Lori Adorable is presenting Positively Negative: How a Sex Positive Framework Hinders the Fight for Sex Workers’ Rights. Check out Lori’s bio here.
1. How do you see yourself as a catalyst for change?
I straddle some uncomfortable divides. I’m a sex worker who’s passionate about sex worker rights but not sex work, a feminist and women’s studies major who feels alienated from most schools of feminist thought and academic feminism in particulr, and an outwardly respectable young woman who struggles with severe mental illness in a disreputable industry. I believe everyone’s social position allows them to have a unique ideological perspective, and I think I can use mine to illuminate some of the problems within movements and to bridge the gaps between them.
2. Who or what was a catalyst for you?
Whatever my feelings about sex work itself, I absolutely love my colleagues. They’ve taught me a lot, including what my voice is worth. I wouldn’t feel comfortable speaking in a venue like Catalyst Con if it weren’t for them.
3. What do you feel are some of the biggest challenges or concerns facing us in the field of sexuality right now?
Reactionism. The truth about sex, sexuality, and sex work isn’t the equal and opposite of prudish, conservative, whorephobic ideologies, nor is the truth “somewhere in the middle.” It’s on a completely different plane of reality, and we need to map it out accordingly.
4. What do you feel are some of the most important/valuable positive changes that have been made in the world of sexuality in the past year?
The Bedford decision in Canada (which struck down dangerous laws around sex work) comes to mind first.
5. Why do you feel it is important to bring this topic Positively Negative: How a Sex Positive Framework Hinders the Fight for Sex Workers’ Rights to CatalystCon East?
Sex work is such an important part of discussions about sex and sexuality, but in sex positive spaces, the ‘work’ part of it seems to get lost. I think it’s important to bring that back to the forefront of people’s minds, especially when those people are likely to make great allies, like the folks at Catalyst Con.
6. Share one unknown (or little known) fact about yourself.
I had a leading role in my 8th grade production of “Bugsy Malone” as Tallulah. For those who haven’t seen the Jodie Foster movie, Tallulah is (quoting my grandmother, who was trying to put a positive spin on it), “a lady of the night.” I had a show-stopping number about how “you don’t have to be lonely” that involved throwing my boa over the dads in the audience. I also performed in the 8th grade talent show with an excellent rendition of “Cell Block Tango.” Overall, a banner year for little Lori Adorable that maybe raises some questions about the administration at that school.