"The grim aspects of prostitution...." Oh, PLEASE!!!! One could just as easily say "the grim aspects of marriage" as well (or "the grim aspects of working at Walmart"). Many women are forced into marriage for financial security; or because they became pregnant; or because their boyfriends want sole claim on their bodies.
And yet, just like for prostitutes, there are marriages 'made in heaven' where the couple spend their lives being happy together. And yes, there are MANY prostitutes who do enjoy sexual freedom... until the government comes in and takes that away... for their own good... and once branded as a prostitute, they become unemployable anywhere else.
I am always so disappointed when a group of people (gays and lesbians) who have known oppression and who have had similar biased, ignorant opinions expressed about them (ie: 'you are a lesbian because you were raped by a man when you were a child;' 'there are no happy gays because it is an immoral lifestyle and can never find fulfillment committing crimes against nature'.. 'you can be cured of your homsexuality'...etc.) continue to express the same old, tired BS about people doing sex work. Are there some sex workers who fit the stereotype? yes, of course and there are some gays and lesbians who are self-loathing or who hate the opposite gender for whatever reason.
Stop perpetuating the same old 'prostitute as victim' ideology and join with us to liberate us from archaic laws which allow us to be exploited by law enforcement officers and by the media which loves to give an unhappy ending to our lives. If the ending IS unhappy, it is because once we have been arrested, our lives will never be the same and we are traumatized by the fear that at any moment the cops may bust into our homes and cart us off to jail again for selling something we can otherwise legally give away to as many men/ women as we like... as long as it is for free!
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