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Tuesday, January 11, 2005
Given the disdain with which sex workers are typically regarded in our society, it's hardly surprising that even their most enthusiastic patrons often don't treat them as professionals entitled to a certain level of respect. But if those customers maintained a standard of etiquette, argue the worldly authors of Paying for It: A Guide by Sex Workers for Their Clients, the whole transaction would be a lot nicer -- and said clientele would receive far better service. Essays by dominants, strippers, prostitutes, and escorts spell out such matters as how much to tip a lap dancer, how to prepare for a paid session (take a shower first, dummy!), and how to negotiate politely for special favors. Learn the tricks Miss Manners won't teach you as contributors including Annie Sprinkle and S/M doyenne Cleo Dubois read from their work at 7 p.m. at A Different Light Bookstore, 489 Castro (at 18th Street), S.F. Admission is free; call 431-0891 or visit

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