Oh—you wouldn’t date a girl who’s ever been a stripper?
In that case, I wouldn’t date a guy who’s ever been to a strip club.
Oh—you wouldn’t date a girl who’s ever done porn?
In that case, I wouldn’t date a guy who’s ever watched porn.
You’re the reason we exist.
You’re the demand to our supply.
If you disdain sex workers, don’t you dare consume our labor.
As they say in the industry, “People jack off with the left hand and point with the right.”
No I fucking LOVE this.
"People jack off with the left hand and point with the right.”
These are just some of the many ways members of the LGBT community identify themselves in a beautiful photo series from San Francisco-based photographer Sarah Deragon.
Deragon’s “The Identity Project” has taken her around the country as she “seeks to explore the labels we choose to identify with when defining our gender and sexuality.” Her portraits show the amazing diversity and vibrance of a queer community that for too long has been defined by outsiders.
queer power bottom princess
More from Sarah Deragon!
Illustration is by Melinda Gebbie, retrieved from Skin Two Magazine (8), page 27.
"My comics and art have always dealt with sexual taboos set in dream time…Whatever our ideas of touching and coming together are, whether they are violent, soft clothed, masked, unclothed, expressed or unexpressed, sex represents contact with otherness, and the subsequent release of the self through the opening of the self to that otherness." (Gebbie, 1987, pg. 26)
[Gebbie, M. (1987). Dark star of comix noir. Skin Two Magazin (8), 26-27.]
"Today, on this International Women’s Day, I celebrate and bow to the women writers who dared to be seen, who dared to be heard, who dared to define their lives for themselves. Without you, I would not and could not exist as a young woman of color writer, adding my voice to the collective chorus singing the experience of marginalized womanhood. I am deeply humbled to be a part of this legacy.” —from my new essay celebrating Womens History Month through the words and works of women of color writers
The Identity Project by Sarah Deragon
What (if anything) did this series reveal to you about the labels we choose for ourselves?
One thing that has been really fascinating to me is how labels change over time. In fact, when I look at the history of the labels I’ve used to define myself, it was quite a journey. When I came out, I was a lesbian and then I was queer and then I was femme and then I was a glitter femme and now I’m a queer femme. I imagine that my labels might change again in the next 10 years and I love how the words that I’ve used to define myself mark my personal queer history. This project reminds us that we’re always growing and changing. Finding words that resonate with who we are or what we’re attracted to is powerful.(source)
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