The rhetoric used to sanitise prostitution as ‘empowering’, ‘sex work’ and worthy of a status of ‘dignity’ exists entirely to make the men who exploit us look non-exploitative.
“…We are prostituted. The word is ugly and visceral. Put simply, it is truthful. This is why the pimps and johns don’t want us to use it, and why the general public may not want to hear it.
We do not owe dignity to the pimps and johns. Nor do we owe the general public a sense of ease or feeling better about themselves when it comes to prostitution.
If you are reading this as a non-prostituted person, or someone who uses the term ‘sex work’, I would ask you to consider who benefits from this euphemism. Most of us are familiar with the effectiveness of ‘weasel words’ , just think how easily ‘collateral damage’ slipped off the tongues of warmongers. If we can wise up to that, we can extend some critical thinking to what we participate in when we call prostitution ‘work’.” Simone Andrea. Read more HERE
[referencing an article published in the Guardian to “illustrate very clearly how the term ‘sex work’ is an obfuscatory term that serves only to hide the abusive reality of the sex industry”]
“Under any other circumstances, being coerced (“compelled”, “blackmailed”, threatened with violence) into sex is called rape, but here, because money changed hands, this rape is now called ‘work’, and the men who pay to rape these women and girls are merely ‘clients’ and the violence is made even more invisible…
…The use of the term ‘sex work’ in place of prostitution only benefits the pimps and the johns, whose violence gets covered up under words like ‘work’ and ‘client’, and it is appalling that the mainstream press has so unquestioningly started using the term ‘sex work’ – every time this is used they are doing propaganda for the sex industry.” Anti-Porn Feminists. Read full post HERE
Related – The Prostitution Industry