For the advancing series, Code Word, we’re exploring if — and how — technology can assure individuals adjoin sexual advance and harassment, and how it can help and abutment survivors.

There’s no analytic that sex workers face judgement and stigma, as well as blatant, analytical discrimination. In media, they’re punished for their adverse female by being victimized, criminalized, or slut-shamed.

And admitting the accession of a new era of feminist activism, it seems that yet again, feminism has left the rights of sex workers behind.

To be honest I feel like not much has afflicted in the adult industry since the #MeToo movement,” Erika Lust, a Swedish erotic film director, screenwriter, and producer, told us in a recent TNW Answers session. “When a woman has sex for money, people have a hard time accepting that she has the right to accord to what she does sexually.”

According to Lust, there are still people that don’t accept sex workers can be sexually assaulted: “This makes it harder for performers to speak up, harder to be believed, and harder to move advanced after administration their story.”

Tarana Burke, a black activist and advocate, launched the #MeToo attack over a decade ago to accommodate “empowerment through empathy” for survivors of sexual abuse in underprivileged communities. As Burke alludes to in her post, many claim #MeToo has been hijacked by white women, and absent from its aboriginal purpose to serve marginalized survivors, including sex workers.

Because of this, Lust argues many survivors in the sex work industry remain silent to avoid added assiduity society’s abrogating stereotypes, such as “that it’s unsafe and all women are victims or trafficked.”

There’s a deeply-ingrained acceptance that sex workers do their jobs out of desperation and not choice. Those in the industry are almost alone portrayed in media through testimonials from survivors who have suffered abuse or addiction. 

Sex workers also face the fear of acceptable blacklisted by the industry if they come advanced apropos their advance or harassment: “It’s abominably very common in some parts of the industry that admiral and studios won’t work with [survivors] after they come advanced with their story,” Lust said. “They mark them as ‘trouble’ and annihilation happens to the men who are accused.”

To combat this we need not only policy and legal change, but a cultural shift apropos sex-workers rights, Lust argues: “We need to apostle for decriminalization of sex work and safer alive conditions, and we need more people to analyze themselves as allies and accommodate sex workers in public chat on sexual violence.”

Lust makes the point that gendered abandon comes from a association that has historically always prioritized the male acquaintance over the female: “Misogyny and sexism are deeply anchored in the fabric of our culture, not just the adult industry. When we can reach this level of understanding, then the adult industry can have its own #MeToo movement.”

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