Friday, May 22 2015
In my last post, we learned about the Disposable Sex Worker trope as it is used in media and pop culture. Today, we’ll discuss how the trope impacts the real lives of sex workers.
In real life, many men who buy sex (known as ‘johns’ or ‘tricks’) prefer engaging in sexual activity with women that fit the trope—nameless (pseudonyms are commonplace for sex workers), with no personal ties to him or anyone he knows. They are women who exist solely for the john’s sexual pleasure or need for control, and he is not expected or required to maintain even the barest sense of intimacy with any of the women he buys. They may be estranged from their families and isolated from their friends, and like the trope, are nearly always defined by their profession, using derogatory and demeaning terms. Each of these factors greatly increases the chance that any person not integrated into their community will experience violence, but for sex workers, who are 40 times more likely to die than women who are not sex workers, the odds are stacked high against them. Click on the title to continue reading.