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Prostitution – Who? Why? and How?

Why do women go into the sex industry?

In “We Die at Night“, Therese alludes to loneliness from being “passed around” as a foster kid as a contributing factor for why she became a prostitute. She stayed in it as a habit, and as a known way of living. These reasons are certainly not uncommon. 

Some information on the sex industry from talks about poverty, unfairness in the common workplace, racism, class bias, and drug use as being motivators for turning to sex work as a means for survival. There are other women who felt more like they were prostituting themselves at regular jobs than they were as formal prostitutes. 

This old Arts & Opinion interview features a sex worker positing that intelligent women owe it to themselves to become prostitutes, because it points to a “very interesting story of the relationship that exists between a woman’s strength and a man’s weakness.” Some weird points but definitely some interesting lines to start some conversation. 

This interview from features a woman talking about why women do it, as well as the social demands that come with it. “[T]he reason prostituted people are sold is because there is someone to buy them. Prostitution is demand-driven.”

Why do men go into the sex industry?

An interesting thing, as found in this study, states that the driving forces behind male prostitution are less about “survival” or some kind of economic or surrounding pressure, and more about sexual identity, drugs and early abuse as catalysts. 

This article, with what I think is a PERFECT title: “Male Prostitutes: The Invisible Sexworkers, and Are They All Gay?” puts a deeply interesting spin on the same standard reasons: it raises the question of expoitation on both sides of the fence. Society may rally behind the female prostitute as being helpless and needing to be protected, yet the male prostitute, even if he’s “pushed” into this situation by the circumstances of his life, retains all his control over himself and his body, primarily when he is hired by a woman. The woman has allowed him into her home or hotel room or whatever, and the guy’s just there to be a guy.

Oh, gender. When will it die?

What do you think?

About womeninstrangeplaces

I am a writer and artist from New York City. I live in Oslo, Norway. I dedicate my work to promoting literacy, experimentation and expression, women's empowerment, and awareness against sexual violence. I do my best to do what my gut tells me at all times, and on weekends, I go dancing.

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