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The big sex work debate May 22, 2006

Posted by Winter in sex industry.

Lots of debate about feminism and sex work going on at the moment.

For the criminalization argument see Emma’s post on Gendergeek. For the legalization argument, see sofie’s post at Volsunga and Louise’s post at the new Stroppyblog (it’s great to see you blogging at last Louise!).

The above posts take radically different perspectives on the issue and are very well argued and articulate with interesting comments attached. The issue of gay and lesbian sex work seems to have been left out of the narrative (as usual) and I’d like to write something about that if I get a chance, but I’m tied up in serious schmacademia this week!

If you’ve written a post on sex work, from any perspective, feel free to mention it with links in the comments here.



1. Louisefeminista - May 22, 2006

Thanks Winter, much appreciated!

2. belledame222 - May 28, 2006

I’ve been talking about this pretty extensively over a’my house, altho’ this week we seem to be more focused on porn per se than prostitution (well, according to some people, it’s all one, innit, so…) But yeah, the heteronormativity of the whole megathrash is something that’s been pissing me off for a while.


(spread over a number of posts; scroll down a ways for the most recent few. also a couple of links in “best of”)

and paleofeminist has been pondering this stuff pretty exclusively.


also, are you talking to any actual sex workers? I’m liking this woman quite a bit; very smart.



3. belledame222 - May 28, 2006

I should probably be more specific.

This post of mine is probably closest to what you’re looking for, I think:


(in case of breakage:)


4. Winter - May 29, 2006

You know, having read the various perspectives around the blog community, I really think we should pencil in a discussion specifically about sex work with the rest of Mind the Gap at some point soon.

I have checked out a couple of sex worker blogs recently and did find them illuminating in a lot of ways – especially the way they talk critically about what they do and why they do it. If we have a discussion we’ll make sure we do include sex worker perspectives.

I know there are people who are going to get very mad at me when I say this, but I’m getting increasingly bothered by the way queer cultures get left out of a lot of feminist analysis when they’re inconvenient – or at least that seems to be what’s happening. I’ve avoided blogging about it because my thoughts are, as yet, rather unformed and I don’t really want to bring down all hell on Mind the Gap – which isn’t my personal blog!! But maybe I’ll try and write something cool and collected (not easy when it touches so close) when I’ve thought it through.

I’m finding the “megathrash” exhausting I must say.

5. Winter - May 29, 2006

Ok. We have some more discussion centred on the criminalisation argument at Not a Feminist, But.

And we have some more socialism and sex work over at Stroppyblog.

(I just nearly typed “Strippyblog” I’ve been reaidng too many posts on sex work!).

I’m still thinking.

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