Washington Post glamorizes woman who quit job to become sex worker

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A controversial story about a woman who left corporate life behind because she felt like she had to “whitewash” her intersectional identity to pursue a career in sex work has left many Washington Post readers puzzled on the message the article promotes.

The piece, titled “She listed ‘sex work’ on LinkedIn. Here’s what happened next,” by writer Lateshia Beachum, published in the Social Issues section of the news outlet’s website, followed the transition of Arielle Egozi, 31, from brand director to sex worker, and the virality of her career-change announcement on LinkedIn.

In her announcement, Egozi, who identifies as a “queer femme” and uses “she/they” pronouns, began “I left an in-house job with fancy benefits two weeks ago and the reason I could do that was sex work.”

“I had just enough saved from selling and engaging my image that I could ask myself if I was happy. I wasn’t.” she continued. “Yeah, the few grand I’d stashed up over time helped, but the biggest reason I could walk away is because sex work shows me what my power can do when I own it intentionally.”

Egozi went on to boast about the “exorbitant” prices she’s able to charge and the flexibility such an occupation provides.

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