Anti-Sex Work “Feminist” Hypocracy

I’ll start by saying that there are feminists who are very supportive of sex workers rights, but unfortunately, not all feminists are.  Some anti-sex work “feminists” refuse differentiate between consensual and forced prostitution, even though this does nothing to decrease forced labor or help people who really are victims of forced labor in the sex industry or any other industry.  This attitude promotes partrichacy and sexism, which I thought feminism was against. By denying that sex work can be consensual, these “feminists” deny the right to consent.  They are promoting the partriarchal, condescending attitude that women are incapable of making conscious decisions just because they do sex work.   I realize that some men also work in the sex industry, but I’m specifying women because these “feminists” emphasize how sex work is oppressive to women, while simultaeously  expressing oppressive attitudes toward women in sex work by denying their right to consent.  What hypocracy!

I support the right to work in the sex industry, the right not to work in the sex industry, and the right to exit the sex industry without being denied other jobs because prostitution is criminalized and on a person’s criminal record.

Proposed Prostitution Prohibition Legislation in Providence, Rhode Island

In Rhode Island, private sex in exchange for payment between consenting adults is legal, but bad legislation has been proposed that would make this illegal in Providence.  Even though the proposed legislation would make it a crime to sell sex acts, Donna Hughes, a prostitution prohibitionist, said that this legislation would not victimize prostitutes or unduly harm prostitutes.  I totally disagree.   By criminalizing the sale of sex acts, prostitutes could be persecuted under this horrible legislation.  Also, Donna Hughes mentioned that many prostitutes are coerced into prostitution by pimps.  I’m not denying that this is true in some cases, but it’s also true that some workers who engage in sex for payment don’t even work for pimps.   Here’s a link to an article addressing this terrible  legislation: 

 http://www.projo.com/news/content/SEX_TRAFFICKING_04-18-07_PE59S6P.355cf58.html