Almost a year ago a fantastic guest column was posted on the Honest Courtesan. I have a passion for research and science, and it frustrates me to see how terrible research on sex work usually is. Kevin Wilson explains not only what is wrong with studies on sex work, but also why we can be optimistic about the future of this field. Which gave me a happy.
“It’s probably fair to say that, historically, the sex workers’ rights movement and the academic study of the industry haven’t had a good relationship; much of the time the field has seemed to be implicitly working for the other team. Nevertheless, as the objectivity and quality of research improves, and as we learn more about the industry as a whole, fabricating “facts” about sex work becomes less and less effective a tool for pushing dangerous, wrong-headed policies. As was the case when Canada’s sex work laws were tested in the Supreme Court earlier this year, the ability to decisively cut-down prohibitionist myths in real-time and in front of a panel of judges can be a powerful tool in fighting for sex workers’ rights.”
A Dutch politician thinks it’s wrong to demand Morocco ends the prosecution of homosexuality, because that would be the same as asking the Netherlands to allow child rape. Thankfully, he resigned. What an idiot.
So, to end on a more positive note, I present to you the most romantic song ever. Aww!
And if I may conjecture a further objection, love is nothing to do with destined perfection
The connection is strengthened, the affection simply grows over time [..]
And love is made more powerful by the ongoing drama of shared experience
And the synergy of a kind of symbiotic empathy or… something