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Courtney Trouble & Scarlot Harlot-The Burnout

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Courtney Trouble & Scarlot Harlot- The Burnout

In this video, a 'day in Courtney's life' parallels her journey from phone sex to sexual representation/pornography as well as her political journey, interwoven with sex worker demonstrations, clips and photos from organizations listed here.

This music video reflects a personal and local story, and a political story that reaches out to individuals and organizations which resist discrimination and work towards social justice and human rights for sex workers. Many find a common voice in Courtney Trouble's frustration, pride and defiance.


"How soon I got over, waiting alone at home for the telephone. Why do you can't see me...don't wanna know me at all but I know you wanna get off."

Trouble's frustration evolves into a recognition of her mission to 'seize the means of production.'

"It's just like anything else, it's just a job, but we've got the guts to profit off our own skin. They won't acknowledge us until we own enough to control it. They won't respect us until we give them no other choice."

Courtney Trouble has also been an artist, singer, designer, and photographer for many years. Her work can be viewed at

Filmmaker Carol Leigh AKA Scarlot Harlot has been a sex worker and activist since the late seventies. A poet and performance artist, she coined the term "sex worker" in 1979. She was recently awarded a Creative Work Fund Award to compile her sex worker documentaries as part of the library at the Center for Sex and Culture ( "Unrepentant Whore: The Collected Work of Scarlot Harlot" was published by Last Gasp. For more info, visit her websites at and

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