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Tuesday, 2 February 2010

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I also wrote this a while back on another blog.........actually prior to all the recent shit! On the subject of partners of sex workers and financial domination.....It pisses me off because was I working in a bank and had a partner who was verbally and mentally abusive and demanded control of my finances it would be no crime in the eyes of the law, whereas the fact I am a sex worker would mean a man could go to jail for the same. Bear in mind that he would not have to be abusive to fall fail of the law - I could simply be the one working and he be unemployed while I support us both.......an outdated and stupid law which should be scrapped............

I have a few words about the financial exploitation of women who sell sex - and it is often the men they live with who take this role.

Not all women who sell sex hook up with violent and abusive men who are financially exploitative. However, some do, it is not uncommon. Perhaps one issue is that not many men would feel comfortable with a partner who has such a job, and women in that profession attract men who are predatory and out for what they can get for that reason. But like any kind of domestic abuse, the tendency of women to put up with such treatment lies partly in a lack of self esteem or self doubt.

Men who are the partners of sex workers who are abusive (financially, physically, emotionally or otherwise - they can be all of those things) should not be jailed for living off 'immoral' earnings. What their partners do for a living is really not the issue - the issue is that they are abusive, end of. They should be treated as any other abusers - if they are to be arrested for anything it should be for assault or extortion - not outdated and vague terms of immorality. Would it be any less 'immoral' if, say, a woman worked in a bank, had an unemployed husband at home who not only hit her but demanded control over their joint account? I think not. He would be arrested for assault - not for being the partner of a bank employee!

Also, there are labels given to male partners of sex workers which are innappropriate and unhelpful. In the old days a 'ponce' was a homosexual male. Now the term is taken to mean a man who is on the take - and is most commonly referred to men on the take from women who sell sex. What link is there here with homosexuality? There is none - unless it is taken for given that a 'real man' is a breadwinner and provider - while a man who stays at home is taking on a feminine role. This is a sexist and outdated term that is used by police as well as being street slang.

Truly if a woman wishes to stay in a relationship where the man does not contribute financially (even exploits her in that way) it is down to her. If she wishes to get out of an abusive relationship she should be given the support to do so - but what is the point in arresting her partner due to what she does for a living? Even if she is being taken for a ride, it is up to her to learn. Demonising her partner due to her profession is unfair on her as it only ensures she will remain socially stigmatised. He is stigmatised not due to what he is (an abuser) but due to what she does and therefore is perceived as being.

The issue is therefore diverted from the main one (that of domestic abuse) and channelled into the futile debate over the rights and perceived wrongs of her profession.

What women do for a living is irrelevant to whether or not their partners abuse them physically, emotionally, or financially.

Those are my thoughts for the day. Don't know why I got onto that one but financial exploitation of any kind is always an issue, I guess.

2 comments:

  1. How about you? Are you happy being a sex worker? Sorry, stupid question probably. But it's the first time I've had the chance to ask someone directly, if you can forgive me ...

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  2. It's not something I can say I've been 'happy' as such with but a means to an end....something I can live with as such. Recent events have made me unhappy though....the frowning of society upon it is one thing, the condemnation of a man who once said he loved me, telling me I am a piece of dirt when I have tried so hard to support him in every way possible is more than I can bear and one storm I have found hard to weather. It might not be directly related, maybe he is the kind of guy who would find anything, who nothing is good enough for.....in which case what I do is not the point. But still......

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