Friday, December 22, 2017

Merry Christmas To All Sex Workers!

At this time of year most of is are looking forward to taking a break from work and putting our feet up. This is the case too for most sex workers too; although of course a lot of sex workers spend most of the year with their feet and legs up in the air, but in a less relaxing way. However going home to family and friends can be stressful if they have no idea as to what you do for a living. Some of course are lucky in that they have a confidante or have been able to ‘come out' already to loved ones. Unfortunately for most sex workers this is still not the case. The stigma attached to sex work of any type is still very strong in today’s society. In some ways perhaps we are more puritanical now that in days of old.

Our society is still very patriarchal combine this with good old fashioned Judeo-Christian values and we have a melting pot of beliefs and attitudes that today as based even more on hearsay and the media so no wonder even  sex workers in Las Palmas and other party venues feel the need to hide what they do. Even to the network of friends and family who would be most able to help them through the emotional and physical problems that many sex workers face as a direct result of their line of work.

I think its fair to say that a lot of sex workers are made to feel ashamed of what they do by wider society. Actually, I am sad to admit that saying that is a cliché even now. We are not called the oldest profession for nothing! No wonder then that they often choose to hangout with other providers of sexual services and use them, as their support network. I am sure that they feel that ‘ civilians' would not understand. And they are all too often correct.

We all have our bad days and good days at work. So its entirely normal to want to share success and solve problems by chatting with friends and colleagues. Not to mention the occasional funny story that most people outside whatever industry would need to have translated for them to understand! Accountants, lawyers, plumbers, truck drivers and fishermen all have their own jargon and sense of humour. Sex workers are no different.


Unfortunately for them however I’m most cases the “ pot' of advice they have to draw upon is usually limited to a very select few and the opportunity to gain advice from people with other points of view becomes limited.. And that is where the problems, both emotional and psychological are all too often going to start. We all need a support structure, and if society insists ion keeping us outside the norm – no matter how normal we and our profession is – then, as usual, it is the sex worker that suffers. Merry Christmas to us all!  

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