'Whorearchy' is a new term to so many people. It’s a hierarchy of power that exists within the sex industry, so people who work in flats will be like, 'But I don't work on the street' or strippers will be like, 'Oh I don't have to give handjobs'. It’s a powerful term because once participants in the industry clock it, they check their internalised whorephobia. The social media revolution has given platforms for amazing voices talking about this, like Jacq the Stripper
and Lux ATL
, big-name strippers in the US. Jacq the Stripper is a comic artist, very witty in drawing attention to the hypocrisy of the stigma with her cartoons. She's done a series of girls in stripper heels going into other places of work – one peeking into an office saying, 'How can you degrade yourself like this!' and another of a stripper talking to a construction worker saying, 'How can you demean your body like this!' She nails it. They openly identify as sex workers, so a whole load of strippers are allowed to identify as sex workers now because their heroes are doing that.