Wednesday, April 22 2015
Have you ever traded sex for things that you need? Have you ever sold sex for money or drugs? These questions might seem hard to ask, at first. But, what if we asked? What if asking lifted the veil of secrecy around commercial sexual exploitation and helped women?
At CASH we served almost 200 women last year. Of those women, more than half had never talked about their involvement with sex work, even though a majority have been involved in the criminal justice system, experienced homelessness, or had mental health issues. Over time, there were so many opportunities to ask these women if they wanted help with this aspect of their life. But, I understand why it didn’t come up. Click on the title to continue reading.
Saturday, April 04 2015
In movies and television, a prostitute is usually depicted as a woman walking the streets, wearing a short skirt, a rabbit fur jacket, high heels, heavy makeup, and perhaps a garish wig. This depiction is known as a trope, a device or convention that a writer can reasonably rely on as being present in the audience members' minds and expectations. Tropes allow a writer to focus on more important parts of the story or other characters, without spending a lot of time on minor characters and story elements. In upcoming blog posts, I will discuss five different tropes about sex workers and the real-life repercussions they create. Today, we will discuss the Disposable Sex Worker trope. Click on the title to continue reading.