Sex Work and Human Rights

Sex worker criticises Alice Schwarzer’s view of women as commodity


“I just want to say that what bothers me is the view of women as commodity. I am a service provider. Of course there a social hardships. What bothers me is to take it all out of context, that we don’t say: A, there has to be a secure income, we need to get women out of poverty; that is the context. And then (sexual) services should be recognised, the status of women’s oldest profession enhanced and general conditions created, where women aren’t viewed as children, neither on an individual nor on a societal level, but as independent, clear-thinking subjects.”

(The above translation is as close to the original as possible. Due to low sound quality, some passages were a little hard to understand.)

Recorded at the presentation of anti-prostitution activist Alice Schwarzer’s book “Prostitution – A German Scandal” on November 14th, 2013, at Urania Berlin. Video by Research Project Korea.


2 responses

  1. Aphrodite

    Very well said. I’ve been thinking the same for a long time. I’m not going to comment on the aspect of ‘commodity’, but something closely linked to it: objectification. People blame prostitution as a form of objectification. And there where lies the paradox.

    I don’t know a lot about her, but Alice Schwarzer doesn’t seem to care about people who work in prostitution. She only seems to care about expressing and imposing her view by making USE of people she doesn’t actually want to know (it seems to me.) And that’s nothing less and nothing more than using women as Objects (or commodities, if they get paid for it)

    I wrote a post on a topic closely linked to commodifying and objectifying people in prostitution. I don’t claim it to be correct, rather a rambling coming from my healthy dose of logical thinking 😉

    November 15, 2013 at 2:59 pm

  2. What’s wrong with describing our labor as a commodity is that it mistakes it in the most salacious terms possible and demonstrates the lengths the anti-prostitutionists are willing to go to objectify us, as a means to discriminate against us. We can speak of how these extremist commodify their discrimination against us as do-gooder polices.

    November 15, 2013 at 5:23 pm

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