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“And it’s kind of a joke, but it’s also not because you actually . You just need a computer.”“Basically every gay dude I know is on Seeking Arrangement,” says Christopher, 23, a Los Angeles film editor.“And there are so many rent boys,” or young gay men who find sex-work opportunities on sites like Rent Boy, which was busted and shut down in 2015 by Homeland Security for facilitating prostitution.
Rather, it just confirms negative stereotypes of what it means to be female. A 20-year-old male student at Brown University told me that an acquaintance, a male athlete, posted on his Facebook wall a photo of a woman from a Slut Walk with this caption underneath: “I like to pretend I was raped, but I was asking for it.” are inseparable from the word itself.
Yet I am concerned that now may not be the most strategic time to wrestle over the meanings of Still, many women feel empowered by taking back this hurtful, horrible term.
Reclaiming the word may be a coping mechanism for some who have survived sexual violence or slut-bashing.
A string of feminist-sex-worker narratives have been weaving through pop culture over the last few years, as typified by (2007–11), the British ITV2 series based on the memoir by the pseudonymous Belle de Jour. ” snaps the main character, Christine, played by Riley Keough, when her disapproving sister asks why she’s working as an escort.
Belle, played by the bubbly Billie Piper, is a savvy college grad who hates working at boring, low-paying office jobs, so she becomes a self-described “whore,” a lifestyle choice which always finds her in fashionable clothes. “I’ve read every feminist book since Simone de Beauvoir and I still do what I do.” And then there is (2016–), the dramatic series on Starz, a darker take on a similarly glossy world of high-priced hotels and high-end shopping trips financed by wealthy johns. Christine likes sex work so much she leaves law school to do it full-time.