In an interview with the Daily Mail’s FEMAIL published last week, 18-year-old Marie Rose revealed she that “she couldn’t be prouder” that her 38-year-old mother is a sex worker.
Marie Rose told the British tabloid that she believes her mother, Charlotte Rose, who often works with disabled clients, is a “role model” and an “amazing influence.”
The elder Rose joined the sex industry when she was 17. More than 15 years later, in 2013, she was named British Sex Worker of the Year.
When Marie Rose was growing up, Charlotte Rose’s frequent night and weekend work admittedly cut into their mother-daughter time. But Marie Rose said they nonetheless share a close bond.
Rose recalled that when she was 12, her mother first revealed to her that she was a sex worker.
“I was just really proud of her, it put a smile on my face because I knew she was doing good for other people and I was always accepting of it,” she told the Mail.
Rose likened her mother’s chosen vocation to being a social media influencer, which she described as “very hard.” Despite her professed admiration for her mother and “100 percent” respect for the sex industry, Rose said she doesn’t see herself taking a similar path. She cited all the “admin” as the main barrier.
“It’s something that’s crossed my mind to get a bit of cash, but I don’t have the patience to create profiles and do all the social media involved,” she said. “It really upsets me that people don’t respect it as an actual career because it’s so much hard work, there’s so much admin that goes into it that people wouldn’t have the patience for.”
Anyway, Rose said she is already reaping the benefits of her mother’s expertise.
“We’re so open with talking about relationships and sex. When it’s come to boyfriends it’s been very easy to talk to my mum, whereas it’s something my friends have really struggled with, so I’ve often passed on knowledge from my mum to them,” she said.
She added that “a lot” of her college friends are taking career advice from her mother.
“Because I’m at uni now, I have a lot of friends thinking about having a sugar daddy or doing webcam work and I definitely help them out with any information that my mum can give me to transfer to them,” she said.
But Rose admitted that she hadn’t always been so open about her mother’s chosen vocation, saying she feared judgement.
“I kept it a secret for a while, only being open with my close friends, which I told at a rate of one a year!” she said.
Charlotte Rose and the sex-positivity movement
Spearheaded by feminists, the sex-positivity movement has gone well beyond combatting “slut shaming” to celebrating overt displays of female sexuality. Conservative critics have bemoaned the weakening of traditional gender norms, including female modesty. And other feminists have agreed, warning that their lascivious counterparts are playing into the hands of the patriarchy.