Sex Work Is Work; If a Sex worker is not safe, no woman is safe

07.03.2011 § Leave a comment

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Sex work is work, but is it just work? This is a question that has been troubling the nothing. Is it in anyway different than other work? Not because it’s “not productive”, not because it’s illegal, not because its exploitative, or wrong. But if women were the first commodities; the first slaves; if “reproductive labor” is the first exploitative labor; if 9 months = 1baby is the first general equivalent, then is there anything different about reproductive labor?

Maybe not — now that all kinds of activity are subsumed, does the history of the emergence of work-as-labor imply anything about the current status of these labors? JURY IS OUT.

“if a sex worker is not safe, no woman is safe”

Sex workers are obviously not all women, HOWEVER, there is an implied, inherent connection between those-who-do-sex work, and woman-as-class. Nature of this connection, must be better understood.

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