Dear Lisa Ling,
I recently managed to get caught up on all the episodes of Our America on my DVR, and I have a few questions…
Why is it that you can provide shockingly fair (or at least not purely negative and titillating) portrayals and inside looks at transgendered folks and polygamists, but when it comes to “amateur porn” aka webcam girls, you utterly fail?
Why is it that you can do honest thought-provoking and even rather educational shows on those supposedly-controversial subjects — which include matters of sexuality — yet you only investigated underage sex trafficking and won’t provide an honest look at legal sex work — or, heaven forbid, look at the realities of sex work involving people who opt to work in the adult industry?
(Yes, I call it the adult industry, not “the game” as you insist on calling it. I’m not sure “quoting pimps” is a part of journalistic integrity, even if it fits the bill for lopsided and sensationalized programing.)
Why can’t the same reason prevail or at least be attempted in the topics of sex work as it does in the other issues?
Why, why, why-why-why?
Is it because Oprah is so slow to catch on?
Is there an unwritten and enforceable mandate for all in the media to only sensationalize and exploit, rather than report on matters of sexuality involving money?
Is sex work still “too dirty” even though it falls under the umbrella of “the oldest profession”? It’s 2011 and sex and sex work still need to be treated as scandals rather than realities?
I’d really like to know.
With much affection,