Privileged Rape?

Some good points from Jo Boobs

“And I don’t get people who make a case against sex workers’ rights activists over relative privilege, because if they think sex work is commercialized rape, what the fuck are they talking about–privileged rape? Rape feels nicer if you’re middle class? What is goal of the argument there? You can’t have it both ways, people. My whole POINT is that conditions, of which privilege is one, matter; but that doesn’t mean that the concerns of those in better conditions are then irrelevant, because their input can be the source of information about how better conditions work–and how sometimes even under better conditions, issues of class, gender, and race occur in ways that ought to make them worth exploring to get an idea of what the BIG picture is, not in ways that mean they ought to be dismissed.”

I especially like her point about how workers of privilege can be a source of info about how improved conditions can work. As a worker who enjoys relative privilege, I feel responsible to share what I’ve learned and techniques that develop with every sex worker that I meet, and appreciate the reciprocal information that I get in return. But for this to be effective, we have to be able to talk to each other. Criminalization keeps us divided and unable to help each other resist bad conditions.

-Karly Kirchner

3 Responses

  1. Yes, I think the idea of “privilege” in sex work is mostly about knowledge, accurate information and smart decisions. The illegal status of prostitution creates danger through ignorance and fear.

    A well-bred young lady can be addicted to crack just as easily as a women who grew up in the ghetto. And they both can get just as arrested for prostitution with the same devastating effects on their lives.

    In the eyes of the public and law enforcement, there are no real class distinctions — we’re all diseased whores (or victims).

    XX

  2. Hmm…maybe I shouldn’t have put “crack” and “prostitution” together in the same example. It’s just what popped into my head since crack addition ruins lives.

    XX

  3. Yeah, just substitute crack for “attention” and you’ll be on to something.

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