I can’t say it any better than Maggie, the Honest Courtesan:
…[F]rom soon after the beginning of this blog, I’ve asked those of you who aren’t sex workers yourselves to speak up for our rights on this day. The gay rights movement didn’t really take off until thefriends and families of gay people got involved, and it’s the same for us; since only about 1% of Western women ever formally work as whores, we’re going to need a lot of help to make our voices heard. We need all the sex workers (such as strippers, dominatrices and porn actresses) whose fields aren’t currently criminalized, and the sugar babies and other women who have informally or indirectly taken money for sex at least once (which might be as high as 10% of all women). We need all of the men who hire us at least occasionally, which comes to about 20% of the adult male population. We need all of the women who recognize that cops can’t tell the difference between professionals and amateurs, and that laws which can be used to arrest us will also work to arrest you. We need all of those who love porn, polyamory, BDSM or kink, because even though policing of sex usually starts with harlots, it never stops with us. We need all of the public health and human rights experts who understand the necessity of decriminalization in light of their respective fields, all of the libertarians who recognize that governmental prohibition of consensual behavior is both indefensible and dangerous to individual liberty, and all of the feminists who recognize that a woman’s right to control her own body and make her own sexual and economic choices is the primary feminist issue. And we need all of the decent human beings who don’t fall into any of those categories, but are simply disgusted by the idea of armed thugs arresting, humiliating and ruining people for the “crime” of consensual sex.
I qualify as a kinky porn-consuming libertarian poly-friendly former mistress. Consensual crimes are the shame of the justice system It behooves all of us to support our sex-worker sisters and brothers, because we cannot allow the morality thugs to gain further claw-holds in our activities.
I will determine what qualifies as appropriate in my own life, and won’t tell other people what is appropriate in theirs.
I will not tell athletes, models, and construction workers that it’s okay to use their bodies to earn a living, but escorts, strippers, and adult actors that they can’t.
I will not tell women of the emerging world that they must labor in a factory for pennies instead of becoming sex workers, because it’s degrading, you know. The sex work, that is.
I commit to fighting for the ability of women to control their destinies and themselves.