Anonymous said: How do you feel about the research that has correlated sex-industry legalization with increased trafficking?
It seems to me like if it were shown that legalization tends to increase trafficking, it would prove that governments with legalize sex work are disinclined to protect and serve the workers of that industry to even the minimal degree they do for others. Which would be an unsurprising outcome of an influx of venture capital Legitimate monopoly money into a stigmatized form of labor. If that’s the case, the only way out would be forward, not backward - we must legalize sex work and end the hateful dehumanization of sex workers.
I’ll draw attention to this point:
I don’t know much about it except for like, article about Germany where it was said that legalization could be harmful. And this is obviously a contextual thing as well, for certain places the effects of legalization will be different. However, at the end of the day the sex industry, and trafficking, exist because capitalism and misogyny exists and not because non-trafficked sex workers want their work to be more safe for them. Would you say the same thing to say, someone who works at Wal Mart or american corps that fund military and prisons? Working under capitalism is not ethical because capitalism is unethical. But blaming the people who work to survive in any way they can for those injustices does nothing
When lawmakers and anti-sex work activists say “sex trafficking” they mean ANY exchange of sex for money, even if it is between two adults and completely voluntary. Let me say that again, because I think it bears repeating. To an anti-trafficking activist, an adult person, fully in possession of her rational faculties and completely independent of anyone else’s influence, who chooses to exchange a sexual act for money = a sex trafficking victim.
So yes, legalisation of sexwork increases trafficking, under their bullshit definition. It does NOT however, increase ACTUAL trafficking of unwilling folks.
There are a LOT of sexworkers who want to be sexworkers, enjoy what they do, and are not doing it because they have no other options/really needed the money. These folk, and a lot of the folk who did start because of few options/money need/whatever also really want to have their jobs be safer. It’s a job, it’s work, it’s a service. Just like any other service job.
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logic-and-art said: I am so in awe of your knowledge base! Do you have any resources that you suggest to learn more about menstruation/development/sex ed?
my good friend Lorax, looking up actual studies to see if their methodology is correct, and wikipedia. what knowledge i have has come from years and years and YEARS of googling, tracking down books, and digging into the boring parts of wikipedia to compare notes on chemistry i have only a vague handle on. i can also recommend this book: What Do Women Want: Adventures in the Science of Female Desire. despite the corny title, and the author being male, this is a science-based book that digs into a ton of questions with some extremely solid research and inverts the publicly-accepted model of female sexuality. to wit, it completely demolishes (with solid data) the assumption that “men are naturally polygynous, women are naturally monogamous”, demonstrates that men are not “visually sexual” while women are “intellectual sexual”, and does some serious investigation of orgasm, ejaculation, and other topics near and dear to us.
logic-and-art said: Yep there are methods of birth control (depo, the implant) that commonly reduce a woman's period to the point that it's nonexistent and there have been no documented adverse effects from having no period.
so w8, are y’all telling me that there is a massive patriarchal conspiracy to effectively shackle ppl to menstruating?
I’m not against restricting your period via birth control, but women should know that the higher level of hormones, and altering your hormones in general can have some side effects. Anxiety and depression symptoms can change depending on your birth control. If you start a new method of birth control, and your emotions don’t level out after time, your birth control may not be right for you. I suffered through six months of depression, severe anxiety attacks and lack of concentration after switching to the pill that would allow me to skip periods. Going down to a low-dose, “normal” birth control pill corrected these symptoms. Just, be aware of your bodily and emotional changes when you change your birth control. Not every birth control method is right for every body.
my experiences with hormonal birth control have been universally dangerous, including earlier this year when depression triggered by a new generation, low-dose birth control i was prescribed in an effort to control my incredibly painful periods, nearly resulted in suicide. i recovered after a few weeks off the pill, which i had only been on for two weeks or so. this makes the third or fourth brand of pill i’ve tried unsuccessfully, with apocalyptic side effects for all of them. i assume it is a dosage/metabolism issue, as i have this same overreaction problem with all drugs including caffeine and cold medicine.
as an aside, if you are over 175 lbs, the morning after pill may not work for you, and low dose birth control pills may be less effective. i’m unsure why hormonal BC isn’t handled more like HRT, with precise dosages administered based on the individual, but i’m guessing it has a lot to do with branding/marketing (bad) and making birth control accessible to as many people as possible, as conveniently as possible (good)