What is Parlour Talk and how did it begin?
Parlour Talk was borne out of a desire to create red umbrella pin badges and donate half of the profits to sex worker organisations. Then the Etsy store grew to include stickers, bookmarks and button badges. At the same time, Arousibility (in its original form of a personal blog), was coming into its own and started to feature advice posts about ‘giving blow jobs with TMD‘ and about how ‘contraception controls everything when you’re on it‘.
My aim is to smash the societal norms surrounding taboos and be an inclusive and informative family of websites.
I want to help start a conversation around a number of topics including sex work, sexuality, BDSM, disability and sexuality, chronic illness, gender, disability, periods, sexual identity, and more. I want to be open, honest and raw with any topic I take on and posts and resources will grow to reflect wide and varied interests.
As much as I possibly can, information, resources and stories will be free to all and accessible.
What happened to the Etsy store? Can I buy a red umbrella pin badge?
Currently, the Etsy store is closed due to COVID-19. I’m currently looking for ways to open it up again and with any luck, the store should be open again in mid-2022.
After the store is open again, you’ll see bundles and books put together for your enjoyment start to appear. I am also expanding buttons, badges and bookmark collection and thinking about bringing back (revamped) old favourites. Plus, I’ve got my eye on a Cricut machine to try out new designs.
I’ll be expanding the physical product range soon to include a wide range of topics I’m passionate about.
Sex Worker Ethos
I’m a sex worker. As such, Parlour Talk supports sex workers of all types, and I firmly believe that sex work is work and it should be rights not rescue for consensual sex work.
50% of the profits from the pin badges and bookmarks that feature a red umbrella, go to sex worker organisations and charities that are a pro-sex worker.
I don’t work with charities that support the Nordic model or those that try to hide their anti-sex worker agenda behind supporting sex workers.