I have been interested in the subject and practice of sex work for some time now and was struggling a little with where I sat on it prior to reading about the podcast linked below and deciding to listen to it.
I have used sex workers in the past but done so without any thought whatsover for their lot in life. And I have written posts about sex work and prostitution in the past here, here and here all of which were part of the journey to this time and place. Note that these links are from my oldest thoughts to the newest thoughts and there are a few others in the mix if you are dedicated also.
Have I evolved? That is what I would like to look at briefly in this post.
To add a little more context, I think things really started to change for me when I tried taxi driving for a while.
Taking boozed up clients to the various brothels around town was quite the experience. Sometimes I was just like the sex workers and in it just for the cash, never thinking another thing about it but sometimes I had an absolute pig in the car and damn I felt for the woman whom would have him in her life for a short period of time.
But anyway, that was the past. Right now I am listening to a podcast on 3CR with Victorian Senator Fiona Patten discussing sex work and the potential decriminalisation of sex work in the State of Victoria.
And honestly, she is making sense and I feel like I am finally finding some peace with this subject.
Please have a listen to the pod and I hope you get something out of it.
It’s been a very long journey for me to get to this point but I get that we need to evolve on this subject and that sex can be a job that anyone can do.
We really must get to a better place on this subject. There is far too much stigma and far to much regulation and darkness surrounding this subject.
So I recommend that we collectively open the bloody curtains and let some light in so we can disenfect the language and thinking around the oldest profession in the world for once and for all.
Anyway, I am going to keep reading anything worthwhile that I can get my hands on around this fascinating subject and will publish something further in due course that adds detail to this new found direction for me on this subject.