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Elliot Spitzer, prostitutes and feminism.

Yet another politician caught red-handed; yet another media circus talking about infidelity, with “relationship experts” who give women advice of how to “keep their men”; yet, another case of a high-profiled sex worker being harassed day and night because of “weakness” of a politician. It’s not fair. It’s not fair that in cases like these, sex workers are treated like freak shows. Their personal lives at probed; the media camps outside of their homes for days at a time; their pictures splattered all over the Internet. Yet, the focus of the issue, the talk of the town, isn’t about her. It’s not about her plight. It’s about the impact this has on politics.

The issues the matter to people are not Kristen, whose service Elliot Spitzer sought, but rather, Spitzer himself. 

There will be discussions about Spitzer’s hypocrisies; there will be dialogue but how this has an effect on progressive politics; and Republicans and back-stabbing Democrats alike will ask for his resignation. The Republicans will call for Spitzer’s resignation because having sex outside of marriage, with a sex worker, at that, is “immoral.”

Yet, they don’t realize the immoral thing here is to ignore the dialogue about sex workers, and what brought them to become high-priced prostitutes. There is a victim to every story. In this case, Kristen is the victim – someone who, because of the failures of an andro-centric society, became just a part of the system.

She left home at 17, became a dancer, and eventually turned into a sex worker.  Yet, her story isn’t told. The lives of sex workers aren’t explored. That politicians are exploiting the plights of the very people they’re supposed to be fighting for isn’t talked about.  

Yes, her face will be splashed across your newspapers and internet sites. She will receive millions of hits on her myspace page. She will become an instant celebrity overnight – but no matter how you slice it, the media’s treatment of her is similar to the treatment of an object – a show. She’s something to be taken pictures of, examined and probed. Her story will never be told. Her voice will more than likely not be heard. What questions she is asked by the media won’t be about what brought her to doing sex work, or the lives and conditions of sex workers, but rather, her interactions with Spitzer. Unimportant questions to unimportant issues.

Isn’t it time we change the dialogue? Isn’t it time we put women’s issues first? Isn’t it time we give voices to women – even if said woman is “just a 22-year-old prostitute?” 

When we give something a voice, we give it power; we give its stories values; we bring forth the experiences from the viewpoints of the subjugated. Let’s give this woman a voice.

Let’s tell stories from her experiences. Let’s focus on the real victim here. Until we do, until we bring her story to light, it’ll be the same old shit again. Patriarchy. Aren’t we sick and tired of that?

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your an idiot….. The women is a no good hooker!!!!!!!!!!! She is an object if you sell your body for money you are nothing but a no good Whore

Comment by idiotmoronliberals

I agree with you that the media’s treatment of “Kristen” is unfair. In that way she is, I suppose some sort of victim. But I sort of take issue with your statement that she “turned into a sex worker.” You just aren’t leaving room for the possibility that, except for this criminal/media exposure, sex work for her might have been a positive or even empowering experience. I agree that the dialogue should be shifted and that we should consider the implications of criminalizing consensual acts between adults. Why should hiring a prostitute be worse than having a mistress (assuming he used his own money)?

Comment by lilaeden

Hey, idiot – because you call someone an idiot, try to learn the difference between “your” and “you’re.” Hicks like you are the exact reason for feminism.

Lilaeden – I don’t doubt that for some, sex work is a choice – but in all, the discussion of why someone turns to sex work is still missing, and I don’t doubt that a lot of people’s stories and lives are not being told. I am villifying sex work. I am merely asking that we take the opportunity to talk about a more important issue, because sex workers are often exploited, because of the lack of healthcare and legal protection.

Comment by profeministmale

My sympathy – which is in limited supply – would be poorly spent on a person who was able to negotiate the boundaries of their $1000/hour labor. I’m just dying to hear every highly paid interview she gives about how victimized she was.

Comment by Sweating Through Fog

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