Monday, November 10, 2008

Sex work

Master is an avid photographer, and his most recent project involves him contacting people who advertise sexual encounters on Craigslist and photographing them. His most recent subject was a sex worker (I think she calls herself an escort) from the nearest city who goes by the name of Ms. Goodhead. I wish I could have met her - it sounds like she and I have a lot in common. She's also a college student - and an English major! - and we're both into kink, which I'm guessing had something to do with her choice of job.

I would have liked to have asked her about what it's like to work in the sex industry, not because I'm terribly interested in becoming a sex worker (I don't have the self-confidence for that!) but because, despite my support of sex workers' rights, I don't personally know any besides my friend who worked as a prodomme over the summer, and I'm not sure if that even counts because she didn't actually have sex with her clients. And I know that you don't need personal experience with/exposure to an issue to support it, but I also know it damn well helps.

On a related note, I find it interesting that all of my friends whom I've discussed the issue with agree that some sort of legalization/decriminalization of prostitution would be a good idea because it would give sex workers more legal protection. We've only talked about it in passing, so I haven't determined if we disagree on the specifics on how to go about such a thing, but the fact that we all just happen to be of roughly the same mind is intriguing. I'd like to think it's a sign of a shift in societal attitudes, but I'm also aware that we're not exactly representative of the American majority.

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