Does the thought of being seen to publicly support sex workers fill you with trepidation? That is only a tiny taste of the stigma we face every day.
Stigma allows the violence to continue… Feeds it… Creates fear-based laws that force us underground where we are more vulnerable to corrupt clients, cops and bad eggs of all kinds.
Stigma allows prejudice which, in practical terms, means we often lose our kids in divorces… Lose our second “respectable” jobs if we are outed… Stigma means we are treated with less respect than non sex workers… Constantly subjected to microaggressions… Are evicted from hotels and our own homes… Are blackmailed… Crimes against us are less reported for fear of stigma from police and the law… And for fear of being outed to friends and family who sometimes cut us out of their lives… Some countries, like America, will not let us in if we have ever been a sex worker… Sex workers are jailed unfairly all around the world…
Stigma allows rapists and violent criminals to target us because we are more vulnerable and less likely to be supported by the community and law.
The antidote to counteract stigma is to actively say or do something positive… Something to raise awareness… Forward a whore-positive article on Facebook… Politely call your friends out for using “whore” as an insult… Tell a sex worker how whoresome they are… Say something thoughtful and constructive about the role of sex work in society… Check your own assumptions about sex work…
Show us we are not alone in this fight for basic human rights and respect.
Here is a great article on how to be a sex worker ally.
Even if you are not in favor of sex work, here is a handy article on how you can still be supportive of us as human beings who deserve human rights just like you.
How are you going to show your support?
About the Author: Artemisia de Vine is a Sydney-based, sex worker with a greedy appreciation for the full spectrum of erotic possibilities from the deeply sensual to the outright kinky. She is passionate about tuning into the unique erotic wiring of each individual she plays with to create imaginative scenes relevent to their personal journey. She loves to explore pleasure, the Mysteries of Existence and just what fabulous madness is possible when we peak under the covers of civilised behaviour and nudge our boundaries. As a Pro Domme, she accesses all the aspects of human nature normally forbidden to us in everyday life, like humiliation, shame, fear, cruelty and power but does so from a place of compassion, consciousness and intension for the holistic well-being of all involved. She is at heart, a kinky shadow worker exploring the ways in which owning our dark side can make us whole.
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