Officials at the U.S. Treasury department announced earlier this month that it was time for a woman to grace a piece of paper U.S. currency; the new $10 bill is set to enter circulation in 2020, replacing former U.S. Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton. There have been plenty of suggestions as to who should replace the old white dude, ranging from Harriet Tubman to Elizabeth Cady Stanton (sorry, Susan B., you had your chance). But we are living in a new, progressive America that seeks to challenge outdated concepts and ideas. That’s why a famous prostitute thinks that she should be featured on the new and improved $10 bill.
Air Force Amy is a legal courtesan at the famous Moonlight Bunny ranch in Carson City, Nevada, but readers may know her best from the HBO documentary Cathouse: The Series. Amy also served six years in the U.S. Air Force before turning to the world’s oldest profession, thus the name.
Amy’s case is strong. She works as an independent contractor of the Ranch, is a certified sexologist, has performed in adult cinema, and, in her own words, has “elevated women’s power within the business [of prostitution] to the level of six-figure incomes and the ability to control their own destines.” Truly a symbol of democracy and women’s equality, there’s really only one thing standing in her way: Air Force Amy is still alive.
According to UPI, “per government rules, any person who appears on U.S. currency must be deceased.” Amy seems perfectly content to wait it out.
“The bill isn’t getting minted until 2020, and I may not make it that long. Go ahead and plan for me, and if I’m still around we’ll give it to a secondary choice who’s not,” she says. It’s doubtful that Linda Lovelace’s estate has any interest in this particular honor and Vanessa del Rio, Nina Hartley, and Annie Sprinkle are still alive and kicking. Perhaps Marilyn Chambers?
As for Hamilton, he founded The New York Post, was instrumental in establishing the first bank in the U.S., and is widely known as the man who laid down the foundation for the nation’s economy. Hamilton was killed in a duel by Aaron Burr, a fact that is known by most people from a television commercial. (That’s called “infotainment.”) Amy has an answer for that, too. “I’ve dueled with many of the girls at the Bunny Ranch,” she says. “They’re gone and I’m still here. If Alexander Hamilton had me with him back in 1804, it would’ve been Burr who didn’t survive.”