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Whore Next Door: Game of Whores 

Wednesday, Jun 29 2016
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Two years ago, my boyfriend Sam and I started podcasting about Game of Thrones, which concluded its sixth season this past Sunday.

It took me a moment to warm to the World of Ice and Fire when the series first premiered, but the promise of dragons, sword fights, zombies — and nudity (thanks, HBO!) — kept me coming back each week until I was officially hooked, despite myriad hard-to-remember names and backstories.

Sam, however, has a much more intense relationship with the Seven Kingdoms.

Prior to his current life as a podcast producer and independent fetish pornographer, Sam was the tiniest nerd, reading the heaviest of books in the most hostile of lands.

Westeros is violent — but it doesn't hold a candle to a West Texas middle school in the early 1990s, especially for boys who occasionally liked to kiss other boys.

Escaping into George R. R. Martin's fantasy realm of political intrigue, bubbling revolution, and Machiavellian romance served as a vital avenue of escape while Sam served his time as a queer youth inside a red state.

Though we approached the fandom from different origins, as adult-industry professionals we share a deep appreciation that Game of Thrones' producers hire sex workers for the many roles that require nudity or simulation of actual sex.

"That's actually being pro-sex work," Sam says, "hiring sex workers."

We hoped that someday our little podcast would be cool enough to host a sex worker who'd appeared in the series; a few weeks ago, we got our wish.

An Australian named Aeryn Walker, also known as "Naughty Nerdy," emailed me with the subject line, "I was on Game of Thrones: would love to tell you about it."

Sam and I danced around the living room, high-fiving each other and reveling in what felt like hitting the sex nerd jackpot.

A week later, we Skyped with Walker, who sat sipping her morning tea on the other side of the world.

To our delight, within a few moments we realized that Walker was of the same clan as Sam and I: nerdy queer perverts with multifaceted sex work resumes and a preoccupation with social justice.

Like many of the workers in our "small council," Walker's website offers custom kink videos, a sex and geek blog and escort services that are legal — but heavily regulated — in Melbourne, where she lives.

We talked about the importance of full decriminalization, bizarre fan theories (is Varys really a merman?), and how she managed to land a role on the show.

Walker was — and continues to be — a huge fan of the series. While traveling for a porn shoot in Europe, she landed an audition for one of the nude extras through another porn star who had made appearances on the show.

But in order to secure the job, she first had to shoot her own demo reel. Not wanting to waste a single moment, for fear of losing the role to someone else, Walker locked herself in the bathroom of her friend's home in Sweden and used her iPhone to film herself in the scene, which called for her to be brutally raped and murdered.

"I was terrified of disturbing the neighbors," she told us.

Walker raves about her experience on the show, and says HBO was "nothing but fantastic," especially in their understanding of the gravity of the scene. She mentioned several times how often the cast and crew checked in with her before, during, and after the shoot to ensure she was really, truly, okay after such a violent scene.

With a background in feminist activism and speaking out against rape culture, Walker is possibly the most equipped person on the planet to wear the heavy mantle of playing one of the victims in the notorious and controversial "fuck 'em 'til they're dead" rape-and-cannibalism scene in the "Oathkeeper" episode of Season 4.

"I like the fact that I got to do a really serious role, even if me and my boobs were onscreen for all of 10 seconds." To people who may take issue with her decision to portray rape on film, she simply says, "So many people have spoken on my behalf, and it makes me really angry," she says. "I decide what I film and what I don't film.

Sex workers are not often rewarded for the unique skill set we possess. For all the ups and downs that have come with watching Game of Thrones, it's comforting to know that a franchise that has captured the hearts and minds of book readers and show watchers alike treats the sex workers it employs with the respect and care they deserve.

Click here to listen to the full interview with Aeryn Walker.

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