Wendy Babcock: 24/7 Inspiration

“I believe that sex is inherent in every human being and that we need that positive touch and release to be whole,” muses Wendy Babcock. A woman who wears many hats, Wendy is a well-known activist in Toronto. She’s a former teen sex worker, she’s the creator of the Bad Date Coalition, she’s the winner of Toronto’s inaugural Public Health Champion Award. And from all of this, Wendy is now determined to become a lawyer.

Having recently completed her first year at Osgoode Hall, Wendy is focusing on “child protection, prison and mental health reform at the constitutional level.” She was a Children’s Aid Services client for much of her youth, until she was phased out of the system at age 15. From there, she entered the sex trade.

If this all sounds like a story, well, soon you’ll be able to read much more of Wendy’s life. She is currently writing her life story which will include many details of her experiences growing up in child protection, as a teen sex worker, battling with abuse and mental health and now, entering law school. “It’ll be a mix of Legally Blonde meets Pretty Woman, but a lot more solemn and a lot more x-rated.”

This process of autobiography writing, especially considering Wendy’s past and current work, necessarily involves much thinking on sex. “As a writer, I can use sex not only as a way to take a break from writer’s cramp, but also as a way to infuse my creativity,” she reveals. “Sometimes I write about my sexual exploits while other times I just use it to de-stress and relax. It’s amazing but one orgasm can often relax me more than spending ten days at a beach.”

Given how much of her life Wendy has devoted to activism and helping others, it is no surprise she cites Tommy Douglas (he “proved that politics could be used to better the lives of lower income folks”) and Georgina Beyer, the world’s first openly transgender politician and former sex worker (who had a “passion and devotion to issues that she found important to herself and her constituents”). There is little doubt that Wendy is now an inspiration herself, be that to the many people she has worked with or just to casual observers of her dedication to helping others.

Despite having a past that involved sex as a profession “around the clock,” Wendy says of her move away from sex work that she “expects/hopes sex will always be a big part of [her] life.” She believes it keeps her healthy and she craves being close to other people for human contact. “Without sex I feel a big part of my life is missing.”