WOMEN
07/18/2014 09:18 am ET Updated Jul 18, 2014

9 Stereotypes Sex Workers Are Tired Of Hearing

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Being open about my profession has made me a sounding board for some common, but unfortunate stereotypes and myths that people derive from pop cultural references, such as Julia Roberts' character in "Pretty Woman" and the many "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit" episodes devoted to the topic.

Although these questions tend to be obnoxious generalizations, they don't necessarily come from a malicious place, but rather from simple ignorance about the everyday lives of people in the sex industry. Instead of framing discussions about sex and sexuality through a sex-positive lens, many people work tirelessly to remove these topics from educational settings, which leads to a culture defined by slut-shaming remarks and behaviors.

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