Courtesy of Arielle Egozi
A LinkedIn user made waves after they listed “Sex Work” under professional experiences.
Arielle Egozi said sex work has just as much of a place on LinkedIn as any other job.
For Egozi, sex work gave them financial freedom and foundational 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 just 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 she/they pronouns, told Insider. “It taught me that there are a million other ways to sell your body, your mind, your soul, whatever it is.”
The 31-year-old first made waves on July 13, after updating their LinkedIn page to include sex work and sharing a post to their followers explaining the decision. In the message, Egozi wrote that sex work has given them financial freedom by allowing them to “charge exorbitant amounts” and taught them countless professional skills.
“I left an in-house job with fancy benefits two weeks ago and the reason I could do that was sex work,” Egozi shared on LinkedIn. “I had just enough saved from selling and engaging my image that I could ask myself if I was happy. I wasn’t.”
Egozi told Insider they were inspired to make the change after quitting their position branding company where they “felt disempowered and objectified” and like their “creative energy was taken for granted.”
“The higher up I’ve gotten in my career, the more I’ve felt that I had to repress different parts of my identity,” Egozi said.
‘The ugly underbelly’
While Egozi expected to receive maybe a handful of responses, they never intended to become “the face” of this issue, emphasizing their experience may not be representative of others in the industry.
“I have enormous privilege,” they said. “I have the agency of this not being the main way I make money. If it wasn’t a choice for me, I’m not sure that I would feel very empowered.”
Nonetheless, the post quickly garnered thousands of reactions and hundreds of comments on LinkedIn from all sides. Some people appeared to draw correlations between their own experiences and Egozi’s, while others criticized the post. Some even tried to hack into Egozi’s social media and bank accounts, Egozi said.
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Source:: Business Insider