Testimonies of sex workers who identify themselves as heterosexual also show ways in which the performance of sex work queers heterosexuality […] One interviewee, Monica, said that her work experience makes her less likely to put up with the hetero pickup scene : “When I go out to a club and some guy’s trying to pick me up, I look at him and think, Why should I even talk to you ? Why listen to your life story and what you do for a living ? I don’t care. You’re not even paying me.” Because she now gets paid to perform heterosexuality, that is to say, to play a role of sexual availability and feminine receptivity, she is less willing to play that role for free. She does not claim to have no sexual interest in men; rather, it is the institution of compulsory heterosexuality, whereby women must politely tolerate and respond to male sexual advances, to which she objects.

Eva Pendleton, “Love for Sale”, in Jill NAGLE, Whores and other feminists, Routledge, 1997, p. 76-77

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