Five questions for prostitution advocates, by Huff Yupp

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1: Multiple studies have shown that the vast majority of women in prostitution would exit immediately if given the chance. With this in mind, how can working inside the sex industry be seen as an expression of agency or free choice?

2: Women of color, indigenous women, and economically disadvantaged women are massively overrepresented in prostitution. Consider other institutions that rely primarily on the labor of the most oppressed members of the society. Do we consider them just or unjust?

3: Prostitution has traditionally been used as an expression of colonialism, genocide, femicide, and white supremacy. Can you point out even a single instance of a sex industry that was not based in or plagued by patriarchy, racism, and classism?

4: Consider the prominent male voices in support of prostitution. Are you comfortable supporting an industry fueled almost solely by the demand of anti-feminist and openly misogynistic men?

5: Do you believe the average man who purchases sex respects or otherwise cares about the safety and dignity of prostituted women? If not, do you believe that encouraging or promoting increased sexual contact between women and misogynists is a sensible approach to promoting women’s rights across the globe?

From Gender Detective.

4 thoughts on “Five questions for prostitution advocates, by Huff Yupp

  1. sbt42 April 22, 2015 at 13:37

    I would love to see a more updated version of the report cited in question 1. Considering it’s now over 10 years old, sex industry proponents could make an argument for the scathing report’s findings to be outdated.

    Any updates on that particular study, or do you know of more recent surveys in a similar vein?

    • Francois Tremblay April 22, 2015 at 15:27

      What, did prostitution change in the last ten years?

  2. sbt42 April 23, 2015 at 04:44

    Not to poo-pooh your explanation, but research being outdated is frequently cited by the defensive as a dismissal strategy. “The world has changed a lot in 10 years, you know.”

    I’m not saying that I agree with the opposition. But more current research can add to the groundswell against support for prostitution. Just looking for more info, is all.

    • Francois Tremblay April 23, 2015 at 16:52

      I don’t have all the studies at hand, but Google Scholar may be useful. Either way, I don’t really see how we profit from buying into their timetable argument and rejecting perfectly valid research.

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