Created by the people who run Parlour Talk, The Ruby Umbrella is for people that don’t have the time or energy to spend browsing the internet scrawling through pages of information about online sex work. It can be overwhelming to take in all the information available and we want to help condense it down for you.

What makes The Ruby Umbrella different from other sex work education and information sites?

The Ruby Umbrella was created specifically for disabled chronically ill people and sex worker parents. All people with serious demands on their time. Ruby, the person who runs the site is disabled and has been for nearly all of her life. She’s found that the rhetoric of ‘keep your lines on all the time and work until you drop’ is harmful, particularly when that’s one of the main narratives being pushed.

There are more disabled or chronically ill sex workers than you think. Most sex workers are in some way mentally or physically disabled.

Why would a disabled or chronically ill person become a sex worker?

  • It’s flexible – you can make your own hours.
  • Unlimited sick days, though it’s a fine line to walk as more sick days = more days without income or less income.  
  • Less input for more output, especially if you work something like clips where you can build a back catalogue of content people can buy whilst you’re ill.
  • Expend energy actually working not commuting. We can accommodate our needs without criticism or refusal.
  • Flexible around childcare needs, doctors appointments, medication times.
  • Constant access to the bathroom and any access equipment you need.

The Ruby Umbrella was created to give you the information you need to know in a concise easy to digest accessible format. We want whatever we write to be useful to you – think of us like the cliff notes of online sex work.

As we grow we hope to add other voices to the site. No one person has had the same experience of sex work as another, and that makes everybody unique. Everyone’s story is different, and everyone’s story has value. We’re always looking for new voices to share. At the moment we’re primarily looking to share disabled/chronically ill sex worker stories and also stories of sex worker parents since they also have similar constraints on their time. A lot of sex worker parents are disabled to as sex work covers such a massive intersection of society.

Currently, we are funded by part of the profits from Parlour Talk, and through affiliate links. In time we will consider accepting sponsored posts, but our main hub of information on The Ruby Umbrella will always be free to access for all.

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  • Eroticon 2018 – Disability & Sex Work: The Similarities, Differences & Social Stigmas