Sex work: thoughts on ‘selling your body’

Those of you who’ve followed this blog for a while will know that I’m firmly against the criminalisation of sex work. I call it sex work because the term recognises that, as with any other form of work, there should be terms of sale and workers’ rights and safe working conditions. Besides, sex workers pay tax.

But this post is less about the actual work than the language we use to talk about it. Specifically, it’s about the huge problem I have with the phrase ‘selling your body’.
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#JusticeforJasmine, sex work and the Swedish model

#justice for Jasmine Eve-Maree Petite Jasmine, abolish Swedish sex work model legislation

On 11 July a sex worker who went by the name of Petite Jasmine was murdered. She was a sex worker rights activist and member of the Rose Alliance, “an organisation for former and current sex and erotic workers in Sweden”. Here’s the statement they released on Facebook today:
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Links worth your time

I’ve been meaning to revive the link roundup for a while. Now seems as good a time as any, since I’m taking a bit of a break from writing at the moment (and missing it terribly). Business as usual will restart at the end of May, when I’m no longer drowning in dissertation work.

This week is a bit welfare-heavy as it’s something I really wish I had the time to write about! There’s some cracking stuff written by other people though, so I hope you enjoy the links below.
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