I don't classify sex work as work because I don't think that consent to sex can be bought. And really, if it's just like any ol' job, why is it the only industry where you need exit programs if you want to leave?
However, I agree 100% that police action against sex workers (even of the "rescue" type) is never ever the way to go. Punish the people buying sex, not the people who feel they have no other choice but to sell it.
@Evan Hughes We already have an inconvenient and chaotic system, because we can almost never agree on what's correct. However, I can definitely see the appeal of having a set of rules to follow.
@Evan Hughes Why are we so willing to defend something as "correct" when it sounds strange and unnatural to most native speakers? Language changes, and I think it's changing in the "it was not me" direction. I'm literally okay with that. (Bad pun! Sorry!)
@Ellie Yes. Just yes.
@klemay And for the record, it's entirely possible to have your education paid for and not be an asshole about it. I'm not going to assume that someone who comes from money is a jerk. But some people just have a sense of entitlement. The rest of us have a right to be annoyed by it.
@jolie It's not an "us" vs. "them." I suppose I shouldn't have assumed people would know what I was talking about since I didn't even mention my school, though. There is a population at my school who fit into the "trust fund babies" category and they are truthfully obnoxious and inconsiderate (to the community around our school, to the services workers at our school, etc). They are not the majority of the student body, but to the community, it seems like they are. It's frustrating to be lumped in with them when I am a hard-working, respectful person.
@Charismatic Megafauna I am also from NH, and from now on, when anyone tells me they have a house there (everyone has a house there!), I'm going to take your "NO WAY, so do I!!!!"
@jolie Excuse me for being frustrated that I had to work much harder than most of my peers to get here but I'm still discounted as a brat anyway.
I realize that there is still a *lot* of privilege in going to school where I go. But mommy and daddy aren't paying my way through, and it's frustrating when people assume that they are.
I've experienced something similar at my school. I think the worst part is when you get, "Oh, you go to [expensive private university]?" and they assume you're a privileged asshole. Because, no, I worked my ass off to get here and I have to put up with those privileged assholes every day.