Others, when they learned of my past, were obviously titillated.
After he and I broke up, I knew that a “don’t ask, don’t tell” rule wouldn’t do in future relationships.
Either way, their perception of me changed irreversibly.” One relationship, Violet said, was physically and mentally abusive.
Her partner, she said, gave her “a number of black eyes.” Her partner, Violet said, was “very controlling” and acted like “the pimptress—actually scheduling appointments, and charging fees.” When they fought, she would kick Violet out of the apartment they shared or threaten to call the cops and tell them about her status as a sex worker.
Case in point: In July, a coolly composed Blac Chyna had posted personal information about his relationship with Chyna on his Instagram account, including sexually explicit images, and accused Chyna of cheating on him and using him for his fortune.
Legal experts, including Chyna’s now-lawyer Lisa Bloom, argued that —celebrity reminders of how the stigma against current, former, and transitioning sex workers can affect our romantic relationships.