Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work (Jacobin)

Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work (Jacobin)

Melissa Gira Grant


contemporary years have noticeable a panic over “online red-light districts,” which supposedly seduce weak young women right into a lifetime of degradation, and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof’s reside tweeting of a Cambodian brothel raid. yet hardly do those fearful, salacious dispatches come from intercourse staff themselves, and hardly ever do they deviate from the position that intercourse staff has to be rescued from their condition, and the easily abolished — a position common between feminists and conservatives alike.

In taking part in the Whore, journalist Melissa Gira Grant turns those pieties on their head, arguing for an overhaul within the manner we predict approximately intercourse paintings. Based on ten years of writing and reporting at the sex trade, and down to earth in her event as an organizer, advocate, and previous intercourse employee, taking part in the Whore dismantles pervasive myths approximately intercourse work, criticizes either stipulations in the intercourse industry and its criminalization, and argues that separating sex paintings from the “legitimate” economic system in simple terms harms those who practice sexual labor. In enjoying the Whore, intercourse staff’ calls for, too long relegated to the margins, take heart degree: intercourse paintings iswork, and intercourse employees’ rights are human rights.

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