We were thrilled to sit down with Chanelle Gallant in Toronto to talk about her brilliant essay, “Fuck You Pay Me,” in Pleasure Activism (see Episode 13), her book-in-progress about sex as a form of unpaid work, and, of course, Hustlers. In the conversation, Chanelle references the crucial work of Kate Zen (Twitter, articles on Truth Out, and Kate Zen on Hustlers); Red Canary, which supports the grassroots organizing of migrant sex workers; and the Toronto-based group Butterfly, which “provides support to, and advocates for, the rights of Asian and migrant sex workers .” Check it out.
We’re reading Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good, written and gathered by adrienne maree brown. There was so much here to talk about but, for now, we’re turning to one essay in particular: Chanelle Gallant’s tremendous “Fuck You, Pay Me,” a myth-shattering case for the right of sex workers to use their sexuality to get the life they want. You can learn more about adrienne maree brown’s work here and Chanelle Gallant’s work here. And listen to our interview of Chanelle in Episode 19.