i want to throw up when i think about the past and all the people that i used to be friends with and all the wrong things ive done and all the things ive said that i shouldnt have idk ugh
women arent complicated youre just dumb
realistically the space under my bed is very small so if a monster did in fact live there it would have to also be very small
it would be some kind of baby monster
i would have to look after it
The language typically used surrounding and during discussions on sex work should be redone. Instead of referring to stances as “pro-prostitution” or “anti-prostitution”, we should consider directing the attention towards the pimps (who are the primary monetary beneficiaries of street sex work) and the punters/johns (who have a horrific, statistically-supported history of abusing sex workers), (something anyone with internet access can research themselves).
The point is, rather than saying I’m “anti-prostitution”, I state that I’m anti-pimping. This is because I am not against sex workers since I believe that they should have all manageable resources available to them to protect them from abusive johns, violent pimps, the spread of STIs and the socioeconomic circumstances that sometimes coerces them into sex work. In sum, I’m against the institutionalized and systematic influences that creates a market for, primarily, the commodification of women and girls, but I support the well-being of the women and girls who are working in this market/”industry”.
NOTE: I do not think that identifying as anti-prostitution (as a market or industry) actually means someone is anti-prostitutes (against sex workers), but the stigma to the stance is so strong that resorting to alternative referrals to this viewpoint seems practical. Also, as previously stated, it puts more of the analytical focus on the pimps.
It should be pretty obvious why this fails, right? If the reason you shouldn’t hurt people is because you should “respect” them, then the moment someone loses your respect, they become vulnerable to violence from you. Some losses of respect are legitimate (i.e. the person did something very bad and now you don’t respect them), some are not (i.e. the person violated gender norms and now you don’t respect them), but regardless of what they did, they don’t deserve violence.
And some people are never considered “respectable” at all, because we don’t consciously include them when we say things like “respect women.”