The discussion on a recent post of mine turned to sex work, its morals, its politics, and its law. A theme that came up repeatedly -- and rightly so -- is the importance of seeing any work from the perspective of the people who do it. +Joshua O'Madadhain
found this extraordinary article in that category: written by a porn star, about his work and his life and how they intertwine.
I've known a number of people who work in this field, and I would say that Habib's description really rings true to everything I've ever heard anyone else say -- but few have written quite so powerfully about it.
(The link is entirely SFW, incidentally, unless the mere mention of the word "porn" frightens you.)