that took place on Saturday, October 4th at the Old Power Station. In fact there is a large part of anti-sex work feminists who fight for the abolition of all forms of sex work, because they see it as degrading, always forced and as maintaining the subordination of all women.
We would like to point out that we are not sex workers, and cannot speak in their name. T: Yes, sex-workers shout “We don’t need to be saved” for a reason.
Not all sex workers are victims of human trafficking and need to be freed. T: But the division between “intellectual” and physical labour is also a false one, legitimizing and maintaining the moral superiority of intellectual work – in opposition to less paid physical work, or non paid-emotional work, care work, etc.
It is assumed because sex workers are offering sexual services that they have to be oppressed and were forced to do it. I sometimes use the term “intellectual prostitution” for my commissioned work in order to point out the false dilemma between “choice” and “force” - by force I mean the work you have to do in order to make money, even if you don’t want to.
The waiting shattered the myth that sex work is something highly exciting, an idea that seems to be quite wide-spread (judging from the Q & A). K: Yeah, but she made it quite clear that she only wants to discuss the sex work, not the activist work. It’s amazing how personal it would get: people did not hesitate to ask about her nationality, if she is in a relationship, etc., as if that had anything to do with her work. I loved the question whether her work, making the clients satisfied, would lessen the Israeli agression on Palestine. Society never seems to ask this question outside of the sex work sphere.
Client: I'm out of time units, but I'll be right back. T: Boredom was part of it because it lasted for almost 2 hours, during which the audience had to wait – together with Liad – for clients. I just wish she had spoken more about her activist work with sex workers in Berlin … And because sex work is so stigmatized, it is not seen as any other job. The question is though, which job is or can be voluntary at all?
You can check the video and photos to get a better impression. But it is hardly ever seen as what it mostly is: a job and a way of making money - something most people have to do to survive.
Below is our favourite chat from the performance, followed by our own chat. As Liad said, sex work will only be seen as a regular job, if sex workers have the same conditions and rights as all other workers.
Being a feminist does not mean you understand sex work.
K: And as Liad pointed out during her performance this is also still not widely acknowledged in feminist circles.
I think it’s highly important that a performance on sex work was included in a festival that presents the work of women artists. T: Yes, it’s great it was included, considering the festival’s theme – survival tactics. O: Uf, I have to go to the airport now, to pick up another artist. K: I think Liad’s performance showed that sex work is actually just a job like any other. T: Unfortunately, because of racism and stigma carried by people outside the gender/sex binary, these people often stand no chance in the job market – and are economically forced to do sex work.
T: I liked it a lot, including the boredom :) K: I liked it too. We shouldn’t forget that non-white and non-cis people usually are placed even lower in the job market and salary hierarchy.
K: How did you like Liad’s performance at Stara elektrarna? And as sex work is – as far as I know – the only field of job where (white cis) women averagely earn more than (white cis) men, it is, as you said, an important part of tactics of survival.