• 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: . . .
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leighalanna:

fantastic-nonsense:

My response to those wanting to criminalize porn/prostitution: yeah so prostitution is literally one of the world’s oldest jobs and has existed for thousands of years so have fun trying to stamp it out. Meanwhile I’ll be over here campaigning for the legalization and destigmatization of prostitution so that the sex trade can be better regulated, protections and health checks for sex wokrers can be added and enforced, and basically the world will be a much better and healthier place

Hey there! While it’s great that you don’t think sex work should be criminalized, you should probably know that legalization models that involve government mandated health practices have historically been used to forcibly incarcerate and non consensually treat (with brutal, dangerous, ineffective treatments) sex workers, particularly those workers who wield the least institutional power already (outdoor and impoverished workers, migrant workers, etc). If you want to help sex workers (and everyone impacted by the sex trades), then support decriminalization models, where sex workers are treated like any other contributor the economy, and more importantly, where we, not the government or other groups without actual sex working experience, are treated as the first authority on our experiences and effective safety practices.  Regulation that treats sex work like a special case is a backdoor to criminalize the most marginalized workers, and does not remove legal authority from our bedrooms and bodily autonomy. 

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teenagesuccubus:

I remember like a month or so ago a woman I followed who works as a stripper made a post about how only sex workers should be allowed a say in the legalization of sex work. Not ex sex workers. Not people who have never been sex workers. Just current sex workers.
Like how fucked up is that

Yeah, how fucked up is it that people who are actually impacted by the criminalization of sex work want to be the primary voices in dismantling the way sex work is currently handled by our legal system? I mean, what’s next, wanting the CDC to be mostly made up of doctors? Expecting teamster unions to only let people who actually drive trucks to join? Insisting that construction site safety protocols be influenced by actual builders? What nonsense! If we’re not careful, those bastard social justice warriors will demand that only people with their heads actually stuck up their own assholes be allowed to be swerfs! 

It’s a slippery, slippery slope.

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