I came home wondering, who is exploiting who?" - Wildflower
[After we became a co-op] ... you just dominated and worked it…if somebody was blatantly racist…we
Oral history is an interview-based method for documenting and interpreting the memories of people and communities as they reflect upon past events. Scholars and activists use oral history to address absences in traditional historical records and document the perspectives of marginalized communities. I have been an oral historian for over a decade.
Since 2011, I have been conducting an oral history project documenting the community of the Lusty Lady theater. The Lusty Lady was a historically significant, commercial sex franchise that operated in San Francisco and Seattle for 30+ years.
I have spoken with many former employees about their time at the Lusty Lady and the impact that its closure had upon them. As a former "Lusty," I know how important it is that we take the lead in preserving and writing our histories.These interviews are a core component of the research for my book, Lusty Ladies: Sex Work and Sex-Positive Politics, 1970-2013.
To participate in the oral history project, email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org