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Melissa Petro
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Melissa Petro is a researcher, writer, educator, feminist and former
sex worker, published in Research for Sex Work and Sex Work Matters: Power and Intimacy in the Sex Industry (Zed Books) as well as in Hos, Hookers, Call Girls and Rent Boys: Professionals Writing on Love, Sex, Money and Work (Soft Skull). Her work appears online at Post Road, The Nervous Breakdown, Whiskey Dregs and TheRumpus.net.

Blog Entries by Melissa Petro

Writing From the Rubber Room

Posted December 4, 2010 | 17:31:03 (EST)

It was over three years ago that I was selected by the New York City Teaching Fellows program to become a public school teacher. I didn't know, at that time, that I wanted to be a teacher -- I knew only that I liked working with children, and I needed...

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Thoughts From a Former Craigslist Sex Worker

Posted September 7, 2010 | 17:53:27 (EST)

People -- not just prostitutes -- have sex for many reasons. Sometimes, for some of us, one reason is money.

From October 2006 to January 2007 I accepted money in exchange for sexual services I provided to men I met online in what was then called the "erotic services" section...

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