As an unashamed ex-sex-worker myself, I am always simultaneously weary and intrigued by any memoirs or other forms of nonfiction that come from other sex workers. This memoir is pure gold. Jacq is so open, blunt, and truthful it brought tears to my eyes at times. No one's experience as a sex worker is the same as anyone else's, but THIS is the kind of representation we ALL NEED. It's brave and insightful and important work. Plus the whole book is funny as hell.
There are far too many one-sided accounts of the industry and the women and men within it. Usually, the story is depicted as an ugly, soul squashing misstep by a vulnerable and broken woman (men too, but mostly women) who eventually finds her way to the light. Conversely, the story is occasionally told as a big, fun, glamorous and empowering party that never ends. Nothing and no one is ever simple enough to fit into either of those stereotypes. There is good and bad in everything and Jacq doesn't focus on either, she just tells her story. Thank you Jacq, you're making a difference. For all of us.
P.S. If you happen to be considering stripping or sex work, The Beaver Show lays down the most honest and useful game/tips I've ever seen anyone divulge without asking for something a lot more expensive than the price of this book in return. Trust me, I wish this had been written before I started dancing.
- Paperback: 318 pages
- Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (25 September 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1515313123
- ISBN-13: 978-1515313120
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 20.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 340 g
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