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PSA For Sex Workers

Just Like Us? Sex Workers Come Out of the Bedroom

What can't a sex worker do? They can be sci-fi geeks, own cats, and really, really, really love bacon.

But in all seriousness, this "I Am a Sex Worker" video, says sex workers are people who live lives as ordinary as ours. They're not, necessarily, the stumbling ladies of the night I see in the middle of the day on the seedier streets of San Francisco.

With sex workers organizing, fund-raising, and releasing public service announcements, I do wonder how far off the legalization of prostitution is. Would you support it?

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Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
Steve, I think you are makign A LOT of assumptions without any kind of back-up. I'm all for legalizing protitution, but how doyou know it would decrease child neglect? How do you know "emotional attachment" is the reason ther are more unprotected sex acts happening to women? How do you know that people will no longer be getting married for the wrong reasons?
RaCheer RaCheer 8 years
I really, really, really love bacon too! :)
redchick152 redchick152 8 years
i agree that legalizing it would provide more benefits (Health care, safety, unions, taxation, etc) to the women (or men) who choose this lifestyle. IMO, its going to happen regardless (just like drug use and abortions), so why not make it as SAFE as possible for everyone involved?? you don't HAVE to be a prostitute and you don't HAVE to buy one.
PontNeuf PontNeuf 8 years
I fully support legalization of not only sex work, but prostitution. You can instantly regulate it, remove pimps from the equation and provide condoms and other securities. They've been doing it in the Netherlands for years and I've yet to see their society fall apart. For those who have a moral objection to prostitution, that's perfectly understandable. Nobody wants to think of their little girl growing up to be a prostitute, but it happens occasionally. At the very least, we're protecting women so that they're still alive and healthy when they're ready to move on to something we would consider more respectable. Quite bluntly, there will always be a market for sex. Let's at least regulate that market, even if some wish it didn't exist.
jocupcake jocupcake 8 years
Oh oops. I didn't know that porn was legalized... although, that makes sense... So I change my comment to: I would not support legalizing prostitution. I am tempted to since it is terrible that these women have no protections. But like others mentioned, there are other jobs that are currently legal and still fall under the sex worker category. Women could take up these jobs instead. Prostitution is wrong. Women shouldn't be forced into doing it. I feel like legalizing it would send the message that this is ok. It isn't. These women ARE real people and the fact is that they shouldn't be put in positions where they need to have sex for money in the first place.
Ac2366 Ac2366 8 years
Yeah, porn is legal. As are websites and all that stuff. If you're making money from it you have to report your income and pay taxes on it. Someone mentioned legalizing prostitution and taxing it because it's already being done. There are a lot of illegal things that could be legalized and taxed to make money but that doesn't make it a good idea.
Chouette4u Chouette4u 8 years
"I would support legalizing sex workers in the porn industry or on webcams and things like that" Isn't it already legal? In the US and Canada, anyway
jocupcake jocupcake 8 years
Haha. Well said Pop. I was like, um... who thought sex workers couldn't like bacon? I agree with Hiding. I would support legalizing sex workers in the porn industry or on webcams and things like that, but not prostitutes. Maybe this would allow women in tough situations to choose a job that is safer and probably more enjoyable than having sex with lots of random guys.
jojijoja jojijoja 8 years
Ladies, a good book to read on this subject is ELEVEN MINUTES by Paulo Coelho... It gives you another aspect of what a prostitute's life is like. I'm afraid I'll ruin the book for you if I go into details. Let me know what you think of it if you happen to read it.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
I support legalization. This video doesn't do much for its cause though. How about "I'm a computer programmer, and I'm a sex worker." No, it was like "I have a cat, and I'm a sex-worker". "I'm trying to be an actress, and I'm a sex-worker." No one on there really surprised me.
staple-salad staple-salad 8 years
I support legalized prostitution 110%. Why? While I PERSONALLY believe that sex is MOSTLY a way to bond with a partner, I do acknowledge that it is MUCH more than just that. It relieves stress and pain (from things like arthritis), it's a physical need, and many, many other things. It means something different to everybody. If prostitution were legalized, it could be taxed to fund education and health care. Prostitutes could unionize. They wouldn't have to be afraid to report an abusive pimp because of getting in trouble for being a prostitute. Prostitutes could have licenses, so it would be easier to find the unregistered ones. There would be medical standards and whatnot to make sure that all prostitutes are clean of STDs and use condoms (like porn stars have to). And if you don't want to be a prostitute, or think that hiring one is wrong, don't do it. But legalizing it makes it safe for customers and prostitutes alike.
SeaAre86 SeaAre86 8 years
As much as I hate the idea, I would... support it.. ONLY BECAUSE it happens anyways and it would offer protection and regulations. As weird as it is... I think it is very wrong, but that doesn't mean it doesn't happen...
margokhal margokhal 8 years
I don't know what to think. I used to want to be a dominatrix [not seriously seriously, but I was considering it for financial reasons], but I was told by some in the business that I didn't have the look or the acting personality to do it. Eh. Also, I couldn't figure out how I would hide something like that from *everyone* I knew. It would depend on what you mean by "sex work", because there are some things that are prostitution [exchanging sexual pleasure for money], which is illegal and I believe should stay that way. Personally I LOLed at the commercial. Not at THEM! The commercial! The bacon chick was really funny. :)
Ac2366 Ac2366 8 years
I don't know if I would support legal prostitution. There are lots of jobs that fall under the title sex worker including women who make a living or suppliment their income on the internet with web pages or cam shows. I don't think I could support actual sex for money that was taxed and regulated on the state or federal level. It just seems weird to me. I do think it's important to recognize that the women in the sex trade are still people and normal people at that. There are damaged people in every profession and walk of life and I personally don't base my judgements of people on their jobs alone.
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
The logical side of me supports it because not all sex workers turn tricks on the streets. The moral side of me rails at the thought.
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
Well, Romantique, for a lot of these people in the industry I doubt they too see it as just pleasure. Its a business deal. And if you have a little girl saying this to their mommies, then I doubt whether its legal or not really has a lot of bearing in this situation (I doubt this is a problem in Amsterdam). Its also important to note not all sex workers are prostitutes. Some are dominatrixes, some are paid "caregivers" to adult babies and a lot of other things out their. I'm for legalizing because then it can be taxed properly (help provide revenue for our country) plus their will probably be things like unions and standards of health they must maintain. and Romantique, on a little side note there are actually secret "courtesan" schools out there to train women in those arts. Not quite a college degree you can put up on a wall,lol. Then again, maybe it would boost business,ha!
le-romantique le-romantique 8 years
I just think it would be weird if it were legalized... "Mom, when I grow up I want to be a sex worker!!! What college can I g to for that?" Thats just strange... but this is coming from a person that sees sex very seriously and more than just pleasure...
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I would support it. If it were legalized, I think it would probably help to take away many of the more unhealthy aspects of sex work, and also some of the stigma that's attached to it.
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