Do sex workers deserve to be named and shamed in the media?

(81 Posts)
homeo Sat 16-Mar-13 23:11:38

Irish tabloid SundayWorldNewspaper has posted a video showing a sex worker's face and address. The reporter pretends to be a client but goes in with a hidden camera.

https://twitter.com/AlisandeF/status/308165744452046849

ArtexMonkey Sat 16-Mar-13 23:15:24

That's fucking bullshit. No way. If they did this to the men there would be outrage.

Woofers Sat 16-Mar-13 23:16:59

Not the sex workers but those who run them should be named and shamed

RatPants Sat 16-Mar-13 23:18:54

And the clients.

homeo Sat 16-Mar-13 23:19:29

So why isn't there an outrage when innocent sex workers are exposed by the media for no reason other than they are sex workers?

homeo Sat 16-Mar-13 23:22:36

www.facebook.com/sundayworld1

"Don't miss tomorrow's Sunday World as we reveal the nanny and cleaner who moonlights as a city centre prostitute."

ArtexMonkey Sat 16-Mar-13 23:22:51

Well I'm not ok with it, plenty people won't be...

But women are considered fair game aren't they? Not fully human, especially the 'fallen' ones.

No way would this reporter dare do it to a punter let alone a pimp, i bet he would shit his trousers at the thought of them twigging on and giving him a kicking.

homeo Sat 16-Mar-13 23:25:27

"But women are considered fair game aren't they? Not fully human, especially the 'fallen' ones. "

Maybe some think sex workers aren't human and need to be named and shamed.

homeo Sat 16-Mar-13 23:26:28

news@sundayworld.com

That's their email if anyone wants to complain

Trekkie Sat 16-Mar-13 23:30:09

No of course they don't.
Good grief.

homeo Sat 16-Mar-13 23:33:11

I was expecting you all to have a different response. This is a feminist board isn't it?

OldLadyKnowsNothing Sat 16-Mar-13 23:38:50

Why would feminists deride sex workers?

Trekkie Sat 16-Mar-13 23:39:58

Why were you expecting a different response?

Feminists have a range of views about prostitution and other types of work in the sex industry, in the sense of whether it is damaging to society / women as a group etc.

Whatever their view though, feminists would never condemn the women (and others) working at the sharp end of this industry, seeking instead to condemn the societal structures, laws, pimps and so on who allow it all to happen.

homeo Sat 16-Mar-13 23:40:53
Maryz Sat 16-Mar-13 23:45:48

It's the Irish Sunday World.

This is mild, compared to some of the things they do. They are the shittiest of shitty papers.

And I won't click on your links.

AbigailAdams Sat 16-Mar-13 23:47:21

What does that last link have to do with us or the rest of this thread? I don't even understand what it is about in fact.

homeo Sat 16-Mar-13 23:49:41

The last link I posted is about sex workers revealing some of the abuse they have to put up with, not from clients but from those who oppose sex work.

For example one of them had dog shit put through her letterbox.

Darkesteyes Sat 16-Mar-13 23:51:53

Any other MNers getting a sense of deja vu here or is it just me.

AbigailAdams Sat 16-Mar-13 23:52:22

Again, what has that got to do with us or your original point of the thread?

Trekkie Sat 16-Mar-13 23:52:28

The "anti sex work" people who are being talked about on your second link, for attacking sex workers, are pretty likely to be coming from a religious, right wing type perspective, rather than a feminist perspective.

AbigailAdams Sat 16-Mar-13 23:53:54

Not it's not just you Darkesteyes.

ArtexMonkey Sat 16-Mar-13 23:53:57

So, did you start this thread in the hopes/expectations of causing a bunfight op? Cos that's kinda sorta trolling.

OldLadyKnowsNothing Sat 16-Mar-13 23:54:05

Yeah, me too, but I don't understand why this discussion has been closed down (at least twice) before. Sex workers do recieve abuse for doing what they do, why is it not up for discussion?

Feminists may oppose sex work, but they don't oppose sex workers as women, as human beings. The industry is appalling, but the women in it are rarely there out of free and open choice. So no, they do not deserve anything except understanding and support.

homeo Sat 16-Mar-13 23:54:11

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