Last updated on: 2/4/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Annie Sprinkle, PhD Biography

Title:
Sexologist and Former Prostitute
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“I entertained and had sex with all kinds of men, from the rich and famous, to Hasidic Jewish businessmen, from Mafia gangsters, to police officers. Naturally I had quite a few clients who worked as judges and lawyers. The men of the legal profession were generally respectful, good tippers (often we made about the same hourly wage), and always in a hurry to get back to work. They came to me racked with stress and tension, and left feeling relaxed and blissful. I could take pride in my work. I’m convinced that without prostitution, the legal system could not function.

Being that prostitution was/is illegal, it was reassuring to know I always had a lawyer to defend me if need be. Often there were busts and arrests, but lucky for me they always came down on my days off. I continued to do prostitution for twenty years. I’ve always been involved in the grass roots movement to decriminalize prostitution–the political cause which is most near and dear to my heart. We’ve made some baby steps. It’s really about time that someone, somehow, challenge the prostitution laws and get them thrown in the garbage where they belong. It is absurd and mean spirited to make consensual sex a crime.”

California Lawyer, undated

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Sexologist
  • Performance Artist
  • Former Porn Actress
  • Former Prostitute
  • Founder, Union Labia Sex-Positive Feminist
  • Board Member, The St. James Infirmary
  • Steering Committee Member, Prostitutes of New York (PONY)
  • Member, Pornographers Promoting Safer Sex (PPSS)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Photography, Rhodes Family Award
Education:
  • PhD, Human Sexuality, Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality, San Francisco
  • BFA, Photography, School of Visual Arts, New York City
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should Prostitution Be Legal?
  2. Is Legal Prostitution an Aspect of Sexual Liberation?