I am one of those people who often believes in “never say never”. So, as such, I can’t say that maybe, one day, there will be no sex industry. Could be in the future there won’t be one. Who knows? I do not posses the ability to gaze into what has yet to be. So, as such, I look at the here and now when it comes to the sex industry and the people in it. All of ‘em. And in the here and now sense I do what I can do, with other folk who do the same thing. Hence, that whole sex workers outreach thing. And yep, there is a lot to talk about here, and it is not something that can be done in one sitting, so yes, over the next few days I will be breaking it up and throwing stuff on out there for consideration and discussion. I do want to say now though, because as this topic is really near, dear, important, and personal to me, I really would prefer it if shit stayed civil? I know, fucking shock of shocks coming from me, but these really are emotionally charged topics with real people behind them, and I will go ahead and state a few things so people have a general idea of where I’ll be coming from and what I will probably be posting on, just to avoid as much confusion and potential strife as possible.
And oh yeah, I am pretty sure this sort of thing is why I was asked to guest blog here.
I come from a position of harm reduction.
I am for decriminalization.
I do not see the industry as a monolith, thus aid and activism has to work on a need based agenda.
I believe there are people involved in the industry both willingly and unwillingly; hence, there are both sex workers and prostituted people.
I believe keeping any aspect of sex work, which involves adults, illegal is dangerous to the people involved in it.
I believe there is a great need to address the underlying causes which lead to forced or unwilling sex work, including drug addiction, class and racial bias, poverty, lack of education and job training, adequate living conditions and child care, and access to other opportunities.
I do believe that the people involved in the sex industry are marginalized.
I do think it is important to listen to the voices of all people in the industry, no matter their experiences, and that no one of us ever speaks for all of us.
And I do think something needs to be done.
So yes, that’s where I’m going to start, and it’s also the overview of what I am actually here to talk about. Yeah, I’m open to questions and stuff, but there’s my basic guest-blogging agenda!
- Sex Work Activism: Topic One, Harm Reduction. by Ren August 19, 2008
- Sex Work Activism: Two- Decriminalization by Ren August 20, 2008
- Sex Work Activism- Three: The Problem with Creating a Monolith by Ren August 22, 2008
- Why the Sex Positive Movement is Bad for Sex Workers by Jill April 20, 2012
- They don’t really like you, you know… by Ren August 6, 2009