In which school makes me want to bang my head against a wall.

6 04 2009

I’ve been a terrible blogger lately, and by terrible, I mean “completely absent”. As it turns out, being in grade 12 and being a slow worker is not condusive to blogging 2-3 times a week. I’ll try and get back into the swing of things, though, if anybody still bothers to read this.

But, no, lack of blogging time is not what makes me want to bang my head against the wall.

Last week, in my English class, we were having a discussion about many things. One of those nice tangential ones where a lot of ideas get tossed around. Specifically, it related to the movie Water, which is actually a really good movie. So, my English teacher asks us this question:

“Is there really such a thing as a willing prostitute?”

I knew where this was going. I chimed in with something along the lines of “Uh, you guys, I know willing prostitutes.”

My teacher (who is actually a complete sweetheart, but kind of dead wrong on this one), procceeded to explain the correlation between child abuse and prostitution, and how she read a book about Vancouver’s downtown East Side and all these people live such horrible lives, and therefore, no prostitute would actually, you know, want to do that stuff.

Talk about jumping wildly to conclusions.

Then she said something like “We can’t judge these people, they’ve all had really hard lives.”

Isn’t assuming someone to be a victim a judgement in itself?

Also, in my World Issues class, in our unit on women’s issues, there is a lesson entitled “Prostitution and Slavery.” Same lesson.

I do realize people have varying opinions about sex work. But, wilfully ignoring the voices of sex workers just because it doesn’t fit the script? That’s just ignorant.




4 responses

7 04 2009

Oh, the infamous ” Can prostitutes be willing ? I don’t think so ! And therefore, since I know better, willing prostitutes, do shut up !!11!!” debate. Gah.

Well. I’m sure you managed to chime in enough to at least get another point of view out there. And can I say how happy I am that you are blogging at last ?

19 04 2009

I’ll second the “happy to see you blogging again”.

Several months back, Figleaf posted a link to a sex worker’s post that compared the various degrees of willingness/coercion that can apply to prostitution, to the degrees of willingness/coercion that can apply to military service – I’ll see if I can track that down for you (though you might have some trouble seeing it unless you’re in a position to tell fibs to electrons).


19 04 2009

Oops – “sex worker” may not have been accurate (sex ed, photography, and the writing of litporn are, at any rate, a very different sort of sex work than what the term usually implies). Turns out it was Heather Corrina who wrote the post; you can find it here if the electrons are cooperative.


20 04 2009

Thanks for posting that! Yeah, it was a great post. And thank you for still reading! 🙂

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