Frank Miller Feminism n. a term applied to specific works of fiction wherein every single woman is a prostitute -but some are really tough prostitutes.
To nitpick, the preferred term is sex worker.
to nitpick your nitpick, “sex worker” describes someone working within the field as a whole; doing phone sex, stripping/exotic dancing, dom- and domme-ing, being the director of porn films, writing erotica…
and then you have the jobs – most of them, actually – wherein actually selling sex for money isn’t on the table. how do you differentiate between a sex worker who is selling actual sex, and one who is selling something *related* to sex but not sex itself? by naming the former a prostitute.
i’ve worked several jobs that can be listed as “sex work”; i’ve never been a prostitute.
a further issue is that, currently, “sex worker” implies [due to current work within the sex work field] *agency* on the part of the sex worker… which, in many many cases, in utterly absent in the types of stories being told. at BEST, you have a person turning to sex work as the only viable option; more often, you have a person forced into it.
Probably the reason your prostitutes would like to be called sex workers is precisely to reduce the differentiation you speak of, since they’re often singled out as the most unwanted people in society. By making no difference they become at least as legitimate as the rest of the sex industry. At least that’s my understanding from browsing http://www.iusw.org/
Sorry, I meant to also include this link for reference: http://prostitution.procon.org/view.answers.php?questionID=000849
all that is true,
the problem comes when defining a thing. while prostitution is sex work, not all sex work is prostitution. so if you only mean that specific subset of sex work… na da?
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