in anarchist and riot-grrl and punk cultures and social circles, I am very, very weary of the anti-consumerist rhetoric.
I think so much of the time it’s a supremely privileged perspective to take.
I think it’s incredibly classist and incredibly whorephobic.
Many people in sex work come from impoverished or working class backgrounds. and whilst sex work doesn’t magically erase poverty, it often provides greater remuneration for time expended than most other working stiff jobs. it means a lot of people who previously never had much money occasionally or even often do have a handful of cash that they can afford to burn. which means they have access to luxuries and pleasures and indulgences they did not previously have access to.
expecting sex workers to be politicised by your scenes that overwhelmingly shame the self-indulgence of consumerism without regard to who even has access to consumerism and how and when and through what means, is incredibly arrogant and insensitive and also bullshit politics.
I understand the intent behind anti-consumerist politics, but I think they often are devoid of nuance. but then, what isn’t?
tell ya what, when your alternative anti-consumerist scene doesn’t make me feel unsafe as a hooker, then you can burn my stilettos. until then, shut the fuck up.
i had to dig up this excellent post after an off the cuff remark today from an anarchist hipster queer about how “bourgie” my holiday plans are. lol. gtfo.