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Thursday, June 24, 2010

My interview with New York Times-bestselling author Jillian Lauren about Some Girls: My Life in a Harem

I interviewed New York Times-bestselling author Jillian Lauren about her memoir Some Girls: My Life in a Harem, as well as tattoos, sex work, being on The View and more.



You write about your tattoos and tattoo culture in such a way that your life almost seems to start at that moment. What drew you to that world, and which is your favorite tattoo?

Thanks for mentioning the tattoos! People get so swept up in the exoticism of the harem story that no one ever mentions the fact that in the book I got a tattoo on my vagina for god’s sake.

I decided to get a tattoo when the tattoo gods announced themselves to me. That’s how Eddy Deutsche once described it to me and I thought—that’s exactly it. I have a mystical connection to tattooing. My favorite used to be the Tibetan Dakini I have on my shoulder, although I just got two coy with their tails intertwined in honor of my son, who is a Pisces, so I guess that tops all.

When you were on The View, Barbara Walters called you a “hooker” and some people took offense to that, calling it pejorative. Do you think we’ve evolved enough as a culture so that “hooker/prostitute/sex worker” are just descriptive words rather than slurs?

Well, It didn’t bother me half as much as it bothered all of my friends. That’s what the book is about after all. I don’t think Barbara Walters had some personal vendetta; I think she was just using strong words to create a captivating story. I’m a storyteller too, so I can appreciate that.


Click here to read the full interview.



You can catch Jillian free (and free cupcakes!) along with many superstar authors and performers at my In The Flesh Reading Series.

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