Last month marked the 25th anniversary of the film Pretty Woman—a film that glorifies sex work and prostitution.
But there are those that would rather praise the film than condemn it.
In Australia, where prostitution is legal in Sydney, sex worker Tilly Lawless’s social media profile says:
“College student. Aspiring lawyer. Activist. Daughter, sister, sex worker. I don’t need rescuing.”
Reading “I don’t need rescuing” makes me shiver as I think of how the sex trade has eroded our culture and has reduced women to simply “face value.”
“These are the kinds of statements that hundreds of Australian sex workers are making about themselves using the #facesofprostitution hashtag. It was started last Sunday on Instagram by 21-year-old sex worker and history graduate Tilly Lawless. She was responding to an blog post re-published last week in the popular online Australian women’s magazine, Mamamia.”
Lawless, who has been a sex worker for two years, was upset by the blog post from Exodus Cry stating that it “generalised sex workers” and “depicted all prostitution as harmful.”
While I would like to argue with that statement, I think the underlying takeaway from this is that the few “shining examples” of prostitution are small in comparison to those stories full of pain, death, and destruction.
If you see prostitution being propped up and glamorized, it’s fake.