An elementary school teacher has been reassigned for publicly revealing her past as a stripper and prostitute. Does this confirm her claim that society is afraid of sex workers?
Melissa Petro — whom Kevin Fasick and Yoav Goen of the Post tastefully call "the tattooed former hooker and stripper" — has been teaching at PS 70 in the Bronx for three years, with apparent success. She's also been open about her history. In a June essay for The Rumpus, she wrote, "I realize the truth - that it is not sex work that society fears is dangerous, but sex workers." She also explained her need to speak out about sex work, despite what her coworkers might think. And in a Huffington Post article earlier this month, she criticized Craigslist for shutting down its "adult services" section, and revealed that she'd use the site to facilitate a brief career as a prostitute. It was this revelation that apparently caused her school to remove her from the classroom and put her on administrative duty "pending an investigation."