So, I was scrolling down the prostitution tag, and apparently this needs to be clarified again:

the-blonde-in-question:

Sex workers don’t sell their bodies.

Sex workers. Do not. Sell. Their bodies.

Sex workers sell services, in an equivalent manner to a massage therapist. We are like ANYONE ELSE WHO DOES ANY JOB EVER—we are paid for our time, energy, and expertise. One of the most appropriate euphemisms for “sex worker” is “service provider.” When a guy pays me to fuck him, that does not mean he has any claim on my body. It’s still mine.

It’s also important to note that the johns understand this. They know that they’re not buying the sex worker’s body; they understand the difference between slavery and the exchange of money for the services of a professional. (Since the difference between the two is vast, one would expect it to be easily understood, but unfortunately that is not the case.)

One of the related arguments I’ve heard against sex work, especially prostitution, is the accusation that it gives men the impression that women are always available for them sexually, and are simply there for the taking. This would be true if sex workers’ services were free, but they’re NOT. This assertion is ridiculous; it’s equivalent to stating that people assume that massage therapists are always available to provide physical relief, and that any massage therapist can be stopped on the street and forced to perform.

One of the best ways to illustrate the stigma of sex work is to compare being an escort to being a massage therapist. Both are body-workers who provide a sensual, enjoyable, physical experience that is intended to relax. And yet, which one of these professions is not legal? Which one prompts assumptions and accusations and hostility? Oh yeah, the one that involves the sexual organs; the one that involves sexual pleasure and sexual release.

We (English-speaking Tumblr) live in a society shaped by layers and layers of sex negativity instilled in us as part of the legacy of Judeo-Christian supremacy. Being against sex work as a whole carries that attitude.

One more argument to refute: I’ve often heard the “well 90+% of sex workers are trafficked/exploited/raped” spiel. This is TRUE. The percentage may not be exactly right, but the idea behind that statement is factual. I agree that work needs to be done to change the industry, much in the way work has been and is being done to help agricultural workers gain rights and be more fairly compensated. It’s a parallel problem, and yet no one suggests that agricultural production should be shut down because most of its workers are exploited.

I say, fuck sex negativity. 

(Source: tealeafprincess, via heavenrants)

fuckyeah-sexpositivity:

The rebloggable version, by request!
[Text: Anonymous asked: “Why are you posting asexual stuff on a SEX POSITIVE blog”
fuckyeah-sexpositivity answered: “Because, dear anon, sex positivity does not mean erasing or shaming the experiences of those who are asexual. 
Actually, I think we need to have this conversation. 
I actually am of the mindset we need more perspectives of asexuality within the sex positive movement. Because there’s an all too common mantra within our movement that goes, “Sex is beautiful and natural and everyone wants to have sex so it’s nothing to be ashamed of!” 
And I agree, sex is nothing to be ashamed of. But there’s one little detail there: not everyone wants sex or gets pleasure from it. They’re roughly 1% of the population. And with 7 billion people on the planet, 1% equals 70,000,000. Seventy million people is a lot of experiences to erase. 
So, roughly 70,000,000 people on this planet don’t want sex. Or they want sex in certain contexts. Or they kind of sometimes want sex but not often. Or they have sex to satisfy a partner, but don’t get much out of it for themselves. Or they have a sex drive, just… not towards other people. Or they can’t stand the thought of sex. 
And that’s okay too. 
Sex positivity for me is accepting that whether you have sex a lot, or you never have sex, whether you have a million kinks or you can’t stand sex outside the missionary position, whether you are gay, straight, bisexual, pansexual, omnisexual, sapiosexual, autosexual, objectumsexual, or asexual, the way you look at sex and attraction is valid and normal, as long as it’s not hurting anyone. 
So that is why I am posting asexual content on a sex positivity blog. And that is why I will continue to do so.”] 

fuckyeah-sexpositivity:

The rebloggable version, by request!

[Text: Anonymous asked: “Why are you posting asexual stuff on a SEX POSITIVE blog”

fuckyeah-sexpositivity answered: “Because, dear anon, sex positivity does not mean erasing or shaming the experiences of those who are asexual. 

Actually, I think we need to have this conversation. 

I actually am of the mindset we need more perspectives of asexuality within the sex positive movement. Because there’s an all too common mantra within our movement that goes, “Sex is beautiful and natural and everyone wants to have sex so it’s nothing to be ashamed of!” 

And I agree, sex is nothing to be ashamed of. But there’s one little detail there: not everyone wants sex or gets pleasure from it. They’re roughly 1% of the population. And with 7 billion people on the planet, 1% equals 70,000,000. Seventy million people is a lot of experiences to erase. 

So, roughly 70,000,000 people on this planet don’t want sex. Or they want sex in certain contexts. Or they kind of sometimes want sex but not often. Or they have sex to satisfy a partner, but don’t get much out of it for themselves. Or they have a sex drive, just… not towards other people. Or they can’t stand the thought of sex. 

And that’s okay too. 

Sex positivity for me is accepting that whether you have sex a lot, or you never have sex, whether you have a million kinks or you can’t stand sex outside the missionary position, whether you are gay, straight, bisexual, pansexual, omnisexual, sapiosexual, autosexual, objectumsexual, or asexual, the way you look at sex and attraction is valid and normal, as long as it’s not hurting anyone. 

So that is why I am posting asexual content on a sex positivity blog. And that is why I will continue to do so.”] 

(via anotherfeminist)