Lotus Lain | Industry Relations for Free Speech Coalition
LFC: What does a typical day of work look like for you?
Lotus Lain: Every workday is so different! For the most part, I check up on emails, FSC’s social media, and follow up on any assignments I’m working on.
LFC: You’ve been (rightfully) praised by the New York Times as a performer and activist who works to “humanize the people that we use for every day pleasure.” How does it feel to be globally recognized for your work to diminish the stigmas around sex work?
LL: I feel like I am just getting started with trying to destigmatize and humanize the performers within this industry. I wouldn’t give myself credit yet, as there is still so much to do. But if anything, I’m just really motivated to use my position and voice to convey that message of “sex work is real work” anywhere I can.
LFC: Tell us about your work with the FSC. Why is this important to you?
LL: It’s important to me because it’s quite literally what my main goal for entering this industry was; to affect some sort of positive change within it.
LFC: What do you say to people who can’t see past the stigmatization of sex work?
LL: I would say it’s just like any other physical labor type of job. Like athletes or construction workers – in that people are being paid to use their bodies with a certain level of risk for harm. Same goes for sex work. In another example, porn actors are like stunt actors for Hollywood movies. The acts they perform shouldn’t be performed at home, they’re often performed under safety parameters, and with skills that the average person does not have or use. If you still have an issue with porn or any type of sex work after that, then the issue is merely a difference in morality.
LFC: Talk to us about the problem of racism within the industry. You took to Twitter to explain why you felt the need to stay away from certain roles; can you elaborate on this and how it impacts your work?
LL: I’ve definitely worked less because of my stance. But I wouldn’t want to be playing into the fantasies of fetishist racists in the first place. It’s unfortunate that the most common fetish in the world is feet and yet so many companies in the industry choose to play into the interracial fetish. I just don’t participate in that.
LFC: What wakes you up in the morning? What keeps you up at night?
LL: The sun. Insomnia.
LFC: What’s the best business advice you can share with our readers?
LL: Manage your own money. Pay down your debts. Accumulate credit wisely. Always be saving.
LFC: Who are some women that inspire you?
LFC: What does being an entrefemmeur mean to you?
LL: It means constantly reminding myself to stand up for myself all the time. You couldn’t imagine how many people have tried to belittle my efforts or ignore my presence. I just kept working on improving myself, my craft, and my clout. By sticking to my goals, staying focused, and being able to lose people along the way if necessary, I’m now doing exactly what I’ve set out to do. I also continue to be inspired along the way to do more and add the next goal to the goalpost.