The Fight to Decriminalize Sex Work Exposes Old Feminist Divides

From the article:

The complete decriminalization of the sex trade is an approach that has gained traction in recent years, with even groups such as Amnesty International calling for “the decriminalization of all aspects of adult consensual sex work due to the foreseeable barriers that criminalization creates to the realization of the human rights of sex workers.” But as with every successful movement, there has been a backlash, led by longstanding feminist organizations that continue to assert that sex work is, to use the words of Gloria Steinem, a form of “body invasion.” Full decriminalization, no matter the studies that have been conducted, the first-hand experiences of many sex workers or people otherwise targeted with anti-prostitution laws, and the endorsements from human rights organizations, is still seen as a radical idea, and more to the point, one that some feminists believe is antithetical to the needs of women.

Source: The Fight to Decriminalize Sex Work Exposes Old Feminist Divides

My first experiences on my own at 16 where with women that willingly worked in the sex industry. My early friends from that period did it, and they felt empowered by it. One fo them was the fabled dancer who paid her way through schools and got a Phd working one night a week at the Lusty Lady.

As I got older, I knew everything from escorts, cam girls/boys, too dancers. I worked in a sex shop myself. It was always an option on my list if I wanted. For me, knowing so many people that did work in various areas of the sex work umbrella, it was really hard to see it as anything other than people working in a service industry.

The idea that every one of these people are somehow are being victimized, is laughable, when again and again it’s the illegal status of sex work that pushes these people to the margins and makes it possible to victimize them with ease.

I want to be clear, we are not talking trafficking and sexual slavery. We are talking people who chose to engage in sex for pay as a consenting adult with another consenting adult.

As the article points to, there are actual studies that back this the idea that the Nordic model works, and empowers sex workers.

What I found interesting is that TERF’s don’t just harass transgender people, but also seem to show up to stop legalization of sex work. This is because for a lot to transgender people sex work is survival, when so many other jobs are barred to us.

I think I’ll leave a quote from Bianey Carcia in the article:

Bianey Garcia, a former sex worker, trafficking survivor, and a Decrim NY steering committee member added: “As a formerly undocumented trans woman of color, I know what I need to be safe from violence and exploitation. […] And criminalizing our clients, housing, loved ones, and the sex workers we collaborate with to keep each other safe means taking away our only means of survival.”