Friday, 20 November 2015

Comedian Margaret Cho opens up on past life as sex worker, says ‘there’s no shame in it’

Margaret Cho isn't one to shy away from topics of sex — that includes talk of her own past in the sex industry.

The outspoken comedian opened up about her former life as a sex worker to her thousands of Twitter followers Thursday, saying of herself and her fellow sex workers: "we were tough and proud."

"Sex work is simply work. For me it was honest work. I was a sex worker when I was young. It was hard but well paid. There's no shame in it," she said while expanding on a chapter of her life she appears to have rarely discussed.
Comedian Margaret Cho opens up on past life as sex worker, says ‘there’s no shame in it’
"Nobody asked!" she told one surprised Twitter user.

Cho's candid remarks came in response to public criticism of the stigma attached to the sex industry — one where one Twitter user, @SadieXCummings, said "they pay us in the dark and shame us in the light."

"That's right. It's sickening that they drag us into their own suffering. We give them so much. It's their shame," Cho replied.

Asked if the work ever made it difficult for her to engage in relationships after, Cho — who filed for divorce from her husband of 11 years in August — replied with, "I don't believe so."
@margaretcho via Twitter
The 46-year-old comedian said sex workers 'should be worshipped,' not demeaned.

@margaretcho via Twitter
She called her work in the industry 'honest work,' one that had 'no shame in it.'

@margaretcho via Twitter
Cho went on to compare today's sex workers to Mary Magdalene in the Bible.
The 46-year-old San Francisco native instead left any blame there on being molested as a child.

It was a traumatizing experience, one she discussed in September with Billboard magazine.

"I had a very long-term relationship with this abuser, which is a horrible thing to say. I didn't even understand it was abuse, because I was too young to know," she said.

In her emotional interview, she shared that she was raped between the ages of five and 12. There was a break before it began again at the age of 14.

Again addressing that experience with her Twitter fans, she said the only post-traumatic stress she's experienced is from that time, not as a sex worker as one individual questioned.
@margaretcho via Twitter
In other tweets, Cho discussed being raped during most of the years of her youth. Asked if being a sex worker gave her PTSD, she said rape gave it to her.
@margaretcho via Twitter
Cho said being a sex worker gave her power.
@margaretcho via Twitter
Cho said she found her strength as a sex worker.
" a sex worker I had power," she wrote with three dollar symbols.

One of the things that she and others in the industry lacked, however, is protection, she said.

"It's hard work that's not protected by law enforcement or unions. It's unfair. We have the right to our bodies +work," she wrote.

That's something she said she hopes to help change.

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