An arts teacher in the Bronx has been put on administrative duties after revealing on stage and in The Huffington Post that she was a stripper and a sex worker.
“My memoir that I’m working on now is about my experiences in the sex industry starting when I was 19 years old and living as a student abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico,” Petro said at the event, videotaped by an audience member and obtained Monday night by the Daily News….
“A former colleague at PS 70 called Petro a “star” in the classroom.”
“ ‘If you want to be a teacher and that’s your goal, it’s stupid,’ she said of Petro’s openness about her past. “If you want to sell books then maybe not – that’s her prerogative.’ ”
Here’s a link to what she wrote for The Huffington Post.
“From October 2006 to January 2007 I accepted money in exchange for sexual services I provided to men I met online in what was then called the “erotic services” section of Craigslist.org. No more a ‘professional’ than a person renting a room on the same site is necessarily a professional real estate broker, for me and other women and men like myself, Craigslist at that time provided a simple, familiar forum through which I could do my business with complete anonymity, from the safety and convenience of my own home. At Craigslist.org, I was able to bill myself as exactly what I was at the time: a graduate student, bored and curious, sexually uninhibited, looking to make a little money while having a little fun. I wrote my own ads, screened my own prospective dates, decided on my own what I would and would not do for money, and — best of all — I kept every penny I earned, all without the interference of an agency or other ubiquitous ‘middle man.’ “…
“…It has been some years since the last time I met a stranger through Craigslist for reasons other than to buy or sell a piece of furniture. I hope to never again make the choice to trade sex for cash even as I risk my current job and social standing to speak out for an individual’s right to do so. The simple fact is that people do have sex for money — many different kinds of people for many different reasons, people as varied as those looking to buy concert tickets, sell a collectible or adopt a pet — and these people will continue to. Whether the choice to do so is being dignified and protected with its own forum or whether what was once that safe space remains appropriately labeled “censored,” that choice, without a court order one way or another, remains up to Newmark.”
I agree with her former colleague that if she’s writing a memoir it just seems like good publicity to out herself as a sex worker. I suspect she knew she would be in trouble. If she didn’t have a publisher for her memoir before, she does now.
Would you want your kids being taught by someone who admito being a former stripper and/or prostitute?
Would it make a difference if the teacher was working with younger students versus teenagers?
Do you think she wrote the piece in The Huffington Post not thinking people would find out or purely for calculated publicity?