Prostitute – Whore – Hoe – Hooker – Lady of the Night – Street Walker – Sex worker

Think of a prostitute. Who do you imagine? What do you think of?

Do you imagine a woman? A criminal? A victim? STDs?

There are a lot of stigmas associated with sex work and sex workers. Sex workers are thought to be low-class, diseased, and unintelligent. The problems that have been commonly associated with sex work have been identified as exploitation, indignity, physical and mental health, safety, and the objectification of women.

Prostitution is not generally understood as work because it is perceived to be uniformly unskilled; anyone can do it because everyone does it for free. You often hear the claim that prostitutes “sell their bodies” and the women are perceived as selling themselves.

Those who are against the decriminalization of prostitution argue that it is intrinsically tied to human trafficking, economic coercion, abuse, and a lack of power, freedom, and control. People argue that sex work is not a choice made by women.

My entire blog is dedicated to addressing these issues and dispelling these misconceptions, but I will outline some basic values that I will be arguing for:

1. Sex work is work.

2. Sex work is a choice.

3. Sex work does not objectify women.

4. Sex work must be regarded as gender-neutral.

5. Sex work must not be regarded as degrading and dirty.

6. Sex work requires skill and is meaningful in society.

7. Sex work does not involve selling oneself; it is the sale of a service.

8. Sex work must not be confused with human trafficking and abuse.

9. Decriminalization will alleviate the negative aspects that are commonly associated with sex work.

10. The stigma that society places on sex workers is what perpetuates the harms associated with sex work.

11. There is nothing inherently wrong with sex work itself.

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