Margaret Cho: I Was a Sex Worker
And there's 'no shame in it,' she says
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 30, 2015 10:52 AM CDT
Comedian Margaret Cho performs at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn., June 10, 2010.   (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen)

(Newser) – Apparently in response to public shaming of sex workers, Margaret Cho opened up on Twitter Thursday about her past in just that line of work, the New York Daily News reports. "Sex work is simply work. For me it was honest work. I was a sex worker when I was young. It was hard but well paid. There's no shame in it," the comedian wrote. "I support sex workers because I was one and I know that it's a job that's needlessly shunned by society when frankly we should be worshipped," she continued. Then: "Sex workers are glorified in the Bible! Mary Magdalene was a whore and Jesus loved her. The Bible has been turned against us by jealous men."

Asked by a follower if her sex work resulted in relationship problems later, Cho got even more candid: "I don't believe so. I think being molested as a child had more to do with that. But as a sex worker I had power+$$$ ... I have way more PTSD from rape. That's real. Sex work was just a good way to make money. ... I found my strength as a sex worker and gained a lot of power as I grew." She says she'll do what she can to protect the rights of sex workers, tweeting: "It's hard work that's not protected by law enforcement or unions. It's unfair. We have the right to our bodies +work." As for why she hasn't talked about this before? "Aw nobody asked! XOXOXOXO" Cho responded to a follower. (Click to find out why she doesn't think Donald Trump should host SNL.)