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International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

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“Unlike many of my companions in the sex industry, I have the privilege of a voice. Which is why it is my duty to shed light on the many problems within that industry.” — Maria Riot; Sex Worker, Animal Rights Activist

Sex workers are the bread and butter of my work. Without them, there would be no Erika Lust Films, and there would be no XConfessions. The people that choose to work with their sexuality, their bodies and their minds, in sex work, are the most powerful and yet some of the most marginalised voices in our society. The hypocrisy of statistics that show the majority of the population watch porn, and yet the majority of the population discriminate against the people in these same films, is endlessly infuriating. I recently released a teaser from my new upcoming film “Sex Work is Work” and received a comment on it claiming that all pornography is discriminatory against women, as it uses women as objects for male pleasure. Which, in a lot of mainstream porn, is true. But not in all porn. And the most infuriating part is that it’s a comment on a sex worker talking about sex work. I don’t know anyone better qualified to discuss, de-construct, and eradicate the myth that all sex workers are victims and all sex work is discriminatory and anti-women, than a sex worker. Especially Maria Riot, who is incredibly smart, articulate, and dedicates her life to activism, feminism and discourse on sex work; plus Dante Dionys and Moth & Rust, who also appear in the film and in the teasers you can see below.

If we want to protect sex workers, we have to start listening to them.

The UN deemed the 17th of December the International Day to end Violence Against Sex Workers, and if you are following me on Twitter, you’ll see I was posting a thread about my new film “Sex Work is Work“, which includes in-depth interviews with the sex workers who perform in the film, on why they choose to do the work they do, what they think needs to be changed in the industry and how, and why sex work should be treated equally to other work – so that sex workers can pay taxes, be protected by the law, and have the ability to report a crime against them without fear of being arrested themselves.

 

Me and Maria Riot on the set of “Sex Work is Work”
“Male, female and transgender sex workers may face violence because of the stigma associated with
sex work, which in most settings is criminalized, or due to discrimination based on gender, race, HIV
status, drug use or other factors. Most violence against sex workers is a manifestation of gender
inequality and discrimination directed at women, or at men and transgender individuals who do not
conform to gender and heterosexual norms, either because of their feminine appearance or the way
they express their sexuality.” — World Health Organization International
Keep your eyes peeled for my upcoming film Sex Work is Work

So although this is my blog where I usually share my opinions and thoughts, I’d like to take this opportunity to let the videos above, and the people in them, speak for themselves. It is time for some of us to shut up, and just listen. Because what we need most, more than anything, is to listen to sex workers. They are the only people who can tell us what they, the industry and others like them, need.
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