Privilege? What privilege?

Since there’s a good fire going already, thought I’d toss a little fuel on it.

I’m sick of the constant privilege argument on here. For starters, it’s unnecessarily divisive. For another, it’s just stupid.

A lot of people on here toss around the word “privilege” based on their own stereotypes of what privilege supposedly looks like. It would be funny except it’s used to bash other sex workers.

But it’s also incredibly counter-productive. If a sex worker has some amount of privilege, isn’t it better that she (or he) uses their advantages to try and help others? If they’re supposedly privileged and isolated from the negatives of sex work, it would be much easier for them to simply live in their own happy world and ignore the larger problems. After all, those aren’t their problems.

This isn’t to say everyone should be thankful when those with privilege come down off Mt. Olympus to help the common folk — there’s no need. What is needed is an awareness that those with relative privilege are in the best position to help others simply because that’s how life works. If you have the luxury of a social consciousness/time/energy/money, why not put it to use?

Taking in the broader picture, we all need to realize that the privilege argument doesn’t concern the outside world much. I see this every day in my Google Alerts. It’s wasted energy here.

To most of the outside world, we’re all AIDS-infested, criminal crack whores anyway.