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Swansea University Study Into Student Sex Work

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Swansea University has just published the results of an online survey into student sex work.

 

Here is a piece on the BBC website about it.

Um

lumping a lot of activities into 'sex work' is a bit false

 

Big big difference between lap dancing and prostitution.

 

and anyway, so what?  students are supposed to be intelligent adults so should be able to make an informed decision about w=their sex work.  To be fair the BBC hasnt gone off on one about this.

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Um

lumping a lot of activities into 'sex work' is a bit false

 

Big big difference between lap dancing and prostitution.

 

and anyway, so what?  students are supposed to be intelligent adults so should be able to make an informed decision about w=their sex work.  To be fair the BBC hasnt gone off on one about this.

 

Yes, even includes posting your knickers to people.

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Yes, even includes posting your knickers to people.

 

I have never see the point of having a ladies pants.

what use are knickers without a lady in them?

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I have never see the point of having a ladies pants.

what use are knickers without a lady in them?

 

I would certainly need to have known the lady before her knickers were of interest to me.

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I have never see the point of having a ladies pants.

what use are knickers without a lady in them?

silky fragrant hands on wank cloth?

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I read a review of this study in Friday’s Times, but thanks for the link to the report proper.

 

The Times, I guess naturally, concentrated on the more sensational and negative aspects of the report but it’s generally good to see more academic work being done in this field. I see the on-line survey produced about 10,000 respondents of whom, after sifting, some 6773 were used for gathering the data. Although the definition of what constituted working in the sex industry was very wide, I’m not sure that the extrapolation of the results to conclude that 5% of students are doing so in some form is entirely credible – that’s 100,000 students!

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just scanned the original research paper.

get the feel that the writers are a little biased against sex work.  They didnt seem to get it that some people actually enjoy sex work and are comfortable with it.

 

They talk about stigmatisation, but fail to consider the lasting effects of having a sexual online presence, on say a prostitution site or web cam.  Because once something is on the internet its there for ever. Removing it from your host server does not remove it from the internet.  And one day, someone may find something embarrassing perhaps when getting a job or maybe showing family an old pic of you.

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Interestingly more male than female students had engaged in sex work. Guess there's a real demand for the Full Monty in Wales

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Interestingly more male than female students had engaged in sex work. Guess there's a real demand for the Full Monty in Wales

no

more male workers SAY they have done sex work than females. not quite the same thing.

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just scanned the original research paper.

get the feel that the writers are a little biased against sex work.  They didnt seem to get it that some people actually enjoy sex work and are comfortable with it.

 

They talk about stigmatisation, but fail to consider the lasting effects of having a sexual online presence, on say a prostitution site or web cam.  Because once something is on the internet its there for ever. Removing it from your host server does not remove it from the internet.  And one day, someone may find something embarrassing perhaps when getting a job or maybe showing family an old pic of you.

They write about stigmatisation in the context of being at university, and training for future professions. In this paper they actually highlight glaring contradictions and recommend that universities have proper policies, with at least one member of staff trained and educated on the legalities and issues that sex workers face.

 

I have some experience of the issues raised and mentioned with regards to sex workers in HE, and I am very heartened by the recommendations made in this paper.

 

Yes things can pop up on the internet, but that doesn't change stigmatisation. You can either hide it and pray it is never revealed, or you can work out a way to manage it.

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They write about stigmatisation in the context of being at university, and training for future professions. In this paper they actually highlight glaring contradictions and recommend that universities have proper policies, with at least one member of staff trained and educated on the legalities and issues that sex workers face.

 

I have some experience of the issues raised and mentioned with regards to sex workers in HE, and I am very heartened by the recommendations made in this paper.

 

Yes things can pop up on the internet, but that doesn't change stigmatisation. You can either hide it and pray it is never revealed, or you can work out a way to manage it.

equally worring was the fact that many thought much sex work was illegal.

why is this the case.  Why do people make that assumption

and its not just kids in colleges.  Its general.

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equally worring was the fact that many thought much sex work was illegal.

why is this the case.  Why do people make that assumption

and its not just kids in colleges.  Its general.

Many punters also think it's illegal, and so I am not surprised that Joe public thinks that too.

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Many punters also think it's illegal, and so I am not surprised that Joe public thinks that too.

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Many punters also think it's illegal, and so I am not surprised that Joe public thinks that too.

Yes, I think that very many people in this country do think that prostitution is illegal. They are aware that there is illegality associated with aspects of the industry and read that across to the whole area. The media do not generally dissuade them of that view.

 

The report was mildly guilty of similar confusions itself. For example, it had responses to the acceptability of different activites in the sex industry and 52.6% thought escorting to be acceptable whereas only 35.5% thought prostitution to be acceptable!

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Even some forum members aren't clear on legalities. It puts them at risk and makes them vulnerable (and all involved)>

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equally worring was the fact that many thought much sex work was illegal.

why is this the case.  Why do people make that assumption

and its not just kids in colleges.  Its general.

This may be because media communications from the anti-sex work lobby always starts with a phrase like "sex workers should be decriminalised...", which carries an implication that prostitution is currently illegal, which it isn't in England and Wales. The media, who publish this stuff, never seem to challenge this in-built, and wrong, assumption so the general public believe it.

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The report was mildly guilty of similar confusions itself. For example, it had responses to the acceptability of different activites in the sex industry and 52.6% thought escorting to be acceptable whereas only 35.5% thought prostitution to be acceptable!

 

I guess that in the minds of most of the general public, 'prostitution' conjures up images of desperate crack whores leaning into car windows on a back street, whereas 'escorting' means a Belle de Jour scenario with Agent Provocateur underwear in a 5-star hotel room.

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I guess that in the minds of most of the general public, 'prostitution' conjures up images of desperate crack whores leaning into car windows on a back street, whereas 'escorting' means a Belle de Jour scenario with Agent Provocateur underwear in a 5-star hotel room.

See my new topic "Australian Sex Workers Lead The Way - #facesofprostitution." Activities like this from a brave (some may say foolish) few can only help to dispel that image.

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See my new topic "Australian Sex Workers Lead The Way - #facesofprostitution." Activities like this from a brave (some may say foolish) few can only help to dispel that image.

 I posted a link to this story a couple of days ago, here. It's a story about Australia, so I thought it should go under 'The Rest of the World'. Perhaps the mods would like to sort out just one link?

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What happened to Laura Lee who did so much to publically champion the WG's cause?

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What happened to Laura Lee who did so much to publically champion the WG's cause?

Laura Lee is all over the place. I bumped into her at the UKNSWP conference where she was one of the speakers.

 

Laura has been involved in a campaign to oppose the criminalisation of clients in Northern Ireland and is currently challenging new law. A post about her latest activities is pinned at the top of this forum http://www.punternet.com/forum/index.php/topic/38459-laura-to-launch-legal-challenge-against-ni-prostitution-ban/

 

You can read Laura's blog here http://www.laura-lee.com/blog

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