDT by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 44 | View Replies]

To: Right Brother

Just ick.


50 posted on 10/19/2012 10:25:30 AM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-61 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson