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Here’s a few theses on SW: feel free to add/discuss

SW is currently one of the most hypercapitalist industries there is. Maybe the most.

SW existed before capitalism—its a product of class society. It’s based off the idea of different functions of a chattel class.
If class society was “abolished” tomorrow, SW would still exist, until society was able to eliminate ALL aspects of class through habit over generations.

There’s a chance SW would still exist. But it is impossible to predict what that would like without a chattel class.
Would everyone do it? Would no one do it? I doubt we’ll know in our lifetimes.

“Erotica” and sexual expression will always exist because they’re pleasurable for many people. But again—it’s impossible to know what this would look with NO cultural aspects of class society.
Currently, nothing about sex work, erotica, etc, can be divorced from class society. None of it exists in a vacuum, and the assertion it is does is liberalism and individualism at its most basic.

The stoking of that My Personal Experience dimension is part of a long culture war.
That culture war is between prudes & sexually liberated folks, or respectful women & sluts, or the ignorant and the enlightened. It doesn’t really matter because the purpose of this war is to stifle communication and obscure what the purpose of SW really is & who it benefits.
So there is battle—and then there’s a problem of hand-to-mouth daily survival for sex workers, which requires a continuation of the status quo and harm reduction/support for workers of course, but nothing ever seems to get to the root.
Here are some examples of not being able to reach that root, and the type of silence I am talking about.

In all my discussions about SW, when I’ve asked people what they think happens during a specific session or scenario, they have no answers at all.
Simple questions. If you’re doing ____ for an hour, what do you think happens for that hour? Beginning, middle, end. What do the worker and client do? What happens before or after?

99% of people have never thought about it before, or they just have no clue at all.
Another way not to reach the root: focus on the women.

Very rarely does any profile of SW focus on anything other than able-bodied white women, either enjoying what they’re doing, or in distress.

Even if the spotlight is on anyone else—the spotlight isn’t where it should be.
The spotlight of course should be on the consumers, the clients, the men with money. They’re always treated as an invisible force one can choose to tap into at will. Just plug in, do whatever you do, get money from mysterious source. That’s it! Like they’re a weather forecast.
No matter what you’re doing, it’s a a heavily interactive customer service job. The clients ARE the job, and EVERYTHING possible is done to obscure their identity, their actions, and keep their continued income, for survival and safety of the workers.
Imagine if the show “Intervention” was focused on drug dealers instead of drug users, for example.

It’s easy to see why the focus is always on the woman’s choice and whether or not she likes it. The esoteric scenario/invisible man dynamic is seen in all forms of misogyny.
SW is and has always been considered a subdivision of the property class that exists as an anonymous, safe place for the men with means to navigate that class.
This doesn’t mean:

SW isn’t enjoyable for the workers. That they all hate their clients. That they have no agency. That they are pitiful, victims, making bad choices, stupid, negative in any way.

It doesn’t mean we shouldn’t make their lives safer, better, more supported.
We should do all those things, and I’m never going to hate on sex workers, because I love them.

It does mean the system itself is very bad, doesn’t exist in a vacuum & I’m not even going to go into million and one problems of the industry rn.
It’s not like retail, or coal mining, or working for a corporation, also. I’m willing to discuss further because I’d love to talk about it FOR ONCE in depth this way instead of just it’s good for me/it’s bad for me etc etc discussions but I’m running out of steam rn so cya.
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