Subject: Re: X-post #7 [end-violence] Re: Strategies against trafficking of
From: Lacey Sloan (lsloan@UH.EDU)
Date: Fri Feb 26 1999 - 16:16:50 EST
>Prostitution is nothing more than the buying and selling of women. I
>thought that became illegal in the l8th century?
I continue to fail to see why prostitution is the buying and selling of
women and other labor is not. When I worked as a sex worker, I did not
sell myself any differently than when I worked as a waitor or social
worker. I use my body in all my jobs...doesn't everyone?
Why is it only sexual services that some seem to think are demeaned when
they are exchanged for resources? Working as a waitor or a cook did not
diminish my ability to cook and serve my family
To think that it is prostitution that reinforces men's belief that they
have unlimited sexual access to women is naive...I would agree that it is
one of the many ways that men may have access to women, but so is
heterosexual dating and marriage. At least in prostitution there is an
honest exchange of money for a service.
Once poverty is eliminated, I would be more willing to revisit the whole
abolitiionist view on prostitution. Until then it feels an artificial
division between types of labor.
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