The cover photo of the July 11 issue of Science has drawn concern and outrage from trans and human rights advocates this week.
People who are currently doing sex work know much much more about the ways the industry is fucked up and abusive than people who are not doing sex work. AND! I know this is a radical thought to many radical feminists: sex workers also have better ideas on what they need to protect themselves and…
The number of men who come to me with STI symptoms and try to lie about it is concerning. I’ve heard everything from “it’s a birthmark” (genital warts) to “I masturbate a lot and the friction irritates my skin” (herpes). Last night a guy visited my apartment with his dick covered in scabs, and…
If you can’t imagine a world without prostitution, then you can’t imagine a world without colonialism, poverty, misogyny, and racism. And what the fuck kind of socialist utopia is that?
dude I can’t stress this enough.
Sex work is a hot issue right now. Every little asshole dabbling in social work or sociology or anthropology or hell even English, “wants to do research” on sex workers.
But there are actual sex workers with legit real life experience not being allowed to do…
Protect and fight for sex workers that supposedly can’t choose for ourselves
Protect and fight for sex workers that fit the clichés
Protect and fight for sex workers that were victims of childhood sexual trauma
Protect and fight for sex workers that are paying for their addictions
ok here’s another example of what I mean by the abolitionist morality that values sex as a uniquely intimate and meaningful experience for women that shouldn’t be had outside the context of an intimate relationship:
Massages are also a highly physical, labour intensive service, where the customer…
The idea that sex workers perpetuate the stereotype that women exist to please men falls short. Because pleasing the man in each transaction is predicated on payment. If the payment falls short and when the specified paid-for time ends, pleasing the man is over. We’re pleasant to the man if we want him to return—
idk it’s like feminists have this basic political framework that stops short of actual knowledge about labour, the service industry, and caregiving.
Sometimes I answer something and I’m like oh I like what I just said. So, re: an anti announcing that all my links seem really individualistic and only 400 sex workers protesting that they want rights is a really small number (for a criminalized population to out themselves publicly. Totally) and…
- Radical feminists: the sex industry is dangerous to women!
- Sex workers: I experience these dangers and also depend on my job to support myself, so will you support me in making my working conditions safer?
- Radical feminists: the sex industry results in human trafficking!
- Sex workers: actually, sex trafficking statistics are confused with trafficking statistics for domestic labor and often include voluntary sex workers such as migrant workers.
- Radical feminists: the sex industry causes rape!
- Sex workers: we're at risk of violence due to stigma surrounding our work that results in an inability to report that basically allows rapists to target us without giving us any recourse.
- Radical feminists: we need to shut down the sex industry to protect these women!
- Sex workers: forcing us out of our jobs is just going to force us into poverty though, why don't you listen to us and help us make our work safer?
- Radical feminists: false consciousness! handmaidens of the patriarchy!
- Sex workers: I thought you wanted to help us?
- Radical feminists: fuck you for selling out women! You deserve what you get! Throwing women under the bus!
- Sex workers: . . .
- Radical feminists: I only care about trafficked women!
- Sex trafficking survivors: criminalization actually makes things worse for us by contributing to stigma, statist violence and limiting our ability to access support through peer-based organizations and other workers
- Radical feminists: abolish the sex industry!
- Sex workers and trafficking survivors: . . .
In real life, however, sex workers aren’t just passive objects programmed for our pleasure. They are mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers; they are everything from organizers to activists, students to artists. Reducing them to the kinds of tropes we see in some video games—then ignoring the kinds of violence they are threatened with both on screen and off—denies their complexity and stake in the fight for their rights to be seen and heard.
This penthouse is glorious
This champagne is amazing
I’m so drunk
I hope he can’t tell that I’m wasted
He is so old
Oh my god he is SO OLD
Don’t look at his face
He looks SO OLD
He’s gonna give me so much money
I feel like a Queen
He thinks I’m heaven
I’m the best sex…