Now Accepting Submissions: Collected Writings on Sex Work, Tech & Surveillance

Hacking//Hustling is a collective of sex workers and allies working at the intersection of technology and social justice issues. We come from backgrounds of sex work, public health, visual art making, art history, archival studies, data science, and community organizing. 

We are putting together an anthology on the relationship between sex work, technology and surveillance. We are seeking current/former sex working people’s contributions, ranging in length from 750 to 3,000 words. Submissions of writing in any primary language welcome, we’re committed to multilingual publication with accompanying translation. We are also accepting visual art submissions for cover and interior page design (also compensated). 

For accepted pieces we’re offering compensation ranging from $250 to $500– commensurate with the length, comprehensive quality, and research involvement of the piece. We value author anonymity and will only print/publish name/identifying information that is consented to by the writer. 

This will be a rolling submission process, open today (September 23rd) through a soft first deadline of November 1st. Any completed submissions received by October 15th will be reviewed in consideration for our upcoming convening on November 7th. Please submit all pieces to us via email (hackinghustling at gmail dot com). Please include preferred name, contact information, preferred method of payment (Venmo/CashApp/PayPal/Cashiers Check) and all public identifying details to be published.

Technology and surveillance impact so much of workers’ lives. Sex working people survive (or don’t) in a constant state of surveillance. Technologies are evergreen accessible to others and remain removed, obscured or restricted to sex workers. Therefore, personal narratives about these intersections of technology, surveillance and sexual labor are essential to any discourse about how tech shapes labor. There is ethnographic research on how tech shapes domestic labor, but this research excludes the experiences of sex workers. If sex workers are the ones most harmed by poorly designed technology and legislation, designing technology that is safe for sex workers, is likely technology that is safe for everyone. We are hoping to fill in the gaps of research by elevating sex worker perspectives. 

Contributors are welcome to submit, but not limit themselves to, pieces about the following questions:

  • How has your sex work been mediated by technology and surveillance (state/community/client/tech/borders)?
  • How has the removal and attack on sex worker advertising websites (such as backpage, rentboy, craigslist) affected your sex work?
  • How do you use technology to make money, build community and survive? What barriers do you face in using these technologies?
  • What is your experience with shadowbanning? 
  • What is your experience with financial discrimination (credit card processors, closure of/inability to open bank accounts)? 
  • How you’ve had to navigate the criminal legal system, as a criminalized worker, in any of its forms (court appearances, incarceration, fines/fees, interactions with police/immigration agents, Child Protective Services, etc)? 
  • How have you attempted to organize your community on and offline? What have been the challenges and lessons learned? 

(Feel empowered to check out Sherry Turkle’s Evocative Objects for examples of personal essays on how technology mediates life.)