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Siouxsie Q is the pseudonym of an American journalist, pornographic actress and outspoken sex workers’ rights activist who identifies herself as a feminist and sex worker. She is a podcaster, singer/songwriter and playwright as well as a widely read columnist with SF Weekly in San Francisco.
In 2010, Siouxsie Q left her retail job and began dancing at The Lusty Lady Theater, a unionized peep show in North Beach, San Francisco. Shortly after, she began her career as a sex worker while living in Inner Richmond, commuting to an apartment in East Bay to conduct business.
Initially using the Internet primarily as a marketing tool, Siouxsie has stated that podcasts have "really transformed how I do business." By 2012, she had settled into her career and, at the urging of her boyfriend, began a regular, biweekly podcast as a way to speak out against California’s Proposition 35, Measure B. Originally called, “This American Whore,” the podcast’s name was eventually changed to “The WhoreCast” after a dispute with "This American Life," the public radio program. After the passing of Proposition 35, the podcast was expanded to cover a broad range of topics such as transgender issues, sexuality, sex workers’ rights, politics and pornography.
In 2014, she began writing a regular column for SF Weekly in which she discusses the topics of pornography, feminism, sexuality and the sex work industry.
By way of her podcast, “The WhoreCast,” Siouxsie Q emerged as an outspoken opponent of California’s Proposition 35, Measure B, a part of the “Californians Against Sexual Exploitation Act.” In her broadcasts, she stated that she considered the proposition “a confusing piece of legislation” that too broadly expanded the definition of “trafficking” to include anyone who lived with or derived support from someone who is a prostitute. In response, The WhoreCast was established as “a vehicle to really humanize sex work” and as a way to oppose Proposition 35. She also utilized the podcast to speak out against Assembly Bill 1576, a bill that would require condoms be worn in all adult films made in California. She described the bill as “part of a multipronged strategy […] to shut down the porn industry in California.” In 2013, she was featured on CNN after organizing an Obamacare registration drive dubbed the “Healthy Ho’s Party.” The event, designed to encourage sex workers to enroll in newly established insurance exchanges, was declared a success, with nearly 40 attendees filing enrollment paperwork.
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- Truth, Justice and the American Whore, ThreeL Media, 2016, ISBN 0990557154
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- "SF Fringe Festival to Offer Sex-Worker Siouxsie Q's FISH-GIRL". Broadway World. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
- Carroll, Rory. "Sex and Silicon Valley: the veritable arms race of the dating app industry". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 June 2014.
- Segall, Laurie; Fink, Erica. "Silicon Valley's other entrepreneurs: Sex workers". CNN Money. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
- "2016 AVN Awards". AVN. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
- Q, Siouxsie. "Confessions of an American Whore: Sex Work Holds a Mirror Up to S.F.'s Hidden Kinks and Communities". SF Weekly. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
- Q, Siouxsie. "The Rubber State: Porn Finds the Condom Bill Ill-Fitting". SF Weekly. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
- "The WhoreCast: Stop AB 1576". The WhoreCast. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
- Fink, Erica. "Sex workers embrace Obamacare". CNN Money. Retrieved 25 June 2014.