Dr. Maya Angelou speaks explicitly about her experience with the stigma and shame of being a sex worker/former sex worker.

"I had a very rough time at 18… and I went on a national show and a woman did the interview who I knew slightly [she smiles softly here and raises her eyebrows] and she said “Maya Angelou! How does it feel to know you’re the first Black woman to have a national bestseller non fiction, your second book nominated for the Pulitzer, and to know that at 18 you were a prostitute?” 

And it was like a kick in the stomach! However, there is this: You must always be careful who you call out. [She smiles very broadly here and nods to emphasise the word “careful”] When she said that, I said, “Ahhh but there are many ways to prostitute one’s self and you would know about that, wouldn’t you dear?”  

Whereupon they went to break, [The interviewer laughs heartily] Yes, whereupon her co-host came and concluded the interview.”

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I don’t think I can do any of these.

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The Last Judgment [Weltgericht], detail - Stefan Lochner (circa 1400/1410–1451)circa 1435oil and gold on oak panel124.5 × 174 cm (49 × 68.5 in) Wallraf-Richartz-Museum 


The Last Judgment [Weltgericht], detail - Stefan Lochner (circa 1400/1410–1451)
circa 1435
oil and gold on oak panel
124.5 × 174 cm (49 × 68.5 in)

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My choice

My choice

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