- A LinkedIn user made a sensation after listing “Sex Work” as a professional experience.
- Arielle Egozi said sex work has a place on LinkedIn as much as any other job.
- For Egozi, sex work has given them financial freedom and core professional skills.
Arielle Egozi, who went viral last month after listing “Sex Work” as one of their professional experiences on LinkedIn, believes the sex industry is as worthy of being on the site as any other career.
“Sex work allowed me to see that there were other ways of doing things,” Egozi, who identifies as queer femme and uses her / them pronouns, told Insider. “She taught me that there are a million other ways to sell your body, your mind, your soul, whatever it is.”
The 31-year-old made a sensation for the first time on July 13, after updating her LinkedIn page to include sex work and sharing a post with her followers explaining the decision. In the message, Egozi wrote that sex work gave them financial freedom by allowing them to “charge exorbitant amounts” and taught them countless professional skills.
“I quit an inside job with extravagant perks two weeks ago and the reason I could do it was sex work,” Egozi shared on LinkedIn. “I had just saved enough from selling and engaging my image to be able to ask myself if I was happy. I wasn’t.”
Egozi told Insider that they were inspired to make the change after leaving their branding firm as a position where they “felt powerless and objectified” and as if their “creative energy was taken for granted.”
“The higher I got in my career, the more I felt I had to repress different parts of my identity,” said Egozi.
‘The ugly belly’
Although Egozi expected to receive perhaps a handful of responses, he never intended to become “the face” of this problem, pointing out that their experience may not be representative of others in the industry.
“I have a tremendous privilege,” they said. “I have the agency that this is not the primary way to make money. If it weren’t a choice for me, I’m not sure I’d feel very empowered.”
However, the post quickly garnered thousands of reactions and hundreds of LinkedIn comments from all sides. Some people seemed to draw correlations between their own experiences and Egozi’s, while others criticized the post. Some have even tried to hack Egozi’s social media and bank accounts, Egozi said.
“It really showed me the ugly belly of how we look at the American work ethic,” said Egozi. “There were all these people posting these disgusting things. These are people on LinkedIn who have their full names and employers attached. If they think they can say these things without consequences, how can someone like me feel safe in that. ‘environment?”
On the other hand, Egozi said he received dozens of messages from people with white-collar jobs in similar situations.
“Every single person knows a prostitute,” they said. “People just don’t feel safe coming out because of the highly stigmatized and dangerous ways we have been treated in society.”
Egozi first entered the industry in 2020 after her creative agency lost several clients to the economic turmoil of the pandemic. They had never been away from sex work as Egozi had worked in the world of sex technology and alongside prostitutes in the past.
“Part of it was about money, but I also felt like it was a place where I could deal with a lot of my personal fears and traumas,” said Egozi. “It allowed me to take ownership of myself and my career,” they added.
“Real sex is so cheap”
Ultimately, Egozi said that sex work has provided them with numerous professional skills – the same types of job qualifications that LinkedIn was designed to promote.
“People forget that the word ‘work’ is related to sex work, the work of building a brand and a company. Real sex is so little,” they said.
“I know how to engage audiences and elicit emotions from them. I know how to make sales, build my brand and community and advertise them. I also identify leads and filter them. And all of that doesn’t even take into account the creative production of everything if you do. adult content, “added Egozi.
Egozi has received more job offers since he first posted the issue on LinkedIn and has continued to work in the tech world as a consultant and consultant. Egoiz said they have no plans to leave the industry, but the popularity of their LinkedIn post has made their job more dangerous and they have already started making plans to address security concerns.
“I am not divesting my agency and I have yet to see a company that I trust to divest myself,” they said. “I’ll keep doing it as long as it’s nice and I’ll stop when it doesn’t.”
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