Teen Vogue, a publication for kids, featured an article this week promoting prostitution, warning its young readership that sex work should be legalized and normalized because its as important and dignified as every other profession.
The article, headlined “Why Sex is Real Work,” is authored by Dr. Tlaleng Mofokeng who argues prostitution should not be criminalized because being a sexual health physician is no different than being a hooker and to an extent, we all are sex workers.
“The continued criminalization of sex workers around the world is yet another example of how we disregard the needs and opinions of the people most impacted by policies. But even more so, it’s another example of how we misunderstand what sex work actually is,” she writes. “I am a doctor, an expert in sexual health, but when you think about it, aren’t I a sex worker? And in some ways, aren’t we all?”
Prostitution is as valuable a profession as therapy or medicine, Mofokeng explains to Teen Vogue’s young readership.
Yes, sex work is real work! https://t.co/v9T3b7eBj6— Teen Vogue (@TeenVogue) June 16, 2019
“I find it interesting that as a medical doctor, I exchange payment in the form of money with people to provide them with advice and treatment for sex-related problems; therapy for sexual performance, counseling and therapy for relationship problems, and treatment of sexually transmitted infection. Isn’t this basically sex work? I do not believe it is right or just that people who exchange sexual services for money are criminalized and I am not for what I do. Is a medical degree really the right measure of who is deserving of dignity, autonomy, safety in the work place, fair trade and freedom of employment? No. This should not be so. Those who engage in sex work deserve those things, too.”
“Repressive policing” of sex workers is a discriminatory form of violence by governments, Mofokeng laments, because sex workers who have experienced arrest and violence from police “are three times more likely to experience sexual or physical violence.”
Prostitution, including escorting and stripping, is a meaningful occupation, the medical doctor contends, it can result in intimacy and “psychological bonding.”
“The idea of purchasing intimacy and paying for the services can be affirming for many people who need human connection, friendship, and emotional support. Some people may have fantasies and kink preferences that they are able to fulfill with the services of a sex worker,” she writes. “Many workers take on multiple roles with their clients, and some may get more physical while other interactions that may have started off as sexual could evolve into emotional and psychological bonding.”
Sex workers are also breadwinners and contribute to the economy, she contends, supporting “between five and eight other people with their earnings.”
Mofokeng urges everyone who supports women’s rights to support the “dignity” of prostitution.
“Further, the impact of continued criminalization of the majority of sex workers, most of whom are cisgender women and transgender women, mean that sex worker rights are a feminist issue,” she writes. “If you support women’s rights, I urge you to support the global demand for sex work decriminalization, and fund evidence and rights-based intersectional programs aimed at sex workers and their clients.”
Teen Vogue, a publication which at one time was focused on fashion, makeup tips, and celebrities, has evolved into a mouthpiece for the radical feminist and LGBT movements and the abortion industry, as well as an activist arm of the anti-Trump agenda.
“I think the readers that we reach would all consider themselves activists, too,” said Teen Vogue editor Elaine Welteroth in an interview with the Guardian in February.
Digital director Phillip Picardi runs the bulk of Teen Vogue’s political content, which, according to the Guardian, “has come to play a key role in repositioning the title as a passionate and informed, if unexpected, voice for the resistance.”
Last year, Teen Vogue published an article about the wonders of anal sex, which detailed explicitly outlined procedures on “How to do it the RIGHT way” whether you want to try sodomy with a boy or girl.
The publication came under fire last week for a column instructing a pregnant minor on how to end a pregnancy without parental consent because “having access to abortion should be your right, regardless of your parents’ beliefs.”
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