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Hip-Hip-Whore-Ay!

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On last Friday, Whoopie Goldberg told the world she’d been a phone sex operator. Hip-Hip-Whore-Ay!

The confession on The View was prompted by the fact that Elizabeth Hasselbeck would be reporting, talking head style, on the subject of moms becoming PSOs the following Monday. One of my friends, Phone Sex Secrets, participated in the phone sex segment as the anonymous “Lynn.”

The segment aired this past Monday with the better-than-expected slant of “desperate times call for desperate measures.” While the slant was clearly forced by what Phone Sex Secrets kindly calls “contextual ambiguity,” at least the show managed to refrain from many of the usual old refrains about sex work. So, yes, it was a tiny step forward for media coverage regarding any aspect of sex work.

That may be the proverbial “good news.”

The bad news is the inane, ignorant, and inflammatory comments and statements which came along with nearly every article and blog post on the subject. That’s not particularly surprising. Unfortunately.

The Good News, worthy of capitalizing and earning the Hip-Hip-Whore-Ay! post title is what Phone Sex Secrets wrote in response to comments on the GMA phone sex story at the Huffington Post:

I find nothing wrong with sex work. Nope, not even prostituti­on. I’d prefer it to be legal, of course. ;) The worst thing about any form of sex work is the hypocrisy, the criminaliz­ation which targets women/work­ers not male/clien­ts, and the mythinform­ation continued to be passed around about the work (see hypocrisy)­.

In a healthy society, we’d accept sexuality as a human need, a biological imperative­, as well as a pleasurabl­e thing and paying for it no different than paying for other needs, such as housing and food, and, in terms of pleasure, paying for any entertainm­ent. Which would make selling it no different than the sale of the aforementi­oned items.

She even managed to include the tactful, and now obligatory to every conversation about sex work, statement regarding the sex slave trade:

And before anyone jumps in with worries about sex slaves, I am talking about consenting adults opting for such things. Let’s not confuse persons willing to be a sex worker with slavery; it’s a disservice to victims of slavery.

Seriously, I couldn’t have said all this better myself.

Unless I went with my more succinct, “Everybody poos, everybody screws, get over it.”

Author: Gracie

Gracie Passette is a sex worker, though no longer working directly with clients in the flesh; she now uses media to work with the issues of sexuality. Along with founding Sex Kitten, she runs Cult Of Gracie, curates sexuality, and is The Marketing Whore.

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  1. Pingback: What’s The Deal With Phone Sex? Part One | Sex~Kitten.net

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