I love it when people in the sex industry get their stories into mainstream media. This week has several great stories landing in the laps of unexpected civilians. Let's take a look.

Playing the Whore

First, Melissa Gira Grant is making lots of noise with her new book "Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work." Her idea is, as the title suggests, that sex work is simply another industry with all the trappings, good and bad, that come with any other job. As a sex worker, I find her point of view refreshing. The idea is inspiring a lot of conversion, and she's popping up all over the place. This article from The Nation is one of my favorites.

Porn Pioneer Buck Angel Scores a Place on Netflix

Transman and Porn Pioneer Buck Angel spent several years making a documentary about his life called "Mr Angel." While the movie has been out for a while, the big news this week is that it is now available on Netflix! Buck Angel was the first transman to star in porn with the tagline "The Man With a Pussy." Check out the trailer for the movie on YouTube.

Empowered Women Aren't Allowed to Like Rough Sex?

Finally, Belle Knox, Duke University's resident porn star, has continued to make headlines and earn my respect. This week found her replying to Time Magazine's assertion that she is not as empowered as she claims to be, because, you know, empowered women aren't allowed to like rough sex, let alone profit from it. Golly, thanks Time Magazine for clearing that up! And thank YOU Belle Knox, for not running and hiding when a major media outlet confronts you about your sexuality.

Cocks and Cocks and Cocks in Socks

A group of men in the U.K. have started raising money for cancer research by posting images to Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #CockInASock. This came from the popular trend among women in the U.K. (and the U.S.) to post a #NoMakeUpSelfie for the same cause. I'm thinking the men may raise more money with their plan. Not that I think that cancer cares about make-up or socks, but I see myself without makeup all too often. On the other hand, a buff, naked man with a sock on his cock gets my full unadulterated attention immediately.

Hook Up Truck!

If all this talk of #CockInASock gets you all warmed up and you've no place to go, San Francisco entrepreneur and conceptual artist Spy Emerson has the answer. The Hook Up Truck! Delivery truck on the outside, sex pad inside. It will come to your location, but you had better be focused on results: You've only got 30 minutes to get the job done.