“if you think sex workers rights has anything to do with “fun” and “enjoying the job” you have no fucking knowledge of workers rights or even what a job actually is”
— the fact that you force a completely unique and irrelevant framework upon us and not on any other job or any other industry is whorephobic bullshit and shame on you for being that ignorant
I’m not sure what exactly this was in reference to, but I wish all the people who hate the sex industry so much would fight to ban shitty minimum wage work instead of trying to “protect” me (and people like me) from sex work. After all, if the types of jobs that I’m qualified for actually paid a living wage I probably wouldn’t have to do sex work (though I personally would probably still choose to do it, sometimes). I do actually enjoy my job these days, but there have been many times in the past where I was forced to take specific sex work jobs I didn’t want to do, and times where I didn’t want to be doing sex work at all but the alternative was not paying my rent. Oregon has the second highest minimum wage in the US ($9.10 in 2014) but it’s still a joke. At full time that’s $1456 a month before taxes, but after taxes probably more like $1100 (plus at most of the places I’ve ever worked you can’t get a full 40 hours/week anyway). Average prices for a studio apartment in central Portland are like $800-$1000 these days.
Like most sex workers, I fall somewhere in between choosing sex work and being forced into it by economic circumstance, but I still have agency and I still deserve to be able to do my job safely.
Decriminalization reflects respect for human rights and personal dignity
Decriminalization reduces police abuse and violence
Decriminalization increases sex workers’ access to justice
Decriminalization promotes safe working conditions
Decriminalization increases access to health services
Decriminalization reduces sex workers’ risk of HIV
Decriminalization challenges stigma and discrimination and the consequences of having a criminal record
Decriminalization does not result in an increase in the population of sex workers
Decriminalization facilitates effective responses to trafficking
Decriminalization challenges state control over bodies and sexuality
The full article can be found here: http://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/sites/default/files/decriminalize-sex-work-20120713.pdf
Important. Click through to the article.
(Source: soros.org, via sexworkerproblems)
Just booked a six hour dinner+ date with the client who wants to have a maybe, sort of duo, for mid-January. I’m still confused about what to expect. The other escort, when she first invited me to join them, also mentioned that it “wouldn’t be super sexual”. Here’s a snippet from the client’s email:
In the interest of being frank about timing and biology, it is not a big deal if one or both of you are menstruating. (That is not a fetish of mine) I mention it only in the context of being free of expectation regarding the nature of our session together and know that pleasure may be had in many different manners.
Is he just saying he doesn’t want or expect intercourse? Or does he mean there might not be any type of sex happening? I guess I probably wont know until I’m there. I don’t like the unknown, it stresses me out! He seems nice though; his emails are articulate and polite and I know he sees the other girl regularly for overnights and weekends so he sounds like a good client. His email also said ideally the three of us will do regular overnight dates in the future if we click and everything. Having a second overnight regular would be pretty awesome!