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The magazine, a mix of feature articles and short bits, with simple, modern typography, graphic elements and quote-highlights juxtaposed with sketches, is beautiful and readable. Reading it feels like being inside a cozy living room and listening in on a witty, funny conversation between sex workers - a nuanced, un-stilted conversation that becomes impossible when sex workers have to defend their own existence and human rights, and have to have the same conversations over and over.

Katherine Koster, "Working It: The Activist Art Magazine Fueling Labor Rights for Strippers and Other Sex Workers"



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Working It is a compendium of all that makes the sex industry so fascinating, inside and out. Each issue features a recurring "worst tip ever" submitted by workers. (If you thought getting a fifty-cent tip as a waitress is bad, trying having a dirt-smudged coupon for a free McDonald's coffee tossed onto your stage, while a crowd stares deep into your vagina.)
While there's no shortage of sex worker blogs out there, a zine lends itself to the hours of downtime often available on the job to sex workers: in dressing rooms, dungeons, and brothels, there's a lot of time to read while waiting for clients to show up.

The jokes are what set it apart—"slut jokes are just whoreable," reads one comic caption—but the meat of the magazine is a serious focus on law enforcement, legislation, and the stigmas and struggles of everyday working girls.
The Summer 2015 issue of Working It features detailed advice from a labor lawyer who explains the murky "independent contractor" designation that allows most American strip clubs to charge dancers hundreds of dollars a night in fees and fines just for the right to occupy the stage. Another article delves into background checks, and whether someone's sex worker status can be revealed through a simple check online.
The personal essays are the most revealing, and not in a titillating way. Rather than telling torrid tales of erotic encounters for cash, the majority address everyday difficulties, like whether or not to come out as a sex worker at school or a "day job."

Mary Emily O'Hara, "Portland sex workers are setting the record straight with a new magazine"