Sex Work is Work

October 1, 2021
Hosted by Christi Anne Bela

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I was about 10 years old when I watched "Pretty Woman" for the first time, a sort of Cinderella story, except she was a hooker instead of an orphan. That Halloween I wanted to dress up like a "Hooker", and to my surprise, my Mom agreed. I guess Julia Roberts really is America's Sweetheart, for a moment she made Sex Work less offensive. In the years that have followed and for years before, Sex Work has been portrayed in the media as filthy, scandalous, cautionary tails, and the occasional campy look of comedy with the punchline being at the expense of the Sex Worker. I didn't think of my work as a "Fetish Model", as Sex Work. Even when I did my one and only appearance in a Porn, I still was filling it under exploration and a way to make quick cash, I had bought into the media idea that a Sex Worker was a Prostitute, meaning they got paid to have sex with people they otherwise wouldn't have sex with. I shifted my point of view the more I dove into the world of BDSM and became a Dominatrix. I soon realized that we are constantly exchanging, sex, money, and power in our lives whether or not we realized it. Now, I know Sex Work and its proper recognition as a vital and intrinsic part of society. When you have a toothache you go to a Dentist and if you have a need to fill it Sexually it is a job for a professional. Sex Work fills so many needs we have that go beyond the physical, in helping people to understand and accept themselves. It is my belief that if Sex Work was legal, there would be less violence, sex trafficking, and abuse of minors. Sex Work is work and deserves respect and recognition for its important role in our world.

Unbuckled, with Intimacy Architect Christi Anne Bela

Unbuckled, with Intimacy Architect Christi Anne Bela

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Christi Anne Bela

Christi Anne Bela

Christi Anne Bela, published author, keynote speaker, radio personality and Intimacy Architect. Her expertise is helping people discover the power of intimacy and how to harness it, opening themselves to living passionately.

Christi Anne began her work as a sexuality educator in 2008. She has an extensive background in Tantra, Yoga and wellness, including training at the Autism Center of America and the Kundalini Research Institute.

She is the founder of Intimacy Architecture, which combines self-growth and community building to create safer ways to enjoy and honor the power of our sexuality. The acronym she created, C.A.T.C.H., to teach boundaries to people of all ages and abilities is featured in the “Consent Guidebook” and was part of the talk she did at TEDx Lenox Village Women in 2020.

Christi Anne has spoken on the subject of consent and boundaries at the Sex Down South Conference, Mega Disability Conference and the Arc Conference for the last 3 years. She has run workshops for Sex Positive World, body positive Burlesque series, fundraisers for LGBTQ youth and outreach with the Nashville Pride.

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