The visual response to Amnesty International protecting the human rights of sex workers ...

In case you missed it, there has been a battle of ideologies raging on social media platforms in response to a crucial vote to protect the human rights of sex workers which was passed in Dublin at Amnesty International’s decision-making forum, the International Council Meeting (ICM).

Amnesty International supports the full decriminalisation of sex work.  I support the full decriminalisation of sex work.  Sex work is work and is not a choice-less choice for all.

This project is informed by feminist approaches to visually representing women. The representation of sex workers in media is not always reflective of their personal experiences. This only perpetuates stigma. Female sex worker have historically symbolised sin in religious traditions and this is prevalent in many aspects of western culture.  A culture that places sex workers at the bottom of the sex hierarchy reflecting their lack of status in a culture that both shames and celebrates women’s bodies. 

Its easy to promote the discourse of the prostituted woman when digital imagery portrays sex workers as victims of circumstance.  This project recognises that photography has the power to reinforce discourses that are detrimental to sex workers.

There are limited discussions about the relationship between photography, sex worker stigma, objectification of female sex workers and the online transactions around paid sex. I hope to change that.

This image accompanied a piece that appeared on the ABC website (full article here) words can still matter and have their own allure but in this online digital age its the photographic image that form peoples views on sex work.  

I invite people (sex workers, clients, activists on either side of the ideological fence) to let me know their thoughts on this photograph and the digital representation of sex workers in media.

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