We live in a world created by p0rn0graphy. For more than three decades, researchers have documented that pornography renders consumers insensitive to violence and spread myths about rape and other lies surrounding female sexuality. In doing so, it normalizes and becomes more and more common, intrusive and dangerous, surrounding us in a more intimate way and shaping the culture to such an extent that it is difficult even to recognize the damage it causes.
The weekly El Times selection of stories in Spanish that you can’t find anywhere else, with eñes and accents. Send it to your inbox. One measure of this success is that the media has increasingly insisted on calling people who engage in prostitution and p0rn0graphy “s3x workers”.
What is done to them is not $exo, in the sense of intimacy and reciprocity, nor work, in the sense of productivity and dignity. Survivors of prostitution see it as “serial rape” and therefore consider the term “s3x work” to be a form of emotional manipulation and abuse.
When “the ‘work’ of pr0stitution is exposed, any similarities to legal work will be shattered,” said two survivors, Iverina Giob and Vedneta Katz. “Simply put, whether you are a ‘high society’ or a street hooker, when you are ‘dating’, you have to kneel or lie on your back and let that man use your body however you want. He has paid for the price. Yes it’s not that bad, pretending to be a prostitute is just as ridiculous as any other job. “