“Ladyism” is, in short, the ideology of the woman who thinks that God and the State is on her side and that all would be well if we could only just imprison, kill or enslave all of those improper deviants, sluts, layabouts and never-do-wells.
Not all people who do sex work are women, but women disproportionately suffer the stigma, discrimination, and violence against sex workers.
Ask Elizabeth Pisani what she does, and she’ll tell you it’s “sex and drugs.” Specifically, she’s an epidemiologist: one of the pioneers of UNAIDS who’s worked on four continents, researching, documenting and trying to control the deadly HIV epidemic.
The World of a Professional Naked Girl, via Molly Crabapple for VICE.com.
Danah Boyd tackles the question in a blog post called What Anti-Trafficking Advocates Can Learn from Sex Workers: The Dynamics of Choice, Circumstance, and Coercion, which we are re-publishing with her permission.
Even most of the women I coach, women who are generally worldly and well-informed about their own bodies, react with a combination of fascination and confusion when I explain that their clitoris extends deep within them.
Five reasons the anti-sex trafficking movement’s war on Backpage.com is a royal waste of time.