Intro to Women's Studies 2010

etsu: 2011-2014

Sex Work- a labor issue and a form of violence

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After discussing sex work in class it is clear that this is a controversial topic, one that can be viewed as both an advantage and disadvantage for females worldwide. We looked specifically from the perspective of sex work being a labor issue and a form of violence- and I believe it to be both. In terms of labor, the issue arises from the fact that women are selling their bodies for money. This is immoral and no individual should have to degrade them self to this, causing such a loss of self-worth and dignity, just for money. Also, I believe it to be a form of violence. For those females who do not give consent to it, it is extremely physically and mentally abusive. And even for those women who choose to engage in sex work – it is still emotionally and psychologically harmful.

For the majority of these women, sex work is a choice forced upon them due to money issues; however this forced choice does not simply diminish the violence experienced. Yes, I understand that some women feel as though sex work is their only option to survive or to provide for their family, but it is not a wise or moral solution. The effects upon these women lie deeper than physical harm; subconsciously, they begin to believe their bodies are their only asset and as a result start to lose sight of who they really are. Sex work would most likely cause feelings of worthlessness and low self-esteem as well as diminishing a woman’s honor, dignity and self-respect.

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Author: goffeh

I am from Birmingham, England. I am a junior here at ETSU currently studying for a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science. I also play for the ETSU women's soccer team.

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