When I share my tales of being on the sidewalk, I tend to get one out of two reactions (sometimes both):
1. Thank you!
2. No way I can do that.
My response is usually:
1. You’re welcome
2. Well, it’s not for everyone.
Well, I think starting now my response for Number 2 is going to start being.
2. Yeah, you probably can.
No. Really. I’m serious.
Yes, it’s not easy at first. Yes, it’s not a cake walk if you get a clinic with a lot of unpleasant antis. But it’s not impossible for most people who say “No way”. You know how I know?
Because the skills required to do this thing are exactly the same skills you use to live in our world.
Can you go without popping off at the slightest inconvenience? Can you exist around people who disagree with you…and not constantly argue with them? Do you know when to shut up? Are you able to focus on someone in need? Do you know when is a good time to engage and when not engaging is a waste of your time?
Yes you can. You do it already. At work, online, at home, among friends. Seriously.
These same skills are used to escort. You don’t engage with the antis, you try to make patients feel safe, you talk shit about the antis to your other escorts, you listen for ridiculous arguments and post them on Twitter to laugh it up with your other pro-choice buddies, then your shift ends, you take off your vest and you flip off the group on your way out. Ta-da, done, see you next week!
(Insert disclaimer here about there being exceptions and that’s okay, and you’re not who I’m talking to. )
But the rest of you? You can do it. Why not try it?
We’ll save a vest for you.