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Sex Is Not the Problem with Sex Work

Sex Is Not the Problem with Sex Work

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  • This article starts from such an interesting premise - that in order for something to be valued as "good work" it must be fulfilling and non-exploitative, and thus something you'd be willing to do for free. It's a completely unfair standard to hold nearly any type of work to, so when we discuss sex work

    This article starts from such an interesting premise - that in order for something to be valued as "good work" it must be fulfilling and non-exploitative, and thus something you'd be willing to do for free. It's a completely unfair standard to hold nearly any type of work to, so when we discuss sex work from that context we're starting from a position that itself needs some work. It's also important to note, as the article does towards the end, that it shouldn't be up to sex workers to defend their line of work - it exists for a reason, so we'd do well to discuss those concerns first.

  • “Criminal law cannot really prevent anyone from selling sex. Criminalization can and does make it more dangerous to do so, but there is little the state can do to physically curtail a person’s capacity to sell or trade sex.”

    This is an argument all in itself. By criminalizing sex work, we are putting

    “Criminal law cannot really prevent anyone from selling sex. Criminalization can and does make it more dangerous to do so, but there is little the state can do to physically curtail a person’s capacity to sell or trade sex.”

    This is an argument all in itself. By criminalizing sex work, we are putting workers even more at risk than they already are. There are very few safe outlets for that line of work, and yes, I do call it work because that’s exactly what it is. There is no debate. Capitalism is exploitation no matter how you spin it, so the argument that work isn’t work if you’re exploited is dumbfounding since “work” is based off of principles like CAPITALISM. Anyways, why shouldn’t we want it to be safer for these workers? If this is their choice or the option that suits them the most, we should want them to be in conditions that aren’t dangerous for them. The end-all defense is that it is their bodies. They should be free to do what they wish. We should support that and focus on making their lives safer and easier, whether we agree with the line of work or not.