Tuesday, April 03 2018
Many of our most pressing social problems--sexual exploitation, homelessness, poverty, substance abuse--are compounded by their highly stigmatized perception by outsiders. These issues are incredibly charged; our society has a strong tendency to frame them as personal and moral failings, which leads to strongly-held negative assumptions. Stigma is one of the most demoralizing elements of sex work, and it can make transitioning out of the life frustrating and even dangerous. Our clients have recounted numerous stories about how they have been treated when their past or current involvement in sex work has been discovered by friends, loved ones, and employers or coworkers. They have experienced ostracism, abuse, discrimination, and sexual assault or harassment. Regardless of how an individual feels about their past sex work, coping with the fallout of stigma is emotionally taxing, with serious psychological and physical consequences. Click on the title to continue reading.