Morality and Reality

On Monday, December 17, I participated in the Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers, held at Thomas Paine Plaza in Philadelphia. There people gathered to honor the memories of people killed while engaged in sex for hire, doing nothing more than raising money to care for their families and to get by. The demonstration continued with a gathering at the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) (http://www.philamoca.org/) for a commemorative reading of names to slain sex workers; a viewing of a TED Talk about the need for sex workers to take part in discussions about their work and how to regulate is (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vc-n852sv3E); and a talk from my friend, Anita DeFrancesco http://anitadefrancesco.com/) about her new book, The Donna Gentile Story, about the murder of her cousin, a sex worker. (http://donnamariegentile.com/)

This is all part of a growing movement to defend the rights of sex workers-be they workers in a house or on the street, pole dancers, escorts, sugar babies, cam girls, porn performers-and to recognize sex work as a real, legitimate form of employment, one carried out by workers like you and me, people trying to earn income to pay their bills, go through college, and care for their loved ones.

We must all support the rights of sex workers to do their trade, to respect their opinions about how and where they work their jobs, their input about what laws affect their work, and their right to be safe from predators. A first step is to eliminate, from our own minds and from our society, our customary shame about sex, the idea that sexual feelings can be denied or repressed; they will always come out, often in the most harmful situations.

I have also been pleased by the continuing advance towards legalizing Marijuana for both recreational and medical uses. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolff has come out in favor of recreational weed; there are similar moves in the state governments of New York and New Jersey. The so-called “War on Drugs” was a propaganda term by Richard Nixon as a means to attack communities of color and anti-war activists, who would be most likely to use marijuana. Since then, for nearly fifty years, billions of dollars have been sent to police departments at all levels to put down the drug trade, millions of innocent people have been incarcerated for just puffing a joint, live have been turned around, communities raided-and the drugs still keep coming in.

Both of these issues-sex work and Marijuana-have been driven by fear and prejudice, while the scientifically based reality shows that it would be best to allow these things to take place legally, and to not demonize or criminalize people participating in them. The commercial news media had a role to play in advancing the politically-motivated misinformation about sex work and Marijuana, has a responsibility to allow intelligent discussion about the medical and recreational benefits of cannabis, and to support the rights of sex workers in dictating how to run their business, as they are the best experts.

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Honoring Sex Workers

Tomorrow, December 17, there will be a silent memorial service honoring sex workers who were killed while at their jobs, making money to earn a living live all other workers. In Philadelphia, it will take place at Thomas Paine Plaza, 1401 JFK Boulevard, from 12-4:00 PM. After this, there will be a discussion and presentation at the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), 531 N. 12th Street in Philadelphia, from 7-10:00 PM.   

First Congress Took Sex Workers’ Websites. Now It’s Coming For Their Bank Accounts. | HuffPost

via First Congress Took Sex Workers’ Websites. Now It’s Coming For Their Bank Accounts. | HuffPost

I like Liz Warren, but she’s way off on this effort to restrict the ability of sex workers to do their jobs. THIS is how these ladies-and some gentlemen-make a serious living when all other options are not available.

what gets me is how our whore-master in chief Spankypants signs these terrible bills, to play the Messiah for the thoroughly compromised religious right movement, which soul its soul to the evil with the funny hair.