This is a fantastic 2010 article from Jezebel:
Another GREAT article from the Ms. Magazine blog:
"Don’t diminish or mock sex workers’ agency. When
discussing a person coerced or forced into sex work, a sensitive
recognition of the violation they’ve suffered is definitely in order.
However, it’s important to let individuals themselves make this
distinction, rather than automatically assigning them a label that
indicates lack of agency. For instance, referring to all sex workers as
“prostituted” or “used” can be violating in and of itself if the person identifies their work as a free choice.
Similarly, language implying that sex workers are defiled or
disgusting will quickly alienate them—for instance, calling porn an
“institution that systematically uses the bodies of subordinate groups
as sheer sexual objects at best, and open toilets at worst,” as this Ms. blog comment does. Even abused workers don’t want the public analogizing them to waste receptacles.
There’s a way to recognize the indignities wrought upon another human
being without furthering those indignities. For example, insisting that
every paid act of sex is rape,
regardless of how the person being paid labels it, implies that her
failure to label it rape is a personal failure. No sex worker deserves
to be demonized for asserting the nature of her own experiences."
THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!! Monica Shores put it much better than I ever could. I am SOOO sick of hearing the following argument: "Even consenting sex work is wrong, because most of the people who engage in it are doing so as a result of childhood sexual abuse." People who support this "argument" apparently feel that adults who have suffered abuse as children have lost the ability to make informed decisions as adults.