To argue about whether sex work is inherently bad is to miss the bigger picture:
1) that there are women (especially in the developing world) forced into it who don’t want to be, because of misogyny,
2) that there are women (mostly in the first world) who want to be sex workers who are shamed for it, because of misogyny, and
3) while they both can (and do) face violence in sex work, that is the result of aggressive misogyny, and to dismiss it as just ‘coming with the territory’ of sex work is to victim blame - and tacitly condones the reasons for the misogyny.
Women have the right to choose not to be sex workers or to choose, uncoerced, to be sex workers, and both have the right to be free of violence. Those things require some pretty huge changes - especially in how we view and aid the developing world - and perhaps that is worth focusing on, instead of arguing whether something (that will happen either way) is “inherently” anything.
By the way, thanks again to all the people who gave me advice on alcohol-based markers a while back. I ended up buying the big, complete set of Marvy Le Plume markers, which I used to colour the Garden sisters. They’re cheap and they suit my purposes, though I could see myself filling out the set with some extra colours from other brands in the future. But for what they are, they’re a pleasure to use.
That time when Raven actually said what most of us want to say to a teacher who picks you for the answer when you clearly don’t know it, for usually no other reason than to embarrass you and make you look stupid. One of the main things I hate and always will hate about school.
Or - MAYBE - it’s because we pick kids who we can see talking or looking at their phone or otherwise choosing to not listen, and they’re never the ones with their hands up. Sometimes, we even pick the kids who we know do have the answer, but who don’t put their hand up because they’re unconditionally afraid they don’t.
If you’ve got your hand up, you’re probably on top of things. Hand down, you might need the teacher interaction.
Picking kids with their hands down can be to keep lazy (or just distractible) kids actively thinking or to gradually raise the confidence of those who lack it. If we only picked kids who put their hands up, it’d be the same two or three kids (and usually a class troublemaker looking to disrupt things) dominating the entire discussion every day.
Sure, there’s always gonna be some dicks out there, just like any profession. But keep in mind, you’re going on the memories (or current experience) of your teenage self, who might not be exactly the most reliable narrator.
I am the cartoonist of Zunfa Comics. I like Doctor Who and I have a degree in film. You can read my comics at www.zunfa.net, and my art tumblr is captainfaraday.tumblr.com. This one time a car ran over my foot and it really hurt.