While reading a recent article, "The Rise of The 1099 Economy: More Americans Are Becoming Their Own Bosses," I thought about my transition from sweater set wearing corporate peg (I worked as a bond trader at an elite investment bank from 2003 to 2006) to freelance writer.I realized a while ago that the day-to-day flexibility afforded by freelancing is crucial to my mental health, even at the cost of a regular Wall Street paycheck.
The debate over sex work is often characterized as an issue of women's rights, especially by those who argue that prostitution is inherently oppressive and seek to criminalize it or keep it illegal, but in fact there are also many male and gender non-binary individuals engaged in providing sexual services.
"I may not be a mom, but I completely understand that choice," I said.
The latest Mobile Consumer Habits study, released Thursday, sounds vaguely reminiscent of the sordid pages of last month's Cosmopolitan magazine: According to the report, smartphone usage is so prevalent in Americans' daily lives that nearly one in 10 admit to having used their phone during sex.
The goals of these movements are diverse but generally aim to decriminalize and destigmatize sex work and ensure fair treatment before legal and cultural forces on a local and international level for all persons in the sex industry.
The term sex work is generally used to refer primarily to prostitution, but also encompasses adult video performers, phone sex operators, dancers in strip clubs, and others who provide sexually-related services.