Melissa Farley FOR the motion that “It’s Wrong To Pay For Sex” , - Intelligence Squared Debates
so I’m at a crossroads when it comes to understanding some stuff about women & the sex industry, and I’m wondering if the folk who follow me who’re a bit more wise to it can maybe help out.
it seems like there are two camps when it comes to folk discussing the sex industry (i.e., sex work of any kind, commercial porn, etc) - those that believe that it’s inherently negative and should be abolished, and those that believe it’s not inherently negative and calls for abolition are more damaging than useful
recently there was a twitter trending topic called #NotYourRescueProject where sex workers spoke out against people equating sex work with sex trafficking, discussing sex workers as people who needed rescuing without the movement being led by sex workers themselves, and also raising awareness of whorephobia; some of the articles that came a a result of that can be found here:
Additionally, there are sex workers here on tumblr like jobhaver who frequently speak out against anti-sex worker and anti-porn stances, because due to the stigmatisation of trans women in particular, sex work and porn is a means by which to earn money which, if uncritically taken apart by abolitionists without also ending transphobia, leaves them with little other safe options for work
so I’m wondering if I’ve misunderstood one or both of these stances, because as it stands, while the idea of attaching a stigma to paying for sex work seems like a way to end sex work, doesn’t that also make it harder for sex workers to find work? and as such, wouldn’t a better idea be to tackle poverty itself, rather than something that is a consequence of poverty? cause idk, otherwise it seems like another liberal white-savior idea.