Sex isn’t work

The next Hairy Eyeball goes to the College of William and Mary’s students’ association and Women’s studies dept:

The college of William and Mary removed the cross from its chapel to make it less “faith specific” (William and Mary would be rolling over in their graves at the thought). Meanwhile, the students’ association sponsored the “Sex Workers Art Show“. This is wrong on so many levels that it is difficult to know where to begin. First of all, “sex worker” is an oxymoron. Sex isn’t work – to turn it into work is inherently harmful. Instead of celebrating and legitimizing prostitution and stripping, we as a society ought to be putting our resources into, number one, finding out why people are drawn into these “trades”, with an eye to prevent more people falling victim to them. Really, who in their right mind would strip or have sex with a stranger for money if he or she had any other way to make a living? Number two, resources should be put into helping people who have been drawn into the “sex trade” get out, find legitimate employment and healing. The event cost $1800 US, which, in the larger scheme of things, isn’t a great deal of money. However, it could have been better spent helping get people out of prostitution, rather than celebrating it.

I’m reminded of something that CS Lewis said (I think it was in Mere Christianity) – I paraphrase (because I have no idea where my copy of the book is):

If people would pay money to go to a theatre, and watch as a curtain was slowly raised to reveal a steak dinner, and then slowly lowered again, you would rightly conclude that something had gone wrong with that society’s attitude towards food.

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