A Few Worthwhile Articles & Blog Posts
As attitudes towards prostitution become more progressive over the years, it is given more attention in the media. It has either been decriminalized in many places, and is the topic of debate in other places. Everyone has an opinion about it. Here are a few various industry related articles and blog posts that I have come across recently that I found to be worth reading and sharing. Please spread the word and share with others too, if you also found them worthwhile. Enjoy :-)
Why I Changed My Mind About Sex Work
I feel uneasy about sex work, but here’s the thing: it’s not about me.
By SA Jones
“I feel uneasy about sex work. I worry that it objectifies women and compounds our difficulties in carving a place for ourselves as cerebral and corporeal, as full persons. But here’s the thing: it’s not about me. However sincere my concerns, however fluently I may be able to quote Andrea Dworkin, such views tacitly align me with the slut-shamers and the conservatives who do such a good job of “othering” sex workers, of making them a thing apart – alien and aberrant.”
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5 Reasons Criminalizing Sex Worker Clients Doesn’t Work
By Nikki Thomas
“After writing yesterday’s article on why “Sex Workers Deserve to Have Our Voices Heard,” I wanted to elaborate on the so-called “abolitionist” perspective, and provide real and concrete reasons why this perspective is deeply flawed. As the Supreme Court of Canada begins deliberating the fate of the existing laws restricting sex work, it is vital to examine the suggested alternatives, and expose their weaknesses, before public opinion embraces them without knowing their true consequences. Though it purports itself to be a policy that protects and respects women, the “abolitionist approach” is nothing more than a ruse, and does nothing at all to help those of us who participate in the sex industry.”
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A Feminist’s Argument On How Sex Work Can Benefit Women
By Kelly J. Bell
“Sex work has long been criticized and stigmatized in our society. While many members of society view sex work as immoral and degrading to women, I argue that sex work is essentially just work, and that it is not necessarily harmful to women. Under circumstances in which sex work is accepted and regulated in society, in which the sex worker is protected and granted the same rights as any other laborer, sex work has the possibility to be beneficial to women. Sex work can be very profitable for women, and many women may enjoy work that allows them to creatively express their sexuality. Sex work can allow human beings a way to safely explore their sexual desires in ways they cannot through the current social norm of heterosexual, monogamous relationships. The sex work industry and its workers need not be chastised by a society that clings to puritan ideals of what is “moral”. I argue prostitution should be legal.”
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The Big Ripoff
TER, The Texas Murder Aquittal, and the Myth of the Vulnerable Client
By Charlotte Shane
“In early 2010, Dave Elms, founder of the infamous website The Erotic Review(best known as the review site where clients rate prostitutes on a scale of 1-10), was arrested after talking to an undercover officer in an attempt to hire a hit man. Elms wanted to pay for the murder of an escort and the severe injury of a website founder who used his own forum to air the well-known but rarely publicized fact that Elms and other TER moderators extorted sex and/or money from escorts in exchange for maintaining their positive reviews. Elms was convicted of conspiracy to commit aggravated assault. This charge, to which he pled guilty, was one of many legal issues he faced at the time. He was already on probation for drugs and gun violations from 2006. Furthermore, Elms’ decision to pay for the killing of Jane Doe came on the heels of his outing her to her family, as well as publicizing her legal name and home address online in connection with her escort name. Murder: it’s for when relentlessly harassing a sex worker just isn’t enough.”
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Kickstarter-funded Sex Work Documentary Puts Women in Danger
By Frankie Mullen
“A virulently anti-sex work Kickstarter campaign to fund a film that promises to “reveal the ugly reality of addiction, infidelity, prostitution, child abuse, rape and Human Sex Trafficking” (their capital letters) has, quite rightly, attracted fury.
The film, Hard Corps, made by the Salvation Army Vision Network, includes a series of interviews with porn stars, sex workers, directors, anti-porn specialists and addiction therapists, a subject selection that is, in itself, an agenda.”
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