This Strange Neo-Victorian Desire to Save Prostitutes and Porn Actresses

Excellent article on sex work, “In reality, sex work isn’t stigmatised because it is dangerous. Sex work is dangerous because it is stigmatised.”

Laurie Penny’s article in Newstateman

Excerpts:

In California, the controversial Proposition 35 has just passed, with the aim, again, of stamping out sex trafficking. As a result, women who are found to be selling sex may have to register as sex offenders and submit to internet monitoring for the rest of their lives, as may anyone receiving financial support from them, including their children….

….Firstly, the anti-prostitution lobby makes little or no distinction between sex work in which prostitutes retain a measure of agency and sex trafficking – modern slavery. This is because it’s the “sex” part of those activities that really causes knickers to be twisted in the icy corridors of bourgeois moral opprobrium. It’s a school of so-called women’s liberation that remains fundamentally resistant to any analysis of work or economics: work can’t possibly be the problem, so the problem must be sex.

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