Sunday, October 25 2020
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Divided We Fall: Community, Activism, & Empowerment Within the Sex Industry presented by Andre Shakti


Sex workers remain one of the most victimized, criminalized, and dehumanized marginalized populations in mainstream society. We’re routinely underestimated, our skill sets underutilized, and our value reduced to ornamental and temporary. Without our work being universally recognized as legitimate labor, we suffer from a lack of benefits and protections that could combat how vulnerable so many of us are. Despite all of this, we persevere as members of the world’s oldest healing profession. This is a discussion-based workshop restricted to folks that have been - or are currently active in - the sex industry.

During this workshop, we will:

• Address and dissect the concept of the “whorearchy”, as well as how sex workers can fall victim to and become complicit in it,

• Acknowledge and define common “microaggressions” and “macroaggressions” used against the sex industry while investigating how to combat them in both subtle and overt ways,

• Deconstruct the idea of “internalized whorephobia” while presenting methods in which to avoid internalization and promote empowerment and agency, and

• Foster community cohesiveness while combating stereotyping and differentiating between actual and perceived privilege, & More!

About the presenter:
Andre Shakti is a sex educator, performer, advice columnist and professional slut living in Baltimore, MD. She is devoted to normalizing alternative desires, destigmatizing sex workers and their clients, and not taking herself too seriously. Andre wrestles mediocre white men into submission and is the reigning polyamory pundit at her weekly non-monogamy advice column "I Am Poly(amorous) & So Can You!", which you can visit - and submit questions to! - via Andre also hosts SANCTUARY Virtual Strip Club bringing dirty digital delights to private screens on a weekly basis.

Andre frequently lectures, coaches and advises on the intersecting issues of sexual health, pleasure politics, social justice, trauma, sex work, non-monogamy and queerness. When not working, Andre can typically be found marathoning "Law & Order: SVU" under a chaotic pile of partners and pitbulls, and yes, she knows how problematic that show is. Andre encourages you to connect with her on Facebook via "Andre Shakti", follow her NSFW exploits via @andreshakti (Twitter) and @andre_shakti (IG) , and support her Patreon!

THIS IS AN ONLINE EVENT. This workshop will take place in the privacy of your own home, from your personal computer, tablet or smartphone.
You must be 18+
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Notes for Zoom:
A link to join the Zoom meeting will be sent via the email you registered with.
Please download Zoom immediately to your computer, smartphone or tablet once you receive the link. This will save you time and also ensure that you will be able to join the class on time.

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