June 19, 2019
Yes, sex work is real work! https://t.co/v9T3b7eBj6
— Teen Vogue (@TeenVogue) June 16, 2019
Women are giving access to their vaginas for free. There is a lot of demand. Encouraging them to charge for it and taxing their sexual encounters is good hand-rubbing business sense.
But you know what’s better business sense? Charging for being close to a vagina instead of charging for entering a vagina.
Teen Vogue is facing backlash for “promoting prostitution” after publishing an article which advertises sex work as “real work” to its audience, which is made up mostly of girls between the ages of 12 and 18.
The article, headlined “Why Sex Work Is Real Work” was originally published in April, but has recevied renewed attention and criticism after the magazine decided to promote it again on Twitter this week.
In the piece, Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng argues for the decriminalization of sex work across the world, citing global efforts to ensure better labor rights for the women involved. The continued criminalization of sex work is “a form of violence by governments and contributes to the high level of stigma and discrimination” around prostitution, she argues.
Dr. Tlaleng Mofokeng
Yet, large chunks of Mofokeng’s article come across more as an advertisement for sex work as a potential career path than a simple argument for decriminalization – with little said about the dire circumstances which often lead young girls into that world.
The act itself of talking about decriminalizing sex work has pretty much the same effect as advertising sex work, as it’s easy for women to see it as a big “lol no downsides” scheme that can give them a million dollars a year if they play their cards right.
Mofokeng tells teen readers that people often “misunderstand” what sex work actually is, writing that “sex-worker services” can include “companionship, intimacy, nonsexual role playing, dancing, escorting and stripping.” She also suggests that relationships that started off as sexual could “evolve” into “emotional and psychological bonding.”
The idea of “purchasing intimacy” can be affirming for people in need of “human connection, friendship and emotional support,” the article says, seeming to promote prostitution as a kind of caring profession serving people in need.
These whores’ end game is to charge you for being near them. They don’t even want to bother spreading their legs. You have to pay for the “privilege” of their company.
You can look but you can’t touch.
Mofokeng even compares her work as a medical doctor offering advice and treatment for sex-related problems to sex work, arguing that she is not criminalized for her work, so “sex workers” should not be either.
Teen Vogue’s tweet on Sunday with the caption “Yes, sex work is real work!” received instant backlash, with many accusing the magazine of promoting prostitution to vulnerable minors.
Getting paid to temporarily house random dicks in your gooey hole is just like being a medical doctor.
Let’s look at the original article.
The government of Amsterdam, a city known worldwide for its Red Light District, will ban the popular guided tours through that area starting in 2020. The ban stems in part from complaints calling the tours a nuisance that lead to congestion in the narrow canal-side streets. But city officials have also said the ban is out of respect for sex workers. “It is no longer acceptable in this age to see sex workers as a tourist attraction,” city councillor Udo Kock said, according to The Guardian. There’s one problem: Many sex workers are opposing this plan.
What… that doesn’t even make sense. Sex workers make their money off of people who want to do the sex stuff with them, so making it harder for tourists to reach them is literally an attack on their customers, their audience, and their pockets.
Sex work is legal in Amsterdam, but it isn’t in many other places, though some people are working to make it so. In South Africa, where I am based, for instance, sex workers are calling for decriminalization and legal reform. They argue that sex work is work, as affirmed by the International Labor Organization (ILO), a specialized agency of the United Nations. This situation in Amsterdam, and the continued criminalization of sex workers around the world, is yet another example of how we disregard the needs and opinions of the people most impacted by policies. But even more so, it’s another example of how we misunderstand what sex work actually is. I am a doctor, an expert in sexual health, but when you think about it, aren’t I a sex worker? And in some ways, aren’t we all?
Pretty deep stuff.
You may work in construction, but in some ways, aren’t you actually working in the sex industry?
So, what exactly is sex work? Not all sex workers engage in penetrative sex, though, undeniably, that is a big part of sex work. Sex-worker services between consenting adults may include companionship, intimacy, nonsexual role playing, dancing, escorting, and stripping. These roles are often pre-determined, and all parties should be comfortable with them. Many workers take on multiple roles with their clients, and some may get more physical while other interactions that may have started off as sexual could evolve into emotional and psychological bonding.
I find it interesting that as a medical doctor, I exchange payment in the form of money with people to provide them with advice and treatment for sex-related problems; therapy for sexual performance, counseling and therapy for relationship problems, and treatment of sexually transmitted infection. Isn’t this basically sex work? I do not believe it is right or just that people who exchange sexual services for money are criminalized and I am not for what I do. Is a medical degree really the right measure of who is deserving of dignity, autonomy, safety in the work place, fair trade and freedom of employment? No. This should not be so. Those who engage in sex work deserve those things, too.
Today, online spaces and apps make the interactions and negotiations safer for women sex workers as opposed to soliciting sex outdoors, where the threat of community and police harassment remains a concern. (Recent legislation in the United States that makes it harder for sex workers to advertise online, however, has complicated this.) Apps also make it less intimidating for women who are clients to screen and meet potential sex workers to cater to their needs.
That Mofokeng creature is mixing stuff up. She puts talking, dancing, companionship, and similar stuff under the same umbrella as sexual intercourse and sexual activities.
Giving someone expert medical advice and treatment options is very different than performing sex acts on them.
Or is it?
Maybe we really are all sex workers in some ways after all.