What Feminists Think About Sex Work

Feminism and sex work don’t really go in the same sentence as each other, and when they do it usually involves a lot of discussion about why the two cannot exist together.

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Many of the arguments you hear about why sex work shouldn’t exist comes from feminist thinking, and those who don’t understand just what feminism stands for. Here on the Escort Wales blog we take a look at these arguments and what they mean for sex work.

“You are selling your body”

One of the biggest arguments against sex work is that the sex workers are selling their bodies and their souls to their clients to make money. Often, it is assumed that these women don’t want to be there, that they have no other choice and this is the only way they have of making the cash they need.

By selling their bodies, they are allowing themselves to be controlled. They are letting others place monetary value on themselves, which is an idea that feminists hate.

However, what many feminists fail to take into account is that those involved are not selling their bodies. They are not letting the clients value them either. Instead, they are the ones choosing how much their time and companionship is worth… and that is what they are selling.

They aren’t putting a price on their pussies, because their clients don’t own them. It is simply that their clients pay for the time they spend with them, and the sex workers are totally in control of exactly what happens during their time together.

“You are being oppressed by men”

This ties in to the first point that women in the sex industry are not only putting a price on their bodies, but the men they spend time with are oppressing them. They are valuing them, dominating them, and coercing them into this industry.

Of course, this also ignores the fact that many who enter the sex industry do so willingly, because they enjoy the work they do. Yes, believe it or not, those who are a part of this industry actually take pride in the work that they do, because it is real work.

They also gloss over the fact that the sex industry is not purely made up of women. In fact, there are many men who work in the industry too, but of course it doesn’t make as good as story saying you saved a man from the sex industry, does it?

Man on top of wqman

Another vital point is that those in the industry are more than capable of handling themselves. Considering how many people they have to put up with judging their work and the time wasting clients they face, they have learned to deal with it and just get on with the work they love.

“You should have more self-respect”

For some reason, there is this idea held by some feminists that those in the sex industry simply have no self-respect. They place no value on themselves and their own lives, which is why they do the work in the first place.

The problem with this thinking is that the sex workers in the industry actually have a lot of self-respect, which is why they decide how much their time and companionship is worth. They don’t do this because they want to feel as though they are worth something. They know that they are just happen to enjoy this work a lot.

This also involves the assumption that sex is dirty, and the idea of being paid to have it is even worse. Considering the fact that everyone is having sex, we should really stop this thinking that sex is wrong and instead accept that people enjoy doing it.

Supporting the industry

However, while the majority of feminists seem to argue against sex work, it seems that there are some out there who understand that it is real work, and that the majority of those involved actually choose this line of work.

They believe the best course of action to make the industry safer for those involved is by decriminalising it. By accepting that being a sex worker is a real job, they believe the industry will be safer, instead of putting the escorts and street workers at risk by putting red tape in place to make their jobs more complicated.

That said, there are a large amount of feminists who believe that sex work is still not real work, and that those involved clearly do not have any self-worth, and that is why they “sell their souls” and their bodies to “oppressive men”.

Are you a feminist who feels strongly about the sex industry, or have you got some other strong opinions you’d like to share with us? You can do this by visiting the Escort Wales forum or by leaving a comment in the box below.

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Lara Mills

Lara Mills is a writer who has four years of sex industry expertise behind her. Since she entered the adult industry, she has worked on the Escort Advertising forums, before moving into her current role three years ago.

Since then she has gained a fine reputation with her blogs on sex advice, sexual health and amusing news stories from around the globe. She is also a campaigner for the rights of sex workers from all over the world.

In her spare time, Lara keeps herself active by going running, and is something of a film buff. She also loves to go travelling.
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