emi koyamaEmi Koyama was the author of the original Whore Revolution concept. It was the title of her sex worker rights zine , and I’ve since adopted it with her permission, throwing it upon the consciousness of others whenever I can .whore revolution

There are many many cliched words that are thrown around without explanation that get people to nod their heads in certain spaces, and revolution is one of those words as well. so I thought i’d devote a page to those who think deconstruction of terminology is still sexy..

My concept of revolution is taken from the ideologies of those revolutionaries that I have admired and learned from: Angela Davis, Malcolm X, Mumia Abu Jamal, and other people of color that fought to change the rights and existences of oppressed communities…except I TALK ABOUT SEX. And I talk about sex as WORK. I talk about it as a viable form of survival for many many of us who have and continue to endure multiple oppressions. I talk about the form of sexual exchange for food, clothing, shelter, citizenship, money, things we want and/or things we need. Prostitutes that name themselves that, and many of our very own mothers, sisters and daughters have taught us this mode of survival.

I learned this hustle from my mama, (who was a hostess in Japan, and then partnered rich to help her not have to raise us 3 kids on a single mom income alone) and modified it to fit my own needs. (MP, the urban geisha is only good on short term hourly or daily relations in my courtesan work. My attempts at having a sugar daddy or many regular clients for that matter has been not too successful-I’m sort of an anti-geisha in that way).

Sex work is a form of REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE (another p.o.c led movement) and I have been working to create alliances with the leaders of that movement so that they acknowlege whore revolutionaries, and not simply simplify prostitution as a condition of the white man’s oppression, militarism, colonialism or capitalism as many, many, otherwise conscious groups and individuals have been quick to do.  Sex work is a revolutionary anti-capitalist act, even when it involves making money because it is a way of evening out the playing field for many women, transgenders (less so for gay men), who for the first time are making enough money to feed families which would not be afforded to them without this work.single mom strippers

After the revolution, there will still be prostitution, except it will be out of the underground economy, safer, more mutually beneficially, market specific, and sex positive. Think about this in terms of world hunger: after the revolution, there will still be restaurants, except most of them won’t have undocumented Latin immigrants in the kitchen these folks will be able to own and run these restaurants if they wanted to. Those of us that are medical marijuana patients, can also attest to how positive the experience of buying marijuana is in most of these clubs, now that it is no longer, for the most part criminalized.

Whore Revolution is about acknowledging the sex workers that exist within our communities, acknowledging their strength, their contributions, their ability to just do whatever they needed to do to survive. There is a clear deficit that many of us are making up for by doing sexual exchanges or entering the sex industry, so in that way, I see whoring; prostitution, sex work as an act of subjugating the role that was prescribed for women and women of color globally, flipping the prescribed role that our bodies were fated by patriarchy, spitting back at any of those who try to put us in our places by calling us names, denying us our rights, raping us, stealing from us, MAKING DECISIONS FOR US..

Right now, images of women’s bodies are owned and controlled by White Imperialist capitalist media moguls like Rupert Murdoch of Fox, Clear Channel and Time Warner. The white supremacist patriarchal institutions like the laws, the courts, the hospitals, the welfare and housing institutions, also control our ability to seek justice. Women have not been taught to demand joint copyright or profit sharing from their sexualized images, videos, or sex work. The new trend in pimping right now, is by setting up a domain name before a well known porn star gets smart enough to and make money off of the click 2 views of her videos. There was a time when a wife COULD NOT be raped my a husband, that marriage equaled 24/7 access without consent. There was a time when a white person could kill an Asian or Black person and if we witnessed it as a person of color witness we were not counted as credible in a court of law. So, I acknowledge that to the extent that I think things are so fucked up, change does and has come if we demand it.

whore revolution is about taking back what was rightfully ours to begin with in the first place.  rising up and owning our sexualities, profiting off our own images, and/or erotic or emotional labor with no disproportionate amount going to any 3rd party exploiter.  I don’t mind the whore revolution being televised, as long as all the whores involved are getting at least 50% or more of the proceeds…

If you really want to know how I became a whore revolutionary, in short I owe it to my experience of being constantly exploited in America’s strip clubs with their bullshit stage fees and anti-prostitution agenda pitting women against each other and the fact that the criminalization of our bodies as women in prostitution has to end. The protection of our human rights as victims of violent crimes has to start in every outlet that we can reach, RIGHT NOW. Revolution to me is non-violent (“as long as [the perpetrators] are non violent with us). More importantly, revolutionary acts can happen every day; that is the definition of revolution that I live by. More than a huge war that overturns the current power structure, more like a constant rotation of power that moves in a cyclical fashion towards progress and social change and acceptance, that is the whore revolution.

I also owe it to the inequality and miscommunication that is created by sexism, racism, patriarchy, homophobia and genderism. I survived sexual assault before the sex work career began, and have survived sexual assault while working feeling the system and stigma created conditions of further assault, allowing me no recourse as an outlaw, victims compensation, counseling or disability pay.tupac shakur
I am mostly inspired by the greatest revolutionary to live and die: Tupac Amaru Shakur. Ever since his renaissance period with the release of the great documentary Resurrection and his poetry book title that ALSO applies to the whore revolution: A Rose That Grew From Concrete. TUPAC TALKED ABOUT SEX AND GENDER in ways that Black men, and men in general were not daring to before. He was able to speak knowledge and praise to both his own and the opposite sex in revolutionary ways, and has impressed upon hip hop a gender consciousness that it did not have before. Like Pac said about THUG LIFE (I didn’t create it, I just diagnosed it) so is like I feel about WHORE REVOLUTION and living my life as an OUTLAW.

Don’t hate on me, call me a bitch and a gold digger for being a hustler like you…WE MAY NOT HAVE EVEN FUCKED but you still created me, and I still created you. So open your eyes and taste this THUG PASSION, thug justice in your face, asserting my own power and putting the abuse of yours back in its place. (MP)

So like the late, great Tupac, also a fellow OUTLAW, I see myself aspiring to be the TUPAC OF PROSTITUTION. My goal is to speak to mostly communities of color, mostly those most marginalized Asian migrants and immigrants, non English speaking folks, youth in the trade, and queers (especially bi and trans people). Using hip hop as a medium to community my reality and truth, using the power of knowledge from my mentors in this art (like Tupac, like Lil Kim…)I throw down with the best of them at open mics all over this country. I have images of me blowing up and performing in front of thousands, hearing my words…That will be the day when I have truly achieved my WHORE REVOLUTION.


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