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Duke's Freshman Porn Starlet Isn't Ashamed—and She Shouldn't Be

Duke's Freshman Porn Starlet Isn't Ashamed—and She Shouldn't Be | Sex Work | Scoop.it
After being outed for her work in pornography, a student is explaining her professional choice, but not abandoning it. Her words reveal our own unfounded stigmatization of sex workers.
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College Professor Told To Stop Teaching About Prostitution, Or Else

College Professor Told To Stop Teaching About Prostitution, Or Else | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Dr. Patricia Adler, who teaches a popular course on the topic of deviance at the University of Colorado, Boulder, was recently warned by university administrators that she must stop giving her regular lecture on prostitution, or run the risk of being fired and losing her retirement benefits. Adler, who has reportedly given this lecture forty times over the last two decades, was stunned by this development, as were many college faculty members around the world, myself included.

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Are Sex Workers’ Rights Becoming Thinkable?

Are Sex Workers’ Rights Becoming Thinkable? | Sex Work | Scoop.it

In most countries, the concept of sex workers’ human rights has been unthinkable for the last few millennia. As Bubbles, the co-founder of the blog Tits and Sass, has observed, “Sex workers are generally portrayed as victims or punchlines.”

 

Recent political developments, however, suggest some growing political awareness of sex workers as human beings.

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On Porn and Professionalism: The Staggering Hypocrisy of a Rarely-Questioned Perspective

On Porn and Professionalism: The Staggering Hypocrisy of a Rarely-Questioned Perspective | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Not for the first time, I am faced with the inevitable question: why the flying fuck (no pun intended) would seeing someone have sex preclude that person from “being an effective teacher [or whatever] and respected colleague”? What, seriously, is the matter with people? As maddening as I find this, I also feel truly bewildered, because I simply do not understand this phenomenon.

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Prostitution Cannot Be Squared with Human Rights or the Equality of Women

Prostitution Cannot Be Squared with Human Rights or the Equality of Women | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Prostitution exists because inequality exists.   At the same time, prostitution embeds into society the very inequality it feeds on; thus perpetuating the subordination of women. 

 

For prostitution to exist as a monetary exchange, women must be commodified as products in the stream of commerce.  In commercial terms, I have a problem with both supply (too many women live in poverty) and demand (too many men believe they have a right to sexual access).  Both facts require that women be subordinate.  That is why the radical feminist position on prostitution is abolition.  Abolition is the only way to address the root cause of prostitution i.e. personal and structural inequality.  We must both improve the lives of women around the world so that they can truly exercise choice and independence and teach men to understand that sexual access is not a right.

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Continuing the Cato debate; this is the third entry.

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Prostitution as a Legal Institution

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Prof. Ronald Weitzer argues that prostitution should be treated as a legal commercial transaction. He finds that much of the conventional wisdom on the sex trade is the result of generalizing from experience under legal regimes where it is criminalized. He argues that in a legally tolerant regime, many of the problems we observe today would vanish.

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Part of the Cato series on sex work.

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Treating Sex Work as Work

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When researchers taught capuchin monkeys how to use money, it didn’t take long for one of the male monkeys to offer a female one of the coins in exchange for sex. Prostitution is often called “the world’s oldest profession” with good reason; it is a form of exchange that predates the human species, and has even been observed among chimpanzees.  Males tend to want sex much more frequently than most females are willing to accommodate, and where a demand exists it is inevitable that some individuals will choose to meet it for a price.  But because sex has traditionally been viewed as sacred, magical or otherwise special because of its ability to produce life, it has always been an area authoritarians felt especially compelled to enact restrictions upon; the fact that most of the sellers were female and most of the buyers male1 probably also had a lot to do with it, especially in pre-modern times when virtually all political power was concentrated in the hands of the client class.  We no longer live in a time when power depends upon gender, nor one in which coitus runs an uncontrollable risk of creating unwanted offspring, yet our laws regarding prostitution are still solidly anchored in the era when those conditions prevailed

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The lead essay on what will be a series or debate at Cato Unbound.

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Knowing the difference between sex-trafficking & sex-work – A survivor speaks

Knowing the difference between sex-trafficking & sex-work – A survivor speaks | Sex Work | Scoop.it

(WNN) London, UK, WESTERN EUROPE: When Ruth Jacobs had a chance to sit and interview Ms. Jes Richardson, a former sex worker, sex-trafficking survivor and sex worker rights activist, what Jacobs came away with was a unique unforgettable inside look at an industry where the definition of ‘exploitation’ needs to be carefully considered and defined, especially by those abolitionists working to stop human trafficking worldwide.

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People should know the facts before they open their mouths to speak,

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Why Do (Some) Feminists Struggle With The Notion Of Sex Work?

Why Do (Some) Feminists Struggle With The Notion Of Sex Work? | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Certainly not all feminists embrace sex work, but the issue is very much one of feminism. Recently, I found this conversation at Tumblr which illustrates a classic feminist conversation about sex work.

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Since both parties confessed to appreciating education, I schooled them.

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Fracking, Stripping, Speaking: The Sexual Politics of Sex Work

Fracking, Stripping, Speaking: The Sexual Politics of Sex Work | Sex Work | Scoop.it

The implication is that with the insufficient “supply” of women, tempting men with a hint of sexuality is too dangerous. This is almost a textbook example of victim-blaming, in which victims of sexual assault or aggression are construed to have been asking for it based on non-verbal cues, such as clothing, demeanor or profession. This sort of rhetoric flares up in large-scale rape cases. While covering the alleged rape of 14-year-old Daisy Coleman, known in the media as the Maryville case, an expert witness on Fox Newssaid, “What did she expect to happen at 1am in the morning after sneaking out?” The example in the New York Times article is a variation on the same concept; the woman is cautioned that she should adjust her behavior because this will either tempt or invite sexual aggression from men. It is not the man’s responsibility to not rape women; it is the woman’s responsibility to not ‘ask for it’.

 

It may seem redundant to point out the commodification of female flesh in the industry of sex work. However, the issue at hand is specifically the rationalization that it is a simple function of the influx of men that creates conditions fertile for exploitation and predation. Critically absent from this discourse is a question as to why the men in Williston engage in this behavior. Ara Wilson, an associate professor of women’s studies at Duke University, points out that the definition of capitalist markets as “benign vehicles” that merely channel “wants, needs, and desires” overlooks the fact that “desires can be fostered and created.” Anybody can see how a sense of necessity did not precede the existence of consumer goods like smart phones, jewelry, or the millions of toys produced each year. However, with sex work, it’s taken as a given that desire precedes the market, and Wilson notes that a discussion of the creation of desire for sex work “remain[s] surprisingly unexamined”.

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Overall an excellent essay; however, it does not make distinctions between sex & rape. Sex work is about delivering a consensual service; rape is not about sex ~ it is about violence.

 

See also: http://www.cultofgracie.com/2012/02/28/oil-isnt-the-only-slick-smarmy-thing-in-williston-nd/

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Overall an excellent essay; however, it does not make distinctions between sex & rape. Sex work is about delivering a consensual service; rape is not about sex ~ it is about violence. See also: http://www.cultofgracie.com/2012/02/28/oil-isnt-the-only-slick-smarmy-thing-in-williston-nd/
Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, December 16, 2013 8:06 PM

As [url=/u/606125 x-already-notified=1]Gracie Passette[/url] wrote, this article does not make distinctions between sex & rape. Sex work is about delivering a consensual service; rape is not about sex ~ it is about violence. See also: http://www.cultofgracie.com/2012/02/28/oil-isnt-the-only-slick-smarmy-thing-in-williston-nd/

Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, December 16, 2013 8:09 PM

As [url=/u/606125 x-already-notified=1]Gracie Passette[/url] said, this article makes good points but also misses distinctions between sex & rape. Sex work is about delivering a consensual service; rape is not about sex ~ it is about violence. See also: http://www.cultofgracie.com/2012/02/28/oil-isnt-the-only-slick-smarmy-thing-in-williston-nd/

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Well-Read On The Subject Of Sex Work

Well-Read On The Subject Of Sex Work | Sex Work | Scoop.it

I know many of you who read here are, or have been, sex workers. Myself included, of course. We consider ourselves to be sex positive feminists who want sex work to be recognized and respected as work. Most of us believe it should be decriminalized, if not completely legal, even if  we often disagree about how best to achieve those things. But often in our conversions on the subject of (and issues surrounding) sex work, it is clear that many hold onto their own experiences at the expense of seeing the larger picture. Just like those who were harmed come out swinging “against” sex work, we let our feelings color and even cloud our willingness to hear from others.

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This essay includes a reading list for those interested in sex work and related issues of debate.

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Sane thoughts on rational thinking too

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Prostituted words: Time for a new style guide

Prostituted words: Time for a new style guide | Sex Work | Scoop.it
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Wente's dehumanizing language is a testament to how deeply ingrained the stigma against sex workers still is in our society. In reality, what's degrading is not sex work itself, but the language Wente uses to describe it, which reveals her personal disgust for those who engage in it -- both sellers and buyers. Despite wishful thinking to the contrary, sex work has been part of every society for millennia and always will be.

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Reddit Talks Sex Work: What We Can Learn By Listening | Neon Tommy

Reddit Talks Sex Work: What We Can Learn By Listening | Neon Tommy | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Societal stigmas against the sex work industry teach people to simply not talk about it. As with illegal drugs, if people don’t openly discuss prostitution, they don’t have to deal with it…right? 

 

This pointed ignorance helps propagate the many dangers within the industry, rather than helping to protect the nation’s youth as some people may prefer to believe. 

Enter the world of reddit.

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Amazingly positive ~ and proof that people can learn if they'd only listen.

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