Let’s address these points one by one.

Firstly, it’s laughable that you think discussing the history and reality of the sex trade is “horrifying,” not because the sex trade has its roots in women's slavery and patriarchal oppression, but because we’re talking about it. THREAD:
1. The sex trade is presented as an individual decision and defended as such. This necessarily obscures, downplays, or outright denies the social and economic forces which make true consent and autonomy impossible.
2. Decriminalizing pimping and buying does expand the industry. If you advocate these policies you are inadvertently advocating to expand the industry. When the sex trade expands, the right to exit contracts.
3. Carol Leigh IS a neoliberal feminist and an anti-communist. The neoliberal agenda of globalization, privatization, and economic liberalization fit perfectly with institutionalizing the global sex trade, hence why they share the same funders.
4. Leigh identified herself as a “middle-class college girl” who wanted to get into the sex trade because it was “very exciting” and to a “risk taker” like her, dabbling in the sex trade was like “hitchhiking.” Petty bourgeois delusions of grandeur.
5. Leigh, accepting the end of history narrative and capitalist realism, argues that “sex for sale is part of the fabric of society,” which when we consider that exploitation “is part of the fabric of society” really doesn’t say much.
6. You’re conflating ontology, a branch of metaphysics that considers things separate, fixed + frozen, with Marxist dialectics which captures society in motion. Our dialectical analysis of sexual violence studies "it internally and in its relations with other things (Mao)."
7. The contradictions internal to the sex trade cause violence.  The “session” between a prostitute and her buyer is always a power struggle between the buyer and the bought. Any prostitute knows this: clients want us to do more for less money, we want to do less for more money.
8. This isn’t dependent on the disposition of the client: the structural positions of the buyer and the bought necessitate these interests. When this power struggle plays out over and inside our bodies, during sex, violence and a violation of our boundaries is bound to occur.
9. This is validated by the fact that violence and coercion have never been able to be reformed out of the sex trade under any legal framework. Yet, we know decriminalizing pimps and buyers expands the trade and the violence within it. Sex trade reform is sex trade expansion.
10. The conflation between “sex worker” and “sex industry” is an intentional strategy of the pimp lobby to shut down critiques of the industry itself. Are you conflating these terms intentionally or by mistake?
11. Being against work is silly. Being against the exploitation of living labor and the super-exploitation of women’s bodies for private profit is a more principled, socialist position to take. Regardless, the double sexual + economic exploitation of women is untenable.
12. You’re not socialist or anti-colonial if you fight to protect and expand an industry that is not socially necessary, responsible for unimaginable acts of violence against proletarian women, and continues to be used as a tool of imperialism to extract profit from our bodies.✌️
13. Like our comrades from Spain stated: "The regulation of prostitution is the equivalent of the bourgeoisie planting a victory flag in patriarchy and capital’s grounds. It is the last legal frontier to appropriate our bodies."
14. Liberals function to obscure reality and jumble consciousness in order to, in the last instance, defend the current order of things. We have to see and speak with clarity and expose things for what they are; how they exist in reality. This will make many uncomfortable. Good.

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