Is Sex Work?

Woman As Subject

Last year a friend of mine suggested that prostitution was analogous to the domestic service industry, arguing that poor pay and conditions and trafficking can be an issue in both sectors and as such, feminists should be campaigning to decriminalise prostitution and improve conditions for sex workers. I had recently attended the first Women’s Conference in Nottingham and watched in confusion as the organisers were subsequently accused of being “anti sex worker” on Twitter following their decision to give a platform to Rachel Moran and the Nordic Model Advocates. I thought the Nordic model (which reverses the current situation in the UK and criminalises the punter while helping women exit prostitution if they want to) had seemed an eminently sensible approach to a problematic industry which commodifies and objectifies women and couldn’t understand the ensuing controversy. An organisation called the Sex Workers Open University had turned up at the Conference without tickets…

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3 thoughts on “Is Sex Work?

  1. “…one disappeared without the trace and the other was burnt alive.”
    Horrid. Maybe even more so when we have grasped that women working in sex work are absolutely no different – morally, intellectually, culturally – than “the rest of us”.
    Thanks for posting, dear Siân. xx

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